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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Where mining's concerned: Are we doing enough about it?
As concerned Alaskans, I think we need to back up a bit and rethink the Pebble Mine and its potential as a vast and wonderful future operation. It becomes blatantly apparent when one reviews the largest mining operations and the past history of mining in our beloved state what the truths are concerning these poems, prayers and promises.

Privacy invasion inspires reader to take a first step
I thoroughly enjoyed Nan Misner's article "To pee or not to pee," and the title was certainly eye-catching.

Run-off: Soldotna clerk seeks voters
The city clerk in Soldotna was drumming Wednesday night for residents to come out and vote in next week's run-off election to determine who will replace Councilwoman Jane Stein.

Photo feature: Bathing beauty
A crow traipses through a puddle in Kenai earlier this month before taking a bath in the cold standing water.

Guide tally steady for '07
Kenai River fishing guide counts are in for the 2007 fishing season. Even though the number of motorized guides on the river increased slightly, at 396 guides on the river in 2007, the total count remains consistent with last year.

Assembly OKs spending
Sizeable appropriations for ongoing capital improvements at Central Peninsula Hospital and for school district outbuildings were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting Tuesday.

Plenty of fall festival fun for everyone
Whether you celebrate full-blown Halloween or its close cousin the Fall Harvest Festival, there are no shortage of fun and festive things to do this weekend and early next week. Here is a partial list of some of the activities going on around the central peninsula.

Leo Douglas Steik
Ninilchik resident and Alaska Native Leo Douglas Steik died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, at home from complications of cancer with his companion and caregiver, Marianne, by his side. He was 77.

Winter means slow down no, it really does
Winter has hit us literally.

'Milk chocolate crunch weevils' often seen in peninsula houses
The faint pitter-patter of little brown weevils dropping from walls to the floor and their louder crunch underfoot are familiar sounds in many homes of the western Kenai Peninsula. These hard-shelled, 1/2-inch-long beetles can be abundant in the summer, crawling up walls, entering houses, and often ending up in bathtubs and sinks. As an entomology student serving the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I get more questions about these beetles than any other animal. I spoke with Janice Chumley of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Soldotna, who also receives numerous inquiries about these weevils. Below I have listed the questions most frequently asked of us regarding these beetles and have provided the best answers that I have.

Gearing up: Ski team hosts sports swap
The fresh, falling snow means it's that time of the year again when skiers are starting to get ready to go, and those still needing to purchase a piece of gear for the upcoming season may want to check out the Kenai Central High School Nordic ski team's "Sports Gear Swap" fundraiser this weekend.

Refuge snaring seminar focuses on technique
The winter weather has many people donning thicker coats. The same is true for many animals around the peninsula, which means it won't be long until trappers are in pursuit of furbearing game.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Kodiak aims for sweep
The Kenai Peninsula's swim coaches have installed Kodiak as the favorites on both the girls and boys sides entering the Region III swimming and diving championships on Friday and Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Divine destination worth determination
Having recently observed Columbus Day and looking ahead to Thanksgiving, I thought about the crew of Christopher Columbus and the pilgrims who traveled those great distances long ago. Precarious journeys, but taken nonetheless. What intrepid souls they were.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Chargers will give area reason to cheer
It takes a rare, unforeseen situation to throw an NFL team into turmoil coming off a bye week.

Tornado blow away Brown Bears
Kenai River coach Mike Flanagan knows that no amount of practice can cure penalties.

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