Thursday, September 22, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Suitcases for kids continues Alliance holds luncheon Clarion promotes employees

Candidate profile: Wayne U. Wong, School Board Seat 7
Residence: 63650 Sterling Highway, Clam Gulch, AK 99658 Mail address: Same Contacts: 260-8037 Age: 36 Years in the borough: Two Family: Wife, Heidi Wiley Wong, and four children Occupation: Finance director Education: Bachelor of science degree in accounting Previous elected office: Cook Inlet Aquaculture Board of Directors Organizations: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association,

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: 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?"

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered in Homer Guild holding painting raffle Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Cultural performers wanted for Games Potters guild accepting entries for show Artists in Schools open for applications Artists, vendors sought Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games

From the Bookshelf: Outpost cool setting for thriller
Bad guys, bad vibes, bad luck and bad weather all harass the characters in Ron Lovell's new novel, "Murder Below Zero." Its action centers on a scientific expedition, gone horribly wrong, along the coast of the Beaufort Sea.

Well documented
Following on the success of Homer Theatre's first documentary film festival in 2004, a second one is scheduled for Friday through Sept. 29. This six-film festival promises the cream of the crop, according to Colleen Carroll, theater manager: "March of the Penguins," "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," "Murderball," "Mad Hot Ballroom," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "Shortcut To Nirvana."

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?

Minority should not rule
On Oct. 4, voters of the Kenai Peninsula Borough have serious decisions to make, in particular propositions 4 and 5.

Reader not a Roberts fan
John Roberts should NOT be confirmed as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

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.

Bridge money better spent elsewhere
One of the alternatives to building a bridge across the Kenai River in Sterling was to pave Funny River Road and provide local residents with emergency services. The road has been paved and they now have a CES station that provides emergency fire and medical response. This was done at taxpayer expense.

Parents' responsibilities extend beyond property limits
Parents, do you realize you are responsible when your child injures another person with their skateboard? Your home owners insurance will be billed for the injuries sustained whether on your property or, say, a grocery store.

Area pest-watchers on lookout for slimy invaders
Gardeners beware. An enemy not seen before on the Kenai Peninsula has shown up on a Soldotna lawn and may now be lurking beneath some dead leaves or rotting mushrooms in a neighborhood near you.

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.

Gravel pit ordinance put off
Final resolution of the debate surrounding a controversial gravel-pit ordinance currently before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will have to wait at least until November.

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.

Whooping cough reported on Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) —Cases of whooping cough, which has spiked nationwide, have now been reported recently on Kodiak Island. In 2004, Alaska had 14 reported cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. This year there have already been 82 cases of the contagious respiratory disease.

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:

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.

Paving the (high)way
Drivers between Kenai and Soldotna should plan a little extra time into their trips over the next couple weeks while Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities crews work to repave the rough section of highway.

Glick, Gilman get say
Both candidates running to serve as Kenai's representative to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly touted their long-standing ties to the community and service in public office as reasons they should be elected.

James Lee Gamble
Homer resident James Lee Gamble died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at his home. He was 55.

Voices of the Peninsula: Gas pipeline needs additional scrutiny
Not all communities support the resolutions the Alaska Municipal League (AML) and the Alaska Conference of Mayors recently passed supporting the so called "all-Alaska Gasline" project above all other projects currently under development.

What should we do with state's revenue surplus?
High oil prices, while a shock to the wallet at the gasoline pump, likely will turn out to be a bonanza for the state treasury. Depending upon who you talk to, if oil prices stay in the $60 per-barrel range, Alaska could have anywhere from a $1 billion to $1.5 billion surplus rather than facing the grim prospect of tapping reserve funds to make ends meet —the norm only a few years ago.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Junior Miss seeks volunteers CANS film festival returns Teen night slated Boy, girl scouting training slated Swim classes available Hospice training announced Popcorn fund-raiser begins

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Still swinging at Birch Ridge
If you think Birch Ridge Golf Course is closed for the season, you are absolutely wrong. We don't close until the first snow flies; then we don't close unless it actually stays around. So no excuses for you—it's beautiful out there.

Yankees grab first in AL East
NEW YORK —Randy Johnson was his old self, glaring and pointing. The Big Unit not only made it into the late innings, he pitched the New York Yankees into first place.

Payton close to finalizing deal with Heat
MIAMI (AP) —Gary Payton's quest for an NBA championship will apparently continue in Miami. The nine-time All-Star guard is on the verge of signing a one-year free agent deal with the Heat, a move that could be formally announced as early as Thursday.

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.

Tough tests for top college teams
The final Saturday of September has the potential to reshape the race to the Rose Bowl.

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.

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.

Mayfield quietly setting sights on Nextel title
Tony Stewart is red hot, Roush Racing has half the 10-man field and Ryan Newman owns the first win of this year's 10-race NASCAR playoff.

Civility the rule as Presidents Cup tees off in Virginia
GAINESVILLE, Va. —There is plenty of history at this Presidents Cup, mostly the monuments and landmarks around the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, and the roadside markers that tell about key moments from the Civil War.

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