Monday, September 6, 2010

Thanks to all who make the fair go
Well, another Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik has come to a close. With sunshine and support from the community, what success we enjoyed. A fair doesn't just happen, though, and 4-H would like to thank everyone who helped before, after and during the event! To the fair managers who made such an effort to accommodate 4-H families and honor our own Matti Martin, we say a huge thank you!

Founding document crafted to stand test of time
With the exception of the title, I respectfully disagree with everything Mr. Mathews wrote in his Sept. 1 letter to the editor regarding the Constitution of the United States. Yes much has changed in the last 223 years, but the founding fathers crafted a document to stand the test of time. It was based on 5,000 years of world history, looking at all the governments that had worked, and more specifically those that had not. To toss it out and create a new one based on 50 years of history is foolhardy in my opinion.

Business should support Clean Air Act
Corporations buying clean air? Excellent, let's support them in getting really serious about the entire planet's clean air by encouraging them to support the Clean Air Act.

River City Wild Cheerleaders have a lot to cheer about
On July 17, the River City Wild Cheerleaders held their first Annual Disc Golf tournament. Our community showed its support for these young ladies not only by donating everything from coffee cards to a full spa day, they also came out in big style to play in the event! We like to refer to all of our sponsors as Cheer Champions! The RCC cheerleaders would like to send out a big thank you to those "wild" Cheer Champions who helped make this a huge success.

Dipnetter questions numbers
In reference to commercial fisherman John McCombs letter to the editor (Clarion, Aug. 31), there are two glaring snafus with his numbers. First of all, Commercial fishermen take about 85 percent of the second run of sockeyes, not the 70 he proposes. The second glaring figure is his dipnetting numbers. The average yearly personal-use household permit numbers are about 23,000 households, of which about 10 to 15 percent are not used.He states 40,000 dipnetters went home with fish, which is false.

Thanks for helping kids float
Special thanks and recognition are to be given to the Nikiski community for their participation in establishing the Kids Don't Float Program this summer at our local lakes.

Volunteers make meet run
We would like to thank Conoco Phillips for the use of their tent during the Skyview Invite (it gave the volunteers a dry place between races), to the City of Soldotna for all the barriers that lined the course, to the Orange vest volunteers -- Megan, Anita, Jody, Ethan, Danika, Aliann and Ryan, to all the volunteers a huge thank you for your time, there are lots of special jobs and you are so appreciated. A special thank you to Curt Schmidt, Vice Principal from Skyview, Bill Holt for trail maintenance and emergency rescues, Renee Merkes the computer wiz that keeps all of the timing current and available so quickly, to Tsalteshi Trail Association for their equipment and support and Nurse Betty. Also thank you to the volunteer for the Skyview Dance the night before the Skyview Invite, all of the schools staying at Skyview were invited so there were lots and lots of high school students there. Thank you to Coach McKenney and Coach Peterson for your time, patience, encouragement and all you do for the team.

Challenger Center appreciates donation
Tesoro has done it again! Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) wants to publically and wholeheartedly thank Steve Hansen and Tesoro Alaska Company for the donation of 25 fully-funded space-simulator missions for area fifth- and sixth-grade students in the amount of $25,000. In fact, this is the fourth year in a row that Tesoro has graciously donated funds for these missions! As a direct result of Tesoro's generosity, over 2,500 students will have participated in our hands-on, minds-on programming over the four year period. Furthermore, Tesoro's contributions to CLCA have totaled over $100,000 in the last few years!

Drug lab listing can stick with a property, warranted or not
Rain muddied the driveway leading to the property of Dean Scroggins, weeks after the Brendan McGee shooting. Rain filled wheel marks scarred the dirt path amid the remnants of a shattered gate. Rain pattered down on the junked cars strewn about the lot. Tires had been laid out at the edge of the property to ward off uninvited guests.

A century to remember: 2 ladies celebrate
Two Soldotna women are hitting the century mark this week and celebrating in their own special ways with their family beside them.

1 killed, others injured in two-vehicle crash in Kenai
A Kenai attorney was killed and several others were injured in a T-bone collision at the corner of Overland Avenue and Mission Avenue in Old Town Kenai Sunday night.

Gas storage moves forward: Kenai council OKs rezoning
The Kenai City Council passed a re-zoning ordinance at its meeting Wednesday night that would allow industry on the property planned for the Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage facility.

Senate: Miller vs. McAdams
Alaskans will be getting to know more about Joe Miller, the Fairbanks attorney and political novice who pulled off what may be the Republican primary election upset of the year.

CIRCAC removes member: Shavelson voted off for repeated criticism of board
Longtime outspoken environmental activist Bob Shavelson has lost his seat on oil oversight group Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council this week for publicly criticizing the group's decisions.

Begich touts ability to build relationships
With the defeat of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Mark Begich has become Alaska's senior U.S. senator -- less than two years into his first term. In an interview Aug. 26, Begich talked about his ability to build relationships while also bucking the federal government.

2 injured when pickup truck plows through coffee cafe
Two people were injured Sunday morning when a pickup truck drove through the front windows of the Kaladi Brothers Coffee cafe on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

Emalee Rayn Bumgarner
Emalee Rayn Bumgarner, infant daughter of Jenna Bumgarner and Aaron Flug Jr., was stillborn Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

CPH is not simply government-run
Clearly, the Clarion's Sunday editorial "Central Peninsula Hospital: Government Run Health Care" (Aug. 29), strays from the mark. This evocative, thinly veiled chide slinks by a gamut of associated issues and then summarily announces: If you really believe: "No government-run health care" then Central Peninsula Hospital should be privatized.

Enjoy the barbecue -- it's well deserved
Many people around Alaska and the country will enjoy a day off from work Monday, but the observance of Labor Day comes at an uncertain time for the American workforce.

Random thoughts on recent events
If you're like a lot of Alaskans, you may be shaking your head at what happened in the Aug. 24 primary. Then, again, maybe you predicted what others are calling an upset, since Joe Miller beat Lisa Murkowski in all but two southern Kenai Peninsula precincts.

Library bond worthy of support
On October 5, the voters of Soldotna will be asked to approve a bond issue to be used solely for expansion of our Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library (the Soldotna Library). The amount of the bond issue has been set and will appear on the ballot as our own Proposition 1. I am writing to ask for your support of that measure.

Photo feature: Quilters for Peninsula Heroes
The VFW post #10046 in Soldotna treated the quilters to a luncheon at noon on July 14. The group has made 25 quilts to be given to returning service men and women who come from the Kenai Peninsula and have recently served overseas.

Photo feature: Arrrgh, matey!

Photo feature: The Strikers
The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club Ull boy's team, the Strikers, competed in three tournaments across the state, winning three championships.

Photo feature: Ladies in Pink rally against breast cancer
On June 27, 75 women golfed in the rain in the fifth annual Pink Ribbon Rally (formerly Rally for the Cure) at the Birch Ridge Golf Course. The event raises funds to be donated to the breast cancer fund at the Central Peninsula Health Foundation.

I'm grumpy and Bart's not helping
It has been a short, strange, summer around here and I need a hard core attitude adjustment. I think my grumpiness spawns from the constant drizzle in the air and the fact that moss patches start sprouting on the north side of my butt every time I spend a few hours outside.

Photo feature: Pink Ribon Rally committee
On Aug. 9, the Pink Ribbon Rally committee presented a check in the amount of $18,000 to Peter Brennan, Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Central Peninsula Health Foundation for the benefit of local breast cancer patients. The funds were raised at the Rally golf event and auction held June 27 at the Birch Ridge Golf Course. This was the fifth year for the event (formerly Rally for the Cure).

Kodiak swimmers looking tough
In "Rocky III," Apollo Creed, referring to Rocky and talking to Uncle Paulie, asks, "Can he swim?" The response: "With a name like Rock?"

Kenai Central boys top Kodiak in dual
The visiting Kenai Central boys swimming and diving team was able to use its depth to top Kodiak, which has won four of the last six Region III titles, in dual meets on Friday and Saturday.

Stars' rushing attack grounds SkyHi: Soldotna's Smithwick takes control of rivalry game by running for 227 yards
The visiting Soldotna Stars literally ran over Skyview on Friday night, racking up 500 rushing yards en route to a 46-27 win, their fourth consecutive in Northern Lights Conference. The Stars remain unbeaten while Skyview falls to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Warriors topple Panthers
The Wasilla volleyball team picked up a victory at Skyview on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Kardinals run down Wolfpack
The third time was a charm in the Kenai Central football team's quest to defeat a big-schools team this season.

Brown Bears ready to hit ground running
Forget last year. The Kenai River Brown Bears certainly are.

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