Monday, October 30, 2006

Series makes reader wonder
I spent over three months this summer looking after my elderly parents Outside. Dad is 91 and Mom is 90. After nearly 60 years of hearing the same favorite stories told in various versions, I am amazed that there is still so much that I don’t know about my folks. For instance: I learned two weeks ago that my Mom was a big Detroit Tigers fan back in the 30’s and 40’s. So, I looked up the Tigers’ record and discovered that they went to the World Series in 1934, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. They came back in ’35, winning over the Cubs in six games. They lost to the Reds in ’40, beat the Cubs in ‘45 and had to wait almost a quarter century until 1968, when they beat the Cards in seven games. They almost swept the Padres in ‘84. So what’s the big deal about them being there now? And is there a media conspiracy to prevent us from knowing that this (was) the third Series out of seven where they (were) facing the Cardinals?

Vote Sprague for honesty
If you look at the APOC website, you will notice that Pete Sprague has received campaign money from local folks (80%), while Kurt’s donors, (75%), are from Outside our area. In Oct., 2005, Kurt Olson accepted $3,000 from VECO employees now being investigated by the FBI. If this money was not for his campaign in 2006, why did they give it? Was it to buy a vote? The Clarion article on Oct. 24, 2006, states that Olson has not accepted VECO money for this campaign. We need honesty and integrity and that’s why I ask you to join me in voting for Pete Sprague.

Knowles had his chance
In recent days I have heard a very interesting new complaint against Sarah Palin, that she is using support for our troops as a political maneuver, and that Tony Knowles is the true patriot because he served in the Vietnam War. Well I suppose Sarah isn’t old enough to have been in that war but she is not alone in supporting our military men and women, every politician in our state should proclaim such support, good for her!

Pebble Mine risks not worth the profit that would go elsewhere
We as Alaskans have always prided ourselves on having such a beautiful, pristine state. But I believe the proposed Pebble Mine will jeopardize the pristine nature of Alaska that we all hold so dear. As many of you already know the Pebble Mine project, proposed by Northern Dynasty Minerals, would involve building one the largest gold and copper mines in the word in our own backyard, near Lake Iliamna. People need to realize the lasting effects that carving enormous pits into Alaska’s rich soul would have. The forests and mountain regions of Alaska cannot be easily reclaimed.

Get a grip with tire knowledge
Snow and ice have returned to the peninsula, so don’t let preparing your vehicle for winter slip your mind, leaving your vehicle to slide into a ditch.

Douglas knows ABCs of school finances
When the president of the school board quipped last week that the school district should guard against having its top finance officer snatched away, several people snickered.

Carving out a good time
The smell of pumpkin hung thickly in the air as dozen of people, young and old alike, gleefully gouged guts from orange gourds in Kenai on Saturday.

Joseph W. Dilley
Longtime Soldotna resident Joseph W. Dilley died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 66.

Chad Thomas Gorder
Soldotna resident Chad Thomas Gorder died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at his home. He was 32.

Gerald Earl Osborn
Homer resident Gerald Earl Osborn died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 51.

Chad Thomas Gorder
Soldotna resident Chad Thomas Gorder died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at his home. He was 32.

Burned by the mask: Military experience has reporter leery of live-fire assignment
People often ask what I like best about being a reporter, and while I only half-jokingly often answer “the paycheck,” the truth of the matter is I do really enjoying getting to take part is so many things I otherwise couldn’t as an average Joe.

Setting the record straight: Knowles makes mistakes in his assessment of gas line
Last week the Alaska Journal of Commerce published the gubernatorial candidates’ positions on the gas pipeline (web posted Sunday, October 22, 2006). This was of interest to me, having spent most of the last two years as the state’s chief negotiator on the Alaska North Slope gas pipeline contract.

Don’t let snow, ice be a surprise
For as much mental energy and conversation as Alaskans devote to the coming of winter and the timing of its first snowfall —whether with anticipation or dread — it is truly amazing that they’re so unprepared for it.

Paul Seaton: School funding needs to be more equitable
Age: 61

Ethics reform needed in Alaska: Putting Democrats in office would put state back on right track
For ethical government, elect Democrats this year. Even before the FBI raid on legislative offices, it should have been very clear from the last four years that the Republicans, still led by Randy “Convicted-on-Ethics-Charges” Ruedrich, are not seriously interested in setting high ethical standards.

Shorter session would limit public participation
Thank you for your calls and participation in the legislative process while I served you in Juneau for the past four years. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the important ballot measures with you.

Halloween should be scary, in a good way
But above all — slow down. It’s slick out there.

Peninsula People
The following is a partial list of 4-H winners at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik and the Palmer State Fair:

Murie, Watson marry in Michigan
Erin Murie and Adam Watson were married Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at First Baptist Church in Royal Oak, Mich.

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Chenault seeking 4th term in House
First elected in 2000, Rep. Mike Chenault is aiming for his fourth term in the Alaska House.

· Melissa K. Smith Glaves and Jesse Glaves of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Phoebe Ann Louise Glaves, at 12:11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds, 14.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview craft fair continues Stress management to be discussed Halloween party set for fun CPGH to host book fair Seniors to host fall bazaar Trapping, snaring classes set to spring Soldotna seniors plan bazaar, bake sale Diabetes cooking classes offered

Halloween safety tips
As ghosts, pirates and princesses prepare to descend on neighborhoods throughout communities Halloween night, the American Red Cross of Alaska offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

Back in the saddle again
Melba got her bike back.

Peninsula Reflections
This summer a 1969 interview of James “Little Jim” Dunmire by a representative of the U. S. Forest Service was donated to the Cooper Landing Museum. Little Jim and “Big Jim” O’Brien were mining partners and close friends.

Sick of the drive
In his first two months as Central Peninsula Health Foundation’s chief philanthropy officer, Peter Brennan said he has heard one message in particular loud and clear — people living on the peninsula want sick family members and friends to stay close to home while receiving the care they need.

Around the Peninsula
Halloween carnival set to spook Kasilof ‘trunk or treat’ set Free community Halloween party slated Harvest festival set to entertain Kenai ‘trunk or treat’ set Haunted swamp party planned Sports swap gears up SoHi craft fair planned Full swing golf available Challenger Center seeks volunteers Developmental screenings available

A View Askew
Good news in the world of sports — my cat’s off the disabled list.

Verba, Fabiano wed in Kenai
Noelle Marie Verba and John Paul Fabiano of Anchorage were married Saturday, July 22, 2006, at Our Lady of the Angles Catholic Church in Kenai. Sister Joyce Ross officiated.

Shooting for a Smile
As they waited in the long, snaking line, several dozen preteens at Kenai Middle School fidgeted and attempted to fix themselves up as best they could.

Government a top employer in Alaska
Better than one in every six working people on the Kenai Peninsula are employed in one way or another by local government entities, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Avoiding winter pet woes
Winter can be wonderful for pets and their caregivers, but it presents health hazards to man’s best friends, as well.

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Lower peninsula Senate, House seats up for grabs
Candidates vying for seats representing parts of the lower Kenai Peninsula say education, retirement debt, a gas pipeline and ethics are among the big issues lawmakers will be discussing when the new legislative session begins in January.

Skyview remains perfect
Tradition recoils at dishing out gifts on one’s own birthday, but Skyview senior Melissa Fay enjoyed doing just that Friday at Skyview High School.

Homer girls rule
When it comes to depth in Homer, they’re talking about the team, not the water.

Sports Brief
The Seward wrestling team led the Kenai Peninsula with a seventh-place finish on Friday and Saturday at the Anchorage Christian Schools Invitational.

Knights top Soldotna
The Soldotna volleyball team was a bit disappointed after finishing up the regular season with a Northern Lights Conference home loss to Colony on Saturday, but that’s fine with Stars coach Pako Whannell.

Sports Briefs
Both the Kenai Central and Soldotna hockey teams opened their seasons on Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center, with Kenai posting a 2-0 nonconference victory.

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