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Monday, January 16, 2006

Cemetery should be put to a vote
I believe putting a cemetery between our schools, next to a river and directly in the middle of a residential area is irresponsible and just plain wrong. The Borough has no business giving away revenue-generating land for less than 25 percent of what the land is worth, especially during these dire financial times.

Headline led to amusing misconception
The headline “Turkey fights to contain bird flu” on page A-7 of your Jan. 11 edition was a shocker. Here, just a few months after my family and I enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, comes the news that turkeys are now being used in the international effort to combat bird flu.

Moose hunt took group effort
4-H, the youth development arm of the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for partnering to make the Dec. 17 cultural moose hunt possible. The hunt is a program that allows young people to experience harvesting a moose.

Neighbors columns have lost appeal
I am writing in regards to the new format for the “ Neighbor’s Column” which, to be honest, I felt was lacking. The previous format included local “tid-bits” that had made for great reading. I know I’m not the only who felt this way. As a former contributor to the Neighbor’s Column, I was in the position of receiving a lot of direct reader feedback. I can’t count the number of times readers emailed or verbally told me that they greatly looked forward every week to the unique, off-beat “tid-bits” that I gathered. The new format effectively eliminates any local color and instead focuses only on profiling one person.

Ski season glides along with support
The Soldotna Middle School Ski Team is practicing daily on the Tsalteshi Ski Trails. We have about 37 skiers out this year and are looking forward to learning classic and skate technique.

Regulation change would have forced Kenai woman out of home
The state has dropped a proposed change in the way it administers personal care assistance, a change that could have resulted in forcing a disabled Kenai woman to move this year.

Peninsula lawmakers predict governor’s proposal will change
Gov. Frank Murkowski’s ambitious agenda outlined in his State of the Budget address before the Legislature on Thursday is likely undergo significant alteration by the time lawmakers vote on a fiscal year 2007 spending bill in May, members of Kenai Peninsula’s legislative contingent said Friday morning.

Park would teach students where food, fiber comes from
With some reluctance, Blair Martin has accepted many requests from teachers to bring students to his family farm. The teachers want students to learn about where their food comes from, but Blair, a lifelong farmer and certified teacher, says students deserve more than his family farm can offer.

Volcano hasn’t put breaks on transportation — yet
With Mount Augustine’s recent eruptions, and more — possibly larger — eruptions predicted, central peninsula residents are beginning to prepare for an ashfall event that could disrupt public and private transportation.

Bill would require hospitals to release infection statistics to public
Alaska hospitals would be required to release information about cases of infection acquired by patients during hospital stays under a bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens.

Some care can threaten your health
At least a third of infections acquired in U.S. hospitals are considered preventable, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

HEA rates set to increase
In response to an increase in natural gas prices and increased business costs, Homer Electric Association customers will see higher bills starting Feb. 1. The rate increase will be roughly an additional 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, or $16.58 more per month for a household using 650 kilowatt hours.

Board considers closing schools
The possibility of closing schools in Hope and Cooper Landing are items on the agenda of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting, slated for 7 p.m. Monday.

Photo feature: Sunset on ice

Allan W. Lahnum
Former Sterling resident Allan W. Lahnum died of a heart attack Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at Forest Health and Rehab in Bremerton, Wash. He was 74.

Lenhart J.H. Grothe
Kodiak resident Lenhart J.H. Grothe died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006. He was 70.

Lillian Toomer
Ninilchik resident Lillian Toomer died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at her home in Ninilchik. She was 77.

John Joseph Brooks
Former Alaska resident John Joseph Brooks died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, in Redding, Calif. He was 91.

Traveler experiences dog in way many Americans wouldn’t
One of the things that has impressed me about Alaskans since I moved here in December is their deep love for dogs. In Alaska I have met more devoted dog owners than anywhere else in the world and have been asked repeatedly if I like dogs.

Is Kenai Peninsula prepared for any emergency?
If nothing else, Wednesday’ early morning eruptions of Augustine Volcano were good reminders to get prepared for anything, if we aren’t already. Evidence that there are at least a few procrastinators who live among us was seen in the dust masks selling off store shelves. Augustine has been restless for weeks. We’ve had plenty of time to get ready. But there’s no time like the present, right?

Around the Peninsula
CPHC to meet, hold elections Women invited to take a break Deadline for writers’ event nears Chilly tales to be told Kenai photos wanted

Births
· Rebecca and Eddie Beddow of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Kalani Abraham Kuulei Beddow, at 7:21 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Frontier Midwifery Services in Soldotna. He weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces. and measured 19 inches.

Frontier Community Services has 25-year history of assisting the disabled
More than 25 years ago a group of parents in Kenai and Soldotna became distraught when their sons and daughters graduated from high school. The parents were concerned their disabled children would spend the majority of their time idle at home and live the remainder of their lives isolated from the community, now that they had completed school.

Photo feature: Champions

Stone, Holland marry in Soldotna
Corina M. Stone and Austin Holland, of Soldotna were married Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall officiated.

Peninsula People
Keating graduates police academy Barker joins Air Force Fowler rides tall Grimes joins Air Force Rahlfs elected officer Area students awarded scholarships

Around the Peninsula
Cancer fundraiser meeting set New club set to stitch Parenting classes scheduled Children’s carnival slated for fun T-200 hosts volunteer orientation Wine tasting, auction slated

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Sports Briefs
Homer defeats Skyview South skaters defeat Soldotna East tops Kenai Central Ninilchik sweeps Lumen

Cook Inlet boys run past Nikiski
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team’s offense, fueled by a stifling defense, erupted Friday in a 77-39 victory over Nikiski at the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament.

Skyview finishes third at Dimond
The Skyview High School wrestling team finished third overall at the Glenn Vandergaw Dimond Classic wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

Rides to Tsalteshi Trails result in Kenai Klassic victory for boys
Records will show four young men scoring the victory for Kenai Central’s Nordic ski team Saturday as it hosted the Kenai Klassic at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

South defeats Kenai
South scored the final three goals of the game to defeat Kenai Central 4-2 Friday in a nonconference hockey game in Anchorage.

Seahawks sweep Rams
The Seward girls basketball team picked up a 60-34 victory over host Susitna Valley Saturday in Southcentral Conference action.

Palmer sweeps Nikiski Tipoff
The Palmer girls and boys swept the 16th annual Nikiski Tipoff Tournament, each finishing Saturday with 3-0 records.

SoHi boys edge Homer
A good week of practice made all the difference for the Soldotna High School boys basketball team Saturday.

Kardinals take boys game, Panthers roll to win in girls game
En route to their fourth-straight small-schools state football championship last fall, Kenai Central flashed plenty of athleticism in rolling up points all season.

Senior Activities
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

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Sports Briefs
Team Alaska seeks wrestlers Team Alaska announces Inuit Games teams

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