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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Fred's pulls out of Homer
Fred Meyer Corp. recently dropped its plans to build a $16 million to $17 million grocery and retail store next to the Homer Post Office, at least for the time being.

Business Briefs
Suitcases for kids kicks off Area chambers set schedules Chamber rec guide on the way CISB wants totes returned

Soldotna biz benefits from store closing
A pet supply and feed store in Soldotna is in a position to literally live up to its name. Top Dog Supplies has recently come into possession of a large quantity of products that may allow them to dominate a largely unoccupied retail niche.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Performance from the Pit
Saying the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra is the pits is a comment on its beginnings rather than an insult to the group's ability. The group formed from the pit orchestra that plays for Kenai Performers musicals.

From the bookshelf: Gentle tale honors Inupiat women
The Storytellers' Club: The Picture-Writing Women of the Arctic

Bridge not worth risks
Many, many full-time residents of the Funny River area are opposed to this bridge. We don't see it as improving our community at all. In fact, it would degrade our quality of life.

On the bridge: Survey says ...
Let's put this bridge debate to rest for once and all. A recent letter claimed that a recent "survey" showed that over 500 people wanted a bridge to be built. The only official survey that asked if a Funny River bridge should be built was one that was taken by the Funny River Advisory Planning Commission in 1997.

Recycle old Soldotna bridge to create new Sterling one
The old bridge in Soldotna that was removed is in good shape and is bought and paid for. This bridge should be used for the proposed bridge from Sterling to Funny River. The steel should be recycled. Some parts of the temporary bridge could also be utilized for the bridge in Sterling. This bridge will be for sale next summer.

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.

Bridge is for the good of many
There have been several letters to the editor trying to influence the public to the disadvantages of the Funny River bridge. I think it's only fair to point out that most of these people either live or indirectly have ties to the neighborhood most impacted on the Sterling side of the river.

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?

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.

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.

Proposition 5 could jeopardize positive steps
We hope that when voters go to the polls on Oct. 4, they will remember that all borough sales tax collected is dedicated to education funding.

Minority may already rule
In response to Mr. Hornaday's letter to the editor (Sept. 22), it looks to me that minority does rule. You stated that Homer High and West Homer Elementary would not be there if propositions 4 and 5 were already in place. I do not see a high school (like Homer's) with impressive architecture around the populated Soldotna-Kenai-Kalifornsky Beach-Kasilof-Funny River-Sterling areas.

Vote to send a clear message
Propositions 4 and 5 are in response to runaway spending. Borough government growth outpaces private growth. Added departments such as an additional Economic Development Department, with extra offices on Kalifornsky Beach, known as CEDD, in addition to the state EDD that's been in existence for years, contributions to the Arctic Winter Games and such, have created the need for more tax dollars.

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.

Reader: Williams not right choice for borough mayor
I believe that John Williams is not a good choice for the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor. One only has to look at the city of Kenai, with all of the empty buildings and failed businesses over the last several years and wonder why.

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.

Vote 'no' on Proposition 3
I am one of the whiners Mr. Hoflich labeled in his recent letter to the editor (Sept. 27). I'm not sure what his understanding of badly needed is, but I and many others on both sides of the river do not see this project in that light.

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.

Applause needed for those supporting Forster, family
Concerning "Justice served with Forster sentence" (Clarion editorial, Sept. 11).

Reader rejects Roberts
Congressman, please be advised that, as my representative in Congress, I request that you reject the appointment of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, by filibuster if necessary.

Reader supports Sturman
Fred Sturman, candidate for borough mayor, is a founding member of both Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers and Alaska Voters Organization. He is co-sponsor for both propositions 4 and 5 and has personally collected hundreds of signatures on both. He is the only mayoral candidate that supports the Capital Projects Cap and the Sales Tax Cap.

Raod warriors: Wallace, Martin happy in twilight of careers
Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin have been racing against each other for more than two decades. And as they prepare to leave the Nextel Cup circuit, they're going out as a couple of contented warriors of the road.

Torgerson leads funding race
Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral hopeful John Torgerson continues to lead all other candidates in campaign contributions and spending as the Oct. 4 municipal election approaches.

Fashion victim
Sam Yost's dog Princess Moko drags her feet getting back in the car after waiting for Yost to finish grocery shopping in Soldotna last weekend. Yost said she had her dog dressed up to discourage visits from male dogs for several weeks.

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.

River board seeks input
The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board is looking for some new faces. As many as four vacancies are up for appointment on the 15-person board.

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.

Tax debate takes center stage
Editor's note: Friday's election coverage will focus on the borough mayor race. Kenai Peninsula Borough residents have been paying a 2 percent borough sales tax since it was reduced by ordinance from a 3 percent levy in 1975. But the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently voted to up it once again to 3 percent.

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.

Driver charged in crash that killed mother, injured son
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A man was charged with manslaughter in the death of a woman whose vehicle was forced off the road last year, causing it to flip several times, according to Anchorage police.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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:

Governor's updated senior aid program deserves praise
Here's something you don't see every day: Senior citizen advocates have something nice to say about Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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

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

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.

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.

Sports views: 'Bigger than just the sports world'
Until last spring, Eddy Curry was just another cautionary tale about kids drafted before their time.

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.

White Sox win, Yankees all alone in first
DETROIT — Jose Contreras won his eighth straight start and Scott Podsednik had four hits, leading Chicago to an 8-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday night that opened a three-game lead for the White Sox in the AL Central.

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.

Padres clinch NL West
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres clinched the fourth division title in their 37-year history on Wednesday night, beating San Francisco 9-1 to return to the postseason for the first time since being swept by the New York Yankees in the 1998 World Series.

McNabb hopeful not to miss any games with sports hernia
PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb tossed touchdown passes on a broken ankle and played an NFC title game with an agonizing rib injury.

Baseball singled out at hearing
WASHINGTON — One by one, Hank Aaron and other members of the Hall of Fame told Congress they back Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig's bid for tougher steroid penalties.

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