Monday, December 31, 2007

Sense of humor appreciated
I just read an article that said the TSA was ranked lower than even the IRS as the least liked federal agency. FEMA was the only agency ranked lower, but fortunately I haven't had any dealings with FEMA.

Reader: Things have changed
"Not in my back yard" is a strong sentiment in Alaska, as well as all over the country. It reminds me of a little story of while we were traveling. Re: Soldotna's Cemetery or lack of. We always traveled on the cheap and were fortunate enough to spend about a week at Branson, Mo. Saw some great shows, but the cost of campgrounds close to town were expensive, so got our Good Sam Campground book out and found a place about 10 miles outside of town close to the river and nicely wooded.

Let's protect what we have
There have always been differences of opinion and divisions among Alaskans concerning how we go about managing ourselves and our resources. These divisions often seem entrenched into camps at the far extremes of agreement. In fact, it seems our society conditions us to be us and them, conditioned as adversaries, right or left, win or lose, red, blue or green, with little tolerance or opportunity for common ground.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Six-year-old Amanda Eby, feet strapped onto the smallest Burton snowboard her mother could find, stood at the summit of the hill behind Skyview High School. She launched herself forward, flew down the hill and landed at the bottom on her side.

Gov. Palin appoints pair from peninsula
Two women from the Kenai Peninsula are among several Alaskans that Gov. Sarah Palin named to state boards and commissions this week.

Soldotna council approves its own raise
As one councilman put it, the Soldotna City Council last week gave itself a raise and trimmed its work schedule.

Goodbye 2007
"May you live in interesting times," the saying goes. Well, 2007 proved to be an interesting year on the Kenai Peninsula.

Learning how to stay together
Joe and Samantha Romig live in a quiet apartment on South Forest Drive in Kenai. Every morning they wake up at 7:30 and begin their day with a bowl of cereal or a few microwaved waffles before embarking on their respective routines.

Soldotna council approves its own raise
As one councilman put it, the Soldotna City Council last week gave itself a raise and trimmed its work schedule.

Area residents resolve to make changes in '08
In celebration of the new year, many Kenai Peninsula residents are resolving to make lifestyle changes.

State encouraging online PFD applications
Officials with the Alaska Permanent Fund Division say they're hoping as many as 470,000 residents will apply online for their dividends next year.

Sarah Armstrong
Kasilof resident Sarah Armstrong died in a car accident on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2007. She was 46.

Be prepared: '07 should get us ready for '08
Perhaps we should borrow the Boy Scouts' motto when we talk about 2007. From a wildfire in the Caribou Hills to a borough election with contradictory results, there was much over the past year for which we on the Kenai Peninsula needed to be prepared.

Sterling Community News
I'm a few hours early, but I'd like to wish all my wonderful Sterling neighbors a happy and healthy New Year.

Nikiski Community News
I wish a Happy New Year to all my Nikiski neighbors. Another year is upon us; remember to be safe and merry.

Ninilchik Community News
Debi Henderson reported that the 2007 Santa's Christmas Party, sponsored by the American Legion Family, was a huge success. Ninety-one children attended, from ages 2 months to 12 years old.

Around the Peninsula
Tribe offers child care assistance KMS volleyball camp set Teleconference set Hospice plans celebration Health center closes for holiday Presidential caucus set

Soldotna Community News
The year 2007 is coming to a close and as I sign off and end my last column with you it makes me a little nostalgic. I've very much enjoyed getting to know you and sharing news with you. Thank you for all of your support and help in writing, because it truly is "your column." My best wishes go to the new writer, Jacki Michels.

Kasilof Community News
You are invited to a family New Year's eve party at Tustumena School beginning at 8 p.m. Kasilof Community Church has organized the party, which features refreshments, finger foods, movies, games and fun.

Kenai Community News
Wow. Another year comes to an end. Is it my imagination, or did this one go by faster than the last one did? I hope that your year was as productive, as progressive, as exciting, as momentous, or as peaceful as you hoped it would be.

Of Moose and Men
We are down to the wire for 2007, folks. In less than 48 hours, the new year will arrive.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber announces winners Chamber accepts nominations, reservations Learn about foster care and adoption Counseling Association to meet

Pioneering a new ice age
It wasn't uphill at least not both ways.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Christmas is a time for photographs at the home of Walt and Tina Williamson of Kenai. Three-year-old Mocha and 6-year-old Ariel pose for their 2007 picture. "Mocha is fairly new to this tradition of ours, but Ariel is not very impressed with it this year," Tina said.

7th heaven: It was a good year to be a local athlete
Before we enter 2008, here's a comprehensive look back at the highlights of the area sports scene from 2007:

Megan Best, Ryan Swanson to marry in July
Megan Jo Best and Ryan Andrew Swanson, both of Kenai, plan to marry in July 2008 in Soldotna.

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