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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Learn to spell ‘Chakachamna’
Recent letters opposing Pac-Rim Coal mentioned alternative sources for the power needed to light our lives and industry. All Alaskans need to combine our efforts to meet that goal. The state of Alaska has produced a list of possible Southcentral hydroelectric sites and their potential power production.

Does Clarion disagree with right to petition government?
I strongly disagree with your editorial of Jan. 7, concerning the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers’ efforts to find the truth. By your words, it seems the Clarion management does not like citizens having the right to legally petition their government if it causes them to change from “business as usual.” You also said it’s all right for our government to ignore the will of the people and furthermore to disobey the law if it does not favor the position of our elected officials. By your comments, when citizens take action it is undemocratic.

Student teacher grateful for opportunity
I would appreciate the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Saddam should not have been hanged
In response to the Clarion’s poll question, “Do you thing Saddam Hussein should have been put to death?” No. Supposedly he was hanged with a rather large rope for the deaths of 148,000 people in retaliation for an assassination attempt upon him.

Many come together for open house success
Central Peninsula Hospital hosted a community open house Jan. 3, celebrating the opening of the new Mountain Tower patient wing. It was a cold and snowy evening and still more than 600 community members came out to see the progress we’ve made.

Team spirit helps score a goal for kids
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association’s Bantam Tier IV team wishes to extend a great big thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated time, merchandise and services to support them at their Dec. 30 fundraiser in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Game.

Reader: Clarion should stick to weather reports
This is a reply to the editorial, “ACT, let it go” (Clarion, Jan. 7).

Warm, wet weather likely to continue
It is still winter out there, but the recent severe cold snap appears to have abated, and Kenai Peninsula residents are enjoying somewhat warmer weather, at least for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.

Kasilof man berates trapping policies after dog killed in snare
It’s not uncommon for many people to think of their dogs as their children — at least as members of the family — and when one dies, the hurt goes deep.

Soldotna woman charges Kenai woman with providing alcohol to 16-year-old before fatal 4-wheeler accident
The Soldotna mother of a 16-year-old who died in July has filed a civil suit against a Kenai woman claiming the woman corrupted minors and bears responsibility for the death of her son.

Homer hospital expansion cheaper than first estimated
The money needed to complete the expansion of South Peninsula Hospital has been revised downward, resulting in a substantial reduction in the size of a general obligation bond issue service area voters will be asked to OK in a special election expected in May.

Soldotna hires new finance officer
Hiring a new finance officer was chief among activities Soldotna’s city manager reported to the city council Wednesday.

Borough assembly may reconsider recreational taxes
Borough lawmakers will vote Tuesday whether to bring an ordinance setting an April 1 effective date for taxing recreational sales on a per-person, per-day basis back to the table.

Photo feature: Faster, Dad, faster!
Garrett Roberts pulls his daughter Echo through Kenai last weekend as Echo’s sister Savahana (not pictured) waits her turn. Roberts said the activity was a good way to burn off winter calories.

Lawrence ‘Bud’ Snyder
Longtime Nikiski resident Lawrence “Bud” Snyder died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007 at his home in Nikiski. He was 79.

Carita Ulricksen
Lifelong Alaska resident Carita Ulricksen died Friday Jan. 12, 2007, at Kat’s Elder Care Assisted Living Home in Kasilof. She was 89.

Abigail Maurine Verhelst
Former Soldotna resident Abigail Maurine Verhelst of Brighton, Mass., died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Kent, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was 22.

Grant ‘Bill’ Stafford Jr.
Longtime Homer resident Grant “Bill” Stafford Jr. died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from complications with cancer. He was 72.

Francis ‘Frank’ X. Wirth Jr.
Soldotna resident Francis ‘Frank’ X. Wirth Jr. died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 86.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information call 262-6768.

Photo Feature: Bridging the gap
Miss Becky’s preschool class from Cook Inlet Academy are shown in this undated photo bringing care packages to Wilder Construction workers building the new bridge in Soldotna.

Peninsula People
Bob Sizemore and won the Soldotna Elks Lodge’s doubles table tennis tournament last Wednesday. Joe Szczesney and Chuck Winters placed second, and Darin Tores and Brannon Ames placed third.

Around the Peninsula
Snowmachiners get togetherGenealogical Society to meetSalmon sellers to have meeting

Around the Peninsula
Reading carnival vendor deadline todayArea women to take a breakMaster gardeners think springCancer fundraiser set to climbNYO seeks competitorsSoHi after-prom committee to meet

Volunteers Needed
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in leading a helping hand.

Births
· Jennifer Boothe and Jason Morris of Vancouver, Wash. announce the birth of their son Connor Killian Morris on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006. He weighed 5.7 pounds and measured 18 inches.

Peninsula Reflections
Alaska pioneers Regine and Jack Lewis came to the Kenai Peninsula in the early 1940s to homestead. Jack’s endeavors were trapping, commercial fishing and guiding big game hunting. They bought fishing locations on Salamatof Beach seven miles north of the village of Kenai, and the only way to get to the site was to land on the beach by airplane or dory. The fishing season opened the last week in May, so early in the month Jack would travel down Cook Inlet from Anchorage in a dory that had one Johnson nine-horse motor.

Wish list up to Legislature
Alaska’s 25th Legislature will spend much of today in opening ceremony, but Wednesday lawmakers will get down to work, part of which will be deciding whether and how to divvy up funds for municipal capital projects including those of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Sports Briefs
Homer girls, SoHi boys get wins

Habermann, Knight to ski race in Italy
Elisabeth Habermann didn’t take cross-country skiing seriously until about two or three years ago.

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