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Monday, August 27, 2007

Easy to break unknown rules
I thoroughly enjoyed the "Christmas Tree Snag" story published recently in the Clarion. I hope the snag will be put on display as was a similar one in the museum in Kenai. Today I read Kenai Park's Superintendent Jack Sinclair's letter.

Reader asks mayor to act now
While visiting Homer this week, I read with great interest Charlie Franz's comments about Mayor Williams now having an "excellent piece of ammunition to support his position that our management team is incompetent." This stems from Mr Franz's self-professed error in not obtaining a valid Certificate of Need (CON) for the construction of the hospital expansion as required by state law. Mr Franz is not correct. It is not his team that is incompetent, but Mr. Franz himself.

Reader: Vote 'No' on propositions
There are two propositions on the October ballot to limit terms of office of school board and Kenai Borough Assembly members. I will be voting "No" on both issues.

Web helping tribe to save language
For Alan Boraas, an anthropology professor at Kenai Peninsula College, helping to revitalize a language that's nearly dead is not just an interesting project, it's the right thing to do.

Bear hunt nixed
In what has to become an annual occurrence, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has this year again issued an Emergency Order closing the upcoming brown bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula.

Industry throws a party
On Saturday, the Kenai Peninsula's three biggest industries oil and gas, commercial fishing and tourism did what in many ways they do best: they put food on the table for thousands.

A look behind the curtain
Washington, D.C., might be a tourism hotspot for some people, but for Nate Gallagher and Patrick Moore it meant seeing history and government come to life right before their eyes.

Kasilof woman killed in collision
A head-on collision claimed the life of Linda Honeycutt, 52, of Kasilof, and sent two other victims to the hospital with extensive injuries on Thursday at approximately 5:45 p.m. The collision occurred at Mile 107 of the Sterling Highway near Tustumena Storage and blocked the roadway for nearly two hours.

Courting expansion
No, there's no need to report the theft of the sidewalks from in front of the Kenai Courthouse.

ACT members oppose changes to initiative process
Members of the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers say proposed changes in the way initiatives and referenda petitions are handled by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerks' office may violate state statute and go against the spirit of the petition process.

Palin's signing of bill a step in right direction
There's a light at the end of the tun-

More than meets the eye: Tourists can add to summer enjoyment on peninsula
Who says they don't like tourists?

Nikiski Community News
Now that school has started, please be aware of children near bus stops and crossings.

Peninsula Reflections
It's been 47 years since Casey Jones and his wife Frost, now both deceased, sold their grocery store on Cook Avenue in Kenai.

Ninilchik Community News
This is the time of year we have to say good-bye to our college students. It is bittersweet for the parents who are happy to see their children pursuing high education, yet will be sorely missing their kids while they are gone.

The Sky Guy
Stars can actually be seen again, so it's time to resume my astronomy column.

Kasilof Community News
Though rumors had Jack Brown running for the Kasilof seat of the Borough Assembly, he is not a candidate. Jack has been in public service a long time and was a pillar of support in the Sarah Palin campaign. Back in 1993, Rep. Mike Navarre asked him to get involved with Aaron Goforth, who was protesting negative press the oil and gas industry was then receiving. Jack cued up with high English and his positive spin created Industry Appreciation Day (IAD).

Around the Peninsula
SMS open house, hot dog feed set Senior center to hold steak dinner Kennel club gears up for fall classes Teen writers sought Refuge plans August activities Hospice seeks volunteers

Soldotna Community News
School has started and to get you in the swing of things I'm highlighting some school activities.

Sterling Community News
Today, Aug. 27, wish a happy birthday to Richard Mendenhall. Carol Paulsen, Nancy Lambeth and Pamela Ledgerwood will celebrate birthdays Aug 29.

Kenai Community News
There's nothing quite like the sight of those big yellow Bluebird school busses lined up in front of the school to bring autumn to our country.

Around the Peninsula
Tribal-state safety forum planned Scouting information nights set Cheer camp slated College council meeting scheduled Cameras, photo printers sought

Long road back
Rick Gilliland's life was once filled with horseback riding, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, power lifting and his children's wrestling and softball teams when not working on a construction job. His life was active and his daily achievements high by any measure.

Unhinged Alaska
Chaos (ka'os), n. The Random House Dictionary states one meaning is, "The formless matter supposed to have preceded the existence of the ordered universe." Its most common use is to describe the loser line at an "American Idol" audition.

Scouting out their history
"Be prepared" is the Boy Scout motto, yet nothing could prepare Eagle Scout Uriah Thomas for the sight of cars heading at him on the wrong side of the road.

Bronga, Dunbar win Skyview Invite
The 2007 cross country season is off to a running start thanks in part to Kodiak's Trevor Dunbar and East High's Jaime Bronga, who each won individual titles at the Skyview Invitational on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

Kodiak edges Kenai in pivotal matchup
A game that could have major playoff implications down the road lived up to its billing Saturday at Kodiak.

Wasilla football wears down Skyview
WASILLA After one half of football Saturday afternoon, the Wasilla Warriors found themselves mired in a defensive standoff with the Skyview Panthers. Struggling to move the ball against the Panthers, Wasilla led 10-0, but had failed to score offensively and was outgained 65-32 on the ground.

Kenai's Huhndorf shows she belongs
Currently in his fifth year at the helm of Kenai, Jason Diorec fielded his fair share of comments reg arding his decision to place Mariah Huhndorf, then a freshman, on the varsity volleyball squad last season.

Griffin comes back to win Morgan Memorial
Once again, it was the steady, and not the spectacular, that triumphed at Kenai Golf Course.

Sports Briefs
Bill Butrum had a 6-over-par 78 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Todd Eskelin in the Donald R. Morgan Memorial Kenai Golf Association Annual Championship at Kenai Golf Course. Eskelin is the defending champion in the event, which concludes today.

Nobles, Lansing marry in Soldotna
Trisha Nobles and Jimmy Lansing of Sterling were married Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Soldotna. The Rev. Mike Schoessler officiated.

Keller, Skilling announce engagement
Heidi Ann Keller of Soldotna and Ryan William Skilling of Byron Center, Mich., plan to marry Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, in West Chicago, Ill.

Fucci, Jeffreys wed in Nikiski
Lisa Fucci and Matthew Caine Jeffreys of Nikiski were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the bride's parents' home in Nikiski. The Rev. Stuart Churchill officiated.

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