Tuesday, November 8, 2005

An International Education
Over 4 years ago, Rachel Pugh decided that the Kenai area needed a true and authentic pre elementary program.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
I drove the Aurora Well Service crew pick-up from the Veco Camp in Beluga on a cold winter day to observe whatever wildlife I could find.

I don’t really know what I was expecting out of Jarhead, Sam Mendes’ darkly humorous and disturbing portrait of the first Gulf War, but an extended metaphor on sexual frustration wasn’t it. As he proved in American Beauty, Mendes once again proves his talent for flipping tried and true Americana on its back to reveal an underbelly as black as night.

Lifesavers should be praised
From the 911 call to the secure feeling of the paramedic team, into the white, quiet and yet busy and warm.

ANWR raises questions
With governments nationwide clearing their way legally to annex or conscript personal property rights all to the good of the people, even if to only raise the tax base. Then isn't it fair play to ask if our State shouldn't have the same property rights to ANWR's gas and oil? Whatever happened to the constitution's clause saying only docks, ports, forts and arsenals shall be controlled by the National Government. And that on land to be leased from the states. So pray for the Gas Line.

Mandatory registration not necessary to ensure education
On November 1, the Clarion reported on the desire of the KPBSD championed by Dr. Nels Anderson to demand registration for all school aged children. The reason? The concern that there are children who are not being educated. He is quoted as saying that there is nothing anyone can do regarding children in these situations.

Child molester opts to remain jailed
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man with several convictions for molesting teenage boys says he'll continue to do so, and possibly will kill someone, if he's not locked up for good.

School board seeks budget input
In a quest for public input on developing a budget for fiscal year 2006-07, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board and members of KPBSD's administration will hold a public budget forum in Homer today.

Area women set to serve
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday named three Soldotna women to statewide boards. Dr. Regina Chennault was appointed to the state's Violent Crimes Compensation Board, while former Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford was named to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. In addition, Linda Hutchings was named to serve on the statewide Workers' Compensation Board.

Gravel ordinance yet to see surface
A panel of experts in mining, land and water met with members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Friday to discuss mining issues affecting a proposed land-use ordinance that, if passed, could alter the future of the peninsula's commercial gravel industry.

Worth the weight
Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but many who relish the holiday for all the good eats are already trying to decide where their dinner bird should come from. Enter Cad-Re Pet Supply and Feed store in Soldotna to help with this weighty issue.

Homesteader remembers
As the Soldotna bridge project nears completion with four lanes, traffic lights and paved streets, it's hard to imagine that less than 60 years ago not only was there no bridge or road, there wasn't even a city of Soldotna.

Wide-eyed receiver
Preston Penrod catches a pass from Curtis Martin (not pictured) in front of his brother Nathan at Soldotna High School last weekend. The three were waiting for their sisters to finish a volleyball game.

Archie Leroy Chamberlin
Sterling resident Archie Leroy Chamberlin died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, in Anchorage. He was 82.

Edwin R. McBirney
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Edwin R. McBirney died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at his home with his family by his side. He was 63.

Splitting 9th Circuit is natural progression
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the right track with legislation she is co-sponsoring that would split the massive and overburdened 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new court to hear cases from many western states.

Governor bungled shakeup with DNR
Gov. Frank Murkowski, in a session with the Daily News-Miner editorial board Friday, was asked whether he would do anything different if he had the opportunity to redo events of the last week regarding debate within his administration about the proposed natural gas pipeline.

Voices of the Peninsula: Skate park teaching immaturity?
A Peninsula Clarion article was posted Oct. 14, "Soldotna skate park closure does not surprise students." Although this story deals with the disturbing behavior that led to the closing of the skateboard park in Soldotna, it has a silver lining in the way it engaged the attention of some of our community's youth.

Around the Peninsula
Blood drives on tap Medicare to be discussed Holiday workshop set to decorate Social Security rep to visit center Bullying presentation set Historical association to meet Health career information available

Around the State
Juneau assemblyman proposes cutting city fuel oil tax Union disputes will likely go before court Kodiak Assembly wants to reopen oil spill suit

Around the Peninsula
Flu shots available PFLAG meting slated Swim lesson to make a splash Photo guild to meet Recycling group to gather again Democrats to meet Multiple sclerosis group meeting set Blood drive slated Sterling bazaar fund-raiser set

Alicia Brewer-Maltby and Shawn Maltby of Kenai

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna

Senior activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna

Griffel's job is to pass on glory to others
The better Nikiski senior Stacey Griffel does her job, the less people hear about her. "Setters get no credit when a team is playing great and setters get all the blame when a team is playing poorly," Nikiski volleyball coach Bruce King said. "To try and play under conditions like that takes a special kid."

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