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Sunday, October 5, 2003

Revenue bonds not responsible way to finance hospital project
This letter is in response to some thoughtful comments and questions in both the Clarion and local radio talk shows regarding the hospital expansion project.

Chay on assembly will give people more meaningful voice
In the United States we have a republican form of democracy. Readers should note the small "r" and small "d." This has nothing to do with political parties. Republican democracy means we select people to make governance decisions on our behalf instead of participating in governance directly. What a task!

Hospital expansion worth small property tax increase
Do you people realize what an excellent facility you have in Central Peninsula General Hospital?

Community needs to make sure kids get best education possible
Warning: The school board and the district are planning to raise the PTR (pupil-teacher ratio) for the second time in less than a year, and they're hoping we don't find out about it until the proposal has been passed. It's on the agenda for Nov. 3.

Most vulnerable citizens counting on 'Yes' vote on Proposition No. 2
Thanks to the Clarion for its endorsement of the proposed Central Peninsula General Hospital renovation and expansion.

Craig runs over Bulldogs
The Kenai Central High School football team kept things pretty simple Saturday: Hand the ball to Dakota Craig.

Blocked kick ends Soldotna's season
Talk about disappointment. The stars just were not aligned for the Soldotna Stars Saturday. After a tremendous small-schools football playoff game, they lost to the Eielson Ravens 21-20.

Rains fill Seward streams
Because last winter was uncommonly warm and relatively snow-free, many prognosticators are comfortably predicting winter on the Kenai Peninsula will be nastier this year, but folks in Seward already are seeing heavy rains and flooding exactly like the conditions that preceded last year's mild winter.

Waste cell expansion under way at landfill
Forty acres of land have been cleared and 630,000 cubic yards of earth is being excavated to create a huge nine-acre hole for a new waste disposal cell at the Central Peninsula Landfill, part of a multiphase project to extend the useful life of the borough's prime solid waste facility.

School district wraps up business before election changes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will tackle a number of administrative tasks Monday night during its last meeting before the shake-up of the election season.

Company seeks permits to extend well to pipeline
Unocal Corp. is seeking to expand natural gas exploration on the Kenai Peninsula and has applied for permits to extend a new well from the Ninilchik area to the Kenai-Kachemak pipeline.

Kasilof man killed
A Kasilof woman was taken into custody by Alaska State Troopers early Saturday after the shooting death of her boyfriend.

Eleanore Lillian (Smith) Dick
Soldotna resident Eleanore Lillian (Smith) Dick died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at her daughter's home near Soldotna. She was 73.

Kiara Jane Washburn
Kiara Jane Washburn, infant daughter of Nora Walsh and Derrick Washburn of Soldotna, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 4 months old.

Where's the spirited debate?
Well, it's election season again. And once again, the sign fairies have descended upon the area, placing their multicolored droppings across our fair land.

Your vote needed to help paint community's future
The League of Women Voters wants to remind you that the election on Tuesday is not only a right, but also a responsibility as an American citizen. This upcoming election is especially personal. It's about the direction and quality of life we want for our local community.

Recommendations for Tuesday's ballot
The biggest enemy facing the issues and the candidates on Tuesday's ballot may be complacency: Voters could be so satisfied with how things are going that they just don't see a need to spend a few minutes going to the polls.

Artist makes permanent personal expressions
The scene looks and smells like a routine trip to the dentist office almost. Out in the lobby there's a room full of people of all ages, flipping through magazines while waiting their turn.

Around the Peninsula
HEA works to restore powerAlaska hire topic of Soldotna chamberUAA staffer to discuss imaging programDriver safety class offeredPFLAG to meetHospice training to be offeredAdult basketball sign-ups plannedFish and Game advisory committee to meetSocial Security rep to visit the peninsula

Orth, McAlvey wed in July
Erin Teresa Orth and Dallas David McAlvey were married at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, in Lansing, Mich., at the home of the groom's father.

Teens on drugs paired with mentors
ROCHESTER, N.Y. At his weekly appearance in Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Chad Kenyon acknowledged smoking on the sly during a stressful day trip home from a rehabilitation center.

Watson, Clare marry in Soldotna
Kelsie Dawn Watson of Kasilof and Benjamin Mark Clare of Harbor Springs, Mich., were married at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Micky Boyer, cousin of the bride, officiated.

Mother Teresa fans putting her on fast track for beatification
VATICAN CITY Vatican-issued stamps, a display of her blood, even a musical and cartoon celebrating her life: These are some of the ways Mother Teresa's fans are honoring the nun who will take a step toward sainthood when she is beatified this month.

My best friend
Boone, 1 1/2 years old, and Ellie Mae, 7 months old, are best bud bloodhounds and belong to Tim, Kathy and Kristina Taylor of Kenai.

In picking birds, it's buyer beware
Now that you've done the research and know exactly which bird is the right one for you, the task of finding the right place to get the bird begins.

Woods clings to lead
WOODSTOCK, Ga. Tiger Woods finished with a 1-under 69 Saturday that cut his lead at the American Express Championship down to two strokes.

Sonics lose top pick Collison for season with shoulder injury
SEATTLE (AP) Nick Collison's first NBA season is over before it started.

SoHi girls, boys sweep quad meet
Despite having several swimmers including the state's top female swimmer in the butterfly stroke out sick, the Soldotna swimming and diving team showed that it's still a force to be reckoned with Saturday at the Skyview Quad Meet.

Mariners top SoHi netters
The Soldotna High School volleyball team staved off a pair of match points in game four Saturday, only to come up short in the deciding game five in a Region III/4A match at Soldotna.

Sports Briefs
Lujan wins WBO intercontinental welterweight titleMutombo probably will be waived by the Nets

Toney pounds old Holyfield
LAS VEGAS Evander Holyfield was a warrior to the end. Now he has to convince himself that this really was the end.

Fawcett provides defense
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Joy Fawcett knows everything she needs to about Germany.

Bryant returns to court
HONOLULU Kobe Bryant returned to the basketball court Saturday, admittedly out of shape and scared about what lies ahead for his family as his rape case proceeds.

Dent reaches second Kremlin Cup final
MOSCOW (AP) Taylor Dent hit 18 aces at up to 132 mph to beat defending champion Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1) Saturday at the Kremlin Cup and reach a second straight ATP Tour final.

No. 13 Texas proves itself against Kansas State
AUSTIN, Texas Texas answered its critics Saturday. The Longhorns can tough it out to win a big game.

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