Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reader has an old idea for government
Local government organization was much debated when the state constitution was drafted. Your previous correspondent wrote that the borough should go away and let city governments rule.

Closing dipnetting is not the answer
I am responding to an article that talks about an attorney who wants to stop dipnetting. My question is how mean spirited can a person get?

Wishful thinking isn't very realistic
I hope the Saudis increase production and oil prices will plummet. I hope the IRS will be abolished. I hope the state will abolish property taxes. I hope the federal government and the state of Alaska will abide by the Constitution. I hope the Muslims become loving and friendly. I hope the economy will enjoy free-market capitalism and competitiveness. I hope the Federal Reserve will vanish, and gold and silver will become that standard.

Fundraiser rolls to successful finish
My fifth-grade class at Nikiski North Star Elementary recently baked and sold 1,152 cinnamon rolls. This cinnamon roll bakery fundraiser was a sweet success; we are well on our way to Kasitsna Bay! The kids were amazing workers, and the parents were generous contributors.

Bush's actions anger reader
I am writing to express my disappointment over President Bush's decision to veto the bill HR 2082. This bill prevents the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. agents from using waterboarding, sexual humiliation dogs and other techniques that amount to torture.

Photo feature: Horsing around
A new filly nicknamed Puddles uses her mother, Rose, for shelter against the breeze last week at the Martin family's Diamond M Ranch in Kenai. The horse was born last Sunday and has markings nearly identical to its mother.

Idea to move ADF&G office miffs mayor
The suggestion by a Wasilla legislator that the Department of Fish and Game offices in Soldotna should be moved to Anchorage has miffed Soldotna lawmakers and the mayor.

Avalanche training offered
According to avalanche.org, there have been 34 avalanche-related fatalities in the United States this season, including three in Alaska.

Fire still under investigation
Police, firefighters and representatives from the state medical examiner's office and state fire marshal's office removed the bodies of a mother and her three children who died in a fire that consumed their home at the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road on Saturday.

Photo feature: Welcome sight, news
The sun briefly moves behind a tree in Kenai last week. The Kenai Peninsula is currently gaining more than five minutes of daylight per day, a telltale sign that winter is nearly over.

Woman accused of stealing more than $53,000
Brandi M. Montague, 31, of Soldotna, made her first felony court appearance Friday after Soldotna police arrested her for allegedly stealing more than $53,000 from River City Pull Tabs on Wednesday. Police charged Montague with first degree theft, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $100,000 fine.

HEA rate hike?
Earlier this month, Homer Electric Association submitted a request to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to approve a 6.5 percent base rate increase for electricity.

Soldotna manager candidate review set
The first review of applications for the Soldotna city manager position is scheduled for Thursday.

Lessons on how to safeguard against identity theft slated
It doesn't take much for someone to obtain private information. It can start with an e-mail, the swipe of a credit card or a familiar phone number showing up on your caller ID before you unwittingly wind up the victim of identity theft.

Elisabeth Dorothy Wilsie Aprill
Anchor Point resident Elisabeth Dorothy Wilsie Aprill died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from natural causes. She was 85.

Lucinda Marie Lagomasino
Tallahassee, Fla., resident Lucinda Marie Lagomasino died Friday, March 14, 2008. She was 25.

Not really as good as gold: Mining industry must pay fair share for what it takes from Alaska
The "Voices of the State" editorial on March 6 on the important role of mining in the future of Alaska does not tell you the complete story about what is driving the recent economic boost to state and local governments. Article VII - Natural Resource of the Alaska Constitution states, "It is the policy of the State to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest."

Ninilchik Community News
Congratulations to the Ninilchik girls basketball team for winning No. 1 seed from the Peninsula Conference last Saturday. Ninilchik senior, Heidi Skjold, was tourney Most Valuable Player. The team will play its first-round game at state at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Anchorage. This is the 13th time the girls have won a district championship and it's their 16th consecutive trip to the state tournament.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors. I hope you enjoy St. Patrick's Day today and also the first day of spring break.

Around the Peninsula
Alliance meeting set Fibromyalgia support groups forms Trappers set to meet Easter dinner planned CPHC board to meet Bear baiting clinics set CIRCAC to meet Car seat check-ups offered Child screening set Community health fair set

Kenai Community News
Editor's note: Joan is out of the area. Kenai community members may submit news to news@peninsulaclarion.com for inclusion the Kenai Neighbors section.

Soldotna Community News
Top of the Monday mornin' Soldotna lads and lassies. We may be seeing a lot of green today even if our yards and walkways are still in a semi-glaciated state. St. Patrick's Day is always a big hit at the Michel's home.

Kasilof Community News
Easter is fast heading our way. It is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Good Friday (this Friday) is on the equinox, this year.

Sterling Community News
Editor's note: Debbie will be taking a few weeks off. Sterling community members are welcome to send their news to news@peninsulaclarion.com for inclusion in the Sterling Neighbors column.

Meeting of the minds
Above, former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond, (back to camera) converses with community leaders from Kenai and Soldotna on July 1, 1977, at an informal meeting in the breakroom of the Peninsula Clarion. Pictured, left to right, are Dick Morgan, unidentified woman, John Wise, Lorraine Knight, unidentified men standing and seated, Jim Fisher, Jim Payne and George Day. Left. Jay Hammond.

Around the Peninsula
Pingpong continues Tuneful singers sought Caregiver meetings offered Little League registration continues Spring break day camp offered Seniors plan Easter activities T-200 meeting slated Counseling association to meet Dinner, auction fundraiser planned

Tsalteshi ski race hangs in limbo
The race director of the Cross Country Alaska Championship Race said he thinks people are waiting until the last minute to sign up for the Saturday race at Tsalteshi Trails, which are located behind Skyview High School.

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