Monday, November 13, 2006

Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area in jeopardy?
Recently, the Clarion reported that the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s federal plan calls for a continued ban on hunting small-game using firearms in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. To support their decision Jim Hall, deputy manager, of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was quoted as saying, “400,000 people a year are attracted to the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area.” If 400,000 people actually used that area each year, that would be 33,333 people per month or 1,096 people per day or 46 people every hour for 24 hours each day of the year.

Armed assailant robs gas station
The owners of a gas station and convenience store between Soldotna and Kasilof had their illusions of friendly, small-town business ownership shattered by an armed robber Saturday morning.

Wreck totaled dog truck, not mushers’ dreams
No matter how challenging the Happy River Steps, Dalzell Gorge, and other notoriously dangerous sections of the Iditarod trail are in this season’s race, Kasilof musher Bruce Linton will be able to rest assured they can’t be any worse than what he’s already endured.

Help wanted at Soldotna City Hall
The marquee in front of Soldotna City Hall isn’t displaying a “Help Wanted” message just yet, but the search is on for an assistant city manager, a finance director and someone to staff the front desk.

Catch the drift? Board ponders river pollution
A proposal to list the lower Kenai River as “impaired” under the federal Clean Water Act has stained the river’s reputation as a natural getaway and stirred debate over what changes are needed to allow the river to recover from years of heavy use.

Seminar is prescription for curbing illegal drug use
The difference between prescription drug abusers and patients who need the drugs is abusers fail and patients function, a pain management physician told Kenai Peninsula medical providers and police Tuesday.

AuroraBlue makers encourage peninsula growers to figure out best ways to produce blueberries
Deterred by soggy summer weather, some Alaskans may have shied away from brushy trails and alpine hikes where they can harvest wild Alaska blueberries. While many may have settled for commercial blueberries instead, that doesn’t mean they have to go without the impressive antioxidant benefits found only in blueberry varieties growing wild in Alaska.

Putting politics aside
Speeches and prayers offered messages of gratitude to both the veterans of today and veterans of tomorrow at a Veterans Day ceremony held in Soldotna on Saturday.

Father, son, husband, comedian honored in memorial
The soundtrack started before the slide show. Those in attendance knew all the words to the song — “Proud to be an American” — and sang it together.

Alex Maklezow
Former Ninilchik resident Alex Maklezow died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in Tempe, Ariz., of pancreatic cancer. He was 55.

Threat serves as wake-up call for community
Credible or not, this week’s bomb threat that targeted one of the three industrial plants in North Kenai — Agrium, Tesoro and ConocoPhillips — serves as a reminder that we’re far from removed from possible terroristic acts in our community.

Welcome to the island: Journey from Lower 48 includes knowledge and adventure
To be honest, I thought they were extinct.

Caregivers need support, too: Organization encourages taking 3 steps for better health
Did you know family caregivers provide more than $257 billion of caregiver services each year, helping chronically ill and disabled loved ones deal with life’s basic functions?

Student banks on peace
Olivia Velazquez-Alarcon, a seventh-grade Kenai student and member of the Kenai Boys and Girls Club, won the local level of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Velazquez-Alarcon’s poster was among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual contest, that is held to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

· Amanda R. Seaman of Kenai and Bobby S. Berg announce the birth of their daughter, Alyssa Marie Berg, at 8:49 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8.25 pounds and measured 20 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Immunization clinic shot down temporarily PFLAG to meet Tuesday Photo guild going steady Take a break, buy a gift Caregiver support meeting set Cooper Landing advisors change meeting Pop Warner group to meet Noel tree support sought Free movie showing set to entertain Dinner theater set to entertain Sports center holds holiday bazaar Moose lodge plans dance Kids’ snowmachine safety event planned KPC opens up to performers Craft fair, flea market planned

What’s new, and what’s not
A well-known diaper company is advertising a new product called “wet sensation” that is engineered to allow the child wearing it to feel when it is wet so the little tyke will be persuaded to take it off, and thus be toilet trained (would that it were so easy). The same company has just spent the past generation marketing a diaper that can hold a quart of water and still feel dry against “tender skin.” Am I the only one who sees the irony in this? (That’s literary talk for “duh?”)

Community News
Kids reading program takes off Moms to meet Library holds events

Cheryl Anne Medlin of Wilmington, N.C., and Benjamin David Haring of Richmond, Va., announce their plans to be married Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Peninsula Reflections
Ground was broken at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in 1954 for Elizabeth “Grandma” Fellers (1869-1954). Not only does she have the distinction of being the first person buried in the cemetery, but her birthdate seems to be the earliest of over 700 people interred there.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank board meeting planned Aerospace on tap for chamber Kids invited to hear the good news Class scheduled on signs of suicide Prof to speak on Dena’ina language Photo guild going steady Check up on nursing program Pop Warner group to meet Schizophrenia to be discussed Kids’ snowmachine event planned Moose lodge ready to dance Class of ‘97 plans reunion

Peninsula People
Kiech off to school Watkins awarded for good work

Signs of the Time
The thermometer in the car says 15 degrees, but a light breeze and a weak afternoon sun are making it feel much colder.

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Soldotna finishes tied for 7th at state
After being swept in the opening round of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament on Thursday, Soldotna was just hoping to capture a victory over West Valley on Friday to have a chance at fourth place.

Nikiski nabs 4th at state
Hannah Thompson be-lieves it began with her.

Sports Brief
Host Chugiak won the Bob Bailey Invitational on Friday and Saturday, edging South High of Anchorage 169-166.5. The top peninsula finisher was Skyview in 12th place, while Homer was 14th and Soldotna was 20th.

Kenai, SoHi swept on road
The Dimond hockey team defeated Kenai Central 5-2 on Friday in nonconference action at Ben Boeke in Anchorage.

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