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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Local government looks out for community’s welfare
Thank you for Support of the New Community Health Center in Soldotna.

We the people’ had better wake up
I can’t believe we the people are just going to sit by and watch Dick Cheney and George Bush retire. They have lied to us and they need to be held responsible for the Iraq occupation and ongoing slaughter of our soldiers and of Iraqis. They lied to get us there, and they continued to lie about what is actually happening there, while their corporations (Halliburton) rake in the bucks with no bid contracts. It is as if none of us care.

Writer supports Paul for president
Shamefully but predictably, the mainstream media is trying to dismiss and shut out from public discussion the one sane Republican candidate for president, the only one giving millions of people a real sense of hope, Ron Paul. This principled, 10-term congressman stands leagues apart from the rest of the pack, that torture-loving pile of neocon dung poured into nine different suits. He firmly believes in and supports all of our Constitutional freedoms, has never voted to raise taxes and terrifies the elites and political establishment, whose power he threatens by restoring rights to the people and the states while reigning in the federal government.

Support is music to writer’s ears
On April 28 and 29, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, along with the Kenai Peninsula Chorus and Homer High School Choir, performed a concert that was well attended and well received in Kenai, as well as in Homer. This concert featured “An Alaskan Symphony,” a symphony in three movements by composer Adrienne Albert. This commissioned work was written specifically for the Kenai Peninsula.

Legislators need to work together for seniors
One of the sadder results of the legislative session was the failure to renew the monthly payments we provide to our poorest senior citizens, called SeniorCare. Legislation to continue funding for SeniorCare should have passed before the legislative session ended in May. Seniors use these funds for food, rent, medicine and basic necessities.

Murkowski rated top of the worst
The ten (10) worst ideas in Alaska since Statehood? These are ranked in the author’s priority order for impact or potential impact to Alaska, Number 1 being the worst.

Illegal immigration must stop
Fire all the guards in the immigration department! With over twelve million illegal Mexican aliens in the United States, the immigration department has not only failed its duty, but it is tantamount to treason. In a nation that is in a state of war, why is it that illegal aliens have more rights than aliens trying to enter the United States legally? No amnesty and economic sanctions against Mexico! A secure border should be our greatest priority.

Won’t be long before guides have river to themselves
Your recent article about the raising of horsepowered motors on the Kenai caused me to pause. I couldn’t help noticing that the two people you chose to include in the comments both decried the change. Then they both stated instead of purchasing a new 50 horse motor, they would just hire one of the numerous guides to fish in the future.

Students shine with help from others
On April 16 and 17, three fifth-graders and one fourth-grader from Tustumena Elementary School competed in the Future Problem Solving State Bowl and won first place in the junior division. They were invited to represent the state at the 2007 International Future Problem Solving Conference in Fort Collins at Colorado State University, where they worked with and competed against some of the brightest, most creative people of their generation from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia and many states of the U.S.A.

Sayer Road blaze all but out
Firefighters on Sunday worked to contain a 15-acre wildfire south of Anchor Point.

Trial gets national attention
Nearly a decade after Wanda Wood Darling fell to her death from a bluff near Homer on Aug. 24, 1997, TV viewers across the nation voiced their opinions: Was it an accident or was it murder?

Nikiski teens sticking it out for duct tape scholarship
Chelsey Dorman’s duct tape dress got a lot of attention during the Nikiski High School prom in May, and she’s hoping it receives even more in a national scholarship competition.

New forest, just add fire
Unlike its location suggests, woods on the Moose River Flats by the East Fork Moose River east of Sterling aren’t good habitat for moose. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hopes to change that with a prescribed burn Thursday.

EPA sued over inlet waste
Calling the move a last resort, a coalition of Alaska Native villages, commercial fishing organizations and Cook Inletkeeper are suing the Environmental Protection Agency challenging the general permit recently issued by the agency allowing the oil and gas industry to continue dumping toxic wastes into Cook Inlet.

Rogers has 23 months still to serve
Shawn Rogers will spend the next 23 months behind bars for the 2004 shooting death of Brian Black in a Beluga tavern.

Zero discharge possible, environmentalists say
The Cook Inlet oil and gas industry has the technology and the money to reach zero discharge of pollutants, a move that is long past due, says Cook Inletkeeper, one of several plaintiffs in a suit filed June 15 challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to OK a new five-year general discharge permit for the Cook Inlet oil and gas industry.

Keeping track of state history
Ethel Riley and Bette Gilliland used toothbrushes and elbow grease to put the shine back into the old brass chandelier their father brought home from work. They were little girls back then, but they can both recall the sulfur smell of the solution they used and how long it took to clean.

Forest Glen ‘Loco’ Miller-Feik
Longtime Kenai resident Forest Glen “Loco” Miller-Feik died unexpectedly Saturday, June 16, 2007, at his home. He was 26.

Tina L. Thayer
Longtime Soldotna resident Tina L. Thayer died unexpectedly Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Soldotna. She was 36.

Charles ‘Charlie’ B. Gerrish
Longtime Soldotna and Kenai resident Charles “Charlie” B. Gerrish died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at his home. He was 78.

Peninsula Reflections
Riverside House, a restaurant and hotel on the banks of the Kenai River, has been a part of Soldotna history since 1956-57. Local builder Burton Carver, from Ohio farm country, arrived in ‘49 with a sawmill, which would be a symbol of his influence on Soldotna’s development.

Hostel offers senior outings
HILLSDALE, Mich. — Few people think of going on vacation to learn about American history. Ann Baker Jenkins is one of those people.

Around the Peninsula
Summer day camp available in Nikiski Nutrition classes available Quilt show a piece of work Hospital plans special meeting Parent education offered

Births
Amber and Bud Meeks of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Marcus Alexander, at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 9.5 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

Peninsula People
Riley joins Navy Honor rolls announced Rope and Ride

Around the Peninsula
Horsemanship clinic ready to ride CPHC board of directors to meet Teacher set to learn Swim lessons make a splash Free ice cream there for the picking CPCS board meeting planned Sterling has Christmas in July

Heroes of the Week
Couple happy for help Man donates time to those less fortunate

Sports Brief
As part of Family Fun in the Midnight Sun, a walk/run was held on Saturday in Nikiski. There was a three-mile event and a five-mile event. The winner of the women’s three-mile event was Heidi Chay at 28 minutes, 17 seconds, with Nicole Johnson in second at 28:33 and Katelyn Rullman in third at 34:27. The winner of the men’s three-mile event was Peter Ribbens at 24:23, with Daniel Ribbens in second at 26:51 and Tanner Payment in third at 27:05.

Oilers top Sandblasters, move to 6-0
New head coach, same Oilers.

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