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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Business goes above call of duty
On Sept. 4, Labor Day, the steering rack on my John Deere Trail Gator 6x4 broke because a support bracket was never installed during production. Replacement cost: $500, plus labor and shipping.

Reader encourages support of bill
Anyone who is concerned about the growing numbers of our friends, neighbors and loved ones who have no health insurance and no place to go for health care should know there is a solution.

Spur line needs to come to peninsula
Gov. Murkowski’s proposed gas line would take gas from the North Slope south to around Delta Junction make a left turn to Canada ending up in the Alberta Hub and on to Chicago. The pipeline is designed to deliver 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the Lower 48 at a construction cost of $21 billion to $25 billion.

Does lack of city sidewalks violate law?
A front page story in the Peninsula Clarion on Sept. 12 addressed the new plan by the city fathers (and mothers) to make “the central city more pedestrian friendly.”

Controversial representation
The Alaska Federal Board of Subsistence has decided to take a slow approach in determining whether the Kenai Peninsula should have its own Subsistence Regional Advisory Committee.

Kenai’s pension liability reaches $16.9 million
Not unlike other Alaska municipalities, the amount of unfunded pension liabilities facing the city of Kenai is on the rise.

Wet, not so wild
Don’t let the groans and moans of recent transplants and warm-weather hopefuls fool you, this summer’s cool temperatures represent a true Alaska summer.

Propositions in a nutshell
When voters go to the polls Oct. 3, they will be asked to do far more than select members for the Kenai and Soldotna city councils, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, the school board and an assortment of service area board seats. They will be asked to help shape the future of the city and the borough through a variety of propositions that will be on the ballot.

What bit me?
Beyond knowing that mosquitoes bite, moths hang around the porch light and beetles killed the spruce trees in the backyard, many people are pretty uneducated about the multitude of insects in this area.

Fall a time for learning and fun on refuge
“Is it called fall because all the leaves fall to the ground?” asked a kindergartner on a recent refuge field trip. I told her I thought it was. That same evening at home while sipping a cup of tea, I again wondered about the origin of the word fall.

Backwater considers branding
The other day, I was trying to paint that “just right” shade of nail polish on some plastic beads for trout fishing when sometime fishing guide J. Binkley Backwater called.

Outdoors Briefs
Meeting slated to discuss game issues Clarion collecting outdoors stories

Around the Peninsula
Youth science day slated Historical society to host fall fling Hockey refs to face off Mountain View hosts Title 1 meeting

Nikiski to host region runners
The Region III cross country championships come to Nikiski Saturday, and while the Kodiak boys look poised to repeat as 4A champions, the Skyview boys have a chance to make the trip to the state meet next week.

Prep football cooks up enticing matchups
Homecoming festivities, playoff hopes and rivalries will add plenty of spice to this weekend’s offering of football games on the Kenai Peninsula.

Nikiski netters sweep Kenai
Nikiski’s third-game problems nearly wrecked an otherwise fabulous night.

Church Briefs
Concert set to praise Kids’ night out planned Christian convention set Clothes available Awana classes set to begin Catholic faith to be discussed

Satan has no power in God’s presence
It was the middle of the afternoon as young David came with the meal from his parents.

Season’s end not far away
Fall is in the air, colors are beautiful and the course is playing superbly! Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. Welcome to another week in the continuing saga of fun here at the course. As we are all aware, the season is quickly coming to an end, so come out and get in a few more rounds before the snow claims the fairways and greens and the only golf here will be in our dreams of the upcoming year.

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