Monday, May 21, 2007

Club member encourages more for soldiers, their families
I agree with the writer of “More than 1 soldier deserves our thanks” (Clarion, May 9). The problem is that we are not a base town. Other than our small National Guard detachment, we don’t have a “list,” so-to-speak, of all the peninsula residents from all branches of the military, when they are returning or who their families are.

Reader: Media standards hurting war efforts in Iraq
On May 10, the Appeal for Courage was presented to Congress by more than 2,700 active duty servicemen and women. It said: “As an American currently serving my nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to fully support our mission in Iraq and halt any calls for retreat. I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home. The war in Iraq is a necessary and just effort to bring freedom to the Middle East and protect America from further attack.”

Reader: Vote for me
I read an article in the newspaper about the financial assets of some of the candidates and am totally confused. Mitt Romney is expected to report between $190 million to $250 million and Rudy Guliani earned something like $11 million as a speaker.

HEA rate hike takes effect
When your next electric bill arrives, it is likely to be bigger.

Dipnets OK for rural fishermen
Residents of Ninilchik, Hope and Cooper Landing will be able to take chinook, sockeye, coho and pink salmon in the Kenai River through use of a dipnet and rod-and-reel fishery this summer.

Sears on to new memories
“Last call for buses; all bus riders should be on the bus now.”

Fiery car-truck crash kills 1
An accident on the Sterling Highway early Saturday morning near the east entrance to Skilak Lake Loop Road resulted in a one fatality, a tractor trailer going up in flames and hours of gridlock traffic to and from the Seward Highway.

Schools sweat the small stuff, too
Editor’s note: This is the final in a series of stories examining school funding. See also the story on page C-1 about Moose Pass’ efforts to deal with funding cuts.

Glad to be of service
Volunteering for civic duties is frequently a thankless position, but that’s not so for Mayme Ohnemus of Cooper Landing.

Kenai Council hopes residents will tune in on TV
Described by one to be the perfect way to have openness of government, the Kenai City Council on Wednesday directed the city administration to look into having council meetings shown on cable TV.

Wesley ‘Wes’ David Redden
Wesley “Wes” David Redden died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Providence Hospital of heart complications.

Lucille V. Adams
Soldotna resident Lucille V. Adams died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 102.

Amber Zuck
Soldotna resident Amber Zuck died Saturday, May 19, 2007, from injuries sustains in a car accident. She was 22.

Graduates should think big and small about next step
For this year’s graduating seniors, it’s time to dream big. Or not.

It’s their way on the highway: Drivers hurrying to school speed past motorists slowing down for kids’ safety
Well, excuse me.

Photo feature: Bear in mind
On May 15, wildlife biologist Dr. Stephen Stringham, director of the Bear

Around the Peninsula
Burning prohibited on western peninsula Can sealer clinic offered CPHC board meeting slated Anger to be discussed Classes set to reunite Military reunion planned Working digital cameras, photo printers sought Youth club seeks donations Alzheimer’s information available Social Security reps to visit peninsula Kids reading program continues

Community Events
Can sealer clinic offered Library offers summer reading program Cowboy up Fundraiser to flip for NES Rowing classes available Swim lessons make a splash Women go on the defensive Golf tourney set to swing

Peninsula Reflections
A 1963 Mandatory Borough Incorporation Act decreed that boroughs be formed in eight major population areas, one being the Kenai-Cook Inlet and Seward election district. So peninsula folks responded with monthly meetings at Riverside House in Soldotna, electing Dr. Joseph Deisher of Seward as chairman and local homesteader Rusty Lancashire as secretary. Taxes were on the forefront of everyone’s mind. No property taxes were assessed except in first-class cities, but a borough would bring them to all borough residents.

Around the Peninsula
Dandelion Sundae set Area high schools hold baccalaureate today Youth club plans closure CPHC board meeting slated Community ping-pong offered Teens for rent Free vision screening offered Library seeks volunteers Golf tourney set to swing Community run ready to go Summer day camp available in Nikiski Midnight Sun festivities set

Peninsula People
Worley aims high

Lingerie exposed
Most Alaskan women have a special outfit my sister, whom I’ll forever refer to as “Sniggle frumps,” calls a “getup.” Getup refers to the fact that this uniquely last frontier outfit is (usually) donned when one gets up in the morning. Sniggie’s is quite typical: a pair of swanky yet comfortably ratty men’s longs with the rear end blown out, a nightie shirt that’s not only four sizes too big but could best be described as, “Have you been going through the yard sale reject bag again?” and a robe that does not have a tie or half of the left sleeve.

· Kathleen Clark and Shelby Brown of Mckinny, Texas, announce the birth of their daughter, Graycie Faith Danielle Brown, at 5:53 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2007, in Allen, Texas. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Moose Pass ... or fail
All the things that are supposed to be happening in our public schools are happening in Moose Pass School.

SoHi’s Kennedy signs to play with Western New Mexico
Soldotna senior Christa Kennedy signed a letter of intent on Monday to play women’s basketball for Western New Mexico University, a Division II school located in Silver City, N.M. Kennedy will be receiving an athletic scholarship and plans on majoring in sports medicine.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski wrestlers compete at state MIHS returns to Soldotna Sports Center Donleys take Migration Run Shorebird Festival Migration Run Sunday in Homer Middle school jumps, throws posted

Soldotna baseball drops 2 games on Valley trip
Wasilla senior Carl Brent tripled and drove in two runs to spark Wasilla’s 12-2 win over Soldotna at Carl Fritzler Field in Wasilla on Friday.

Strong finish
The Soldotna girls and boys soccer teams finished off their regular seasons by gathering momentum for the Northern Lights Conference tournament, which starts Friday in Wasilla.

Kodiak boys, ACS girls rule region
Nobody on the Kenai Peninsula had seen the Kodiak boys this season.

Kenai sweeps Nikiski
When informed his team’s 1-0 victory over visiting Nikiski on Friday eliminated the Bulldogs from Northern Lights Conference tournament contention, Kenai coach David Landry’s mood turned bittersweet.

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