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Monday, February 12, 2007

Fear a relic from McCarthy era
The letters regarding atheists and Muslims, found respectively in the Jan. 29 and 30 editions, show a frightening lack of knowledge as regards to our own country and its founding principles.

Ignorance lies at source of hatred
I read with interest and concern Ms. Shannon’s letter of Jan. 29. While I do not believe Ms. Shannon’s extreme views are in the majority, I hasten to note that atheists are still the least-understood and most-feared minority in the United States today.

Halibut limit may cut trips short
My wife and I have traveled to the Kenai Peninsula each summer for the past 17 years. Some summers we come up twice.

Something’s wrong with the fish
I normally don’t get involved in the salmon disagreements on the peninsula, because I’m just a fisherman who fishes for the needs of my family. And since it’s only my wife and I now, it usually doesn’t take much. I’m usually satisfied with the 10 or 20 reds I can dipnet out of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

Small town to big time
On tonight’s episode of the NBC drama “Crossing Jordan,” boxer Tommy “The Kid” Riley finds himself caught up in events surrounding a murder.

Dog shootings, deaths worry neighborhood
Donna Stocks has fond memories of Precious, an Australian shepherd-Labrador mix that was her loyal companion for the past 15 years.

Proposal limits dipnetting
With the snow still blowing and ice continuing to cover large portions of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, it’s hard to imagine thinking about dipnetting, but several people already are.

Mistrial may be in the making
The murder trial of Shawn Rogers nearly came to a halt Friday morning, but instead was temporarily delayed as attorneys and the judge sort through court rule violations alleged by the defense.

Property caps being watched by mayors
The Peninsula Conference of Mayors meeting Thursday morning in Soldotna raised concerns about a bill now before the Alaska Legislature that would limit future increases on assessed property values to just two percent annually.

Photo feature: Pooch powered
Jane Handy of Soldotna picks up speed during a skijor race behind the Soldotna Airport on Saturday. The two-day event was put on by the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association. At left, Ole Andersson of Soldotna flies out of the starting chute.

Moore: Waiting for state agencies is irresponsible
Kenai’s vice mayor told the city council Wednesday, to wait for other agencies to take measures to remove aromatic hydrocarbons from the Kenai River “is irresponsible.”

Wal-Mart, the Soldotna bridge and a great conspiracy
No one likes a good conspiracy theory better than I do, except of course for folks in Kasilof ... and folks in Nikiski ... and in Sterling. You get the picture.

A whole lot of nothing gets accomplished
There’s nothing wrong with people disagreeing on an issue. However, when that issue is something so simple as determining a meeting date, it’s not hard to understand how last week’s Southcentral Alaska Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Kenai Subsistence Subcommittee meeting went so far off the mark.

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers sought for after promPop Warner seeks volunteersGiant pumpkins to be discussedCarnival fundraiser slatedMovie night offered in SterlingReading carnival moves to SoHi

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

Hero of the Week
Flag bearer appreciated

Peninsula People
Elks table tennis resultsArea students named to dean’s, president’s listsFoster to study in ItalyGlenzel named director of peninsula Special OlympicsKilfoyle, Pfaffe hit the road

Births
· Lisa and James Henderson of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Hyrum Jasper Henderson, at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at home with the aid of midwives from Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Smelling like roses, or pushing up daisies?
I am, on occasion, accused of being a not very upbeat, not very sentimental and, in general, not very nice person.

Stars for your valentine
Early February is the best time this year to view Mercury. You can bracket observations through the 12th. Here’s how to find Mercury: start during dusk, about 20 to 30 minutes after sunset (about 5:40 p.m. during this time frame); find bright Venus close to the horizon in the general direction of where the sun just set, i.e. southwest; from there Mercury is a little closer to the horizon. Don’t wait too long during the evening because both Mercury and Venus get ever closer to the horizon and are harder to see. They set at 7:20 and 8 p.m., respectively. After dusk, find the Great of Square Pegasus above Venus and Cygnus further west; perhaps the cute constellation of Delphinus still shows up.

Community Events
Caregivers get support, tooWhat’s in a name?Work in progressMoms to meet

Around the Peninsula
Marriage, family enrichment offeredBirders flock togetherAfter school clubs offeredSwim lessons make a splashPFLAG to meetNew Rotary club formsWhat’s in a name?

Looking for love on the Kenai? Try coffee, church, computers
There are some choice sayings about dating in Alaska.

Peninsula Reflections
A remarkable photograph of Kenai taken around 1919 by Leon Grove, a teacher who climbed a telegraph pole to obtain an elevated vantage point, has been chosen to hang on the historical wall display downstairs in the new Mountain Tower addition to Central Peninsula Hospital.

Game refuge could impact Pebble
Sen. Gary Stevens said this week his bill to create a huge state game refuge around and to the north and west of Iliamna Lake and name it after former Gov. Jay Hammond was not meant to impede Northern Dynasty Mines’ proposed Pebble Project.

SoHi’s Mucha cruises to Region III crown
In hopes of fostering fond memories of this season, Homer coach Ida Martin worked tirelessly on sequined handbands for her entire team to wear during competitions.

Rams, Nikiski split
The Nikiski boys basketball team has won just one game this year, but on Friday the Bulldogs showed they have plenty of fight left against visiting Susitna Valley.

Ninilchik girls cruise to title at their own tournament
The Ninilchik girls basketball team clinched first place at their own round-robin tournament by defeating Noorvik 65-20 on Saturday at Ninilchik. The Wolverines finished the tournament 3-0.

Kardinals complete comeback vs. Lathrop
After allowing a pair of second-period goals by Lathrop on Friday morning, the Kardinals’ locker room was quiet between periods.

Sports Briefs
Kenai, Sitka split in hoops

Stars notch NLC sweep of Mariners
The key ingredient to Homer’s victory over Soldotna earlier this season was offensive rebounding, according to Stars’ coach Mark Tuter.

Kardinals take down Warriors at state
WASILLA — Coming into Saturday’s fourth-place game at the state high school hockey championships at the Wasilla Sports Complex, the Wasilla Warriors were looking to get some revenge.

Sports Briefs
PSDRA holds 10-Dog Classic

Hakkinen nabs 9th place
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished ninth in the 15-kilometer mass start in Antholz, Italy, on Sunday for the best finish of his career at the World Championships.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen, U.S. men finish ninth

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