Saturday, December 4, 2010

Time to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
The Senate's repeal rejection in September and the Pentagon's newly released study has assured that the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has been a hot button topic in recent weeks. With every day that passes, it's become more and more evident that the repeal of DADT is an idea whose time has come.

Thanks to arts fair
My heartfelt thanks goes out to Gloria Humble and all the fine folks at this years Peninsula Arts & Crafts Fair. I also want to thank the welcoming committee made up of kindred spirits, gifted crafters and discriminating shoppers. I was overwhelmed by your generosity, which contributed greatly to making my weekend so successful. Lastly, congratulations to Leigh High, of Kenai, the winner of our vintage necklace give-away. Wow!

Pay freeze doesn't seem fair
Are we serfs? The president said he will ask for a pay freeze for all federal employees. But not including Congress or their aides. Are they not federal employees? This year Congress voted not to give retirees a 5-percent increase on their Social Security payments but voted a 10-percent increase on their pay.

HEA says thanks for successful energy fair
The board, management and employees of Homer Electric Association would like to thank the vendors, knowledgeable speakers, interested participants, and community-minded donors for making this year's HEA Energy and Conservation Fair a success! The fairs, hosted in Kenai and in Homer, brought together over 800 participants and vendors in a mutual interest of learning more about conservation related products and services.

Photo: Late skate

Council gets input on kennel code
Some concerned citizens attended the City of Kenai's council meeting Wednesday night to testify on the city's proposed ordinance on dog kennel licensing within the community.

Store receives unwelcome adornment
'Tis the season for peace and good will -- not vandalism.

Kathleen Gibbons
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Kathleen Gibbons died at her home in Fairbanks of natural causes Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. She was 54.

Who is Joe Miller fighting for?
As Joe Miller continues to press his suit against the state Division of Elections, we can't help but wonder, who is it that he is fighting for?

An Outdoor View: A little mercury with your fish?
ANACORTES, WASHINGTON -- While visiting relatives in the Evergreen State, I got to wondering whether it's safe to eat the fish caught here. The answer is yes and no.

Perils of Polly: Speeding to the top of the world
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Refuge Notebook: Christmas break: A great time to think about a summer job
Are you a college student ready to work hard outdoors, don't mind getting your hands dirty and looking for work this summer? The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a few challenging, yet rewarding, job opportunities for summer 2011. The deadlines for applications range from January to March, so Christmas Break is a great time to get the application packet ready.

Around the Peninsula

Narcotics support groups meet

Voices of Religion: The gifts of the first Christmas: joy and peace
One week ago was Black Friday when herds of wild shoppers swept majestically across the plains, denuding stores of all that was nutritious and needful. Last Monday was Cyber Monday, when the herds crossed into virtual reality to seek a few extra crumbs. According to PCWorld, Nov. 30, 2010, it is estimated we spent $45 billion at retail stores Friday, up 6 percent over last year, and we likely hit $1 billion on Cyber Monday, an increase of 20 percent. For those still deciding, the two hottest technology gifts for this year look to be Microsoft's Kinect, the motion controller for the Xbox 360, and the iPad.

Church Briefs

Christmas cookie sale begins

Senior is state's best: Smithwick collects Gatorade Football Player of the Year
After leading the Soldotna High School football team to a small-schools state championship in October, Robbie Smithwick can add another item to his growing list of accomplishments.

Skiers set to glide: Sporadic weather leads to tough training conditions
With sporadic snowfall and stretches of high wind across the Kenai Peninsula the past two weeks, training conditions were less than ideal for area cross-country skiing teams as they prepared for the 2010-11 ski season.

Sports Brief: Brown Bears to hold fundraiser
The Kenai River Brown Bears don't play another game in the North American Hockey League until Dec. 10, but they will be on the ice today to face a team in a league of its own.

Area wrestlers chase state berths
Now is the time to peak.

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