Monday, January 21, 2008

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Legislator supports energy credit
There is always the good news and the bad news. The good news is that sky-rocketing fuel prices are driving up the price per barrel of oil. The bad news is that Alaskans are paying more at the pump, more to heat their homes, more to pay their utility bills. The price of goods and services keep going up because of fuel costs. That carton of milk costs more because the gas to run the delivery truck costs more.

Pebble rep disagrees with letter
I am writing in response to Mr. Richard Hahn's Jan. 8 letter in which he suggests that exploration activities at Pebble may be harming the environment. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Borough in good shape
Helped significantly by $3.6 million in energy assistance from the state as well as by increased sales and property tax revenues, the Kenai Peninsula Borough's general fund rebounded in fiscal year 2007, ending the year June 30 with a $20 million balance, according to the latest analysis of the borough's finances.

Clean water initiative goes before elections division
Backers of a proposed clean water ballot proposition that would place stringent environmental restrictions on large new mines have filed petitions with more than 60,000 signatures with the state Division of Elections.

Cemetery hearing on docket
After much public outcry following a Soldotna City Council vote that ignored the recommendation of its task force for siting a city cemetery, a public hearing has been placed on the council agenda for Wednesday's meeting.

Natural gas pipeline proposals get 2nd look
JUNEAU The head of the Senate Resource Committee said this week that he will throw the door open to energy companies looking to build a natural gas pipeline

Pups get chance to run dogs
Mitch Michaud put his daughter Madeleine onto her first dog sled when she was so tiny she had to be strapped into a car seat on the front. Now, after six years of mushing, Madeleine knows the most important rule of all: don't let go.

Resolution could change petition protocol
A resolution on Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agenda would ask the Alaska Legislature to give municipal governments the authority to require that sponsors of local initiative and referendum petitions collect signatures in all districts of the borough.

3-vehicle collision caused by moose
A young moose that ran onto the Sterling Highway up the hill from the Fred Meyer store Friday morning set off a chain of events that led to one woman being sent to the hospital, thousands of dollars in damage to three vehicles and the death of the moose.

Missionaries home safe
Rocks and bottles were being hurled at their hotel, people were being stoned, buildings broken into and through it all a 13-year-old boy and a 72-year-old man from Sterling held fast to their belief that God would protect them and save them from Kenya's violence.

Seavey, Mackey to run T-200
This weekend there will be "mush ado" about sled dogs in Kasilof as the annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race returns for the 24th running, and this year again with an extremely talented field of mushers.

Artists to get graphic
A few decades ago comic books were synonymous with monsters, mutants and superheroes. Boys stuffed their backpacks with them, teachers frequently confiscated them along with gum, paper airplanes and other items usually deemed frivolous. Until recently the comic book and the graphic novel was never considered comparable to the likes of Dickens, Shakespeare or Tolstoy, but that's changing.

Coretha H. 'Crete' Matthews
Longtime Kenai resident Coretha H. "Crete" Matthews died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 90.

Terry Glenn Miller
Former peninsula resident Terry Glenn Miller died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at his home in Anchorage. He was 60.

David Lynn Snowder
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident David Lynn Snowder died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008 at Heritage Place in Soldotna after fighting diabetes and related complications for many years. He was 61.

A king is crowned in Kasilof
All hail the king! The Spaghetti Eating King of Kasilof that is, and for those of you who missed it, that would be yours truly.

It's budget time, and lawmakers need to listen
Administrators and school board members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are now starting what has become, in recent years, the most frustrating and demoralizing part of their jobs: setting the budget.

Around the Peninsula
Ping pong returns

F words: A lesson in diversity by an average American mom
Wait. Don't cover your ears to censor me just yet. (OK, so you're reading this, but you get my point.)

Brewing culture grows on peninsula
Whether it's unwinding with a lager at the end of a long day, popping the top of a porter before tuning in to watch football, or catching a buzz off an ale while sitting in a shanty waiting to catch fish through a hole in the ice, there are many occasions when a beer is enjoyable.

Mucha leads area at Besh Cup
Soldotna High School's Kailey Mucha placed seventh in the Junior 1/Older Junior race at the third Besh Cup competition in Homer on Saturday.

CIA boys top Dillingham at Heritage tourney
The Cook Inlet Academy boys finished the Heritage Christian Schools Invitational on a positive note with a 49-43 victory over Dillingham on Saturday.

SoHi hockey takes out Service
Soldotna coach Kyle Howell knew his team was improving when the Stars valiantly fought their way to a 2-1 loss to three-time defending 4A state champion South in mid-November.

Kodiak hoops sweeps SkyHi
In order to encourage school spirit, the Skyview boys played just over half of their game on Friday in front of the Skyview student body.

Knight takes 11th at Besh Cup
Brent Knight, a graduate of Soldotna High School, took 11th in the 10-kilometer men's classic race on Sunday in Besh Cup racing at McNeil Canyon Ski Trails in Homer.

Peninsula Clarion - High School Sports

ACS girls, boys top Nikiski
Nikiski's second Southcentral Conference game of the season felt more like a postseason affair.

Viking Warriors take 2 from Nikiski
With only nine players on their roster compared to 14 on Tri-Valley's roster, one would think the Nikiski hockey team would have trouble with the Viking Warriors late in the game due to fatigue.

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