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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

You changed your clocks...Did you change your smoke detector batteries?
By now everyone in Alaska has changed their clocks to Daylight Savings Time, but CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, wants to double check that everyone also remembered to change their smoke alarm batteries. “Central Emergency Services reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives by changing the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clock, and if you forgot, it’s still not too late,” says Hale. According to studies 96% of American homes have smoke alarms, 23% don’t work due to worn or missing batteries. “Non-working smoke alarms deny residents the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries. Currently in 2006, Alaska has had 13 fire fatalities, of which, 82 % did not have working smoke detectors or no smoke detector at all. Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire,” said Hale.

Media members feel the heat at CES training center
When members of the media talk about getting into “hot spots” they usually are speaking figuratively, last week however, Chief Chris Mokracek of Central Emergency Services(CES) invited the media to literally feel the heat that firefighters experience on a daily basis, “We have a very dedicated group of firefighters here on the Peninsula and I thought it would be a good opportunity for media people to experience first hand the sights, smells and heat of what firefighters here on the Peninsula and across the nation experience any time we answer a call,” said Mokracek. “I never realized the sensory depravation when you enter a burning building, the fire is terribly loud, you hear voices but you have no idea where they are coming from, you literally can’t see a thing, you have a flash light in your hand but the smoke is so thick you can’t see it at the end of your hand, all you can do is feel your way along the wall, hose or stairway until you get to the flame, then the heat and the steam hits you. I always knew these were special people, but now I understand how special they truly are,” said a reporter.

The “Tie Guy” is gone... Long live “Suspenderman!”
U.S. Postal Clerk Steve Adams has been fondly known as the “Tie Guy” at the Soldotna Post Office for nearly a decade. During that time he collected more than 300 some ties from postal patrons who would bring him colorful ties from all over the world. Rather than drapes in his home Adams had tie racks that acted as curtains which displayed his ties from which he would make his daily selection. It all started back in the mid-nineties when Steve bought a few colorful ties that the Postal Service was selling to promote a series of Looney tune cartoon stamps and Adams started wearing them to work. “The customers really seemed to like them so I continued to wear these ties and started purchasing other fun, colorful, gaudy type ties for myself and wore them to work and it snow balled from there. The first tie that was given to me by a customer was of Big Bird from the Sesame Street TV show. The collection continued to grow to the tune of one or two a month from customers and tourists who would see wild ties on vacation and buy them for me to wear,” said Adams.

BOSU for you...and much more at the Fitness Place
BOSU is an acronym for "both sides up,” because the BOSU Balance Trainer can be used with the platform side either up or down for different types of balance challenge, says Fitness Place owner Melissa May. According to May, the solid platform is 25 inches in diameter and the dome is inflated until it is firm. Two recessed handles on the bottom of and towards the sides on the platform make it easy to turn over or carry. “This hybrid fitness product has its genesis in the field of medicine, as well as balance, functional and sports specific training. Neuromuscular physiology, which helps to define human movement, provides the science that backs this remarkably complete approach to training,” says May.

Don’t be left out in cold, vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 2
I am so sick of the lies and misinformation the “No” on 2 people are spreading all over Alaska. If the oil companies were really going to build a gas pipeline, then the reserve tax would be a moot point. The reserve tax goes away when a pipeline is built. The only reason the No people keep saying this tax will add to the cost of the pipeline is because they do not plan to build it for many years.

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?

Packed concert was fun for all
Saturday night was a night to behold. The Alaska Peace Officers had their annual concert to raise money for the youth in our community and boy was it a hit! I was so thrilled to see that the Renee Henderson Auditorium was filled to the rafters! That was just awesome and so wonderful to see. It was also so great to walk in and see Gordon Griffin standing there like old times. I was so sorry to find out he was there because of sad circumstances, but it was so nice to see him never the less. He was such a fixture there for so many years and did such a wonderful job of running the venue. I truly appreciated all he did.

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.

Palin will help heal health care
At a recent health care debate at UAA, Sarah Palin showed that she is the candidate who understands the real problem creating higher health care costs for Alaskans: government restriction of competitive services through the State’s certificate of need (CON) laws. These laws restrict doctors from providing a cost effective choice in medical care and only serve to protect medical monopolies that are making substantial profits from Alaskans.

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.

Students grateful for chanceto get down to business
We would like to thank the following businesses in Kenai that the students at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science interviewed. We learned a great deal about your businesses in our community. The businesses we would like to thank are:

Workers help garden grow
The Sterling area senior citizens have a memorial garden created and crafted by the efforts of our wonderful volunteer core at the senior center. Recently this garden was beautified through the United Way Day of Caring for Agencies.

Climate change event gets warm welcome
Global warming is threatening Earth’s ecosystems and efforts to harness those human activities contributing to it must begin immediately if the planet is to avoid the worst of the effects, say scientists at a three-day workshop on the world’s changing climate held this week in Homer.

Fog hides trailer blaze
Dense ice fog obscured a remote Sterling mobile home as it caught fire Sunday night, allowing the fire to grow to disastrous proportions and leave the home’s owner with nothing to return to.

Flu shot event put off for now
Before the first flu shot was even shot, borough emergency managers received a lesson in pandemic preparedness.

Ice slips up unwary drivers
No need to visit a haunted house for a good scare. White-knuckled drivers have been sliding, spinning and rolling their way into ditches since road conditions became slick last week, keeping Soldotna Alaska State Troopers busy.

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

Nathan W. Irwin
Former 20-year Soldotna resident Nathan W. Irwin died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, in Grayland, Wash. He was 70.

Jack Kahn
Former Soldotna resident Jack Kahn died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, in Reno, Nev., of heart failure. He was 57.

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

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

Tapping Alaska’s dreams: Kenai Peninsula is a microcosm of state issues that need solutions
My wife Susan and I, newly married, came to Alaska with a dream. I was fresh out of the Army and out of college — and jumped into the Alaska oil patch. I worked at Prudhoe Well No. 2 and on the Grayling Platform in Cook Inlet, my first Alaska jobs. They were life-changing experiences.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Births
· 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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Stress management to be discussed Winter gear sought Nutrition classes available Recycling group to meet KPBSD to hold Title Vll meeting Seniors to host fall bazaar Soldotna seniors plan bazaar, bake sale Taxes to be discussed Quilters to meet

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

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.

Back in the saddle again
Melba got her bike back.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

Still going
Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans was at a football game this year when he and an opposing coach started talking hoops.

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.

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