Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Reader finds Thomas comments open-minded
The editorial on the July 5 opinion page by your political pundit "poster child," Cal Thomas, was one of the very few fair-minded opinions of his I've ever read.

Success of SoHi baseball team a hit
The Soldotna High School baseball team would like to thank its supporters, sponsors, parents and student-athletes for helping to make this first season a success. We made all our commitments and had more than enough eligible players for each game. We will be back next year and will improve as we grow.

Free RV parking a risk to Soldotna
Since the city of Soldotna allows free camping for RVers, it seems only fair that the city should forgive all taxes for the RV parks that are losing revenue because of the practice. I see many high-priced RVs parked at Hooterville. They certainly should be able to afford to pay camping fees at the legitimate parks.

Grave issue
When Don and Mary Reid of Soldotna laid their son, Elliot Reid Sr., to rest five years ago, they planted flowers and left mementos at his grave. Instead of returning to find everything as they left it, the flowers were uprooted and the pots they were in lay in pieces.

Gone with the wind
Even a light pole in the Froso's restaurant parking lot couldn't withstand the winds Sunday.

Term limits going to ballot
Borough voters will decide this fall whether elected assembly and school board officials should be limited to two terms.

Tug to assist Tesoro tankers year-round
To assist petroleum tankers arriving and departing from the Tesoro refinery dock in Nikiski, the company will position a tractor tug at the plant year-round.

Fire service areas set to get grants
A small host of state grants set to be addressed this week by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will help fund the ongoing activities of borough fire service areas.

Kenai wants end to water woes
Kenai drinking water was once again on the lips of city officials Wednesday night, if not in actuality, at least in word, as the city council approved ranking new municipal wells and arsenic removal as top priorities for state grants.

Dipnetting busier than ever
Kenai's expenditures for this year's dipnet fishery are not yet totaled, but revenues tallied after the closing Tuesday night surpassed $220,000 for the first time.

Assembly meeting may go long
A long list of ordinances open for public hearings faces the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday as members return to their regular twice-monthly meeting schedule.

Photo feature: In need of a bath
A starfish is left high and dry by a receding minus tide in Kachemak Bay recently. The next series of minus tides in Cook Inlet begins Friday.

Jack P. LaCross
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Jack P. LaCross died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 93.

Beverly 'Karen' Anderson
Former Soldotna resident Beverly "Karen" Anderson died Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Seattle. She was 49.

Robert C. Dedrick Sr.
Kenai resident Robert C. Dedrick Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage following a brief illness. He was 49.

Is it success or failure?: Is it worth the cost of having wolf control in McGrath?
While this nation fights an unpopular war in Iraq, Alaska is waging a war of its own. Ours is a war on predators wolves and bears that allegedly terrorize moose and caribou. Both wars are very expensive and people are starting to wonder if the costs are worth the benefits.

Other Community News
Douthits celebrate new addition Carew joins the Navy HEA student reps awarded scholarships

Soldotna Community News
Soldotna's newest residents debut Hepner named to president's list Shoemaker named to dean's list Wyatt named as merit scholar USDA food program offered Lions club raffle picks winners Progress Days parade winners Car show awards given out Donations for soldiers wanted KPC council seeks members

Around the Peninsula
Skyview sports begins KCHS swim team practice to begin La Leche sponsors picnic Social Security reps to visit peninsula Safe Sitter course offered Library book sale bound to be good KCHS class of 1972 reunion set Horse show, class slated Tribal community gathering set

Kenai Community News
Limon graduates Peck goes on guard Kenai residents graduate Library plans events

Peninsula Reflections
Through the petitioning efforts of Fran and Per Osmar and fellow homesteaders, the first Clam Gulch Post Office was opened in the Osmar homestead house with Fran Osmar as the first postmaster.

Ninilchik Community News
You may have heard melodic sounds coming from the Community Hall at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds lately. Area musicians from all over the peninsula are coming together to practice with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra conducted by Mark Robinson for the Summer Music Festival. Musicians from Ninilchik and Anchor Point areas are Nancy Chambers, Virginia Cuffe, Aurora Firth, Melanie Firth, Sarah Firth, JulieAnn Smith, and Betsy Vanek. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform Friday at the Kenai Central High School at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Homer High School. For reservations, call 235-7579. You may want to check it out to see our local neighbors.

Photo feature: All-Star effort
Shown in this undated photo are the 2007 Soldotna Little League All-Star members. Top row, left to right: manager Jason Feucht, Colton Young, James Feucht, Jake Daniel, Mitchel Daugherty, Dusty Poole and Shayne Miller. Bottom row, left to right: Luke Short, Max Conradi, Michael Keener, Travis Perkovich, Jared Tovoli and Cody Warren. Not pictured, coach Chris Desormeaux. This group of athletes was chosen from four of the league's boys "majors" teams from regular season play. From those teams, 12 players are chosen for the All-Star team. All-star tournament play was held July 7-11 in Homer against Kenai, Seward and Homer teams. Soldotna finished tournament play with two wins and three losses.

Sterling Community News
Samantha Penner, daughter of Denise and Michael Penner, of Sterling, received a high honor this summer. At her graduation from Western Washington University she was honored as one of the outstanding graduates for the 2006-07 academic year. She was selected for this award based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community and promise for the future. Faculty members from each academic department select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

Heros of the Week
I see many groups, organizations and businesses receiving special thanks for the various community services they provide and fully support their efforts, but I want to recognize a community service I don't see mentioned very often. I want to say a special thanks to a very dedicated group of employees that perform a very necessary community service.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Kasilof Community News
The new telephone number for the Cohoe/Kasilof Firewise Slashsite is 830-4954.

Nikiski Community News
Bergonzini boys get brother Krogseng fights smoking

Oilers fall in tourney
The Peninsula Oilers run at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kas. came to an end Sunday afternoon as the Oilers lost, 2-0, to the Vienna (Va.) Senators in an elimination game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Oilers' starter Tyler Fleming suffered the loss, having allowed both runs on back-to-back doubles in the fourth and a home run in the seventh.

Twins lose
Collin Cloud threw a complete-game three-hitter in leading Bartlett to a 6-5 victory over the American Legion Twins Sunday in the American Legion Alaska state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The loss in the double-elimination tournament ends the Twins' (24-21) season. Jake Lamphier started for the Twins and surrendered four runs (three earned) on two hits, six walks and three hit batters through five innings. Larsen Kohler then pitched the final four innings, scattering two runs on four hits and two walks.

Forrest claims Kenai Open title
With a steady stream of rain falling on both Saturday and Sunday, it would be difficult to differentiate between the conditions of the Kenai Golf Course during both days of play at the Kenai Open.

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