Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Thanks for spaghetti feed
Soldotna High School would like to send a special thank you to the Soldotna Elks Lodge 2706 for setting up and running the spaghetti feed held on Feb.10. Soldotna High School athletics was able to raise over $2,000 during this fundraiser. The money will be used to help purchase a new weight machine for Soldotna High School. We would also like to thank the many parents, relatives, friends and businesses that purchased spaghetti feed tickets.

Dipnetting is not recreation
I recently read an article regarding Mr. Vanek’s proposal for a daily bag limit for dipnetters. Mr. Vanek is quoted saying. “Dipnetting is a recreational activity and not a subsistence fishery... .” The people of this state who take part in dipnetting use it as a quick method to fill the freezers. Dipnetters are allowed a small window, and hope to hit that one big run. You hope to hit that run, because otherwise, you stand for hours for a few fish as your reward. Standing neck deep in the surf, waiting, hoping, praying a fish will swim into this one net among hundreds is not fun. Cutting this limit practically encourages poaching of salmon. Not everyone enjoys fishing with a rod, which would be considered recreational to most.

Cold events warmed up by volunteers’ help
Only in Alaska do you spend a cold morning all bundled up to clutch sled dogs, load kids in sleds and serve hot cocoa for the Kenai Chrysler Tustumena 200 Ceremonial Start before heading over to the Peninsula Winter Games to man the Ice Bowling Booth!

Who’s covering the schools?
A news article states that Gov. Sarah Palin’s supplemental budget includes 5 mills for White Mountain school replacement after the fire. Does insurance not cover? Surely the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has insurance on all its schools-properties that cover fire, theft, vandalism and liability.

Support showed model of community spirit
We came to school one day and our teacher said that she thought it would be interesting for us to learn about the United Nations. She told us that we could learn about any country in the world that was a member of the United Nations. We thought that was cool and so we started researching. The next thing you know, she is telling us that she entered us into a program for a Model United Nations program and we were chosen!

Don’t let them shoot bears
Are you outraged at the thought of trophy hunters killing wild bears who have been taught to trust humans? These wild bears allow people to watch them nurse their cubs while standing 20 feet away.

Thanks for the memory
This is an open letter to a handsome young man, probably in his 30s: I don’t know who you are, but I want to thank you for providing me with a good laugh every time I recall our chance encounter in the Kenai Fabric Store sometime in the 80s. As I was preparing to shop, I walked past the play area when you popped your head out from behind the play counter area and said brightly, “Do you want an ice cream cone?” I was amused and thought, “Sure, I’ll play store with you,” so I said, “Why yes, I would like one scoop of vanilla.” You took my order turned around to pretend to scoop up the ice cream. I saw you look over your inventory, turn around and in your full-service demeanor say, “I’m sorry, but we’re out of vanilla. Would chocolate do instead?” You then proceeded to turn around, scoop up the pretend chocolate cone, hand it to me, and I in turn pretended to give you some money. You thanked me.

Something to think about
The only thing certain in this world is the truth! Anything less than the truth is not the truth ... it could be a point of view, a lie, a deception or a combination of these points. It is what one will accept as important to one’s values.

Cons outweigh pros in Pebble
As an avid Alaskan flyfisherman of over 20 years, I have fished the pristine waters of the Newhalen, smaller Lake Clark streams, and the Naknek for the past decade. I am hopelessly obsessed with fishing rivers where the only other warm-blooded animals are my best buddies and bears. The anticipation of knowing that each cast holds the potential for a never before caught trophy rainbow is an unforgettable experience. The actual feeling of catching and releasing a 30 plus inch beauty is indescribable.

Letter changes writer’s perspective on Alaska
I’ve been thinking about this post since I first read it (online). I’m alternately amused, horrified, frightened and saddened by these people. They would curtail free speech, free thought and free expression — all because we don’t believe the way they believe. This is fascism, pure and simple.

Diversity the way to go
(In response to Kelly King’s letter on Feb. 14) Thank you for setting the record straight, what a breath of fresh air in the middle of a stagnant stretch in the editorial section. Diversity, right on girl! You are a true American and Alaskan. Hat’s off to your family for raising such a remarkable young lady. We are in agreement here at our house, we vote you for President. If you can’t except due to your college endeavors at the moment, please do consider down the road, we need beautiful minds like yours in the times ahead. You ROCK!!

Kenai two-stroke ban targets one group of river users
Kenai City Coucilman Joe Moore, as a resident and property owner in the city of Kenai, and having been one for almost 12 years, I’ve got to ask if you, have lost your better senses? Unless you have some kind of personal agenda, then why do you wish to waste the council’s time, alienate local supporters, and turn away city revenue, when all your actions will do nothing to help the water quality in the Kenai River?

Defense rips state investigation in Rogers case
The defense attorney in the Shawn Rogers murder trial ripped apart the state trooper investigation of the crime, saying the lead investigator never determined why or how the shooting occurred.

Ungulates wander closer to people, pets in search of winter food
Valentine’s Day is typically a time for love, but an arrow shot into a moose in Kenai on Feb. 14 wasn’t fired with friendly intentions and definitely didn’t come from Cupid.

Lack of money leaves school district eyeing 75 positions to cut
Losing a half-time teaching position may not sound like much, but to the parents of students at Razdolna School, it’s the difference between failure and success.

Assembly doles out bond money to schools projects
Bond proceeds amounting to nearly $2.6 million authorized by voters last fall were divided among various school capital projects under terms of an ordinance approved Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Sowards hid behind bar during culmination of confrontation
Jurors in the Shawn Rogers murder trial in Kenai learned Friday the trial is likely to continue into March.

Senator plans bill to start impeachment of university’s Hayes
Sen. Tom Wagoner said Friday that he would introduce a resolution today directing the Alaska House to begin an impeachment trial to remove indicted University of Alaska Regent James C. Hayes.

Jack Harold Lopshire
Soldotna resident Jack Lopshire died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. He was 80.

Edwin ‘Mr. Ed’ Englestad Sr.
North Kenai resident and Alaska Native Edwin “Mr. Ed” Englestad Sr. died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage. He was 80.

Community News
Book club activity set New Rotary club to meet HEA to upgrade metersS Snowmachine fundraiser set Safari international activities set Food bank fundraiser set to build

Around The Peninsula
Peninsula writers wanted HEA to upgrade meters Little League registration begins CPCS board to meet Youth court o ffered Book club activity set Influenza surveillance, pandemic response to be discussed Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated Swim lessons offered in Nikiski/ul>

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenaitze Head Start plans events KCHS after-prom committee to meet Bike raffle begins Nikiski seniors host open house Quilters set to sew AFS fundraiser set to dish Crafters sought

Longevity Bonus, SeniorCare may not make it past legislators
Gov. Sarah Palin’s campaign promise to reinstate the Longevity Bonus Program and her proposal to extend the SeniorCare Program another five years could face opposition in the Legislature, especially considering she also wants to cut at least $150 million from the state budget, Kenai Peninsula state lawmakers said this week.

Sports Briefs
Cook Inlet Academy boys top Tok

Mid-majors seek high seedings
Anybody who enjoyed watching the big boys squirm during the first year of college basketball’s mid-major revolution is going to love the second.

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