Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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.

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

Voter all for Prop 2, not Prop 1
On Oct. 2, city of Kenai voters will be presented with two propositions; both are general obligation bonds, both are for capital improvements, and both are for $2 million, but this is where the similarity ends. While one benefits everyone, the other will only benefit a few select property owners.

Voters should determine limits
I feel like it may be a case of taxation without representation.

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.

Proposition will force our seniors out of state
To the people of the Kenai Peninsula Borough: I am a 41-year-old home owner and longtime Alaska resident. I would like people to realize that our senior citizens are under attack again. The tax exemption proposition is unfair. Our senior citizens have worked so hard for what they have (their homes and property). I believe they have earned the right to have the hundred percent tax exemption on their primary residence.

Reader: Support library bond
The library is bogged down in books and patrons. It is the most frequently used city service. Why? Access to information is a fundamental part of citizenship, freedom and education. Support the bond issue, which will pay only a part of an addition. It is part of the quality of life we all share in this wonderful city of Kenai.

Propositions need to be passed
Oct. 2 we have the opportunity to establish a necessary fresh start in the KPB on three items.

Reader: Vote 'No' on term limits
Please vote "No" on the term limits initiative. If passed, the initiative would kick out of office in the borough assembly even people that we, the electorate, had just voted in. It would remove some of the best assembly people, those with accumulated knowledge of borough affairs.

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.

Agrium announces closure of Kenai nitrogen facility
Agrium Inc. announced today it is closing its Kenai nitrogen fertilizer operations due to a shortage of natural gas supply in Alaska's Cook Inlet. Agrium has diligently attempted to encourage development of natural gas supply and to negotiate contracts for 2008 and beyond. Despite these efforts, and after offering what it believed to be competitive prices and incentives, Agrium was unable to secure gas supply.

Feds charge Kenai dentist
A Kenai dentist has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on tax evasion charges.

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.

Homeless shelter on hold
Once touted as becoming a national model for self-sufficient homeless shelters, the Family Hope Center being planned for Soldotna has now been put on hold.

First responders get national day of recognition
A raging inferno doesn't deter them, neither does blood. In earthquakes, they're the first on scene seconds after the shaking stops. When the winds subside, they're digging through ruined houses to reach tornado victims.

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.

Room to grow
Before Soldotna proceeds with its application to annex land along Kalifornsky Beach Road, city administration wants to know just how much to annex.

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.

TeddyRay Clifford Kinion
Nikiski resident TeddyRay Clifford Kinion died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in a house fire in Nikiski. He was 30.

Connie Jean Mularski
Nikiski resident Connie Jean Mularski died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at her home in Nikiski. She was 36.

Margaret Moonin
Lifelong Alaskan and Port Graham resident Margaret Moonin died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 77.

Shirley J. Larsen
Kenai resident Shirley J. Larsen died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 72.

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.

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
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 School Board
When the Clarion asked me to tell readers about my candidacy and my plans for working for the people of my district, I found myself going back to my statement in 2004. It still says for me all that I would like you to know and I present it again. Nothing has changed: I am still advocating for more regular instructional teachers in the classrooms and still concerned in what direction we are going in regard to our vocational education programs.

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 School Board
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education since 1998.

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
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 School Board
Children should be Alaska's top priority! As a School Board member, I think anyone who has worked with me knows this is where my heart is.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Agrium live fire training continues LeeShore board meeting set SoHi offers lifeguard training Hockey registration, sports swap planned Hockey referees sought Pingpong returns 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.

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.

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

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

Crawford: Borough sales tax should be kept at 2 percent
Name: Lorraine "Sammy" Crawford

Prop 2 key issue in assembly races
Editor's note: Each of the candidates was asked to submit an opinion piece and to fill out a questionnaire provided by the Clarion. Borough assembly candidates' opinion pieces may be found and their questionnaire responses may be found in Monday's Clarion.

Hilts: Education, economy should be borough priorities
Name: Edith-Helen "Sunni" Hilts

Class size pull candidates into race
Editor's note: Each of the candidates was asked to submit an opinion piece and to fill out a questionnaire provided by the Clarion. School board candidates' opinion pieces may be found on page A-4 and their questionnaire responses on A-5 in today's Clarion.

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

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

Dyson: Tax relief, resource use, education on agenda
Name: Eugene L. "Gene" Dyson

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

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

Professor Clark retires for new adventures in Washington: Kenai Peninsula College
Long-time professor retires Fall semester enrollments KPC works on service to rural students Paramedic program update

Students exercise right to profess their faith
TOPEKA, Kan. As long as he enters with the student body, God is welcome inside public schools. Students can carry their holy books, like the Bible or Quran, pray and share their faith with classmates, and it's all legal.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary

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