Saturday, May 12, 2007

Reader asks: What if?
I pulled up to the drive-through window at the Soldotna McDonald’s and ordered a Big Mac, fries and chocolate shake. Then the person taking the order asked me if I was a resident of Soldotna. Thinking that McDonald’s was sure collecting a lot of personal information, I casually replied, “why yes.”

Rec center helps pull off prom
Nikiski High School’s junior class and I would like to thank the employees of the Nikiski Community Recreation Center — Tammy, Joe, Crystal, Rick, Dan, Chauncy and Jolene. We recently held our prom at the rec center, and they went above and beyond to accommodate our group through the weeks of planning, decorating and pulling off a really enjoyable evening for our students and their dates. They were always accommodating, supportive and helpful.

Cost too high when it comes to children, guns
I would like to express thanks to Officer Tobin Brennan of the Soldotna Police Department for his attentive professionalism in this serious matter of schools, guns, children and the horrific devastation of the families that will be affected.

Soldier’s wife says thank you
And what does it mean to have your life partner halfway around the world serving the good old USA? Well, unlike my husband’s father who served in World War II, he has access to e-mail and regular phone-home visits. Unlike Pop Ahlberg, he will come home for leave, all expenses paid, see the family, get right with the “Big Man” in the homeland and eat Alaska’s finest cuisine.

Reader: Hail the honest and honorable
We, the people of Alaska, have elected a few weak personalities, past and present. However, even the weakest of us will “do what’s right” in the absence of unscrupulous, corrupt power brokers.

Bruins awake, active on Kenai Peninsula
Editor’s note: In an effort to help educate the public on bear safety, the Clarion and Alaska Department of Fish and Game have teamed up to publish information on bear activity in the area. A new update will be provided each week.

Goodies for troops on their way
The city of Soldotna’s Red, White and Blue Program has managed to get 75 boxes of donated items mailed to members of the U.S. military.

City budget draws zero interest
The Soldotna City Council chamber was filled to capacity Wednesday night, but not one person was there to comment on the city’s $11 million-plus budget for the coming year or on the latest version of the city’s proposed sign ordinance.

Who’s to blame for problems with legislators?
One sitting lawmaker and two former lawmakers indicted. More indictments expected. Guilty pleas by two oil-field company executives. Charges of bribery, extortion, conspiracy.

An Outdoor View
With the greening of grass and the chirping of mating birds, my anticipation of the coming fishing season knows no bounds.

Birders’ knowledge will soar at this year’s shorebird celebration
The Kenai Shorebird Celebration is happening for the third consecutive year next week. What began as a small workshop hosted by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Kenai Watershed Forum has grown into an annual event. This year the sponsors include the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Keen Eye Peninsula Birders. Initially designed as a workshop to help local birders with identification of the sometimes difficult shorebirds, the two-day event now offers speakers on many different shorebird subjects and two field trips to the Kenai and Kasilof river flats.

Birding festivals take wing
It’s that time of year again when a bevy of binocular-clad birders will take to beachcombing in search of the their beloved beaked friends.

Outdoors Brief
Refuge needs campground hosts SeaLife Center offers fish-eye view of salmon

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons make a splash Refuge to spruce up Housing ground breaking set Mackey to help with fundraiser Dinner, auction fundraiser set Reality check for teens planned Borough to collect ice jam debris Cemetery cleanup slated Communities cleaning up

Skyview, Nikiski split
Six different Skyview players scored as the visiting Panthers picked up their first victory of the season, a 6-0 triumph over Nikiski on Thursday.

Church Briefs
Missions garage sale set Addictions group meets Clothes available for needy Matrix to meet Meaning of life to be discussed Bible study group to meet Shaping your life class offered Nikiski Aglow hosts video Bible study

Don’t set Easter message aside for a year
Now that Easter is over, we are not to just set the resurrection aside until Lent 2008. We are to put our belief, our faith, into practice daily.

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