Monday, October 22, 2007

Reader disagrees with letter
With regard to the letter from MaryLee Killinger and the alleged link between breast cancer and abortion, it is unfortunate that those with a political axe to grind must resort to blatant misinformation to support their mythology.

Term limits: Litigation is not the answer
The Oct. 12 editorial utilizing phrases like malcontents, perfect storm, disenfranchisement and summarizing by recommending going to court only serves to promote disgust in the political system.

Book-themed gourds sought
From pumpkin-cutting bumpkins to gourd-gouging gods, the Soldotna Public Library is inviting everyone to take part in their ongoing Third Annual Pumpkin Carving and/or Painting Contest.

Too much heat?
Climate change and how to prepare for its effects at the local level will be a topic of discussion at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday in Soldotna.

BP, others to help Agrium workers
BP Alaska and other companies are making positions available to Agrium USA employees soon to be laid off as the Nikiski fertilizer production plant is mothballed.

Experts share concerns over effects from mines
In order to break the ice with her audience, Carol Ann Woody's first slide showed her with a 49-inch northern pike cradled in her arms. She had a big grin on her face as she told the audience how she happened to grab onto the enormous fish, but when she touched on what happens when zinc mixes with copper, she said the audience wouldn't want to eat that pike.

Trails access expanded
Whether just out strolling with the dog, running or bicycling in summer, or snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in winter, Tsalteshi Trails offers year-round recreation, but access from Kalifornsky Beach Road has always been fairly limited until now.

Food Bank shares a better way to eat
With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's on the way, so too are candy, pies, cookies and eggnog, but an upcoming series of nutritional classes may offer some still sweet, but healthier alternatives to eat during the holiday season.

Unattended stove causes $20,000 worth of damage
What started as a grease fire engulfed the kitchen of a second-story apartment on Fathom Drive in Kenai on Saturday. When firefighters from Nikiski and Kenai fire departments reached the building at approximately 5:10 p.m. the cabinets and kitchen appliances were on fire and the room was filled with smoke.

Other groups try to pick up for Red Cross
The closure of a local office of the American Red Cross from the Kenai Peninsula is generating mixed responses from the community's charities.

More Guard troops return to peninsula
Scarcely one dry eye could be found at the Kenai Municipal Airport Friday afternoon as Army National Guardsman Pfc. Wilson House came home following a 15-month deployment to Kuwait.

Close call prompts library policy
The Kenai Community Library cannot give an espresso and a kitten to every unattended child as some coffee shops jokingly warn, but measures need to be taken to assure parents watch their kids, according to the library director.

Gross sales top $2 billion
Diversity is the strength of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's economy, reports the borough's financial analyst in the latest edition of Situations and Prospects.

Howard Lee Hedges
Surrounded by family and friends, Homer resident and much-loved local musician Howard Lee Hedges died Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer shortly after a wheelchair accident. He was 52.

Eileen M. Stroble
Former Sterling resident Eileen M. Stroble of Cool, Calif., died Monday, Oct. 1, 2007 in Fair Oaks, Calif. She was 97.

Bears in Katmai preserve caught in the cross-fire
Is fair-chase hunting fair if there is

One year to remember: 12 reasons why it's worth spending time in Alaska
Nearly one year has passed since I made the fateful move to this interesting state.

Halloween decoration, costume safety tips
As ghosts, goblins and witches prepare to hit the streets in search of fun and treats, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging caution in order for children and adults to be safe this Halloween. According to a recent report from NFPA, Halloween is the fifth highest day of the year for candle fires, falling in behind Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day and New Year's Eve.

Tripping out
From the American Heritage Dictionary: "vacation n. A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest and relaxation ..."

Sterling Community News
Some of the most interesting conversations I have with folks around town start with the question "What type of new facilities or programs would you like to see here in Sterling?"

Around the Peninsula
Pingpong continues Pastor appreciation brunch set to dish CPCS to meet Lung screenings available Electronics recycling to be discussed Halloween carnival set for fun Food bank fundraiser scheduled Autism to be discussed Bowling leagues forming Teen dance scheduled Hospice open house set

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors. I was please this week at the amount of news submitted. I am always looking for information about meetings, events, birthdays and anniversaries.

Kenai Community News
Editors note: Joan is away visiting her mother. Information may be sent to her e-mail address listed above or sent to for inclusion in the weekly column.

Taking aim together
The bow and arrow. Paleolithic hunters used them to hunt for food. Soldiers in the Middle Ages used them to kill their enemies. Modern athletes use them for Olympic sport. And on weekends in North Kenai, a few folks use them for recreation.

Hero of the Week
I would just like to say thank you to the communities of Soldotna and Kenai. When my sister-in-laws house burned Oct. 10 her and her three daughters lost everything. The people of these fine communities went out of their way to help with food and clothing and monetary donations. She has been overwhelmed by all the support of the community.

Ninilchik Community News
It looked like an old fashioned barn raising when I saw the good turnout of neighbors, friends and family who helped Butch and Shirley Schollenberg put up their covered horse arena at their Happy Valley home last Wednesday.

United in serving
Tesoro refinery employees are shown in front of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Sept. 18 as part of their United Way Day of Caring project. The group served lunch, painted, installed Christmas lights, cleaned, installed carpeting, repaired garden netting and performed general maintenance jobs.

Soldotna Community News
Annita Braun is only 14, and she's a serious car racer. She has been racing cars for the past five years starting with quarter midgets and now races a half-scale stock car, a Bandolero 600 racing car, for the past two years. She can reach up to 70 mph and said, "I love it! I like the speed and it's fun to be in a male-dominated sport and be a girl in it."

You go girl!
Soldotna resident Annita Braun, 14, of GoGirl Racing won the Northstar Speedway Track Championship, as well as the state championship in a Bandolero racecar. Braun received her awards at the speedway banquet on Sept. 15 at Settlers Bay Clubhouse in Wasilla. Her peers voted her, Bandolero Sports Person of Year. This was Braun's second year racing the Bandolero at Northstar Speedway. In 2006 she finished the season fourth. She got her start racing four years ago on the Kenai Peninsula with the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Quarter Midgets racing at the Twin City Raceway dirt track, as well as pavement races held in parking lots around the area. She plans to race her Bandolero race car for one more season. See interview Soldotna Community Neighbors column.

Kasilof Community News
A harvest moon is the full moon nearest the fall equinox. A hunter moon is the full that follows, generally in October. Kasilof has always been hunter country and this year's shiner is yours just before Halloween, no strings attached. Not even a G-string if the clouds cooperate. The moon will reach maximum illumination here on the evening of the 25th. Werewolves will be going ape.

Around the Peninsula
Public comment sought on park Book sale fundraiser slated Sports gear swap scheduled Reading council seeks members VFW holds scholarship contest Domestic violence workshop planned

Peninsula Reflections
Along with six others, Dodie Dennis of Kenai was invited by George Sullivan to attend a dinner for those who were born in the city of Anchorage before it was incorporated in 1920. Dennis remembers when there was one school only, which served all grades.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Elijah and Grace Kensinger of Tennessee love to ride their grandparents' dog Stormy when they come to visit in the summer. Stormy belongs to Rick and Sheryl Main of Kenai.

Another dominant day for SoHi football
The Soldotna football team received six of 14 first team offense slots, five of 13 first team defense slots and two of the five major awards in Alaska Coaches Association Small Schools All State voting announced on Sunday.

Sports Briefs
Juneau-Douglas wins state football title SoHi volleyball finishes tied for 5th

Split's gone
The great split is no more.

Colony's B team edges Skyview for 3rd
Eddie Buffington glanced up at the scoreboard as Skyview huddled in a circle.

Homer girls, Soldotna boys swim to Peninsula Invite titles
The Homer girls and the Soldotna boys captured titles at the Peninsula Invite on Saturday at Seward High School.

Vail, Smith marry in Kenai
Ashleigh Marie Vail of Soldotna and Matthew Adrian Smith of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Eric Hansen, friend of the groom officiated.

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