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Monday, September 19, 2005

Candidate profile: James N. Butler, III: Kenai City Council
Residence: 1711 Kaknu Mail address: P.O. Box 191, Kenai, AK 99611 Contacts: 283-7359, home; 283-7167, work; jim@bald winandbutler.com Age: 46 Years in Kenai: 29 Family: Wife, Tana, and three children Occupation: Attorney, commercial fisherman Education: Associate of arts degree, bachelor's degree in business administration, law degree Previous elected office: Kenai City Council (2004-present), state Emergency Response Commission (2003-present) Organizations: Kenai Chamber of Commerce director, past president and director of Cook Inlet Aquaculture

Candidate profile: Scott Walden: Kenai City Council
Residence: 404 McKinley St. Mail address: P.O. Box 422, Kenai, AK 99611 Contacts: 283-2717 Age: 48 Years in Kenai: 21 Family: Wife, Gloria, and three children Occupation: Retired fire chief Education: Some college Previous elected office: N/A Organizations: Alaska Association of Fire and Arson Investigators, Alaska State Fire Chiefs Association, Alaska State Firefighters Association

Candidate profile: Michael F. Boyle: Kenai City Council
Residence: 1516 Stellar Drive, Kenai, AK 99611 Mail address: Same Contacts: 283-0820, mboyle @alaska.com Age: 52 Years in Kenai: 16 Family: Four children Occupation: Vocational education teacher Education: High school graduate, bachelor of science degree in industrial arts-construction from St. Cloud State University, master's degree in education from Cambridge College Previous elected office: Kenai Peninsula Education Association, representative and negotiations team member Organizations: Kenai Moose Club, Kenai Little League coach, past director of Alaska Vocational Industrial Clubs of America and member of the Kenai School District Health Committee

Candidate profile: Linda Swarner: Kenai City Council
Residence: 298 Rogers Road, Kenai, AK 99611 Mail address: Same Contacts: 283-4366, lswarner @acsalaska.net Age: 56 Years in Kenai: 30 Family: 2 kids Occupation: Executive dir-ector of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Education: Bachelor of arts degree from University of Alaska Southeast, associate's degree from Kenai Peninsula College, attended University of Minnesota Previous elected office: Kenai City Council (1987-present), Kenai Library Commission Organizations: Alaska Food Coalition president

Candidate profile: Timothy J. Navarre: Kenai City Council
Residence: 608 Ponderosa St. Mail address: P.O. Box 92, Kenai, AK 99611 Contacts: 394-2303, tnavarre @alaska.net Age: 50 Years in Kenai: 40 Family: N/A Occupation: Businessman Education: Kenai Central High School graduate Previous elected office: Junior Kenai City Council Member (1973), Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly (1993-2002) Organizations: F.O.E. Eagles, Elks Club, Moose Lodge, Kenai Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 10 years and president in 2004

Candidate profile: John 'Ozzie' Osborne: Kenai City Council
Residence: 14360 Kenai Spur Highway Mail address: P.O. Box 3076 Kenai, AK 99611 Contacts: 283-5722, wiz ards@gci.net Age: 64 Years in Kenai: 28 Family: Wife, Marilyn, eight children, 21 grandchildren Occupation: Retired Education: High school graduate, some college Previous elected office: Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission (1982-88, 2001-02), Kenai City Council (2003) Organizations: President of Pioneers of Alaska, Kenai Elks, vice president of Peninsula Oilers Baseball

Candidate profile: Robert J. 'Bob'Molloy: Kenai City Council
Residence: 513 Ash Ave. Mail address: 110 South Willow St., Suite 101, Kenai, AK 99611 Contacts: 283-7373 Age: 52 Years in Kenai: 23 Family: Wife, Kristine Schmidt, and one child Occupation: Attorney, small business owner Education: Bachelor's degree from Tufts University, law degree from Boston University School of Law Previous elected office: Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission (2005-present), law clerk in the Alaska Court System (1980) Organizations: Past board member of Peninsula Home Health Care Inc. and LeeShore Center, past fund-raising committee member of United Way

Candidate views: Michael Boyle, Kenai City Council
... Though I have served in many organizations and on several committees, this is my first go at a public office. It has been an interest of mine to serve in a public capacity for many years and as a seat became open for City Council, I chose to run. I have always felt that it is important to give something back to the community of which one is a part. This has been a great place to be a parent, teacher and resident.

Candidate views: Linda Swarner, Kenai City Council
I appreciate your support and encouragement during my tenure on the Kenai City Council not as a politician but as a public servant. As a long time Alaskan, I am committed to compassionately serve you with dignity. My passion continues to be the City of Kenai whether it's a new business or service available in town or an economic enhancement such as our fishery or oil and gas product. As a team player I have witnessed Council members accomplish more for the community as we work together. I am always ready to hear your comments on how we can improve the government to our residents as government is a process and procedures change slowly. I follow through with your suggestions and ideas especially as we all "think outside of the box." I appreciate the many hours you the residents volunteer, whether as a commission member, participating in comprehensive planning sessions or other areas to help our city be the best place to live in Alaska.

Candidate views: James Butler, Kenai City Council
I have served on the Kenai City Council for almost one year and learned what hard work it takes to be an informed and effective council member.

Scott Walden: Kenai City Council
Though I've been in public service for over 25 years I've never held a political office. As fire chief, politics certainly became a part of the job.

Robert Molloy: Kenai City Council
As a 23-year City of Kenai resident, I value our City and the opportunity to contribute as a member of the Kenai City Council. I am willing to listen and work for you ...

Candidates eye Kenai 1-year seat
Editor's note: The following is the first in a series of stories focusing on the upcoming municipal elections Oct. 4. Candidate columns and answers to a Clarion questionnaire can be found on pages A-4 and A-5 in today's paper. Tomorrow's coverage will focus on candidates for two three-year seats on the Kenai council.

NOW PLAYING: Lord of War
Last week I reviewed Junebug, an independent film as evidenced by it’s relatively unknown cast and dramatic interpersonal storyline. This week we’ll look at another indie film, but one of a different sort. Lord of War does not, at first glance, seem to be typical indie fare - big stars (Nicholas Cage and Ethan Hawk) and bigger explosions don’t fit with the typical quiet introspection usually found at your local art theatre. No, War is independent, I suspect, not because of a lack of mass market appeal, but because of its politics. Fervently anti-gun, the film features a bleak storyline, a major anti-hero, and no easy answers. Perhaps it was just a little too hot to handle.

Fueling concern: Gas prices ground airline profits
Editor's note: The following is the first in a series of stories about what effect high fuel prices are having on the Kenai Peninsula. Monday's story will focus on impacts to the shipping industry.

Hospital aces state no-notice survey
Central Peninsula General Hospital received word this week that it passed a state no-notice survey with zero deficiencies, according to the hospital chief executive officer.

More Alaska Guard members called to active duty
ANCHORAGE (AP) — More members of the Alaska National Guard will ship out for Iraq this week, joining thousands of fellow ''weekend warriors'' placed on active duty to go fight in the Middle East.

Cow moose killer hunted
Troopers with the Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement are trying to find out who shot a cow moose in the neck and left it to die off of Marathon Road on Thursday morning. When troopers arrived at the scene, near the "S" curve near the large gravel pit on the south side of the road, they found the moose down but still alive and suffering.

Produce prince
Shoppers at the Safeway store in Kenai may have found a recent addition to the produce section hard to miss — especially with their shopping carts.

Pebble prospects looking good
The howling winds buffeting the light helicopter heading out of Iliamna across the Newhalen River on its way to Northern Dynasty Mines' Pebble Project site should cause no pause. "The more air under the rotor, the better," NDM's Chief Operating Officer Bruce Jenkins comments over the cabin intercom.

Fueling concern: Carrying an extra cost
Editor's note: The following is the second in a series of stories about what effect high fuel prices are having on the Kenai Peninsula. Tuesday's story will focus on bike riding as a way to cut gas costs.

What drives prices?
Drivers today snap their heads around to read filling station price signs the way teenage boys ogle girls. A low price is almost a thing of beauty these days.

Cool dance
Dancers anywhere face challenges in the course of performing in costume, but this is Alaska and the way of life here can be a little tougher, as more than 30 young women and men found out at Kenai Central High School on Saturday during an audition for the upcoming Arctic Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies.

Kenai race draws familiar faces
Editor's note: The following is the second in a series of stories focusing on the upcoming municipal elections Oct. 4. Candidate columns and answers to a Clarion questionnaire can be found on pages A-4 and A-5 in today's paper. Tuesday's coverage will focus on candidates for the Soldotna City Council and mayor.

Gas price caps an idea that's worth taking for a spin
Investigations into gasoline pricing have been around as long as there have been sharp spikes in the price of fuel. (Sept. 15) there will be another as the Assembly Transportation Committee looks into the past month's punishing, 80-cent-a-gallon increase in the price of regular.

Voices of the Clarion: Reporter quite able to spend his PFD
Don't spend my Permanent Fund Dividend check for me. I can do it just fine, thank you. Why is it that ever since I moved up here from the Lower 48, it seems people have their sights set on my Permanent Fund Dividend check? Heck, it started before I was even eligible to receive one.

Borough must dig into gravel debate
What's clean water worth? How about gravel? Is one more valuable than the other?

Governments should protect, not scare public
What should secret services do? Should they frighten or protect the country? Politicians underestimate the political result of repeated and clearly absurd alarms. Americans have already experienced what a powerful instrument fear is, after Sept. 11. ... Fear is extremely powerful. It could influence political power, redistribute resources, affect the political debate. It can modify policies ... and change our beliefs on the present and the future, on conflict and security, freedom and safety. There are too many false alarms, that have unnecessarily become public. Maybe we should ask intelligence to protect our countries, not to frighten them.

Births
Amanda and Jeremy Cole Maureen and Christopher Hensley Heather and Nicholas Russell Jessica (Yessak) and Ben Wedin Rachael and Nathan Verba

Around the Peninsula
Youth basketball league forming CPHC board meet slated Pool available during school hours SPCA dinner, auction postponed Bible study class continues Toy donations sought

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Foraging for fungus
The weather was typical for the late summer, early fall kind of a day that it was.

Weddings
Hill, Heath marry in Cooper Landing Malmquists celebrate 60th anniversary

Community News
Lions Club makes, seeks donation Pinochle league forming

Around the Peninsula
Power outage put peninsula in the dark Family story time scheduled KWF plans appreciation party Puppet show planned Junior Miss seeks volunteers Kennel club classes planned Swim classes available Popcorn fund-raiser begins

Senior Activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Peninsula People
Kelsoe joins Army Main deploys to Korea Sausedo deploys to Iraq Todd returns stateside White joins Marines Scholarship semifinalists announced

My best friend
Elmer the Third, a Boston terrier puppy owned by Ed and Nikki Pearson of Kasilof, loves to cuddle up with stuffed animals for a quick nap.

Canine cleaning season
The wet weather that is so common after the autumnal equinox is already upon us. Seemingly perpetual precipitation, huge holes of mud and puddles of all proportions are common at this time of year, and the subsequent mess they cause can be a major inconvenience, particularly with regard to pet owners.

Newman gets Chase victory
LOUDON, N.H. — Ryan Newman stole a race Tony Stewart thought was his. Newman, who barely squeezed into the 10-man Chase for the championship, got off to a fast start in NASCAR's 10-race playoff Sunday by outdueling points leader Stewart down the stretch to win the Sylvania 300.

Kenai Central cows Service
Bill Chimphalee and the Kenai Central High School football team dismantled Service High School Saturday, defeating the Cougars 50-0 in a nonconference game on the Anchorage Football Stadium turf.

Kenai boys, Soldotna girls notch swim titles
The Kenai Central boys and Soldotna girls won team titles Saturday at the 2005 Kenai Invitational swimming meet at Kenai Central High School.

Sports Briefs
Area rowers compete in Wasilla AWG Team Alaska seeking coaches, athletes

SoHi fakes out Skyview
The Soldotna offense was so deceptive on a rainy Friday night at Justin Maile Field that even the referees were fooled.

Redskins need win for a rivalry
IRVING, Texas — Joe Gibbs understands what ''Redskins vs. Cowboys'' used to mean as well as anyone. He also realizes that Dallas winning 14 of the last 15 games has taken away much of the meaning.

Gore continues magical season
FARMINGTON, Pa. — Jason Gore stood up to an excellent late-season field, and to the very pressure that wilted him three months ago at the U.S. Open. Most of all, he stood up to Sunday.

Bonds belts homer, Giants beat Dodgers
SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds splashed a home run into McCovey Cove for the first time this season, a leadoff drive in the eighth inning that helped the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Sunday.

Kenai netters topple Panthers
Kenai Central's Samantha Calderwood served the final five points of the decisive fifth game to pull out a 3-2 comeback win over the Skyview Panthers Saturday at Kenai in Northern Lights Conference action.

Santana shuts down White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS — Johan Santana struck out 13 Saturday to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox, who have lost seven of their last nine games.

Cross country (and water) meet
Though the steady rain of the past few days had finally let up by the time racing started, it was still a day for mudders at Saturday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Cross Country Championships at Tsalteshi Trails.

Giants' Bonds realistic that his career is winding down
SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds used to commit any spare time before games to lifting weights, working meticulously to build up his leg strength for long nights of standing in left field and on the basepaths following his many walks.

Davis runs Panthers past Patriots
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers know a Week 2 victory over New England doesn't come close to rectifying their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots two years ago.

Phillies storm past Marlins
MIAMI — Once the Philadelphia Phillies broke up Dontrelle Willis' shutout in the ninth inning, there was no stopping them.

USC's stay is now longest at No. 1
Southern California's run at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 reached a record-breaking level and Oklahoma, the team USC replaced in the top spot almost two years ago, was unranked for the first time since 1999.

Wasilla volleyball gets by Soldotna
The host Soldotna volleyball team was defeated by Wasilla 25-17, 19-25, 20-25, 28-26 and 15-12 Saturday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Saints look to keep rolling against Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With an unprecedented nationwide disaster relief effort as a backdrop, the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints meet Monday night in a game that could provide a huge boost to the winner.

Mosley, Barrera get wins
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shane Mosley was anything but sweet. He was a winner, though, with his sights set on bigger things.

Chase demands fast start
LOUDON, N.H. — Kurt Busch understands the importance of a good start to NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.

Fighter improves but still critical from brain injury
LAS VEGAS — Leavander Johnson had worked a long time for his big night, 16 years to be exact. His first title defense turned tragic, however, leaving the veteran boxer in a fight that most with his kind of injury don't win.

Monarchs take 2-1 lead over Sun in WNBA Finals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When the Sacramento Monarchs seemed ready to lose their lead and their heads in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, Yolanda Griffith slid into her coach's chair during a timeout.

Red-hot Indians blow past Royals
CLEVELAND — Jhonny Peralta, Travis Hafner and Ben Broussard homered, and C.C. Sabathia allowed five singles over eight innings as the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 11-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

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