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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Reader: ACT editorial biased
I read your ill informed and clearly biased editorial in the Jan. 7 Clarion about ACT. You claimed victory because the election results of Proposition 2 in 2006 favored your position. Prop 2 would have repealed the entire tax increase packaged our borough was attempting the drop on its residents. At this point the borough has yet to implement most of its issues. I would be very careful in claiming victory of defeat on a single tax issue, which has been brewing for decades. That would be like claiming victory in Iraq after just the first few short days of bombing.

Dinners do more than feed those who help us
On Christmas Day, the volunteers from Peninsula Moose Lodge and Family Center in Kenai put on their second annual emergency personnel Christmas dinner. This year they included both fire stations and EMTs in Nikiski, along with the firemen, police and EMTs in Kenai. The Moose Lodge volunteers take pride in knowing they can help their communities and at least see that all of our working emergency personnel have a nice Christmas dinner along with their families at their respective stations.

Recycling bins more efficient in long run
Conserving the earth’s natural resources is a morally right thing to do. Recycling is one of the fundamental tools in cutting back on the consumption of raw materials. The Sterling Transfer Site, in my community, recycles many items (almost as many as the Central Peninsula Landfill) except for tin cans and plastic jugs. My proposal is to add one more bin to the Sterling Transfer Site with two sections devoted to tin cans and plastic jugs. A new bin would be a wise investment for the reduction of waste in the Central Peninsula Landfill.

T-200 mushers ready, set ...
In less than 24 hours, scores of mushers will head for the high country of the Caribou Hills in dogged pursuit of their share of the $25,000 purse in the 23rd running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

Council told how to make Soldotna grow
The ABCs of how to enlarge a city were presented to members of the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday.

Pebble riches grow with testing
Metal deposits in the eastern zone of the Pebble project northwest of Iliamna are proving even richer than earlier estimates suggested.

Photo feature: Weathered man
Eric Wolfe bundles up in protective clothing to direct traffic at Home Depot’s loading dock Thursday afternoon. A brisk wind blew most of the day keeping a light snowfall airborne.

Extension could mean additional energy for future
What do the Kenai Peninsula and Japan have in common?

Kenai Peninsula Nordic ski trails
· Tsalteshi Trails — Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

Snowstorm buries some trails, is boon for others
Depending on what form of outdoor recreation you choose, the storm that surged through the area Thursday could be a boon or bane.

Ecology on vacation: Bahamas show signs of global warming
The idea of a trip to the Bahamas came to my wife, Sara, as we laid plans for a January visit to Florida to celebrate my father’s 100th birthday. A round-trip ticket for the 45-minute flight from Miami to Nassau costs a modest $160. We have often gone to Central America from Miami at this time of year but not so cheaply.

Outdoor Briefs
‘She Can Ski’ set to glide

Tustumena 200 still on track after 20 years
Dean Osmar remembers that day back in 1984 well.

T-200: 23 years and counting
1984 — First T-200 was held with seven mushers. The race started and finished at the Decanter Inn, with the halfway point in Homer. Tim Osmar of Ninilchik won after 28 hours, three minutes on the trail. He received a trophy and dog food.

Around the Peninsula
CPH old entrances close todaySkyview sets pool hoursKids' carnival set for funDog weight pull set for SaturdayToboggan sled dog pull plannedCraft fair slatedFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduledFish, game meetings scheduledCommunity movie night offered

Hawks top Bulldogs
Despite a hat trick from Paul Delago, Nikiski fell to visiting Houston, 11-3, on Thursday night at Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink.

Sports Briefs
Kenai-Homer to play Monday

Colony, Wasilla to battle for NLC crown
The consensus amongst Kenai Peninsula wrestling coaches is clear —Colony or Wasilla will emerge as the conference champion.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
We don’t really know what it is like to live in a kingdom ruled by a king or queen, living here in the United States. We live in a democratic state where there is independence of ownership and no state governments rule by a king or queen with everyone else being subjects of the kingdom.

Sports Briefs
Pizza Man wins Seward hoops tourney

Oilers sign Cowley County players
Cowley County Community College sophomore outfielder Michael Dabbs has signed with the Peninsula Oilers for the summer. Dabbs originally signed with Oklahoma State University and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2006 Major League baseball draft. Dabbs then transferred to Cowley County. As a freshman, Dabbs led Cowley in doubles with 17 and RBIs with 56. For the Oilers, Dabbs will play in the outfield and be used in the middle of the lineup. Dabbs calls Chandler, Okla., home.

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