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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Outdoors with John Perkovich
I have always said, “Every hunter has a weak link.” Which means that once you go through their equipment you will find that every one has something about them or their gear that is not quite up to par.

Rally for AWG volunteers releases the spirit at Kenai Chrysler Center
Pep rallies are at the heart of all major sporting events, and as the Kenai Peninsula prepares to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, volunteer pep rallies are starting to spring up all over the Peninsula.

Liquidation World opens in Soldotna...
The former Gottschalk’s store location in Soldotna, which was the former Lamont’s, which was the former Soldotna Drug Store, which was built by Earl and Alice Mundell around 1976, sprung back to life last week as the new home of Liquidation World.

Kenai Performers premier new Stoltenberg musical“Fathers and Sons” opens at Old Town Playhouse
Men, mountains, water and music and their stories as passed from father to son for five generations is the subject of Mark Stoltenberg’s musical called “Fathers and Sons.” Stoltenberg himself is coming to Alaska to perform in the world premier of his new musical.

National community engagement director visits KPC
At the Community College level across the nation a trend in service education has been emerging over the last 15 years thanks to the Community College National Center for Community Engagement. Several years ago Kenai Peninsula College received a grant to implement a community service learning program that today is providing new opportunities for local students. Lyvier Conss, the executive director for the National Center headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, recently made a site visit to KPC to see how the local projects were progressing. Conss was able to do some training during her visit as well as meet with community partners that have implemented the service learning projects. “We have seen that by having students involved with community service as a component of their course work it brings a different dimension to their academic studies as well as a better understanding of where they live and how they are a bigger part of society,” said Conss during an interview at KPC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Day Observed
On this day in 1867, a treaty was signed arranging the purchase of Alaska by the United States from Russia for $7.2 million.

Soldotna explores methods to keep community schools
The Soldotna City Council and the public like the Soldotna Community Schools program, so classes and other activities will continue even though the school district is pulling its support, according to the city manager.

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.

Photo feature: Playing hard to get
A young bull moose tries to figure out how to get to his girlfriend as she tries to figure out how to get on the other side of the fence at Kenai Municipal Airport recently. He was far more concerned about her entrapment than she was.

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.

State DEC ‘mixes’ it up
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials on Monday unveiled a new set of amendments to the mixing-zone provisions of Alaska’s water quality standards that could permit the discharge of industrial and sewage treatment plant wastewater into anadromous fish-spawning areas under some circumstances.

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 .

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.

State should hold its stand on oil tax break limit
A newly surfaced internal BP memo says that the company suspended work on a North Slope project to send a message to the state. BP is supposedly protesting Gov. Frank Murkowski’s decision to shrink the Economic Limit Factor tax break as it applies to Prudhoe Bay oil fields.

Around the Peninsula
HEA hosts community meetingsDAV to meetHistorical society to meetMusic workshop, concert setChemical dependency presentation slatedSubsistence council to meetHalloween auction, festival setKayak classes to set paddle

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

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

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

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

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

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.

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