Monday, September 17, 2007

Reader: Vote 'Yes' on 2
This is a win-win situation. The Kenai Community Library must expand. If the citizens of Kenai vote "Yes" on Prop 2, we commit to provide up to $2 million toward this effort.

Reader: Time for expansion is now
The Kenai Community Library is a wonderful service and resource for the city of Kenai residents, as well as numerous patrons outside the city limits. Members of this extended community continue to take advantage of the many programs offered: five different types of story hours weekly, introductory computer classes, book review clubs, Second Sunday stories by the Kenai Performers, summer reading program and many other special events, presentations and programs.

No place to live
Workers aren't even finished building senior housing facilities in Soldotna and Sterling and demand already has outstripped supply.

SPH talks move ahead
Closed-door negotiations on a new sublease and operating agreement begun earlier this month continued Wednesday as officials with South Peninsula Hospital Inc. and Kenai Peninsula Borough met in Soldotna.

Take your best shot
With less than a week left to the Kenai Peninsula's moose hunting general season, wildlife authorities are remaining vigilant in their efforts to ensure that hunting regulations are being followed.

Boards to cap public comment
With wolves, grizzlies and moose roaming Alaska's mountains and forests, and 50-plus-pound salmon swimming its rivers, it isn't surprising when proposals to manage the state's wildlife captures worldwide attention, but the result can be detrimental.

Forum draws light turnout
Borough assembly candidate Ed Oberts told a handful of Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers members, if elected, he would roll back sales tax to 2 percent, because a higher sales tax affects young families unfairly.

Assembly has big to-do list
Several ordinances covering issues from state reimbursement for flood response to investing interest income in a project to build living quarters at the Funny River fire station are all up for public hearing at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's once-annual meeting in Homer on Tuesday.

Sun in the rain
A sunflower blooms in the rain as motorists dodge puddles on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna recently. Forecasters are calling for clear skies and plenty of sunshine today.

Fred Thomas Bowers
Longtime Soldotna resident Fred Thomas Bowers died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 at his home with his wife and daughter Brenda at his bedside. He was 87.

Elsie Mae Ogren
Longtime Alaska resident Elsie Mae Ogren died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, at Heritage Place. She was 92.

Keep up the good work
The good news keeps on coming for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Flip-flops and homeland security: Who knew that wearing flimsy footwear was our patriotic duty?
The question came innocently enough.

Nikiski Community News
Hello to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Walk/run set for Kasilof Parenting class available Women invited to take and break Tutors sought Life guard class available Breastfeeding classes offered Girls Scout roundup planned Lifeguard training available Bowling leagues forming Scouting events slated Hospice seeks volunteers

Ninilchik Community News
Congratulations to Kilina Klaich, 10, for bagging her first big game a forked horned bull moose last week. She drew a permit for a special youth hunt that took place near Delta Junction and was successful last Saturday. Kilina said she practiced shooting with her family this summer and took a hunter's safety course prior to the hunt. Kilina is the daughter of Steve and Beatrice Klaich, and is a fifth-grader at Nikolaevsk School.

Of Moose and Men
I remember the arrival of wireless communication. The early phones were quite the novelty, drawing curious looks from those less technically advanced. Aside from being roughly the size and weight of a brick, calling those original cell phones advanced communication devices was a bit of a stretch since the clarity of the calls was normally suspect. For the first few years of their existence every other sentence uttered into a cell phone was, "What? I can't hear you. You're breaking up."

Kenai Community News
Autumn is here without a doubt, and soon it will be time to put our summertime plants to bed for the season. Thanks to the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department for their TLC of the planters and grounds of our fair city.

Lasting legacy
Mae Ciechanski never said much about herself during her lifetime. She was a private person and fiercely guarded her personal life.

Sterling Community News
On the last weekend before school started, a group of Sterling kids spent four days down in Ninilchik at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair.

Around the Peninsula
CPHC meeting set Sterling youth club set Park meeting slated RCAC to meet Little League to team up SoHi parent meetings set Raffle fundraiser continues Donations for veterans sought Marathon to hit the streets Student housing to be discussed Prime rib diner fundraiser set to dish Swim lessons to make a splash Domestic violence, workshop planned

Soldotna Community News
What do the Dixie River Rats, Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and the Bluegrass Jam have in common? If you haven't guessed, it's Sue Biggs.

Morgan, Szymaniak united in bluff ceremony
Julie Morgan and Scott Szymaniak of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, July 21, 2007, on the bluff at the Senior Plaza at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Bernard Szymaniak, father of the groom, officiated.

Kasilof Community News
You are invited to Per Osmar's 90th birthday party at the Que'Ana Bar at 5 p.m. Sept. 27. The celebration includes potluck dining at 6 p.m. Fifty-nine years ago (1948) Per made Clam Gulch his home.

September is National Preparedness Month
During September, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management is urging everyone to take some simple steps to make themselves and their families better prepared for emergencies including:

Pet photo: Best Friends
Chong is a one-person dog. Her owner, Crystal Choate of Kenai, got her about three months ago and when she comes to Paul Morrison's apartment in Kenai, she has to investigate every nook and cranny. However, she did not quite understand the doll, Morrison said. "She has gone under the chair and around it and stood up on the side to look at her," said Morrison, who is Choate's dad. "The other day, she jumped up onto the dolls lap and Crystal told her to sit, which she did, while we got the camera out."

Marey, Dudley win Pentathlon
The 2007 Soldotna Pentathlon broke from tradition in one way but returned to tradition in other ways Friday at Soldotna High School.

Kardinals trample Mariners
Week in and week out, Bill Chimphalee continues to impress most everyone who watches him.

Kodiak still seeing Stars
Yep, that was Soldotna's football team Saturday staring at a deficit for the first time.

Bears triumph in opener
Prior to the opening game in franchise history, members of the Kenai River Brown Bears were joking around, placing bets on who would score the team's first goal.

Soldotna volleyball cruises past Kenai
Once the Soldotna volleyball team got its ball control back, the Stars got control of the match back.

SkyHi boys win borough running title
Blue skies and fast times marked the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District cross country championship Saturday in Homer, as teams from Seward and Skyview battled for the top two spots.

Skyview dominates
Conrad Cobb and Brad Lapp scored two touchdowns apiece and Skyview held visiting Ketchikan to minus-91 yards rushing in blanking the Kings, 53-0, on homecoming Saturday afternoon.

Sports Briefs
CIA soccer takes two games CIA runners participate in Su Valley Invite

Ice Dogs throw shutout at Brown Bears
There were a number of excuses Mike Flanagan, the coach and general manager of the Kenai River Brown Bears, could have reached for after a 2-0 North American Hockey League loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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