Saturday, November 25, 2006

Wagoner proposal doesn’t sit well with former resident
On behalf of the gay and lesbian community, I’d like to say a huge thank you to that tower of intelligence from Kenai, our beloved Sen. Tom Wagoner.

Legislators need more education
Alaskans are complaining about political corruption and undue influence by lobbyists. In defiance, current political traditions and ways of doing things are increasingly turning away from people-based government principles.

Right healthcare program already exists
Now that the elections are behind us, my hope is that both our old and newly elected members of Congress will get on with an agenda to achieve affordable and accessible healthcare. They have a good model already in place, America’s community health centers.

Thanks for the food
Emily Gomulak, of Soldotna, goes in for a slice of the more than 30 pies donated to The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Day dinner, held at their Community Center Building on Forest Drive on Thursday.

Bill would outlaw lawmakers having consulting jobs
Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens has prefiled a bill that would prohibit lawmakers from providing consulting services to or agreeing to accept consulting fees from the private sector.

Homer man kidnapped, nearly beaten to death over car fire
A 19-year-old Homer man was hospitalized Wednesday after he was kidnapped, severely beaten and left near his family’s home in the Fall Creek Road area.

Kenai seeks cooperation to lessen river pollution
Kenai civic leaders on Tuesday were puzzling over why state agencies have known about hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River for years and done nothing about it.

Woman burned, son OK in Kenai blaze
A Kenai mother and her 8-year-old son had to look deep to find things to be thankful for other than their own safety on Thanksgiving Day after a fire consumed their home and belongings.

Data shows residents are getting older, working harder
Seldovia seems to be getting a little long in the tooth, but then, so does the entire borough.

Make them light up with gear, gadgets
Today the Christmas shopping marathon begins, and depending on your shopping savvy outdoors merchandise can be an easy ticket to wrapping up holiday shopping for Alaska friends and family or a great way to fill their closets with useless junk.

Unsung heroes tackle burning topics in fire management workshop
Last week I was privileged to attend and participate in the 2006 National Fire Management Workshop at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.V. This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service event brought together national and regional office fire management staff, fire management officers, prescribed fire specialists, wildland-urban interface coordinators and fire planners from every region of the United States.

Around the Peninsula
LeeShore board meeting slatedNoel tree support soughtPhotos with Santa availableChoir fruit fundraiser beginsHoliday decorating contest beginsKenai lighting contest plugs inSoccer coaches sought

Church Briefs
Annual brunch plannedAglow to begin Bible studyAddictions group meetsClothes closet closed this weekendKids’ night out plannedClothes available

Bahai study circles teach value of unlimited love
At times, it can seem that human society is falling apart altogether. Yet developments in all arenas of life are often the source of hope and signs of an emerging sense of individual and collective responsibility.

Peninsula Fight Challenge brings mixed martial arts to Soldotna Sports Center
Kicking back with friends and watching the Ultimate Fighting Championships on television can be quite entertaining — for those who enjoy seeing two people bloody each other.

Coach Boyle to return in 2007
The Oilers are excited to announce that coach Daniel Boyle of Consumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif., has agreed to return as assistant coach with the Oilers. Boyle played college baseball for two years at Oral Roberts University after completing two years at Yuba College. While at Yuba, Boyle set school records that still hold for walks, runs, stolen bases and doubles. Daniel still holds the California Junior College record with 62 stolen bases. At Oral Roberts, the former second baseman ended up in the top 10 in many offensive categories. After receiving his degree at Oral Roberts, Boyle played professionally for one year, then coached one season at his alma mater, Elk Grove High School, before moving on to his present position at Consumnes.

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