Monday, January 10, 2011

Oppose west Inlet coal project
Please help stop the proposed Chuitna coal project. If you have been there, you would realize that mining salmon streams on the west side of Cook Inlet would be like mining Deep Creek or the Anchor River. No one would stand for it! Don't sacrifice our natural resources to feed our money hungry government!

Lower 48 student needs homework help
Hi. I am in 5th grade. I am doing your state. I will need some items. I will list them at the end of my 3 paragraphs.

Congressional vote seems disingenuous
On Jan. 5, Rep. John Boehner was sworn in as the U.S. Speaker of the House and he pledged openness in Republican actions. The same day he and every other Republican voted against a bill that would require Congress to disclose if they received government health care. These are the leaders that have pledged to repeal health care for their fellow Americans.

No fan of proposed coal project
Mining through a salmon stream is legal? Really? Wow! We all depend on salmon so much whether you are a fisherman, cashier, mechanic, business owner or an employee of any business around, whether you eat salmon or not, everyone of us depends on these wonderful species. Everyone of us depends on these fish for food, tourism or to sell. Why would we allow a company to come in and try to destroy our way of life?

Eacker proceedings continued to Feb. 11
When Judge Anna Moran announced after three hours of testimony Friday that an evidentiary hearing in the ongoing Jimmy Eacker proceedings would be extended to Feb. 11, the packed courtroom in Kenai let out a collective sigh of frustration.

Training for the future: UAA helping Alaskans fill job market voids
The University of Alaska Anchorage is providing new workers to fill voids in several labor markets identified by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development as areas experiencing high demand, said the university's provost at a Jan. 3 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.

Photo feature: Hang time
Gavin Goggia goes airborne while sledding with Jeffrey Beaudoin, not pictured, at Skyview High School on Saturday afternoon. Icy conditions left sledding fast and bumpy.

Owners rebuild after recent fire
The cause of the Dec. 28 fire at Dandelion Acres will probably remain unknown, said owner Linda Price-Albers.

Photo: Sunday's First Light

Charters grapple with permit issues
HOMER (AP) -- In 1988, Steve Smith was intent on developing a successful charter fishing business in Ninilchik. In the years since, Smith has done just that. His single-boat, bed and breakfast operation has grown into Captain Steve's Fishing Lodge, a two-boat, $1.7 million enterprise that not only keeps Smith's family working, but also provides employment for nine full-time summer employees.

Time to show resolve: Young, old and in-between reflect on changing for the New Year
Bradley Phelps is an 11-year-old sixth-grader who proclaims he was "born and raised in Alaska" with the conviction of a 90-year-old homesteader. He is big in the way a mountain is, sturdy and commanding recognition, with a round face and narrow blue eyes.

Faron Lavon Hindman
Longtime Sterling and former Anchorage resident, Faron Lavon Hindman, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at her son's lodge in Cooper Landing.

Lights, cameras bring opportunity
Alaska's film industry has received much notice lately thanks to two feature films that have recently finished production here. Alaskans love watching as Hollywood discovers our state. We love the economic impact, too -- including jobs, spending on hotel rooms, rental cars and other goods and services -- that comes when hundreds of people become our neighbors, if only for a short time.

Homework: Study up on budget process
In reporting the state of the borough last week, Mayor Dave Carey indicated his upcoming budget would not increase borough spending over the current fiscal year. He also indicated that some costs would increase, by about 4.5 percent.

Community

Births

Going green
It's not easy going green.

Aerobic and anaerobic exercise: all systems go
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Around the Peninsula

Nanwalek video presentation

Around the Peninsula

Kenaitze Tribe discusses health facility

Sports Briefs

Soldotna wins mixed relay

Kards sweep Homer
The Kenai Central girls and boys basketball teams made themselves right at home in Homer on Saturday.

Nikiski girls take 2: In boys action, Bulldogs fall to Cordova, ACS
Makenzie Moore wears jersey No. 32, but her favorite number this weekend was 21.

Around Campus: KPC spring semester enrollment sets another record
At KPC's annual spring convocation, College Director Gary Turner informed KPC faculty and staff that preliminary enrollment statistics indicate the semester that started today will be the thirteenth consecutive record breaking semester. This spring semester will be the first time in history that KPC breaks the 13,000 credit hour mark, making it the largest spring semester enrollment ever.

Around the District

School board to meet

Preparing Students for Life
Soldotna High School provides a rigorous academic education, as well as applied educational opportunities related to life or work interests. Vocational and technical education offerings provide for more extensive career exploration and related career education experiences.

Sports Briefs

Sass leads Copper Basin 300

Hakkinen starts season
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen started his season by finishing 22nd in an IBU Cup race in Nove Mesto, Czechoslovakia, on Saturday. Hakkinen finished the 20-kilometer individual in 55 minutes, 39.9 seconds, with one missed target. He was getting a late start to his season due to illness.

Bears salvage 1 from Avalanche
It took the Kenai River Brown Bears 97 shots to score two goals in their first two games combined following winter break.

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