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Monday, October 25, 2010

Follow the campaign money
Ms. Pate writes that her research found $201,000 of Lisa Murkowski's campaign finances have come from outside the state. By her own calculations that would be about 10 percent of Lisa's war chest. Scot McAdams has raised about half that from outside. However, Joe Miller has raised 90 percent of his campaign finances outside, largely from California.

Wait for the votes
First, Joe Miller went to a fund raiser in San Diego and introduced himself as "The Senator from Alaska."

First aid classes are available
A recent Letter to the Editor spoke of a canceled CPR and first aid class and how disappointed the author was with the lack of interest in the community. Just in case you didn't know, there are other providers of this valuable service, some for even less money. For example, VIP Alaska teaches First Aid & CPR with AED every two weeks for $75. It includes all the books, materials, DVD, and a two year completion card. To register for a class call (907) 260-6599.

Denali Kid Care deserves governor's support
I find it so interesting that Governor Parnell speaks in favor of helping children in Alaska, but isn't willing to fund them once they are born. The veto of funding for Denali Kid Care is not helping children who are in need of services now.

Bike and Skate Challenge a success
The first annual Soldotna Bike and Skate Challenge was held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Soldotna Skateboard and Bike Park. The well-attended event was organized to showcase the athletic skills and commitment of a group of young people dedicated to the sports of skateboarding and BMX biking. Many community members, parents, grandparents and friends braved a cool morning to encourage the interests of Soldotna's youth.

Think, then vote
Every time you see one of those misleading ads featuring unflattering pictures of President Obama and/or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and lambasting "ObamaCare" and claiming Democrats are killing jobs, remember this: The forces funding those ads would reverse Wall Street reform, hand the economy back to the corporations shipping your jobs overseas, deny us affordable health care, privatize Social Security, axe Medicare, keep tax breaks for the rich and make the rest of us pay the resulting debt. We can stop them. Vote.

Another vote for Lisa
I am a lifetime Alaskan (over 70 years) and I have never seen a campaign as dishonest as the one launched by Joe Miller. His attacks on Lisa Murkowski misrepresented her stand on issues and then he had the audacity to lie about her financial disclosure, claiming that she has investments that actually do not exist. Yet, he has not bothered to file his own disclosure statement which was due six months ago. What is Joe hiding? He presents himself as a fiscal conservative, yet he used the very system that he rails against when he collected farm subsidies for several years. Joe denied taking subsidies but was forced to admit to them when the facts became known. Where is the transparency he promises? How can Alaskans trust Joe when he has lied so much throughout his campaign.

Broussards celebrate 40 years together
Longtime Nikiski residents John "Beaver" and Carol (McGahan) Broussard celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 9, 2010.

Marlowes welcome son
Sam and Linda Marlowe of Sterling announce the birth of their son, Ian James Marlowe, at 2:32 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. Ian weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

White family grows
Valerie and Nathan White of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Evelyn Marie White, at 10:42 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches.

Perils of Polly: Back in the saddle -- Mongolian style
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: A Rose by any other name
I have never had a nickname. Most people I know who share this same first name are called "Ginny" or "Virgie" but for some reason, neither ever attached itself to me for any length of time. One girl friend way back when called me "Ginny" once in awhile, but it didn't catch on so she dropped it. One of Dad's cousins was "Virgie" so to combat confusion, I remained "Virginia." And I guess I don't have any really obnoxious habits or traits because no one ever hung a descriptive name on me either. If my students had one for me, I never heard it which is probably a good thing.

Mize, Padlo marry in California
Sondra Lynn Mize and Nicholas Walter Padlo were married May 30, 2010 at the Los Gatos Opera House in Los Gatos, California.

Chathams welcome new daughter
JoAnna Hall and Isaac Wayne Chatham of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Mary-Katherine Elizabeth Chatham, at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at Women's Way Midwifery. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 21 3/4 inches.

Homer man indicted for drug trafficking
A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted a Homer man on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

'We have to speak about it': Borough mayor shares experience with domestic violence
They weren't all odd years.

Photo: Waiting for the snow

State ecosystems projected to shrink by 2100
Roughly 60 percent of Alaska ecosystems may shift in response to climate change by the end of the 21st century, according to the results of a two-year study released in September by University of Alaska Fairbanks.

'This is our future': Childhood cancer advocates draw from personal experience
Although the chances of childhood cancer might seem improbable, it does not look so rare when it's staring you right in the face.

Clock is ticking for CIRI's Fire Island
The clock is ticking on the Fire Island wind project. Cook Inlet Region Inc. has to get contracts finalized with regional electric utilities and get the project under construction by December, or $44 million in up-front federal stimulus cash that could help lower the project's financing costs will lapse, CIRI officials say.

Voices of the Peninsula: Weigh local contribution with local benefits
I know it's now local season because I encountered only 4 other boats on my last Kenai River fishing trip, saw no one while on a sunny afternoon hike to Skilak Lake Lookout, and did not have to wait for a table on a Friday night at the local brew pub. During local season those of us that live here year round continue to enjoy the quality of life that the Kenai Peninsula provides long after our visitors have gone. The slower pace of local season also provides us with the time to reflect on the benefits of being local residents while the rapidly shortening days remind us of the costs.

Corporations are speaking -- loudly
Joe Miller's U.S. Senate campaign last week filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that Alaskans Standing Together was illegally spending money to influence the upcoming election.

Around the Peninsula

Fall Bazaar planned

Around the Peninsula

Toastmasters meeting change

Around the District

School board to meet

Shooting Stars: SoHi students shine down insight to next generation
At the beginning of the school year Tate Syverson, a Soldotna High School senior, told his father, Todd Syverson, he wanted to give back to a system that "had served him so well."

Photo: Thinking pink

Mind a-Mazes 2010 results announced

Junior Division:

Around Campus: KRC Student Union President serious about Proposition B
When she talks about the upcoming election, Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus Student Union President, Shauna Thornton, is passionate about the proposition that focuses on developing state-wide educational infrastructure. Her answers below illustrate the degree to which Thornton and her administration support Prop B.

Homer's Wyatt nabs Lancer crown
The hard work in the offseason of Homer's Mitch Wyatt paid off on Saturday at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Palmer.

Wrestling community should do what it can to help Voznesenka
Thanks to Steve Wolfe

Bulldogs are back: Resurgent program set to host state this year
After winning the inaugural Denali-Kachemak Conference tournament last season and then securing the right to host the Class 1-2-3A state tournament for the next three years, the resurrection of the Nikiski wrestling program has one more logical step.

Skyview volleyball takes 6th at tourney
The Skyview volleyball team finished sixth at the Dimond-Service tournament on Saturday in Anchorage to lead all Kenai Peninsula squads.

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