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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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 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 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.

Importance of finances calls for 'super majority'
Those who supply the money in the purse (the taxpayers) should have control of the purse strings, hence the requirement. Our founding fathers were perfectly correct in instituting a simple majority for elections. When we are deciding whether candidate A or candidate B should be hired to represent us in the boring everyday details of government, 50 percent plus 1 is sufficient. But the founding fathers never foresaw the growth of government largess that we have today, where "free" grant money builds infrastructure and services that must then be maintained and staffed for coming generations.

Public school a good system for education
I have only one question for Victoria Pate: Why exactly are you running for a position on a board you so adamantly do not believe in or support? Your views of KPBSD were very clear, disband the KPBSD and educate your children any way you see fit. And for those of you who chose to drop the ball, we the community will hold a fund-raiser so you can send your children to a private school. And aren't most home-school curriculum based on "government" school curriculum?

Bridge could cause raised taxes
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, it would be in your interest to read carefully the propositions offered on the Oct. 4 ballot. Two that are marked "Advisory Proposition" (Prop. No. 3, A & B) could result in a significant increase in your borough taxes should either pass. The main issues here are, there are no current estimates of the cost of this project and the information that is being issued is based on the results of a 1992 Environmental Impact Statement.

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.

Reader: Vote yes for the bridge
Editor's note: The following letter is being rerun due to a headline error. 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.

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.

Minority already does rule
I'd like to respond to the letter to the editor claiming that the "minority should not rule" as an excuse to vote down propositions 4 and 5.

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.

Reader says it's time to tighten government belt
Isn't it interesting the politicians are lamenting about the 60 percent provision on ballot measure 4 and 5. Too much control in the hands of only 40 percent of the voters. If a project is really necessary or an increase in taxation is really necessary, I am confident the voters will respond favorably.

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.

Real reason for bridge
As in many cases, we give reasons for wanting to do something, that are secondary. These reasons may sound good, but they are not the primary or real reasons.

Prop 4 aims to limit spending
Editor's note: Thursday's election coverage will focus on Proposition 5. Current policy limits the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly from appropriating more than $1.5 million to a capital project without seeking public approval at the polls.

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.

Martin waiting for record recognition
Cooper Landing resident Ed Martin Sr. says he knows he is a world-record holder. He just has not received official recognition yet.

Area roads get fed money
Of the $700 million earmarked for special projects in the federal highway bill passed by Congress this year, $5.5 million in earmarks will be coming to the Kenai Peninsula, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski's state director.

Early birds
Scott Miller backs a boat with his dad, Paul, into the Kenai River at Bing's Landing shortly after sunrise Monday for a day of silver salmon fishing. Cool, crisp air kept fog on the water until later in the morning. Rain, wind and fog are expected throughout the week.

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.

Hospital expansion workers ready for winter
Construction work on the Central Peninsula General Hospital $49.9 million expansion is on schedule and the contractor hopes to have the outside shell of the new wing finished by the end of October, according to the hospital's top executive.

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.

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.

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

Vicki Thompson
Kenai resident Vicki Thompson died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 56.

Margret Sullivan Pate
Longtime Homer resident Margret Sullivan Pate died Saturday morning, Sept. 24, 2005, of natural causes at her son's home in Homer surrounded by her family. She was 94.

Tylai RaShawn Bolton
Tylai RaShawn Bolton, stillborn, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Voices of the Peninsula: Props. 4, 5 would hinder, not help borough
There are several things Kenai Peninsula voters should consider before heading to the polls Oct. 4 and casting their ballots on propositions 4 and 5. Here are a few:

Seniors attending university add value, experience
Mark Hamilton, the president of the University Alaska's statewide system, has it all wrong. Sorry to say that, because he's one smart fellow. But when it comes to his ill-reasoned plan to quit offering free tuition to senior citizens at the University of Alaska, he's being shortsighted to an alarming degree.

Around the Peninsula
Low vision support group planned Nikiski Neighbors meeting set Airport commission meeting to take flight Library pumpkin contest slated KPBSD budget meetings slated Immunization clinic canceled Senior center to hold meeting

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

Hungry for health
Obesity and related health issues have reached epic proportions nationwide, and Dean Hamburg is doing something about it. "We don't want to be the bean sprout and tofu answer, but at the same time, we enjoy offering appealing, healthy meals," said Hamburg, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's student nutrition services administrator.

KPC around campus: KPC preparing to defend title in Soldotna Lion's Club bed race
The KPC Student Union, along with a full slate of student volunteers, will defend its title as Soldotna Lion's Club Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race champions. The group is hoping to capture the event grand prize for the fourth consecutive year.

Around the district
Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High School Kenai Middle School Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Nikiski Middle-Senior High Nikiski North Star Elementary READS Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter School Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

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

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.

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.

Angels clinch; AL East still up for grabs
OAKLAND, Calif. — Bengie Molina hit a solo home run and Ervin Santana pitched 6 2-3 strong innings to help Los Angeles clinch the AL West title with a 4-3 victory over Oakland on Tuesday night.

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.

Braves wrap up NL East
ATLANTA — Marcus Giles hit two homers and the Atlanta Braves wrapped up their 14th straight division championship Tuesday night, beating Colorado 12-3. The Braves officially clinched the NL East midway through their game when second-place Philadelphia lost to New York.

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.

Jets sign Testaverde
HEMPSTEAD, .Y. — Vinny Testaverde was plopped on his couch, watching his beloved New York Jets and, like millions of other fans, could hardly believe his eyes.

Hall of Famers to accompany Selig to Congressional hearings
WASHINGTON — Career home run leader Hank Aaron and four other baseball Hall of Famers planned to accompany commissioner Bud Selig on his latest trip to Capitol Hill to discuss steroids.

Bulldogs take Kardinals in three games
Call it the toughest three-game win the Nikiski High School volleyball team will get this season.

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