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Monday, September 27, 2010

Murkowski sends wrong message
Having been raised on an Appalachian dairy farm, I was taught from an early age that one's word was his or her bond. Neighbors needed to know that they could count on each other. A sudden thunder shower could ruin dry hay in the field if a neighbor couldn't be counted on to help.

Proposition requires more specifics
Reading the "Who's The Boss" article in Sunday's Clarion concerning Prop 2 brought some questions to mind. First, the Prop appears to add additional staff to payroll -- the new City Manager -- while hinting that other staff positions may be eliminated to help pay for this position. It further implies that if Prop 2 passes the assembly will have 60 days to put together a package for the new position. Since this would be a new position it seems that responsibilities, authority, position pay, reporting channels, and other benefits would need to be determined and voted on. Further, where's this person's office going to be and what is the cost of supporting that office. Will other subordinate personnel be required? If so, then the same questions need to be answered for them as I just mentioned for the Manager position. Finally, it is mentioned that the Mayor's pay may be cut to help fund the new position and some other personnel cuts may be made, as well.

Miller's words, actions don't match up
Let me get this straight. Joe Miller says, "The nation suffers from an entitlement mentality." He went to West Point, which cost the taxpayers more than $250,000. Then he did a little time in the military (for that, I thank you), paid by the taxpayers. He took 67 federal payments for a farm in Kansas where he chose not to grow any crops. He was a state court magistrate, paid with public funds. He reportedly worked seven years for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, paid with public funds, although he won't list that work experience on his resum for some odd reason. And now he wants a job paid with taxpayer dollars. How do you spell "hypocrite," Joe?

Sign placement a poke in the eye
I acknowledge the right of a landowner to put up a sign supporting the candidate or cause of their choosing. However, I sometimes question the wisdom and motivation of doing so. Case in point here is the large "Porter for Mayor" sign on Dr. Todd Wortham's future office site across from Kenai High.

'Later is not the way to go': Group raises awareness, lends support in fight against prostate cancer
Paul Fischer is happy to talk about his prostate.

Winds cause scattered outages
The gusts of wind that rocked the Central Kenai Peninsula and the rest of the state this Friday caused some scattered power outages and Homer Electric Association is standing by to clear any other power lines the rest of the weekend.

Flu season on the horizon; flu shots available
With the feverish and achy flu season just around the corner, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is recommending residents to get their flu shots now.

Comments on spill rules run the gamut
Legislators were peppered with suggestions and criticisms of Alaska's state oil spill rules, but there was also praise from some for the state's standards.

Prop 2 asks voters to weigh in on strong mayor or borough manager
Sue McClure, the East Peninsula representative on the borough assembly, has always known Seward with a city manager. So why would she want to change it?

Murkowski focused on Miller in 3-way Senate race
Sen. Lisa Murkowski hopes to keep her job by running as a write-in, and to do that, Republican Murkowski is focusing her campaign on Republican nominee Joe Miller, instead of Democratic nominee Scott McAdams.

Charges shock, sadden friends, former teammates
Jed McGlasson's arrest on alleged charges of felony murder in Wisconsin for the death of Bradley Simon, a fellow University of Wisconsin-Stout student, has come as a shock to his friends, family, former teammates and coaches.

Run like the wind: Chilly temperatures, wind greet runners
For the second year in a row Soldotna's Luke Oliver took first in the 2010 Kenai River Marathon.

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

Alan Lee Bain
Lifelong Alaskan Alan Lee Bain died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, in Homer. He was 50.

Paul Thomas Whitaker
Former Seward resident Paul Thomas Whitaker died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 in Bristow, Okla., of esophageal cancer. He was 71.

All politics are local -- and important
There's an upcoming election, the results of which will have a very significant impact on our day to day lives here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Cancer - coping and conquering
The statistics remain grim. Cancer in the United States takes about one in four lives, on average. This year more than half a million Americans are expected to die from some form of the disease.

Around the Peninsula

Garden club plans bonus program

...And this is now
Well, fall has officially begun. Summer was a little spotty (not to mention wet) this year but finally everyone is back to school and Beloit has published their Mindset of the Class of 2014 list. After reading it, I thought I would try to examine what Alaska's incoming college freshmen don't know. These kids were born about 1992. Grandchild age for some of us, children, either first or last, for others and for everyone, future decisions makers and story tellers. In 50 years, these people will be the institutional memory of this place and time: the sourdoughs, so to speak.

Community

Chestler family grows

Kids helping kids
Central Peninsula Hospital was presented with an array of gifts for hospitalized children by a special group of kids who attend the Boys and Girls Clubs of Soldotna. Group member Kayli Kitchens said they decided to use money raised through their Snack Shop at the Boys and Girls Club to help local children in need. They purchased games, blankets and toys for use by children who become inpatients at Central Peninsula Hospital. Gypsy Jolly, CPH Inpatient Nursing Director, thanked the group and added, "These presents will be very appreciated by our pediatric patients." Soldotna Boys and Girls Club Director, Kim Lee, explained that the group of children is part of the Boys and Girls "Torch Club" program. This year's national Torch Club focus was "Children Helping Children in Need," so the Torch Club's decision to purchase items for local children who are hospitalized fit nicely within their national theme.

Mike's call: Goodbye peninsula, and thank you
Saturday concluded my employment at the Peninsula Clarion. I am trading in one peninsula for another -- in more than one way -- and heading south to Port Angeles, Wash. I will be living on the Olympic Peninsula and working as a copy editor for the Peninsula Daily News.

SoHi rips Kenai
With quarterback AJ Hull on the sideline due to injury, Kenai Central was steamrolled 52-8 by host Soldotna in the Northern Lights Conference championship on Saturday at Justin Maile Field. SoHi was without senior running back Phil Bennett, who suffered a separated shoulder in Week 5.

Nikiski, Skyview triumph in thrillers
The Nikiski football team won its first outright Greatland Conference title since 2001 on Saturday by defeating visiting Eielson 47-39.

Skyview netters top Houston
The Skyview volleyball team defeated Houston 25-6, 25-20 and 25-12 on Friday to improve to 7-1 overall this year.

Heaven, Lindquist win SoHi Pentathlon crowns
In swimming, hundredths of a second can be the difference between winning gold and not standing on the podium at all. Friday's SoHi Pentathlon was no different. Just two-hundredths of a second separated the first- and second-place girls while 17-hundredths was the difference in the boys race.

Grace, Kodiak control region
The Kodiak and Grace Christian cross country teams had big days on Saturday at the Region III cross country championships.

Ninilchik celebrates its 100th
Doug Blossom remembers when the Ninilchik School had only four classrooms, a utility room and an ice rink. In the 1950s, Blossom said that track and hockey were the big sports, and a station wagon served as the school bus.

Kenai River Campus Student Health Clinic access expanded
When the KRC Student Health Clinic reopened this semester, students taking three or more credits who paid the student health clinic fee were eligible to be served for the first time.

Around the District

School board to meet

Brown Bears drop 2 games
The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of road games to the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild on Friday and Saturday in North American Hockey League action. Wenatchee (5-1) and Fairbanks (4-0-2) lead the West Division. Kenai River (3-5) is in fourth place. The Wild won 4-1 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday.

Mendenhalls celebrate 25 years together
Michael and Wanda Mendenhall of Kenai recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Timblin, Raber tie the knot
Kara Timblin and Tristan Raber were married August 7, 2010, and an afternoon ceremony at Hilltop Lodge in Anchorage. Chelsea Phegley officiated.

Peters, Luebbe marry in Mexico
Kathleen "KT" Hayes Peters and Steve L. Luebbe of Omaha, Neb., were married on June 11, 2010 in an evening ceremony on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Father Pedro Morales officiated the ceremony.

O'Neill, Blakeley announce engagement
Annie O'Neill and Sam Blakeley of Anchorage plan to marry on Oct. 10, 2010 in an afternoon ceremony in Las Vegas.

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