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Friday, September 24, 2010

Election a chance shape future
Lisa Murkowski has encouraged all to write about her candidacy. Here's my effort.

Curriculum auditor scores District 'better than many'
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a new assignment: to show it teaches what it says it's teaching.

Aggressive bear not found
The day after a bear attacked a Nikiski fisherman officials found no sign of the bruin.

Borough maintenance director asked to resign
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's maintenance director resigned Monday at Borough Mayor Dave Carey's request, Carey said Wednesday.

A different perspective: Iraqi woman shares her story with Kenai students
Asmaa Almaliki, an Iraqi ex-pat now living in the U.S., used to work as an interpreter for U.S. troops on the streets of Baghdad.

Drug disposal event set for Saturday
Ditch unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs at the Soldotna Professional Pharmacy and Kenai or Homer Police Departments tommorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nikiski man survives bear mauling
A Nikiski fisherman brought a punctured hand, nipped ear and 10-inch scalp wound back from a fishing trip Tuesday night.

Mayor argues for task force: New CPH study group met with skepticism
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is standing by his plan to create a task force to study the future ownership and management possibilities for Central Peninsula Hospital, despite initial resistance from Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members on Tuesday.

Kenai mayoral candidates debate future
In a re-match for the Kenai mayor's seat, incumbent Pat Porter and hopeful Mike Boyle faced off at a candidate forum Wednesday hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Merit Inn.

Photo: Board kid

Assembly shows 'a little bit of heart': Body allows senior to file form months after deadline
Government is often run with a cold and objective view, "but every once in a while it's important to show a little bit of heart."

Former Kenai hockey player charged with felony murder
A former Kenai Central High School hockey star has been arrested on felony murder charges in Menomonie, Wis., for allegedly assaulting a man who later died of his injuries.

Not another task force
This week borough Mayor Dave Carey announced his intention to form a broad-based task force to mull over the future and governance of Central Peninsula Hospital.

Lots of ways to support library expansion
Soldotna voters will have the opportunity to approve a $2.5 million bond proposition on their October 5 ballot in support of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library expansion project. (See article on page 1 of the Peninsula Clarion, Thursday, September 16, 2010.) Please vote Yes!

Perils of Polly: Moscow metro: Beautiful stations, dour people
It's one thing to travel through France, Germany, Spain, or Italy where even though the language is different, the alphabet is nearly the same so some words can at least be semi-pronounced. But entering a country with an entirely different alphabet quadruples the difficulty of communication.

An Outdoor View: Mobility matters
This is my favorite time of year. Take this morning, Sept. 21.

Refuge Notebook: Celebrating 30 Years of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness
I have been very fortunate to live on the Kenai Peninsula for the last 26 years and to explore and enjoy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness. All three units -- Mystery Hills, Dave Spencer, and Andy Simons have their unique character, but of the three I have certainly spent the most time in the Mystery Hills unit. This unit includes Skyline and Fuller Lakes Trails and is easily accessible to hikers, fishers, and berry pickers.

Around the Peninsula

Fish and Game AC to meet

Around the Peninsula

Charity hockey game slated

Kenai-SoHi headlines big gridiron day
In a rematch of last year's small-schools state championship, Kenai Central and Soldotna will battle for the Northern Lights Conference crown Saturday at 4 p.m. at Justin Maile Field.

Affleck proves a man about 'Town'
"The Town"

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Providential play: Kenai native to perform one-man show
Tom Atkinson felt called to perform the one-man show, "Arthur and Esther."

Poet's Corner

He is the living bread, John 6:51

Sophisticated Sounds: Canadian quintet Chic Gamine set to perform tonight
With a blend of beat box, gospel and some 1950s girl group grooves, the Canadian quintet Chic Gamine sings sweeping a capella tunes amid a back drop of expressive percussion.

Art Briefs

Homer film festival slated

Voices of Religion: Is it too dark for you to see God's light?
On a family campout this summer, we sat around the fire looking up through the trees trying to see the stars. The limbs obscured the night sky so that the stars weren't visible. My oldest granddaughter, Sierra said, "It's too dark to see the stars."

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

Area teams seek state berths at Region III meet
Area cross country teams will seek to extend their seasons by qualifying for state when the Region III cross country championships come to Tsalteshi Trails on Saturday.

Bear Tracks: Wild present stiff challenge
As we head into our first series with the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild of the 2010-11 season, we are looking forward.If we looked back, well, nothing good would come of it, and even if we found something good, we couldn't do anything about it anyway. It's over.

Nikiski topples Houston
Nikiski downed visiting Houston in four games, 25-12, 25-23, 15-25 and 25-18, on Thursday for its first win of the 2010 volleyball season.

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