Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Party platform remains the same
The Alaska Republican Party State Executive Committee met in a statewide teleconference to discuss the recent series of events that has clouded the reputation of the Alaska legislators and especially the Republican Party.

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.

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 questions high cost of wilderness
Many Alaskans were drawn here by our great love of nature’s pure unabashed beauty. The vastness of our great wilderness areas stir that wanderlust within many to see the other side of that hill or mountain. We want to insure future generations also have that privilege. But just who is paying the most for that privilege?

Keeping it clean
Students in Kelly Balise’s sixth-grade class at Tustumena Elementary School in Kasilof have been taking good care of Crooked Creek over the past nine months, and last week they erected a sign sharing some of the things they’ve learned, and some things others can do to keep the creek healthy.

Higher price on summer fun
The price of summer is going up.

Gifts from home a hit
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey was pleased to learn Friday that it only took two days to get canned Alaska salmon and other goodies to troops stationed in Iraq.

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.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Anger to be diffused Nutrition classes available Free low-vision screening offered Reading program registration begins Cowboy up Community run ready to go

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

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

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
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

Peninsula People
Worley aims high

· 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.

Skyview volleyball sends 3 to next level
Three members of the 2006 Skyview volleyball team have committed to playing volleyball in college this fall.

Making time
Whether it’s soccer, volleyball or a busy academic life, Soldotna senior Lauren Senette uses her time wisely.

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