Monday, October 29, 2007

How do we get our reputation back?
I suspect that by the end of this week you and I will be up to here with the pros and cons of the Murkowski tax (PPT) passed during the last few days of his term. There is one question I have and I hope I am not the only one out there that is concerned with the answer. I want to know how are we Alaskans ever going to get our reputation back?

Dinner, auction successful with the help from many
The 13th annual Thelma McConnell Scholarship Auction and Dinner was successful again this year. Many thanks goes to all the businesses and individuals that participated. Thank you to the Nikiski Recreation Center for letting us hold this event in the facility and to Tammy Bardahl, Daniel Zulkanycz, Johni Libert, Casey McClure, Laura Smith and the Nikiski Fire Department for their help.

ACT petition rejected
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk has rejected an initiative petition filed earlier this month by the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers that sought to limit the total taxes the borough could collect from all sources in any one year.

Getting into the spirit
Treats came early this year as anyone could attest to that attended the Halloween Family Fun Day on Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. From sword swinging ninjas to fairy princesses to muscle bound superheroes, dozens of costumed children of all ages took part in festivities.

Plant years from rehire
Appearing to hold onto any amount of hope, an Agrium employee asked the plant general manager Thursday when she could be hired back if the company decides to go through with plans to build a coal gasification plant in Nikiski.

Hospital gets funding to upgrade MRI
Central Peninsula Hospital will spend up to $175,000 to upgrade its magnetic resonance imaging machine.

Trapping season begins
Some people might think snaring a wolf or coyote is cruel and inhumane, but Laine Lahndt thinks otherwise.

Deadline to ship to troops coming up fast
With the holiday season fast approaching, many already have started their Christmas shopping, but anyone with military family and friends stationed in other countries should be starting their Christmas mailing, too.

Above and beyond
Harry Belafonte rang out over a crowd of pre-schoolers at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Head Start program on a gray Wednesday morning, but the tally man didn't make an appearance. Instead a brown dog in a Hawaiian shirt and mirrored shades howled "stayyyy low" while other canines provided backup to teach kids how to exit a burning building.

Action on climate plan delayed
Not yet ready to commit, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday postponed action on resolution aimed at developing a local climate-change impact plan.

Veterans left out of park plan
Herb Stettler stood in stunned silence as he was about to enter the Soldotna City Council chambers Thursday night for a public planning session on the Soldotna Creek Park design concept.

Think safety on Halloween
Wednesday is Halloween, and trick-or-treaters are sure to be out in force in neighborhoods all around the Kenai Peninsula.

Do something -- but make sure it counts
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The Halloweens of old: Tricks, treats and a long driveway that goes bump in the night
One look up my long, tree-shrouded driveway at night is enough to send all trick-or-treaters somewhere else on their annual quest to fill the bag with as much candy as any 10 kids could possibly eat.

Scouting out fun
Cub Scouts are shown cheering on their hand-carved and painted pinewood derby cars Oct. 13 at Alaska Carousel Carving in Soldotna. The winners were: Byron, first place; Joseph, second place; and Luke, third place. The derby was attend by 22 peninsula scouts, who are part of the Tustumena and Rural Districts Great Alaska Council. For more information on Boy and Cub Scouting on the peninsula, call Camille Sun Vega at 283-1699.

Sterling Community News
A few nights ago I got a reminder of one of the reasons I love living in Sterling. I woke up at some ungodly hour of the morning because the dog was insisting she needed to go outside now!

There's no trick to Halloween safety; keep these tips in mind

Around the Peninsula
Toastmasters to meet Fall bazaar, bake sale slated Hospice open house set Passport fair set Holiday bazaar fundraiser planned Library seeks volunteers Crooners sought Reading council seeks members

Soldotna Community News
Happy Halloween. It's that time of year when howling ghosts, cackling witches and grinning jack-o'-lanterns abound. A few safety tips are include from Central Emergency Services for a safe and enjoyable evening.

Face lift: Giving gourds a good look
With Halloween on the way, the Peninsula Clarion thought it might be fun to invite several artists to carve a pumpkin. The results were as varied as the artists themselves.

4-H shines
On Oct. 20, the annual 4-H awards program took place at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Winners of the 4-Her of the Year awards are: Senior, Sarah Cobb of Ninilchik; intermediate, Noelle Schmitter-Schrier of Soldotna and Kade Foust of Sterling; junior, Vienna Schmitter-Schrier of Soldotna; runner-up, Kassidy Foust of Sterling; and honorable mentions, Abi Daniels, Aurora Lambert, Caleb Daniels, Maya Johnson, Maya Chay, Garrity Fabich, D.Anne Martin, Freya Chay, Joanna Daniels, Mattie Cobb, Jenna Fabich and Kody Knox. 4-Her of the month for November is Kassidy Foust and December is Nathan Carrico. District medal winners shown above are: back row, from left, Megan Hansen, Kayleen Hansen, Mattie Cobb, Mary Hauptman, Maya Chay, Veinna Schmitter-Schrier, Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Maya Johnson, Christian Carrico, D.Anne Martin, Sarah Cobb, Carla Pherson and Joanna Daniels; and front row, Kassidy Foust, Cody Warfield, Cassy Dobson, Mariesha Derkevorkian, Taylor Calderwood, Logan Boyle, Kody Knox, Misty Knox, Hannah Kelson, Esther Knox, Jenna Hansen, Kade Foust and Caleb Daniels. Winners not pictured include Timaney Anderson, Josiah Martin, Tera Schnabl, Courtney Lewis, Michael Lewis, Daniels Lewis, Carol Clonan, Katie Clonan, Lauren Countryman, Aurora Lambert, Vicki Glick, Heather Schade, Ben Miller and Abi Daniels. For more information on 4-H, call the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Office on Kalifornsky Beach Road at 262-5824.

Kasilof Community News
There's a mess of gooseflesh in Kasilof this Halloween, but it has more to do with fortunes than urchins.

Ninilchik Community News
On Oct. 17 and 18, four teens from Ninil-chik teamed up with Cooperative Extension youth agent Nancy Veal and 4-H leader Suzan Cobb to help with the health fairs in Nanwalek and Port Graham.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
My husband and I just passed a milestone anniversary. This has caused me to reflect on these passing years and I am a little awestruck. I can't imagine how two such diverse personalities have maintained in tandem for so long.

Around the Peninsula
Pingpong continues Toastmasters to meet Community Harvest, Halloween carnivals slated Book sale fundraiser planned VFW holds scholarship contest Developmental screening offered Holiday bazaars seek crafty people Passport fair set Driver safety program offered Library seeks volunteers

Dogtoberfest salutes man's best friend
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. Nearly 5,000 pooches sniffed their way through this year's Dogtoberfest, an annual celebration honoring man's best friends.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Peggy Arness and her poodle, Ole, take a short photo break while mowing the lawn together. Ole gets lots of tractor time during the summer because he loves to sit on Peggy's lap and ride around while she cuts the grass on her huge lawn in North Kenai.

From goats to goldfish, all welcome at this ceremony
BRUNSWICK, Ga. Squeaker squirmed as his tiny tummy grumbled. Kasey Hickox carefully cradled the restless baby flying squirrel in her palm.

Skyview netters topple Kards in 5
There's two sides to losing the best attacking player on a volleyball team due to injury. On one hand, the team pulls together because everybody knows there is a huge hole to fill. On the other hand, when it comes down to crunch time, it hurts to have that player on the bench.

Marey nabs swimmer of year
Seated in a chair alongside the rest of the 100-yard freestyle finalists, Soldotna's Lyla Marey was mentally preparing for her upcoming race when she heard her name called over the loudspeaker.

SoHi tops Kenai, clinches top seed
Soldotna repelled Kenai Central's bid to spoil its top seed and did a little spoiling of its own Saturday evening.

Kenai places 6th at Lancer Smith; Seward nabs 7th at ACS Invitational
The Kenai wrestling team placed sixth and Soldotna seventh at the Lancer Smith Tournament at Palmer High School on Saturday.

Grace spikers sweep Nikiski
Grace Christian volleyball coach Janet Kinney said Nikiski played much better defense than her team did. Nikiski coach Sharon Thompson was not happy with her team's defense.

Bears come back to wipe out Tornado
After Kenai River had the tying goal waved off Thursday night, the Brown Bears imploded, allowing four unanswered tallies in dropping an 8-3 decision to Texas.

Peninsula Clarion - Sports News

Oilers Corner
University of Southern California junior Nick Buss has agreed to return to the Oilers in 2008. In 2006 action for the Oilers, Buss hit .369, collecting 58 hits with six doubles, five triples and two home runs. Buss also collected 23 RBIs. He also was a threat on the base paths, stealing 29 bases in 34 attempts. Buss was named to the Alaska Baseball League All-Star Team, and also was named the No. 1 prospect from the ABL by Baseball America. Buss is majoring in public policy and development and calls Clinton Township, Mich., home.

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