Saturday, September 16, 2006

Municipalities, Enstar need to get with the times
An open letter to the city of Kenai, city of Soldotna, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Enstar Natural Gas Co.: Please take notice! We are now living in the 21st century. All of us have computers, credit cards and bills and taxes to pay.

Helping others the right thing to do
Joseph Robertia’s Aug. 6 editorial, “Damsel’s lack of help distressing,” was certainly a wake up call to our collective community. I can imagine how I would have felt in similar circumstances with people oblivious and in too big of a hurry to at least pull over and offer assistance.

Extra space appreciated
The Fred Meyer store should be thanked, on behalf of the hundreds of handicapped people on the addition of all the parking places next to the store last week. This shows to the public and visitors to their store, they care about those that need assistance.

Fair, unbiased program needed to depict major 9/11 theories
In the last year the American public has resembled a confused and somewhat truculent teenager awakening to the fact that most of his views of life and the world are inadequate. We are beginning to appreciate that the truth, the simple truth, is a vital ingredient in the life of this nation as well as in our personal lives. ABC, using the immense mass psychological effect of its broadcasting system, wants to turn the subject of the 9/11 disaster into a political football by blaming the Democrats for this event. This is wrong. What should be broadcast is a fair and unbiased program depicting all the major theories of what happened and who is responsible for what happened, including the opinion of approximately one-third of Americans who now believe that the federal government either had foreknowledge of the event and permitted it to happen, or that the federal government actually was involved in the planning and execution of 9/11.

Writer targets bear interests
Alaska’s McNeil River supports the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world, protected, in part, by the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, the McNeil River State Game Refuge and Katmai National Park. The sanctuary is one of the world’s major sites for viewing-photographing brown bears and is the source of much tourism with economic returns to Alaska.

Bumpy road toward paving grinds to halt
After all the dust settled Wednesday night, a dirt road in Soldotna’s commercial area was deemed unsuited for paving, at least as specified in a much-debated project before the city council.

Paving project gets further state funding
Keystone Drive residents can look forward to driving a paved road, thanks to a $325,080 state grant accepted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at the Sept. 5 meeting.

Railing against herbicide
An Alaska Railroad Corp. plan to spray herbicide mixtures to suppress vegetation along more than 500 miles of track corridor has been opposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Byway plan nears finish
Along with being alerted to the speed limit and possibility of moose crossings, drivers along the Sterling Highway may in the future get a nonsafety-related heads up — that they’re in paradise.

Theodore ‘Ted’ K. Rasmussen
Former Sterling resident Theodore “Ted” K. Rasmussen died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at home in Exeter, Mo.

Donald E. ‘Don’ Delk
Kasilof resident Donald E. “Don” Delk died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 75.

High school hijinks not all that amusing
Kids will be kids. There’s no doubt about that.

Contract work equals win-win for schools
It wasn’t but a few years ago that contract negotiations between teachers, support staff and the school district left a bad taste in the mouths of all concerned — including students.

Whitewater, whiter knuckles
When whitewater rafting guide Greg Howard prepares people for a trip down Sixmile Creek, the first thing he teaches them is how not to drown. Sealed into drysuits and snapped into helmets, rafters are called, like lemmings, to jump into the icy cold waters of Sixmile Creek.

After successful recovery, sea lion returns to Juneau
JUNEAU — Ajawan, a Steller sea lion, seemed to know he was back in his old neighborhood when officials took him to Benjamin Island on Sept. 5 to release him into the wild.

Unexpected wildlife encounters make lasting memories
Although I have had many memorable experiences of the natural world, the ones I recall most vividly are those of unexpected — and so far pleasant — encounters with wildlife.

Outdoor Briefs
Geocachers hold meet and greet event Kenai subsistence to be discussed

Legal snagging?
Proposals to change statewide fishing regulations are out for public review, and one would allow anglers to snag sockeye salmon.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts scheduled POW MIA memorial set Homecoming meal to raise scholarship funds Library plans 1-day closure CPGH to host recovery rendezvous Oktoberfest slated

Week 6 has playoff atmosphere
For four teams in the Northern Lights Conference, the playoffs start this weekend.

Stars topple Kards
Paige Blackburn had nine kills to lead a balanced Soldotna attack to a sweep of the Kenai Central Kardinals Thursday evening in Kenai.

Conquer anger; use forgiveness as antidote
Alexander the Great was known to be strong in his loves and loyalties, but was sometimes swept by storms of anger.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meets Healing classes begin Praise, worship go vertical Kids’ night out slated Take a Break to meet Clothes available Awana classes set to begin Financial advice offered Catholic faith to be discussed

Sports Briefs
Kenai, SoHi win Skyview Tri Meet Racing Lions to hold last city race

Already looking to next season
Well folks, it saddens me to say that this will be my final report from Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles down Funny River Road and can be reached at 260-GOLF.

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