Monday, September 24, 2007

Reader asks: What exactly is happening?
All of us know they (especially the media) say Osama bin Laden organized the 9/11 attacks.

Vote for term limits again
I believe the Term Limits Initiative, which is on the Oct. 2 ballot, is important and necessary to force our borough government to obey the will of the people. Over 70 percent of the voters had already approved term limits at borough elections in 1992 and '93.

Efforts 'round-up' successful fundraiser
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all of the volunteers and merchants in support of the center's Fall Round-Up fundraiser. A big thank-you to Alaska Railroad for their very generous donation, and to John Nelson for the hand-carved Canada goose that was raffled. Another special thank-you for the wonderful door prizes to Wells Fargo Bank, J&H Sewing & Vacuum Inc., Mykel's Restaurant, River City Books, Acapulco Restaurant, Alyeska Tire, Beemun's Variety, Nikko Gardens, Radio Shack, Cad-Re Feed, Dody Tachick, Maureen Bridge, Mary Lane, Jersey Subs, Cold Stone Creamery, Dragonfly Gallery, Frames & Things, Log Gift & Jewelry, Virginia Penson, Schuck's Auto Supply, Northcountry Fair, Sweeney's Clothing, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and Nita and Harvey Douthit.

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.

Walk in the park
Thursday's brainstorming session on revamping and integrating the eight-acre grassy field known as "DOT Park" with Soldotna Creek Park resulted in a myriad of ideas, but gave the architects and designers a good jumping off point for turning those ideas into a reality that will please Soldotna.

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.

Homer hospital, borough at odds
A leading physician at South Peninsula Hospital said the borough purchasing division is responsible for significant delays in acquiring furnishings needed before newly expanded areas of the medical facility can be utilized.

Reflection of things to come
Still air makes the reflection of fall foliage on this lake in Kasilof twice as nice Sunday. Many trees are starting to reach the peak of their autumnal color change.

Youth gets liver, chance at life
Shortly after arriving home from Seattle in early August, 13-year-old Jacob Eckerman hooked a 65-pound king salmon.

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

Borough Assembly
Running officially unopposed for the District 3 Assembly seat has been a unique experience for me. Why this has happened; I can only speculate.

Borough Assembly
Way back in July of '07, I attended a national conference in Arkansas to learn how communities like ours were coping with high energy costs and the effects of global warming. What I learned was at once sobering and hopeful. All over this country, cities and counties are springing into action with spirit and determination to meet the arguably biggest challenge we will have to overcome in this century.

Borough Assembly
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the greater Soldotna area (District 4) residents as your assembly member on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for the past nine years. I believe that I have listened to your concerns, been responsive to your needs, and have acted in your best interest.

Borough Assembly
My Dad, Mike Oberts, homesteaded in Sterling in 1953 and worked many local construction jobs thorough the Labor Union. My mother, Teresa, came to Alaska to build the Catholic Church in Soldotna. She stayed in the area and taught at the old log cabin school in Sterling.

Borough Assembly
I wish to thank the voters in District 7 (Anchor Point, Clam Gulch, Cohoe, and Kasilof & Ninilchik) for their confidence in selecting myself to serve you in the past.

Borough Assembly
We live in one of the most appealing places in Alaska. It is easy to wake up every morning, look out the window, and be thankful that this is our home.

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.

Peninsula Reflections
In the 1950s, the McGaughey homestead bordered another lake called Island Lake, which had an island in the middle of it. By the shore of that lake lived a man younger than my parents, whose name was Calvin Daniels. Calvin had staked a small claim consisting of a few acres on the edge of Island Lake, where he had a cabin and a husky dog. He had to be away from his home for a short while, and asked my mother and father to look after his dog.

Kasilof Community News
A very successful fun run took place at Tustumena Elementary School on Sept. 16. The school parking lot was bustling with parked cars and busy people. The run or walk was a benefit for the schools's parent teacher organization (PTO) and cleverly held under dazzling skies wedged between days of abominable autumnal weather. The course wound over local roads such as Johnson Lake, Cabin, and Tustumena lakes. Dashing sprinters led the way in marathon style while many participants backpacked to enjoy a more leisurely pace and chat with companions. Times were kept and winners declared, though healthwise, everyone prevailed by a slim margin. Suzanne Fisler and Kiana Johnson shepherded some special needs children. Principal Ken Halverson was accompanied by his charming wife, Jan, and they completed the 3.15 mile (5K) course. Ken even claimed first place for his age group. Several dogs went the distance, most likely to scout competition with plans to enter next year's event. Linda McLane and Kris Williams provided trail sweeper services to make sure nobody was left in the woods. Judy Odhner of Moose Pass came by invitation of race organizer Carolyn Roush. Odhner donated delicious cookies. The PTO netted a $700 profit.

Photo feature: Bridging into leaders
Members of Girl Scout Brownie Troop No. 237 pose together at their awards and bridging ceremony held Friday at Redoubt Elementary School. Those pictured include, from left to right, front row, Kimberly Leavitt, Emily Books, Jasmine Thomson and Ava Gabler. Back row, leader Sheilah-Margaret Pothast, Hannah Pothast, co-leader Lynn Dusek and Ali Dusek. Other members not in attendance, Jenna Helminski, Brittany Junkert, Natalia Eskelin, Gracie Larson and Emily Pugmire. The ceremony included individual recognitions, parent volunteer appreciation, junior bridging ceremony, a photo slide show, balloons, cake and beverages. The girls worked throughout the year on try-it badges in safety sense, cookies count and making music. In addition, the Troop donated items and money to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, rang bells for The Salvation Army, participated in numerous field trips and two camp outs over the summer.

Sterling Community News
I think it is official, fall is here. We have had two killing frosts. All the tender plants in my garden are done, but I still have some hardy cabbage plants, carrots and peas that are hanging in there. We didn't get a moose in our freezer this winter, so maybe it is a good thing I froze all those vegetables.

Nikiski Community News
Hello to my Nikiski neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Dena'ina reception set Little League to vote on board Fisherman's fund meeting today SoHi parent meetings set KMS seeks volunteers for health screenings Community group to meet KWF Volunteers to get party Donations for veterans sought Marathon to hit the streets Raffle fundraiser continues Swim lessons to make a splash Domestic violence workshop planned Basketball leagues forming KPBSD seeks volunteers

Ninilchik Community News
It was exciting to see last week's Community Neighbor page listing the awards given to our community youth who entered exhibits in the 4-H building at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in August.

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

Kenai Community News
Boy, do I have an 'oops' for last week. I reminded you of the Restless Heart concert, but my date was off by a month.

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

Soldotna Community News
Thanks to all of you who have been informing me of things going on in our community. It's great to hear a variety of news items and what people in our town have been doing. If you have news to share, you're welcome to e-mail me or call me at 260-7882.

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.

Holt: School funding, drug use need to be addressed
Name: Bill Holt

Smith: Increased operating costs an important issue
Name: Bill Smith

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.

Superman: Assembly needs to address property tax relief
Name: Gary Superman

Oberts: Borough sales tax should be kept at 2 percent
Name: Ed Oberts

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:

Fischer Education, economy should be borough priorities
Name: Paul Fischer

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.

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.

Sprague: Tax relief, resource use, education on agenda
Name: Pete Sprague

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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