Saturday, November 8, 2008

Chenault wins Speaker job
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, was named the new Speaker of the Alaska House by unanimous vote of the Republican majority caucus Thursday, and other house members from the Kenai Peninsula were appointed to choice committee chairs.

Photo feature: Window watching
Mirrored windows reflect students Thursday afternoon as they come and go outside Kenai Central High School.

Post-Halloween advice: Brush twice a day
A few area trick or treat revelers might be calling their dentists this week about a couple tender spots revealed over the Halloween weekend.

McLane rejoins council
After the briefest of absences and by the closest of margins, Scott McLane is back on the Soldotna City Council.

South Ames set for paving
Due to the efforts of neighbors working together, property owners along South Ames Road in Kenai will come home to a paved street in the near future.

New free store open for business
Ami McLelland, an avid PBS viewer, recently saw a program about the hippie generation living in New York City. Due to their transient lifestyles, the hippies created free stores where those leaving the city could drop off what they didn't need and those who just moved to the city could take what they needed.

Conciliatory words; a gift to the nation
President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain gave the nation a healing gift Tuesday night in the graciousness and humbleness of their victory and concession speeches. Their words carry a message far beyond the rhetoric of any political campaign; they're worth remembering and practicing.

SCI, Fish and Game team up
For many youngsters, the first lesson in hunting comes from accompanying their father or some other family member into the field in search of wild game, but not all youth are so fortunate. Some children come from families where hunting isn't an annual tradition, and for them, learning about the shooting sports can be as elusive as the animals they hope to one day stalk.

Snowshoe hares and porcupines sometimes track sunspot cycle
In my Refuge Notebook of Oct. 3 I described some of the causes of the boom-and-bust snowshoe hare cycle.

Around the Peninsula

Free concert today

Heaven seeks title at state swim meet
After Soldotna sophomore Winter Heaven took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at last season's state swimming and diving championships, Stars coach Sohail Marey left little wiggle room as to whether or not Heaven would someday become a state champion.

Skyview gets past Wasilla
All they wanted was a chance.

SoHi skaters top Chugiak
Soldotna began its season by defeating Chugiak, while Kenai Central lost to North Pole, on Thursday in the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Church Briefs

Holiday bazaar scheduled

Leaning on the word of God will you keep calm calmcalmcrises
In his article, "Keeping Calm," World Magazine editor, Marvin Olasky asks a question that may be on your mind: "Is the current financial storm a cold fall rain that will soon pass by or a 100-year flood that will inundate a decade?" Then he states this unchanging truth about the projected end of any crisis: "God knows but we do not." In view of this settled fact, he correctly concludes that all of us have good reasons to refrain from panic during any financial crises. He could have omitted "financial" and still been correct.

McGahan has chance to be NASCAR development driver
In most sports, catching the eye of a big-time talent evaluator is enough.

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