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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

King’s Treasures Christian Books & Gifts Celebrates Grand Opening
Mark and Carol King had the grand opening of their new store, King’s Treasures Christian Books & Gifts on November 3rd and 4th. They had live music, door prizes and refreshments. Mark and Carol have lived in the Kenai area for over 20 years and are happy to be raising their three daughters, Ashley, Briana and Cierra in the community.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Few things have bothered me more about fishing in Alaska since I moved here nearly 12 years ago like the latest incident I experienced on Watson Lake earlier this month. I have been fishing this lake for several years, as it is usually the first lake on the Kenai Peninsula each fall to have ice on it. I have ice fished all my life and it ranks as one of my all time favorite pastimes.

Fundraiser showers recipients with donations
On Oct. 14, Nicole Lefebvre and I (Kari Frates) held a baby shower fundraiser for the ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church. In order to have a more exciting, attention grabbing baby shower, we traveled around Kenai and Soldotna asking for any kind of donation, whether it be directly for the ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center, a certificate to their business acting as a door prize, or food for the people who would be attending the shower.

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.

Editorial needs straightening out
It is bad enough to read the VECO Voice of the Times’ jaded editorials in ADN, without seeing them again in the Peninsula Clarion (Nov. 6). I would like to set the record straight on a couple items in this Times editorial, which you printed.

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.

Gusts up to 50 miles per hour knock down trees, power lines
Winds of nearly 50 miles per hour toppled trees over power lines in the Kenai area Monday, leaving half a dozen neighborhoods without power by early afternoon.

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.

Users not wild about Skilak plans
As the Friday deadline to respond to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area (SWRA) management plan draws near, public concerns with the draft have surfaced.

Another group jumps into troubled Kenai waters
Just when you thought you had all of the Kenai River-related acronyms figured out, local fishermen have added yet another group to the long list of organizations monitoring the Kenai Peninsula’s cherished river and fish that enrich its waters.

Advisory group navigates discussion on implications of listing river as ‘impaired’
The Kenai River health indicators, including rates of erosion and pollution levels, are drawing greater attention in the wake of a proposal to list the lower Kenai River as “impaired” under the federal Clean Water Act.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Gandhi grandson presents nonviolence seminarFood bank board meeting plannedPFLAG to meet todayKenai Council meeting rescheduledFlight services taughtImmunization clinic shot down temporarilyNutrition classes availableMusic fest to aid public radioLaLeche League to meetSoroptimist board meeting setFree movie showing set to entertainKids’ winter reading program launchedKenai Central plans high school reunion

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.

Peninsula People
Kiech off to school Watkins awarded for good work

Births
· 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.

Sports Briefs
Colony JV wins King of MountainHomer wins Coal Point Cup

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