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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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

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."

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.

Students send planes to N.Y.
Soldotna High School students spent last Wednesday and Thursday doing a different sort of project.

Early king regs passed
The Alaska Board of Fisheries passed four proposals Monday in Anchorage dealing with early-run king salmon on the Kenai River as amended by record copy 158.

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.

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.

Love is in the air
When Christmas trees and Santas give way to hearts and cupids, there's no mistaking what holiday approaches.

Annexation on council agenda
Residents in and around Soldotna will have another opportunity Wednesday to voice their opinions regarding the city's petition to annex four parcels of neighboring land into the city.

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

Raymond Elledge
Kenai resident Raymond Elledge died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 88.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Senior service board to meet Anxiety to be discussed Teen dance slated Cancer fundraiser begins Babies born in '07 sought Child find screening offered

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

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.

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.

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

Around the District
School board meetings slated School Web pages available Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Opportunities for help with financial forms continue: Kenai Peninsula College
The annual February Fee Application for Federal Student Aid frenzy, a series of financial aid workshops, kicks off this week. Frenzy events are held across University of Alaska campuses. FAFSA Frenzy is designed to educate students about financial aid options and to encourage completion of the applications during the month.

Something to sing about
A Norwegian from Minnesota spent Feb. 4 and 5 teaching Alaska high school choir students to sing an African folk song and to enunciate in Spanish.

Lego maniacs
Composed of sixth- and eighth-grade Quest students from Nikiski North Star Elementary and Nikiski Middle School, the Nikiski "Snoopy Dawgs" team participated in the Anchorage state Lego League Robotics tournament Jan. 12, and were awarded the second place championship tournament research project award. Competing with almost 50 teams from around the state the team presented a variety of short and long term solutions for energy conservation and future alternative energy possibilities at Nikiski Middle/High School. Team members at the Anchorage tournament, pictured left to right, Nikiski Middle eighth-graders Sallee McClure and Serena Woodin and Nikiski North Star Elementary sixth-graders Hannah Tauriainen, Hannah Halliday and Levi Hansen. Not pictured, Jared W allis, Camron Lotti, and Cydney Spurgeon who also contributed to the team's success.

Teen looks back on choices, worries about future
On Nov. 10, 2007, I became a teen mom. It has not been easy and now that birth control prices are being raised it will be harder. It could mean more pregnant teens.

Sports Briefs
Semmens qualifies for Arctic Winter Games Iron Dog teams reach Kaltag

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