Saturday, December 22, 2007

Let the people decide tax rate
Instead of asking lawyers and judges what the people of the Kenai Peninsula want regarding our tax rate.

Safety event works for kids
On Nov. 17, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held the ninth annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School.

Is it worth the risk?
Placing a big bet has a thrill for some, but the money is on the line. Not the roulette wheel, but the Alaska gas pipeline, and it's a little more like a crap shoot anyway.

Socialized medicine fails
Socialized medicine has failed worldwide. Lousy service, long lines and high taxes have forced Sweden and Switzerland to move back into free market medicine.

Holidays happy for merchants
Central Peninsula retailers are reporting better than average holiday sales this season and are preparing for the expected rush of last-minute shoppers over the last weekend before Christmas.

Kenai council wraps up 2007
Kenai City Council members wrapped their last meeting of the year up in less than 45 minutes on Wednesday. With no scheduled or unscheduled comments and two minor ordinances and resolutions to vote on, council members were out of the chamber no later than 7:45 p.m.

Realtors reassure peninsula buyers
Kenai Peninsula real estate agents reacted Wednesday with strong words and public assurances in the wake of U.S. Grand Jury fraud indictments handed down Dec. 13 against nine individuals and one corporation in the Anchorage real estate market.

Photo feature: Windshield wonderland
Blowing snow swirls around John Vin Zant as he clears ice from his windshield before hitting the road in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon.

Homer alert system tested
If you heard what sounded like a ginormous grandfather clock ringing from the Homer Spit over the weekend of Dec.8-9, you weren't alone. The eight-note chirp could be heard from downtown to up on Diamond Ridge and was followed by a voice message saying "This is a test." The tone came from five new siren towers installed in Homer, part of a new all-hazard alert broadcast system being built in Homer, Seward, Nanwalek, Port Graham and Seldovia.

Dana A. Sena-Wease
Former Kasilof resident Dana A. Sena-Wease died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, in Anchorage. She was 43.

Reflections on the season of Christmas
It was December 1864 when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the words to the poem "Christmas Bells." The nation was embroiled in Civil War, and Longfellow's son had been wounded in battle. His wife had died in a tragic fire accident a few years before. The poem eventually became the carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" with a slight re-arrangement of stanzas by John Baptiste Calkin.

Peninsula riders dreaming of a white Christmas
The moderate temperatures and lack of snow this fall and early winter over much of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have delayed the opening of snowmobile season on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Kardinals sweep Bulldogs
Amanda Mills scored a team-high 11 points and Hannah Delaney and Lacie Wortham chipped in nine apiece in leading visiting Kenai to a 50-38 non-conference win over Nikiski on Thursday at Nikiski High School.

Soldotna defeats Kenai
It didn't take very long for Soldotna to spoil Kenai's party.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

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