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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Reader: Bill has hidden info
There is an amendment attached to the Immigration Bill (S.1348) that does not seem to be discussed in the media or to be common knowledge. It is called the real ID act — shades of George Orwell’s “1984.”

Fire hydrants remind us of those who serve
Volunteerism is one of the primary indicators of a healthy community. The Kenai Peninsula’s people and organizations have an outstanding record of rallying to the needs of individuals and groups. Illnesses, natural disasters and tragedies bring out the best in those loving family and community members that want to be part of something bigger and better.

Reader: Big boys pull the strings
In reference to the letter from Arnold Oskolkoff (Clarion, June 19), why go after the little guy when it’s the big boys that are pulling all the strings? From the president down. How much whining do you think the Secretary of Agriculture gets from the big company lobbyists for Green Giant and others like them to look the other way so their crops can be picked and sent to market?

Reader defends her dogs
This is in response to Kara Steele’s letter (dated June 7) and Charlie Disney’s letter (dated June 6). First, my dogs are not dead, one is now missing a leg and the other is fine, but traumatized after being shot at point blank range right in the neck.

No motors allowed
Kenai River water and noise pollution problems solved: Effective Jan. 1, 2008, drift boats only entire the river. No gasoline motors allowed.

Now’s the time to protect property
For Kenai Peninsula residents who have yet to make their property “FireWise,” the wildfire burning in the Caribou Hills, as well as recent fires in Anchor Point, should serve as a wake-up call to do so.

Ice disappears, damage doesn’t
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining the lasting impact of Kenai River flooding and ice jams this winter. Tomorrow’s story is on the process of rebuilding damaged river structures.

Council seeks residents who harbor an interest
Kenai’s Harbor Commission lives another day ... or at least until the city council meets again in July.

Oil Well opens to residents
Seventy percent humidity and wind speeds of five miles per hour allowed firefighters to get on top of the Caribou Hills blaze Monday. After fighting what appeared to be a losing battle for several days, firefighters were able to mop up 200 feet beyond the perimeter.

Fixing ice damage a costly process
As winter gave way to warmth and breakup, the last of the ice released its grip on the Kenai River, revealing the true extent of the damage wrought by ice and flood.

Nikiski fire dept. in new hands
When operational issues within the Nikiski Fire Department brought Battalion Chief Doug Nightingale before Borough Mayor John Williams last fall, he offered to resign if it would help fix the problem. A 30-year veteran of the department, when the mayor asked for resignations from him, Assistant Chief Warren Isham and Chief Fred Swen, Nightingale just followed through on his offer.

Firefighters make some progress
Firefighters took advantage of damp air Sunday to build a line along the west and northwest flanks of the 52,000-acre Caribou Hills fire, but crews are bracing for the weather to change today.

Jean Earl
Nikiski resident Jean Earl died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 82.

Peninsula People
Young leaders A matter of principal Catlin aims high Students make dean’s list Kraxberger graduates Parker earns bachelor’s Matarrese received M.D.

Births
Leslie Seaman and Ralph Hemphill III of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, James Paul Hemphill, at 11:11 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 9 pounds, 15.6 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.

Program encourages children to keep reading
Kids are invited to join the Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program. Upon signing up, kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Around the Peninsula
CPCS board meets today LeeShore center plans meeting Breastfeeding class scheduled VFW set to sell

Peninsula Reflections
The first Kasilof-Cohoe area telephone system was an innovative affair. The system serviced both sides of the river and the immediate area. The wire was strung from house to house via trees and occasional pole tripods. The Kasilof community was not a village, Joan McLane Lahndt reminisced, and some of the houses were long distances apart. The lines ran close to the road, and the volunteer linemen only cut poles where they had to. The road at that time ran from the cannery at the mouth of the river to Perry Cole’s, which is now George Pollard’s home.

Around the Peninsula
4-H club seeks members Fair exhibit guides available Swim lessons make a splash Craft sale set

Community News
Students compete in Sterling poster contest Volunteers needed Ninilchik fair seeks sponsors, gardeners Refuge plans June activities Everything under the sun fundraiser set Fair exhibit guides available Military reunion planned Alzheimer’s info available Cameras, photo printers sought Social Security reps visit peninsula

Hero of the Week
My son, Jon Knight, returned from Afghanistan to marry his sweetheart, Melita, and visit their families here in Soldotna.

Twins tie, lose to Chugiak
The American Legion Twins lost a 9-2 decision to host Chugiak before ending up in a 5-all tie due to rain on Sunday.

Oilers remain unbeaten
With the grueling road trips of the Alaska Baseball League, a sterling home record is nearly a must for league champions. The Peninsula Oilers staged a textbook defense of Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Sunday in a 3-1 league victory over the Anchorage Bucs.

Bucs end Oilers’ winning streak at 11
The Peninsula Oilers saw their season-opening, 11-game winning streak at home end with a resounding thud on Monday with a 7-1 loss to the Anchorage Bucs in Alaska Baseball League play.

Sports Brief
Ben Sauvage and Linda Stennes won the 10-kilometer Homer Spit Run on Saturday in Homer. Sauvage had a time of 39 minutes, 8 seconds, while Stennes finished at 45:15.

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