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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hickels named honorary coaches for AWG 2006 Team Alaska
With six months to go before the 2006 Arctic Winter Games begin on the Kenai Peninsula former Governor Walter J. Hickel and his wife Erma Lee have been named honorary coaches of Team Alaska.

Harvesting a dream of a lifetime
Many young men dream of coming to Alaska on a big game hunt. There is no way of knowing how many of those who fantasize about an Alaskan hunt ever have their wishes come true.

Rohloff wins 911 memorial print
A year ago September 11th Brian Erwin invited local firefighters and members of the public to his Frames & Things shop at the Soldotna Blazy Mall to remember those lost in the 911 attack and to unveil a commemorative print by Ron DeCianni that he had framed to be raffled off.

NBHA finals finish Barrel Racing season
National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA), Soldotna district AK 01 finished its yearly barrel racing competition last month at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. District members had been competing weekly on Wednesdays since the first of June. Racers competed for weekly prize money and year-end point’s accumulation for awards.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 13th, 2005 I was driving towards Cooper Landing. I had a permit for a full curl ram on Round Mountain and was going sheep hunting with my ten-year-old son Travis. Travis and I have gone on countless fishing trips but our hunting has been somewhat limited due to a variety of things that are often times out of our control. His involvement with sports of all kinds is one of those things that limit hunting opportunities from time to time. Also hunting in Alaska can be very difficult as well as very expensive depending on just when or where the hunt is actually taking place.

Candidate profile: Soldotna City Council Seat B, Lisa Parker
Residence: 1049 Bogie Court, Soldotna Mail address: P.O. Box 1234, Soldotna, AK 99669 Contacts: 262-6656, lparker @ci.soldotna.ak. Age: 50 Years in Soldotna: Over 11 Family: Husband, Steve Horn Occupation: Agrium government and community relations Education: High school graduate, bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. Previous elected office: Soldotna City Council (2002-present), Anchorage Charter Commission (1975) Organizations: Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center Resource Development Council, board of directors

Candidate profile: Soldotna City Council Seat F, Scott M. McLane
Residence: 365 Diane Lane, Soldotna, 99669 Mail address: Same Contacts: 283-4218 Age: 51 Years in Soldotna: 25 Family: Wife, Mari, and two children Occupation: Land surveyor Education: Associate's degree in surveying Previous elected office: Soldotna City Council Organizations: N/A

Candidate profile: Soldotna Mayor, Dave Carey
Residence: 119 Shady Lane, Soldotna, Alaska 99669-0718 Mail address: Same Contacts: 260-6413, home; 262-9107, city hall; dcarey@ci.soldotna.ak.us Age: 53 Years in Soldotna: 44 Family: Sister, Vicky Leach; brother, Michael Carey Occupation: Retired educator Education: Bachelor of science degree and master of education degree from Gonzaga University Previous elected office: Borough assembly (1982 -89), Soldotna City Council (1999-2001), Soldotna mayor (2001-present) Organizations: Elks, HEA board of Directors

Candidate Profile: John Nels Anderson, Seat 4, Soldotna
Residence: 303 Diane Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669 Mail address: Same Contacts: 262-3280, home; 262-4164, office Age: 59 Years in the borough: 25 Family: Wife, Carla, and seven children Occupation: Doctor Education: Bachelor's and master's degrees in biochemistry, doctor of medicine, residency in family practice, fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology Previous elected office: School board (1993-present) Organizations: Boy Scouts, American Fertility Society, race marshal for Tustumena 200 sled dog race

Candidate views: Dave Carey, Soldotna Mayor
I have believed in the American democratic republic since I was eight and heard the words of President Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." I heard this message four years after my father and namesake, a Navy pilot, was killed overseas in Operation Deepfreeze at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. I grew up wanting to serve America as my father had.

Soldotna mayor, council members run unopposed
Editor's note: The following is the third 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. Wednesday's coverage will focus on the race for the Soldotna school board seat.

Candidate views: John Nels Anderson, Seat 4, Soldotna
I would like to talk about my philosophy of school board service. I believe board members should represent all students and not an area. I believe the basis for board decisions should be, "Is it good for kids?"

League, candidates made forum a success
Many thanks to the League of Women Voters for sponsoring the borough candidate forum Thursday evening, and to the candidates for participating.

People generous to neighbors, hurricane victims in need
Hurricane Katrina is a wakeup call to many Americans unaccustomed to being confronted with the poverty existing in our midst.

Roberts not worthy of support
I demand rejection of John Roberts, by filibuster if necessary In these United States important nominees such as to the Supreme Court must reflect not only the will of the people as a whole but also the history of the country and the historic decisions upon which our society relies.

Animal control a definite need in 21st century
When is the time to prevent a human from being shot, a victim of our outdated borough animal control policies? Before or after it happens?

Homer, Seward city races set
Editor's note: The following is the third 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. Wednesday's coverage will focus on the race for the Soldotna school board seat.

Assembly to dig gravel pit issues
A long-awaited public hearing on an ordinance that could significantly revamp borough criteria for authorizing gravel pits or other material sites is on Tuesday's agenda as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets in Homer.

Alaskans to receive $845.76
JUNEAU — For video store clerk Dave Marshall, Alaska's annual payout to its residents means getting a chance to escape the dark, cold winter of the far north. This year, he's thinking Hawaii.

Fueling Concern: Alternative mode of travel
Editor's note: The following is the third in a series of stories about what effect high fuel prices are having on the Kenai Peninsula. Wednesday's story will focus on gas refining in Alaska.

Fueling concern: The production question
Editor's note: The following is the final in a series of stories about what effect high fuel prices are having on the Kenai Peninsula.

Five vie for three school board seats
What are the three biggest challenges facing the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District? Candidates' response to that and other topics are as widespread as are the board seats in this 25,600-square-mile district, with five candidates running for three three-year terms:

Dorothy Mae Erdman
Dorothy Mae Erdman of Ninilchik died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was 73.

Life is more important than country's debts
Armed with a typically sobering report on the dimensions of global poverty, world leaders will meet this week at the United Nations on the problem one that never seems to get much better of how to help the world's impoverished, dying millions, many of whom are children.

Gambling is already here
It would be one thing, perhaps, to condemn poker parlors as an evil crack-in-the-door that will soon open the way for big gambling operations in Anchorage and Alaska — if it weren't for the fact that gambling is rampant here already.

Debt numbers near Depression stats
Americans are in debt and saving at rates comparable to the Depression; the economic toll could be significant ... not only for individuals but also for the entire American economy.

Around the Peninsula
Puppet show planned Scouting registrations offered Women's group to meet Hereford to speak at chamber Builders seek board candidates Rec center offers activities Homer health fair slated Artists, vendors sought

Around the Peninsula
KPBA meeting slated CANS film festival returns Car seat inspections available Bereavement dinner set Skate classes planned Help offered for home daycare providers

Texans fire offensive coordinator
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Monday following the team's second straight embarrassing loss.

Redskins shock Cowboys
IRVING, Texas — Joe Gibbs has won three Super Bowls and two NASCAR championships. Yet of all the thrills he has experienced, he puts what happened Monday night near the top of the list.

Sports views: Boxing's darker side
The news conference afterward was filled with the usual congratulations for the winners and talk about bigger things to come. Oscar De La Hoya was the promoter and he answered questions in two languages, thanked all for coming and declared the night a success.

NASCAR punishes offenders
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robby Gordon and Kasey Kahne avoided suspensions Monday when NASCAR penalized them for road-rage incidents in New Hampshire.

Pfaffe leads SoHi football
Faith and singing have always come before football for Soldotna senior Aleks Pfaffe. Pfaffe's father, Greg, said Aleks was timid when he was a little kid. "He's always been a singer, so he was asked to sing in church when he was young," Greg said. "He overcame that fear and timidity really early.

Nikiski netters sweep Soldotna
The Nikiski High School volleyball team continued to roll Tuesday, defeating Soldotna in three games in a nonconference match at Soldotna.

Traditional SEC doormat Vanderbilt sits 3-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For decades, the Vanderbilt Commodores have been one of the worst teams in the country.

Has steroid testing brought home runs down?
NEW YORK — Baseball had a brownout this year, with home runs dropping to their lowest level in eight years.

Indians, Yankees narrow gap
CHICAGO — Aaron Boone's two-run, two-out single in the eighth inning sent Cleveland to a 7-5 victory over Chicago on Monday night and moved the Indians one game closer to the sliding White Sox in the AL Central.

The Next Level
Kenai's Hall plays for 49ers Skyview's Carpenter plays for UAA

Kenai Golf Report: Book closes on 20th season at Kenai Golf Course
As Shelley indicated in last week's column, the golfing season is "truly almost at an end." With all the rain we had this past week, some of us figured it was the end of the season. We even stopped by on Saturday and picked up our clubs from storage (we of little faith). Sunday it was a beautiful day, and I'm sure there were golfers enjoying the course once again.

Monarchs claim WNBA crown
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Yolanda Griffith raised the WNBA championship trophy, she turned to look for only one person. Ticha Penicheiro had been by her side with the Sacramento Monarchs since many of their teammates were in high school.

AL division, wild-card races get even tighter
CHICAGO — Joe Crede hit two home runs, including a game-winning shot leading off the 10th inning, and the Chicago White Sox increased their lead in the AL Central to 3 1/2 games with a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

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