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Monday, September 10, 2007

Reader stands up 'for what is right'
I just read a response regarding a letter to the editor that someone else submitted regarding praying against the "witchcraft" badness in our society namely Pye Wackets.

Reader wants cash now
Pay me now. I have been watching the stock market flirt with crashing the last few weeks. This is my question to state officials about our state dividend from the oil: The state was willing to pay each one $25,000 when we had $3 billion in profits. Now that we have 15 times that at $45 billion, what are they willing to give each one of us?

Moose more dangerous than we thought they were
From the land of Norway a disturbing global warming revelation. Scientists proclaim the moose to be a major contributor to greenhouse gases. A single moose through its "farting and belching" can produce up 2,100 cubic yards of CO2 and methane gas per year. That is just one moose and Norway is home to 170,000.

FAS Awareness Day provides education, hope to community
Compared to living a life-time with brain damage as a result of having a mother who drank during pregnancy, nine months shouldn't seem like a long time to abstain from alcohol. Yet every year countless women jeopardize the heath of the unborn babies by consuming beer, wine or hard liquor.

Autumn afield
Can you feel it?

School board Homer bound
A number of controversial subjects, ranging from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to school vouchers, are up for consideration by school board members when they meet this evening in Homer.

Club: Winterize your garden now
For a green thumb, gardening doesn't stop when the leaves turn and the air takes on a chill. Fall is the time for gardeners to wipe their vegetable patches clean and protect what flowers and trees they want to see blossom next year before the winter sets in.

A View Askew
Getting dressed in the morning, women face several questions: Do my sweater/skirt/shoes/pants/socks/earrings make my butt/thighs/arms/neck/ankles look fat? Is the run in these nylons far enough up that no one will notice it? Would I rather smell like alcohol and neglected children or an industrially laundered prison jumpsuit? Translation: Should I wear the perfume by Britney Spears or Paris Hilton?

Cleone Elizabeth Wells
Longtime Alaska resident Cleone Elizabeth Wells died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 92.

Gloria J. Ely
Longtime Kenai resident Gloria J. Ely died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 72.

Erik Norman Hales
Lifelong Kenai resident Erik Norman Hales died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, in Kenai. He was 26.

Larry E. Ryburn
Kenai resident Larry E. Ryburn died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 67.

Is it time for Halloween yet?: Holiday brings back memories of woodsmoke, jack-o-lanterns, candy
Tuesday I walked into Jo-Anne Fabrics to use my 40-percent-off Labor Day coupon when I discovered their Halloween decorations.

Revisiting PPT makes good financial sense
"It's all a crapshoot at this point."

Give babies a chance: Awareness first key to helping prevent FASD
Today is International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day. FAS and other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) happen when women drink during pregnancy.

Finding a better route: 'Fix it first' policy a more sensible plan for state
Following the Minneapolis bridge collapse on Aug. 1, which killed nine and injured dozens, it's natural to wonder about the integrity of Alaska's bridges and other infrastructure. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2005 report card on Alaska, the state's transportation infrastructure is not in good shape: 30 percent of Alaska's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete and 33 percent of the state's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Soldotna Community News
Oops! Sometimes I get the facts mixed up! The last time I posted my column I stated that the Montessori Preschool was a part of the Soldotna Montessori Charter School. They are two different entities! One more time, to get the facts right the Montessori Preschool offers a preschool program and there are spaces available. The school is located at 44875 Spruce in Soldotna. It's for children ages 3 through 5. For more details and information on tuition, call 262-2699. Thanks for all of your patience. I am sorry for the error!

Nikiski Community News
Good morning Nikiski residents!

Around the Peninsula
FAS Day today Dodgeball, ping pong tourneys slated Walk for life Sunday PFLAG to meet Peaceful people gather Foster care, adoption seminar set College council meeting scheduled Parenting class available

Photo feature: Running to help
Blair Martin and his family are shown crossing the finish line in the Care2Run 5-kilometer Family Fun Run on Aug. 25. The race was held at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Twenty-three men, women and children registered to run, with additional individuals running for the fun of it. The race was held in support of the Neighbor2Neighbor project, a church ministry dedicated to helping the community's homeless and at-risk teens. Seven hundred dollars was raised during the event. Elisabeth Habermann, Connie Best and Jennifer Mishler tied for first place in a time of 25.04 minutes.

Ninilchik Community News
Aren't you just loving these beautiful days of gathering and harvesting? As our busy summer comes to a close, there will be no excuse for us to hole up in our dens and hibernate. Opportunities abound to keep us active and healthy even when the days become colder and shorter.

Around the Peninsula
Scouting nights set Church club to begin Garden club to meet Cheer camp slated Teen writers sought Rubber duck race slated Girls Scout roundup planned Hospice seeks volunteers

A soldiers view
I am a member of Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry and have been deployed since July 2006, first to Shelby, Miss., for training and then to northern Kuwait. As a civilian, I work for Crowley Marine and expect to return home this fall.

Kenai Community News
It's official fall is here in all its splendor. The leaves are turning, the nasturtiums are bright orange and gold, and the kids are adjusting to being back in school. Soon it will be time to put the studs back on your tires, but for now, grab what's left of summer and enjoy the last day of the Saturday Market on Saturday. Howard Piland has worked hard all season to coordinate this summer event. Thanks to all of the intrepid vendors, who showed up rain, shine or fog. It was fun rubbing shoulders with the tourists and locals who came to browse.

Sterling Community News
Am I the only one looking over my shoulder wondering where summer went? I got up this morning and walked out on my deck and I could smell fall in the air.

Kasilof Community News
I was wrong last week about orange-tipped spruce limbs. They aren't tinted pollen producers. According to ecologist Ed Berg, spruce pollen comes from male spruce cones. He says orange needles on the end of evergreen branches are often caused by a fungus that infests spruce limbs and Labrador tea.

Photo feature: Standing guard
Troopers John Cyr, left, and Larry Erickson stand in front of the Soldotna Trooper's post sign before leaving Kulis Air base in Anchorage with the Air National Guard 176th Aerial Port Unit on Aug. 30. Cyr was stationed in Soldotna for seven years and recently transferred to Wasilla. He is the husband of Sandy and father of Delanie, 11, and Eileen, 7. He will serve as a Tech Sergeant in the guard. Erickson, of Soldotna, is the husband of Rachel and father of Emily, 15, Michael, 13, and Molly, 8. He is a 1986 graduate of Soldotna High School and will serve as a Senior Airman with the guard. Their unit is scheduled return at the end of January.

Little horse, big attitude
AMARILLO, Texas She travels in a customized RV, comes with her own entourage, has hordes of adoring fans, makes regular appearances on the talk show circuit and brings in crowds wherever she goes.

Pet photo: Best Friends
Pluto the Parsons terrier (Jack Russell) loves to ride on the paddleboat with Chena and Penelope Litzen of Nikiski. "If we leave him, he runs along the shore chasing us," said the girls' mom, Geri Litzen. Pluto loves running after the family's mini horses, but stays just out of reach. He also enjoys stuffed animals and chasing their cats, too. However, when he gets inside he pretends he is a gentleman and ignores them because he knows he will get in trouble for harassing them. "We just adore him," Geri said. "He adds so much fun to our lives."

Sports Briefs
Football schedule changes Johnnie, Cook do well at Alaska Raceway Park Jackson leads Combined Tourney

Barrow tops Nikiski
Nikiski traveled to Barrow and led the Whalers, 15-14, in the second quarter but couldn't hold on in falling 27-15 on Saturday.

Knecht, Bates marry in Kenai
Kimberly Knecht and Curtis Bates of Kenai were married Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Kenai Peninsula Calvary Baptist Church. Minister Rick Cupp officiated.

Geils, Northcott plan Virgin Islands wedding
Nicole Geils of Girdwood and Thomas Northcott Jr. of Anchorage plan to marry June 7, 2008, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Inglis, Linebarger unite in July ceremony
Alaina R. Inglis of Soldotna and Justin T. Linebarger of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony, Saturday, July 28, 2007, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Shannon Linebarger McPhetres officiated.

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