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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Basketball weekend scores big with staff
The Seward Parks and Recreation Department (SPRD) hosted the 2007 Wells Fargo Polar Bear Jumpoff Tournament this past weekend, Jan. 6 and 7. The immense success of the tournament was due to the hard work and diligence of all involved parties. SPRD would like to start by thanking our sponsors, Wells Fargo Bank, Polar Bear Jumpoff Association and the Breeze Inn.

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.

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

Grandpa was a mule skinner and other family factoids
For longtime Sterling resident Bill Thomas, it’s probably good that he knows what a mule skinner is.

Pebble exec: Mining, fishery able to coexist
Under its policy of “responsible mineral development,” Northern Dynasty will operate its Pebble Mine project with no net loss to commercial, sport or subsistence fisheries, a company executive told Kenai business leaders last week.

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.

Soldotna man dies in accident
A Soldotna man was killed when the snowmachine he was driving hit a tree.

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.

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.

Charter operators worry halibut catch restriction will hurt business
Southcentral halibut charter boat clients could soon be changing their plans now that the International Pacific Halibut Commission has limited them to catching just one fish per day during the last two weeks in June.

For competitive canines, nutrition, hydration, can rival training in mushing success
“We can rebuild him, better, faster, stronger.” It may be a sound bite from the “Six Million Dollar Man” television series, but the statement holds true for how much mushers put into their dogs, particularly in regard to nutrition.

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

ACT: After everything, government belongs to all of us
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers (ACT) is forging a partnership between the citizens and the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) government to promote sustainable fiscal policy. ACT has identified three major objectives:

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 ... .”

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

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
Annual wine tasting, auction to be heldBirders flock togetherReading carnival slatedSnowmachine fundraiser set to rideCPH old entrances to closeFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduled

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.

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.

Births
· 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.

SoHi’s Besse to play hoops at UAF
For Soldotna senior Tony Besse, a lot of motivation in sports has come from accomplishments by his three older sisters.

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

Sports Briefs
SoHi hoops sweeps Seward

Sports Briefs
Report: Vick bottle didn’t contain marijuana

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

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