Tuesday, December 25, 2007

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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