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Monday, January 22, 2007

Discrimination has no place in 21st century
As a proud constituent of Gov. Sarah Palin’s, I cannot agree with my friend Bob Bird (Clarion, Jan. 2) when he proposes to exclude folks from the state health care programs.

Reader clears points from another letter
I don’t know what’s more pathetic, Catlin Melvin’s Jan. 15 letter to the editor or the Clarion printing a letter so full of errors.

Players, friends, troopers honor Randy Crawford
Retired Alaska State Trooper Jeff Hall knows the organization felt a void when Randy Crawford retired as commander in 2002, and that his family, friends and community felt a much greater one when his plane crashed in Cook Inlet on Jan. 9.

Deep Creek boat launch rebuild stalls
The Alaska Division of Parks wants to rebuild a boat launch ramp at Deep Creek that was destroyed by flooding in 2002, but has been blocked by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission.

LNG plant hopes to stick around
ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corp. have filed jointly for a two-year extension on the Kenai liquefied natural gas facility’s export license.

‘Big mouth’ gets elderly woman in big trouble
Peggy Berry isn’t one to bite her tongue. The 77-year-old has a reputation for being outspoken, leaving listeners with a clear idea of where she, and they, stand. So when Berry’s frustration level began to rise during a conversation with a Social Security representative, it wasn’t unusual for Berry to speak her mind. What was unusual was the reaction it got and the unexpected visitors that appeared at Berry’s door the following morning.

Gebhardt marshaling his experience
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of five stories leading up to the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race starting Saturday. Tuesday’s story is on sled dog nutrition.

Native Youth Olympics kick off winter festivities
Judge Amanda Attla explained the rules.

Teen still missing
An 18-year-old Kenai Peninsula College student is still missing after he was last seen at a party a week ago, and his mother says she fears the worst.

Ethics: Local legislators back campaign reform bills
Kenai Peninsula state lawmakers are backing new bills aimed at curbing campaign contributions and spending.

Council wants local Board of Fish meeting
If 85 percent of Upper Cook Inlet fishery proposals affect waters on or adjacent to the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai fishermen want to know why the state Board of Fisheries is meeting on the issues in Anchorage.

Elizabeth Phyllis Pierce
Kenai resident Elizabeth Phyllis Pierce died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at her home. She was 84.

Jeffrey W. Kennedy
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Jeffrey W. Kennedy died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006. He was 46.

Alaskans can find common ground on subsistence
“... The continuation of the opportunity for subsistence uses by rural residents of Alaska, including both Natives and non-Natives on the public lands and by Alaska Natives on Native lands is essential to Native physical, economic, traditional, and cultural existence and to non-Native physical, economic traditional, and social existence ... .”

Trap mishap should tighten regulations
Willie the dog has a few tricks to teach about ethical trapping procedures.

Music’s ties to memories make iPod a solid choice
“You downloaded Hanson? You’re such a dork.”

Around the Peninsula
CPCS directors to meetSoHi committee planning after-prom partyWriters’ night needs authorsIndoor soccer kicking offWallyball tourney setSpaghetti feed fundraiser set to dish

Around the Peninsula
Steak feed fundraiser setCPH old entrances to closeFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduled

A soldier’s view
Editors note: Periodically the Clarion will print biographies and notes from peninsula soldiers stationed in northern Kuwait with the 3rd Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard. Staff Sgt. Mac Metcalfe, public affairs non-commissioned officer with the battalion, conducts the interviews.

Sports fans rely on Gensel to get them the game
Dan Gensel’s first foray into broadcasting mirrors that of many who have taken the plunge.

Medlin, Haring marry in Virgin Islands
Cheryl Anne Medlin and Benjamin David Haring of Wilmington, N.C. were married in an afternoon ceremony Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Pastor Robert Nelson of Jamaica Bonoiva Baptist Church officiated.

Midnight mind wanders
I listen to the radio all night, or rather, I turn the radio on when I go to bed and it is still on when I get up in the morning. When I wake up at 2:47 a.m. and can’t go back to sleep I can concentrate on the late-night conversations rather than on what I should have said to the twit who took credit for my idea for the Spring Fling during our sophomore year in high school and what I’d say to her now (which probably will not happen, as I am in Alaska and she is in Florida and never the twain shall meet). Works good, as I usually fall back to sleep by 3:03 a.m. The all-night talk shows are limited in topic. I can either join the outer fringe and debate UFOs, alien abduction and time travel, or I can listen to the far right rant and rave when someone dares to suggest that war is not necessarily patriotism or that the president can not pronounce NUCLEAR or “guv’ment.” Either way, it guarantees slumber again in about 10 minutes.

Peninsula Reflections
Betty Fuller gave me a recipe recently that set me thinking again about Mamie Elwell. Mamie gave Betty the recipe for Hawaiian rice when Betty and Bill Fuller enjoyed the dish after skiing to Mamie and Luke Elwell’s lodge at Upper Russian Lake in Feb. 1957.

· Desiree and Keith Baxter of Sterling announce the birth of their son, Clayton Keith, at 3:38 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 22 inches.

Peninsula People
Peninsula students make honor rollSoldotna Elks table tennis resultsOpportunity award winner announcedFoster graduatesGhormley mines a degreeJensen rides high

Historic ‘Law and Order’: Westerns once reigned supreme
Not long ago, the Western channel on my television devoted a weekend to a couple of Westerns from the 1950s and ‘60s: “The Rifleman” and “Bat Masterson.” My wife was out of town, so I spent hours revisiting some of my childhood heroes.

Eck, Giles announce engagement
Carlise Eck and Spencer Giles of Fairbanks announce their engagement. The wedding date has not yet been set.

That’s cool!
The 31st annual Peninsula Winter Games gets under way this weekend. As a warmup to the ice carving competition that will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center, carvers are honing their skills on blocks of ice at several local businesses. Following is a list of where sculptures can be found:

My best friend
  Traci Knutson of Soldotna opted for a low-maintenance hairstyle for her 11-month-old Persian, Spark, when Knutson was headed to Anchorage for a semester of college. Spark doesn’t seem to mind her new ’do.

Popularity of alpacas as livestock growing
SHAWNEE, Okla. — With a look on their faces that’s somewhere between curious and mischievous, alpacas are darlings of the barnyard.

Anchorage Christian girls top Nikiski
Despite owning a one-point edge after the first quarter, Nikiski quickly fell behind by five at halftime in losing to Anchorage Christian Schools, 49-36, on Saturday in Anchorage.

Forfeit helps Kardinals to title
The Wasilla hockey team forfeited Friday night’s North Star Conference showdown with Kenai Central at the Soldotna Sports Center because one more penalty would have meant a $1,500 fine for the Warriors.

Sports Briefs
Mucha stars in Besh Cup #3Soldotna wins Round Robin Rumble

Sports Briefs
Nikiski hockey loses to Delta, HutchisonPhelps takes second at Besh Cup

Kenai splits with Grace
Only a sophomore, Lacie Wortham is a bit shy around the net.

Sports Briefs
Report: Vick bottle didn’t contain marijuana

Soldotna’s Davis hits big time
Cory Davis has endured a variety of uncomfortable injuries

Medlin, Haring marry in Virgin Islands
Cheryl Anne Medlin and Benjamin David Haring of Wilmington, N.C. were married in an afternoon ceremony Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Pastor Robert Nelson of Jamaica Bonoiva Baptist Church officiated.

Eck, Giles announce engagement
Carlise Eck and Spencer Giles of Fairbanks announce their engagement. The wedding date has not yet been set.

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