Saturday, November 4, 2006

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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