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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Reflections of summer 2005
It was a great summer, the trophy King’s returned to the Kenai and strong runs of Sockeye and Silver salmon kept sport and commercial fishers happy. Fires threatened, but the excellent response of firefighters prevented disaster.

Where Eagles soar... CIA enrollment continues to increase...
Kevin Spence is starting his second year at the helm of Cook Inlet Academy, locally known as the CIA, the largest private school on the Kenai Peninsula founded in 1973 by Alaskan Bush pilot and hunting guide Chuck Crapuchettes.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
This fall I drew three special hunting permits and one of those was a major disappointment for me. I drew the Indian Creek trophy moose tag up on the Tustumena Bench. I contacted every one of the horse people I could find in hopes of getting some help in getting my moose hauled out.

Neighbors helping Neighbors... United Way kicks off 2005 Campaign...
The theme of the 2005 United Way Campaign “Neighbors helping Neighbors” is a phrase that describes the Kenai Peninsula community, says Tom Boedeker this year’s United Way campaign chairman.

For the love of it...
The 2005 Kenai River Classic, hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) was the best ever, according to Classic Chairman Rik Bucy, “More people, more fun, and more money raised than ever before, and the success of the Classic is directly related to the wonderful effort of our 160 plus community volunteers that collectively spend thousands of hours making this event possible.

Candidate profile: Deborah Germano
Residence: 1103 Krueth, Homer, AK 99603 Mail address: P.O. Box 1511, Homer, AK 99603 Contacts: 235-2538, home; 399-1087, work Age: 47 Years in Homer: N/A Family: Husband, Bill Holt, and two children Occupation: N/A Education: High school, apprenticeship through IBEW and electrical contractors Previous elected office: School board (1995-present), two years as school board president Organizations: Homer Chamber of Commerce vice president (1995) and board of directors (1993-95), Homer Little League board of directors, Homer Emblem Club

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, merkes@alaska.net 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: 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: 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: Heidi Fielding
Residence: 1441 Ocean Drive, Homer, AK 99603 Mail address: P.O. Box 1050, Homer, AK 99603 Contacts: 235-6339 Age: 44 Years in Homer: 4 Family: Husband, Larry, and six children Occupation: School district employee Education: High school graduate Previous elected office: N/A Organizations: Boy Scouts of America, church membership, Homer Mariner Football Booster Club

Candidate profile: Bill Smith
Residence: 335 E. Bayview, Homer, AK 99603 Mail address: P.O. Box 150 Homer, AK 99603 Contacts: 235-8932 Age: 62 Years in Homer: N/A Family: Four children Occupation: Self-employed construction contractor Education: High school graduate Previous elected office: Homer Planning Commission (1997-2004), Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission (2000-04), Kachemak Bay Advisory Planning Commission (2002) Organizations: Kachemak Bay Broadcasting, Homer Senior Citizens Center, American Planning Association, American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, International Association of Plumbing Officials

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: Heidi Fielding, Assembly District 8, Homer
Thanks for letting me explain a little about myself, and the issues that are of concern to me.

Candidate views: Bill Smith, Assembly District 8, Homer
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has been facing difficult funding decisions. The assembly felt compelled to raise the sales tax to 3 percent in order to avoid a large property tax increase together with serious cuts to services, including essential school programs. Our borough has always been a leader in funding education, and I think we should remain committed to education.

NOW PLAYING: Flightplan
Well, it would seem that the doldrums of the post-Summer/pre-Fall release season are over, and the heavy hitters have started coming out of the dugout. This weekend it was The Corpse Bride and Flightplan, and it’ll be all event movies from here on out. Unfortunately, our first offering doesn’t bode well for the rest of the year. While The Corpse Bride is getting mostly glowing reviews, I chose to go watch Jodie Foster wreak havoc at 30,000 feet. Flightplan, while well acted and engaging, is far off the mark where plausibility is concerned.

Voting yes on Prop 4 offers many benefits
The October election ballot will ask you: Should a bridge be built connecting the Sterling Highway with Funny River Road? Also should the borough contribute to the cost? This is an advisory vote and does not mean that the bridge will or will not be built. I guess our borough assembly wants to "test the water" before they do any more than they have. Remember this bridge project has been around for almost 40 years. Whether you live in the Funny River area your consideration of the following may be helpful in reaching a yes vote:

Vote with eye toward economic development
I would like to encourage the voters of the Kenai Peninsula to get out and vote. I would like them to remember that when they are voting for the borough mayor to keep in mind that a big part of the mayor's job is economic development.

Minority wins if props 4, 5 pass
On Oct. 4 the voters of the Kenai Peninsula will determine the viability and direction of the borough. Included in the decisions to be made are five propositions.

Bridge would damage neighborhood, river
To the people of the Kenai Peninsula, I ask you to please vote "no" — no to both parts of Proposition 3. The proposal to build the bridge across the Kenai River is extremely flawed! It will destroy the quiet solitude of the Scout Lake area and create a deathtrap on the narrow roads of Scout Lake, where children play and wildlife is abundant.

Survey's in: Bridge needed
The other day I saw a copy of a recent survey taken of the people who live in Sterling and Funny River who were in favor of the bridge. Over 500 people signed this survey. Some of the reasons they considered when they indicated the need for the bridge included — safety, escape route, police response, added professional firefighters, added professional medical aid and safer school bus travel.

Police charge 5 in burglaries
Five 18-year-olds were charged Friday for burglaries committed in the Kenai-Soldotna area recently.

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.

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.

Homer candidates split on bed tax
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. Wednesday's election coverage will focus on Proposition 4.

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.

Katmai reopens
With the restaurant gutted out, chairs on table tops and doors locked, the former Ricki's Sourdough Cafe and Jimmy's Cantina connected to the Katmai Pines Lodge seemed like only a figment of the city of Kenai's past Saturday. But the doors of the hotel are open and renting rooms.

Costs force capital ideas
It doesn't take much more than a trip to the gas station to know consumer prices are on the rise, and that, coupled with the desire to contract more efficiently for the city, has caused Kenai to seek increasing the amount it can spend without going to the city council for approval.

Proposition provides fuel for 2 fire stations
On Oct. 4, borough voters will be asked to approve issuing up to $2.5 million of general obligation bonds to pay the costs of planning, building and equipping a new fire station in Kasilof and renovating another in Funny River.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Hockey seminars set Kenai Peninsula Foundation holds meeting Natural child birth class to be held Kennel club classes planned Scouting books, uniforms sought Hospice training announced KPC holds community film night Popcorn fund-raiser begins

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

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

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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.

Yankees win, rainout forces Red Sox to shuffle rotation
BALTIMORE — For the New York Yankees, this one was worth the wait.

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.

Tennessee refuses to star in LSU's feel-good story
BATON ROUGE, La. — Rick Clausen and Tennessee refused to be part of LSU's feel-good story.

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.

Broncos pummel Chiefs
DENVER — It was a milestone game for Rod Smith and a pretty memorable night for the rest of the Denver Broncos, too.

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.

Injuries knock Spikes, Pennington out for year
New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington and Buffalo Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes are out for the season after being injured in games Sunday.

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.

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.

Decision to run pays off for Kenai senior Rowley
Kenai Central senior Alee Rowley would like to thank all her coaches and teachers for what they've done for her over the years, but Rowley has a special thank you reserved for former Kenai cross country assistant Kim Foley.

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.

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