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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Community’s response a boost in tough time
During one’s lifetime there are relatively few moments that become indelibly recorded in your long-term memory. One such moment of lucidity occurred in my life this past June when I was informed that I have an incurable form of cancer. Understandably, this is not your everyday news, but my purpose for writing this letter is not to elaborate about my personal issues. Rather, my wife and I would like to take this opportunity to share about another event that happened to us that was just as staggering as hearing about the cancer.

Number of guides, not horsepower, the problem
I feel that raising the horsepower limit from 35 HP to 50HP will not solve the bank erosion problem that it is said to solve. The boats have increasingly gotten bigger: in part for the comfort of the clients and the guides as well as carry more clients to make more money. I have seen 6 people in those big Willey Predator boats and they do have a difficult time getting on step. There was a time when boats were of reasonable size for 3 to 4 people and being pushed with a 35 HP motor.

Pet’s death wasn’t just driver’s fault
I just had to respond to Ms. Steele’s letter that appeared on October 12, 2006 (“No excuse for reckless driving that cost family its pet”). Although I am very sorry for the loss of her pet, she shifts the blame, instead of taking any responsibility for the death of her pet.

Reader: Bush goes too far in suspending ‘habeus corpus’
Shock, disbelief, fear, outrage — all these, and more, were my feelings on learning of the latest attack upon traditional American liberties by the Bush administration. Not satisfied with shamefully resurrecting torture, our would-be dictator in chief has now successfully pressured Congress into effectively eliminating the 800 year legal tradition of “habeus corpus” protection, which gives (I should say gave) the accused a right to a trial, to appeal their detention, and to know the charges against them. Now, at the sole discretion of the president, anyone can be declared an “enemy combatant” and held indefinitely, incommunicado and without trial, in the best traditions of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

Banking on support
Remember the good ole days when you could walk in to the neighborhood bank and they would smile, know your name and take care of you like you were someone special? Those were the “Leave it to Beaver” days. Well, Wells Fargo Bank, is that kind of a bank. Not only do they treat their customers with kindness and respect they are a great supporter of our community. I just wanted to publicly thank them for always going the extra mile and helping with all the little things they do.

School happy to cash in on support
Soldotna High School would like to thank Wells Fargo Bank for donating $3,000 for our After-School A-Team tutoring program. This program has helped many students prepare for the (High School Graduation Qualifying Exam) and with other class studies. Thank you for supporting the schools here in the Kenai Peninsula area.

‘Turnagain Hardcore 6’ to premier at sports center
Lest you forget winter isn’t just about peacefully sitting by the fireplace while tying fish flies, Matt Brown is dropping a reminder that with winter also comes death-defying snowmachine feats on the slopes.

Parks works with thin budget
The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation hopes to shift, stretch and remold its skinny budget to improve maintenance, keep facilities open in the winter, restore traditional roles to rangers and meet other user requests unearthed while drafting its Ten-Year Strategic Plan, parks director Jerry Lewanski said at a presentation of the plan in Soldotna on Tuesday.

Caches a traditional method of storing fish
Had you been strolling through the K’beq Kenaitze Interpretive Site in Cooper Landing on Monday you would have stumbled across a strange sight: about 20 people shuffling between three dirt holes at the site in what looked like a salmon composting party.

Shortened fishery nets $3,000 for city of Kenai
Three thousand dollars netted by the city of Kenai from this year’s personal use dipnet fishery will not add significantly to the city’s coffers, but without the popular fishery, the lower than budgeted gain would not have existed at all.

Prop 2 about more than the tax rate
The municipal election is over and the dust has settled on what turned out to be the most contentious issue on the ballot — the sales tax.

Fighting fires is all in the neighborhood for a wildlife refuge ranger
There is perhaps no other job that embodies the label of “jack of all trades” more than a being a Ranger at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. On a daily basis my colleagues and I confront a variety of situations which require us to wear many different hats. Having recently returned from a major wildland fire incident in eastern Oregon, the newest “hat” in my repertoire is a fire helmet, affectionately known as a “bucket.”

Outdoor Briefs
Duck banquet to be heldRefuge to hold trapping classWhat’s your story?

Bagging a grouse can take more than a road trip this time of year
From beneath an apple-red brow blaze, the dark eyes of a spruce grouse stare down intently at an approaching biped.

Around the Peninsula
Halloween comes early to KenaiLifeguard class plannedNRA fundraiser takes aimHalloween carnival set to spookHalloween party set for funHarvest festival set to entertainSports swap gears upDinner theater set

Church Briefs
Church photos wantedAddictions group meetsClothes closet opensCranston to receive racial, social justice awardSunday healing classes beginKids’ night out plannedWoman’s Bible class plannedClothes available

Cruising down the river on God’s word
Verse 1: “Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon.”

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign a pair of Jayhawks for 2007

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