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Monday, February 19, 2007

We should all agree on tolerance
Robert Rall’s January 30 letter was nothing more than a paranoid rant. The Muslims elected into offices in this country are citizens of this country, just like me and you, Robert. And let’s not forget the most important word here — they were ELECTED. Is this paranoia reminiscent of the days before civil rights? How about the days before women’s suffrage? There are extremists in all walks of life Mr. Ralls. Especially in religion; Whether it be Muslims, or Christians. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a Muslim banging on my door on a Saturday morning, trying to cram their religious literature down my throat. Yet, I don’t think all Christians are out bombing abortion clinics, either.

Skip the categories, just see the humanity
Regarding Alice Shannon’s letter: Even the devil believes in God. Your letter was caustic and not well thought out or prepared to share with your fellow mankind. In the USA, and in the eyes of God we have the freedom to believe or not.

Reader: Wolf, wolf, wolf
Tick for tack: Commercial halibut comes in two forms, longline commercial and charter rod fishing. For the commercial longlines to limit rod caught charter fishing is to ignore the fact that a lot of charter clients are local Alaskans, so taking from many Alaskans their commonly used harvest method. Now catch monitoring exposes the alarming fact that bycatch of halibut from other forms of commercial fishing exceeds total sports caught halibut by some 3 million pounds.

One submission for commissioner not right
Surely it is illegal for the joint boards of Fish and Game to submit a list of one to the governor for the position of commissioner of Fish and Game.

Borough may lower property tax rate
An annual review of its books shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s finances are in good shape, a representative of the independent auditing firm told the borough assembly Feb. 6.

Proposed city homeless facility seen as national model
If built, the Soldotna homeless shelter proposed by Love INC would be a model for such facilities across the nation, according to the group’s national president.

Soldotna faces $1.6 million in repairs from ice damage
The Soldotna City Council got a look at the fishing platforms and riverbank walkways at city parks — what is left of them, anyway.

Area Iditarod dogs get OK to take to the trail to Nome
Iditarod hopefuls took one of the first steps this weekend toward what will be a marathon of health inspections dogs will endure over the course of the race, which begins in two weeks.

Jurors see photos of fatal bullet wound
Jurors in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Friday got their first closeup look at photos of the bullet wound that killed Brian Black.

Anthony ‘Tony’Wayne Taylor
Anchorage resident Anthony “Tony” Wayne Taylor died Thursday. Feb. 15, 2007, at home after a 38- year battle with diabetes. He was 48.

Former trooper uses same attention to detail in taxidermy
Much like a detective skilled at looking for subtle clues is critical to solving a crime, so too is a taxidermist with an artistic eye for recognizing slight differences in the color, texture, expression and muscle movements of animals key to creating a high-quality mount.

Births
&;middot Sasha and Zane Fallon III of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Telan Jezel Fallon, at 7:58 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Senior Olympics continueLip synch contest tapes due MondayRelay for Life kickoff setPublic heath plans one-day closureHEA to upgrade meters

Peninsula People
Mead joins Army Elks table tennis results

Peninsula Reflections
The farthest north covered bridge in North America was built in Cooper Landing under contract with the Bureau of Public Roads in 1929 at a sharp bend of the Kenai River called Schooner Bend.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768.

Around the Peninsula
New Rotary club to meet Peninsula women break for lunch KCHS after-grad meeting scheduled Frontier board meeting set Healthy eating to be discussed Bypass support group available Dinner, slide show fundraiser planned Fishing for quality Miners dig in .

Award for most lame category goes to ...
I know it’s difficult to hang on, but hang on we must. There are only seven more days until the BIG NIGHT. You know the one I’m talking about: Academy Awards Night. Ah, that glorious evening where glitz and pointless schmoozing as a lifestyle are brought forth and paraded about for public consumption as if it were entertainment.

NASA proves space nuts are out there, after all
When my wife got up and headed for the coffee pot one morning last week, I asked her to come into the living room.

Community News
Kenai library honored League of Women Voters celebrates milestone

My best friend
  Thomas O’Mally the ally cat proves to be a tolerant buddy to Serenity DeMello, at top, and 18-month-old Jaden Garner, above. He belongs to Jan DeGuzman of Kenai.

Measure would limit liability for people who allow their property to be used by others for recreation
A measure that would protect landowners from lawsuits by people who might be injured while recreating on their land has passed the Alaska House.

Kardinals and Panthers split
Riding an emotional wave from the previous night, Skyview posted its second straight league win Saturday night.

Skyview girls, boys sneak by Homer
Skyview’s first rally was incredulous enough. The second was an overtime game-winner.

Seward shocks Grace
Trailing by four after three quarters, Seward outscored Grace Christian, 16-11, in the final eight minutes in edging the top-ranked boys team in Class 3A, 57-56, in Seward on Saturday.

Mucha, Hall win Borough Sprints
Soldotna’s Kailey Mucha and Kenai’s Chris Hall each won the Second Annual Borough Sprint Championships on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails.

Saltzgiver, Paget marry in Utah
Breeanna “Breezy” Saltzgiver of Kenai and Wes Neil Paget of Bountiful, Utah, were married in a morning ceremony Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple. Elder Clay Gorton officiated.

Pankoski, Brown wed in Anchorage
Lacey Ann Pankoski and Quinn Micheal Brown of Anchorage were married in a candlelight evening ceremony Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 at the Six-Mile Chalet on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage after a three-year romance. Tom Senter, the groom’s uncle, officiated.

Barnett, Miller announce engagement
Yetta Barnett of Soldotna and Brent Miller of Danville, Ill., plan to be married Saturday, May 19, 2007, in Danville.

Nelson, Vasicek to marry in Kenai
Shelby Nelson of Kenai and Dustin Vasicek of Soldotna plan to be married Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in Kenai.

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