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Friday, July 25, 2008

Class of '88 gives thanks
I would like to express my gratitude to several sponsors that donated to the 20th reunion of the Kenai Central High School class of 1988. They are Pollard Wireline and an individual who wishes to remain anonymous. Without their generous donation, I would not have been able to make the reunion memorable.

Sponsors make a big difference for food bank
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank wishes to thank Stanley Ford for its generosity and dedication to our organization. The dealership presented $100 for each vehicle sold during the weekend of June 27-29 to the food bank as a donation.

Classic appreciation
On behalf of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, we would like to recognize the tremendous effort put forth by the more than 200 volunteers who made the 15th Kenai River Classic a great success.

Reader backs Begich
In response to the Opinion article imploring Congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling, we must realize that gridlock will continue to stall an effective national energy policy until we send representatives to Congress who can cooperate across the aisle to get things done.

Reader: 'We need to act'
The world is watching. We must demand accountability for this administration's crimes against the constitution, against the rule of law, against humanity.

Exxon decision not justice for fishermen
My name is Kellie Kvasnikoff. I was a commercial fisherman forced into a career change by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. I am now the chief information technology officer for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

Reader says hugging tradition should continue
This is a letter to all huggers. Stop hugging right now. Don't shake hands either. If you see somebody you are friends with or fellow employees, turn around and run. When you see them try not to make eye contact if any way possible. If you do, call them later and tell them you are sorry.

Still corrupt and incompetent
The House OK'd the TransCanada license, and it looks like our Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, is about to hand TransCanada $500 million.

Bear attacks hiker near lodge
A brown bear attacked an employee of the Kenai Princess Lodge in Cooper Landing late Wednesday night.

Peninsula lawmakers split on AGIA: Seaton votes up; Chenault, Olson dissent
Republican Rep. Paul Seaton, of Homer, joined a bipartisan majority of 24 Alaska House members and voted to approve a license for TransCanada Corp., which proposes to build a natural gas pipeline connecting the North Slope to Alberta.

Juneau looks at energy plan
As debate continues in the Senate over TransCanada's natural gas line application under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, state lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature are also discussing other special session bills, including a rebate program that would provide Alaska residents some monetary relief from the high cost of energy.

Kenai tightens finance rules: City disclosure requirements aligned with state's
The city of Kenai last week aligned its financial reporting requirements for municipal officers and candidates for office with newly revised state reporting requirements.

Council inspects airport work
In advance of a meeting dotted with airport issues, the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday was given a firsthand look at expansion projects under way at the city's municipal airport.

Settlement increased in visitor center claim
Kenai stands to receive nearly $400,000 in a class action settlement to be applied toward replacing the heating system in the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Alaska a model for renewable energy
ANCHORAGE -- Energy experts say that Alaska can be -- and in many ways already is -- a model for the rest of the United States in terms of converting to renewable energy.

Julia Lea Mohr
Longtime Alaskan and Anchorage resident Julia Lea Mohr died Monday, July 21, 2008, during surgery at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 80.

Erica Jo Olson
Nikiski resident Erica Jo Olson died Friday, July 18, 2008, at her home. She was 1.

Cowdery needs to take just one more step: down
Sen. John Cowdery has done the right thing, resigning as chairman of the Legislative Council.

SCA volunteers explore careers in conservation
After high school or college many young adults wish to wade into the waters of a potential career rather than diving into the deep end. For those interested in working at a national or state park, forest or refuge, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a good place to test the water.

Rain can't cool salmon fishing
It may not be the best weather to be out in, but at least all the rain isn't affecting the fishing too badly, and the bite should be on this weekend for numerous salmon species.

Combat fishing on the Russian River hasn't always been so civil
Editor's note: This story first ran in the Clarion on July 26, 2002.

Around the Peninsula

Rotary Club garage sale set

Kenai swimming and diving set to start
Kenai Central High School swimming and diving will begin on Aug. 11. The coaches are Jim Barkman and Kristin Davis. Participants can pick up paperwork at the KCHS pool. Please talk to Will Hubler at the pool at 283-7476.

Christianity the quest for wisdom, intelligence
"The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved." This quote is from the 2007 Darwin awards. It is a list of people who have experienced tragedy because of stupidity. I shake my head and think, what was going through the man's head?

Church Briefs

PCC to celebrate progress

Walker Cup tied
The fourth annual Walker Cup, a competition pitting the Kenai Golf Association against the Birch Ridge Golf Association, is tied 3-3 after 18 holes of play on Thursday night at the Kenai Golf Course.

Oilers win 3rd in row
Brandon Dixon tossed six innings of one-run ball and the Peninsula Oilers recorded double-digit hits for the third consecutive game in blasting the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, 8-2, on Thursday night at Growden Memorial Park.

Sport Briefs

Gilliland, teammates to speak

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