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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Community support fills the boots again
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local citizens of the Kenai Peninsula for their outstanding generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy firefighter "Fill the Boot" fundraising effort.

Efforts allow children chance to going to camp
The second annual Cancer Survivors on Mount Aspiring 2007 Disc Golf Tournament was a success. We would like to thank all the sponsors, teams and other individuals who donated money, time and enthusiasm to this event.

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.

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?

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.

Support makes golf tourney a swinging success
Ninilchik Native Descendants would like to thank all the sponsors and participants who helped make this year's 10th annual golf tournament a smashing success. Proceeds from this tournament benefit Ninilchik graduating seniors and athletic programs. NND continues to work toward historical preservation, as well.

Photo feature: Mushroom mystery
A boletus mushroom sprouts next to a spruce tree in Kenai earlier this month. Some species of boletus are choice edibles while others make some people sick.

Borough economy strong
Sales were at an all-time high, the value and volume of construction permits were topping the charts, and employment continued to increase on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Kenai couple electrocuted
Robert Gepner, 74, of Kenai, and his wife, Natalie Gepner, 71, died of electrocution outside their Kenai home Monday.

Program keeps cars out of the landfill, woods
Junked vehicles dotting landscapes across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are steadily being removed through a continuing program meant to rid communities of the metal eyesores.

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.

Favorable winds reach HEA members
Responding to one member's request and an acknowledged need for renewable energy sources, Homer Electric Association has completed work on regulations governing the integration of residential wind turbines and solar panels into HEA's power grid.

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.

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

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

Katherine 'Kate' Lee Gribble
Longtime Homer resident Katherine "Kate" Lee Gribble died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at home. She was 76.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Hockey registration slated

Nikiski Community News
Good morning Nikiski residents!

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.

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.

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.

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.

KPC offers variety of short courses
Short courses for busy Alaskans

Around the Peninsula
School board meetings slated

Models of fitness
The Soldotna Middle School physical education department participates in its first mile run Aug. 30. The run is part of the school's wellness program, in which the P.E. department participates in a run every period of the day, every other week. The group invites other SMS staff members to join them. The SMS department members who participated were Charlie Stephens, Rob Moore, Jeff Moore, Jennifer Tabor and Carly Reimer. Also joining in was school mascot Captain Spartan.

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