Saturday, November 1, 2008

Time for change
The general election is coming Nov. 4, and time to make some big decisions regarding our local representation in the state House and Senate. Over the past 10 years we have been represented by people who have run under the Republican ticket as conservatives, and they have been elected by a majority of the people even though our state budget has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.

Nader earns support
Ralph Nader has worked with Alaska activists for more than 30 years. He fought for justice after the Exxon Valdez, opposed limits on justice for victims of work-related injuries, fought for Alaska rights and opposed attacks on the permanent fund.

Stevens needs to bow out
The facts have been presented, the jury has served, "Guilty on all seven counts."

Mothers show support for Anderson
None of us are really political people, but when we heard a rumor that Dr. Nels Anderson was not Pro-Life, we had to speak up.

Palin criticism growing old
I am sick of the criticism of Governor Palin.

Reader backs Anderson
I'm grateful that Dr. Nels Anderson is willing to run for the state Senate to defend our health care and speak up for those of us who don't speak so well for ourselves.

Women's votes can make a difference
Our great-grandmothers organized rallies and demonstrations and endured episodes of ranting and degradation from society in the name of securing a woman's right to vote. This is a free country we live in; today more than ever before, we realize how dearly that freedom costs our nation.

Fair, but needs work
The way the Kenai Peninsula Borough assesses property can be fair, but needs fixing, members of a task force launched to review how the borough attaches value to buildings and land has concluded.

Soldotna drafts wish list
Soldotna city staffers have drafted a slate of proposed capital improvement projects for the city council to consider as it prepares a priority list for the borough to submit to the state.

Candidates for state office express disappointment in Stevens
Like their Republican counterparts did earlier this week, challengers vying for state offices representing the Kenai Peninsula expressed disappointment after seeing Sen. Ted Stevens convicted by a federal jury.

Candidates spar for District Q seat
The contest for the Alaska Senate seat from District Q pits a Republican incumbent who's decision in the last session left him outside the bipartisan power block, and a Democrat who says he isn't about party politics.

Fire strikes twice in Nikiski house
A Nikiski home suffered an estimated $10,000 worth of damage after two separate fires ignited at the same residence. The first broke out Wednesday afternoon and the second on Thursday morning.

Photo feature: Boo!
A jack-'o-lantern waits Thursday night for this evening's trick or treat or treaters at an apartment on Auk St. in Kenai.

Christy S. (Crume) Dillon
Longtime Nikiski resident Christy S. (Crume) Dillon died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at her home. She was 39.

Focus remains on resources
Alaska is, first and foremost, a resource state.

Time to make some changes
Many have asked, "Doc, why would you run for Senate?" Well, let me tell you.

Have a safe, fun time -- and be careful -- tonight
Goblins, ghouls and ghosts will be out and about tonight -- along with plenty of kids and adults looking for an enjoyable Halloween evening. Let's make sure all the scares are in good fun, and that everyone who ventures out makes it home safely.

Sterling musher hits the trail with team of rescued sled dogs
While the snow has yet to blanket the entire Kenai Peninsula, most mushers have been training their dog teams for months, and Ashley Irmen of Sterling is no exception.

Times may be hectic, but remember the important stuff
The news these days seems to be filled with more than a few topics that make life a little less than pleasant: war on terror, world economic slowdown, corruption in politics, global warming -- these things are changing countless lives, some in very real ways, and some in creating a seemingly constant drag down on the human spirit.

Wagoner: Need to take 'anes' out of pipeline flow
Age: 65

Anderson: State must decide needs vs luxuries
Age: 62

Skyview wrestlers top Nikiski
An eager Skyview wrestling team jumped out to a 27-0 lead en route to a 54-21 dual meet victory over Nikiski at Skyview on Thursday.

Local swimmers set for region meet in Valdez
By land, air and sea, the Kenai Peninsula's five swim teams will travel to Valdez for the Region III swimming and diving championships on Friday and Saturday.

Bulldogs take 2nd in Barrow last weekend
The Nikiski volleyball team placed second at the Whaler Invitational in Barrow last weekend.

Church Briefs

Gospel meetings continue

In climate of fear, believe in God and fear not
I was 5 years old when I discovered Halloween. We had a porch in front of our house with a large picture window. It was a dark gloomy evening and the porch was poorly lit. I was in the living room and looked out to see, well, I wasn't sure what I saw.

Brown Bears ready for 2 with Avalanche
Kenai River kept Fairbanks off the third-period scoreboard Friday night and managed the tying goal on a penalty shot with under a minute to play. The Brown Bears then netted the game-winner with 7.6 seconds left in overtime in capturing an inspirational 3-2 win over the Ice Dogs at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Prognosticators, Pats, Colts playing catchup
For all intents and purposes, let's just call it Matthew Carroll versus Daryl Palmer.

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