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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Kids in roadway could lead to bad news
Where were your children Aug. 3 between the hours of 11 p.m. and midnight? Playing in the road? Testing the focus of drivers?

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.

Donation worth celebrating
The Homer High School Class of 1987 would like to publicly thank Three Bears in Kenai for the generous contribution toward our 20-year reunion picnic.

Snags not wanted, trees are
Most anyone who read the Clarion's July 27 article titled "Christmas tree: Snag decorated with $400 worth of tackle" and saw the accompanying photo couldn't help but be impressed by the amount of tackle that was hauled out of the Kenai River by means of a grappling hook.

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.

Bridge even more temporary
More than half of the temporary bridge Soldotna motorists came to depend on is now no more than a memory as Wilder Construction bridge workers are making headway on removal of the structure.

Clerk out to initiate change
Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to consider revising the borough's initiative and referendum procedures.

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.

Soldotna city workers' new contract now up to council
Union represented employees of the city of Soldotna have ratified a three-year contract with the city, agreeing to a 3 percent pay hike in the first year and 3 1/2 percent increases in the second and third years. The contract is subject to approval by the city council Wednesday.

Industry day appreciates founder, too
If you find yourself dodging flying salmon at the Kenai Park Strip this Saturday around noon, you've not only stumbled upon Industry Appreciation Day, you've witnessed a prime example of two unrelated industries working together. Every year, kids and adults get a grip on a frozen salmon, pull back and throw as hard as they can.

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.

Ronnie Edward Shafer
Nikiski resident Ronnie Edward Shafer died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at his home in Nikiski. He was 30.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Nikiski Community News
Good morning to all my Nikiski neighbors.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Kaleidoscope hosts open house, barbecue Pregnancy class offered Family fun run set to take off Soup fundraiser tackles hunger Tribal-state safety forum planned Parent advisory committee meeting to be held New high school to open Donations sought for military personal Social Security reps to visit peninsula

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Sports Brief
The area district of the National Barrel Horse Association held its weekly event on Wednesday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. It was the last week of pole bending of the season. Wednesday, the association will hold its district finals at 7 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Spectators are welcome and will be admitted free.

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