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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Voters can clear confusion
The Palin administration's response to the Clean Water Initiatives is disturbing. KTUU news said the administration worked hard behind the scenes and offered stricter guidelines for the Pebble Mine in exchange for dropping the petition drive.

Flyers irk reader
I am offended that the members of the Ron Paul presidential campaign have so little respect for my privacy.

Increased restrictions a bad idea
Arguments, like An Outdoor View's for further restriction of "commercial" fishing for the sake of increased sportfishing opportunity are poorly considered for a number of reasons.

Palmer column should be renamed
I do not care for Mr. (Les) Palmer's bias viewpoints on fishery management and allocation. As another native son of Puget Sound, it became apparent that development and ultimately disregard for habitat would advance the ruin of some of the most productive West Coast fisheries. King salmon over 100 pounds spawned in the upper Elwah River before it was dammed by a local paper company.

School district works on budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) has finished the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2009.

Reprint: Publisher recalls 2008 Alaska tide books
Due to a formatting error in the 2008 tide books produced by Alaska Tide Book Company in Soldotna, the company has recalled all three editions of the book.

Homer Eagle Lady safe after fire
From her office upstairs at Alaska Ferry Adventures at the end of the Homer Spit, Sandy Rollins has a clear view of the cabin of Jean Keene, Homer's Eagle Lady.

Council picks airport site
Billie Gillilan will be 88 years old when she has her next birthday, and even though she and her husband organized the Soldotna Senior Center more than 21 years ago, after the outcome of Wednesday's Soldotna City Council meeting, she says she doesn't want to be buried here.

Road ordinance put off yet again
After approving major alterations to a long-debated measure meant to revise how subdivision roads are built, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly once again voted to postpone a final vote, this time until Feb. 5.

Gregory Glen Frostad
Kenai resident Gregory Glen Frostad died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at the home of a friend in Kenai. He was 50.

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.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Misner
Former peninsula resident Elizabeth "Betty" Misner died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at her home in Olympia, Wash. She was 87.

Another reason to love Alaska: Winter Games
It may be cold outside, but part of being an Alaskan is learning to enjoy winter to the fullest.

T-200 will cover a different route after '07 wildfire
They say it takes two things to draw mushers to a race: a sweet purse and good trails, and the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race has made a habit of annually having both.

Warm, wet weather takes toll on ski trails
Snowfall predicted for the next couple days is much needed, as local groomers have found the icy trails left behind after last weekend's rain and temperatures in the 40s equally hard to cope with.

Kenai Peninsula gulls are worth a second look
Our local winter landscape often seems austere and lifeless, especially those vistas that take in the Cook Inlet and the lower Kenai River Flats on a somber, gray day. The Kenai Flats are vast and seemingly empty in winter if not for the occasional lone raven glimpsed and heard crying in the distance, merely emphasizing the area's bleakness.

Ketchikan girls, boys sweep Homer
The Ketchikan girls and boys basketball teams swept nonconference games at Homer on Thursday night. The girls notched a 58-43 victory over the Mariners, while the boys completed the sweep with a 72-65 victory.

Nikiski Relays moved to Skyview
Due to trail conditions at the Nikiski Community Trails, the Nikiski Relays have been moved to Tsalteshi Trails, which are located behind Skyview High School. The Skyview Relays will start at 11 a.m. Saturday with the girls race. The boys will follow at 12:45 p.m.

Blessings often flow from the most basic things
Two thousand people gathered in New York City recently to remember and celebrate an event that happened there one 150 ago. World Magazine reported the reason for the celebration as follows:

Church Briefs
Gallatin to speak at Orthodox church

Peterson wins classic race
For the second straight week, Skyview skiing coach Kent Peterson won at the Tsalteshi Race Series on Tuesday evening at Tsalteshi Trails, which are located behind Skyview High School.

Oilers sign 3 from Fresno State
The Peninsula Oilers have signed three players from Fresno State University shortstop Danny Muno, outfielder Steve Detwiler and catcher Jake Johnson.

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