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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Reader recommends some back tracking
I read with interest Joseph Robertia's interview with wildlife tracking expert Michelle Ostrowski, "Decoding tracks takes the skill of a sleuth" (Clarion, Aug. 17).

Drumline support can't be beat
On behalf of the students and parents of the recently formed KCHS Drumline, I would like to thank our outstanding sponsors for helping us to raise the funds needed to fully equip the Drumline in preparation for our performances during the upcoming football and basketball seasons.

Festival inspires musicians
For two weeks in August we had the pleasure of visiting Alaska as the professional string quartet in residence at the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Festival. Since we live in Tucson, Ariz., we were thrilled to leave the heat for the pleasures of cool spruce forests, Kachemak Bay and the friendly people of the Kenai Peninsula.

Let representatives do their job of looking out for Alaskans
Alaskans, get out your ledger books. On the left, list the purported ethics violations that Sens. Ted Stevens, Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young are being accused of. On the right side, list all the good things they have done for this state and its people. You will run out of paper for this category.

Photo feature: Open season
Kyle Coleman unlaces his skates Thursday afternoon after taking the yet-to-be-named mascot for the new Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team for a spin on the ice at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Parnell asks for review of state voting machines
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell has asked the University of Alaska to conduct a review and recommend possible changes to the state's electronic voting system.

Council looks at white house
The white house may soon be clad in hues of cedar the Soldotna white house that is, not the one in Washington.

Airport lot closes to campers
The piece of property formerly owned by Troy Hodges lies virtually deserted. Two months ago, the gravel lot near the Soldotna Municipal Airport on Funny River Road was packed with RVers eager to try their hands at Kenai River fishing. Now only two motorhomes remain along with a notice from the city telling campers to go elsewhere next season.

Fun run organized to benefit Tustumena El
While sending children out into the community to sell candy bars or magazine subscriptions may be some people's idea of a good fundraiser, the Tustumena Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization has decided to do something a little more lively this weekend. They will be holding a 5-kilometer walk or run on Sunday to make money for the school.

Mary Ann Mullen
Longtime Homer resident Mary Ann Mullen died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from cancer. She was 75.

Robert 'Bob' and Natalie 'Nat' Gepner
Longtime Alaskans Robert Dale "Bob" and Natalie Rose "Nat" Gepner died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, in Kenai. He was 74, and she was 71.

Look up, look down, look out
The tragic accident that claimed two lives in Kenai this week is a somber reminder that power lines, while necessary to provide electricity to our homes and businesses, are extremely hazardous and may result in serious injury or death if contacted.

Swanson River has peace, quiet, salmon
While the vast majority of salmon fishing may be past its prime, there are a few last bastions of hope for those still looking to land a silver, with the Swanson River being among the most secluded of the semi-road accessible fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula.

British invasion: Plants native to Scotland turn up as exotics here
I vacationed with my family in July on Barra, an island in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Although this was my third time to Barra, it was first time that I embarked from Alaska. And it was wonderful. We landed at low tide near Eoligarry on what is billed as the only commercial airport that is, in fact, on a tidal flat.

Friends of Alaska Refuges hosts activities
Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges is inviting the public to join the group on Saturday evening for fun, photos and discussion about the future of refuges in the Great Land, as the organization comes together this weekend at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for its annual meeting.

Biologists watching for pike
While the Swanson River is known as a good place to go for silver salmon fishing, the Alaska Department is hoping to keep it that way by keeping out invasive northern pike.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Tomlinson will have reason to complain
San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has already proven he's one of the most versatile, athletic and shifty runners the game has ever seen.

Stars root for rain against Kodiak
As the rain fell harder and harder, Soldotna seemed to get better and better.

Kodiak sweeps tri-meet
The Kodiak swimming and diving team swept a tri-meet at Soldotna High School on Thursday afternoon.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Paying the price
Our church has been praying for a young soldier who was seriously injured by the explosion of a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Will third time be a charm?
The mood in the locker room sounded upbeat. The players were smiling and laughing. The head coach beaming with confidence.

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