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Monday, February 11, 2008

Bureaucrats, politicians should serve public, not vice-versa
In the Jan. 11 Clarion article titled, "Term limit ruling sought," borough attorney Collette Thompson made the following observation: "that term limits have a place: they reduce unfair incumbent advantage, promote fairer and more competitive elections, encourage qualified new candidates, dislodge entrenched officeholders, curb the power of political machines and encourage citizen service rather than career politicians."

Getting there slow better than not at all
This is in regards to the dangerous Alaska roads we face every year.

Williams defends initiative stance
Borough Mayor John Williams' decision last week to join a statewide coalition of Alaskans pledging to fight a pair of clean-water ballot initiatives they say would cripple the state's mining industry raised questions about how, whether or when borough officials should take stands on major projects or use the power of office to influence public opinion.

Strengthening the ties that bind
Whether your family is as dysfunctional as Ozzy and the rest of the Osbournes, or as normal as Beaver and the other Cleavers, an upcoming program may still improve a family's interpersonal skills in ways never thought possible.

BOF tackles surplus sockeye
Proposal 83 remained the hot issue at Sunday's meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries in Anchorage.

Foundation provides legacy
A few years ago, a longtime Kenai Peninsula resident was looking for a local organization to which he could leave his estate.

Film festival is entertaining
Families that are looking for fun on a Saturday afternoon seldom turn to local movie theaters if they have small children. With only two theaters in the area, each with two or three screens, kids' films are relatively few and far between. But that may change.

Photo feature: Frosted
Hoar frost nearly obscures a cross atop a cupola at Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai earlier this month.

HEA board seats open for election
Nominations are now being accepted for three open seats on the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors.

Williams wants local gas line
In a recent letter to Gov. Sarah Palin, Borough Mayor John Williams urges consideration of a natural gas pipeline land route to tidewater at Cook Inlet to tie into expanded liquefied natural gas facilities.

Fish board considers sockeye season change
After more than six hours of deliberation and decision-making at Saturday's meeting, the Alaska Board of Fisheries called it quits for the day in order to take more time to review proposals dealing with commercial fishing seasons.

Enola Beatrice Burket
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Enola Beatrice Burket died in her sleep of natural causes on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.

Is it cold enough for ya?: Sub-zero snap doesn't cool reporter's winter enthusiasm
Who am I to say I'm cold?

Enlightening the prolifers: The movement has been sold fake antidote to Roe v. Wade
I title this column "For prolifers only" because, rather than trying to persuade the general public about the enormity and evils of abortion, I wish to address it to those who don't need convincing.

Mayor Williams' stance doesn't hold any water
Legal or not, a line has been crossed.

Kenai Community News
Wow, what a beautiful winter we're having. However, my sympathies are with anyone who has had to work outside during this bitter cold. It's been just about cold enough to freeze us all into popsicles.

Sterling Community News
As I am writing this, the outdoor thermometer by my kitchen is reading a frosty -24 degrees. I know we live in Alaska, and I know it's winter, but I am looking forward to some above zero weather.

A soldiers view
Editor's note: Periodically the Clarion prints biographies, photos and letters to the community from peninsula soldiers stationed around the world and in the U.S. Soldiers may e-mail letters and photos to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

More than memories
Do you have hundreds of photos lying helter-skelter around your house?

Soldotna Community News
Good Monday. I Hope you are staying warm and well during this refreshing cold snap. It was great to see and hear about so many area neighbors getting out and voting last Tuesday.

Peninsula Reflections
Kenai Mayor James Elson, left cuts the ribbon to open Meeks Crossing in 1976. The metal footbridge links the pathway that starts on the bluff next to the Bay Arms Apartments, crosses the creek below and ends at the beach. The original bridge had been used almost daily by Roger and Francis Meeks and many others, but when the city needed to divert the creek, it eroded the pathway and made it unusable. The Meeks petitioned the city to provide a crossing and they complied. The little bridge needs leveling from time to time, but it is still in use.

Kasilof Community News
My apology to Susan Steinbach in last week's column. She is a CNA, not a RN.

Around the Peninsula
Counseling association meets today Ping pong continues After-school clubs to meet Anxiety to be discussed Martial advice offered Scholarship offered Presidents' Day closures planned Women to take a break

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
You can always tell that it's February. Everyone starts to get a little edgy. The holidays got us through dark December in good cheer, but on Jan. 2 when everyone woke up to the reality of another New Year, the longest, darkest month loomed large. Not only did we have to face the Iowa caucus this year, and politics, local and national, ad nauseum, right after New Year's Eve, but also the spectre of more reruns on TV as the writers' strike dragged on. The kids were home from school for another whole week on vacation, sales tax went up a penny, and to make matters even worse, the Alaska Legislature convened for only 90 days when in the past they couldn't even get their main act together in 90 days.

Ninilchik Community News
I am aware that many kind and generous neighborly acts go on in our community that are quietly woven into the unique fabric that makes up our small town.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. Brrrr, it has been very cold.

Around the Peninsula
Bird club meeting set Gebhardt Iditarod send off set Grief to be discussed Tuneful singers sought PFLAG to meet Women leadership workshop set Developmental screening offered Marital advice offered

Pet photo: Best Friend
Orianna, a 5-year-old golden retriever, does not like to share anything especially her "baby," a stuffed hedgehog she keeps close by her at all times. Ori was adopted by the Misner family in Kasilof three years ago.

SoHi falls to Lathrop
The Soldotna hockey team ended its season with a 4-1 loss to Lathrop on Friday at the Class 4A state hockey championships at the Wasilla Sports Complex.

SoHi sweeps regions
Two years, two titles.

Sports Briefs
Mucha, Watkins, Romig qualify for Jr. Nationals Kenai boys win in Kodiak Kenai boys win in Kodiak

Kenai River drops 2 to Wichita Falls
The Kenai River Brown Bears concluded their 16-game road trip with a pair of losses against first-place Wichita Falls.

Skyview girls, Seward boys win Seahawk Classic
Behind 14 points from Brittany Meyer and 10 from Candace Penrod, the Skyview girls captured first place at the Seahawk Classic with a 40-35 victory over second-place Cordova on Saturday in Seward.

Sports Brief
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 89th in the 10-kilometer sprint on Saturday at the opening day of the Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.

Happy trails
Scott Davis wanted to go out on top. And he did.

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