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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin and 'clean coal'?
As we watched our Alaska governor speak, at the Republican convention, we were proud to see her do well. But then she said the words, "clean coal!"

Reader: We need Gov. Palin back here
I'll say it first before anyone else gets around to it. Sarah Palin is walking into a trap! Sarah Palin is known as an honest politician (they are very rare, as we know). She has rooted out corruption and stood against crony-ism and special interests in Alaska. She is very vocal and outspoken when it comes to exposing wrongdoing, and she cannot be bought or persuaded to go against her exemplary character.

Letter shows ignorance
As I read Steve Croft's letter (Clarion, Aug. 26), I was surprised that the educated staff at the Clarion would print such an ignorant and irresponsible tirade. Advocating the killing of "bear huggers" is not only irresponsible but just plain stupid.

Ceremony honors those responders killed in the line of duty
Whether you were making the morning commute to work, sitting in second-period history class, or putting the final touches on a PB and J sandwich before the kids left for school, for many Americans, the memory of the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, is as fresh now as it was seven years ago.

Soldotna balks at Habitat donation
Soldotna lawmakers balked at giving a $19,000 piece of property to Habitat for Humanity, which is seeking the donation in order to give a family a leg up toward the American dream.

It's official: Summer of 2008 not so hot
While many lament the coming of winter, it won't be difficult for some to say good-bye to the summer of 2008, which was not very representative of the typical warm weather months of the year.

Donald W. Rodman
Nikiski resident Donald W. Rodman died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2008, at his home in Nikiski. He was 82.

Checks will help, but long-term solution needed
The old saying, "Don't spend it all in

Refuge loons help biologists track mercury
This summer I was privileged to help researchers capture several common loons on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as part of a long-term monitoring project to track toxic environmental mercury across North America. Scientists use loons as ecological indicators to track levels of mercury contamination because loons are at the top of the food chain in aquatic systems and they are long-lived; some live more than 30 years. Because of their limited natal and breeding dispersal patterns, loons are exposed to local environmental conditions over long periods of time, and accumulate environmental contaminants such as mercury in the tissues of their body.

Around the Peninsula

Log bed, cash fundraiser slated

Tested Nikiski set to host Eielson
Nikiski hung with Soldotna in its season opener before losing by 33 points.

Wait upon the Lord and renew your strength
While visiting my son, Geoff, where he taught school in a south peninsula village, we walked up a trail that followed a river. He wanted us to see where he live trapped a mink to show his class.

Church Briefs

New church begins

Bye bye, Brady. It's Cassel's kingdom now
One of the first things I did on Tuesday was try and claim Matt Cassel off waivers in my fantasy football league.

Disc golf tourney set for Saturday
The Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Tournament will be held at the Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course, which is located behind Coral Seymour Memorial Park, on Saturday. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with a players meeting at 9:45 a.m. The tournament is Kenai's first tournament sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. The entry fee is $25 for amateurs and $40 for pros.

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