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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

State's land rights need more support
No state, no gas. Any contract that has gone unfulfilled since 1958 should be considered null and void. The contract for statehood in Alaska has been so ignored and abused it appears to be less than a good faith agreement. As Alaska approaches its 50th, or golden, anniversary, you still can't point to a map and show me Alaska's boarders because truthfully they don't exist in full but are still being drawn.

Secret shoppers can be big help
Tesoro has a "secret" secret shopper.

Dinner celebrates the Christmas spirit
On Christmas Day 2007, the firemen, police and EMTs from Kenai, as well as both fire stations from Nikiski were again treated to a fine Christmas dinner. Members of Peninsula Moose Lodge and Family Center No. 1942, along with the Moose Lodge Teen Club, proudly donated their time on Christmas Day to prepare and deliver a fine meal to all of our safety personnel who were working.

Names skipped, but not forgotten
I need to add a few others that were not included in the Applause section regarding the Nikiski Neighbors. The thank you for those who helped with Nikiski Neighbors this past holiday season listed in the Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 19 did not include the following vital organizations that helped in incredible ways: Sweeney's for its generosity in helping our shoppers to get especially warm and well-built winter clothing; and Nikiski Senior Center for adopting a family, collecting food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes and providing a place for Nikiski Neighbors to meet that is free of charge. The staff have always gone above and beyond for helping out the Nikiski Neighbors organization in a variety of ways.

Something's fishy on the Board of Fish
Here's what's going down. The state Board of Fisheries (BOF) is going to hold a February meeting, put on a kangaroo court and enact regulations that will likely make commercial fishing in Cook Inlet a memory. Here's why: governors Palin, Murkowski, Knowles, Hickel, Cowper and Sheffield didn't appoint a single Cook Inlet commercial fisher to the BOF. Gov. Jay Hammond was the last to do that, with the appointment of Dannie Garroutte, a drift fisher from Ninilchik (served 1975-80).

Borough requests petition changes
By a narrow 5-4 vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a measure last week asking the Alaska Legislature to change state law so municipalities can alter local requirements for collecting signatures on future borough initiatives and referendums.

Help offered to college bound students
On Feb. 10, Kenai Peninsula College will hold a workshop for families needing help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the 2008-09 school year. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Anti-initiative group forms
Borough Mayor John Williams has joined statewide coalition of Alaskans pledged to fight a pair of initiatives they say would shut down mining in the state, cut jobs and damage community economies.

Fish and Game AC asks for time
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee received its last book of game proposals only 11 days before written comments were due to the Board of Game. And with the start of the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fish meeting barely two days away, committee members say they didn't receive the official comments of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on more than 250 fishing proposals until 4 p.m. Monday.

Committee elects newest members
George Hunt, known to his friends as "Bubba," knows moose. In fact, he knows moose so well that his talent for moose calls landed him in front of Jay Leno with a tin milk bucket and a squeeze bottle full of water. His object? To impress Ed Asner.

Salmon stream measures on tap
Late last fall as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly wrestled with the details of a still-to-be-enacted subdivision road ordinance, members voted down an amendment that would have set rules for building roads across anadromous streams within those subdivisions.

Lost mushers back on track
For a few anxious hours Sunday night, the whereabouts of several Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race mushers were in question.

Ellie Bea Talley
Former peninsula resident Ellie Bea Talley died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, in Campwood, Texas. She was 89.

Teresa M. Main
Former peninsula resident Teresa M. Main died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Pahrump, Nev., after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 48.

Macaroni and Cheese Croquettes
1 cup cheese sauce, room temperature (recipe follows)

Chicken Croquettes
1 cup milk

Meat and Potato Croquettes
4 cups leftover seasoned mashed potatoes

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Cheese Sauce for Macaroni and Cheese Croquettes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Croquettes: Better than hash browns
Croquettes are neat little packages of food that can be made with just about any bits of minced vegetables, meat, fish or chicken.

Panthers knock off Mariners
Trailing by one point after three quarters, the Skyview boys outscored Homer 10-6 in the fourth en route to a 46-43 Northern Lights Conference victory over the visiting Mariners on Tuesday night.

Board wants 'Bong Hits' court fees
JUNEAU A lawyer representing the former local high school student whose "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner unfurled a lengthy free speech debate is accusing the attorney for the Juneau School Board of harassing his client over a $5,000 legal bill.

Where in the world?
Name one of two land-locked countries that border -India to the north.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Writer keeps her head in the game, not worried about future
The biggest life lesson I've learned from playing sports is life is not fair. I'll put in the same amount of practice time as my teammates but this does not guarantee equal playing time.

Spring semester enrollment up at Kenai Peninsula College
At the end of the first week of classes, overall enrollment at is up over 10 percent in headcount and up more than four percent in credit hours over the same period last year.

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