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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Soldotna mayor, city council to stay the same
With no opposition, lone candidates for mayor and two city council seats in Soldotna were re-elected Tuesday to three-year terms.

Bridge a no-go
By a nearly 2-1 margin, voters rejected a plan to begin the process of building a bridge across the Kenai River between Funny River and Sterling. A proposal to spend borough money on the bridge failed by an even greater margin.

Gilman beats Glick: Merkes, Martin race still too close to call
Margaret Gilman unseated Betty Glick for the Kenai assembly district winning almost 60 percent of the vote.

Borough voters reject taxes
Kenai Peninsula voters apparently agreed Tuesday that a 2 percent borough sales tax was quite high enough and that a supermajority of voting residents ought to decide whether the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly should exceed that rate in the future.

Swarner, Molloy and Boyle earn Kenai council seats
An 18-year veteran and two newcomers were elected to the Kenai City Council on Tuesday.

Then there were two: Williams, Torgerson now in Oct. 25 run-off for borough mayor
John Torgerson will face John Williams in a runoff election Oct. 25 after the two candidates emerged as the top vote-getters from Tuesday's municipal election for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Seat-holders stay put on school board
With three of nine seats on the ballot and five candidates campaigning, incumbents on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education held fast in Tuesday's election.

Bed tax nixed; fire bonds approved
Kenai Peninsula voters sent a proposed bed tax proposition down to resounding defeat Tuesday, saying no to a 4 percent sales tax on accommodations at hotels, motels and bed and breakfast operations.

Election results
Borough Mayor Assembly District 5 Assembly District 8 School Board Dist. 3 School Board Dist. 4 School Board Dist. 7 Kenai City Council, (two, three-year seats) Kenai City Council, (one, one-year seat) Seward Mayor Seward council, (three, two-year seats) Soldotna Mayor Soldotna Council Seat B Soldotna Council Seat F Proposition 1, (Accomodations tax) Proposition 2, (CES bonds) Proposition 3A, (Funny River Bridge) Proposition 3B, (F.R. Bridge spending) Proposition 4, (Capital improvements cap) Proposition 5, (Sales tax roll-back)

Theft leaves family feeling lost
To who ever picked up my bank bag at Fred Meyer on Sept. 21 about 4:30 p.m.: You could have been a good person and ran to the Fred Meyer customer service center and left at least the Denali Kid cards and my ID with them. You left a mother and two 6-year-olds unable to get gas for their car and unable to get to the bank to get the rest of my rent payment.

Do what Alaskans want on mine
I was disappointed to read the comments of Northern Dynasty's Bruce Jenkins recently. Developing a large open-pit mine in the middle of the Bristol Bay watershed — perhaps the world's greatest red salmon fishery — is inherently controversial. But name calling and finger pointing are divisive tactics that do little to advance the necessary dialogue on this important issue.

Merit Inn will be missed
The Performing Arts Society (PAS) is a central Kenai Peninsula organization dedicated to sponsoring concerts, classes and school performances of classical and jazz music.

Cleaning now will make for better-looking spring
A lesson learned from a simple gardening technique could save our community the unsightly mess and time consuming cleanup in months to come.

PTA training offers valuable opportunities
The Alaska PTA Fall Leadership Training in Soldotna on Sept. 15 was a success thanks to presentations by Alaska PTA Immediate Past President Suellen Appellof and the Peninsula PTAs that were able to send representatives.

Agrium to cut work force
Agrium U.S. Inc. will soon close one of the ammonia plants at its North Kenai fertilizer plant and reduce its staff by 20 to 25 employees, said company spokeswoman Lisa Parker.

Rainbow connection
A rainbow paints the sky above spruce trees near Marathon Road in Kenai last weekend.

Man smuggles 405 pounds of marijuana
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Alaska man has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for smuggling 405 pounds of marijuana to Nashville from Phoenix.

CPGH outlook healthy
The health of Central Peninsula General Hospital is looking good — the financial health, that is. "August looks good ... and it looks like September is shaping up the same way," said interim finance officer Mike Haggerty reporting on monthly revenue and expenses to the CPGH Inc. Board of Directors last week.

Henry P. 'Hank' Murphy
Longtime Kenai and Nikiski resident Henry P. "Hank" Murphy died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 64.

Roderick B. Spurr
Holliston, Mass., resident Roderick B. Spurr died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at the Milford Regional Hospital in Milford, Mass., following a battle with cancer. He was 75.

Budget cut hurts rural victims of domestic violence
It's hard enough for a woman to escape an abusive relationship in Anchorage. Here, domestic violence victims have a safety net of services and some room to hide from their abusers.

Changes toward national attitudes on ANWR noted
Nothing like a little pressure in the energy market to bring reluctant consumers and politicians to their senses. And that's good news for those working to open a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil production.

Hard times befall party
WASHINGTON — Things are going so badly for President Bush and his fellow Republicans that it is hard to imagine what could come along and make it worse.

Around the Peninsula
Dance club seeks members Labor council to meet Brown bears are topic Wanted: More pies for auction Scout leadership training planned

Around the Peninsula
Dance club seeks members Peninsula Democrats to meet Caregiver meeting slated CIRCAC to meet Genealogical society to meet Hospital service board meeting scheduled CICADA to elect officers Library pumpkin contest continues

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal. Elementary Secondary

Around the District
September Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School Soldotna Chamber of Commerce September Student of the Month Artists in Schools accepting applications Young Alaskans Seeks Nominees Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High School Kenai Middle School Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Nikiski Middle-Senior High Nikiski North Star Elementary READS Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter School Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

KPC Around Campus: Scholarships available through U of A Foundation
As with most everything in today's world, the cost of higher education isn't going down anytime soon. College students in the United States, including University of Alaska students, constantly have to juggle their increasing education expenses along with their general cost of living. Indirect expenses, from gasoline to mandatory fees, continue to escalate and erode student bank accounts. Full-time students have an especially difficult time as there are only so many hours in a day and a full-time job is generally out of the question while going to school.

Government in action
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Borough Student Council Meeting ended with what was, for many participants, the highlight of the day-long gathering of student leaders: Small groups of students from across the school district conducting informal discussions of ways they can make their schools better.

Panthers dump Packers to 0-4
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brett Favre stood alone at midfield, watching in frustrated disbelief as the Carolina Panthers celebrated the end of his improbable rally. It was vintage Favre, but despite his best efforts, the Green Bay Packers are off to their worst start in 17 years.

Red Sox get whitewashed
CHICAGO — A.J. Pierzynski homered twice, Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and even Scott Podsednik also connected, and Chicago scored five times in the first inning Tuesday en route to a 14-2 rout of the World Series champion Red Sox in their playoff opener.

Vick to start against Pats
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Michael Vick is expected to start against New England this week after an MRI confirmed Monday that he did not seriously injure his right knee Sunday in Atlanta's victory over Minnesota.

Penn's woods perfect for big league bats
RUSSELL, Pa. — When major league players walk to the plate during the playoffs many of them carry bats stamped ''Louisville.'' Do not be deceived. The Louisville Slugger has Pennsylvania roots.

DNA controversy ends: Bulls trade Curry to Knicks
DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Bulls agreed to trade center Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks on Monday, ending a contentious negotiation in which Chicago insisted the restricted free agent take a DNA test over a heart problem.

Hockey's greatest player turns to coaching for love of game
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Wayne Gretzky was lured to coaching by the most basic reason: a love of the game.

Tracy, Trammell lose employment
Jim Tracy became the latest to be shown the door in Paul DePodesta's restructuring of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Even with Crosby around, Lemieux looks ageless
PITTSBURGH — For the first time in his NHL career, Mario Lemieux isn't the most-watched player in the Pittsburgh Penguins' training camp. Doesn't get the most interview requests. Doesn't wear the best-selling jersey number in town.

White Sox seek first title since 1917
Trying to end an 88-year championship drought, the White Sox need only look across the field to find hope.

Stoudemire signs five-year, $73 million contract
PHOENIX (AP) — Amare Stoudemire signed a five-year contract extension Monday with the Phoenix Suns worth about $73 million. The deal is the maximum allowed under the NBA collective bargaining agreement for the forward who jumped from high school to stardom. The exact figures won't be known until next year's salary cap is set, Suns president Bryan Colangelo said. The extension kicks in after this season and has an opt-out clause after the 2009-10 season.

Merritt won't get fooled again
Shaun O'Shea, the new boys basketball coach at Skyview, has not coached Panthers senior Wyatt Merritt in a game yet, but he likes what he's heard about him already.

Niners promote No. 1 pick Smith to starter
SAN FRANCISCO — Overall No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith was promoted to be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback on Tuesday, after just four games as Tim Rattay's backup.

Sports views: In a hurt business, Corrales still willing to accept risks
Leavander Johnson didn't have to die for Diego Corrales to understand how brutal boxing can be.

Bulldogs hold off Panthers
The Nikiski High School volleyball team overcame the loss of one of its top hitters, defeating Skyview in four games in a nonconfernce match Tuesday at Nikiski.

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