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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Column elicits response
In response to Les Palmer's Jan. 18 column, I agree with Mr. Palmer that our tradition of hunting seems to be less tolerated these days. But I doubt that change in attitude has as much to do with the occasional dead bear picture in the newspaper as it does with the animal rights movement's propaganda and Hollywood shows that portray humans as evil or stupid, and animals as intellectually superior beings wrapped in fur costumes. Most of us know that animals are not humans, yet some people are opposed to the killing of any wild or domestic animal based on those feelings. I believe many of those people are trying to avoid dealing with their own mortality through failure-assured attempts to save everything else around them from eventual death. Yet we all know that every living creature, including us, inevitably dies.

Food bank works because of community
As we begin our 20th year, on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, thank you very much for your past support of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. As 2007 ended, the food bank shelves did not contain as many food products as we saw at the end of 2006 just as nationwide food banks saw a decrease in corporate food product donations.

T-200 goes international
As the Tustumena 200 has grown over the years, so too has the diversity of the field of entrants. No longer do mushers hail only from the Kenai Peninsula. Now entrants come from all over Alaska, the Lower 48 and beyond, as is the case this year with mushers signed up from Norway, Italy and two from Belgium.

Subdivision road rules on tap
The proposed ordinance that would establish new rules for building subdivision roads will be back before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting tonight.

Burial sites receive public hearing
If you or your loved ones want to be laid to rest within Soldotna city limits, Wednesday's Soldotna City Council meeting should not be missed. The council will hear public testimony and is expected to decide on a location for the Memorial Park before the meeting is over.

CPH on track to finish renovation
Central Peninsula Hospital is on track to complete the third and final phase of its $49.9 million renovation project before the summer months.

Drug discount card use grows
Since launching roughly six months ago, a drug discount card program adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough is seeing a fair bit of use by residents who are lacking medical insurance to cover prescriptions, according to data collected by the National Association of Counties.

Fish board hearing slated
With 286 proposals on the docket for the Board of Fisheries (BOF) Upper Cook Inlet meeting, user group representatives expect hundreds from all facets of fishing to descend upon Anchorage beginning Feb. 1.

Tommy Earl Ellison
Soldotna resident Tommy Earl Ellison died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 37.

Douglas Arthur Keating Sr.
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Douglas Arthur Keating Sr. died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Bellevue, Wash. He was 72.

Ludvick 'Sonny' B. Janota
Former Kenai resident Ludvick "Sonny" B. Janota died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, in Oregon. He was 76.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

How to start a gourmet club
1. A gourmet group is typically made up of half-dozen to a dozen people or three to six couples (or however many you can comfortably accommodate at the dining table).

Gourmet clubs offer good food, fun times
When I lived in Austin, Texas, I belonged to a neighborhood club called the Southern Living Gourmet Group. Our group wasn't very large and we didn't have many rules, but when it came down to cooking, eating and enjoying the company of other people with similar interests, those get-togethers were some of the best times I ever had. When I learned that Bob and Ginny Heidrich of Hilton Head Island belonged to the Couples Gourmet Club, I wanted to learn more.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

SoHi sweeps Nikiski
The Soldotna boys basketball team jumped out to a 15-point lead after eight minutes and never looked back in defeating visiting Nikiski, 83-42, in non-conference action on Tuesday night.

Bulldogs top Mariners
Zach Alkire recorded a hat trick and visiting Nikiski used a trio of second-period goals to defeat Homer, 6-2, in non-conference action on Tuesday.

Sweet sounds of music
Jazz fans had a sweet evening Jan. 15 and 17 at Soldotna High School.

It is never too early to get involved in politics
When I was younger, I went to the polls for every election at the Kenai Armory and while my parents voted in the election I voted in the "Kid Vote Election."

School takes top spots in T-200 poster contest
Editors note: Other winners include sixth-grader Palakiiya Rogers from Tustumena Elementary for Humanitarian Award artwork; and fifth-grader Ali Dusek from Redoubt Elementary for Sportsmanship Award artwork.

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