Saturday, November 15, 2008

Virginians like Sarah
Alaska, thank you for raising up Sarah Palin and loaning her to us for the past few months. We needed her so much.

Bush vs Obama
Let's see: Fascism -- Noun 1. (Sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

Behavior unacceptable
I moved to Alaska 10 years ago. I didn't move here for the weather or for a great paying job, but because I wanted to live here. Why did I want to live here? After growing up in rural West Virginia and attending college in Virginia, I felt that I wanted to move away from a place where bigotry and intolerance were, in my view, the rule and not the exception. I wanted to live some place where many political and religious views were not only tolerated, but appreciated and embraced. This is why I moved to Alaska.

Road board pushes RIAD change
The Road Service Area Board has recommended expanding the reach of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's road improvement assessment district process to include construction of new roads.

Sterling woman killed in car accident
Micki Kobylk, age 56 of Sterling, died Thursday in a traffic collision after she lost control of her vehicle and slid into oncoming traffic.

Fun and games at the Kenai library
The Kenai Community Library has got game! And they'll prove it this weekend by joining hundreds of libraries throughout the country on Saturday for "National Gaming Day at your Library," the first celebration of what is hoped will become an annual event.

Construction starts for some, done for others
As some central Kenai Peninsula workers are just beginning to move dirt, others are busy stocking some 32,000 retail items bringing to an end one of several major construction projects.

Photo feature: Moon shine
Wednesday's full moon rises in clear sky above a stand of spruce trees in Kenai shortly after sunset. Forecasters are calling for windy conditions this weekend.

Being prepared could help save peninsula lives
If this letter saves one life, it will be worth more than you will ever know.

Winter kickoff event planned at Tsalteshi Trails
With enough snow finally falling to stick around, the Tsalteshi Trails Association is welcoming people to strap on their sticks for their annual kickoff event this evening on the trail system behind Skyview High School.

If you can't get out, read about it: Great books for cold winter nights
As a nature lover I not only enjoy exploring outdoors, but I am always on the lookout for intriguing books about natural history and people who live and work in the outdoors. As we head into those long (hopefully cozy) winter nights, here are a few great nature "reads" that I recommend.

Around the Peninsula

Stop smoking kits available

Skyview sweeps Juneau
Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said her team didn't perform as well as it could have.

Swanson, Iverson return to bench for hockey season
Both the Kenai Central and Soldotna hockey teams have new coaches this season, but experience on the bench shouldn't be a problem.

Sports Briefs

Homer grapplers take down Ketchikan

Church Briefs

Holiday bazaar scheduled

The economic downturn that enriched millions
When in 1857 the S.S. Central America went down in a fierce Atlantic storm about two hundred miles east of Charleston, South Carolina, the costs of this sinking were immense. This luxury steamship, loaded with loaded people, made rich during the California gold rush, was headed home carrying three tons of gold; so in addition to the death toll (420 people), there was an enormous financial loss in this tragedy that brought down many banks and launched a national economic panic. Still, there is a bright side to this sad story.

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