Friday, July 4, 2008

Neighbors will be missed
I was very sorry to read that the Neighbors' page, which appears on Mondays, is being discontinued. I understand that the Clarion will continue to enlighten us as to local news and events, but the personal touch of each writer of the Neighbors' column made it very interesting and fun to read.

Time to learn from history
In light of the disgusting display by our justice system and the large corporation Exxon, Alaskans should do some thorough thinking before allowing another large corporation with empty promises into the state. I am referring to the Pebble Mine.

Exxon decision shows it's time for a change
It is my sincere hope that all readers will take the time to read the Sunday article entitled "Exxon plaintiffs updated." It was enlightening to read just how the Supreme Court voted in its 5-3 decision.

Support for team is a hit
The Soldotna High School baseball team would like to thank all of our supporters, the staff of Soldotna High School, Soldotna Little League, the community and all of the players and their families.

Luau results in sweet success
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all of the donors and volunteers that supported center's Hawaiian luau fundraiser. A special thank you to Bailey's Furniture, Trustworthy Hardware, Wells Fargo Bank, Spenard Builders Supply, Martin Mines, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Radio Shack, Credit Union 1, Kenai River Brewing Co., Alaska Bolt & Chain, Sweeney's Clothing, Odies Bead-It, Hairstop, Kenai Nursery, GCI, Dragonfly Gallery, Napa Auto Parts, Rent-A-Center, KeyBank, Claudette's, Ellizabeth Siemion, Thompson Log Gifts, Frames & Things, Northcountry Fair, Holiday Station Stores, Fred Meyer, Johnson Tire Service, Bucket's Sports Bar, Beemun's Variety, Aspen Hotels, Cold Stone Creamery, Jersey Subs, Curves, Nikko Gardens, Charlotte's, Grand Burrito, Mykel's, Art Works, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Shucks, Thomas Fielden, Doinne's Salon, Poppy Lane Flowers, Wilderness Way, Geneva Woods and Ben and Oma Kennan.

Borough mayor to seek second term
Borough Mayor John Williams announced Thursday that he will seek a second term as the Kenai Peninsula Borough's chief executive.

Kenai's wildfire mitigation efforts questioned, explained
Because Kenai is considered to be in the "wildland urban interface" in forester lingo, it is among several communities within the Kenai Peninsula Borough covered by the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, according to a fire prevention team member.

Borough asks for $125,000 to study Nikiski beach public access issues
Access to the beach around Nikiski is limited, and was made further so recently when homeland security issues compelled closure of the Nikishka Beach Road to the general public.

Veterans learn healing power of fish
Eight veterans wounded in action were treated to a fishing trip and cookout at Krog's Kamp courtesy of the Kenai Elks Lodge on Thursday.

Photo feature: Grand old flag
City of Kenai worker Scott Litchfield hangs a flag on a light pole alongside the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai on Thursday afternoon in preparation for today's Fourth of July festivities. The parade starts at 11 and events continue through the day.

Patrick Price
Longtime Soldotna resident Patrick Price died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at his house in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 56.

Preston Clifford Betz
Fortuna, Calif., resident Preston Clifford Betz, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at home with his wife, Vivienne, and daughter, Sharon, at his side. He was 86.

Matthew Marvin Griffin
Homer resident Matthew Marvin Griffin died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at the Seward Boat Harbor. He was 36.

Cleo M. Miller
Kenai resident, Cleo M. Miller died Friday, June 27, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 77.

Still relevant after 232 years
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Fishermen anticipate next run of salmon
In terms of king fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, the first week of July can best be described as the calm before the storm.

Changes made to personal-use fishery regulations
Kelly Staebell of Anchorage squinted as the setting sun glistened on the water's surface. The air was calm, the water she was standing chest-deep in was running cool even through neoprene waders, and the only sounds to be heard were the occasional caws and shrieks of gulls behind her, each staking their claim to a salmon head or a bit of fish carcass.

Keep wildlife wild: Baby birds usually aren't in need of rescue
It's a boy; no, it's a girl. Wait, it looks like three boys and five girls. Ah ... a very cool and late spring has led to yet another year of baby birds bouncing off windows, sitting in the driveway, and basically acting like the bunch of 4-week-olds that they are. Believe it or not, it only takes most songbirds about four weeks from the time they hatch until they are out of the nest in search of knowledge and food. They don't yet know how to feed themselves and it is often several days to a week before they can fly, but they are still mobile and can raise quite a ruckus.

Around the Peninsula

Holiday events set

Bird Homestead Golf Report: White legs a sure sign of summer
Summer seems to have finally arrived. When you see more white legs running around, you know we have finally gotten some warm weather.

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