Monday, September 26, 2005

Candidate profile: Grace E. Merkes: Assembly District 5, Sterling
Residence: 33210 Sterling Highway, Sterling Mail address: P.O. Box 8, Sterling, AK 99672 Contacts: 262-9811, Age: 67 Years in the borough: Since early 1960s Family: Husband, Leon, and eight children Occupation: Retired Education: High school graduate and some college Previous elected office: Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly (1991-present), Alaska Human Rights Commission (2003-present), KPB Planning Commission (1978-1983) Organizations: American Legion Auxiliary, Sterling Community Club, Arctic Winter Games, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Board, National Republican Women's Organization

Candidate profile: Amber Elsey: Assembly District 5, Sterling
Residence: 38130 Tustumena Road, Sterling Mail address: P.O. Box 1423, Sterling, AK 99672 Contacts: 262-9783, home; 398-3991, cell Age: 30 Years in the borough: 16 Family: Husband, Jim, and six children Occupation: Homemaker, community volunteer Education: Two degrees in petroleum science Previous elected office: N/A Organizations: Sterling Elementary PTA president (2002-05), Sterling Ducks Unlimited chair (2002-present)

Candidate profile: Betty J. Glick: Assembly District 2, Kenai
Residence: 1601 E. Aliak Mail address: P.O. Box 528, Kenai, AK 99611 Contacts: 283-7644, bjg@ Age: 70 Years in the borough: 43 Family: Husband, Carl, and three children Occupation: Retired Education: High school graduate Previous elected office: Kenai City Council (1976-82), borough assembly (1982-96 and 2002-present), Alaska Municipal League Board of Directors Organizations: Kenai Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Counties Board of Directors, past president of Western Interstate Board of Directors, vice chair of AML/Joint Insurance Association Board of Directors

Candidate profile: Glen F. Martin: Assembly District 5, Sterling
Residence: Mile 82 Sterling Highway, Sterling Mail address: P.O. Box 261, Sterling, AK 99672 Contacts: 262-7570, home; 252-5326, work Age: 49 Years in the borough: 14 Family: Wife, Becky, and eight children Occupation: Self employed in four businesses Education: High school graduate Previous elected office: N/A Organizations: N/A

Candidate profile: Margaret M. Gilman: Assembly District 2, Kenai
Residence: 216 Susieana Lane, Kenai, AK 99611 Mail address: Same Contacts: 283-0860, Age: 40 Years in the borough: 1971 Family: Husband, Blaine Gilman, and four children Occupation: Educator Education: High school graduate, University of Notre Dame graduate in 1986 Previous elected office: Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education (2001-present) Organizations: Our Lady of Angels Parish Council

Candidate views: Betty Glick, Assembly District 2, Kenai
I appreciate the opportunity to convey to you, the reader, my thoughts and philosophy on what it means to be an Assembly Member.

Candidate views: Grace Merkes: Assembly District 5, Sterling
Leon and I homesteaded in Sterling in 1959. I have fond memories of the closeness and support of our neighbors, as people didn't have family near in those days. Everyone helped each other; building roads, clearing fields, taking kids to school, giving rides to church and doctors. Now we look mostly to our government for roads, rides, hospitals, fire protection, dust control, junk, noise, etc. Yes, things have changed!

Candidate views: Margaret Gilman, Assembly District 2, Kenai
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is a wonderful place to work and raise a family. We have an abundance of natural beauty surrounding us which we must protect. Our economy continues to grow and diversify. We have tremendous schools throughout the borough which meet individual students' needs as well as answer the educational priorities of their particular communities.

Fish board seat remains on peninsula
It's barely been a month since Ed Dersham resigned his seat on the Board of Fisheries and Gov. Frank Murkowski has already found someone to fill Dersham's shoes.

Pebble exec blasts 'fringe' foes
Northern Dynasty Mines' chief of operations says designing the cleanest operation possible for the company's proposed Pebble Mine northwest of Iliamna requires a continuing dialogue with organizations concerned about the environment, but he bristles at what he called fear mongering by "fringe elements" of that community.

Gilman, Glick differ on bed, sales taxes
Editor's note: Candidate columns and answers to a Clarion questionnaire can be found on pages A-4 and A-5 in today's paper. Monday's election coverage will focus on the race for the assembly District 5 seat and Proposition 3.

Granted: State gives borough projects funds
Several grants supporting borough firefighting efforts, emergency communications up-grades and the upcoming Arctic Winter Games were appropriated Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Election 2005: Will voters put bed tax to sleep?
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will decide Oct. 4 whether the borough assembly should be authorized to levy a bed tax of up to 4 percent on stays of less than 30 days in hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast accommodations.

Burning with spirit
A Kenai firefighter stands watch over a bonfire held during Kenai Central High School's homecoming spirit this weekend, as Kenai Central, Soldotna and Skyview high schools all celebrated the annual tradition with dances, bonfires, football games and a parade.

Uneventful reckoning day
Nearly two years ago, controversy arose when the city of Kenai decided to turn over management of its Recreation Center to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula in an efficiency move.

Fairbanks borough resurrects proposed code revision
FAIRBANKS (AP) — It's been turned down once, but the Fairbanks North Star Borough isn't giving up on a proposal to grant officials more power to cite code violators, including residents accused of keeping too much junk in their yards.

Eagle nest gone with the wind
While it may not be the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal, the eagle's nest at Eagle Rock boat launch on the Kenai River is a landmark nonetheless — or was a landmark.

Bridge debate coming to pass
Ballot Proposition 3 on the Oct. 4 municipal election ballot is advisory in nature and will not hold the force of law.

District 5 candidates offer different views for Sterling
Editor's note: Candidate columns and answers to a Clarion questionnaire can be found on page A-4 in today's paper. Tuesday's election coverage will focus on the race for the assembly District 8 seat and Proposition 2.

Husband, wife die on Seward Highway
A husband and wife died Sunday on the Seward Highway near Girdwood after a truck crossed into their lane and hit the car they were driving.

Voices of the Clarion: Schools watch parents watch student
Lately, I've been feeling like Big Brother. Not "a" big brother, but rather "the" Big Brother, of the George Orwell variety.

Minority could rule if Props. 4, 5 pass
This year voters on the Kenai Peninsula have been hearing about two propositions touted as being triumphs of democracy, when in fact they are just the opposite.

Community Schools
Homer Community Schools classes and activities Basic Italian Beginning, intermediate stained glass

Peninsula people
4-H cleans up at Peninsula Fair Main deploys to Korea Tinsley returns stateside

Around the Peninsula
Grief support group forming Help for home daycare providers Pool available during school hours Toy donations sought Hurricane relief fund-raiser set

Building history
Often as life continues, people of profound faith and proud heritage seek to accentuate positives within their lives and the lives of others. They seek to remember, to relive and to honor, to set and follow examples for generations to come.

Around the Peninsula
Hockey seminars set Photo guild to meet Used book sale scheduled Guitar lesson available Hospice training announced

Scratch that: Cat training 101
Got curtains cut to ribbons? Maybe an upholstered sofa arm with the stuffing starting to show? How about expensive carpet frayed into a fuzzy mess?

My best friend
Alone and frightened, Angel was found by Fred and Mae Oehlert along the highway in Sterling two years ago. When not at Fred's side, she's usually spotted as a passenger on the back of his four-wheeler around the Kenai Keys Subdivision in Sterling.

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Astros beat up Chicago
CHICAGO — Roger Clemens couldn't have done it much better. Ezequiel Astacio (3-6), starting in place of the injured ace, allowed four hits in six innings Saturday, and the Houston Astros increased their lead in the NL wild-card race with an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Kodiak dominates Region III
Home course advantage paid off for the Kodiak High School boys and girls cross country teams as the Bears swept the 4A team titles at the Region III Championships Saturday at Bear Valley Golf Course in Kodiak.

Notre Dame, Weis beat Willingham
SEATTLE — Charlie Weis led Notre Dame to the same kind of lopsided romp over Washington on Saturday that Tyrone Willingham did a year ago when he was coaching Fighting Irish.

Cubs hurt Astros' hunt for playoffs
CHICAGO — Jeromy Burnitz hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Derrek Lee also connected and the Chicago Cubs beat Houston 3-2 Sunday to cut the Astros' NL wild-card lead to one game.

Michigan out of The AP rankings
The winningest team in the history of college football team is unranked for the first time in more than seven years.

Injuries can't stop Patriots
PITTSBURGH — Adam Vinatieri's 43-yard field goal with 1 second remaining gave New England a 23-20 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

AL playoffs races continue to heat up
BALTIMORE — Edgar Renteria drove in two runs with a broken-bat single in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox regained a share of first place in the AL East by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Saturday.

White Sox pick up one game
CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter and Paul Konerko homered to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Sunday, pushing their AL Central lead back to 2 1/2 games over Cleveland.

Eielson's Rogers runs over Skyview
It may have been the Panthers' homecoming, but Skyview High School was Mr. Rogers' neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

Johnson takes Chase lead
DOVER, Del. — Jimmie Johnson has a championship to race for, and he's grateful that his rookie teammate understands to run hard — but not get in the way.

Kenai Central blows past Homer
The Kenai Central High School football team overpowered Homer to win a Northern Lights Conference game Saturday at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

One day became Friday for Seward senior Jacqueline Van Driessche. Van Driessche set three new records at Soldotna High School Friday to win her third straight Soldotna Pentathlon. "I remember watching Abby Kiffmeyer and Jenna Syverson and saying, 'Man, one day I'd like to break records like they do,'" Van Driessche said. "It's weird now that people are thinking about me up on that same pedestal."

Burnett indicates plans to leave 'depressing' Marlins
ATLANTA (AP) — Frustrated by the longest losing streak of his career and Florida's near-elimination from the NL playoff race, A.J. Burnett indicated Sunday he will not re-sign with the Marlins after the season.

Stars handle Eagle River on homecoming
The Soldotna football team rolled to a 46-21 homecoming victory over Eagle River Saturday in nonconference action.

Americans send Nicklaus out a winner
GAINESVILLE, Va. — Chris DiMarco felt every bone in his body shaking as he stood over a 15-foot birdie putt late Sunday afternoon, captain Jack Nicklaus sitting with the American team beyond the hole and the Presidents Cup hanging in the balance.

Presidents Cup all square heading into final day
GAINESVILLE, Va. — Two years later and halfway across the world, the Presidents Cup is as close as ever. Chris DiMarco came up aces, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk came through with clutch comebacks and Retief Goosen and Adam Scott proved as formidable as ever Saturday to leave the matches tied going into a final round of 12 singles matches.

Service beats Homer to take Peninsula Challenge
The Service volleyball team defeated Homer Saturday at Homer High School to win the 2005 Peninsula Challenge volleyball tournament.

Klitschko beats Peter
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Wladimir Klitschko proved he can last 12 rounds. But just barely. Klitschko, who fell out of the heavyweight picture after a pair of upset losses in 2003 and 2004, survived being knocked down three times by Samuel Peter on Saturday night en route to a unanimous 12-round decision in an IBF elimination bout.

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