Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A vote for counting paper ballots
Please I have got to believe in our elections, and without an accountable voting tally (a paper trail) I feel my self doubting it constantly. Was my vote was counted? I want and deserve this assurance and accountability that only a paper trail can provide. Please ban DRE voting machines nationally. It is of utmost importance that you protect the integrity of our electoral process. Thank you.

Dogs not answer to bear issues, better people behavior is
I'm responding to Dennis Barnard's letter dated July 11, regarding the "Windriver Bear Dog Program". I read his letter, which basically was a complaint against the State of Alaska Fish and Game department for not doing more to help with the bears on the Russian River. He mentioned the Karelian bear dogs not even being taken into account for a possible answer. First, Mr. Barnard, who do you think is going to PAY for something like that? Who is going to go out with the bear radar and have dogs in tow? You?

Body found by roadside
An Anchorage man was pronounced dead near the side of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing on Monday.

Superman irked at 'thrashing'
After hearing he was publicly criticized on an Anchorage radio talk show, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Gary Superman lashed back during last week's assembly meeting in Soldotna.

Fishermen's efforts not netting many rewards
Seeing hordes of weekend campers at the mouth of the Kasilof River trouncing the dune grass with their tents and tarps is nothing out of the ordinary for midmonth July, but what is a little odd is how many people were sitting in those campsites rather than standing shoulder to shoulder in the water with their dipnets in hand.

Crawfish oddity or invasion?
A crawfish surprised a king salmon netting crew when it fell from a gill net and into the river last Monday. The crew was doing assessment just below the king salmon sonar site at mile 8 of the Kenai River when the clawed crustacean found its way into their net.

Crash claims 1 life
A car accident at Mile 61 Seward Highway claimed the life of Rollo Hansen, 74, of Florida, on Saturday at 5:18 p.m. Hansen's 1998 Plymouth Neon crossed over the center line and struck a 2006 Chevy pickup belonging to Lyle Gill, 35, of Anchorage, who was traveling southbound on the highway.

Photo feature: Bridging the gap
A construction worker crosses the new Kenai River Bridge in Soldotna on Tuesday morning. With the new structure complete, crews are working to remove the temporary span.

Mary L. Bookey
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Mary L. Bookey died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, after a lengthy illness in Anchorage. She was 81.

Sharon A. Loosli
Kenai resident Sharon A. Loosli died Friday, July 13, 2007, at her granddaughter Kristen Thompson's Funny River home with her family by her side. She was 75.

Robert E. Bush Jr.
Lifelong Kasilof resident Robert E. Bush Jr. died Thursday, July 12, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 41.

Soldotna not what it used to be
Have you driven down Sterling Highway lately? We have spent millions of your dollars to make it beautiful! Wrong!

Times, politicians were tougher 40 years ago
I was born on a farm in Iowa in a prehistoric age of No Electricity, running water, TV, or money. The radio ran on a car battery which had to be taken to town and left to recharge, But we had one thing; That being a President and Congress who took our country seriously. I was 10 years old and unable to comprehend how a country like Japan could bomb and Kill hundreds of our servicemen and citizens without cause. We eventually had 2 flags flying in our front room window for brothers in the service as well as our neighbors. We had FDR, and a congress who reacted. Any one under 40 years of age probably do not know what FDR stands for but they took the unprecedented action of rounding up the people whose nation had caused the start of World War II. It may not have been necessary.

Good customer service keeps people coming back
In response to Misti Felts letter to the editor (July 12) I couldn't have said it better my self. It's not just the grocery industry but all business in general from utility companies to medical professionals and every business in between. It seems to me that for what ever reason the owners and managers are not training and evaluating their employee's customer service relations. For me and I think most consumers good customer service is the No. 1 reason most of us go back and keep going back to their business. So to all business's that has customers, clients, patients and patrons be kind, respectful and patient and they will be back.

Around the Peninsula
Hobo Jim set to strum Nutrition class serves up information Social Security reps to visit peninsula Golf tourney fundraiser set to swing Seniors plan summer bazaar Disk golf tourney takes flight

Photo feature: Celebrating volunteers
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, left, is shown dancing with Larry Dean, founder of the Forget-Me-Not Band on June 20 at the Forget-Me-Not Center in Kenai. Mayor Porter was on hand to help celebrate Dean's 20th anniversary of his band. Dean has served as a volunteer at the center the longest. Porter presented Dean with an album featuring pictures of the band over the years and stories and handwritten notes from the center's members. Linda Flowers, current center director, not shown, said, "I can attest to the enjoyment that the seniors derive from the chance to reminisce about the barn and community dances of their youth and a chance to take a whirl around the dance floor again. Larry and the band's contribution to the center are priceless." The center is an adult day center for seniors who, due to chronic disease or accident, need some assistance.

Kenai Community News
Parade winners announced Senior center abuzz with activity Library activities announced Classes to reunite

Soldotna Community News
Referees meeting planned Nutrition class serves up information Seniors plan summer bazaar Garage sale fundraiser planned Donations sought for troops Kids reading program continues KPC council seeks members Seniors plan activities Cameras, photo printers sought

Ninilchik Community News
One advantage of writing for the Neighbor's column is having a valid excuse to meet and talk with people in our community who I would not have the privilege of meeting otherwise. I really appreciate it when you are willing to share your family news and events. You just might make someone else's day by sharing your good news!

Sterling Community News
Brenna L. Talbot sent me an e-mail to let me know her brother, Bryan Brooks, is on his way to the Gulf with the Navy. He is serving on the USS Enterprise. Brenna asked the community to keep him in your prayers. She also said he would really enjoy hearing from folks here at home. You can send him an e-mail at brooksb@cvn65.navy.mil

Peninsula Reflections
Before opening townships in the Soldotna area, 15 acres were reserved by the U.S. Bureau of Public Lands at the downside of the Kenai River at Soldotna Creek. This was a wise decision, for the area has become a historic site for its Native habitation and the historic "White House" built in 1955 by the Territorial Alaska Road Commission.

Club, organization news
Crime Stoppers receive grant Archers hit their target Cooper Landing news

Around the Peninsula
Law library to close Canner gauge testing available CPHC board meeting set Watershed Forum to host hike Refuge plans July activities

Kasilof Community News
Traci Davis of South Cohoe Loop has retired from her position as health service coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Traci started working as a nurse at Tustumena Elementary in 1985. She has also served as a nurse in schools at Ninilchik and Sterling as well as Soldotna High School. Her husband, Bill, retired a couple years ago after working on the North Slope many years. Traci has already been active in retirement. She just returned from Houston where she helped their son, Billy, his wife, Holly, and their three girls move back to the peninsula. Billy, who works for Marathon Oil, will live in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Traci is the daughter of Kasilof pioneers George and Jeanne Jackinsky.

Nikiski Community News
The summer is perking up and showing us some great sunny days. I have visited a few Nikiski gardens this summer. The flowers are beautiful and I can't wait to taste some of the fresh veggies.

Oilers move above .500 in league play
The Peninsula Oilers had a number of mistakes that normally mean a loss in the Alaska Baseball League on Monday against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Hot Oilers even ABL record
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 5-1 on Sunday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage for their eighth victory in nine games.

Twins drop 2 to South
The American Legion Twins were swept in a doubleheader by South on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Youth gets served at Peninsula Amateur
Beau Forrest, a 17-year-old who will be a senior at Kenai Central High School this fall, on Sunday at Birch Ridge Golf Course became the first junior in the 34-year history of the Peninsula Amateur to win the Championship Flight.

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