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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Election may net vacant seats
With two Kenai Peninsula Borough school board members, Deb Germano of Homer and Margaret Gilman of Kenai, seeking election to the borough assembly, and three other board seats up for grabs, the nine-member school board could take on a dramatically different profile after the Oct. 4 municipal election.

Torgerson says Kenai Spur extension a priority
Saying his past experience in state government would be an asset if he’s elected Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, former state Sen. John Torgerson told the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that he’ll work with legislators to secure state funding for a Kenai Spur Highway extension project.

For a good time, head south
In summer, when the kings are running big and strong and the reds jumping into the boat, the Kenai River is the undisputed heavyweight champion of Kenai Peninsula fishing. And with its reputation growing as a silver salmon and rainbow trout destination, the Kenai is certainly no slouch in the fall.

Alaska fishermen offer to help Southern shrimpers
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The United Fishermen of Alaska is offering to send everything from rubber boots to netting to help shrimp fishermen hurt by Hurricane Katrina get back on the water.

Walrus hunt won’t be televised
ANCHORAGE — A pair of Web cameras providing Internet images of walruses basking on Round Island will be shut off this week at the request of Alaska Native leaders, who do not want viewers to see the animals shot and butchered during the traditional fall hunt.

Realtors, others help make hospice fund-raiser successful
Hospice of the Central Peninsula board of directors, volunteers and staff would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors and their affiliates. The support and time volunteered in organizing this annual hospice fund-raiser barbecue and auction each spring in May is commendable on their part. They volunteered many months of their valuable time seeking donations and selling raffle tickets and cookbooks.

Gulf states need money more than Alaska
The state of Alaska will realize a tax bonanza as the result of Hurricane Katrina. Our legislators should take immediate action to see that this windfall is donated to relief efforts. The amount could be based on the difference in the price of oil prior to and after the hurricane and cover a period of 120 days.

Many went to bat for softball season success
I would like to give a special thanks to the following sponsors and individuals that helped the Kenai Peninsula Softball Association in the 2005 season: McDonald’s, Peninsula Clarion, The (Grizz) Place, Casino Bar, Kenai Home Depot, IGA Country Foods, Kenai Merit Inn, Uptown Motel, Leo Sanchez Sr., Tesoro Refinery, C&M Muffler, Enstar Gas, Felicia’s Hair Tech, Hooligan’s Bar, Arby’s, Radio Shack, Kenai Boys and Girls Club, Petro Express Gas, Back Door Lounge, Kenai Firefighters, Kenai Moose Lodge, Alaska Physical Therapy, Redline Sports, NPR and Rainbow Bar.

Reader thankful for Alaskans’ generosity
I just want to thank the people of Alaska for the support and prayers for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. My mom and three sisters were in her path. They live or I guess I should say they lived in Gulfport, Miss. They with thousands of others have lost everything.

Gasoline price gouging by any name still smells the same
The reasons given for the dramatic rise in gasoline prices in the Lower 48 of short crude supplies and refinery problems are not true in Alaska. And crude oil prices peaked and have already started to fall.

Mother: Daughter not to blame for stolen goods
The mother of a woman arrested at a residence on Missing Link Road south of Soldotna says her daughter knew noting about any of the alleged stolen property that was located in her daughter’s home.

Young entrepreneurs giving beehive tours
Everything seemed normal in Soldotna on Thursday. A drive down a gravel road revealed fall colors on the trees with Mount Redoubt towering in the background. The day’s tone would change, however, for the curious motorists who followed some yellow signs on the road.

Kenai library could grow
The Kenai City Council on Wednesday was asked for a half-million-dollar commitment toward an addition to the city’s public library.

Vance William Abersold
Soldotna resident Vance William Abersold died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 64.

Rough road makes way for smooth sailing
For those of you breathing a sigh of relief that the tourist RVs have left the central Kenai Peninsula and taken slow traffic with it — don’t exhale just yet. Road construction starting next week promises to cause delays rivaling those created by our most rubber-necking land yacht summer visitors.

The 2005 Kenai Peninsula fire season: One for the record books
Whew! I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad the 2005 fire season is over (knock on wood). Now I can get reacquainted with my family and friends, and try to catch up on the other aspects of life I set aside these past several months. I know that’s probably a futile goal, but I’m an optimist by nature so I’m going to give it the old college try.

Dredging of Snake River will go forward
SEATTLE (AP) — Settling years of litigation, environmental groups on Thursday agreed to let the Army Corps of Engineers proceed with plans to dredge the Snake River this winter, as long as it does no more without conducting a long-term study about sediment build-up in the river.

Around the Peninsula
Hot dog feed fund-raiser setGirl Scouts roundup SaturdayKatrina relief concert setSenior service board to meetKennel club classes planned

Church Briefs
Clothes2Go closes shopChildren’s program beginsSept. 11 remembrance setSoldotna Bible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group beginsBible study group to meetChurch celebrates 110 years

Graham-style crusades may be thing of the past
Evangelist Billy Graham has left the unique stage he built — intricately organized and costly revival meetings — and now Christians are wondering whether the style of crusade that he popularized will end with him.

Casino converted to church
MITFORD, S.C. — The dust from the gravel parking lots has settled, the cigarette smoke has long since escaped and the neon signs no longer draw attention to the Magic Mall.

In storms wind, water, questions of faith rise
“He asked them, ‘Where is your faith?’

Bonds could return soon
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds felt strong and limber while taking swings and running the bases in a pregame workout back home Thursday, and the San Francisco Giants slugger said there’s a possibility he could return this weekend.

Federer gives U.S. Open fans a break from drama-packed tennis
NEW YORK — Roger Federer sure knows how to kill a party.

Marlins double up Nats
WASHINGTON — Josh Beckett hit his first career home run, and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Pierre drove in three runs each to lead the Florida Marlins over the Washington Nationals 8-4 Thursday night.

Patriots keep on winning
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots lost two linebackers and two coaches in the offseason.

Athletes continue aid efforts
LeBron James helped load four tractor-trailers with diapers, school supplies, food and other items for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Nikiski sweeps Seward
The Seward volleyball team is inexperienced this year. Thursday night in Nikiski, the Bulldogs wanted to give the Seahawks as little experience as possible.

Indians lead wild-card race
CLEVELAND — Aaron Boone hit a two-run homer, Casey Blake and Coco Crisp had solo shots and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Thursday to move into sole possession of the AL wild-card lead for the first time this season.

Penguins to sign Crosby
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t want Sidney Crosby to miss even a minute of their first training camp in two years. The NHL’s labor agreement made it all but certain he wouldn’t.

Valdez hopping with rabbits
ANCHORAGE — Maybe it’s Easter every day in Valdez.

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