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Friday, October 10, 2008

Election time shouldn't be ugly
In so many ways the central peninsula area is an awesome place, with generous concerned neighbors living together, surrounded by incredible Alaska beauty.

Food tax changes won't make much of a difference
I love living in Soldotna, except for one thing: the sales tax on unprepared food.

Group floats to the top when it comes to the river
As the seasons change, we reflect on the visitor season and our ability to serve our members while providing a positive visitor experience for thousands that arrive hoping to experience our wonderful community.

New program irks school bus drivers
Some local bus drivers have been seeing red this fall as they drive their routes to and from area schools.

Natural gas line project cost a concern
A proposed natural gas line to a subdivision off Funny River Road has some residents protesting that they weren't fully informed of the actual costs when petitioned to form a utility special assessment district.

Old Soldotna post office gets national designation
Not having its first permanent residents until 1947 when returning World War II soldiers began homesteading, Soldotna does not have a very long history.

Photo feature: Slip-n-slide
David Stroman helps guide James Stafford out of the ditch alongside the Kenai Spur Highway just outside of Soldotna during Thursday's snowstorm. Stafford said he was trying to turn and ended up in the ditch instead.

Clarence Phillip 'Phil' Gerhard
Kenai resident Clarence Phillip "Phil" Gerhard died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Change in the weather means change in habits
Mother Nature sent a clear message this week: Winter is no longer tapping at the door, it's coming through it.

Catch of the day: Vessel safety
For Alaskan commercial fishermen, the waters on which they make their living are far from safe. Currents are strong, temperatures are frigid and storms are frequent, but the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will be offering a course next weekend in the hopes of increasing safety.

Valuable contribution, valuable experience
When I got the phone call last November that I'd been accepted for a position as an environmental education intern at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I remember jumping around and yelling, "I'm going to Alaska!" I was ecstatic!

Around the Peninsula

Garage sale fundraiser set

SoHi, Eielson coaches both claim David role
Referring to Saturday's small-schools semifinal showdown with two-time defending champion and undefeated Soldotna, Eielson head coach David DeVaughn acknowledged his team is standing at the bottom of a hill looking up.

Brown Bears to battle for 1st in West
Immense talent, plus youth and inexperience, equals an early season roller-coaster ride.

Church Briefs

Bible seminar slated

Tips, thoughts for surviving in tough times
Tough times shouldn't surprise us. In a text intended to comfort His disciples, Jesus told them trouble was ahead but they could be cheerful through it all (John 16:33).

Prognosticator picks from a plane
The moment the words left her mouth, the passenger in seat 40A realized he had his column.

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