Saturday, November 6, 2010

Trunk or Treat 2010 was bigger and better than ever
Many, many thanks to the wonderful sponsors, volunteers and to everyone who met "The Challenge" and donated items for Trunk of Treat 2010. Homer Electric Association, CH2MHILL, Marathon Alaska, Production LLC, Cali 1st Nails, Brown Agency, The Law Office of Robert J. Molloy, Carlile, Stanley Ford, Odom Coca Cola of Kenai, Phormation, Blockbuster of Kenai, Udelhoven Oilfield Services, The City of Kenai, Kenai Fire Department, Dorothy Wagnor, Challenger Learning Center, The Kenai Police Department., Arby's, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, Bill Gregg, Lisa Murkowski and supporters, J&S Diesel, The Parfitt family, FedEx, The Harsha family and friends, Frontier Community Services, The Milburn family, Faby Peck, Georganne Roberts, Sparky, CISPRI, Kenai Alternative High School, Magnum Motors, Peak Oilfield Services, American Legion, First Student, Our Lady of the Angels, Waisanen for State House, The River Covenant Church, Holiday Station, The Thornton family and friends, Management Recruiters South Central LLD, Adkins Chiropractic, The Bundy family, The Coast Guard, Susan McLaury, Jen Moore, the staff from the Kenai Boys & Girls Club, and everyone else that participated in this fun event.

The next time a politician calls . . .
RING -- RING . . .

Not a fan of testing students for drugs
That the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is considering a drug testing policy for student "athletes" is, in my opinion, discriminatory. There are many extra-curricular activities offered to students. If they are considering this policy it should be across the board. Whether you are a member of the school debate team, cheer squad, drum line, after-school construction class participant or any athletic team, etc., to "single out" the athletes is definitely discrimination.

It's still time to be bear aware
If you think it's hibernation time for bears, think again.

One fatality in Nikiski wreck
One person has died in a fatal car crash this morning near the Nikiski Fire Station 1, Alaska State Troopers say.

Cash landing at Bing's? Popular fishing hole may see some rebuild money
"Loved to death" is an oft-used phrase when it comes to fishing holes on the Kenai Peninsula.

Erosion tops Kenai's capital improvement list
The City of Kenai has identified its state and federal budget requests for fiscal year 2012 with a list of capital improvement projects.

17 Kenai Peninsula residents charged in Oxycodone distribution and money laundering conspiracy
Federal prosecutors on Friday charged 17 Kenai Peninsula residents for their alleged involvement in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation in Nevada and Alaska.

Lila 'Maxine' Plett
Former Soldotna and Anchorage resident Lila "Maxine" Plett died Nov. 2, 2010, in Snowflake, Ariz. She was 94.

Working together for a reasonable solution to noise
We'd like to take a moment to commend two individuals who embarked on an effort to solve a problem, and sealed the deal with a handshake.

Please keep safe on our wintry roads
The tragic death of 14-year-old Rylene Oskolkoff in a vehicle collision last Tuesday is a grim reminder that we live in a land and a climate that is inherently deadly.

An Outdoor View: The master exaggerator
In 1937, George Leonard Herter started a revolution.

Perils of Polly: Tough traveling transition decisions
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

A sport of mental toughness
Members of area riflery teams know they're not thought of as jocks.

Refuge Notebook: A trek across the Kenai 160 years ago in search of beetles
As the entomologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a major assignment of mine is to catalog the diverse kinds of insects that live here. I tend to view this region as a relatively new frontier, with many fascinating little animals yet to be discovered. I have recently been learning about an entomological exploration of the Kenai Peninsula that took place when this really was a frontier.

Around the Peninsula

Got health?

Voices of Religion: Break free from the chains that bind you
The woman before me in a checkout line was returning a carton of cigarettes.

Church Briefs

Bluegrass gospel featured

Nikiski netters chasing state bid
Nikiski coach Amber Oliva-Douglas is embracing her team's underdog status in the Southcentral Conference volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Bear Tracks: Brown Bears gaining confidence
It's nice to win as we did last weekend, but it's sweeter to know we can.

Heaven, O'Leary chase state crowns
Kenai Central's Winter Heaven is seeded to have another big weekend.

Sports Briefs

Soldotna wrestlers top Cordova

Skyview topples Kodiak
The Skyview volleyball team swept Kodiak on Thursday in the opening round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Skyview.

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