Saturday, November 5, 2005

Store comes with high price
My husband and I were very saddened to see that Kenai has decided to allow Wal-Mart to build a super center there. Our interest in the Kenai Peninsula is long term, as we have vacationed there for several years, own property in the borough and want to retire there.

2005 motocross season couldn’t roll without help
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions 2005 motocross season has come to an end. The season was fun, a little wet and muddy, yet very successful. The season would not have been possible without all the volunteers and sponsors. I would like to thank the following volunteers for all the time spent out at the track burying tires, picking up trash, ensuring our water truck stayed operational and watering and grooming the track, handing out trophies, scoring, flagging and the other duties that come with making the races happen: Bruce, Darla and Logan Rosing, Renie Aragon, Sam Emery, Jason and Becky Szymanski, Brent and Debbie Hibbert, Brian and Candi Engen, Barney Phillips, Warren Vincent, Dan Kouf, Lou Maciariello, Tim Grote, Dean and Becky Ravin, Mike Arno, Kevin Herrin, Ricky Bailey, Mark Carr, Shelby Nelson, Dan and Jackie Greene, Shawn Jones, Mike Kelly, SammiJo Kelly, Brian and Krystal Walden, Jessica Newton, Dave and Marilyn Denney, Mike and Nancy Rewis, Ken and Connie Hamilton, Chet Soares, Mike and Tasha Lott, Kurt Braun, Darrin and Nina Marion, Bill Miller, Monty and Terri Owens, Royce Christensen, Roger, Lisa, Cortni and Jed Brown, Sherry, Myles and Sadie Ridling and Michael and Melissa Stangel.

New solutions needed
There are several answers to the energy problem, but none of them are the invasion and despoiliage of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Crude oil is a finite resource. We must develop new technologies and new concepts of energy gathering and use. Moreover, we must rethink our wasteful lifestyles so that we achieve the same goals with significantly less energy used.

Will Wal-Mart turn Kenai into ghost town?
I just saw a picture of a man from Chicago with a sign, “No Wal-Mart.” I have heard on the news how Wal-Mart is no longer trying to build in the big cities, nor in California. The people are all against Wal-Mart. So now Wal-Mart is going to the little towns.

Alcohol a factor in crash death
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a traffic accident that left one man dead Wednesday evening on the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik.

Kenai to keep public up on Wal-Mart development
At least two members of the Kenai City Council want to assure the public is kept in the loop on developments involving the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center coming to town.

Inlet fishing sparks lawsuit
After years of mounting frustration over what they consider increasing limited access to the waters in which they fish, Cook Inlet commercial fisherman have asked the court to intercede.

Photo features: Driven to cross?
A young bull moose eyes traffic on Marathon Road in Kenai recently.

Howard ‘Buzz’ Hughley
Longtime Alaska resident Howard “Buzz” Hughley died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at his home in Nikiski. He was 75.

Thomas ‘Tod’ Henry Peterson
Longtime Soldotna resident Thomas “Tod” Henry Peterson died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, surrounded by his family at his home. He was 76.

Free ride good health care for peninsula
Help is on the way.

Trip to Ireland provides unique perspective on local wildlife
My wife being at least half-Irish by blood and by virtue of surviving a quarter-century of marriage to me is probably eligible for sainthood or her

Around the Peninsula
Bazaar, bake sale fund-raiser continuesFarm Bureau harvest dinner setCommunity discussion plannedDevelopmental screening fair scheduledSenior cafe openMedicare to be discussedVoters group to gatherCompetency-based education to be discussed

Panthers, Kardinals get wins
The Kenai Central and Skyview high school volleyball teams are one step closer to — and one win away from — reaching the state tournament.

Skyview hockey is on hold
The season of the Skyview High School hockey team has been put on hold due to the limited number of eligible players on the squad.

Homer tops Eagle River
The Homer hockey team opened up the Peninsula Ice Challenge by defeating Eagle River 5-2 Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Area swimmers seek state championships
Kenai Central senior Landon Mishler is the only athlete from the Kenai Peninsula entering the state swimming and diving championships at Bartlett High School today and Saturday with the top seed time in his event.

Church Briefs
Winter clothing give away setClothes Quarters openAll saints concert tuning upBible study group to meetNikiski Bible study in progressRevelation study slatedSoldotna Bible study setBible study class continues

Don’t waste prayer on the puny
The current concern about a possible bird flu pandemic killing hundreds of thousands brings back memories of the Asiatic flu, a vicious virus of the ‘50s that claimed many lives.

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