Saturday, August 19, 2006

Reader no longer a Murkowski fan
I have voted for Frank Murkowski every time he ran for any office and was on his daughter’s campaign committee. I am definitely not voting for him this time.

Prop 2: Time for payback
I wish to voice my support for Proposition 2 for the following reasons:<

Airport plan doesn’t fly yet
A council member’s motion to adopt a new operational plan for the Kenai Municipal Airport did little more than open a public hearing on the measure Wednesday night. Any action was postponed until after at least one more public hearing.

Boys, Girls Clubs athletic director stepping down from 10-year post
After 10 soccer seasons in 9 1/2 years, the athletic director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is stepping down.

Gregory A. Rozak
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Gregory A. Rozak died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with family members by his side. He was 57.

Carey: 5-year plan benefits all
It is my great blessing to call Alaska my home since my family moved here in 1961. In addition to being “The Last Frontier,” I consider Alaska to be God’s country both literally and figuratively. I run for the State House because I believe the rights and needs of the people of Alaska have been corroded away by neglect for the maintenance and upkeep of our constitutional rights and privileges. The recent “discovery” of the corrosion and neglect for the feeder lines of the Alaska Pipeline speaks to the importance of reducing corrosion and promoting healthy maintenance.

Welcome back: Buses ready to hit the road
Although it may not feel like we’ve even had one, our brief Alaska summer is rapidly nearing its end.

Olson: Goals haven’t changed
After attending and graduating from college on the GI Bill, my wife, Barbara, and I moved to Alaska in 1977. Seeing that the Peninsula would be a great place to live and raise a family, we moved here in 1982 and still love the Peninsula as much as ever. We have raised two daughters, Madelyn and Valerie. I have worked as a commercial insurance broker, a custom seafood processor, in the tourism industry, three years as legislative staff, and the past two years in the Alaska House of Representatives for Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof and K-Beach. Having worked in the private sector, I know what it means to meet payroll, pay for health insurance and workers compensation coverage. These experiences set me apart from the other candidates.

Carey says Legislature caved to Murkowski
Question 1: As succinctly and plainly as possible, tell us your opinion of Gov. Frank Murkowski’s proposed contract with the major producers and his gas pipeline plans.

Olson says getting gas pipeline right is goal
Question 1: As succinctly and plainly as possible, tell us your opinion of Gov. Frank Murkowski’s proposed contract with the major producers and his gas pipeline plans.

Other swimmers cross bay to raise assault awareness
Four Homer swimmers also had a Kachemak Bay crossing scheduled for Aug. 4. With high winds forecast, they chose to wait out the day before risking the swim across Kachemak Bay. According to swim organizer Liz Villarreal, who teaches at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, winds can come up suddenly, and the foursome — Villarreal, Ingrid Harrald, Kristin Siemann and Brian Stone — decided to see what the day would bring.

Lapping up the challenge
With nothing separating them from the frigid, 49-degree waters of Kachemak Bay but the three-millimeter thickness of their wetsuits, Chris Hodel and Bob Kaufman, both of Anchorage, dove into Kachemak Bay on Aug. 4.

Searching for silver lining in a sea of pinks
Now is the time of year when enterprising fishermen turn their attention from the dwindling red run to silvers.

Youth Conservation Corps completes another of successful summer
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s 2006 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) was once again a blazing success story. There were five 15-18-year-old girls and boys that did a mind-boggling amount of work during their eight-week program.

Deep-sea fishing can net some curious catches
From the seafloor deep below a halibut fishing boat to the water’s surface above, there’s no telling what mysterious sea creature a halibut hook might grab hold of. From creatures that will fit in the palm of your hand to beasts that rival some of the largest halibut, halibut fishing has plenty of surprises to offer.

Don’t pitch that pink
With five children to feed, Ron Calliou of Kenai doesn’t shy away from serving humpy. Following is a recipe he said will make just about any fish delicious.

Around the Peninsula
Governor to hold town hall meeting today>Food drive revving up at motorcross races>Boys and girls club plans weeklong closureCPHC board to meetCPCS board meeting slated

Some races uncontested
Four candidates that will be on their party’s primary ballots Tuesday are facing no challengers.

In primary, some local seats hot, some not
Tuesday, central Kenai Peninsula voters will go to the polls to choose House District 33 candidates for November’s general election ballot.

Peninsula anxious about Bears
Kodiak has long been considered a comer in the Northern Lights Conference. Saturday at Skyview High School, the rest of the conference will get a good indication if the Bears have finally arrived.

Autumn golfing arrives
Moose season has begun, and so has the rain. (Sigh). Welcome to the Friday report from Bird Homestead Golf Course and to autumn in Alaska, eh? We make the best of it and just play golf regardless. ‘Cause we can!

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