Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Local Quilters respond with handmade blankets for Katrina victims...
As the call for aid to victims of hurricane Katrina has gone out across the land millions have responded with cash and requested items. Last week local quilters were mobilized and in a matter of a few days more, nearly 200 blankets of all sizes were on their way via Fed-X to relief centers in Houston.

Food Bank hosts record breaking event...
It was a massive turnout for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s autumn Soup Supper. By 5:30pm the line extended all the way back to the parking lot at Kenai Landing, as hundreds of community supporters waited to select their personal gift soup bowl and have it filled with one of the homemade soup sensations being offered.

Local shop makes bear resistant containers...
While many people are worrying about the potential loss of jobs in the Nikiski industrial parkway, Keith Raham, owner of Welding Services, has experienced nearly a 100% growth in his workforce. “A year ago I had about 1.5 employees and today I have 12 people on the payroll,” said Raham. The growth for Welding Services has been due in part to Raham’s aggressive pursuit in manufacturing bear resistant trash containers. A community effort supported by Fish & Game biologist Larry Lewis, sports groups, and local municipalities has been encouraging Alaskans to install bear resistant trash containers to deter bears from seeking food near human habitats. “We’ve been working with the Larry for well over a year to develop a working prototype that would be acceptable to the public, but not acceptable to bears,” explained Raham.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Each hunting season here in Alaska offers another chance to learn more about dealing with the elements here and also with the many different types of wildlife found here.

Motorists fill CES Boot to overflowing...
For most Alaskan families Labor Day weekend is the last chance to enjoy a family barbeque, weekend fishing or camping trip. However, for the last 11 years, the men, women, family and friends of the Central Emergency Services area personnel have volunteered their time to stand near traffic at the “Y” in Soldotna to solicit funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

IFQs should be nontransferable
No matter where you are on the issue of IFQs for sport halibut fishing, it's apparent that it will be the future of the industry in Alaska. Limiting the catch is a good idea, but, as usual, some want more than they are entitled, namely transferable quotas.

Dersham appointment gives reader qualms
Another misguided political appointment will empower Ed Dersham to machinate on commercial fisheries policies. What does a former D.E.A. agent-saltwater guide know about commercial fishery division?

Cooper Landing cleaner because of volunteers
What weighs 25,560 pounds? Five hundred sixty-eight bags of trash that the Cooper Landing Sexy Senior Dumpster cleaners picked up this year.

Parents need to be vigilant for children's safety
Please be aware and very cautious of your child's bus drivers ability and background. It may take following the bus a few times and inquiring about any concerns.

Creeping into garages, sheds near you — spiders
They're beige in color and about the size of a marble, they have eight brown striped legs and they're creepy ... and they're heading your way.

CIGGS deal not yet completed
A temporary agreement credited with playing a role in Agrium's decision to stick around for at least one more year is not final yet. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska issued an order Sept. 6 granting an extension for Marathon Oil Company, Unocal Corp., Agrium Inc., the state of Alaska, Aurora Gas LLC and Enstar Natural Gas Company until Sept. 26 to reach a final settlement agreement and tariff for access to the Cook Inlet Gas Gathering System, or CIGGS, according to an RCA filing.

Scanning for trouble; company develops detector
Checking the bottom of trucks for bombs has come a long way since the now-ancient "mirror-on-a-stick" method.

Assembly digs gravel issues
Carving gravel from the floodplain around the Anchor River would eventually destroy the river's ability to support salmon, an EPA river expert told the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in no uncertain terms at its Sept. 6 meeting.

Striking out for hurricane relief
Living this far north and sometimes in isolated areas, Alaskans often band together to help each other during tough times. This weekend Alaskans got together not to help some of their own, but to aid those who survived the wicked wind and walls of water from Hurricane Katrina.

Boards upgrade hampers hockey
After 22 years of hockey players slamming one another into the boards at the Soldotna Sports Center, the dasher boards have finally had enough.

Booze, Bush villages don't mix
ANCHORAGE — A commission that took a hard look at life in rural Alaska released a report Friday recommending that the distribution and sale of alcohol be further restricted to help villages fight alcohol and substance abuse.

Police reimburse man for cannonball
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage Police Department has agreed to pay a local attorney $58 so he can replace an antique cannonball they destroyed.

Fire ruins structure near Tustumena Lake
A combination trailer and lean-to building and its contents on Tustumena Lake Road were destroyed by fire late Friday. No one was injured.

Games gala to raise funds
Even though the Arctic Winter Games is still more than six months away, there will be a chance to celebrate early. There will be a gala celebration at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage to raise some cash for the event and celebrate the official six-month-out mark for the Games.

Soggy support
Skyview football player Mike Grimes cheers teammates as he tries to see the action through rain-covered glasses during a game last weekend. Forecasters are calling for mostly cloudy skies.

Steven "Simo" Simonson
Anchor Point resident Steven "Simo" Simonson died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, suddenly while hunting with his best friend of 20 years, Dave Smith, at "Moose Camp," Falls Creek, near Clam Gulch. He was 48.

Oilers hire coach, search for new GM
The Peninsula Oilers will have a new head coach and general manager next season. Mike Coutts, the head coach in 2005, decided he would like to stay closer to his home in Maine next season.

Even superpowers deserve assistance
It is often noted, generally with unwarranted consternation, that America is the world's only superpower. Natural disasters, like the southeast Asian tsunami and now hurricane Katrina, can make a mockery of such labels. This one, more importantly, should remind us of how much America helps the world, and what the world owes in return.

U.S. not living up to ideal in Katrina response efforts
"That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Voices of Alaska: Stevens' 'consulting fees' a conflict
Corruption is killing the Alaska Dream and it's soon going to take your dividend, and possibly your job, if you don't pay attention.

Around the Peninsula
Fall fling planned KWF plans appreciation party Guitar lesson available Hurricane relief fund-raiser set

Community News
LeeShore Center receives grant

Community Events
Pool available during school hours LeeShore fund-raiser today Senior service board to meet Scouting registrations offered Dog training seminar set AWG dancers, actors sought Vets picnics scheduled Women's group to meet Hospice training announced Rec center offers activities Artists, vendors sought CPHC seeks board members KDLL seek board members Senior apartments available Kennel club classes planned

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Big Unit dominates Red Sox in victory
NEW YORK — Randy Johnson allowed only a soft single in seven innings and Jason Giambi homered off Tim Wakefield to give the New York Yankees a much-needed 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Messier quits after six Stanley Cups
NEW YORK — Mark Messier was 30 and already a five-time Stanley Cup champion when it was time to leave the hometown Edmonton Oilers.

Federer too good for Agassi
NEW YORK — Andre Agassi has battled the champions of three eras — Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl — and now he puts Roger Federer above them all.

Packers, Panthers lose stars
The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers already have serious injury problems after one week of the season. The Packers lost their top wide receiver, Javon Walker, for the year, and the Panthers will be without their best defensive tackle and run stopper, Kris Jenkins. Both tore knee ligaments in losses Sunday.

Braves rally past Washington
While three teams remain bunched atop the wild-card standings, Andruw Jones is giving the Atlanta Braves plenty of breathing room in the NL East.

Falcons run past Eagles
ATLANTA — Less than eight months after facing off in the NFC championship game, the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles couldn't wait to meet again Monday night.

Sept. 11 not forgotten by sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants coach Tom Coughlin wore an FDNY hat pulled low on his head, a small tribute to the many victims of Sept. 11.

Saints take out Panthers
The New Orleans Saints took their minds off two weeks of death and despair, focused on football and won a game Sunday for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A's blank Indians behind Haren
CLEVELAND — Dan Haren limited baseball's hottest team to four singles in 6 2-3 innings and pushed Oakland higher in the AL wild-card standings as the Athletics beat Cleveland 2-0 Monday night, stopping the Indians' seven-game winning streak.

Rain lets up at area raceway
When the track finally dried, four drivers wrapped up season points championships Saturday and Sunday at the Wilkins Memorial Sprint Challenge at Twin Cities Raceway.

Bonds helps Giants top Padres
SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds is just a foot or two shy of his old sluggin' self. In his season debut for San Francisco, Bonds strode to the plate Monday night, tipped his batting helmet to the roaring, flashbulb-popping crowd, then helped the Giants beat the first-place San Diego Padres 4-3.

NFL teams help Katrina victims
NEW ORLEANS — A dozen weary police officers, on duty since before Hurricane Katrina hit, clustered around a police car for a rare break Sunday — and listened to the New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers.

NBA stars meet in Houston for hurricane relief
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris LaRoche doesn't have any clothes, toys or a place to go home to, but on Sunday the 12-year-old's dream came true when he played basketball against LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups, Ron Artest and a host of other NBA stars.

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