Monday, October 8, 2007

ACT wants 'No' vote on ordinance
Thomas Jefferson said it best, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." When no one is watching, government can become emboldened, even confident that legal boundaries can be stretched with impunity. This is why citizen participation in government is so important.

Reader: Standing alone tough to do
As a former state legislator for this area, I worked diligently at serving the good people of the Kenai-Soldotna area answering constituent's complaints, resolving government matters and asking tough questions. But after one term in office and experiencing the actions of some now being brought into the public light, I decided not to run again because my family needed me at home and the strong belief that I ran and won my position in office on the promise I made not to touch the permanent fund.

Petition charge gone; hearing planned
A controversial $100 filing fee has been dropped from proposed amendments to the borough's procedures for handling initiative and referenda matters.

Flu season is here so is vaccine
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services began distributing more than 90,000 doses of vaccine to clinics across the state last month in preparation for the coming flu season.

Something to talk about
As the temperatures are starting to tickle the 20-degree mark, it means two things: it won't be long before the snow flies, and it's once again time for the Winter Speaker Series, sponsored by the Kenai River Center and the Kenai Watershed Forum.

Not OK to land
A Kenai pilot and property owner plans to build a floatplane basin on his land off Buoy Street near Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Seward woman named Teacher of the Year
Eighth-grade teacher Laura Beck demands excellence from her pupils and usually receives it, but she's not one to hold a grudge if a kid has a bad day.

Clearly autumn
Autumn colors reflect in a window at Peninsula Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Kenai on Saturday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for lots of sunny skies this week, but the temperatures will slowly drop to the upper 30s throughout the week.

Big fish, big bucks
Chugiak's Jerry Saunders waited more than three months to hear if his monster halibut would hold up to win the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

No 55, 35 stays
Economic development took a small step backward in Kenai last week as council members failed to extend commercial lease terms on city-owned property within the airport reserve from 35 to 55 years.

Lois A. Fowler
Kenai resident Lois A. Fowler died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

James A. 'Lucky' Kirk
Longtime Soldotna resident James A. "Lucky" Kirk died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 73.

Louis B. Shilling
Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident Louis B. Shilling died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at his home in Nikiski. He was 65.

James Wallace 'J.W.' Truesdell
Longtime Soldotna resident James Wallace "J.W." Truesdell died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna surrounded by his family. He was 84.

Richard 'Skip' W.M. Hoskins
Longtime Soldotna resident, Richard 'Skip" W.M. Hoskins died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a six-month battle with lung cancer. He was 62.

Mushing onto the Internet: Modern technology offers up new possibilities in dog world
As the temperature continues to fall with each passing day, my spirit soars because I know the dropping mercury means winter is that much closer. Some lament the dwindling light and cool morning air, but I love the winter because my wife and I run sled dogs.

Problem isn't going to go away without our help
We can't ignore it any longer.

Pursuing a new cooperative: MEA asking state regulatory commission to consider power pool
In late August, the Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) filed a petition with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), asking the commission to explore the formation of a traditional Generation and Transmission Cooperative (G&T), or alternatively, the creation of a genuine power pool for all regulated electric cooperatives in the Railbelt.

Sterling Community News
I have had several calls in the past few weeks from folks who have problems with stray dogs causing problems on their property.

A soldiers view
Editor's note: Periodically the Clarion has printed biographies and notes from soldiers stationed in northern Kuwait with the 3rd Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard.

Kenai Community News
Hello Neighbors. It's that time of year once again for all of us to raise our arms to the skies above Alaska and offer a heartfelt thanks to the powers that be and have been, for the bounty of oil and investment savvy that allowed me to call that 800 number at my bank last week and offer up a loud "Wahoo" at the newly deposited plus in my savings account the permanent fund dividend.

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
So, you want to start a family? Well isn't that fine and dandy and good for you! May I suggest a brief training period? Here's what you'll need:

Ninilchik Community News
Julie Welch, director of the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center reported that the United Way Benefit pie auction and dinner brought in more than $2,300. She would like to thank everyone who attended the dinner and for those who donated pies and items for the auction which made the fundraiser a success.

The Sky Guy
As research for my astronomy columns I'm reading "Celestial Delights: The best Astronomical events through 2010," by Reddy and Walz-Chojnacki, some specialized information if I talk about a certain subject, and I study the "Starfinder," a simple cardboard sky map that tells us where the stars are at any time during the night on any day during the year, every year.

Soldotna Community News
It's that time again. Don't forget to get your flu shot. If you don't, you may wish you would've if you're miserable in bed this winter. The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will have flu shots available for seniors Oct. 16. There's no charge for Medicare patients, but for those who are not, the fee will be based on a sliding scale. For more information and to set an appointment, call 262-2322.

Around the Peninsula
Community worship planned Pingpong returns Honor choir to perform Gardeners to meet Dessert baker sought Bowling leagues forming

Kasilof Community News
Halloween lurks in the twilight of October and casts a shadow across the whole month. Kasilof can be a foggy river in the fall ghastly, really.

Mrs. Smalley goes to Washington
From left to right, Jennifer Adzima of Anchorage, Pat Reynaga of Anchorage, Congressman Don Young, Emily Nenon of Anchorage and Susan Smalley of Kenai met with Young in his office in Washington, D.C. prior to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) vote. Congress voted on a Senate amendment so when it passed, it returned to the Senate where the entire bill was voted on, with Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski voting "yes" and was sent to President George Bush for signature. The women were in Washington D.C. representing the American Cancer Society Action Network, visiting with their legislative delegation about a variety of issues, one being the SCHIP legislation. The group was in the visitors gallery when it was passed. The State Children's Health Insurance Program comes to the states to administer similar to a block grant. Alaska has administered its in the past decade through Denali KidCare.

Sharing their caring
A middle-aged woman of Asian de scent arrives at the entrance of the new Mountain Tower building of Central Peninsula Hospital.

Nikiski Community News
Hello to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Pingpong continues After-school club begins PFLAG to meet Volcanoes to be discussed Swim lessons to make a splash Fish advisory committee to meet Peaceful people to gather Thursday Web log training offered Pie auction fundraiser set Women bowlers to meet CPHC board meeting set Counseling group seeks members Mine toxins to be discussed Domestic violence workshop planned

Gretchen N. Schuy-ler and Joseph Brenckle of Washington, D.C., plan to marry June 29, 2008, at Outer Banks, N.C.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Tasha, a Labrador retriever, waits patiently for her owner Justin Baldwin to let her outside. One of her favorite things to do is socializing with the neighbors. Justin and Tasha live in Nikiski.

Kodiak sweeps Skyview Invite
The Kodiak swimming team ran away with a six-team meet at Skyview High School on Saturday afternoon.

Homer netters sweep Kardinals
Reba Temple is the lone person on the Homer volleyball team with her last name displayed across the back of her jersey.

Tri-Valley tops CIA for Region II title
Tri-Valley topped Cook Inlet Academy, 2-0, on Saturday in the championship contest of the Region II Coed Soccer Tournament at Kenai Middle School.

SoHi's Blackburn is ready for college
Saturday was just Paige Blackburn's day.

Happy return
The trophy from Soldotna's first state football championship wasn't even in the trophy case at the school last year when Galen Brantley Jr., then the assistant and now the head coach, had this to say:

Brown Bears drop 2 on road
The Kenai River Brown Bears have yet to discover a winning formula on the road.

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