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Monday, October 4, 2010

Which candidate's character should be questioned?
Joe Miller is questioning Lisa Murkowski's character because she changed her mind about running. Lisa has been a Republican her entire life; whereas Joe has changed his party affiliation at least four times.

Vigil for mental health awareness planned
It is in the interest of our community that I invite you to contact me for a candlelight vigil for Mental Health Awareness week, Oct. 3-7. Suicide Prevention Day was Sept.10 and I called Sound Off to give a small PSA for Mental Health and awareness Screenings at the Behavorial Health Center in Soldotna or Nakenu Family Center in Kenai. Our annual candlelight vigil for those who have suffered, psychiatric hospitalizations, had electric shock therapy because of lack of understanding and limited theraputic help. Please consider a candlelight vigil with me. It is usually held at the Kenai Pavillion by the Senior Center but I am open to other venues. Please call 260-5646 ask for Gina, I am a Peer Specialist Advocate for the Mentally Challenged and Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention issues of the Kenai Peninsula.

Already looking forward to next year's marathon
We recently had the privilege and opportunity to participate in the Kenai River Marathon as a member of a relay team.

Miller deserves more respect
Love; hate; hypocrite; the lady from Soldotna who wrote concerning Joe Miller's Resume and his life story disappoints me. For some reason, someone thought by appointing him to West Point it was possible for him to be a good officer. I have known students from my state of Iowa who received this honor. It seems like he served time in the service and afterward started doing things to help take care of a growing family. There is not one mention of any crime he had committed.

Time for a four-lane road between Kenai and Soldotna
It is time to take the single lane road, called Kalifornsky Beach Road between the Sterling Highway and Bridge Access Road and make it a five lane road. Many are the travelers that are quite upset with having to put up with people that will not drive the speed limit, which is 45 and 55, people who are not confident in their driving, the big rigs that pull out when there is room and when loaded take quite some tome to get up to speed, and I could put in a few more reasons for the slow speeds. The left turn lane is used for passing, merging and at times left turns.

Miller now under scrutiny
Many of us Alaskans didn t pay much attention to Joe Miller or take the time to get to know him before the primary election. Well, Joe has got our attention now! However, Joe is taking every back door he can find to evade our questions about why his talk does not match his walk.

District 3, 7 candidates contemplate new job: Ray Tauriainen
Raymond Tauriainen usually spends his Tuesday evenings discussing the Bible with a men's group.

District 3, 7 candidates contemplate new job: Brent Johnson
When Brent Johnson began building his home in 1975, he relied heavily on trial and error.

Photo feature: Water, water everywhere
Homer cheerleader Cassie Burkhardt stays dry while cheering Homer's victory against Nikiski in the first-round playoff game Saturday afternoon. Fans endured a steady downpour during the course of the game.

More options coming soon?: CPH looking for ways to bring cancer treatment to Peninsula
Cancer will soon have one more enemy on the Kenai Peninsula.

Funny River Road project on tap to smooth out curves
Contractors plan to smooth Funny River Road's severe turn next construction season.

Taking off: Kenai Municipal Airport is hub of community
On a recent day, Grant Aviation aircraft readied itself at the Kenai Municipal Airport. The propellers spun with heavy strokes as the plane waited to take off.

Mayor amends hospital task force proposal
While presenting a tweaked version of his health care task force idea to Central Peninsula Hospital's governing board on Thursday, Mayor Dave Carey came up with a new idea.

Betty Ann Fastabend
Soldotna resident Betty Ann Fastabend died of natural causes Sept. 17, 2010, in Soldotna. She was 87.

Martha P. Stump
Peninsula resident Martha P. Stump died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage with her family by her side after complications from surgery. She was 89.

Robert James "Uncle Bob" Mamaloff
Alaska Native and Kenai resident Robert James "Uncle Bob" Mamaloff died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 78.

Michael Anthony Eady
Longtime Kenai resident Michael Anthony Eady died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 in Cullman, Alabama, in a motorcycle accident. He was 52.

'Help me do a good job'
Every year nine people from the Kenai Peninsula Borough serve on the Assembly. Together with the mayor, various service boards and cities, the Assembly administers local government for almost 55,000 people. I now find myself about to become one of these nine who lend voice and vote to an important body of government.

Murphy: Experience will be a benefit on Assembly
This Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to vote for a new representative to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Because of term limits, the assembly is losing three members with a combined wealth of institutional knowledge. This loss makes it even more important to elect leaders with experience, with knowledge of how the system works and with personal and professional contacts locally and statewide. I believe I am that candidate.

Around the Peninsula

Soldotna Toastmasters meet

PFD and birds
Jane and I are lucky enough to live in a cabin near the sea.

Community

Community schools classes announced

District 4, Linda Murphy: Borough must balance taxes, services
Occupation: Retired

District 4, J.R. Myers: Government should reflect community
Occupation: Counselor

District 7, Brent Johnson: Assembly can find smarter ways to cut
Occupation: Commercial Fisherman

District 3, Raymond Tauriainen: Approach taxes by looking for savings
Occupation: Retired Craft Specialist Phillips Petroleum

Homer moves on: Mariners end Nikiski's season again
For the second straight season, Homer traveled to Nikiski for the first round of the small-schools playoffs and notched a victory to advance to the state semifinals.

Palmer, Colony netters top Kenai, Soldotna
The race to win the Northern Lights Conference tournament, or especially to finish at the top three at the event and earn a berth to state, is looking more and more like a race for ball control.

Heaven shines in Anchorage
Kenai's Winter Heaven won a pair of events on Saturday at the Bartlett-Chugiak Invite in Anchorage.

Eielson's goal-line stand keys defeat of Skyview
Wyatt Dunlap had a big hand in the Eielson Ravens reaching the small-schools football semifinals.

Stars hammer Thunder Mountain
For the second straight week, Soldotna turned a big game into a blowout.

Kenai Central blows past Barrow
Defending small-schools state champion Kenai Central advanced to the semifinals of the football playoffs by defeating Barrow 25-0 on Saturday at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

Mucha nabs 11th
Soldotna junior Bree Mucha led Kenai Peninsula Class 4A runners with an 11th-place finish Saturday at the state cross country meet at Bartlett High School Trails in Anchorage.

Peninsula hoops officials to hold meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Basketball Officials Association will have a general membership meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kenai Middle School. Those interested in officiating basketball and the middle and high school levels should come to the meeting. No experience is necessary. For more information, contact president Rob Lewis at 252-6048.

Energy in the classroom
The National Energy Education Development Project held a workshop at the Challenger Learning Center on Friday.

Verbatim: Teen's adventures soon to begin
When I was young, once a week I would run away to New York. I would pack my suitcase with my most prized possessions, consisting of my stuffed dog, Law, the novel "Anne of Green Gables," and a handful of coins. I would run out of my house calling out to my parents that I would probably never be back.

Around the District

Connections Homeschool Program

Around Campus: Scholarship opportunities at KPC often overlooked
In an effort to provide more resources for students needing financial assistance, KPC actively promotes many scholarships.

Brown Bears quell Rage
The Kenai River Brown Bears moved to third place in the West Division of the North American Hockey League on Sunday with a comeback, 3-2 victory at Dawson Creek.

Bears earn split: Rage come back with OT victory on Saturday
The visiting Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Dawson Creek Rage 3-2 on Friday before falling to the Rage 5-4 in overtime on Saturday in North American Hockey League action.

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