Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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.

Respected man will be missed
The whole community suffers a great loss on the passing of Lou Schilling. All the recognition, awards and accolades are only part of the story. He was well-respected in the church where I grew up. Wish that I were there to add my voice to the services and comfort his grieving family.

Cartoon does not represent Agrium well
On Oct. 1, the Peninsula Clarion published a cartoon that linked Agrium's Kenai Nitrogen Operations to the recent corruption trials under way in Alaska. The message the cartoonist was trying to send is unclear to me; however, I am extremely offended by the inference.

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?

Peninsula has no one to blame but themselves
The Kenai Peninsula has nobody to blame but themselves and politicians they elected for loss of Agrium. They were all too busily pandering to Conoco; starting with Borough Mayor John Williams, Rep. Mike Chenault, chairman of House Finance, and Rep. Kurt Olson, chairman of House Labor and Commerce.

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?

'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.

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.

Photo feature: Winter coat
A young, frost-covered moose walks through equally frosty grass while feeding with a sibling and its mother early Monday morning in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for cold and clear weather.

Special session looms
Just days before a 30-day special session of the Legislature convenes in Juneau to discuss Gov. Sarah Palin's proposals for revising the state's oil and gas tax structure, lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula were expressing reservations about how much can be accomplished in such a short time.

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.

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.

Halibut harvest issues reviewed
After hours of testimony and discussion at its October meeting in Anchorage, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council took steps toward resolving contentious issues stemming from charter halibut operators harvesting more than their allowable quotas.

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.

Task force seeks burial sites
Members of the revitalized task force looking into creating a cemetery in Soldotna will gather Friday for a visit to five potential sites.


Warren Enzler
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Warren Enzler died, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, in Oregon after surgery for a broken hip.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Women invited to take-a-break Nutrition classes set Flight instructors take wing Cabin hoppers kick-off set CPCS to meet Book sale fundraiser slated Autism to be discussed Teen dance scheduled Howl'oween contest set to scare Library seeks volunteers PenDOG classes to start

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.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors.

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.

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.

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.

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

Students produce TV pilot
PITTSBURG, Kan. Students at Pittsburg State University are putting together a television series that will air on the city's cable system later this year.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Threat hits too close to home for students comfort
Editors note: On Oct. 1 Skyview High School administrators found a non-specific threat in one of the schools restrooms. Verbatim columnist Thomas Osterman offers his view on the event.

Kenai Peninsula College host arts, open mic, movie
Student housing discussed Student union hosts movie night, open mic Art department news Process Technology l lab under construction Paramedic students take exams

Student finds with age comes responsibilities
Every year, Alaska's summer days attract the masses people who wish to partake in this state's stunning, unparalleled, beauty.

Mind boggling
Spectators crowded around The Montessori Chicks as they put the finishing touches on a contraption that stood several inches taller than many of the adults in the room. Kneeling at the base, sixth-grader Molly Silta put a thin coat of puffy paint on the edge of a half-inch zinc-plated washer and let it go.

Brown Bears return to home ice
The Kenai Peninsula's high school teams are subjected to some brutal road trips, such as bus rides to the Interior, boat rides to Kodiak and plane trips to Southeast. Those trips are nothing compared to a Kenai River Brown Bears trip, though.

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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