Saturday, October 25, 2008

Time for change in the District Q
Over six years ago, Tom Wagoner ran for Senate as a Republican Moderate, and with the support of myself and many Democrats, Republicans, Non-partisan, independent voters he won election to Senate District Q. Within four weeks he changed his party affiliation back to a Republican.

Participation on sportfish guiding draft encouraged
Starting in 2007, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game funded a task force of fishing guides from across the state to work on a limited entry program for sportfish guides.

Engineer pitches Denali pipeline
Since launching a joint effort in April to build a private natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48, BP and ConocoPhillips are eyeing an open season by 2010 and hope to have U.S. and Canadian permits in hand by the end of the following year.

Housing project draws protest
A declaration that an affordable housing project across from Soldotna High School is going forward with or without the support of the city council did not sit well with council members who were being asked for a letter of support.

Photo feature: Bottoms up
A pair of swans take turns feeding off the bottom of Tern Lake and watching out for danger last weekend. Migrating birds are setting their sites on southern climes with the onset of winter weather.

Misty D. Mondt
Soldotna resident Misty D. Mondt died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, of natural causes at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 42.

Betty L. Burns
Anchorage resident Betty L. Burns died, Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, in Casa Grande, Ariz., after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer for more than six years. She was 77.

Margot Elisabethe King
Longtime Sterling resident Margot Elisabethe King died peacefully Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a 14 year fight with breast cancer. She was 67.

No matter what, on Nov. 5 we need to move on
After nearly two years of ceaseless campaigning, the 2008 presidential election is upon us. In 12 days, Americans will choose their new president from two worthy candidates -- Sen. Barack Obama, the young leader from Illinois who has shown the ability to unite and inspire us, and Sen. John McCain, who, in Obama's own words, "has served his country with dedication, honor and distinction."

Are the Kenai's drying wetlands sources or sinks of CO2?
While hiking through a large Kenai Peninsula wetland a few years ago, I noticed an odd thing -- the wetland appeared unusually dry. There were large depressions with nothing but cracks in the soil surface, indicating that these depressions typically hold water but were dry at the time of my visit. Much of the vegetation appeared wilted and water-stressed, and try as I might, I couldn't dig a hole deep enough to find the water table in an environment where water is typically near the surface. This trip had me thinking -- what will the effects of climate change be on our Kenai Peninsula wetlands?

Couple treks from Puget Sound to Bering Sea
The melting of the polar ice caps, the proposed Pebble Mine, clear-cut logging in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, the salmon wars in Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet -- environmental issues are in the headlines every day in Alaska, but sometimes reading about them isn't enough to fully understand them.

Rest your fears on the Lord
The window is about six feet off the ground. Noises outside one night caused one of my sons to sit up in bed and peer out. He was startled when a huge head appeared in the darkness looking right back at him. A moose had been eating grass in the yard under the window. It raised its head just as the curtain was pulled back, giving Greg a scare.

Church Briefs

Unity feast slated

Chargers, Saints should put on show in London
The National Football League is becoming well-versed in British slang.

Brown Bears fall at home
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs weathered an early third-period storm by the Kenai River Brown Bears for a 4-3 victory on Thursday night at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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