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Monday, November 20, 2006

Former soldier recalls impact made by Marine
It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent combat related death of Marine Cpl. Mike Lasky of Soldotna. I first met Mike in March of 2002 while I was teaching a hunter education class for the Young Marines organization in Soldotna. Mike was only 18 years old at the time, but he greatly impressed me with his high level of maturity and self-assuredness.

More rules on the river?
Hmmm! More drift boat days on the Kenai River huh? Will that include allowing guides on those additional days? Drift boats are exclusive, you know. Us older Alaskans find drift boats of little utility and those with handicaps are eliminated from fishing entirely on drift boat only days unless they are fortunate to have a friend who has a drift boat and invites them along.

District drafts plan for charter school
Fireweed Academy’s request to expand to kindergarten through 12th grade and spread into classrooms at Homer Middle School is scheduled for a decision by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board during its meeting today at the Borough Administration Building in Soldotna.

Taking a shot
Public health officials did not get the numbers of people they were looking for, but expressed confidence that the Kenai Peninsula is prepared to mass immunize the populace should the need arise.

Ninilchik gets priority on Kenai
The Federal Subsistence Board found Ninilchik residents have a subsistence priority in portions of the Kenai River drainage on federal lands — more than doubling the number of rural residents who’s fishing priority could nudge anglers off one of the state’s most popular sport fisheries.

Man pulls gun outside Soldotna diner
An argument in the parking lot of Sal’s diner in Soldotna early Saturday morning resulted in a man being arrested after he pulled a gun on seven others, ranging in age from 17 to early 20s.

Ice jams cause minor flooding in Kenai River
Several days of frigid temperatures and a quick freeze-up along parts of the Kenai River have caused ice jams in the Big Eddy area, and rising water levels Friday led the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning on the lower river.

Cold here to stay
When will it end?

PERS head says to pay now
The most important thing that Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Scott Nordstrand would like people to know about the Public Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System is that benefits are guaranteed under the state constitution, meaning it would take a constitutional amendment for the state to cut benefits in order to control costs.

Kenai trailer park residents have chance to speak up
Controversial proposals including mobile home park standards and a poor grade for the Kenai River are expected to draw a large crowd to the Tuesday night meeting of the Kenai City Council.

Carl M. Haller Sr.
Longtime Kenai and Kasilof resident Carl M. Haller Sr. died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 88.

Patricia Jean Downing
Nikiski resident Patricia Jean Downing died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at her home. She was 69.

Doris Reynolds
Kenai resident Doris Reynolds died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 78.

Edwin Sears
Homer resident Edwin Sears died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care. He was 73.

Bernard ‘Lee’ McCarthy
Kenai resident Bernard “Lee” McCarthy died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 at his home in Kenai. He was 66.

American Legion steps in: Heroes to Hometowns created to help wounded veterans
At the end of World War I, a bunch of soldiers got together to make sure returning veterans would be taken care of when they settled back into their daily routine in the States.

Subsistence board is fishing for trouble
The Federal Subsistence Board is out to make combat fishing on the Kenai River even more contentious.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Health centers board to meet Fire stations collect food Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving dinner Living with diabetes talk planned Parents to plan after-grad party Women may register for basketball league

O’Brien, Kunkel marry in Nikiski
Kerry Shea O’Brien and Adam Thomas Kunkel of Nikiski were married Saturday, July 8, 2006, at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. The Rev. Henry Haney of Nikiski officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Health centers board to meet Enstar on tap for chamber Turkey fry slated Mental health class set Meat thermometer up for grabs Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving dinner

Peninsula People
Air Force Airman Jacob Torwick has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and is stationed at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Turkey strikes back
Wild Willie and I had just settled in for halftime munchies at Turk’s cabin when the phone rang. Turk grunted something about the caller’s lineage, snapped up the receiver and barked, “What?” He listened for a moment, turned and rumbled, “Some hose-head wants to know if I still have Ralph.” He hung up with a snort.

Community News
Caregivers need support, too Help wanted in exchange programs Decorating contest lights up Raising the bar for a good cause Grant available for women seeking education It’s not too late to learn Moms to meet Table tennis hits on new night Kids’ reading program announced

CES recruits prove they can take the heat
Story by Joseph Robertia

Peninsula Reflections
When some Kenai seniors got together 10 years ago to discuss their first Thanksgiving in Alaska, not one could recall having had turkey for dinner. But they did remember preparing and eating wild game — not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the year. Here is what Sylvia Johnson had to say:

Well-suited to ‘fun’ at 800 degrees
“It’s really fun,” said Terry Edmundson, an administrative assistant at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna.

Births
· Malinda and Les Crane of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Veronica Anne Crane, at 10:18 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Peninsula Clarion - Pets

Sports Brief
The host Homer hockey team lost to Kenai on Friday 7-2 before defeating Nikiski on Saturday.

Baker loses butterflies
Pre-match nerves used to be an issue for Soldotna junior heavyweight Les Baker. If Baker keeps wrestling like he did at the North/South tournament on Friday and Saturday at Soldotna, pre-match nerves will only be an issue for his opponents.

Ischi takes skills abroad
Phillip Ischi had been in a few fights before — in hockey games, that is.

Sutton signs with UAA
Placing first at last year’s state track and field meet may have earned Kenai Central High School senior Levi Sutton more than just a medal and a spot atop the podium.

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