Monday, September 11, 2006

Fire managers must use best tools to save lives
Another uncontrolled fire season is upon us bringing terrible destruction and loss of life, with fire officials AGAIN expected to continue restricting the only effective tool against uncontrolled wildfires. Namely the 747, DC-lU (now in limited use), and Ilyushin-76 Super Tanker type aircraft (see: Evergreen Supertanker — on internet) that corrupt government aviation and firefighting officials have restricted from service since 1995!

Support hooked a successful day
Many wonderful and giving people made the Kenai River Salmon Adventure for the kids of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula such a great success on August 8th. Our appreciation goes to Senator Lisa Murkowski who was a phenomenal speaker to the kids before the event and added tremendous encouragement and support for the kids throughout the day. Thanks to Senator Murkowski’s Family and Staff, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula — members and staff who worked so hard, not to mention the kids who were enthused and extremely well behaved and just plain fun!

Reader: Police, troopers need driving lessons
The worst drivers on the Kenai Peninsula is the police and state troopers. I drive this road from Kenai to work at the hospital several times a week and at least once and some time more a police or a state trooper will be on the road and drive in the lane beside me and pull in to my blind spot. I have had these so called drivers driving in my blind spot for some times up to a mile or more through town. I choose to leave those people in the blind spot or I slow down to let them ahead of me to get them out of my blind spot.

Reader hopes for way to make bear encounters less deadly
(In reference to “Moose hunter kills brown bear,” Clarion, Sept. 1) Is there not a way that a bear can be tranquilized rather than shot and killed when a hunter, hiker or camper feels that their life is threatened?

Further revision to property tax exemption code likely
As the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly debated setting new senior citizen property tax residency requirements, Mayor John Williams requested a postponement, saying he intended to bring forward an entirely new ordinance, perhaps by mid-October, which would revamp the entire exemption program.

Study: Don’t dump garbage duty
For the time being, solid waste facilities should remain assets of the Kenai Peninsula Borough and their management an in-house operation, according to a group empanelled earlier this summer to review garbage disposal operations.

Elder fraud cases on the rise
Saying he expects the number of fraud cases involving older Alaskans to rise, Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has taken legislative action to help senior citizens and supports efforts of fellow legislators to do the same.

Teachers OK contracts
Kenai Peninsula educators have voted to ratify a new contract.

Fire fears extinguished
Like cool water poured over a blistering burn, this year’s fire season offered soothing relief after last year’s raging wildfires.

Snowbirds grounded
To be eligible for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s unlimited property tax exemption in the future, senior citizens must eligible for an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend and not be absent from the peninsula for more than 120 days in any one year, under a new law adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday.

Seniors split on property tax exemption rules
“I don’t want to see anyone lose their exemption, but I can’t afford to lose it. I live off of social security and there’s no way I could make it if it wasn’t for the exemption,” said Sonia Byram (top left), a Kasilof homeowner and Alaska resident since 1972.

Shooting for fines
While many hunters are still stalking moose, Alaska State Troopers are setting their sights on one or more moose poachers.

Lowell Dale Lewis
Longtime Soldotna resident Lowell Dale Lewis died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at his home with his family by his side. He was 70.

Eugene V. Browning
Longtime Homer resident Eugene V. Browning died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with his family by his side. He was 100.

Prevention is 100 percent cure: Battle against Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is advancing on the peninsula
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006 marked the 7th International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day. This should be a time of sober reflection for our community, but a time of celebration, too. The Kenai Peninsula leads the State in diagnosing individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD.) This does not mean that the problem is worse here than in other areas, instead it shows that we are very active in doing something about it.

Just one more time ...: Dog handler jumps through hoops for the perfect season
Another year of competition has ended at the Anderson house.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001
As we approach the fifth anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many of the same questions continue to haunt the nation.

· Rachel and Jeff Babitt of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Callie Ann, at 3:08 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds.

Community Events
The Kenai Community Library will host the following events: Tuesdays — Russian stories at 11 a.m. and Preschool Story Hour at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays — Wee Read at 11 a.m.; Thursdays — After school stories at 4 p.m.; and Sept. 18 — Friends of the Library will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Community News
Meditative path available Driver safety class offered Recovery rendezvous set Teen-sized clothing sought

Peninsula People
Kenai resident Ryan Gillis is being deployed to Iraq. Gillis is assigned to the Alaska Army National Guard with the Third Battalion, 297th infantry. He is currently stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts scheduled PFLAG to meet Help for commercial fishermen available Community schools begins registration Action coalition to meet Quilters set to stitch Oktoberfest slated Little league meeting set

Hands-on, high-tech methods combine at salmon weir
Beneath the lacy shadows of deciduous trees, Hidden Creek tinkles like a wind chime as its ankle- to knee-deep water tumbles over a bed of gravel and rocks. But when Gary Fandrei followed the length of the creek downstream from where it ducks under Skilak Lake Loop Road on Sept. 1, he was greeted by a very uncreek-like sound.

Peninsula Reflections
Editors note: This is part one of a two-part column. Part two will run Oct. 9.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet Walking fundraiser slated Meditative walking path available Driver safety class offered CPGH to host recovery rendezvous Teen-sized clothing sought Caregiver support offered

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Unhinged Alaska
Sometimes husbands can make some really stupid mistakes. The biggest ones are usually predicated on the guy having the memory span of roadkill. For example:

Kodiak ends Kenai’s dominant run
Kodiak used a stingy defense and a shifty quarterback to end Kenai Central’s 28-game winning streak against small-schools opponents Saturday afternoon in Kenai. Kenai, which fell to 1-1 in the Northern Lights Conference and 3-2 overall, also had a string of 13 consecutive conference wins broken by the Bears.

Soldotna stops Homer
A new offense and a pep talk on the bus ride to Homer was enough to get Soldotna a big road win against the Mariners on Saturday and propel the Stars to the top of the Northern Lights Conference standings.

Nikiski blows past Delta Junction
Nikiski improved to 2-1 in the Great Land Conference (3-2 overall) with a 39-0 shutout of Delta Junction (0-3 GLC, 1-4 overall) in Delta Saturday.

East swimmers control Homer Invitational
The East swimming and diving team dominated the Homer Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Homer High School.

Skyview runners lead area in Dimond
The Skyview boys placed 12th out of 32 teams to lead all peninsula cross country squads at the Adidas/Lynx Cross Country Invitational at Kincaid Park in Anchorage Saturday.

Night races draw rave reviews
With plenty of roaring, rolling and racing, Friday’s sprint and stock car races at Twin Cities Raceway had everything you’d expect from a day at the track — only at night.

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