Saturday, October 9, 2010

Picnic a success despite weather
The weather did not cooperate unfortunately for the Veterans Picnic in memory of Wanda Taylor held Aug. 28; it turned out to be cool, windy and rainy. But, all in all there was a good turnout! Over 95 veterans signed in and we are sure there were others that didn't quite make it to the sign-up table.

Library vs. park space
Hi. My name is Nadia and I'm 10 years old and I do not want the Soldotna library to be expanded. They are going to ruin the park that me and my friends and family have been playing in for years. I'm highly against it being expanded. Please who ever came up with this idea, stop the idea somehow.

Volleyball players say thanks
The Homer High Volleyball Program would like to thank our 2010 Peninsula Challenge Volleyball Tournament sponsors Homer Electric Association and Story Real Estate for supporting our tournament that was held this past weekend. We hosted teams from as far away as Unalaska, Nome and Kodiak, as well as Eagle River. The tournament offered some great playing experience for our Varsity and JV players and will help them grow both individually and as a team! We appreciate the continued support of our local businesses in the Homer community.

Pebbele Mine can't meet promises
The Promise: The Pebble Mine project includes a massive earthen dam which the promoters say will safely hold mining waste.

Remembering George Rogers
George Rogers, age 93, long time resident of Juneau, passed away in his home in Juneau last Sunday.

Military trauma must be addressed
U.S. military suicides have claimed more lives than combat-related deaths in Afghanistan. This week marks the start of our 10th year there. It's time to ask, why are we sending troubled soldiers back into combat?

Troopers investigate flaming Ford
Alaska State Troopers have decided to investigate the trooper SUV that burst into flames on a trail off Marathon Road in August.

Not done yet: Absentee ballots could determine Kenai City Council race
Locked away somewhere in the City of Kenai's administration building sit some 200 absentee ballots that could determine the outcome of the Oct. 5 regular election.

Fire sends 2 to hospital: Soldotna blaze's destruction costs family more than money
It's hard to say where exactly to begin.

Thoughts on the election
We welcome some new faces, congratulate some incumbents and express thanks and gratitude to outgoing public servants following Tuesday's local elections.

Basic Japanese Cooking Course
Yasuko Lehtinen hovered above a bamboo mat rolled onto a folding table. A couple teenagers and college-age students watched as she patted rice into an inch high plain over a seaweed wrap. She wore a pink apron over her jeans and leather boots.

Perils of Polly: Some things are just lost in translation
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

An Outdoor View: Rod and Jenna: Night patrol
Author's note: After a 12-month hiatus, here's another excerpt from my upcoming romance novel. Loyal readers, if any such exist, will recognize it as yet another shameless attempt to gull readers into learning about fish biology by coupling that insipid subject with a steamy story about hunky park ranger Rod and scrumptious Kenai River guide Jenna. -- LP

Refuge Notebook: Fuller Lake to Skyline: a solo challenge brings many rewards
During my first week in May working for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I heard about the ridge hiking route between Fuller Lakes and Skyline Trail. I told myself that by the end of the summer I was surely going to hike it.

Around the Peninsula

Water aerobics make a splash

Church Briefs

Sterling church plans fall festival

It's time to stop listening to the wrong people
A Wisconsin minister who had resigned as pastor of a church he had served for eleven years shared his sad story with me. During his time as pastor, the church had grown from only a few members to a large thriving congregation. He had enjoyed his work for more than a decade but then a few of the members of the church began to criticize him, finding fault with his preaching and pastoral work. Finally, wearied by the attacks of these complainers, he had quit.

SoHi-Eielson, Kenai-Homer to replay recent contests in state small-schools semis
How much, if anything, has changed in small-schools football in the last three weeks?

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