Monday, February 5, 2007

Charters benefit families, too
Victoria O’Connell of Sitka wrote: “It’s a shame to limit access to a public resource.” (Clarion, Jan. 29.)

Reader: We must not send people away
Ms. Shannon’s letter to the editor in today’s paper (Jan. 29) clearly shows that America is in trouble and on the other hand is a great society. People who have a shallow understanding of God and religion are able to express their beliefs no matter how hateful it may sound.

Nikiski hospitality goes a long way
On behalf of the Homer High School basketball coaching staff, players and parents, we would like to thank Nikiski High School for its hospitality last Thursday (Jan. 25).

Subsistence council off to rough start
A meeting of the Kenai Subsistence Subcommittee showed how divisive subsistence issues in the central Kenai Peninsula have become as board members were unable to reach consensus on peninsula fishery proposals.

Borough’s transportation priorities seek federal money
Getting to the remote villages of Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo near the head of Kachemak Bay means negotiating a steep and winding old gravel road, hazardous even in the summer months.

Eagle eyes: Trip to Homer is man’s dream come true
On Tuesday, brilliant winter sunshine sparkled on a white-capped Kachemak Bay. Two fishing boats, water spraying across their bows, sailed past the tip of the Homer Spit, headed for the harbor. Eagles sailed in the air, their feathers ruffled by the stiff afternoon breeze.

Airport eatery takes off
Three weeks into the job, the new owners of the Kenai Municipal Airport restaurant are busier than they expected.

Photo feature: Gala gathering
Gov. Sarah Palin thanks students from Sterling Elementary School for singing the Alaska Flag Song and a very special rendition of “I’m a Believer” at the beginning of the Kenai Peninsula Inaugural Ball on Saturday night at the Kenai Mall. The black-tie optional event featured gourmet foods and dancing to music from Bob Ramponi’s Alaska Swing Company.

Ice bill could top $5 million
Gov. Sarah Palin assured local officials Sunday morning in Kenai that she believes it is government’s role to assist in rebuilding public and private structures damaged or destroyed by moving ice jams along the Kenai River.

Vernice Evelyn Springer
Former Ninilchik resident Vernice Evelyn Springer died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. She was 87.

Myrle Necrason
Former Alaska resident Myrle Necrason died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at home in Port Orchard, Wash., with her family by her side. She was 92.

T-200 leaves mushers feeling good about their options
So many questions

Damages from ice jams need to be recorded now
Recently the Kenai River gave the central Kenai Peninsula a reminder of who’s really in charge around here.

Wildwood prisoners find help putting lives on better paths
After 40 hours of an intensive ministry, participants were asked three questions: In what spiritual condition did you arrive?; What did you find here?; and, What are you taking away with you?

Volunteers sought
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in lending a helping hand.

Peninsula Reflections
Women are famous for talking and it does them good. They often have wind enough to cool a 90 candle cake. Men, being less garrulous types, average about seven fewer birthdays then their pretty counterparts. This article continues with highlights from that sliver of society whom have notched 90 years and are immortalized in Spruce Grove Memorial Park. The list includes 13 women and only five men.

Woman’s guide to ice fishing
Some fishing stories are made up, others vary in their telling to adjust for length, ego or funniness. Others stories yearn to be told, over and over and over again, as they are simply the most outrageous stories you know, and unfortunately, they happen to be true.

Peninsula People
Ross redeploys to IraqPeninsula equestrians ride high

Community Events
Moms to meetClass of 1987 seeks membersClass of ’97 plans reunionKids reading program continuesGroup offers help to those in needAlzheimer’s information availableHelping the fightLibrary plans February eventsFood program offered

Around the Peninsula
Skiing fundraiser set‘Souper’ Bowl todayMarriage, family enrichment offeredSwim lessons make a splashGenealogical Society plans eventsGiant pumpkins to be discussedKids get lippySeniors set to singSkyview sets new pool hours

Pockets can hold life’s treasures, random rubber bands
At a meeting the other night, I reached into my pants pocket for my tissue. One by one, I removed the contents of the pocket, looked at them, and put them back.

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers abuzz with activityKPC Council to meetFamily activities offeredCommunity group meeting slatedAnnual wine tasting, auction to be heldMovie night offered in SterlingReading carnival moves to SoHiBypass support group available

Peninsula Clarion - Pets

Homer, SkyHi win boroughs
The Homer girls turned a bluebird Saturday at the McNeil Canyon trails in Homer into a blue-and-gold Kenai Peninsula Borough cross-country skiing

Peninsula puts 5 on Team Alaska
The Kenai Peninsula has put five skiers on Alaska’s Junior Nationals squad.

Kenai tops Homer to advance to finals
With Kenai’s entire starting front line graduating in June, the Kardinals have three major holes to fill before next season begins.

Soldotna notches sweep of Skyview
The Soldotna girls and boys basketball teams swept crosstown rival Skyview in Northern Lights Conference basketball action on Friday at Skyview.

Carver lifts Stars with buzzer-beater
Senior Brook Carver turned the tables on the Kenai Central boys basketball team on Saturday night in Northern Lights Conference action.

Sports Briefs
Habermann win at Besh #5

Kards take NSC crown
PALMER — Sometimes it only takes a thing or two to be the deciding factor in the game.

Simeon Daigle gets upset in finals
Believing he was trailing by one point in the closing moments of the 130-pound state title match, Homer senior Simeon Daigle’s normally aggressive nature took over.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen finishes 38th in sprint

Kasilof’s Hakkinen nabs 18th at worlds
Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen finished 18th in the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit on Sunday at the World Championships in Antholz, Italy, for his best result of the season.

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