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Saturday, November 3, 2007

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

Church Briefs
Children's group planned

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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