Saturday, September 9, 2006

Reader: Time to even numbers
Wow! How a few decades can erase things from our memories. In the 1950s, being “red” could (and most times would) put you on a blackball list (started by Senator McCarthy) that ruined your career. Who says our state is red, anyway? I think we’re more independent thinking than to be labeled one way or the other.

Local support integral to KDLL
KDLL FM 91.9 Kenai serves central Kenai Peninsula listeners with a variety of local and national public radio programs. KDLL receives minimal government funding, receiving most of its operating funds from local sources. That local financial support is crucial and is a reflection of the popularity and loyalty its programming has developed amongst KDLL’s growing base of listeners. This level of local support positions KDLL to suffer less severely during budget cut discussions than other stations that may be more dependent on government sources for operating money. While public broadcasting funding is always up for debate as state and federal budgets are being built, public radio has escaped cuts in recent years at both levels of funding. Will we again this year? Only time will tell.

Support hit high note in Summer Music Festival
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra held its eighth Summer Music Festival last month and it was a resounding success. Folks from around the peninsula have made this festival a community event by contributing their time, money, energy and talent.

Downed aircraft must be moved without damaging fragile terrain
A single-engine De Havilland Otter DHC-3 that emergency landed on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wetlands more than two weeks ago remains waiting among the moose and the birds while its owners and refuge officials puzzle over how to remove it.

Photo feature: Putting a chill on fall
Fresh snow glazes Mount Redoubt on Wednesday afternoon. While the central Kenai Peninsula was cloaked by low clouds, the western shores of Cook Inlet basked under sun. Forecasters are calling for rain today and Saturday.

Kenai council lands on airport reserve plan
After nearly nine months of touch-and-goes, the Kenai City Council landed on a plan for managing the city’s airport and setting boundaries for an airport reserve Wednesday night.

Katmai: Lots of bears, few human footprints
Katmai National Park and Preserve is a huge piece of wild Alaska. It has a few fly-in lodges, and a 23-mile one-lane road from Brooks Camp out to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, but that’s about it for human infrastructure in 3.7 million acres. There are few developed private inholdings and no native villages. The high volcanic mountains along Cook Inlet are often shrouded in clouds. The mountains open to the Bristol Bay lowlands to the west through enormous lakes such as Naknek, Becharof, and Iliamna that make the Kenai Peninsula’s Tustumena and Skilak lakes look like small puddles.

Find your own berry patch
Alaskans are known for their independent nature, and while friendly and cooperative — particularly to visitors and newcomers — Alaskans aren’t going to hold anyone’s hand when it comes to doing anything.

Around the Peninsula
CPR, first aid classes availableWomen voters to meetCruise fundraiser set to sailGala auction fundraiser slatedGirl Scout roundup slatedEMS benefit dinner plannedWalking fundraiser slated

Big games dot Week 5 schedule
Time to get down to business.

Cats sweep Kardinals
The Skyview Panthers volleyball team withstood an early Kenai Central barrage to pull out a three-game Northern Lights Conference Southern Division victory over the Kardinals on Thursday at Skyview.

The need for passion
Here’s the $100 question, surely as easy as, “What’s the opposite of cold?” or, “Name the four points of the compass.”

Church Briefs
Evangelist to speakMatrix Church gathering SundayAddictions group to meetClothes closet opensAwana classes set to beginNikiski Aglow to start Bible classesBible classes slatedWomen’s Bible class plannedKids’ Night Out slatedWomen’s group to meetFall Bible study plannedAfter-school programs offered

Writer says bye-bye Birdie
My friends, it has been my pleasure to spend this summer with you all. My season has come to an end and I am leaving the Bird Homestead Golf Course. I spent this summer getting to know such wonderful people and I thank you all for the memories. Thank you Elmer and Pat Bird for the opportunity to spend this summer with you, your family and your extended family. It was truly my pleasure.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions to hold night races

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