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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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.

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.

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.

Coach’s comment cut short in print
My letter is in reference to the Nov. 5 sports article written by Jay Barrett, “SoHi advances to state.”

Reader questions what’s in store for future
The Clarion keeps its readers well informed about what our industries have in store for the future on the Kenai. Articles from this past year have informed us about Northern Dynasty and its plan for destroying a pristine wilderness across the inlet for gold. They will also ship this ore away in ships from the Far East that bring invasive marine life in their ballasts tanks.

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.

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.

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.

CES up all night with fires
Firefighters caught up on some badly needed sleep Tuesday after a day of wind-fueled chaos ignited trees over power lines, cut off electricity and intensified a house fire that kept firefighters up all night.

Free flu shot exercise tests preparedness
To test the Kenai Peninsula’s level of preparedness should a bioterrorist event ever occur, emergency managers will conduct a mass flu immunization at two sites Friday.

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.

Peninsula delegation to attend Anti-Gang Summit
The threat of gang violence and what to do about it to make communities safer will be the subject of the first-ever regional Anti-Gang Summit meeting in Anchorage on today.

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.

Nikiski couple busted for grow operation
A search warrant in Nikiski on Tuesday uncovered a commercial marijuana grow.

Wind keeps HEA crews busy
About 500 customers remained without electricity Tuesday after high winds caused power outages across the Kenai Peninsula on Monday.

Same-sex benefits could lead to uncomfortable debate
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, said Monday he has a simple way for the Legislature to resolve the complex issues posed by a court ruling compelling the state to extend employee benefit programs to government workers in same-sex domestic relationships: He’d eliminate all benefit programs entirely.

Esther Rodgers
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai Peninsula resident Esther Rodgers died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at Anchorage Pioneers Home in Anchorage. She was 97.

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

Around the Peninsula
Council meeting rescheduled Historical society restoring cabins Nutrition classes offered Country fair set for today Nursing program topic of program Cooper Landing meeting changed Pop Warner group to meet Bazaar slated at sports center Dinner theater set to entertain Club to sell See’s candy Mental health class set Thanksgiving dinner planned

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

Soldotna jayvee downs Nikiski, 4-1
Fourteen seconds after Soldotna’s jayvee team took an early 1-0 lead behind a goal by Mario Gomez, Nikiski knotted the score.

Respect: The word is easy to define but hard to understand
Respect. This is a word that you hear a lot in life. From your parents, teachers, friends, neighbors, and bosses, it is a word that is used daily. And you see it everywhere in rules and laws. But what does it mean?

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Showcase: The World of Folk with the Russian American Colony Singers: Around Campus
The KPC Showcase series has collaborated with the UAA Diversity Council, the KPC Multicultural Consortium and Rotary International to bring an evening of traditional Russian and international folk music to the Kenai. The Anchorage-based choral group, the Russian American Colony Singers, along with visiting members of the Sharomov Ensemble of Novosibirsk, will be presenting an introductory lecture followed by a concert of traditional Russian music and dancing at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Around the District
Students of the Month Aurora Borealis Charter Cook Inlet Acdemy Connections Home-school Grace Lutheran Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Ninilchik School READS Primary Redoubt Elementary Ridgeway Montessori Preschool Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary

A feel for clay
When Terry Inokuma has students work with clay, she doesn’t always let them see what they’re working on.

Seven locals complete the NYC Marathon
Seven runners from the central Kenai Peninsula competed in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 5.

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