Saturday, September 17, 2005

Williams for road, against tying officials’ hands
Reducing the ceiling cost for what the assembly can spend on capital projects without a vote of the people and setting a maximum sales tax ties the hands of elected officials when they try to balance the borough’s budget, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate John Williams said at Thursday’s Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Strange fish in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) — Visitors are common in Kodiak and lately the island has been getting some with fins.

SoHi, Skyview renew gridiron rivalry
There is only one high school football game on the central peninsula this weekend, but it’s a big one.

Open house makes ‘Connections’
Central Peninsula Connections would like to thank the following people for their support and contributions to the open house Aug. 30: Steve Holloway and KSRM, Coca-Cola, Enstar, the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Merrill Sikorski, Jack Evans and his landscaping crew, and, of course, all the parents and students who came to enjoy the festivities.

Salmon runs, clean water put at risk by mine dumping
It is my understanding the EPA has, for the first time since the Clean Water Act of 1972, agreed to let Coeur Alaska dump mine waste into fresh water, the fresh water in question being Lower Slate Lake located in proximity to Lynn Canal.

Community effort helped round up a good time
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all the wonderful donors and volunteers that contributed to the centers at capacity crowd Fall Roundup fund-raiser. A huge thank you to the Spur Highway Spankers for their great music, the Northstar Cloggers and Morris Breed for their fine entertainment.

Police to get raises
The Soldotna City Council ratified a two-year contract Wednesday evening giving a 3 percent pay increase to the city’s police officers and police department clerks.

Elephant seal washes up on beach in Anchor Point
In a rare sight for the Kenai Peninsula, a northern elephant seal washed up on the Anchor Point beach over the Labor Day weekend. Although first reported to be everything from a Steller sea lion to a bear, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Thomas McDonough positively identified the marine mammal as an elephant seal.

United Way an opportunity to meet neighbors’ needs
The local chapter of the United Way kicked off its annual fund-raising efforts this week. Because the United Way serves dozens of smaller organizations, it’s safe to say that by donating to this worthy cause, individuals can make a difference in the lives of countless others.

Transportation bill good for Alaska
Alaska kids are returning to school and, over the next couple of weeks, one subject of many writing essays will likely be, “what did you read over the summer?” No doubt, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” will be the most frequent answer.

Alaska should sit out of Katrina blame game
There’s been lots of blame going around lately in the wake of the Katrina disaster, and the state of Alaska has gotten more than its share.

Photo feature: Cool view
Crevasses cut the face of Exit Glacier north of Seward recently. The short hike to the glacier is one of many outdoor opportunities still available as autumn overtakes the Kenai Peninsula.

Shrub invasion shows drying of ancient Kenai peatlands
A major shrub invasion is underway on the wetlands of the Kenai Peninsula, presumably due to warmer summers. Wetlands that used to require rubber boots can now be navigated in sandals and sneakers, but the scratchy shrubs may require long pants.

Funding issues threaten national parks across U.S.
SEATTLE (AP) — Chronic underfunding is one of the most pervasive challenges facing America’s national parks and has led to diminishing services and severe cutbacks in personnel, park advocates and former administrators told a congressional subcommittee Monday.

Fall into autumn recreation
Although rain seems to be falling in animal-shelter proportions these days, there are still plenty of ways to get out and enjoy Alaska’s fleeting fall before the snow flies. From hunkering down in a wilderness cabin to rooting around for mushrooms, berries or clams there’s lots of ways to beat the showers and enjoy what time we have left.

Around the Peninsula
Writer to speak about Middle East experiencesBoy, girl scouting training slatedSPCA hosts dinner, auctionGuitar lesson availableHurricane relief fund-raiser set

Church Briefs
Fall Bible classes slatedSoldotna Bible study continuesBible study group to meetChurch celebrates 110 years

Rabbi: Katrina is God’s punishment
JERUSALEM (AP) — Ovadia Yosef, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, is being criticized for a televised sermon that called Hurricane Katrina a punishment from God for President Bush’s role in forcing Israelis to leave the Gaza Strip.

How would it be to have God as your best friend?
Rufus Beezley was my best friend, when I was a young boy in Missouri. We were buddies. We did a lot of things together. That’s what friends do, isn’t it?

Cardinals first to clinch a postseason berth
CHICAGO — Jeff Suppan allowed six hits over eight-plus innings and St. Louis beat Chicago 6-1 on Thursday night to clinch the NL Central for the fourth time in six years. The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after a 58-minute rain delay.

Can Saints take momentum ‘home’ to Giants Stadium?
The official listing for the first half of the NFL’s Monday night doubleheader is ‘‘New Orleans Saints-New York Giants at Giants Stadium.’’

Sun even series with Monarchs
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Taj McWilliams-Franklin can’t remember the last time she jumped as high.

Ten players fined for MNF scuffle
NEW YORK (AP) — Nine players were fined for their roles in a fight before Monday night’s game between the Eagles and Falcons, with Atlanta defensive tackle Chad Lavalais drawing the biggest fine — $7,500 — for a hit on Donovan McNabb during the game.

Lance to stay retired
The nasty tug of war between the bosses of the international cycling union and the World Anti-Doping Agency over who leaked documents accusing Lance Armstrong of doping claimed its first casualty Thursday: any chance of a comeback by the seven-time Tour de France champion.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula dragsters fare well in WasillaRacing Lions to hold motocross event

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