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Wednesday, January 17, 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.

ACT members commended
Recently, the Peninsula Clarion showed their true colors by bashing the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers (ACT). For the Clarion to claim that ACT is doing something negative or undemocratic shows their collective lack of understanding basic civics and/or of the facts related to this legal action.

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.

Reader questions taxing the elderly
It was with real regret I read that property taxes on the elderly were robbing the Kenai of so much income. I have been retired for 16 years and watched my fixed income steadily buy less.

Reader shares retirement experience
As time passes, people start to forget about the past. The older I get, the forgetter I get, but as my recollection goes, a few years ago we had a big drop in the economy and loss in the stock market and my retirement money, which I thought would safely provide for me, took a huge hit, and like most people it was being managed by an investment broker.

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

Parker plans to resign from Soldotna council
Soldotna City Council member Lisa Parker has notified the city that she plans to resign from her council seat due to job responsibilities.

District faces loss of 75 teachers
The Kenai Peninsula school board got it’s first look at next year’s budget during a work session prior to Monday’s meeting, and members were not happy with what they saw: a $2.1 million deficit and elimination of 75 positions.

Land sale, boat launch on tap
A proposed contract to sell 38 acres of city land to Wal-Mart is slated to get a first look by the Kenai City Council tonight.

Photo feature: Snow boots
Like boots made for a mobile snowman, a hikers footprints rise above the snow on Skyline Trail in the Kenai Mountains earlier this month. The snow boots are an example of snows ability to sinter, according to Matthew Sturm, a snow expert from Fort Wainwright with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Snow crystals, close to their melting point, were bonded together by the hiker s weight. When the wind came up later, the surrounding snow was carried away, leaving the forms behind.

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.

Crawford memorial planned
Mackey Lake resident Randy E. Crawford died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in a plane crash in Cook Inlet. He was 52.

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.

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.

Lonzy Lamar Stanford
Longtime Kenai resident Lonzy Lamar Stanford died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of cancer. He was 76.

Scott Eugene Cook
Soldotna resident Scott Eugene Cook died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at his home. He was 48.

Thomas David Toupalik
Kenai resident Thomas David Toupalik died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Chesterton, Ind. He was 48.

Clara ‘Rachel’ Gibson
Alaska pioneer Clara “Rachel” Gibson died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at her winter home in Fort Mohave, Ariz. She was 73.

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

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.

Randy E. Crawford
Mackey Lake resident Randy E. Crawford died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in a plane crash in Cook Inlet. He was 52.

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.

Stephen Eugene ‘Nikiski Steve’ Martin
Kenai resident Stephen Eugene “Nikiski Steve” Martin died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at his residence in Kenai. He was 53.

Around the Peninsula
Flight instructors take flightSkyview after grad parent meeting slated

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

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.

CIA boys, girls sweep Nikolaevsk
The Cook Inlet Academy basketball teams swept Nikolaevsk on Tuesday night in Southcentral Conference action at Cook Inlet Academy.

Sports Briefs
Homer girls, SoHi boys get wins

Kenai Peninsula College, Clarion collaborate on newspaper
Beginning next month, the college’s newsletter, the KPC Connection, will elevate to a newspaper and will be distributed as an eight-page insert, tabloid style, in the Peninsula Clarion and Homer News. Current plans have the college newspaper being distributed at the end of the month in Monday editions with a circulation of 6,500 in the Clarion and 4,000 in the Homer News.

Advisories keep students engaged in school
In an effort to get every student more engaged in the things going on at Soldotna High School, Principal Todd Syverson has been going by the book — actually, he’s using a stack of books, thick, green three-ring binders loaded with exercises for use during the school’s advisory periods.

Christmas season loses some of its magic for high school student
The Christmas season has come and gone, not taking much from me on its way. I remember when I would wait for Christmas morning all year long, always thinking up the things I wanted the next year, scribbling them on a scrap of paper, and then stuffing it somewhere and forgetting about it.

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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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