Monday, October 15, 2007

'Greater will' should resolve election issue
I expect the courts to deal rationally with the issue of term limits. I would like to suggest the only rational measure as a course of action for the peninsula. In following the will of the people concerning the "term limit" issue, we now have to deal with the re-elected incumbents who are over the term limit. I suggest that we simply follow the "greater will" of the people.

Government money could be better spent
Why is Alaska going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a special session when the Petroleum Profits Tax (PPT) is working as designed and there's a mandatory legislative review in five years?

Why not ABCS?
I'm just puzzled why the new charter school gets lunch services and bus services all to itself? Why didn't the school board offer part of the building to Aurora Borealis Charter School to share its services?

Support make project a success
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous support of my Eagle Scout project: Patty Linville and the staff of Seward Community Library; Mark Stauble with the Seward Parks and Recreation Department; Kerry Martin, project mentor; the Seward and Soldotna Spenard Builders Supply; Steve Beeson at Beemun's; Scoutmaster Pat Dobson; and Troop 1616.

Borough employment nears record for 2007
Solid employment figures for August continued what as been a near record year in the Kenai Peninsula Borough economy, according to the latest data compiled by the borough economist Jeanne Camp.

Dubious distinction
Alaska has the undesired distinctions of leading the nation, on a per-capita basis, in the number of women killed by their intimate partner and being the number-one state in sexual abuse of children cases.

9 lives?
Newspapers, in their ongoing attempt to keep the public informed, often report on unfortunate incidents in the community. However, not all stories that start out bad end that way, as evident by what has become of a kitten that the Peninsula Clarion reported had suffered horrible abuse roughly one year ago.

ACES hearings to begin Friday
The House Special Committee on Oil and Gas will begin hearings on Gov. Sarah Palin's proposal to review and rewrite the Petroleum Production Tax, the subject of a special session of the legislature scheduled to begin Thursday.

Crash course
Friday's snowfall gave Kenai Peninsula motorists a crash course in driving in inclement weather. But even as flakes fluttered to the ground and vehicles rolled over or skidded off roads, very few accidents resulted in injuries.

Group casts for members
After a year of representing private and non-guided anglers and providing a scientific voice for the Kenai River, the Kenai Area Fisherman's Coalition (KAFC) will open its doors Thursday to the general public and give folks a chance to ask questions and get to know the people involved.

Motors take center stage at advisory committee
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee recommended changes to a proposal that would make it illegal for dipnet fishermen to fish from a boat that doesn't carry a four-stroke or direct fuel injected two-stroke motor on the Kenai River by the year 2010. If the Board of Fish listens to the advisory committee, dipnetters will not be able to fish from a vessel powered by a two-stroke motor starting next year.

Tip to pollution hotline leads to legal action
A tip to Cook InletKeeper's pollution hot line over the 2006 Memorial Day Weekend led to Fairweather Marine taking legal responsibility for one of its captains allowing sandblasting on one of its vessels in the Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Area and a contribution to the Homer-based environmental organization to educate mariners about clean boating practices.

District to address term limits
If a planned work session on the school board election results and term limits lasts no longer than the scheduled half hour, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education today is slated to hear presentations on distance education and the Work Force Development Center.

Jerry Earl Rogerss Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident Jerry Earl Rogerss Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 72.

Maxine Marcella Penner
Sterling resident Maxine Marcella Penner, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital following heart surgery three weeks before. She was 87.

Troy Eugene Pabst
Kenai resident, Mr. Troy Eugene Pabst died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 at his house in Kenai. He was 46.

Wayne A. Thomason
Former Soldotna resident Wayne A. Thomason of Clarkston, Wash., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 in Spokane, Wash. He was 76.

Is special session necessary?: PPT producing more state revenues, helping independent producers
The state says one-quarter of our projected oil production will come from projects requiring significant new investment in just two more years.

Too many families live in fear
The statistics are sobering: Alaska leads the nation, on a per-capita basis, in the number of women killed by their intimate partner.

Letter inspires reflection: Appreciate friendship it's a lesson worth taking to heart
I was inspired to write this column by a letter to the editor. Richard Hahn wanted to share some of his life lessons with the rest of us, and it certainly got me thinking. He said the key to life, basically, is friendship, that is the relationships you have with everyone in your life.

Kenai Community News
Due to a technical error the Kenai Neighbors column is not available this week.

Soldotna Community News
Neighbors, are you looking for some fun things to do this fall? You may want to check out the Soldotna Community Schools Program. If you didn't receive a booklet with all of the classes listed, you can look it up on the city of Soldotna's Web site at ci.soldotna.ak.us and click on community school for a registration form and a list of classes.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Women bowlers to meet Drug abuse council to meet CPHC board meeting set Hospice training, events set Counseling group seeks members Mine toxins to be discussed Community dance set for fun

Kasilof Community News
Paul Fischer of Kasilof holds the record for being elected to the Borough Assembly the most times. Paul's re-election on Oct. 2 marks his eighth successful bid. He has never lost. Grace Merkes of Sterling and Betty Glick of Kenai each have seven wins while John Davis of KSRM Radio has six. Fischer was first elected in 1975 and re-elected in 1978 and 1980. He then resigned to run for the Alaska Senate and served from 1982-92.

Around the Peninsula
Ping pong continues Golfers to meet Counseling group seeks members Public health plans 1-day closure United Way fundraiser set Literacy program fundraiser set Public comment sought on park Sports gear swap scheduled

Alaska airmen teach Boy Scouts of merit
On Sept. 15 the Alaska Airmen's Association sponsored its fifth Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Day, the first for the Kenai Peninsula. More than 45 scouts from Soldotna, Homer and Kenai attended the one-day event held at the Civil Air Patrol hangar at the Kenai Airport.

Wrestling with the language
Imagine yourself lost in the streets of Tokyo. It's raining. You're cold, wet, hungry. You're trying to find your way back to a hotel that's clear across town while being jostled by droves of men, women and children; people with a better sense of where they're going than you. You catch one by the arm.

Sterling Community News
I hit a nerve last week with the portion of my column about stray dogs. I got no less than a dozen phone calls and e-mails from folks who had problems with dogs. About half of the people were complaining about stray dogs causing problems on their property or killing livestock. The other half of the calls were from folks that had their dogs shot by neighbors. Unfortunately, I have no great advice to give on the subject.

Ninilchik Community News
I received a nice e-mail from Jerri Wood of Renton, Wash., who reads the Peninsula Clarion's Ninilchik Community Neighbors column to keep in the loop of what's happening in our community. Jerri is Kevin Zimmerman's sister and asked me to include her nephew's Kyle Zimmerman's birthday, but Kyle's birthday was Sept. 20, so I assured her I would include a belated greeting and make a note to get it in on time next year. She thanked me for the article featuring her brother back in April 2007.

Planning is everything for frightening fun
The Halloween shopping season is already halfway through, and retailers warn that the best costumes tend to go fast. Fanatics hit stores in early September, pouncing on their garb weeks in advance.

A View Askew
Lately I have been fantasizing about cosmetic surgery. Before you look too closely at my photo (you know, her nose does look a little funny), let me clarify that I am considering surgery to correct my vision, not anything genetics or an inability to turn down ice cream have stuck me with.

Champs
The Kenai Middle School boys seventh- and eighth-grade soccer team poses Sept. 29 after winning the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District soccer tournament. The team defeated both Soldotna Middle School Spartans teams to win the championship. Kenai Middle School has won the borough championship three years running. Coach Ken Felchle led the team. Shown left to right, back row, are Joe Sandahl, Matt Morse, Russell Dukowitz, Brandon McCauley, Keegan Remsen (captain), Hector Rivera, Forest Vest, Jacob Gilman, George Navarre, Daniel Carlson, Evan Atchley, Kyle Scarlett, Kenley Scarlett and coach Ken Felchle. Kneeling, left to right, are Ethan Oliver, AJ Hull and Michael Gabriel. Lying down with trophy, left to right, are Tye Hays (captain and goalkeeper) and Zack Zulkanycz.

Troop support
On Sept. 22 members of the Alaska Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) presented area Alaska Young Marines with two complete Leupold scope kits. The Young Marines will send the scopes to Iraq. Lance Cpl. Jeremy White of the USMC of Kenai will distribute the scopes within his unit. These scopes, along with four other scopes the Young Marines had sent earlier, will stay with the unit to be used by the Special Forces and recon teams. Back row, left to right, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International board member Larry Daly, Codie Williams, Ej Ismael, Paris Davis, Ian Dukowitz, Seth Payfer and SCI President Clifford Hugg. Middle row, left to right, Noah Ness, Tamera Dotson and Patrick Trent. Front row, left to right, Lilly Petrey, Makhail Wright, Natalyah Davis, Tarik Dukowitz and Andrew Blom.

Peninsula Reflections
Kasilof's past includes airplanes and people involved in granting them ground access. The next Kasilof columns intend to explore local aviation history.

Home sweet home
AMARILLO, Texas Getting groomed by a monkey is a compliment.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Life is "ruff" for Django. Is this photo, she takes a break from playing with her family Gregg and Amanda Motonaga of Soldotna after a flight to a glacier lake.

Wrestling season starts with Takedown Tourney
The wrestling season kicked off with the Homer Oktoberwrest Takedown Tournament on Saturday at Homer High School.

Soldotna completes a perfect 10
It was an unusual scene for sure.

Time to unpack last year's championship gear
Before the start of the 2007 season, a few of Soldotna's players took it upon themselves to have all the returning members from last year's state title squad stow away their prized championship sweatshirts and rings.

Bulldogs dot all-conference squads
The Nikiski football team finished second last in the Greatland Football Conference with a 2-4 record, but coaches showed they had a lot of respect for the Bulldogs in all-conference voting released on Saturday.

Kodiak boys, girls take Palmer Invite championship
The Kodiak girls and boys swimming and diving teams continued a solid season on Friday and Saturday by winning the 2007 Palmer Invitational.

SoHi netters drop 2 matches
Soldotna had a rough trip to the Valley.

Skyview spikers hold off Warriors
WASILLA At times during Friday's volleyball match against the Skyview Panthers, Wasilla looked unstoppable.

Nikiski netters keep Seward on the run
Once the host Nikiski volleyball team had Seward on the run on Friday night, the Bulldogs never gave the Seahawks a chance to even slow down to a jog.

NLC voting is all Stars
Soldotna dominated the Northern Lights Conference postseason voting, which was announced on Sunday.

Crewsers raise funds for cancer
Normally, when the Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club goes to an outside regatta, the focus is on racing.

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