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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Single primary ballot may have made a difference
Perhaps if the state had a single primary ballot listing all the candidates, issues, and other matters to be voted on, then Joe Miller might not have won.

Thank you Kenai River Marathon volunteers
On Behalf of the Kenai River Marathon Organizing Committee, I would like to extend a thank you to the many volunteers who made it a success. Your enthusiasm and spirit of teamwork was truly appreciated.

Support the team that supports the community
Had you attended the Brown Bears game last Friday, Nov. 19, you would have understood reasons why the team is so valuable to our community. The Bears generously donated a portion of ticket sales and explained the programs of the United Way. As a United Way fundraiser, all 20 Bears shot pucks on me (2010 UW Campaign Chair). They scored 16 of 40 shots, a testament to the young gentlemen that certainly could have put many more past this old goaltender, just a year or 20 past my prime. Brown Bears efforts delivered a 5-4 overtime win over the Wenatchee Wild and approximately $2,000 to the 2010 United Way campaign.

Razor clam calamity: Tides, winds wash thousands of clams up on beach
In the summer on a good minus tide, people flock to the Ninilchik beach by the hundreds to gather succulent razor clams. As anyone who has ever tried to harvest clams knows, digging clams can be back-breaking, finger-aching work -- unless nature does the job for you.

Toys for Tots helps here: Donations, toys collected on Peninsula help local families
Boyd Jorgensen knows the importance of the Toys for Tots program firsthand. That's why the former U.S. Marine sergeant brought the program to the Kenai Peninsula last year.

Photo: Decking the halls

Parnell defends Fish and Game choice
Gov. Sean Parnell confirmed Monday that his fisheries policy aide Cora Campbell is his top choice to head the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Great holiday shopping begins right here
Merchants call today "Black Friday."

Refuge Notebook: Sitting in the name of science
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Keen Eye Peninsula Birders birding club sponsored the Kenai Refuge's first "Big Sit." A Big Sit, popularly known to birders as "birding's most sedentary event," is a birding activity where participants record all the bird species they see or hear while within a 17-foot diameter circle during the course of one day, sometimes a full 24 hours. Often though, the activity is conducted for less than the full 24 hours, as in the case of the Kenai Refuge Big Sit.

An Outdoor View: State of the Heartland
BONNE TERRE, MISSOURI -- I'm visiting my brother and his wife in this small town 55 miles south of St. Louis. This is my first venture into the "Show-Me" state. To me, it's a whole 'nother world.

Kayak slalom for food tests skills
On Monday, Alaska Kayak School and Homer Community Recreation hosted the third annual Thanksgiving kayak slalom for food. This benefit for the Homer Community Food Pantry gives people of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to test their speed and maneuverability in a kayak and help feed hungry people for the holiday. If you missed this one, you can still participate in the Christmas slalom, coming up at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the pool.

Around the Peninsula

Nikiski Teen Night

Voices of Religion: Appreciate the power of a thankful heart
With shouts of praise to God, the Pilgrims from Scrooby Village in England came ashore at New Plymouth in 1620. The able bodied ones knelt on the snow covered rocky ground and gave thanks for their completion of their stormy voyage across the Atlantic.

Church Briefs

Clothes ministry ongoing

Brown Bears eye franchise win mark
The chance to make history and move into first place will give Kenai River plenty of motivation as it returns to the Soldotna Sports Center for a pair of games this weekend, hosting the Fairbanks Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m. today and at the same time Saturday.

Terrific tandem: Benton, Dahlstrom key factors as Brown Bears find success
When Kenai River Brown Bears coach Oliver David set out to assemble his roster before the season, he hoped to create stability at the goaltender position.

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