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Thursday, November 2, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules State record pumpkin to be carved Small business center host workshop Area banks collect for the hungry Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search

Palin’s lack of experience obvious
After the exciting primary results, I looked forward to hearing what each candidate would have to say. What I’ve discovered is, while Palin is quick, articulate as all get out, a silver tongued beauty, she needs time to mature, gain substance in her thinking, and delve deeper into the ethics philosophy that attracted many of us initially.

Reader votes for rail line
Happy Halloween!

Election should bring treats, not tricks
Trick or treat? Thoughts on Halloween and the election.

Big oil ‘coaching’ anti-Prop 2 sentiment
A bit of insight on the push to negate Prop 2:

Ballot measures awfully similar
Does anyone else see the similarity between primary Ballot Measure 2 and general election Ballot Measure 2? Both were the result of statewide citizens’ initiatives. The vote “No” groups are both composed of multi-national corporations working for the maximum return of their stockholders. Both “Yes” groups were grassroots efforts by a small number of determined individuals that support a fair tax structure for all business.

‘Owners’ should pay what gas is worth
I have to pay property taxes on my home and land based not on what I paid for it many years ago, but on what the borough determines it is worth if it were sold to someone else today. And if I don’t pay these taxes, the borough would take my property away from me.

Reader wants 2 to pass
Like a lot of other Alaskans, I’m fed up with the Alaska Oil and Gas Alliance’s adds on Proposition 2. Do these people think we are brain washable? I think we have all heard enough and now it is time for us to vote for the proposition just to show them we are not a bunch of stupid voters and are tired of the old military practice of tell somebody something 15 times and they will do it.

Reader: Experience not always a good thing
Voters should be aware there are two kinds of experience being paraded in front of them during this race to be the next governor. The Knowles camp has stressed the lack of experience from the Palin-Parnell candidates and has turned their efforts to the negative messages on that topic.

Ballot measure would have opposite effect
Ballot Measure 2 imposing a tax on North Slope gas reserves will have precisely the opposite effect of the one promised by its promoters. We finally have a window of opportunity to move forward with a gas project, but rather than speeding up construction of a gas pipeline, this misguided measure will delay it for years or derail it altogether.

Four more years?
Candidate Knowles makes much of his prior experience with the oil industry. However, a factual review of his dealings indicates much of that “experience” involved subverting Alaska’s interests to Big Oil.

Reader: Vote Democrat
Although I’ve spoken out against the current Republicans for making such a mess out of my dad’s party, what they do doesn’t really affect me as much as some people. Being that I’m in my 50s, I don’t have to worry about fighting their wars (yet, anyway). I just feel it’s my responsibility to speak out against warmongering.

‘Yes’ on Prop. 2 in public’s best interest
Ballot measure 2 does what the legislature and governor have been unwilling to do for 30 years. It sends the oil companies a bill for not producing our natural gas reserves.

Prop. 2 should pass
In my opinion prop two should pass. I know several people who work on the slope and as long as there is oil up there they have no incentive to sell gas or build the gas line the only thing they understand is what effects their bottom line “ money.” Prop two hit’s them in the pocketbook the only thing they understand and it would cost them a lot of money to litigate also.

Election coverage shows bias
A comment on Hal Spence’s piece covering Wednesday’s (Oct. 25) debate between the gubernatorial candidates is warranted. It is often easy to see Mr. Spence’s bias in his reporting, but never more so than in this particular case. To read his coverage would give one the impression that Sarah Palin said little or nothing throughout the entire event. I did not attend the debate myself, but have spoken to two people who did; both indicated Ms. Palin had plenty to say.

Knowles picks were fishy
Tony Knowles must have taken a lesson from Frank Murkowski when it comes to campaign promises. Knowles promises to appoint people to the Board of Fish who are balanced and will manage biologically. He doesn’t want any lightning rods. Yet his record shows that he only appoints lightning rods or wimpy yes-men.

Voters should get say in annexation
The City of Homer, Alaska has plans to annex 26 square miles of land surrounding Homer. So far, the Alaska State Superior Court has unfairly approved a 4.5 square mile area favoring such annexation

Gas reserves tax debated in Soldotna
Alaskans have waited long enough without receiving any benefit from North Slope natural gas resources, Rep. Eric Croft told about 75 people attending a public debate on Ballot Measure 2 at the Soldotna Sports Center on Tuesday.

CPGH board gives itself a raise
Loretta Flanders is retired, but you might not guess it by looking at her schedule and the immense responsibility she shoulders.

Fewer students, more options
There aren’t as many kids in Kenai as there used to be, and they’re now spread out among more schools than there used to be.

Jack-up rig still a go
Contrary to what was being discussed on local talk radio Monday, Escopeta Oil Co. is moving forward with plans to bring a leased jack-up rig to Cook Inlet next spring, but the plans are not without a hitch.

Plug pulled on float plane basin
Now that winter weather is here and area aviators have taken the floats off their planes, construction workers at Kenai Municipal Airport have pulled the plug on the floatplane basin and are in the process of mining sand from the bottom.

Woman dies after being struck twice
A pedestrian died Monday night after she was struck first by a truck and then a second time by a car on the Kenai Spur Highway in North Kenai.

5-year-old killed in shooting accident
A bullet wounded and killed a five-year-old, after a rifle was discharged by one of the boy's siblings in their home in Kasilof, Wednesday.

State needs new vision: First step to elect new leadership to compete aggressively
For the last 30 years, the state of Alaska has based its annual investments in education, public safety and community health on the fluctuating price of a barrel of oil. Alaska can no longer afford this type of leadership.

Gas line key to success: Palin: Kenai Peninsula rich in human, natural resources
Some people are not big talkers on airplanes. I don’t blame them. Airplanes are loud and uncomfortable anyway, so the idea of half-yelling over the engines for hours on end is not exactly appealing. Last week I had the pleasure of flying to Kenai and I was sitting next to two gentlemen who qualified as airplane non-talkers.

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support meeting set Soroptimists to meet Food drive ready to gather Diabetes cooking classes offered Kayaking, water safety classes slated Christmas bazaar set to sale Dinner theater set to entertain Craft fair, flea market planned

Around the Peninsula
Seniors to host fall bazaar KPBSD to hold Title Vll meeting Trapping, snaring classes set to spring Cribbage club to gather Sports swap gears up Habitat hosts open house, dedication Seniors serve up breakfast Post traumatic stress to be discussed Child birth film set to show Historical Society plans events Craft vendors sought

Skyview leads pack at NLC tourney
When the Northern Lights Conference volleyball tournament gets under way today at Kodiak, the Skyview and Palmer teams will be the favorites to advance to the tournament championship match.

Bulldogs shoot for fourth straight state berth
As Bruce King puts it, expectations are always high for the Nikiski volleyball team.

Artists in Motion
“So it goes ‘k-chung, k-chung, k-chung,’ after that is the arm open to the audience?” asks a woman dressed in a brightly colored garment swirling as she moves.

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Poet’s Corner
If you have come to fish, I really do have doubt

Around the District
VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Aurora Borealis Charter Cook Inlet Academy Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Head Start Kenai Middle Mountain View Elementary Nikiski North Star Elementary Nikiski Middle High Ninilchik School READS Primary Redoubt Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Tebughna School Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Program emphasizes good qualities for students
What does a mayor, a soldier, a state trooper, a fire chief, a postal employee and a refinery manager have in common with 415 elementary school students?

Kenai Peninsula College spring semester schedule available online
A list of course offerings for the spring semester is available from the homepage of the Kenai Peninsula College Web site. The public will be able to register at 8 a.m. Dec. 1.

Photo feature: Home-school ghouls
  Photos courtesy Connections Entries in the Connections home-school program’s pumpkin contest followed an Alaska theme. Pumpkins were decorated as, clockwise from left, a bat, a ram, a musk ox and a polar bear.

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