Monday, October 9, 2006

Enough gouging, it’s time to act
Can anyone tell me why the gas prices in Soldotna and Sterling are over $3.08 a gallon while Anchorage is $2.72? It seems the oil companies in this area continue to use their monopoly tactics to stick it to the people in this area. The president of the United States said he will go after the oil companies that are gouging the public. OK Mr. President, now is your chance.

No such thing as cheap labor
We all know this is true, but when you see it in print, it is an eye opener: cheap labor?

Fisherman puts support behind Palin
Tony Knowles was in Sitka recently, where he said he wanted to make things right with the fishing community. I think it’s far too late for that now.

Running for good
What do dog lovers, runners and mountaineers hoping to climb a peak in New Zealand have in common?

Homer men hit with arson charges
The owner of a Pioneer Avenue restaurant was indicted last week on arson and burglary charges. A Kenai grand jury charged George E. Estrada, 33, with solicitation of arson, first-degree attempted arson and second-degree burglary. Two co-defendants, Joshua R. Sanne, 25, and Jason A. Kinsel, 23, also were indicted for first-degree attempted arson and second-degree burglary.

Reckless driver out of hospital, if not trouble
Kenai police are continuing their investigation into a Nikiski man’s reckless driving spree that left several blocks of Kenai’s Willow Street in shambles Saturday.

Catching depression early key to relieving symptoms
The mercury is dropping, daylight is dwindling and precipitation is persistent, to say the least. Winter is near, and with each day that it draws closer, human behavioral patterns change.

Club finished with free rides
Members of a Kenai Peninsula snowmachine club say the free ride must to come to an end. With the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers snowmachine club’s membership and volunteer base dwindling, a tiring group of core members say they may have to cancel this year’s kickoff unless someone volunteers to lead the event by Thursday.

Spree ends with light pole
A 21-year-old Nikiski man turned Willow Street in Kenai into a speedway Saturday afternoon, ramming cars, knocking over light poles and leaving parts of his vehicle strewn behind him for blocks.

Assembly to set sales tax
Defeat of Proposition 2 at the polls last Tuesday has cleared the way for Mayor John Williams’ proposal to set the borough’s sales tax rate at 2 percent.

Cutting corners to cut costs
Working on the assumptions that people don’t want their teeth to hurt when driving down a Kenai street and don’t want a cloud of dust rising whenever someone else drives by, the city is taking another look at how dirt road paving projects are designed.

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

Floyd F. Poage Sr.
Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident Floyd F. Poage Sr. died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 82.

And the survey says ...: Reports show guides need to be restricted on Kenai River
The Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources will soon be making a decision with respect to a proposal to raise the horsepower limit on the Kenai River from 35 HP to 50 HP. The proposal is in large part a response to bank erosion caused by the increasing number and size of boats operating on the lower river, particularly during the July late-run king salmon season. It appears that this proposal is on the fast track to approval. This despite a poll taken by the Peninsula Clarion earlier this year that resulted in 62 percent of 721 respondents opposed to this proposal (such polls are often skewed since proponents with vested interests and thus in support would be more likely to respond). This despite the fact that the results of a wake study conducted in 2005 at tax-payer’s expense and designed to fully address the issue of impacts of boat wakes (to include make, size and hull design; number of passengers; speed and proximity to the shoreline) are not yet available. This despite the fact the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation believes that increasing the limit to 50 HP will increase hydrocarbon pollution which every July already exceeds state water quality standards.

The power of the PFD: Money could be taste of democracy in Iraq like it is in Alaska
Show me the money! Show me now! One thousand one hundred six dollars and ninety six cents. Gimme, gimme, gimme.

When it comes to winter wear, layering is key
The key to being comfortable and protected from the cold while pursuing any outdoor winter activity is the same — an efficient wardrobe.

Community News
Sauna fundraiser slated Hospice training scheduled NRA fundraiser takes aim Lifeguard class planned Halloween carnival set Dinner theater set

Letters to soldiers campaign restarts
The city of Soldotna has restarted its Red, White and Blue Program. The program is designed so community members may send letters of encouragement to area soldiers who are serving in all branches of the military

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
I tried to buy tooth powder the other day. Surely you remember tooth powder. It came in a flat tin can (yes — a real tin can) about the size of a baby lotion bottle. You shook a little into the palm of one hand and daubed a wet toothbrush in it, then cleaned your teeth with the slightly grainy concoction. It didn’t taste too bad, but some brands were definitely better than others.

Births
· Rebecca Kensinger and Michael Woodward of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Haily Rene Woodward, at 10:47 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Breathing seminar planned Teen parenting class set Head Start reunion slated Take a Break to meet Russian fun night scheduled

‘In your blood’: Nurse back to work, town she loves
Central Peninsula General Hospital’s new head nurse says there’s one diagnosis for which she can’t offer any cure.

Wedding
Janna Schaafsma and Mark Reynoso were married Saturday, June 24, 2006, in Seattle. John Rysdyk of Soldotna Bible Chapel and Jon Brown of First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor, Wash., officiated. The couple met at Seattle Pacific University in the fall of 2004.

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Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet Domestic violence workshop set Lifeguard class planned NRA fundraiser takes aim Halloween carnival set to spook Dinner theater set

‘Great Stories’ have happy ending
Amazed that her husband nominated her for a 2006 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska Award, the Kenai recipient is more eager to talk about the literacy programs she coordinates than the award itself.

SoHi swimmers sweep Colony
The Soldotna girls and boys swimming and diving teams swept a dual meet with Colony at Soldotna on Friday.

Homer girls take Skyview Invite
The Homer High School girls and the Wasilla boys took the team titles at the Skyview Invitational swimming and diving meet Saturday at Skyview High School.

Nikiski topples Homer
For the second time in two nights, the Nikiski volleyball team pulled out a five-game win over a nonconference Kenai Peninsula foe.

SoHi ground attack rolls on to finals
Despite a No. 1 statewide ranking, Soldotna football players bought into their coach’s belief that they were the underdog against four-time state champ Kenai Central a week ago.

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