Saturday, October 2, 2010

Taxpayer tired of paying for same thing again
In regards to the story in reference to Proposition 1 (Clarion, Sept. 28), as the School District official stated, "back then when oil was flowing ... ." I seem to have been around at that time and my dementia has not gotten the best of me yet. I recall that at that time the School District and Borough officials were selling the building of those schools with the pitch that the State of Alaska was going to pick up 90 percent of the tab. Now, they tell us that the State of Alaska is going to pick up 70 percent of the tab to fix the roofs.

Miller's straight forwardness appreciated
I realize that politics can be a nasty business and running for office, unfortunately, can get ugly. Sometimes when one candidate attacks another, it's not only necessary to defend a position or character, but sometimes to counter it with his or her own assault. But, I'd like to share one interesting observation with you.

Readers: Clarion should not have published letter
As a loyal daily reader of our local newspaper and an Alaskan resident involved in the day to day concerns for the preservation of this Great State of Alaska, I am dismayed that you allowed the publication of the letter headlined "Murkowski should withdraw" (Clarion, Sept. 28).

District 4 candidates: Murphy looks for the right recipe
When Linda Murphy cooks, she follows a recipe. But she adds her own spices and ingredients to come up with her own creation.

District 4 candidates: Myers an 'agent of change'
J.R. Myers jokingly calls himself Heinz 57. As in, he's made up of 57 varieties.

Kenai voters could test new borough ordinance: Smalley would fight dual office regulation
Hal Smalley, current Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly who's also running for his second term on Kenai City Council might have to forfeit one of his seats if re-elected to Kenai's council Tuesday.

Service area boards connect residents, borough
There's a numbers problem, one that borders on a civics issue, in the upcoming Oct. 5 election.

Troopers catch bail jumper in a tight space
Bennie Holt was hiding in a crawl space when Alaska State Troopers found him last Wednesday after a tip came in.

Jerry Duane Musselman
Sterling area resident Mr. Jerry Duane Musselman, 51, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital following a battle with cancer.

Edwin George Ruberg
Kenai resident, Mr. Edwin (Eddy) George Ruberg, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Riley Marei Wheaton
Riley Marei Wheaton, 8 months, died at her family home in Wasilla on Sept. 22, 2010,

Voters to consider propositions on Tuesday's ballot

Next Tuesday is voting day!

Fisher: Let's keep Soldotna moving in right direction
"Why do you want to run for City Council?"

Refuge Notebook: Now and then: The history of red fox on the Kenai Peninsula
You should consider yourself very fortunate if you have glimpsed a red fox anywhere on the Kenai. This furbearer is considered to be one of the rarest animals on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and has been so for several decades. Red fox numbers are so low that most biologists working on the refuge have never seen one, and most trappers on the Kenai have never caught one.

An Outdoor View: Losing it
One day last year, I saw a fat, old man staring at me from my bathroom mirror. I didn't like his looks, and I resolved then and there to change them.

Perils of Polly: All aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Peril's of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Around the Peninsula

Cardiac support group to meet

Soldotna City Council: Regina Daniels

Annexation, development need further exploration

Soldotna City Council: Kyle Fisher

City should not impede growth of local businesses

Stars face beast from Southeast
The Soldotna football team finished the season 8-0 by dominating defending small-schools state champion Kenai Central 52-8 Saturday.

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

Voices of Religion: A broken bowl holds truth, not water
Sue Bender, in her book Everyday Sacred (Harper, San Francisco, 1995) p. 13, shares a wonderful picture worth putting on your heart. Listen to her words:

Making a move: Mucha, Beeson to lead area runners at state
Soldotna's Bree Mucha and Kenai Central's Bailey Beeson are part of a pack of about 10 runners that have a shot at claiming the Class 4A girls state cross country running title on Saturday at Bartlett Running Trails in Anchorage.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Giving Van Driessche her due

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