Friday, November 9, 2007

Internet buzz: Gamer addiction addressed
This is the third installment in my continuing series about gamers and game addiction. You can find previous columns, along with links and supplemental materials at the Internet Buzz blog on

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Rawson promoted Weight management classes offered Soldotna seniors open gift shop Small business workshops slated Enstar United Way fundraiser continues Seafood processing institute open to applicants Children's cooking workshops offered Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Fisheries business assistance available

Veterans appreciated
On this special day, Soldotna High School would like to send out a thank you to our many veterans and to the men and women who are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

Responsibility starts at home
I was amazed that the Supreme Court called the Parental Consent Act unconstitutional, and proud of Gov. Sarah Palin for speaking out against that reversal. I will be the first to say that raising our children to be responsible starts at home, but we all know "good kids" get pregnant, too. But by reversing this Act, we encourage our children to be secretive and deceitful, during a time in their lives when family support is vital. I guess it's nothing big, they have Planned Parenthood to rely on.

Education must be priority
We must support Labor-HHS!

Study doesn't take into account all information
A recently publicized study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University labeled seven Alaska high schools as "dropout factories."

Mayor makes lasting impression
I have a sister, Kim Cox, who lives in Kenai, and I have a 21-year-old son who is stationed in Iraq in the army.

Chamber struggles to survive
It's existence threatened by member apathy, the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce appeared to veer from a path heading to dissolution Thursday when community members said they'd be willing to run for board offices later this year, according to the chambers' vice president, Scott Hamann.

Bear burglarizes Cooper Landing couple's home
Darwin Peterson, a 78 year old from Cooper Landing, has never had trouble sleeping through the night, but even he is surprised that he, his 70-year-old wife, Geneese, and their 12-year-old yellow Labrador, Matty, all slept through a bruin-related bump in the night on Oct. 27.

Cold medicine has Kenai man in hot water
Excessive purchases of the drug pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in many cold medicines, lead to the arrest of a Kenai man on Tuesday.

Kenai OKs Recreation Center contract renewal
Despite two failed attempts to amend it, a contract to have Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula continue managing the Kenai Recreation Center was approved Wednesday night.

Board learns about school bus safety
For more than 40 years, American motorists have had some form of seat belts in their cars, but the ubiquitous yellow buses that carry their kids to and from school have not been required to have them.

Get cyber savvy
You tell your kids not to talk to strangers on the streets or in the mall, but if you don't know LOL from RAM, how can you be sure they're not talking to strangers online? If you don't know how to check your computer's history or aren't sure if your computer comes with child-monitoring software, protecting your kids in cyberspace is almost impossible.

Alaska fishermen fare well
Alaska commercial fishermen harvested 212 million salmon valued at $374 million in 2007, making the haul the fourth-largest since statehood, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Wednesday.

Retired wildlife trooper puts it all down in a book
When Steve Knutson and Bob Beasley arrived at Russian Jack Springs Park, they found the cross-country skier face down with the cow moose standing over her. They quickly dispatched the moose with a shotgun, but they didn't count on her 600-pound calf.

Soldier with Soldotna ties killed in Iraq
A soldier with ties to Soldotna was killed Wednesday in Iraq.

Hammer time
Chuck Hanley and Jacob Eller of Criterion General Inc. work Thursday on the roof of a new Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branch under construction in Kenai. A spokesperson for Alaska USA said they did not have a projected opening date yet.

Snow Glacier dam releases
Hydrologists predicted the Snow Glacier-dammed lake wouldn't release until next year, but rising waters along the Snow River may indicate otherwise. Rain and snow in the area has dissipated, but the river continues to rise leading scientists to believe the lake released some time last week.

Peninsula Clarion - News

Photo feature: Shape of things to come
Remnants of summer meet a harbinger of winter on a street in Kenai earlier this week. Forecasters are calling for cold, wet weather over the next couple of days.

Denise Lynn Stanley Hoover
Former Kenai resident Denise Lynn Stanley Hoover died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2007, of heart failure in Portland, Ore. She was 44.

Frank William Hill
Homer resident Frank William Hill died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at Alaska Regional Hospital of cancer with his wife, Dottie, by his side. He was 67.

Rising gas prices got you down? Here's some ideas
You want our opinion? Gas prices stink, and we don't think you'll find too many people on the Kenai Peninsula who disagree.

Dashing through the snow
The winter weather doesn't mean pet owners need to be any less active with their canine companions, but there are a few special considerations to be aware of as the temperature cools and the snow starts to fall.

Making tracks: Marten rediscover the western Kenai Lowlands
The American marten, once a rarity on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, appears to have expanded its distribution across the western Kenai Peninsula over the past 20 years. An aerial survey of winter tracks using videography in March 2006 detected 32 sets of marten tracks widely distributed across the refuge from as far south as the Caribou Hills, as far north as Point Possession and the Chickaloon Flats, westward to the Swanson River drainage and eastward to the Mystery Hills.

Ceremonies planned for vets
Veterans in the central Kenai Peninsula will be featured in a doubleheader this weekend, rather than the customary sole celebration honoring them on Veterans Day.

Overseas holiday mailing to military
Officials at the Military Postal Service Agency in Washington have established dates by for sending mail from the United States to overseas military mailing addressees for the holidays.

Gold Star Mothers pay tribute to fallen heroes
Often the question has been asked, "Who is a Gold Star Mother?" During the early days of World War I, a Blue Star was used to represent each person, man or woman in the military service of the United States.

The history of Veterans Day
Did you know that most Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day? Both holidays celebrate our veterans' service, but with one significant difference.

Welcome to Homecoming II
Since the Revolutionary War, Americans have been willing to shed their blood in defense of our country, our values, our flag and our people.

Quick dinner of champions
At precisely 6 p.m., Kenai's Joey Aho sat in his chair alongside the mat chowing down on a meal from Arby's.

Revenge on ice
Last year, the Wasilla hockey team was never able to catch up with Kenai Central.

Nikiski netters ready for state
Every team begins their season with the ultimate goal in mind a championship.

Soldotna tops Kenai in hockey
The Soldotna hockey team received two goals and an assist from freshman Brad Duwe to defeat Kenai Central 3-0 in nonconference action on Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The Stars are 1-0 overall while the Kardinals are 2-1.

Wolverines sweep Nikiski
Cordova has won the last two 3A state volleyball tournaments.

'Alien' to 'Gladiator' to 'Gangster'
Ridley Scott is an amazing director, and so varied. From "Alien" to "Gladiator," he's had a career of eclectic, meticulously-crafted films that showcase his skill as an artist. Add to the mix Academy Award-winning actors Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, as well as Steve Zaillian, the guy who wrote "Schindler's List," for goodness sakes, and you've got, on paper anyway, a guaranteed can't-miss in this week's crime-drama, "American Gangster."

Poet's Corner
The Moon is round

A good story ... well told
A picture tells a story. We read stories in the newspaper, in books and on-line. A child who lies to his parent may be accused of "telling stories."

Art Briefs
Crooners sought Youth art work sought Graphic novel, art workshops slated Kenai library seeks children's essays Writers' group to meet Lungs for hire Digital Arts Challenge continues Milestone moments sought Poetry out loud luring students Educator grant applications available High school art contest begin Reading council seeks members

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Loss of hope or a chance to begin anew?
In his book "The Power of Encouragement," David Jeremiah tells the story of a man named Nathaniel and a day of his complete loss of hope.

Avalanche crossing
Usually, when two hockey teams face off seven straight times, spring is just around the corner and playoff facial hair is in full effect.

Browns, Steelers are Montagues, Capulets
Ask me at the beginning of the season if I thought the Cleveland Browns had a chance, better yet, a prayer, of making the playoffs, and my answer would have been simple.

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