Sunday, October 2, 2005

Soldotna eyes project list for grant funding
Changes could be on the way in Soldotna. However, some may be more noticeable than others. The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday gave the nod to a list of infrastructure improvements expected to be funded by Alaska state grants.

Bear hunt closes before it begins
Hunters who have been cleaning their rifles and adjusting their scopes in the hope of bagging a big bruin can go ahead and put their weapons away for another year.

Who's voting?
As Jake Dempster, 21, flipped through a guitar magazine at the Kenai Safeway Store on Friday, finding a job — any job really — was on his mind. He was not too concerned about Tuesday's local elections.

The world around us
Although a lot of people said it couldn't be done with so many federal cutbacks, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opened its newly constructed Environmental Education Center on Saturday. "It's been a long process," said Nicole Johnson, environmental education specialist at the refuge.

Marian H. Ehrman
Kenai resident Marian H. Ehrman died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at her home of natural causes with her family at her side. She was 78.

Including youth in decisions beneficial to all
Finding ways to prepare our youth to become the best they can be as the next generation to lead this country has been a concern nearly since it was founded.

Voices of the Clarion: Time to save our sanity
I tried to fill my truck up with gas yesterday, but the pumps shut down after $75. Griping about gas prices here in Alaska, where we depend almost exclusively upon oil revenues to pay the bills, always seems a little disingenuous. It's like someone in Nebraska whining about the price of corn. But at some point, we've got to draw a line in the sand (or tundra, if you like).

Melvin, McMinn marry in Kenai Schaafsma, Reynoso plan June wedding

Around the Peninsula
Library pumpkin contest slated KPBSD budget meetings slated Immunization clinic canceled Senior center to hold meeting CIRCAC to meet Scouting books, uniforms sought Popcorn fund-raiser begins Pool available during school hours

Falling out of favor
The first day of autumn was last Thursday, but fall colors are changing fast on the Kenai Peninsula. Soon bright yellow trees and dark red berry bushes will be replaced by a blanket of white, so enjoy the colors while they last.

My best friend
Sassy, left, and Stubby, right, took over Darlene Fisher's tomato pots in the fall. Fisher, of Sterling, said the cats do better than the tomatoes did. They always sleep in the same pot.

October a great month to adopt
For anyone who has been considering adopting a dog, maybe October is the month to stop talking about it and actually to do it. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Kenai Animal Shelter celebrate October as Adopt A Shelter Dog Month.

Kardinals keep rolling
The Kenai Central Kardinals took flight Saturday against the Soldotna Stars. Normally content to grind things out on the ground, Kenai racked up 191 yards passing and four touchdowns through the air on their way to a 37-0 victory over the Stars.

Nikiski downs Seward
Josh Ball took a moment to consider all that had transpired, smiled and described Nikiski's 40-0 football victory over Seward as "surreal."

Sports Briefs
Indoor soccer tryouts announced

State gets four new champions
It was a day for new faces on the top step of the awards podium at Skyview High School as four first-time state champions were crowned at the state cross country championships Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails.

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