Saturday, March 8, 2008

Writer backs Benson
Diane Benson will be the first indigenous women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She will get an exceptional voter turnout this November from indigenous communities all across Alaska because of the things she is thinking and doing now.

Readers suggest peninsula dissolve borough government
Everyone is experiencing extreme hardship with regard to the current economic state of affairs. On the Kenai Peninsula we are supporting 7 multigovernments, i.e. Kenai Peninsula Borough, cities of Seldovia, Kachemak, Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Seward. All of these entities are really unnecessary today for our small population of about 50,000-plus.

Contributions sweeten event
On behalf of the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ, we would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" for contributions to the 18th annual Senior Sweetheart Dinner held at the AAJC Fellowship Hall on Feb. 23. The following organizations and businesses helped to make this event possible: Alaska Cab (Brent and his drivers); CARTS; Claudette's Folk Art & Collectibles; Dennis Murray and staff from Heritage Place in Soldotna; Linda Flowers, Leah Hannahs and staff from Forget-Me-Not in Kenai; Gay Pendelton, Judy Calhoun, Pat Doyle, MaryJo Gates, Al Veldstra and Gary Manzik from Friendship Center in Homer; Jodi Reed and staff from Harbor Lights House Assisted Living in Soldotna; volunteers from Chuda House in Kenai; and volunteers from Vintage in Kenai.

Kenai property assessments jump
Kenai business owners deluging city hall with complaints about recent hikes in their property assessments wrongly assumed the increases were linked to plans of Wal-Mart and Lowe's coming to town.

Slipping, sliding not much fun
Recent warm weather has caused conditions to get icy, causing residents to slip and fall on the ice.

Attorney wants dipnet closure
A Kenai attorney who represents commercial fish harvesters and small processors rattled a loud sabre Wednesday night when he called for a halt to dipnet salmon fishing on the Kenai River.

Judge grants delay in wildfire trial
It will be at least two more months before the criminal case comes to trial against the California man charged in the Caribou Hills wildfire that blackened more than 55,000 acres last summer and destroyed at least 53 cabins.

Dennis Lloyd Stanga
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Dennis Lloyd Stanga of Jennings, La., died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at Jennings American Legion Hospital. He was 60.

Education worth the investment
Coming off the heels of last week's Job Shadow Program day for Kenai Central High School students, an appearance by University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, UA Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer and Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner is well timed.

Spring means restless, hungry bears
As the daylight hours grow longer and the snow melts, bears begin to emerge from their dens. Some are content to sit outside their den and soak up the sun, others have cubs in tow, but generally all bears are in search of one thing: easy food.

Weather makes lakes, roads hazardous for Refuge users
Editor's note: Refuge law enforcement officer Chris Johnson wrote this Refuge Notebook in February 2006. It is being rerun in light of changing weather, snow and ice conditions on the refuge.

Visitors should keep informed on conditions
It's that time of year again. The days are getting longer and warmer. Yippee! Unfortunately, longer, warmer days aren't always such a good thing.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Seward squads both win
The Seward girls and boys basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the Southcentral Conference tournament on Thursday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

Powerful group of 4 advances to NLC girls semis
Four of the top nine girls teams in the state will play in the semifinals of the Northern Lights Conference basketball tournament today at Palmer High School.

Seldovia boys nip Eagles
To say Levi Harkness was a beginner when he first tried out for Seldovia as a freshman would be an understatement.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Rich heavenly Father can carry our cares
My working associate was a top-notch salesman and highly respected by our employer and others, but he had a severe drinking problem that nearly ended his life.

Oilers announce signing of pitcher
The Peninsula Oilers have announced the signing of junior right-handed pitcher Dave Roberts of Long Beach State University. In 2007, Roberts made 28 appearances at Long Beach State. He went 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 37 innings. Roberts, who is 6-foot-0, 215 pounds, is majoring in communications and calls Renton, Wash., home.

Sports Briefs
Peterson wins at Tsalteshi

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