Monday, October 17, 2005

NOW PLAYING: The Fog
Doing a remake is always a chancy business. On the one hand, if you have a devoted fan base already in place, it could mean box-office city. On the other hand, if the fan base is too devoted, you could end up with an angry mob on your hands.

Reader resents editorial threats
Regarding your comments of Oct. 7th, dear Clarion editor, aren't you being a little mean-spirited when you threaten punishment against the electorate who voted yes on Props. 4 and 5? I kind of resent being taken to the editorial woodshed for voting to limit local government spending. Last Tuesday's clear and sobering message is that we can't afford higher taxes. I think our local representatives, most of whom are doing a fine job, are pragmatic enough to find budget cuts in areas less vital to the community than the road-plowing and young people's sports activities that you so peevishly propose.

Politicians should push for coal development
Hopefully, whomever is elected borough mayor will push economic development to replace the loss of Agrium jobs and revenue when it closes within three years, and the fiscal responsibility to prevent an overwhelming tax burden on remaining taxpayers.

Vandals will get theirs
The more I see and hear about the senseless and almost subhuman actions of a minority here in Alaska, the more saddened I become.

Not all splurge with annual checks
With pump prices fast approaching $3 a gallon at many gas stations, reports that heating oil and natural gas may cost 60 percent more than last year's price, and the federal government announcing Friday that inflation is at a 25-year high, Alaskans are seeing their fair share of economic hardship.

School board looking to fill seats
Newly elected members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will be sworn into office Monday evening at the board's regular meeting.

Hurricanes prompt Soldotna to look at disaster readiness
In the wake of news about Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the city of Soldotna has been asked if it's prepared for a catastrophe of that magnitude.

Dividends plump up peninsula bank accounts
It's not quite Christmas, but it is time to spend some money on the Kenai Peninsula. With $845.76 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks distributed last week to qualified Alaskans who receive theirs by direct deposit, some Kenai Peninsula retailers are keeping their fingers crossed hoping those checks will boost their business.

Runoffs are routine in borough
When John Torgerson and John Williams meet in the municipal runoff election Oct. 25, the two mayoral candidates will be walking a well-beaten path.

Putting the brakes on roadkill
The Kenai Peninsula has a high occurrence of moose-vehicle collisions every year. A cooperative venture by several state and federal agencies aims to make at least one stretch of the Sterling Highway less dangerous in the coming years.

Fishing tickets up this season
Alaska State Park rangers working the Kenai River wrote more than twice as many citations in 2005 as in the previous year.

Stray dogs attack pet llamas
Blair Martin enjoys the ranch lifestyle on his family's 80-acre Diamond M Ranch off Kalifornsky Beach Road, just outside Kenai city limits .

End of road work nears
Workers are slowly getting the Kenai Spur Highway repaving project lined out, while the Sterling Highway bridge project is becoming a bit of a drain. The good news? Both projects are expected to be completed on schedule.

Vera Alberta Hibbert
Vera Alberta Hibbert died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, in Wasilla with her family at her side. She was 87.

Runoff only works if voters get involved
Runoff elections make a lot of sense — but only when the voters show up to the polls in force. Because of a requirement that the winner in a Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral election receive at least 50 percent of the vote, borough voters on Oct. 25 will go to the polls for the second time in less than a month.

Voices of the Clarion: A time for reflection
One of the things I like most about the future is the unknown. Each day is better than a gift — it's a surprise gift. Something unexpected. I look at life this way to balance the monotony of dirty laundry.

Dividend about more than what it can buy
Most Alaskans who are receiving the annual dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund will notice it in their bank or credit union accounts (Wednesday), the day the state makes the direct deposits of this year's payment of $845.76. Some will no doubt be grumbling about how the dividend is so small they didn't really notice it at all and they won't be able to make the down payment on the recreational snowmachine or boat or four-wheeler or whatever. Others will have what is arguably a more serious lament in that they've got to spend all of theirs and maybe a family member's, too on heating fuel, whose rise in price has corresponded in a spectacularly bad way with the continuing drop in the dividend's size.

Around the Peninsula
CPHC board meeting set CICADA to elect officers Masters swim program planned Social Security reps to visit area Peninsula women's group to meet Domestic violence workshop set

Weddings
Garrison, Nussbaum announce engagement Pizzuto, Playle marry in Nikiski Smith, Chavez marry in Hawaii Hermansens celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Maggie's mission
It all happened so fast. Maggie Winston woke up at about 8 o'clock the morning of her twins' first birthday with a severe pain between her shoulder blades. At first, she just thought she needed a visit to the chiropractor.

Peninsula people
Edward deploys to Japan Flensburg joins Air Force Todd graduates college Jones named to chancellor's list Glaves joins Air Force Kelsoe joins the Army AP scholars announced 4-H shines at Ninilchik fair

Births
Katie Sheeley and Shaun O'Shea Rachel and Jonathan Thorpe Katrina and Ryan Pierce Danielle Edwards and Sam Tibodeau Tiffany Palm and Ronny Burk Dannielle and Douglas Carter Tracie and Chuck Seater Cristina Richart and William Baker

Around the Peninsula
Wheelchairs sought Basketball camp scheduled LeeShore membership meeting slated Home school fellowship planned Foster care presentation to be discussed

My best friend
Snitzer enjoys the comforts of home with owners Charlie and Dorothy Diamond of Soldotna.

Dog flu could reach Alaska
While many people nervously watch the news for the latest details on the deadly "bird flu" sweeping across Asia, many pet owners also are watching the spread of a "dog flu" across the U.S.

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Senior activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Kenai Central takes fourth straight state crown
The first 6 minutes, 31 seconds of Saturday's Alaska School Activities Association small-schools state championship football game belonged to the Eielson Ravens.

Kards pick up NLC awards
Kenai Central dominated the major awards in postseason Northern Lights Conference balloting announced Saturday.

Kenai volleyball gets pair of wins
The Kenai Central volleyball team made rather poor hosts of themselves Saturday morning, dispatching the visiting Kodiak Bears in a three-game Northern Lights Conference match that took all of 50 minutes.

Collier dies at 28
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28.

Rangers use second period to stop Thrashers
NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to win for the second straight game and the New York Rangers blistered Atlanta rookie Adam Berkhoel for three second-period goals in a 5-1 victory Saturday night over the Thrashers.

White Sox take 3-1 lead on Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Freddy Garcia made it three in a row for the Chicago White Sox.

Notre Dame's upset bid against USC falls just short
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tested like never before, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Southern California showed they have a championship jaw to go along with all that talent.

Clemens gets Astros a win
HOUSTON — Missing his most overpowering stuff, 43-year-old Roger Clemens gritted his teeth and pushed his hometown Houston Astros closer to their first World Series.

SoHi netters split with Kodiak, ACS
Good was not good enough for the host Soldotna volleyball team Friday night in a Northern Lights Conference match against Kodiak.

Sorenstam seizes control at Samsung World Championship
PALM DESERT, Calif. — Annika Sorenstam seized control early Saturday amid meltdowns by Michelle Wie and Grace Park, then pulled away with four birdies on the last five holes for a 6-under 66 and a four-shot lead in the Samsung World Championship.

Hull ends long, prolific NHL career
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brett Hull choked back emotion and thanked ''everyone who ever touched my life in the game,'' announcing his retirement Saturday from a career that left him the third-leading goal scorer in NHL history.

Johnson wins fourth straight at Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The alternator failed, the battery had to be switched mid-race and the entire electrical system was on the fritz. Add all that to a constant fear of having a tire explode at any second and even the most veteran driver would be rattled.

Variety spells victory for Kenai
Finally, the Kardinals are allowing themselves to smile. After the quiet intensity and stoic demeanor following their Northern Lights Conference title-clinching win over Soldotna in the final game of the regular season and their semifinal victory over Nikiski last week, the Kardinals cut loose following their 42-10 win over Eielson for the Alaska School Activities Association small-schools football championship.

Area girls exposed to hockey
Twenty years ago, a partnership between Girl Scouts of the United States of America and USA Hockey wouldn't have been likely.

Sports Briefs
Team Alaska looking for hoops players

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