Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Possible story?
Now that the interrogation method known as "waterboarding" has entered our vernacular once again, this time thanks to Barry Bonds' attorney, I have become curious as to just what exactly is waterboarding. My online dictionary doesn't show it as a word, but it must be, because so many journalists use it.

Salvia should not be condemned
Earlier this year, SB 38 was submitted to our Legislature, which would add Salvia Divinorum to the state's list of scheduled (controlled) substances.

Past efforts don't go unnoticed
I am speaking on behalf of many local agencies, nonprofit groups, schools, churches, families and students. We stand together to express our appreciation to Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) members for their contributions to our community at Thanksgiving time.

Reader: Opportunity not missed
Kristy McCullough's comments on Nov. 14, pushing for mandatory roads in all new subdivisions is not a missed opportunity. It's mostly a redundancy of existing ordinances.

Going public on gravity
Hey Les (Palmer), they are also messing with time. Your article on gravity dated Nov. 16 sounded quite familiar. As I read it, it brought memories of another problem I have been having; my trouble with the time factor for the past 20 or so years. What used to take one hour, I dedicate two hours to and actually finish in three to four hours.

Photo feature: Unfurled
Sunday's gusting wind whips flags flying over the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Junk vehicles fees waived
For the past few months, the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Solid Waste Department has waived normal fees and limits in its effort to encourage disposal of junk vehicles around the borough.

Oil, gas tax will boost revenues
Alaska legislators have approved increases in state oil and gas production taxes, a move expected to boost state revenues by an additional $1.63 billion this year.

Kenai council OKs plan one for library addition
As one of the top priority capital improvement projects being considered by the city of Kenai, the public library expansion alternative number one received unanimous support of the city council last week.

Assembly backs community projects
Embracing its support roll, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed three resolutions Tuesday in support of grant applications for community projects, including student housing, a bike path and dock facility improvements.

Photo feature: Lighting it up
Rocky Smith installs decorative LED lights on the front his Preferred Plumbing and Heating business in Kenai last week. He said he was thankful that the weather had warmed up for the job.

Salmon crossing
Across the borough, scores of culverts installed under poorly built roads at stream crossings impede the migration of feeding juvenile salmon as well as adults returning to spawn, say researchers who have studied the phenomenon over the past several years.

Group challenges motor rules
Most members of the Kenai Area Fisherman's Coalition (KAFC) agree that keeping two-stroke motors off the Kenai River during the month of July in order to combat the hydrocarbon problem is a good idea. But they contend that a year-round ban of two-strokes coupled with allowing boaters to raise their horsepower to 50, not only alienates private anglers, it creates a double standard that they find hard to justify.

Dale R. Lindsey
Longtime Seward resident Dale R. Lindsey died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at home. He was 71.

Choice has no foresight: Recommended cemetery site not best for many reasons
The Soldotna City Council will soon decide where to build a cemetery based upon a recommendation by the Memorial Park Task Force. There is no question Soldotna has needed a cemetery for many years, but the proposed West Redoubt Avenue location is not the place.

Kasilof Community News
Wood stoves are a crackling happening in Kasilof. About 1996, Darrel Misner of North Cohoe introduced friends to a Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace. It required electricity for a circulating pump, but being past the power grid, he installed it in conjunction with a generator that starts and stops automatically, according to the level of charge in his batteries.

Sewing memory quilts help ease woman's pain, loss
TOPEKA, Kan. Evelyn Monroe had fallen into a deep depression.

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support group to meet Toastmasters to meet Used book sale planned Car seat check up slated Trapping, snaring clinic Saturday Vendors sought for bazaar Fundraiser makes sweet offer Cookies by the pound available Raffle fundraiser continues

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski Neighbors.

Ninilchik Community News
There will be a central peninsula Fish and Game advisory committee meeting today at Ninilchik School at 7 p.m. The subject discussed will be action on Upper Cook Inlet sport fishing proposals for the upcoming Board of Fish meeting Feb. 8.

Around the Peninsula
Pingpong offered LeeShore borad meeting slated Books sought for soldiers SoHi Class of '88 seeks info

Sterling Community News
Lisa, Karl, and the whole Franzmann family have a lot to look forward to this holiday season. When I asked Lisa what their plans were for Christmas, you could hear the excitement in her voice.

Kenai Community News
One thing I particularly love about this time of year is the remembrances that it evokes. While some people don't send Christmas cards any more, others will opt for Christmas letters chronicling the year's events. Sometime they are mailed, sometimes they are electronically sent.

Right to food
Editors note: The winner of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's annual World Food Day essay contest is Cody Warren. He is a sixth-grader with Connections Home-school program. He is the son of Jesse and Kelley Warren of Soldotna. Cody received a savings bond. The essay is printed as it was submitted.

Soldotna Community News
Lorraine Christenson has lived on the peninsula for more than 20 years. She has been a busy mother. She and her husband, Kent, who is a machinist for GLM Machine Company, have been married 28 years and moved here with two small children. They since have had four more and raised all six here.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Frankenstein lives
The Soldotna High School drama department under the direction of Mike Druce will put on a production of the horror thriller "Frankenstein 1930" at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the school's auditorium.

Writer looks his future in the eyes -- sees pushups
Five hundred chanting teenagers stood in the Naval Academy's auditorium, dedicated to one single chant. As a U.S. Navy Midshipman approaches the podium, the chanting disappears and the 500 sit and become attentive.

KPC spring registration opens online Monday: Kenai Peninsula College
The year is rapidly coming to a close and Kenai Peninsula College will finish the current semester Dec. 15.

'Tis the season to give
Peninsula Optional High School students dished out a helping hand Nov. 19 in the form of Thanksgiving food boxes for families in need in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

More drama, same ending
In a wild game where it seemed like anything could happen, the same thing happened.

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