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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another AIG story
Ten years ago my wife was in a terrible car wreck. Unconscious and taken to emergency, she underwent weeks of chiropractic treatment, itself resulting for a time in severe head pain. As I attempted to receive funds for another car of similar model and safety features, our insurer AIG fought me on the price of such a replacement from a local car lot.

A view on smoking
Having recently visited our daughter in Soldotna, my wife and I enjoyed the evening at Mykel's, but after a few minutes in the smoking-allowed establishments, we decided it was best to stay at the house.

Banquet sheds light on hunger
I would like to thank the students of Dr. Christine Gehrett's Kenai Peninsula College ethics class for hosting a successful hunger banquet March 7. It was an educational opportunity to learn about hunger issues, not only from around the world, but also right here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Borough money could be better spent
The borough needs to quit wasting our money to fund organizations such as EDD. It has shown no proven worth to us. It's comprised of a group of self-serving individuals who suckle at the public breast.

Athletes different than they used to be
Congratulations to our No. 1 athlete in the world, Lance Mackey.

Road workers on ash watch
Street and road maintenance personnel in the central Kenai Peninsula area, like many residents, were keeping a watchful eye on the sky for any significant ashfall from the Thursday morning eruptions of the Mount Redoubt volcano.

Legislative contingent plans town hall meeting
Local legislators still are planning to return to the central peninsula Saturday for a town-hall style meeting.

Peninsula schools stay prepared -- and in session
Two volcanic eruptions and an ash advisory; local students must have thought for sure they were going to get the rest of Thursday off.

'We have a wide open system': Redoubt eruptions expected to continue with little warning
Sheila and James Isaac thought they'd enjoy a beautiful sunny Thursday, maybe even take advantage of the break in the weather and fly from their lodge on the west side of Cook Inlet to Soldotna for supplies.

Redoubt erupts late Friday afternoon
An eruption of Redoubt Volcano occurred at approximately 5:35 p.m. The National Weather Service reports the cloud height to be approximately 40,000 feet above sea level based on radar.

Highway reopens following avalanche
An avalanche that closed the Seward Highway at Mile 85 of the Seward Highway, about two miles south of Girdwood, has been cleared, according to Alaska State Troopers. The highway is now open in both directions.

Another day, another eruption
Mount Redoubt erupted several times on Saturday, with the most recent eruption occurring at just after 3:30 p.m. Immediately following the event, a large ash cloud was visible from several locations.

Peter LeMay
Kasilof resident Peter LeMay died Friday, March 20, 2009, after a short battle with cancer. He was 67.

Danielle (Adams) Gordon
Former Soldotna resident Danielle (Adams) Gordon died Monday, March 16, 2009, after an extended illness at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage. She was 31.

Winds blow favorably for peninsula
It's been a busy week for the Kenai Peninsula.

On the mend: Sled dog injured in accident recuperating
Kasilof musher Jon Little undeniably started the mushing season at an all-time low, but as winter nears its end, he has something to be thankful for as one dog injured in an accident at the end of September appears to be on the mend.

Remember the Exxon Valdez
One thing that hasn't been said about the Exxon Valdez oil spill is how fortunate it is that the true extent of the damage is hidden from the casual visitor -- the boaters, kayakers and passengers aboard day boats and cruise ships.

Refuge education specialist honored
Kenai Refuge environmental educator Michelle Ostrowski was honored this week as the Alaska winner of the Sense of Wonder Award sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Michelle was recognized for her skills as a teacher who has created innovative programs connecting people with wildlife and natural resources on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Around the Peninsula

Rummage, bake sale fundraiser slated

Learning to live on less gives new perspective
Recently my son returned home from traveling overseas.

Church Briefs

Soldotna Aglow Bible Study

Competitors race in Clark Bradford
Jill Garnet, Jim Arndt and Mindee Morning all won their respective races on Sunday in the Clark Bradford sled dog race, a competition run by the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association.

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