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Monday, December 24, 2007

Oil companies not fooling reader
Judges don't get it or do they? How many of you folks out there would let a proven alcoholic drive your new vehicle who is sure to go to the closest bar or liquor store he or she can find to get another drink? How many of you would let your children ride with that same person?

Reader: Initiatives need to be voted on
Registered Alaska voters who are concerned about maintaining clean water and protecting wild Alaska salmon need to make sure they are one of the 23,800 signatures on the petitions required to put the Alaska Clean Water Initiative on the November 2008 ballot. All signatures are needed by Jan. 1. The central peninsula needs to collect 1,500 signatures as a region and all regions of the state must be duly represented in order for the initiatives to be placed on the ballot.

Those who risk lives earn gratitude
The staff of South Peninsula Hospital expresses its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the LifeGuard Alaska flight crew that was recently lost during a medivac operation out of Cordova.

Flood advisory in effect
Subzero temperatures, increased water levels and ice accumulation prompted the National Weather Service to issue a small stream flood advisory for the Big Eddy area of the Kenai River on Friday. The advisory will be in effect for the next several days and hydrologists are warning residents to keep an eye out for rapidly rising water.

Flooding advisory continues
Despite slightly warmer temperatures over the weekend, the National Weather Service small stream flood advisory for the Big Eddy area of the Kenai River near Soldotna will be in effect until 4 p.m. today.

Moose steer clear of roads
From blinking Christmas lights to people zipping to the store for holiday shopping, there are numerous distractions on the road at this time of year, but motorist shouldn't forget to watch out for a close cousin to Santa's reindeer.

Construction holds steady in 2007, but expect slowing
ANCHORAGE With an estimated $7 billion in total spending for 2007, it was a banner year for the construction industry in Alaska.

Photo feature: Breaking new ground
A musher breaks trail high in the

Just like the ones we used to know
It's beginning to look a lot like Alaska in winter, not to mention a white Christmas, looking at the latest long-range forecast from the National Weather Service for the western Kenai Peninsula.

Animal shelters can use holiday help too
While pet owners may have gotten holiday goodies for their own furry friends, animal shelter managers are hoping that central peninsula residents won't forget to get something for all the pound puppies and homeless kitties while completing those last few days of seasonal shopping.

Borough, ACT tell it to the judge
Attorneys for the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers and the Kenai Peninsula Borough presented oral arguments in Kenai Superior Court Friday regarding a pending sales tax increase.

Whale of a calving season off southeast U.S. coast so far
SAVANNAH, Ga. With three babies already confirmed and another two possible, the right whale calving season off the coasts of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina is shaping up to be a good one.

Jelly belly not necessarily merry
"His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!

Josie Mildred Seward
Former peninsula homesteader Josie Mildred Seward, a resident of Dufur, Ore., died at an Oregon care facility on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007. She was 87.

Judy Davalos
Longtime Kasilof resident Judy Davalos died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 67.

Yes, it's cold enough for me: Reporter reacts to recent ridiculously low temperatures
I have hit a new low. Not morally, I'm pretty much the same person I've been for the last 24-and-a-half years. My new low couldn't be described as physical either, although I'm pretty sure it's not all in my head. The low I'm speaking of relates to temperature. In short, it's cold!

A good option for peninsula high school students
Peninsula Optional High School's name may be misleading. At the school district's newest school, learning is mandatory, the program shows tremendous potential to benefit peninsula students.

Christmastime magic carries on through a classic
Editor's note: For several years on Christmas Eve, the Peninsula Clarion has reprinted this famous editorial written by Francis P. Church. It first appeared in the New York Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

Soldotna Community News
It's Christmas Eve and the elves up at the North Pole just gave a sigh of relief that the toys are loaded on Santa's sleigh. Living here in Alaska, I have a few connections with some of them, and one of them whispered to me the secret of how they learned to make some of their most sought after dolls.

Ninilchik Community News
On this Christmas Eve day, many neighbors will prepare their own unique Christmas traditions that are carried with them and handed down from generation to generation.

Gift of education
President of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, LaDawn Druce, left, presents Kenai Peninsula College student Leah Durham with a $400 scholarship check. Standing next to Durham are sorority members, left to right, Lana Syverson, Sarah Jones and Kelley Smith. Delta Kappa Gamma is an association of female educators supporting various educational opportunities in the community.

Around the Peninsula
Public health closes early Basketball alumni game planned Caregiver meetings set Hospice celebrates life Singers wanted Counseling group to meet Cameras, photo printers sought Donations sought for military personnel

Sterling Community News
Today, Christians around the world wait in joyful anticipation to celebrate the birth of the Christ child. I hope that all of you who join me in waiting will find the peace and joy the season brings.

Kasilof Community News
This column almost went up in smoke on the back burner. First lesson: woodstoves should go in the house, not the garage. Second, furnace fuel should have anti-gel additive before the weather gets decidedly "Decemberish." Lesson three: hotshot woodstove bystanders shouldn't moon winter. Tricky cold can put icicles where you don't want to go.

Community service
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Executive Director Linda Swarner receives a $500 donation for the food bank Dec. 18 from representatives of the Soldotna Chapter Public Safety Employees Association, from left, Aaron Renken, PSEA chapter vice president, chapter member David Bower and Tobin Brennan, chapter president. Swarner said the donation would be used to purchase holiday turkeys for distribution to local families. The local chapter of PSEA is comprised of Soldotna police officers and clerks. The state chapter of PSEA also donated $1,000 to the food bank earlier in the year. PSEA members encourage everyone to stay safe through the holidays and remind drivers to wear seat belts. If you drink, do so responsibly and do not drive. Help us keep everyone's holidays safe.

Around the Peninsula
Cribbage tourney continues Race volunteers sought Caregiver meetings set Basketball alumni game planned Counseling association offers classes Wine tasting fundraiser set SoHi Class of '88 seeks information Social Security reps to visit peninsula Donations sought for military personnel Public health center to close early Monday Counseling group to meet

Building on success
Tim and Raelynne Murphy are used to making do with what they have.

Nikiski Community News
Merry Christmas to all of my Nikiski neighbors. I hope this day finds each and every reader filled with joy and happiness. No matter how you spend the holidays, please be safe and merry.

Kenai Community News
Well, tonight's the night. I hope you have most of your gifts wrapped and your cookies baked, because you're just about to run out of time for getting everything finished. We had our annual Hansen multigenerational cookie and candy tutorial this weekend, and I'm sure everyone is properly carbo-charged for the season.

A View Askew
When your boyfriend asks you, "Do you want a water buffalo for Christmas?" the list of possible responses is nearly endless:

Sports Brief
The Soldotna boys and girls cross country skiing teams both claimed titles at a 4-kilometer quad-meet at Tsalteshi Trails on Friday.

Sweeping Stars
Soldotna's pre-Christmas checklist got its final marks Friday night. Like the first three games, the best mark was the victory.

CIA girls beat Ninilchik
"That's the only time I remember," she said.

Oilers corner
The Peninsula Oilers recently announced the signings of Ross Humes and Seth Harvey, both from Washington State University, for the upcoming 2008 Alaska Baseball League season.

Keller, Skilling marry
Heidi Ann Keller of Soldotna and Ryan William Skilling of Byron Center, Mich., were married Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, in Bartlett, Ill.

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