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Friday, February 8, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Realtors welcome new members Small business workshop set Diabetes, healing touch classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Bush should be impeached
Over the past months I have been part of the Homer Citizens for Impeachment and believe strongly that President Bush has grossly overstepped his authority, has lied to Congress, the U.N. and the world. I certainly believe that he and Cheney are guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and should be impeached so that these crimes may be investigated.

New group distorts information on mining
While I am not surprised that a group has formed to oppose the Alaska Clean Water Initiatives, I am more than a little dismayed at how extreme their campaign of disinformation is, and I am disheartened that some elected officials and public figures are so grossly misrepresenting the facts.

Reader: Vicious dog ordinance long overdue
Thank you to Sterling (borough assembly) representative Grace Merkes for the introduction of an ordinance dealing with the problem of vicious dogs. This is long overdue, and I applaud her efforts to assure public safety. I hope the assembly will act to approve this measure quickly.

Gifts make a big difference to children
Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors in Soldotna, many children around the world have something to smile about. Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, collected 1,106 gift-filled shoe boxes from local residents during last year's collection season. These gifts from right here in our community are now on their way to hurting children around the world.

Are the bridge lights hiding an unseen danger?
I am a recent migr from Maryland, after having worked inside the beltway for over 30 years, and thus I am convinced that almost anything of any consequence at any level of government is due to a conspiracy including the lights on the bridge.

Reader: Don't patronize young Americans for their interests
I am writing in response to Tina Chipp's letter to the editor titled, "Voters should only vote if they know what their voting for."

Roads ordinance flattened
Roads ordinance flattenedA year's worth of legislative effort, countless hours of staff work, numerous committee and commission meetings, and a good deal of public testimony went up in smoke Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly split evenly and sent a subdivision roads ordinance down to defeat.

Expect cold to stick around
Peninsula residents may have to suffer through a few more days of extreme cold.

Peninsula Clarion - News

SPH expansion project still on hold
State officials say the only way to gain approval for a new certificate of need (CON) allowing South Peninsula Hospital to proceed to the next phase of its expansion project is to file still more paperwork.

Fire claims log home
A four-bedroom, three-bath log home and its contents were reduced to ash in Sterling Wednesday afternoon following a fire that burned through insulation in the ceiling near a wood-burning stove chimney.

Social Security gets wired
After many years of seeing Social Security Administration representatives at Kenai City Hall each month, clients were directed instead to the Kenai Senior Center on Tuesday where assistance will now be available via video conference.

Wal-Mart plan proceeding
The project manager for the proposed Wal-Mart store in Kenai stopped short Wednesday night of announcing dates for construction to begin or for the store to be open for business, but he did tell elected officials the project has not stalled.

Photo feature: Tuning in
Aaron Rangel works to align a GCI microwave antenna 150 feet up a tower off Redoubt Avenue in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon. "The scenery was just unreal," he said afterward.

John Henry Pace
Anchorage resident John Henry Pace died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 50.

Enola Burket
Longtime Soldotna resident Enola Burket died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.

It may be cold, but good things still happening
Who says people don't care about politics?

Putting things back in order
Some good news coming out of the state: Gov. Sarah Palin announced the Habitat Division will be returning to Department of Fish and Game, out of the Department of Natural Resources, where it was moved by former Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2003.

Oh baby, it's cold outside!
Hang in there, the end is in sight to this lengthy cold snap we're enduring. According to National Weather Service folks, clouds are on the way. They are what holds in the heat at night.

Cold weather keeps trails hard, fast
With no new snow falling and the bitter cold temperatures continuing, the trail report is much the same as last week's expect hard and fast conditions.

Festival offers 'virtual vacation'
Winter can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but after more than a week of minus 20 degree weather some people may be ready for a change. And, if a break from the cold is in order, checking out the Alaska Ocean Film Festival this weekend may be almost as nice a reprieve as actually heading for the warmer climes of tropical destination.

Harmony braves the cold
So who doesn't like harmony? The word is onomatopoeic: harmony, harmonious, just feel it waving through the vocal chords. The English takes its root from the Greek harmonia, which means joint, framework, or agreement.

Poet's Corner
The team and I were out for a run

Around the Peninsula
Subsistence to be discussed

'Sweeney Todd' a gruesome tale
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Around the Peninsula
FCS board meeting today Genealogical society events planned T-200 volunteer dinner set Valentine's dinner planned Historical society to meet Anxiety to be discussed

Region III skiers face schedule conflict
To ski at the region meet or Besh Cup races?

Dimond tops SoHi skaters
The Dimond hockey team was too deep and the Wasilla Sports Complex ice was too small for Soldotna on Thursday in the opening round of the Class 4A state hockey championships.

Sports Briefs
Seldovia boys take third at NIT

Soldotna set to tangle with Dimond
Mike McGrath was a student at Dimond High School for about one month earlier this year. That was long enough to recognize he wasn't going to be spending much time stopping pucks between the pipes.

Church Briefs
Bible study workshop set

Is your Bible the least read best seller?
Who among us readers hasn't been caught in an assumption? We might use a word we think is right but really don't know the meaning of and someone calls us on it.

Michaels, McClain win Tsalteshi races
Dave Michaels and Penny McClain won at the Tsalteshi Race Series on Tuesday evening at Tsalteshi Trails, which are located at Skyview High School.

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