Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Term limits not the answer
I'd like to respond to those who seek to establish term limits for certain positions within the borough assembly, staff and school district. Forcing term limits can have serious repercussions. We live in a community filled with people who love to sign petitions and make complaints on the radio and in the papers, but unfortunately, a lot of those are the same people who stay home on Election Day.

Paper trail is visible
This letter is in response to Amy Christiansen's July 16 letter in which she expresses concerns over the touch screen voting machines not having a paper trail. Although there are states in the U.S. that utilize touch screen voting units without a paper trail, Ms. Christiansen's concerns are meritless in Alaska.

Mosquito mystery
I have some bad news: The mosquitoes are gone, or at least there are a lot fewer of them than I remember as a child.

List shouldn't be public
Sometimes people read the same words and come away with different conclusions. That's what happened in this week's Associate Press story (Clarion, July 18) on whether Alaska should close an illegal gun sales loophole we have in our law.

Photo feature: Purpose to ride
Tamara Houser, of Anchorage, and her copilot, Harley the dog, step off her motorcycle in Soldotna during the ninth annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Live Ride on Saturday. More than 200 motorcyclists rode from Wasilla and Anchorage to Soldotna to raise money and awareness for the Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Houser said she's participated for the last five years because "it is typically a good ride in good weather that supports a good cause."

'Harry Potter' fans bewitched, despite late release hour
At 11:59 Friday night, a River City Books employee extricated herself from the bookstore.

Angler nets king-sized prize catch
Mark Rogers, from San Antonio, Texas, knows a thing or two about gambling. He's raked in a blackjack pot or two over the years and is no stranger to poker. While fishing the Kenai River recently he was able to put a few concept these games have taught him to use.

Borough, ACT await ruling
Competing motions for summary judgment are expected soon from the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, which are at odds and in court over sales tax rates and capital expenditure limits.

Not so easy riders
Newly appointed Kenai District Court Judge Sharon Illsley was one of several motorcyclists injured in separate incidents on the Kenai Peninsula area over the weekend.

Difficult decisions
Joe Romig proposed to Samantha Baker like any man would — down on one knee.

Clifford A. Massie
Longtime Kenai resident Clifford A. Massie died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Richard 'Dick' Swarner
Lifelong Alaskan and Soldotna area resident Richard "Dick" Swarner died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 65.

Andy Endresen
Andy Endresen, of Seward, died at Providence Hospital in Anchorage on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, from heart failure after suffering a hear attack a week earlier in Seward. He was 84.

Ninilchik Community News
If you hear some squealing at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds, you will know that the racing pigs have arrived. Katie Schollenberg is heading up the race training along with local volunteers. In addition to racing at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in August, the pigs will perform at the Palmer fair. If you are interested in sponsoring a racing pig, call the fair office at 567-3670.

Kenai Community News
Wow. These are the days that we waited for all winter. Sitting outside at Veronica's in Kenai's Old Town last week, some old friends and I enjoyed the best of the summer surrounded by brilliant flowers, gentle salt air, the sight of summer visitors taking photos nearby, and an occasional waft of salmon-scented wood smoke from someone's smokehouse, interspersed with the roar of an occasional aircraft overhead. The breeze kept the mosquitoes away, and there was enough sun that I am still itching from my sunburn. We in Alaska do treasure our summers, don't we?

Around the Peninsula
LeeShore board meeting planned Health Day slated Seniors plan summer bazaar Golf tourney fundraiser set to swing Funny River festival slated Disc golf tourney takes flight Swim lessons make a splash

Soldotna Community News
Every summer our family looks forward to Progress Days in Soldotna. The kids love the parade (all the candy thrown), seeing the floats and enjoying the day together. Progress Days started out as a celebration in 1961 to commemorate the peninsula's first natural gas line. Since then it's become an annual event recognizing the growth and progress of Soldotna each year. It's a weekend full of food and fun. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Soldotna senior center will hold its summer bazaar. It features arts and crafts, a bake sale, and a quilt show. On Saturday at noon the center will hold an endowment barbecue with entertainment.

Nikiski Community News
I hope you are enjoying the long summer days. I want to thank many of you for submitting announcements and Nikiski information.

Sterling Community News
Although it is still July, I noticed, much to my daughter's chagrin, that the back-to-school displays have begun to pop up at the local stores. Although the end of August seems to be a long way in the future, here are a few early bits of information to help you prepare.

Peninsula Reflections
Alaska was included in the U.S. census for the first time in 1880. That year the census listed Kassilof (an early spelling) with 31 persons of Athabaskan descent. But it is not clear who was counted since there wasn't a distinct village of Kasilof at that time.

Letting their guard down
It's a sport with monster trucks and Baja rigs, where fuel costs $34 a gallon and drivers need to know how to steer backwards and track sits in a desert where only U.S. service members live. It's radio-controlled racing in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Kasilof Community News
Please accept my apologies for misspelling Margaret Staggenborg last week.

Around the Peninsula
Jones Road to be discussed Women's run seeks volunteers Club seeks cards for troops Canner gauge testing available

Harvey wins Senior Open in a playoff
Eldon Harvey said his 10 on No. 17 at the Butch Anderson Senior Open at Kenai Golf Course on Sunday evoked memories of Jean Van de Velde's famous collapse on the 18th hole of the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie.

Oilers game postponed
The Alaska Baseball League game between the Peninsula Oilers and the Athletes in Action Fire was postponed due to rain in Fairbanks on Sunday night.

Oilers will not repeat
Peninsula Oilers fans will get a look at the Alaska Baseball League champion in the season-closing, six-game home stand starting on Thursday. That league champion just won't be the Oilers.

Sports Briefs
Twins defeat Eagle River Barrel Horse Association competes

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