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Monday, October 2, 2006

Editorial right on the mark
I salute the Clarion’s editorial on Sunday (Sept. 17) regarding the unlimited property tax exemption presently given to citizens over the age of 65 (seniors) living on the Kenai Peninsula.

Spur needs support
“Spur line needs to come to peninsula” (Sept. 22), by James Isham, is absolutely correct. I agree with Mr. Isham’s assertion that the majority of Alaskans will benefit from a spur line heading south from Delta Junction. If you have examined the pipeline contract negotiated between the major oil companies and the governor, Mr. Isham, you will notice the contract stipulates several “T’s” in the pipe where spur lines could be connected. BP and the other major companies have made it clear that they would not build the spur lines themselves because they don’t market and sell gas in Alaska.

Reader: Borough needs to have costs examined
The Clarion and I must be disappointed. The assembly reconsidered and still did basically the same inane thing on the senior tax exemption. The mayor should veto this administrative mess.

Charlie Robert Carteeti
St. Paul Island resident Charlie Robert Carteeti died September 23rd at his home as a result of an alleged homicide. He was 33.

Season a hit, thanks to sponsors
The Soldotna Little League Board of Directors would like to thank all the players and parents for a great 2006 season. We hope to see you all again next season.

Staff well appreciated
What a success! Frontier Community Services had a wonderful staff appreciation picnic this year. There were a lot of generous businesses and folks throughout our community who donated items for door prizes, food items for the barbecue, as well as sound systems, a lot of time and tents to keep us dry. There was a “Crazy Hair” booth, face painting, horse rides, live music, frozen T-shirt competition and games galore.

Ordinance ‘little more than eye wash’
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has passed, pending reconsideration, Ordinance 2006-21 which is little more than eye wash and will create residential fraud as the longevity bonus did and the PFD does. This ordinance really does nothing to relieve the property tax exemptions granted to seniors and disabled veterans living outside of the cities.

Human skull found near Homer
Alaska State Troopers responded to a call Saturday afternoon that led them to human remains in the East End Road area of Homer.

Residential street near schools becoming students’ speedway
Some motorists apparently feel Soldotna needs a freeway, and according to one resident, they believe Brentwood Street should be it.

Norovirus cause of illnesses in Homer
The Epidemiology Section of the Division of Public Health confirmed last week that about 40 people got sick from norovirus in mid-September, a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness, while visiting Homer.

School money lawsuit starts today
The civil trial for a lawsuit alleging the state’s education funding system has been inadequate and inequitable is set to begin Monday in Anchorage Superior Court.

Falling for the outdoors
Gone on Saturday were the clouds that had sagged and brought rain all week. They had — at least for the day — peeled back to allow the warm rays of the sun to shine brightly in the azure sky overhead, while underfoot golden leaves of aspens, cottonwoods and alders carpeted the hiking trails at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Review: Borough acted legally
State statutes, particularly amendments adopted by the Legislature in 1985, appear to show that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the borough administration acted within the law last year when they adopted an ordinance raising the sales tax rate to 3 percent without a public vote.

School board writing wish list
Before the school board meeting gets under way in Homer on Monday evening, board members will consider reapplications of three charter schools and state and federal legislative priorities during afternoon work sessions.

Fishermen survey in the mail
If you bought a fishing license last year, there’s a chance you’ll soon discover a pair of National Marine Fisheries Service surveys have arrived in the mail.

Photo feature: Scenic route
  Scott Begins, a member of the Skyview High School Relay Team, runs the last leg of the Kenai River Marathon on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Robertia

Motor issue makes waves
The turbulent debate over a proposal to increase horsepower limits on the Kenai River to 50 from 35 peaked at a public meeting Thursday when speakers on both sides of the debate claimed environmental and safety concerns in support of their position.

Pat Weaver
Nikiski resident Pat Weaver died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at her home in Nikiski. She was 72.

Lois Grenewald
Kenai resident Lois Grenewald died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

George Randall Robertson
Kenai resident George Randall Robertson died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at his home with his family by his side. He was 85.

Patricia Newton
Kenai resident Patricia Newton died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 55.

So said the humpy ... Fish talk politics during serene day on the Kenai River
Autumn is the season I’m usually summoned to a favored silver hole in Sterling, not that I’ve found it necessarily bountiful in yielding up the end-of-the-season breed of salmon from the Kenai River, but because it’s a serene time to be on the uncrowded river, watching as birch and aspen leaves drift softly to the water, at times snapped at by silly humpies speeding upriver toward the end of their life’s journey.

State addresses PERS-TRS challenge
This Administration is addressing the serious financial challenges faced by the State of Alaska’s public employee and teachers’ retirement systems (PERS and TRS). As of June 30, 2002, the funding level of PERS had dropped to 75 percent of the assets needed to fully pay accrued retiree benefits. The funding level of TRS had dropped even farther to 68 percent. From that point until today, the unfunded liability of the state’s public pension systems has grown from $4.4 billion to $6.9 billion.

Voters get second chance on Prop 2 to follow right path
Voters on Tuesday have an opportunity to correct a mistake made in last year’s municipal election when too many people were led astray by the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers.

Around the Peninsula
Racquetball, basketball set to begin Hockey evaluations slated Fish and game to meet Auditions for murder mystery play set Sauna fundraiser slated Birders of a feather flock together

Ruth Anne’s ashes
In late July, I lost a very good friend of 34 years, my mother-in-law. One of the things Ruth Anne and I enjoyed most were conversations revolving around off-beat (and frequently irreverent) takes on life. For that reason, I dedicate this column to the memory of Ruth Anne Ryan.

Births
· Tiffany and Jeremey Ley of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Gavin Robert, at 4:39 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He weighed 8 po-unds, 1.5 ounces and measured 21 1/8 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Vegetarian potluck planned Basketball camp set to shoot Depression screening available Prime rib dinner, auction fundraiser slated Take a Break to meet NRA fundraiser takes aim

Community Events
Class of 1987 seeks members Auditions for mystery play set Sauna fundraiser slated Birders flock together Woman seeks info on roots

Weddings
Fiorenzi, Key marry in Fairbanks Miller, Conder wed overlooking Lake Tahoe

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Stars heat up the sky
The stars of fall are back. I highlighted easy-to-find constellations such as the Big Dipper, the fainter Little Dipper, kite-shaped Bootes, W-shaped Cassiopeia, house-like fainter Cepheus, cross-like Cygnus, the dashed-line Summer Triangle, the Great Square of Pegasus, the arrow-like snout of Taurus and pentagon-shaped Auriga.

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Tuesday’s election likely won’t draw many voters
If the past is any predictor of the future, fewer than one in three eligible voters in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will bother to head to the polls or submit absentee ballots in the Oct. 3 municipal election.

Kodiak boys cruise to Class 4A crown
The Kodiak High School boys cross country team set a blistering pace early and dared anyone to keep up on its way to running away with the team title in the state 4A championships Saturday at Skyview High School.

Stars stomp Kardinals
In a rivalry that has been one-way since the 2002 state title game, Soldotna brought down Kenai Central’s reign in small-schools football Saturday afternoon.

Rubye Foldager takes back title from sister
If there’s a cross country version of calling your shot, Seward’s Rubye Foldager did it Saturday, reclaiming the state 1-2-3A girls title at the state championships on Tsalteshi Trails.

Coin stops Nikiski
The Nikiski football team defeated Seward 27-17 on Saturday at Seward to forge a three-way tie atop the Great Land Conference standings, but the Bulldogs were then shut out of the playoffs after a coin toss came down in favor of Eielson and Houston.

Skyview volleyball topples Kenai
The Skyview volleyball team improved to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Northern Lights Conference with a sweep of Kenai on Saturday night at Kenai Central High School.

Homer sweeps Kenai Invitational
The Homer swimming and diving team swept the Kenai Invitational on Friday at Kenai Central High School.

Marathon has successful debut
Just like the runners, the Kenai River Marathon is in for the long haul.

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