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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Resident appreciates work on road project
I would like to thank, first and foremost, Sen. Tom Wagoner for his diligence and effort over the last three years for ensuring that our expanding residential area along Jones Road receives the badly needed upgrade to our substandard road. I would like to recognize Sen. Wagoner in his efforts in ensuring that the residents would have a community meeting with Carl High, Peninsula District superintendent for the Alaska DOT, and Mike Penrod, project manager for Jones Road Rehabilitation.

People get there, luggage doesn't
How does one guarantee that your checked baggage leaves Kenai on the same plane as you do when flying to Anchorage on Era these days? The answer is you can't.

Local business makes big impact
All of us at Frontier Community Services wish to send out a big thank you to Dan "Mort" Mortenson and staff at 4-D Carpet One for their generous support and time in helping us acquire flooring for one of our consumers.

If only the Bible got as much attention as Harry Potter
As the River Thames rises in England, the people fearfully watch. As Harry Potter fans get their long-awaited seventh book, God watches and waits. As the world slowly turns, the lines are becoming clearer and clearer. The Shepherd calls come to me, my sheep, please change your ways, wolfs, while you still have time.

Don't give in to fear
The news of the tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis created apprehension for many of us Kenai Peninsulans who have relatives in the Twin Cities area. The collapse was followed by TV talking heads wondering about the "mystery" of a 40-year-old concrete bridge that has had probably up to 10 times more traffic than it was built for and severe Minnesota winter weather, to boot, to make it age before its time.

Art, grill make successful match in library contest
Kenai Community Library would like to thank Home Depot for its generous donation of a barbecue grill, which was awarded as the first prize in a recent art show held at the library in July. Artists of all ages were asked to create artwork reflecting "A World Without Books" to support a month-long community read of "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury.

Assembly votes to shorten notice to service area boards to rescind powers
Powers delegated to service area boards by legislative action of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly can be rescinded with as little as 30-days notice, following action by the assembly Tuesday.

Soldotna man makes it to the big screen; prefers the Coast Guard
When it comes to rescues, Kevin Morrison says he's done almost everything but pick up a dead person. So when he and his fellow Coast Guard rescuers flew out in subzero temperatures on a frigid January morning to pick up the survivors of a sunken fishing boat in Shelikof Strait, Morrison was happy to see them all alive.

Photo feature: River of dreams
Drift fishers paddle into the headwaters of the Kenai River below Kenai Lake at the start of a trip last week.

Filing deadline looms
With less than a week left in the filing period, candidates are beginning to line up for elected borough municipal seats to be filled by voters in the Oct. 2 election.

Soldotna extends its buffer zone
Soldotna patched a hole in its zoning code and will now require residential developments in the commercial district to be at least 40 feet back from the curb line.

Term limits: For better or worse?
Citizen initiatives that will appear on the Oct. 2 ballot asking voters if they want to limit assembly and school board members to two terms are likely to generate some debate.

Caribou Hills fire makes moose season a wild card
Time to start sighting in the rifles and stocking up on ammo, because hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula is fast approaching. Bow hunters can let arrows fly at moose today, while rifle hunters get to squeeze the trigger on Aug. 20. Wildlife managers are predicting the 2007 hunting season should be productive for both.

Silvers still to show; sayonara sockeye
Howard Wray of North Kenai knows early fishing for silvers is a lot like playing the lottery. The odds may be one in a million, but almost every week someone defies those odds to win, which is why early Thursday morning he was steadfastly soaking eggs at Cunningham Park.

Forest detective notices strange purple plants in muskeg
The forest detective prides himself on noticing the small details of daily life in the natural world, and on knowing the names of a good many of them. He has, however, found that he probably will not see something if he doesn't have a name for it.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

SoHi looks to defend its Small Schools State Championship
Entering his 18th season as head coach of the Kenai Kardinals, Jim Beeson knows a thing or two about local football.

Christian churches needed for those in need
There is an old joke that isn't far from reality. My son-in-law opened a sermon with it ... in my church ... at my expense. It goes like this:

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Busy as a beaver
What a beautiful week. After the wet weekend and now the sunshine and warm weather, the grass should jump out of the ground. Hello and welcome to Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.

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