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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More reasons to oppose Chuitna coal project
PacRim Coal, a Delaware corporation funded by two wealthy Texans, plans to develop Alaska's largest coal strip mine in the Chuitna watershed. The strip mine will not only be the state's largest, but in the history of Alaska mining, PacRim Coal will set a dangerous precedent if given permission by the State of Alaska to permanently destroy prime fish and game habitat and 4,000 acres of wetlands, tundra and forests that contain a rich biodiversity.

What's in a name?
The Peninsula Clarion poll recently posed a question asking readers if they thought the tone and substance of American political debate had deteriorated in recent years.

Chilly charity: Central peninsula residents take a swim to support local youth organizations
The tense minutes leading up to the first Central Peninsula Polar Plunge on Saturday afternoon were filled primarily with the excited chatter of curious inquiry: "Are you jumping?" one attendee would ask another. This question was, more often than not, met with an emphatic and definite, "Hell no!"

APOC workshops to explain changes
JUNEAU -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission is taking measures to help the public understand proposed changes for regulations on select financial disclosure.

Flying into the future: With finances in order, city sees airport as economic anchor
The Kenai Municipal Airport is poised for more growth as it adds land and solidifies its financing.

Whale of an issue: Biologist explains Cook Inlet critical habitat
A biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service tried to ease concerns area industry leaders might have over the federal agency's proposed critical habitat designation for endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet.

Cheryl Martin
Memorial services for Cheryl Martin will be held Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at North Kenai Chapel at 7 p.m.. Pastor Wayne Coggins officiating.

O.H. Butch Sorrels
Longtime Kenai resident, O.H. Butch Sorrels, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, with his family at his side.

Around the Peninsula

Prostate cancer meet set

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Peninsula College closed today

Pet Photo: Flow and Jasmine

Around the District

School board to meet

Around Campus: Kenai Peninsula College growth continues
In last week's column, it was incorrectly reported that the current semester's enrollment was KPC's thirteenth record breaking semester; it is the ninth consecutive record semester. As of the first day of classes, KPC had 14,009 credit hours, which is the first time the college broke the 14,000 mark. Last fall the college broke 13,000 credit hours for the first time. It is projected that by the end of this semester, KPC will tally about 14,400 credits and almost 2,500 students.

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