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Saturday, October 7, 2006

Reader cites new chapter in river issues
In the latest chapter of “Not Caring for the Kenai,” the guides have had a sudden relapse of honesty that they want put into regulations. After all these years of running “de-tuned 50 hp motors,” they seek to be allowed to use 50s all the time.

Writer not a Palin fan
As a 25 year resident of Wasilla, I think we can do a lot better than elect the former mayor of Alaska’s ninth largest city as governor.

Driver wants explanation on rising diesel costs
The difference in gasoline prices between Anchorage and the peninsula have long been a disgusting controversy, but this really chaps me. After the light ends are refined from crude, i.e., propane, butane, etc., diesel fuel, then heating oil, jet fuel and gasoline are refined, pretty much in that order.

Aggressive tactics allowed on federal grounds?
On Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Soldotna Post Office, the public was repeatedly approached by a group soliciting voters’ signatures for an anti-hunting ballot initiative. “Save the Grizzly” rang out each time a person entered or exited the post office.

KPC librarian finds perfect instrument for orchestra
A group of local orchestral musicians recently found themselves in scramble as they searched for an instrument few people bother with anymore, but is central to a piece the musicians are playing at a fundraising concert tonight.

Day planned to enhance involvement in equestrian community
The Kenai Peninsula Horse Community Development Council will host a Horse Education Day this Saturday, but organizers promise it won’t be a dog and pony show.

School board discusses PERS options
After the Pledge of Allegiance and a rumble of chairs on the stage floor, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board welcomed new student representative — Lydia Ames of Soldotna High School — to its meeting Monday at the Mariner Theatre.

Photo feature: Ready to fall
Autumn colors top out on a tree in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for rain to return over the weekend.

Reason for no bear season
In recent years, the grumbling over canceled brown bear seasons has grown as hunters complain the number of bears on the Kenai Peninsula appears to be increasing while hunting opportunities have plummeted.

Dog tag violation will cost $25 in Kenai
Driving without a license results in a fine. Gathering clams without a license nets a fine. Fishing without a license brings a fine.

Merlin W. ‘Tommy’ Thompson
Longtime Kenai resident Merlin W. “Tommy” Thompson died Wednesday Oct. 4, 2006, at his home in Kenai with his wife by his side. He was 84.

Jack Robert Smodey
Former peninsula resident Jack Robert Smodey died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, in his sleep while camping in his R.V. in Soldotna. He was 73.

Carl J. Hoblet Sr.
Lifelong Alaskan and Alaska Native Carl J. Hoblet Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Donald Louis Gerrald
Former Soldotna resident Donald Louis Gerrald died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at the Roseville Sutter Memorial Hospital, Roseville, Calif., from cancer. He was 40.

Election gives voters chance to speak mind
Two down, one to go.

Outdoors Briefs
Comment deadline extendedPublic meetings to be held on proposed councilSubsistence proposals dueOpen house on draft 10-year strategic planTrail program grants availableCentral Peninsula advisory committee to meetKenai-Soldotna advisory committee to meetWhat’s your story?

Photographer takes a shot at danger in new TV show
Some might say photographers see things from a unique perspective. Extreme image maker Jim Oltersdorf sees things from a perspective that is extraordinary even by professional shutterbug standards.

Time to reap rewards of busy construction season in the refuge
This week, as I drive up Ski Hill Road, I’ve been enjoying the beautiful golden offerings of fall covering the road. I am starting to think about winter and how soon the ground will be covered with that first blanket of snow. Not wanting to dwell on that rapidly approaching event, I think back to the green lushness of — the construction season.

Stars look to advance to state title game
When Soldotna High School takes the field this weekend for the small-schools football state semifinals, it will be doing it with a team that, surprisingly, has very little playoff experience.

Bulldogs outlast Soldotna
Hannah Thompson’s float serve kept the Nikiski volleyball team afloat long enough to defeat Soldotna on Thursday in a nonconference volleyball match.

Letting God’s love conquer your anger
La Bufadora, 17 miles south of Ensenada, Mexico, at the end of the Punta Banda Peninsula, is a spectacular marine geyser that explodes upwards sometimes as high as 80 feet above sea level, producing a tremendous sound.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet opensWomen’s Bible study set for KenaiMatrix Church event plannedSunday healing classes beginKids’ night out plannedClothes availableYouth conference continuesMissionary conference slatedChurch event photos sought

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