Saturday, December 18, 2010

Collapse, and martial law, are coming
From the flack we in the militia have received, skeptics still cannot envision the collapse of our economy. The "normalcy bias" created by our long history of being well-fed and comfortable just will not allow such thinking, much less preparing for it.

Resident wants peace and quiet
In a squeaker, last night in a 5--4 vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough planning committee defeated the Twin Cities Racing Lion's bid to gain control of the 157-acre raceway for 30 years. The opposition to the Lion's looked kind of like those Christians walking around the ring circled by Lions. Well, at least some of them must have been praying and somebody was surely listening, and Glory for that.

Current primary balloting system frustrating
As a registered Undeclared Alaskan voter, I find the current primary ballot selection process very frustrating and feel it takes away from my freedom of choice. To vote for persons running for office I must chose one of two ballots -- the Republican ballot listing only Republicans, or the Democratic ballot listing Democrats and the names of individuals running in other parties.

Dipnet discussion planned: Council schedules public work session to dissect report
The Kenai City Council postponed discussion of the 2010 dipnet report until a work session in February.

Kenai passes kennel code changes
The Kenai City Council approved the animal code amendment regulating how households with more than four dogs are treated.

Bonds net low rates
The state of Alaska has sold $200 million in voter-approved general obligation bonds, using the state's strong financial position and federal subsidies to get a low 2.78 percent interest rate, state officials said.

3D comes to Peninsula
Shelly Endsley's dreams will be realized on the silver screen today when her movie theater becomes the first on the Kenai Peninsula to go 3D.

Mary Lillian Lamm
Longtime Alaska resident Mary Lillian "Lil" Lamm, 86, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Ganelle Swanson
Former Kenai resident Ganelle Swanson died Nov. 24, in Eugene, Ore., of age-related causes. She was 84.

Respecting rights and protecting kids
The Kenai Peninsula School Board and district administrators tackled a tough situation earlier this month when they approved a new policy creating campus visitation rules for sex offenders who also are parents.

Refuge Notebook: Refuge, birders, enthusiasts team up for Christmas Bird Count
Throughout North America thousands of volunteer birders are scouring their designated areas in over 2000 circles this Holiday season in the 111th annual Christmas Bird Count. This early-winter bird census is the longest running citizen science survey in the world.

An Outdoor View: Fat is not jolly
Friends, we've been duped. For years, we've been fed the image of an obese Santa Claus laughing and saying, "Ho, ho, ho!" In reality, it's not a laugh, but a grimace, and he's saying, "Oh, oh, oh!"

Around the Peninsula

Santa comes to Cohoe

Voices of Religion: Celebrate the season with a reason!
OK, let's be honest: How many of us were truly excited when we saw all the decorations and lights coming up right after Halloween? Were you really happy to see how quickly the stores have marketed for the giving (or spending) of gifts? There is so much anticipation and anxiety for a day in the season that even has it's own countdown. Are you looking forward to that coming day: December 25?

Church Briefs

'Epic Win' coming for New Year's Eve

CIA girls take out Ninilchik
A 12-0 run to open the game was all the Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team needed to secure its first victory of the season.

Soldotna boys defeat Grace
The Soldotna boys basketball team opened up play at the Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off on Thursday by edging Grace Christian 56-52.

Brown Bears face crucial road tests
Chris Rial drove through a blizzard to Anchorage, boarded a flight to Boston and played three hockey games in as many days against the league's top players. Then he returned home, heading immediately to the Soldotna Sports Center for practice with the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Kenai, SoHi start strong
The Kenai Central girls basketball team tipped off its season by defeating Grace Christian 42-25 on Thursday in the opening round of the Kenai River Challenge at Kenai.

Wolverines can't catch Eagles boys
For the second time in as many games, the Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team turned a quick start into a double-digit victory.

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