Saturday, December 20, 2008

Businesses, people make party special
A very special thanks to the following for help making Nikiski Fire Department's Christmas party truly special: Nikiski Recreation Center, Nikiski Senior Center, Nikiski Fire Board, Charlie's Pizza, The Bear Paw, The Tree House, Stop & Go, Sweeney's, Cold Stone Creamery, Home Depot and Beemun's.

Interesting question
With the latest attack against our president, does this mean that the Transportation Security Administration will be stepping up the threat level on our shoes when we fly?

Borough decision could have long-lasting negative effects
Recent developments involving the proposed Chuitna coal mine should have many Kenai Peninsula residents concerned.

Tree comes to life with help
A thank you from Soldotna Middle School to the Ladies Auxiliary for its yearly donation to help with the Angel Tree gifting and any assistance needed throughout the year for anyone in need.

School benefits from program
Nikiski North Star Elementary students and staff would like to extend thanks and appreciation to Artist in Residence Terry Inokuma.

HEA cuts needed
The recent notification that Homer Electric rate increases will be going up again doesn't surprise me. The current management at HEA, while claiming gas price increases for our rate hikes, doesn't include info on his or the board's expenditures for salaries and meetings each and every month.

Kenai congressional office to close
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter expressed her disappointment Wednesday evening at news of the closure of the congressional delegation office in Kenai.

Pebble Partnership CEO asks for patience
With all of the controversy surrounding the Pebble Mine project, it's still too early to determine whether or not the project should move forward. It's likely that naysayers and supporters alike will be forced to wait for quite some time before the project is ready for public scrutiny.

Take a breath: New law requires ignition interlock for DUI offenders
Editor's note: This is the final part in a three-part series looking at impaired driving on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kudos to Palin for tightening the state's belt
In this time when many of us are forced to tighten our belts, it's good to see the state doing the same.

An Outdoor View: Trying new things in Cordova
A few days ago, I called Steve Ranney, owner/operator of Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova. Modest to a fault, Steve is the kind of guy who has to be primed a bit before you can pump him for information.

Refuge Notebook: Reaching beyond refuge boundaries
When we think about the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we usually think about federal employees working on federal lands, such as the Kenai or Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuges. We don't think about these employees assisting private citizens with projects on private land. Yet, across the nation, each year, thousands of upland and wetland acres and hundreds of river miles are restored on private lands to enhance fish and wildlife habitat. This is all happening through a program called Partners for Fish and Wildlife. The program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2007.

Around the Peninsula

Gift fair slated

Winning is what counts: Harvey not happy after breaking record
Cameron Harvey did all the right things on the floor.

Making it look easy: Substitute head coach leads Cordova past Kards
Chris Ganaski is normally the junior varsity coach for the Cordova girls. Thursday, in the Wolverines' 50-25 victory over Kenai Central in the opening round of the Kenai River Challenge, Ganaski took on a different role -- head coach.

Sports Briefs

Hakkinen takes 95th in World Cup

Seward girls notch victory over Seldovia at CIA Invite
Seven players found the bottom of the net in leading the Seward girls to a 33-27 win over Seldovia on Thursday in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Academy Invitational.

Church Briefs

Churches offer Christmas buttons

Voices of Religion: Life changes, challenges can be overcome
Change in life is inevitable, whether we are ready for it or not. Yet it often seems the only one who welcomes change is a baby with a wet diaper.

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