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Monday, February 6, 2006

Mayor seeks $500,000 for Games
Borough Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for $500,000 to help meet a projected financial shortfall faced by the Arctic Winter Games Host Society.

Tsalteshi trails is welcome mat for visitors
Nice coverage and story on the SoHi Invite (Clarion, Jan. 29). I always enjoy going to the Peninsula for ski meets. The Tsalteshi trails are just great and the people in the community are always so friendly!

Coretta Scott King’s determination admirable
About 15 years ago, while changing planes at what was then known as The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, I was on an escalator going up from the cavernous underground rail system that connects the various terminals. As I ascended to Terminal A, a woman wearing a bright green coat brushed past me racing up the moving staircase. When I alighted at the top, I saw the woman’s face. It was Coretta Scott King, who by then had been the widow of slain Civil Rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. for some 20 years. She looked tired, but purposeful. Like someone with a role thrust upon her that she didn’t particularly want, but was determined to carry out. ...

Reader discovers cost of living in ‘dangerous’ Alaska
Simply have to share this one. I just booked a round trip flight to Seattle. That is a 3 1/2 hour flight (one way) and runs around $600. The rest of my trip is an 11 hour flight (one way) and costs $977. When I asked the Alaska Airlines clerk about the peculiar difference in price, I was told that it was so dangerous to fly to Alaska, and that pilots have to have special training to come here.

Reader: Poll question only serves to divide neighbors
What did the Clarion hope to accomplish by posing its sensationally provocative question about Intelligent Design? The poll results in (the Jan. 31) paper illustrate the only possible outcome of such an ill-advised inquiry: Quips like “riddled with lies,” “masquerading as science,” “If you don’t like this country, leave,” “If your religious faith is so weak,” and more accomplish nothing, solve no problems, answer no questions and serve only to pit neighbor against neighbor.

Soldotna Post Office goes above, beyond call of duty
Kenai Peninsula College would like to publicly thank Soldotna post master Margaret Merrill and the staff at the Soldotna post office for giving the phrase “the mail must go through” real meaning to the college.

Fire ruins another trailer
The third mobile home in approximately a week succumbed to flames when a torch being used to thaw frozen water pipes set fire to a trailer near Mile 90.5 of the Sterling Highway.

When disaster strikes, DMAT responds
Events like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the tsunami of 2004 and most recently Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have demonstrated that natural or manmade disasters can be overwhelming.

Beached tanker pulled to sea
An oil tanker that broke loose of its moorings, spilled two barrels of fuel into Cook Inlet and then grounded early Thursday morning was safely tugged and nudged back into the water Friday morning without further incident.

Photo feature: Race day warm up

Kenai house fire displaces family
A mother and her three children escaped a fire that sent flames roaring through the upper level of their single-family home in Kenai on Thursday night.

Nation looks in on Craig murder conspiracy trial
JUNEAU — The murder of Lauri Waterman sent shockwaves from one small Alaska village around the world.

Warmer rivers may hurt fish
A study released Monday found water temperatures in the Ninilchik River, Deep Creek, Stariski Creek and Anchor River are rising, a trend that could pose problems for migrating salmon, decrease salmon egg and fry survival and make salmon at all life stages more vulnerable to disease.

Central peninsula welcomes back soldiers returning from Iraq duty
It was hard to find a parking space anywhere near the Kenai Armory at 2 p.m. Saturday. The armory’s lot was full, and the line of cars on North Forest Road stretched west from the Kenai Spur Highway for nearly a half mile.

Mayor seeks $500,000 for Games
Borough Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for $500,000 to help meet a projected financial shortfall faced by the Arctic Winter Games Host Society.

Esther Marie Taylor
Longtime Ninilchik resident Esther Marie Taylor died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 81.

Esther B. Tyler Peteet
Longtime Soldotna and Kenai resident Esther B. Tyler Peteet died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, in Soldotna. She was 101.

Support should go beyond 1 event
Welcome home.

Community Briefs
Volunteer tutors needed Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna

Senior Activities
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Planning can mitigate many flood hazards
Many of us on the Kenai Peninsula are a little more familiar with flooding than we’d like to be, as a great deal of the peninsula is designated as “flood plain.” This is no big surprise to many of you who have experienced the power of runaway water more than once. I think Noah and his ark would have been right at home here.

Births
· Loralee and Lance Anderson of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Koby Harlan Anderson, at 1:02 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at Frontier Midwifery Services in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Clarion looking for love Seniors cooking up buffet Photo guild to meet Art donations to be part of auction Peninsula fair quilters square off Peninsula fair seeks members Safety Day presenters sought Auditions to be held

Heroes of the Week
Woman glad for warm hand Couple grateful for fast response

February stars abound
I, the “Sky Guy,” the great astronomer, have to admit that I have not used my telescope in more than a month. Between school starting, the many cloudy evenings, the hassle of assembling the telescope in a cramped garage versus keeping it safe from our 1-year-old son, and our sub-zero temperatures, it just wasn’t feasible. I’ll get better at it, though, as I have scheduled some astronomy evenings for one of my classes during February. If you’d like to join, send me an e-mail or call me.

Around the Peninsula
HEA schedules electric meter upgrades Title V11 meeting slated Bee keepers are buzzing Winter series goes to the dogs Caregiver training slated CPCS board meeting planned Grief support for teens offered Prime rib dinner fund-raiser set to go

Peninsula soldiers settling back into the lives they left when deployed to Iraq
Ken Felchle remembers the meaningful visit before he and six other National Guardsmen from the Kenai Peninsula began to deploy for Iraq.

Super Bowl MVP party takes wings
This Sunday’s Super Bowl party demands two pieces of kitchen equipment — a slow cooker and a deep fryer.

Peninsula People
Peninsula PeopleAmeriCorps grads announced Area students make honor roll Davis joins Marines Presidential scholar named PWG dog-pull results announced Super swimmers shine

My best friend
These curious Burmese cats, Cocoa and Shadow, belong to Dianna Wise of Soldotna. If they can find a way to be mischievous, they do, and keep their family laughing with all their high jinks.

Assembly to dig into gravel pit issues again
Review the cross section schematics of any proposed thoroughfare or foundation on the Kenai Peninsula and somewhere there’ll be a symbol representing layers of gravel.

Soldotna skater Gleason makes charitable donation after his team defeats Kenai Central
Whether it’s Mohawks before the football playoffs, a unified hairstyle on the volleyball court or the prospect of shaving the head of the coach, hair is one of the great motivators in sports.

Wasilla tops Colony for title in triple OT
For the first time since 1996, there will not be a team from the Kenai Peninsula in the Class 4A state hockey tournament.

Sports Briefs
Colony girls cagers top Panthers Palmer girls topple Homer

Nikiski girls topple Heritage Christian
The Nikiski Bulldogs girls picked up a 60-26 Southcentral Conference victory against the Heritage Christian Eagles Saturday in Anchorage. Sarah Herrin pumped in a game-high 20 points, Hannah Thompson added 18 points, and Sasha Auldridge pitched in 12 points in the win. Nikiski didn’t allow the Eagles to score in double figures in any quarter.

Michaela becomes first girl in U.S. to win prep title; Eli is only wrestler to finish perfect in Alaska
Michaela Hutchison, Skyview, 1. Aaron Boss, Colony, 0.

Skyview boys, Kenai girls take borough ski crowns
With some of the top skiers participating in the Besh Cup in Fairbanks, the trails opened up for others Saturday during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Ski Tournament at Nikiski High School.

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