Friday, November 3, 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

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

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.

Voter remembers what Knowles has forgot
Originally I would paint Tony Knowles two terms in Juneau as eight gray, indistinctive years. In Anchorage his record cheese sales and naming as trail after himself are standouts. Knowles idea of “real balance” on the board of fish was appointing three Cook Inlet “pocketeers.” Knowles allowed the once vital public board of fish process to be altered without the customary public notice and comment period. In a recent debate in Kenai, Knowles spoke of “a squeaky clean administration.” Forget about appointees with substance problems or conflicts of interest or disclosure failures.

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: Vote for Alaska; vote for Halcro
To all people who believe in Alaska, I’d like to say to the voters of Alaska don’t be afraid to vote for the betterment of Alaska. Palin claims to be the “White knight” and take you down a golden path, and Knowles pledges to be an experienced “Old hand” and take you down the same golden path. Don’t vote against either one of them, don’t be afraid to vote for a leader, or choosing the underdog, that was all done in the primary when we threw Murkowski out. Now vote for Alaska again, vote for Halcro.

Third time no charm for Knowles
Former Governor Knowles’ third times around campaign promises are as meaningless now as they were the first two times. His eight-year record as governor is the measuring stick on how he will govern not his rhetoric campaign promises. One of the main reasons Alaska became a state, as stated in Alaska’s Constitution, was to manage our own fish and game.

There’s a reason oil companies like Knowles
The oil companies and some big businesses are supporting former Governor Knowles. This is not surprising. They supported him the last two times he ran. What it tells me is that these oil companies and businesses want

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.

Rifle accident kills 5-year-old
A bullet wounded and killed a 5-year-old boy after a rifle was discharged by one of the boy’s siblings in their home in Kasilof on Wednesday evening.

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.

Kenai land purchased by Lowe’s for $1.65 million
Sold! For the sum of $1.65 million, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Inc. now owns just under 15 acres of Kenai land.

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.

Patrick McLane Babitt
Kasilof resident Patrick McLane Babitt died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. He was 5.

Katherine Frank
Alaska Native and Kenai resident Katherine Frank died Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, from injuries in an auto/pedestrian accident on the Kenai Spur Highway near Kenai. She was 56.

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.

Sprague: Time for a change
I am running for the Soldotna/Kenai/K-Beach State House seat because I believe that you are ready for a change in your representation in Juneau. Like many of you, I came to Alaska for the adventure, and discovered that there is no place that I would rather live. I have been an Alaska resident for more than thirty years.

Olson: Spur line is a priority
After graduating from college on the GI Bill, my wife, Barbara, and I moved to Alaska in 1977. Seeing that the Peninsula would be a great place to live and raise a family, we moved here in 1982. We raised two daughters, Madelyn and Valerie, and we still love the Peninsula as much as ever. I have worked as a commercial insurance broker, a custom seafood processor, in the tourism industry, as legislative staff, and the past two years in the Alaska House of Representatives for Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof and K-Beach. Having worked many years in the private sector, I know what it means to meet payroll, pay for health insurance and for workers compensation coverage.

Candidates make for tough, but good choices
There are tough decisions ahead.

Outdoor Briefs
Sports swap gears upDucks unlimited banquet set

New Recruit?
  Klas Stolpe A black bear cub walks along a dock railing at the United States Coast Guard dock in Petersburg, Alaska, Thursday Nov. 2, 2006. At least eight bear cubs have been seen without mothers this fall and biologists with the Department of Fish & Game think it is due to the poor salmon runs and low berry growth this summer. The agency has also contacted zoos for help since it is doubtful the cubs will survive the winter, but black bear cubs are not in demand.

Uncertain conditions leave area mushers in fall training limbo
At this time of year when temperatures fluctuate just a few degrees on either side of freezing, many find the wintry mix that results a time to stay in doors. But not all.

When it comes to bear deterrents, is lethal, smelly or scary best?
Bear protection is a universal interest among outdoor Alaskans. Outside of our various protective shells, we are intruders on bear turf and bears can have a proprietary objection to our presence.

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

Around the Peninsula
Preschool offered in NikiskiFall bazaar continuesSoldotna seniors plan bazaar, bake saleFree movies showingTaxes to be discussedQuilters to meetHabitat to host dedicationFood drive ready to gatherSeniors serve up breakfastHistorical society to meetDiabetes cooking classes offeredNutrition classes availableHospice to host open houseCoed basketball plannedDevelopmental screenings availableFood bank board meeting planned

It’s a 3-way race for House District 33 seat
Of all the legislative races on the Kenai Peninsula, only the one for House District 33 can be said to be a real contest.

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.

SoHi, Kenai, Homer, Seward seek individual medals at state competition
In years past and with more experienced teams, Soldotna swimming coach Sohail Marey lightened his team’s regimen a couple of weeks prior to the state competition.

Kenai Central notches victory over East in Ice Challenge opener
Soldotna coach Aaron Swanson was impressed with Lathrop forward TJ Leibl before the game even began.

Winner of NLC semifinal match punches ticket to state tourney
The Skyview and Soldotna volleyball teams picked up victories on Thursday in the opening round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Kodiak.

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

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

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

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.

Uniting the world
As part of its worship celebration, and in honor of United Nations Day at Soldotna United Methodist Church, a special Racial and Social Justice Award and Gift in Mission pin was recently presented to Nancy Cranston by Pat Wise, president of the Alaska Missionary Conference United Methodist Women. Nancy and her late husband, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles “Chuck” Cranston, began hosting international students in 1963. AFS is one of the world’s largest community-based volunteer organizations dedicated to building a more just and peaceful world through international student exchange.

Church Briefs
Music service set to praiseWoman’s Bible class plannedLutefisk, lefse dinner slated

God, not ‘things’ can fulfill needs, yearnings
“Always try to do what is good. In this lies the secret to a happy successful life on earth all in a nutshell,” my Dad said to me when I was a young man.

Irvine’s Gerloff returns to Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers are excited to announce that Chance Gerloff has signed to return for his second season with the team. The junior second baseman is from the University of California Irvine. Gerloff appeared in 13 games for the Oilers before suffering a back injury, which shut his summer down in 2006. Gerloff hit .256 with four stolen bases and was a big part of the Oilers infield. Gerloff is majoring in social ecology and is from Freedom, Okla.

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