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Friday, November 2, 2007

'Sign'ing in
Doug Field of Kenai Neon Sign Co. installs a new sign at Stanley Ford in Soldotna earlier this week. Tony Stanley reopened the closed dealership in April.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Sutherland promoted to branch manager Women in business to gather Enstar kicks off United way fundraiser Children's cooking workshops offered Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Fisheries business assistance available

Process allows for disagreement when groups have strong beliefs
Sunday morning, looking for inspiration on a local radio station, I heard instead an ad by ACT speaking of the whining of candidates who were elected by their districts in a controversial election.

Reader: More power to the voters!
Voters in the borough should take exception to the editorials in this paper and the recent letter to the editor for putting the blame on them for voting in term limits and their favorite candidate concurrently.

Meeting offered good insight
I wanted to thank the Cook Inlet Alliance for putting on such an informative meeting on Oct. 17 concerning mine toxins. The focus of the meeting was the effects that Pebble Mine and the Chuitna Coal Mines could likely have on this area and the surrounding people and wildlife.

Contributions mean a lot
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors, staff and myself, I wish to thank all of the generous Kambe Theatre moviegoers during the Cans Film Festival on Sept. 28. Attendees brought three cans of food to receive a free admission ticket plus small popcorn.

Torture is torture Waterboarding:
STEP 1: The victim's hands and feet are tied down or shackled to a board and their head is held in place so they are not able to move;

Trying to keep them together
When the state Office of Children's Services is called to investigate a potential case of child abuse, its initial aim is to keep the children together and keep them with the family, according to the Kenai OCS.

Bannock loses top job at DMV
The commissioner of the Department of Administration has fired former Kenai City Councilman Duane Bannock from his job as director of the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Road under repair
Folks looking to get in some last minute trout fishing will have to wait until Friday if they plan on heading to the Swan Lake area. Due to repairs and replacements to culverts at Doghouse and Swan creeks, Swan Lake Road will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Photo feature: Flaming Youth
Breann Huff impersonates a rocker from the band KISS at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club's Trunk or Treat event Wednesday night. Volunteers handed out candy to trick-or-treaters who worked their way from vehicle to vehicle.

Holiday help headed for Kenai food bank
The sum isn't huge, but every little bit helps when it comes to feeding the needy on Thanksgiving.

Physical, behavioral health care soon under same roof
For now, the two non-profit health agencies, Central Peninsula Health Centers and Central Peninsula Counseling Services, are coming together to occupy the same physical address in Soldotna.

Worldwide hops market affects peninsula brewers
Beer drinkers may soon be lamenting rising production costs and shortages of ingredients for flavoring and fermenting.

Senator wants windfall tax revenue to repay Constitutional Budget Reserve
Senate Republican Minority Leader Gene Therriault says half of Alaska's windfall revenues resulting from high oil prices should be used to repay $5 billion in budget-balancing loans from the Constitutional Budget Reserve Account in recent years.

ACES battle looms
Sen. Tom Wagoner, a member of the Republican minority, said that the Senate's version of Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed oil and gas tax bill is taking a wrong path, and that differing opinions among members could erupt when the measure goes to a final vote.

Alaska pinks used for food aid programs
ANCHORAGE Wild Alaska pink salmon, purchased through federal food aid programs, now feeds hungry people in Cambodia and Guatemala, and pilot programs are in the works to provide salmon to those contracted with AIDS.

Time to fall back
Whether it's springing forward or falling back, Daylight Savings Time is seldom anything but convenient. Sure you get an extra hour of sleep in the autumn, but how much more daylight can you possibly save when you live in Alaska?

Day of culture and education planned for Saturday
The holidays are a time when many gifts are given, from the candy handed out to children on Halloween, to the offerings of food on Thanksgiving, to the exchanging of presents at Christmas. Several local Alaska Native organizations are planning one more day of giving as part of National American Indian Heritage Month.

Peggy Sue Kjostad
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Peggy Sue Kjostad died Oct. 17, 2007, in Fresno, Calif. She was 48.

Mona Jeanne Chapman Anderson
Former Ninilchik resident Mona Jeanne Chapman Anderson died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash., after a year and a half struggle with a severe stroke to her brain and seizure complications. She was 48.

Don't be tricked by politicians who offer treats
Is Halloween over?

Saying goodbye to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
After living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth for the last seven-plus years, and working at one of the most exciting national wildlife refuges in the United States, I will be leaving the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Deputy Refuge Manager position on Nov. 25. I'm leaving the Kenai for an exciting job opportunity in Washington, D.C., as the new Chief of the Branch of Law Enforcement Operations for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Around the Peninsula
Fall fun day planned

Around the Peninsula
Mission dinner fundraiser slated Caregiver Appreciation Day set Ninilchik community meeting scheduled Habitat re-opens application period

Kenai hockey tops Homer
Welcome to Alaska, Henrik Janefeldt.

Marey, Ritchie seek state swim crowns
After finishing seventh at state in the 100-yard freestyle last year, Soldotna's Lyla Marey said she couldn't wait to begin her offseason training program so she could make it to the big show again this year.

ACS tops Kenai
The host Anchorage Christian Schools wrestling team defeated Kenai Central on Thursday in a dual meet 53-24. Kenai received its points on pins from Justin Hensler at 152, Jaron Dambacher at 171, Kyle Rogers at 189 and Wes Quade at 215.

Nikiski aiming for state trip
With just four members back from last season's team that placed fourth in the state, Nikiski will be hard-pressed to duplicate that success.

Poet's Corner
Alaska speaks to me ...

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Graphic novel, art workshops slated Lungs for hire Holiday bazaars seek crafty people VFW essay scholarship entries due today Artists in Schools seeks applicants

It's not really Alaska, but it's dark
"30 Days of Night"

High praise
The Kenai Peninsula is known for its outdoor wealth: Cook Inlet, the rivers, the fish and wildlife. Now local watercolorists are doing their part to bolster the fame of our part of the state.

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

Church Briefs
Children's group planned

God's love does not change with the time
"Spring forward fall back," set the clock up one hour, slow down or slow up: these are some of the directions we either receive or give at times. The big question is: do we (or our hearers) understand exactly what is meant by the command?

Matsumoto to return
Kevin Matsumoto, a right-handed pitcher, will return to the Peninsula Oilers this summer after playing with them in 2006.

Colts, you're fired! Pats, you're hired!
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