Monday, February 18, 2008

Reader offers solution for roads
Kalifornsky Beach Road from the fire station south is an annual disaster area. Ice is not the problem; it is the condition of the ice. DOT doesn't have the right equipment to maintain it properly.

Taxes better used for enforcing ordinance
Regarding the borough mayor and Milli Martin's response to the defeat of the subdivision ordinance as reported on the front page of the Feb. 7 Clarion.

Reader: It's 'We the People'
If you look up "Democracy" in the dictionary, it states "government in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives; rule by the ruled." It is interesting that "directly by the people" comes before "elected representatives" in the definition.

KWF plan stalls with city council
Staffers with the Kenai Watershed Forum will have to wait a little longer to move into their new headquarters home in Soldotna Creek Park if that in fact is to be their new home.

Tragedies continue for Old Believer families
HOMER Little more than a month after a plane crash in Kodiak claimed the lives of five fishermen, a fire destroyed the home of two of their parents on the night of a fund raiser to benefit the men's 13 children and four widows.

Prescription drug database proposed
A measure now before the Alaska Senate would authorize the Board of Pharmacy to create and keep a detailed record of which Alaskans are using prescription drugs.

Photo feature: Making light of it
A worker makes an adjustment to a street light on the Kenai Spur Highway last week. As the daylight hours increase with each passing day, street lights are coming on later in the evening. Sunrise is 8:41 this morning; sunset is 5:57 p.m.

Photo feature: He shoots, he scores!
Kenai River Brown Bears players celebrate a game-tying goal late in the first period of their game Sunday against the Topeka, Kan., Roadrunners at the Soldotna Sports Center. The Brown Bears wrapped up a three-game series with the Roadrunners.

KRSMA seeks public participation
The Kenai River Special Management Area advisory board is seeking knowledgeable members of the public who are interested in river issues and want to voice their ideas and concerns. These people would fill seats on the advisory board's committees and will lend their expertise on issues affecting the Kenai River and surrounding communities.

Business workshop planned
Careful planning is fundamental to success in business, but being able to prognosticate pitfalls isn't always easy, particularly for the small business owner that is just starting out.

Women go way out for cancer patients
As an oncology nurse at Central Peninsula Hospital, Kathy Lopeman knows that not only does cancer wreak havoc on the body, it can also devastate the bank account. For people who can't get public assistance, but don't have good enough insurance coverage or those who have to travel back and forth from Anchorage for treatment, the expenses just add up.

Does dog law have any teeth?
A proposed law to control vicious dogs that have actually bitten humans will be back for another round of public testimony at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

KPC Learning Center seeking tutors
The Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center is filled with useful resources, but they are looking to add a few more living ones to their educational cadre in an effort to increase literacy.

Please, be careful in the backcountry
Please, please, please, be careful out there.

Message leaves much to ponder: Voices of the Clarion
It's difficult being a hippie in an Army haircut, but nevertheless, I spent a good part of the late '60s and early '70s devouring such peace and universal love teachings as Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" and a little breast-pocket guide called "Springs of Indian Wisdom."

Talking about earmarks: Voices of the State
On Jan. 4, a fire broke out at a residence in Salcha. Thanks to specialized "Project Code Red" equipment and training, first responders extinguished the fire, saved the home, and prevented injuries. Salcha Fire Chief Rob Weathers recently wrote me about the fire and said, "Without Project Code Red a family would have lost their home and business that night."

Around the Peninsula
Presidents Day closures planned Ping pong continues Tuneful singers sought Pebble mine to be discussed Dinner fundraiser set Moose host ball Star party planned

Sterling Community News
Did you know that we have a Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group that meets in Sterling? TOPS is a support group that promotes healthy eating and exercise.

State of Alaska opens checkbook to public
JUNEAU Alaskans who want to make sure their state government is spending their money wisely can now rummage through the state's checkbook, and see what they can find.

Kasilof Community News
Roland Maw of Cohoe has been busy. He was nominated by Gov. Palin and in September appointed by President Bush to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), a group with three members each from Canada, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the U.S. They direct high seas research and keep tabs on enforcement of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention, which, in 1994, banned high seas driftnet fishing. In early October, Roland attended a NPAFC meeting in Vladivostok, Russia's largest seaport on the Pacific Ocean. There he discovered that the Coast Guard had caught eight vessels fishing drift nets on the high seas. Ships were confiscated and the crews were arrested. Ninety-tons of salmon, tuna, shark and seabird were found on one vessel.

Soldotna Community News
Editor's note: Due to incorrect information provided to the Clarion, Molly K. Watkins, first place winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program, name was misspelled.

Kenai Community News
Remember how we used to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday Feb. 12 and George Washington's birthday Feb. 22? Well, now we have President's Day on Feb. 18. That's why some of your favorite haunts aren't open today, in case you wondered.

Unhinged Alaska
In my last column I offered some advice to aspiring freelance writers that they should be cognizant of the fact that their monetary rewards will probably be so low that they will not qualify for any poverty level known to man. That brought a deluge of letters (two) giving me heat for wanting to keep a good thing for myself. They claimed that the life sounded exciting and that it must be terrific to be your own boss and tackle challenging assignments. Right, here's an example of life on the edge.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. While it has been very cold lately, the days are a bit longer and before we know it, spring will be upon us.

Ninilchik Community News
Happy President's Day! Or should I say, Happy Washington's Birthday?

Around the Peninsula
Tuneful singers sought Presidents Day closures planned Dinner, auction fundraiser planned Car seat check slated SoHi Class of '88 seeks information World travelers needed

Pet photo: Best Friends
According to Paula Snell of Anchor Point, there are five dogs in their household but only the two are Whippets. "They want me to share my chair with them. I am only able to sit right on the edge of the chair, and they make sure that if lean back too far that a foot will shove me forward," Snell said. The larger Whippet is Scout, a 3-year-old that has competed in agility for a year. Whisper is the little one on top of Scout. She is 3 months old and will start her agility training later this year.

Kenai River takes 2 from Topeka
Kenai River may be the Bizzaro Topeka.

Bulldogs claw their way past Seahawks
Despite trailing 9-0 out of the gate, the Nikiski girls defeated Seward, 34-30, Friday night in a feisty Southcentral Conference game filled with pressure defense, loose-ball scrambles, fracases and fouls.

Sports Brief
The Soldotna boys and girls both traveled to Kodiak and emerged victorious on Friday and Saturday.

Munn leads Cook Inlet Academy boys past Ninilchik
Garyn Munn scored a game-high 23 points, 16 in the first half, in leading Cook Inlet Academy past Ninilchik, 78-70, on the final day of the Ninilchik Invitational on Saturday.

Brown Bears fall, still take series
Sunday is the traditional day of rest.

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