Tuesday, October 23, 2007

State needs to focus on challenges ahead
With all do respect Gov. Palin, does a farmer continually focus on the harvest, without stopping to nurture the soil?

Culture of corruption should be disclosed
Do you really think the public interest is being served (or even considered) when high powered politicians are sipping vodka and smoking cigars with defense contractor lobbyists during the Kenai River Classic?

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.

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.

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.

Family escapes early fire
Hearing one's daughter yell, "Mom, fire!" is not a very pleasant way to start the week.

Hearing over election set
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will respond by Friday to a lawsuit filed by a voter over the conflicting results of the Oct. 2 municipal election that three winning assembly incumbents denied their seats because of the success of a term-limit ballot proposition.

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.

ACT files suit of its own
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers filed suit in Kenai Superior Court on Monday naming the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District as defendants.

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.

Work zone
Anyone passing by the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Main Street in Kenai has undoubtably noticed a new look to the old hotel on the corner.

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.

Doris June Oglesby
Longtime Soldotna resident Doris June Oglesby died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

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.

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."

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?"

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.

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.

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 news@peninsulaclarion.com for inclusion in the weekly column.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Electronics recycling to be discussed Public comment sought on park Book sale fundraiser slated Sports gear swap scheduled Community Harvest, Halloween carnivals slated

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
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

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.

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.

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

Writer seeks to overcome Internet complexion
I believe teenagers invest too many hours on the Internet. There is a line to be drawn between reasonable and ridiculous, and the line has been crossed umpteenth amount of times in the lives of most teenagers.

Back to nature
A classroom with no walls? No ceiling? No desks?

'Bong Hits' tests free speech
Google "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," and links to 923,000 pages discussing the landmark Supreme Court case pop up. At the bottom of the second page is a game that promises to educate high school students about their rights to free speech.

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