Sunday, September 23, 2007

To build or not to build?
Building a home can be a stressful experience that has the future owner often figuratively asking if it'll ever be done, but for several local families involved in a self-help owner-built home program in Kenai and Sterling, this question is a literal one.

Local stores benefit from PFD checks
People appear to have two ways of using their Permanent Fund Dividend checks: spend it or save it. But regardless of which option they choose and whether the check is higher or lower than they hoped for this year, local stores reap just as much benefit as the average Alaskan resident in the amount of sales they will rake in over the next few weeks.

What about the people?: Kenai River should be for more than just fishing
"Why can't we take a walk along the Kenai River?"

Propositions offer chance for fairness in governance
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula will be doing more than selecting members of city councils, the Kenai mayor, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, the school board and an assortment of service area board seats when they go to the polls Oct. 2. They'll also be shaping the future of the borough with their votes on three important propositions.

Personal space
LUBBOCK, Texas The bathroom is the last place that most people would feel the need to be trendy.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
Movies just aren't what they used to be (there! I said it!). In the past decade they have become really bad. No originality. Movie makers have lost their imagination. If it's not a TV show or a sequel it appears that no one can think of a story line for a new movie. Remakes of old classics seem to be the favorite fall-back. They became classic because they were good the first time. The remake seldom is. And sequels? We've watched Bruce Willis Die Harder way too many times.

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Around the Peninsula
Hockey referees sought Agrium live fire training continues LeeShore board meeting set SoHi offers lifeguard training Soccer coaches sought Prime rib dinner fundraiser set to dish Hospice seeks volunteers KPBSD seeks volunteers Bowling leagues forming Community resource directory available

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Maxine Howard of Sterling sent in this photo of 1-year-old Lucus McMasters and Maxine's 3-year-old pug Muffy taking their after-lunch nap. "They really had a busy day," she said. "Muffy loves Luke."

Wrapped up in work
LUBBOCK, Texas His affair with little-loved animals began in the Israeli countryside. Gad Perry, then 6, turned up a rock to find a nest of skinny, worm-like creatures called blind snakes.

Term limits go to voters
Two controversial ballot measures seeking to set strict term limits on Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education seats could have profound effects on the futures of those bodies if approved by voters in the Oct. 2 municipal election.

Propositions 2 & 3: Term limits: Effects could reverse voting goal
I encourage everyone to give careful consideration to Kenai Peninsula Borough Propositions No. 2 and 3, the term limit propositions. I strongly encourage a "No" vote on both propositions.

Propositions 2 & 3: Term limits: Limiting time serves public better
Elections are all about public trust. In 1992 and '93, borough voters trusted the election process and imposed term limits on the borough mayor, assembly and school board. In every case, voters overwhelmingly supported term limits. To see the history of term limits in this borough visit the Web site:

Prop 1 would cap senior exemption
Since 1987, Kenai Peninsula Borough senior citizens have enjoyed an unlimited exemption from paying property taxes on the value of their primary residences.

SoHi spikers continue to mature quickly
Coming into this volleyball season, Soldotna senior Paige Blackburn was the only Stars player with a lot of varsity experience and the only senior on the roster.

Kenai drops matches to Wasilla, Grace
Kenai Central volleyball coach Jason Diorec isn't too worried, yet.

SkyHi netters take down Bulldogs
Even though Nikiski claimed one game in a setback to ACS on Friday night, Bulldogs' coach Sharon Thompson believes her team played one of their top matches against visiting Skyview on Saturday.

Kodiak swim teams pull off sweep at Kenai Invitational
Kodiak swept an eight-team meet at the Kenai Invitational on Saturday, while the Soldotna boys finished second and the SoHi girls took fourth.

Kenai, Homer win on gridiron; Seward, Nikiski lose
Senior Bill Chimphalee scored four touchdowns as Kenai easily defeated the East High School jayvee team, 62-0, at Kenai Central High School on Saturday.

SoHi tops Skyview
Hardly tested this year, the season opener against North Pole the only true battle, Soldotna was finally pushed around a little by visiting Skyview on Friday night.

Skyview, Seward send both teams to state
Both the Skyview boys and girls cross country teams and the Seward boys and girls cross country squads advanced to next Saturday's state championships after impressive showings at the Region III cross country meet Saturday at Colony High School.

Brown Bears drop 2 on road
The Kenai River Brown Bears' troubles on the road continued with the a pair of losses on Friday and Saturday.

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