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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stock cars vs motocross
The Peninsula Stockcar Racing Association that built and started this racetrack did not intend it to be a motocross race facility period! There has been a lot of Radio Gaga talk like this is its original use. Well it isn't! The late Chet Wilhelm was one of many involved in starting this track. He would chew me out good if he thought for a second I was letting somebody foster that idea.

Shades of 2000 presidential contest
The Miller/Murkowski race reeks of the Gore/Bush race. The guy just can't let it go. You would think he could move on, He is only damaging his own honor and reputation at this point. Next he'll be stomping his feet like a 5 year old. It's growing more and more tiresome to hear about. The voters have spoken.

Local CAP marks national group's anniversary
The Kenai Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recognizes the 69th anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol this week.

Photo: Shop 'til you drop

UA president proposes tuition increases
The University of Alaska president is recommending a 7 percent tuition increase starting in the fall of 2012, after the administration's previous call for an even higher increase received harsh criticism.

Miller's challenges face high hurdles
In Alaska's predominately Native communities, strong write-in vote efforts appear to have driven incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski to victory over Republican primary winner Joe Miller.

Borough's Homer office still closed
The chair behind Gwen Watkins' desk is empty and a sign on the door of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's annex office on Pioneer Avenue says "closed." Borough personnel say closure of the office, which happened earlier this month, is temporary, and a replacement is being sought for Watkins.

Refuge opens for Christmas tree cutting
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opens for Christmas tree cutting today. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. Contact Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road, in Soldotna, 907-262-7021, for further details.

Commissioner's resignation riles education board
The election of Gov. Sean Parnell to his own term in office resulted in a widespread call for resignations of top administration staff that's so extensive, he's even demanding resignations from people who don't work for him.

Rural Alaskans rank port, harbor projects
For the first time in at least two decades, funding requests for new and improved ports and harbors in rural Alaska will be collected onto one unified list of needed appropriations.

Envision Soldotna gets final touches
The City of Soldotna is in the home stretch of finalizing its comprehensive plan, dubbed Envision Soldotna 2030.

Photo: All I want for Christmas ...

Lenora Pepin
Lenora Alene Townsend Pepin died peacefully at her son's home in Anchorage, Nov. 27, 2010. She was 68.

Kendall T. From
Kendall "Ken" Trevor From died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at his daughter's home in Olympia, Wash. He was 87.

Around the Peninsula

2nd Time Around Bazaar coming

Around the Peninsula

Cardiac support group to meet

Pet Photo: Cute Tot

Around the District

School board to meet

Muslim exchange students get taste of Alaska life in Homer
HOMER (AP) -- For four foreign exchange students visiting Homer this year, arriving in Alaska brought the usual cultural shock -- a far off, cold land dramatically different from their homelands in the tropics. Typical of other exchange students, they dealt with the usual challenges of adapting to climate, a new language and different customs. They also face a challenge other exchange students might not have had: Overcoming prejudice about their faith.

Mountain View home to diverse student population
As the largest elementary school in the district, Mountain View Elementary School boasts a total enrollment of 456 students, and that number has been on a steady increase since the school combined with Sears Elementary in 2008. The school is one of only two elementary schools to employ an Assistant Principal.

Verbatim: Modern love: High school dating protocol has changed
My mother seems to have difficulty understanding the current terms used by the teenagers of today to describe relationships. I feel that many suffer from this lack of understanding the current terminology. So, this is a crash course in today's teen relationship terminology.

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