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Monday, August 20, 2007

Efforts continue to help couple
I appreciated Jessica Cejnar's article, "Difficult decisions" (Clarion, July 24), about my son, Joe Romig, and his wife, Samantha, who are trying to live a normal life with Down's Syndrome.

Mood swings creating headaches
So, the mayor is ready to shut the whole expansion project down, at South Peninsula Hospital. This from the man who made a compelling case why it had to go forward to save the taxpayers extra costs from any further delay? It seems that he has also made a compelling case for why service area taxpayers would want to continue local input in managing the hospital to balance against Soldotna bureaucrats acting for political purpose and expediency, which is what seems to motivate the mayor in this instance.

Fun afloat in Sterling
As many could attest to Saturday afternoon during the 28th annual Moose River Raft Parade in Sterling, Dave Pooler doesn't quit come hell or as was the case in the parade high water.

Are term limits legal?
Propositions scheduled to appear on the Oct. 2 municipal ballot that would apply term limits to assembly and school board seats might face difficulties with Alaska statutes, according to attorneys with the borough.

Controversy continues over Homer hospital
As Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday and Borough Mayor John Williams were exchanging verbal salvos last week, confusion and controversy continued to surround missing documentation vital to South Peninsula Hospital's ongoing $31 million expansion project.

Sex offender pulls knife in store, ends up in jail
Joe Dennis knew something was wrong when he received the all manager's call at Three Bears Market around 4:20 p.m. Aug. 9. Sure enough, when he came downstairs, he discovered an intoxicated Melvin Joe, 51, and another drunk man, eating store merchandise and making a mess.

Fair weather for some fun
If you're "barn to be wild," it takes more than gray clouds and the threat of rain to dampen your enthusiasm. This weekend, the fun was shining bright at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair where the theme "barn to be wild" was custom-made for the waterproof crowd.

Senator brings buddy to Homer
The two elder statesman stood together Thursday a Republican from Alaska and a Democrat from Hawaii swapping stories, tag-teaming a few questions and praising each other for a job well done.

Borough, Homer mayors trade barbs over 'spanking' remark
Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday charged Monday that comments allegedly made by Borough Mayor John Williams to Assemblywoman Milli Martin in February during a conversation about South Peninsula Hospital had implied violence against women and that Williams should consider resigning.

Douglas MacArthur Young
Soldotna resident Douglas MacArthur Young died of natural causes Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at his home. He was 65.

Joseph 'Joe' Bradford Broussard
Former Nikiksi resident Joseph "Joe" Bradford Broussard died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, in Baton Rouge, La., after a lengthy illness. He was 54.

Want new faces in politics? Then let's see yours
The low amount of voters who likely will turn out to participate in the Oct. 2 municipal election (as historically the Kenai Peninsula has had poor voter-turnout numbers) will have an equally low number of candidates to choose from.

Cooperation key to solution: Alaska can lead the world through to a just global economy
At the heart of our global problems are the sins of greed and gluttony that our global economic system supports and encourages. No religious doctrine supports the greed and gluttony our business and political leaders practice.

Be careful what you wish for: Fast dog goes nowhere, but make room for number 5
The weather is getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier, and the fireweed is climbing higher. These trends can only signal one thing: Dog agility trial season is winding down.

Peninsula Reflections
Halcha Alcock was born in Kamloops, Canada in 1895. In the mid 1920s she married James Green, a rancher and farmer in California.

Skilak recreation area not lacking in opportunities
The early morning air was so still and the reflection on Bottenintnin Lake so crystal clear, it was difficult to tell where the water ended and the azure sky began. Even the one and only cloud a thin, white, wispy thing way up high was perfectly mirrored in the calm water. A small ripple at the surface emanating from where an emerald-colored dragonfly darted a little too low in pursuit of a mosquito meal was the only giveaway.

Sterling Community News
Happy birthday wishes go out today, Aug. 20, to Chieko Brown and Dillon Kimple; Lorna Whitaker and Sam Renfrow on Aug. 21; Ellen Sherman Hayes and Norvell Robertson on Aug. 23; Dennis Wall on Aug. 24; and Charlotte Thrasher on Aug. 26. If you see any of the birthday celebrants on their special day, you may want to wish them a happy birthday.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
There's not much I won't eat. If you saw me you'd guess that. I'm not sure if it is because my parents were not fussy eaters, so taught me by example to eat everything. Or because their food rules were simple: "taste everything once" and "clean your plate" (remember "the little children in China are starving"?).

Nikiski Community News
Good morning to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Photo feature: Top of their game
Members of the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Velocity White 96 Girls team included guest players and Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club (KPSC) athletes, Logan Tuttle, front row, far left, and Kylee Wolfe, front row, far right. Tuttle and Wolfe play on the KPSC U-12 Sweetfeet team, coached by Dan Tuttle. The team was in Minnesota on July 21 competing for the International Schwan's USA Cup trophy for the 11-girls age group. The tournament includes more than 800 teams. The White 96 Girls team won all of its preliminary games to guarantee them a spot in the quarter finals. They won the quarter finals, semi-finals and the championship. In the semifinal game, Wolfe scored the only goal. In the championship game, Wolfe and Tuttle each scored in the 2-0 victory. The team also placed first without being scored on while competing in the playoff bracket. Tuttle is the daughter of Dan and Denise Tuttle of Nikiski. Wolfe is the daughter of Pete and Jamee Wolfe of Soldotna.

Ninilchik Community News
Congratulations to our neighbors who entered exhibits, successfully sold livestock at the Junior Market Livestock Auction and won ribbons at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair!

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club plans closure KPC closure scheduled Agrium sets live fire training dates Watercolors looking for homes Golf tournament in full swing

Soldotna Community News
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center's annual visit to the Palmer State Fair will be Friday. The bus will leave the center at 8 a.m. and return about 10 p.m. Reservations are required in advance. Bus fare will be $20 per person and entrance fee should be $5. Cost must be paid in advance to the center, for $25. For more information, call 262-2322.

Around the Peninsula
AARP driver safety program today Immunization clinic scheduled Kaleidoscope hosts open house, barbecue College opens new building Thursday Head Start accepting registration Kennel club gears up for fall classes Boys Scouts take to the sky

Kenai Community News
I refuse to acknowledge the fireweed's inexorable climb up its stock. This year maybe it will stay until October.

Kasilof Community News
Happy 91st birthday to Ray Blake on Aug. 8. Ray may hold the honor of being the eldest feller in the tri-communities of Kasilof, Cohoe and Clam Gulch. He has been in Cohoe 60 years.

The science of saving the earth
What did you do this summer?

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Peterbuilt the cat is at home in a box, with no room to spare for Bear Bear to get in. The cats belong to Jeanne Hayes of Kenai.

SkyHi edges Buccaneers
Eddie Buffington's 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was all visiting Skyview needed as they limited Valdez to a total of 23 yards in defeating the Buccaneers, 6-0, on Saturday.

Seward girls win their own invite
The Seward girls won their own invitational on Saturday, beating second-place Wasilla by one point at the 10-team Seward Invite cross country meet.

CIA starts soccer team
Cook Inlet Academy teacher Kenny Leaf remembers the reaction soccer got in years past in physical education class at the basketball-dominated school.

Nikiski cruises past Huskies
Beau Calderwood just stood there hunched over, his hands planted on his knees.

Sports Briefs
The area district of the National Barrel Horse Association held the NBHA State Championships on Aug. 4 at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds.

Byrd, Hankins to wed
Crystal Byrd and Charles Hankins of Soldotna, formally of Phoenix, Ariz., plan to marry Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at Trinity Christian Center in Soldotna.

Saxman, Daggett marry in Florida
Nadia T. Saxman and James W. Daggett of Nikiski were married in an evening ceremony Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Treasure Island, Fla. The Rev. James C. Daggett officiated.

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