Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Woman can sympathize with neighbor shooting dog
I am writing this in response to the letter to the editor from Pamela Parsons (Clarion, May 22) whose cruel neighbor shot her family dog.

Support goes a long way in helping in students
Nikiski High School would like to thank the local businesses and agencies that so graciously gave scholarships to our students this year and their representatives that attended Nikiski Awards Night on May 15: Agrium, American Legion Post No. 20, American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 20, Eagles Women’s Auxiliary, Gillam Foundation, Glacier Pontiac, Kenai Elks — local and state, Kenai Peninsula Administrators Association, Kenai Rotary Club, Mary Rounds, Masons, Moose, Nikiski Fire Department, North Kenai Community Club, Nikiski Senior Center, Nikiski Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Beauty Sea Foods, Peninsula Oilers Baseball and Booster Club, Tesoro, Proseal Service Group, Society of Petroleum Engineers, U.S. Navy, VFW Auxiliary and XTO Energy.

Reader feels blind-sided
I usually support Homer Electric in their management decisions. They seem to have a good board and administration and are heading in the right direction with the co-op, but the front page article in Monday’s Clarion (May 21) has me wondering.

Reader has the scoop for poop
Another season of personal-use fishing is soon to start at the mouth of the Kasilof River. Lots of people will come.

Many help make Day of Prayer a success
Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank everyone who helped make our local National Day of Prayer observance a success. Many thanks also to area churches and individuals who signed up for the first Peninsula Bible Reading Marathon.

Salmon’s return earns ‘delightful’ reception
The fifth annual Return of the Salmon Celebration, held this year on May 21 at Heritage Place, was a resounding and unqualified success. Appreciation and thanks are due to Kenai Wild for the salmon; to Drew Sparlin of United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Sen. Tom Wagoner for the halibut; to the kitchen staff at the Soldotna Senior Center for the cole slaw; to Jodie Asimakopoulos and the Heritage Place food service staff for the salmon quiche and side dishes; to Country Foods and Irv and Carla Carlisle for the corn-on-the-cob; and to the folks who contributed side-dishes of deserts.

Classic yields many thanks, time to remember
The team penners of the peninsula did it again.

It’s not too late
Pushing its way through dense smoke and clouds, the B-24 Liberator was using new nonvisual bomb sighting techniques for the first time as it joined 605 bombers targeting oil refining and storage facilities at Ploesti, Romania.

Soldotna boy wakes up with new liver
On his first day out of sedation Sunday, 12-year-old Jacob Eckerman asked for hot dogs, hamburgers and Otter Pops.

Pros and cons
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters are familiar with government election pamphlets that arrive in the mail a few weeks before municipal elections. Typically, the pamphlets contain information about the candidates — from the candidates —and short descriptions of ballot propositions written in the clerk’s office and approved by the assembly and explanations of what a yes or no vote would accomplish — but little else.

Ceremonies recognize all who serve
The central Kenai Peninsula took time Monday afternoon to remember the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country during Memorial Day observances in Kenai.

Acea David Rollins
Ninilchik resident Acea David Rollins died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 77.

Acea ‘Ace’ Rollins
Kenai resident Acea “Ace” Rollins died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. He was 77.

Why we are celebrating Memorial Day
Although it’s what many people on the Kenai Peninsula associate it with, Memorial Day weekend isn’t just about fishing. It’s a time to remember those who have died in battle for this country.

A more thorough approach: Senate Bill 80 deserves legislators’ full attention, not quick reaction
Recently, we have seen an odd conflict at play in regard to Senate Bill 80, the bill that would disallow BP from deducting the cost of repairing the gathering lines at Prudhoe Bay from their state tax bill.

Around the Peninsula
Anger to be diffused Choir sing off set Swim lessons make a splash Food management classes available

Peninsula People
Worley graduates from basic Kilfoyle receives honors Smola earns scholarship Riding high

Peninsula Reflections
This series of articles has toured Spruce Grove Memorial Park, admiring folks who accomplished 90 or more consecutive birthdays. Most of these people were born near 1900. For white women born in the United States in 1900, life expectancy was 51 years. Nonagenarians exceeded expectations by at least 39 years, or 76 percent. For women born in 2000, life expectancy has bulged to 80 years. If the extra-hearty of the 2000 generation also has a 76 percent lifespan expansion, they will live over 140 years. Are such positive lifespans possible? Maybe.

Home gardeners fight, avoid late potato blight
As spring returns to the Kenai Peninsula, our gardening thoughts turn to what we are going to plant for the upcoming season. While many gardeners are happy with colorful flower gardens there are those of us that insist no garden is complete without vegetables. As a happy vegetable gardener I would like to help us all avoid introducing a devastating disease into our gardens. In Alaska we have been fortunate in being relatively disease free but we now need to be aware of Late Blight or Phytophthora infestans in our potato patch. This disease has been found in potato fields throughout the world (think Irish potato famine) but was first identified in Alaska in 1953 in Wrangell. The first report in the Matanuska Valley was in 1995, again in 1998, in multiple locations in 2005 and in just one location in 2006. This fungus-like pathogen can be found on many members of the nightshade family, including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Last fall it was identified on tomatoes in one home greenhouse.

Around the Peninsula
Community ping-pong offered Rowing classes available Women go on the defensive Golf tourney set to swing Community run ready to go Summer day camp available in Nikiski Midnight Sun festivities set Teens for rent

All-conference soccer teams announced
The all-Northern Lights Conference soccer teams were announced on Saturday at the conclusion of the NLC tournament in Wasilla. The teams follow:

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