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Monday, March 26, 2007

Seavey fan club expands
At least 80 additional pairs of eyes (watched) the Seaveys along the Iditarod Trail this year, tracking their progress, willing them fare travels, and whispering encouragement across the Alaskan skies. 80 pairs of eyes who personally know just how kind and caring they, their family and handlers are.

One pipeline good enough
Deal or No-Deal; It’s time to flip that lid or push the button, but remember that $500 million AGIA money up on the board is already yours. That seed money properly spent could finance a major part of the size gas-pipline we really need for our energy needs in (Southcentral) AK. We have a very strong chip to play in the upcoming struggle to gain a spot in the ever changing PAC Rim energy market. That chip is we already have an oil pipeline! Face the facts a cross Canada route will double the life of the pipelines supply. We just need to convince G-7-8 that they won’t need to build another oil pipeline just bring their oil down our line and keep in running. Because folks the oil flowing at Prudhoe is going to slow to a trickle when we tap that gas pressure that pressurizes the flow of oil from those old sands. Then what will we pump down our real treasure which is the Pipeline built with the combined toil of a very talented population of overachievers and ambitious sourdoughs.

Teachers should get raises when working-class people do
I just want to respond to the letter from Richard Hahn, about Teachers raises. I would accept the fact that a lot of teachers do deserve a pay raise, as long as the other deserving working class people get the same raise as the teachers. My point is why should teachers be placed in an elites status, when the other working class folks also need a pay raise, to offset the cost of living. When the other working class people get their pay raise than the teachers should get theirs.

Snowmachine riders, organizers went way out of their way
Central Peninsula Health Foundation would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support of the 2007 Way Out Women snowmachine ride. The 3rd annual ride through the Caribou Hills raised nearly $40,000 for cancer patients on the Peninsula. The event, organized and inspired by Central Peninsula Hospital Oncology Nurse Kathy Lopeman, featured 80 riders — a new participant record!

Kids entitled to teachers’ best
In response to: “Here’s a lesson: Put yourself in teachers’ shoes” Perhaps they could put themselves in the shoes of many hard working people in this community who work equally as hard or harder than they do for less pay and often NO benefits no respect and little recognition for what they do often with as much devotion as teachers do. I know of others who work very hard in careers that require wearing many hats too that may seem thankless at times but the people they serve make it worthwhile.

Tourneys brought tourism to Kenai
The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to thank Kenai Central High School and Nikiski Middle/High School for hosting their conference tournaments in our communities. The weeks spent in preparation for (the March 10) weekend has not gone unnoticed. This type of sports tourism brought welcomed dollars into our community, and is greatly appreciated by the local travel industry. Thank you for a job well done.

Skijor event was tail-wagging good time
Twenty-some skijorers took off on Fun Run at the Tsalteshi ski trails (March 11), basking in the brilliant March sunshine and kicking up their heels on the freshly groomed trails. Thanks to the Tsalteshi Trail Association a skiers were given this one-time opportunity to take their dogs on the exceptional Tsalteshi trail system, which is otherwise off limits to dogs in the wintertime.

Snowmachiners riding high on community support
Snow arrived just in time for one more run, snowmachine run that is! The Kenai Winter Snowmachine Rally had fluffy white snow for the snowmachines to hit the streets and traverse through the City of Kenai, stopping at local businesses and signing up for great door prizes. It was a funfilled event for both adults and children.

Homer condo sale to benefit charity
HOMER — Land’s End Resort owner Jon Faulkner is known for pushing the envelope and making unexpected moves. Well, guess what?

Couple burned in fire; puppy spared
A Kasilof couple suffered first- and second-degree burns Thursday night in a house fire on Burton Road near Mile 110 of the Sterling Highway.

Building better schools
A local construction company is launching a donation program designed to build better educations for children.

Ready to kick off park work
A $265,114 contract was approved Wednesday for CIC Inc. to build the new soccer park on the north side of Kenai.

Takeoff a sign of new times
When you drive by the new sign hanging on the front of the Kasilof Mercantile, you can almost hear the opening theme that was as quirky and upbeat as the characters living in the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska in 1990s hit comedy “Northern Exposure.”

Culvert project won’t leave salmon hanging
Beneath the surface of a small pool salmon lie rotting where they died, their life cycles unfulfilled. Nearby, a manmade barrier has blocked passage to upstream spawning grounds.

Albert ‘Leo’ Westcott
Former longtime peninsula resident Albert “Leo” Westcott died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. He was 95.

Angela Margaret (Murphy) Nagasiak
Lifelong Alaskan resident Angela Margaret (Murphy) Nagasiak died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Nicholson’s Assisted Living Home in Soldotna. She was 66.

John E. Feero
Lifelong Alaska resident John E. Feero of Sterling died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, during a flight home from a vacation in Hawaii.

Dodging immaturity : Sore loser comes from being beaten by poor winners
There was no convincing required. The second the word “dodgeball” popped out of my co-worker’s mouth, I was hooked.

ANGDA proposal may be state money well spent
Legislative hearings this week and last on Gov. Sarah Palin’s Alaska Gasline Inducement Act are drawing attention to the particulars of getting North Slope natural gas to market.

Around the Peninsula
Relay For Life meeting today Hockey sessions begin Skyview after-grad meeting set SoHi after-prom meeting slated CPH spring bazaar set Senior Easter dinner planned Dance concert set to boogie

Around the Peninsula
Pop Warner registration continues Relay For Life meeting Monday Used book sale planned Nikiski seniors plan bazaar Military families support group forming

Growing pains
Seth Sturman, now approach ing his second birthday, has grown into a pretty normal 2-year-old boy. He recently went sledding for the first time, and like most toddlers, took a while before deciding if the activity was exciting or scary.

Community Events
Cookie fundraiser continues Skyview reunion input sought Class of 1987 seeks members Class of ‘97 plans reunion Alzheimer’s information available Working digital cameras, photo printers sought

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Peninsula Reflections
At 5:36 p.m. March 27, 1964, an earth quake, later determined to be 9.2 on the Richter scale, disrupted life in southcentral Alaska. Power, telephone communications and the roads to Anchorage and Seward were victims of the five-minute long shaking of the earth. At that time the state, the borough, and the city of Soldotna were still in their infancies as political entities, and back-up communications were not well organized, especially on the local level.

Births
· Natalia and Theodore Johnson of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Nicole Alexandra, at 6:53 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 22.5 inches.

Peninsula People
Tyson joins Army Stelljes joins Air Force

Of Moose and Men
This time of year, Alaskans are like little kids on a long trip: every now and then we look up and ask, “Are we there yet?” Of course, the “there” is breakup. While the rest of the country is busily watching flowers pop up, Alaskans just want to reach the point where the melt surpasses the snowfall.

A soldier’s view
Editors note: Periodically the Clarion w ill print biographies and notes from peninsula soldiers stationed in northern Kuwait with the 3rd Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard. Staff Sgt. Mac Metcalfe, public affairs non-commissioned officer with the battalion, conducts the interviews.

Stars take 5th at state
The record books will say otherwise.

Bulldogs rip away 4th at state
Nikiski’s 3-point shooting probably cost it a victory in the opening round.

Kincaid, Rivera plan July wedding
Melinda Kincaid of Anchorage and Eric Rivera of Placitas, N.M., are planning to be married Saturday, July 14, 2007, at Sterling Baptist Church. Pastor Ray Boutwell will officate.

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