Monday, July 31, 2006

Definition not clear
The one question that I don’t think has really been answered satisfactorily yet, is what the current Republicans believe the word “conservative” actually means. Some people claim they’re good old Republican “conservatives,” and I know that meets with the approval of many folks. But what does it mean?

Hospice appreciates help
How often it happens an opportunity for Hospice of Homer (HOH) to say thank you for the abundant support received from diverse and generous people and organizations.

Reader predicts future headline
With this year’s poor sockeye return becoming big news, I would like to predict the future headline of the big story in our paper around Aug. 17. The headline will be something like this “REDS MAKE LATE SURGE” after the “sonar” numbers trickle down to near nothing by Aug. 1, they will suddenly start climbing and we will have 50,000-plus entering the river each day by Aug. 11.

In fishing, things have changed
My grandfather, like many local old-timers, would be greatly disgusted with this terminal fishery and the whole ball of wax the Board of Fish has rolled.

Exemption should stay as it is
It is wrong for the Kenai Peninsula Borough to consider taking away from seniors their homeowners property tax exemption.

Voter explains decision
Friends ask why I support Sarah Palin for governor. Here’s why:

Assembly to address spending
Several ordinances accepting and appropriating state funds will be on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s agenda Tuesday.

New relocation guide touts Soldotna
Alaskans and Outside residents who may wish to move to Soldotna should find their questions answered more easily after a visit to the city’s Chamber of Commerce from now on.

Borough set to accept, appropriate road grants
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday to begin the process of appropriating $1.8 million in state funds for local road improvements.

Photo feature: All the king’s men
Anglers work the Kenai River for king salmon near the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge in Kenai earlier this month. The Kenai River king season is scheduled to close tonight.

Bid to end daylight-saving time OK’d
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman certified an application for an initiative petition Tuesday that could lead to a ballot measure exempting the entire state of Alaska from daylight-saving time.

Photo feature: Ahhhh, that’s better
A young brown bear scratches an itch while sitting in a patch of wild geraniums alongside the Russian River earlier this month. Visit the Clarion’s Web site at to see a multimedia slide show featuring this bear and its sibling.

Fishermen worry over terminal issues
Frustrated personal-use and sportfishermen are complaining over a commercial fishery they say has choked off noncommercial fishing opportunities in the Kasilof River.

Wagoner pushes new tax scheme
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, floated a draft bill Thursday that would tax oil and gas production, not company profits as proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Maulings injure 2
Details are still unfolding for two separate bear maulings — one in Soldotna and another in Cooper Landing — that occurred this weekend.

It’s not easy being green: Longtime passion comes to a halt with current residence
I was sitting around watching television a few weeks ago when a commercial came on. I have no idea what it was for, since I get bored with commercials, so I started channel surfing.

Kenai area not the only one affected by reds
At a quick glance, the dismal return of sockeye to the Kenai River may not appear to have much impact on the southern Kenai Peninsula. A longer look, however, would reveal otherwise.

Bauder, Elder marry in Idaho Holland, Baxter wed overlooking river Berdahl, Roofe plan Texas wedding McFarlin, Miller marry in Kenai Saltzgiver, Paget to marry in temple

Photo feature: Practice makes perfect
Members of Central Emergency Services recently spent three days training with their new extrication and rescue equipment. Firefighters and rescuers are shown using the Rescue 42 Composite TeleCrib Strut System during a simulated car crash at the Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna. The system will be a part of the equipment carried on Rescue One, CES’s newest rescue and extrication vehicle. Personnel also received training with hydraulic cutting tools, combi-tools, the jaws of life, spreaders and mini-cutting tools.

Peninsula Reflections
The bittersweet story behind Kenai’s tiny Cunningham Park began in 1945 when Martha Cunningham came as a bride to Kenai.

Spawning a better run
It doesn’t matter if you’re a local angler on a weekend excursion catching meat to fill the freezer or a tourist from Outside on that once-in-a-lifetime adventure, if you’ve caught an early-run king salmon on the Kasilof River in the last 20 years, you owe Jeff Breakfield a cup of coffee.

Heroes of the Week
Couple grateful for rapid responseIn praise of his wife

Peninsula People
Progress parade, car show awards announced

Around the Peninsula
Agrium continues live fire trainingTeen center hosts summer campGenealogy classes availableSafe Sitter courses offeredKPBSD plans Title VII meetingVendors, bands sought for summer festivalHistorical society to meetGolf tourney set to swingFairgrounds work day slatedVBS set for SterlingSelf-defense class offeredVolunteers needed for runCaregivers support group to meet

Old is when?
When I was a kid — granted that was more than a couple of years ago — little old ladies wore long black dresses down to their shoe tops. The shoes were blunt-toed black lace-ups with clunky heels, and their stockings, if you caught a glimpse, were dark-colored, too. Some wore a shawl over bent shoulders and many of them walked with a slight stoop, leaning on a walking stick. Think of the pictures you saw of Hansel and Gretel’s witch and you have a visual of how I, at the tender age of 5 or 6, perceived these women.

Around the Peninsula
Pipeline comments sought Agrium continues live fire training Volunteers sought to build Car seat check ups set Kasilof library to host open house Musicians sought for picnic Deadline for fair quilts looming CPHC seeks board members

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Kenai volleyball parent meeting Monday Nikiski volleyball tryouts start Aug. 7 Football officials to meet Monday

Sockeye fisheries reopen
With the low end of optimum spawning escapement met on late-run Kenai River sockeye, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the reopening of a number of fisheries on Sunday.

Oilers win ABL title
Jordan Meaker looked the part of 19-year-old and pitched the part of dynamite kid for the Peninsula Oilers at Coral Seymour Park Friday night.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski football starts practice todayOilers get 5 All-ABL nods

District tourney goes to Twins
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins proved to be the top team in District II, taking the district tournament in Fairbanks this week.

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