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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Farm bill needed to help hungry residents
As most Americans prepared for Thanksgiving, 35 million Americans, including over 83,000 individuals in Alaska, struggled to put food on their tables and food bank inventories nationwide were scarce.

Students send thanks
Mrs. Hagen's fifth-graders at Aurora Borealis Charter School would like to thank Kevin Harding and Dr. Henry Krull for visiting the classroom. While studying the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations, Mr. Harding shared information about his trip to South America. Then during the skeletal unit in science, Dr. Krull shared pictures and hardware he uses while working on bones.

Pebble Mine: the long and short of it
In business or life the short run might be a time sequence consisting of a few hours, days, months, years, or even, decades. The long run includes a time frame encompassing not only decades, but also generations and beyond.

Reader: Israel has right to exist
It seems to me that enough time has passed and that now the United States should stand with a sure foot. To make sure that Israel stays a state of her own in the Middle East it is the only democracy! If it falls, we all fall.

Kenai council decision could set bad precedent
Do you want your neighbors to have a say on what you keep at your home?

Photo feature: Sunrise over Kenai
A winter sun rises as the Kenai River wends its way to Cook Inlet on Sunday. Today the sun rose at approximately 9:48 a.m. and will set at 4:01 p.m. giving us six hours and 13 minutes of daylight. On Dec. 22, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, will occur.

BKEEP abuzz over colony disorder
When they've exhausted their honey supply for the season, most Alaska beekeepers opt for a clean slate, starting new hives in the spring, but not Steven Albers. Rather than purchase one of the 600 or 700 packages of insects brought into the state each year, his honeybees brave the cold.

On solid ground
Across the nation, desperate homeowners facing increasing debt from expensive mortgages, often obtained through risky loans, are seeing their dreams evaporate in foreclosure.

Senior exemption on tap
Senior citizens could be absent from the borough for as long as six months and remain eligible for the senior property tax exemption under amendments proposed by Borough Mayor John Williams and Assemblyman Paul Fischer.

School board to hear about survey
For the third time in as many years, the Community Action Coalition will present the ins and outs of its planned student survey to the school board which meets today.

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Louise J. Rhodes
Longtime Kenai resident Louise J. Rhodes died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 97.

Norma Loretta Smith
Longtime Kasilof resident Norma Loretta Smith died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 86.

Clarice M. Dale
Longtime Soldotna resident Clarice M. Dale died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 83.

Margaret Ann King
Former Alaska resident Margaret Ann King of Denton, Texas, died Nov. 27, 2007 after a long illness. She was 81.

John Robert Ace Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident John Robert Ace Sr. died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at Providence Wesley Care Center in Seward. He was 88.

Soldotna Community News
Driving around town looking at twinkling Christmas lights brings back warm childhood memories for me. The lights are so magical at night as they reflect on the snow. We continue that tradition with our family and then return home to thaw out by drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows.

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

Around the Peninsula
KCHS blood drive set Funny River Players make debut Tree identification workshop takes root Holiday bazaar set for Ninilchik Cookies by the pound available Clean water to be discussed Band concert, dessert auction scheduled Peaceful people to meet College council meeting scheduled

Ninilchik Community News
It's hard to believe that December is already upon us. Our community's calendar is bursting with Christmas programs and activities that give us no excuse for boredom.

Service to others
On Nov. 15 Nikiski Cub Scout Pack 654 Webelos den leader Suzanne Strickland, left to right, Max Handley, Tylor Handley and from Nikiski Boy Scout Troop 659, Gabe Strickland and Sebastian Strickland, are shown with the Thanksgiving centerpieces they created for the food baskets that the North Star United Methodist Church food pantry gives out yearly. Cub Scout Pack 654 (grades one through five) meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the North Star Methodist Church. Boy Scout Troop 659 (grades six and up) meeting schedule is available by calling Carol Strickland at 776-5683.

Sterling Community News
Pastor Jim Pearson from Sterling Lutheran Church called to let me know there would be a benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling Senior Center. The church will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit Kent Aslett's ongoing missionary work in Nicaragua.

Kenai Community News
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! What's your favorite part of this happy season? Shopping? Baking? Communicating with family and friends of Christmases past? I hope some of you said giving because if ever there was a time of year that lends itself to that noble activity, it's now.

Around the Peninsula
Cookie fundraiser continues Cribbage tourney set Gardeners to gather KWF plans open house School district committee members needed Women voters to meet Counseling association seeks members Kids reading program continues

Kasilof Community News
Happy 90th birthday to Mary Margaret Casey. Mary was born in Iowa on Dec. 9, 1917. Her dad, John Fuchs, was an illegal alien from Germany. Fuchs is German for "fox." John was a baker who had trained for that profession in several countries in Europe. He married Maggie May Bruce in Iowa and the couple had 13 children, including Mary. The Fuchs opened a bakery but had to close it during World War I when people reacted to John's heritage.

District survey deadline looms
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking to the future and would like to expand its view by incorporating the community's vision. The district is updating its long-range plan as a way to set goals and priorities for the future.

College ready for spring registration, art extravaganza: Kenai Peninsula College
The public can register for the spring semester online at kpc.alaska.edu. The key thing for those who need a particular course is to not procrastinate. Most of the classes that meet general education requirements fill up rapidly.

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

Bagging a lesson
Kenai Alternative High School students got to the meat of a lesson this month that resulted in 400 pounds worth of practical knowledge and dinners.

Forget the village, writer seeks peninsula input
"Hey, Rachel. What do you want to do tonight?" I asked.

Sports Brief
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished off the first weekend of the World Cup season with a 22nd-place finish in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit on Sunday in Kontiolahti, Finland.

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