Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pebble rep disagrees with letter
I am writing in response to Mr. Richard Hahn's Jan. 8 letter in which he suggests that exploration activities at Pebble may be harming the environment. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Legislator supports energy credit
There is always the good news and the bad news. The good news is that sky-rocketing fuel prices are driving up the price per barrel of oil. The bad news is that Alaskans are paying more at the pump, more to heat their homes, more to pay their utility bills. The price of goods and services keep going up because of fuel costs. That carton of milk costs more because the gas to run the delivery truck costs more.

Food bank works because of community
As we begin our 20th year, on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, thank you very much for your past support of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. As 2007 ended, the food bank shelves did not contain as many food products as we saw at the end of 2006 just as nationwide food banks saw a decrease in corporate food product donations.

Reader has suggestion for Sen. Lyda Green
Senator Green,

Column elicits response
In response to Les Palmer's Jan. 18 column, I agree with Mr. Palmer that our tradition of hunting seems to be less tolerated these days. But I doubt that change in attitude has as much to do with the occasional dead bear picture in the newspaper as it does with the animal rights movement's propaganda and Hollywood shows that portray humans as evil or stupid, and animals as intellectually superior beings wrapped in fur costumes. Most of us know that animals are not humans, yet some people are opposed to the killing of any wild or domestic animal based on those feelings. I believe many of those people are trying to avoid dealing with their own mortality through failure-assured attempts to save everything else around them from eventual death. Yet we all know that every living creature, including us, inevitably dies.

Artists to get graphic
A few decades ago comic books were synonymous with monsters, mutants and superheroes. Boys stuffed their backpacks with them, teachers frequently confiscated them along with gum, paper airplanes and other items usually deemed frivolous. Until recently the comic book and the graphic novel was never considered comparable to the likes of Dickens, Shakespeare or Tolstoy, but that's changing.

Seavey, Mackey to run T-200
This weekend there will be "mush ado" about sled dogs in Kasilof as the annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race returns for the 24th running, and this year again with an extremely talented field of mushers.

Borough in good shape
Helped significantly by $3.6 million in energy assistance from the state as well as by increased sales and property tax revenues, the Kenai Peninsula Borough's general fund rebounded in fiscal year 2007, ending the year June 30 with a $20 million balance, according to the latest analysis of the borough's finances.

Burial sites receive public hearing
If you or your loved ones want to be laid to rest within Soldotna city limits, Wednesday's Soldotna City Council meeting should not be missed. The council will hear public testimony and is expected to decide on a location for the Memorial Park before the meeting is over.

Natural gas pipeline proposals get 2nd look
JUNEAU The head of the Senate Resource Committee said this week that he will throw the door open to energy companies looking to build a natural gas pipeline

Clean water initiative goes before elections division
Backers of a proposed clean water ballot proposition that would place stringent environmental restrictions on large new mines have filed petitions with more than 60,000 signatures with the state Division of Elections.

Subdivision road rules on tap
The proposed ordinance that would establish new rules for building subdivision roads will be back before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting tonight.

CPH on track to finish renovation
Central Peninsula Hospital is on track to complete the third and final phase of its $49.9 million renovation project before the summer months.

Tommy Earl Ellison
Soldotna resident Tommy Earl Ellison died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 37.

Around the Peninsula
Ping pong returns

Knight takes 11th at Besh Cup
Brent Knight, a graduate of Soldotna High School, took 11th in the 10-kilometer men's classic race on Sunday in Besh Cup racing at McNeil Canyon Ski Trails in Homer.

Peninsula Clarion - High School Sports

Sweet sounds of music
Jazz fans had a sweet evening Jan. 15 and 17 at Soldotna High School.

It is never too early to get involved in politics
When I was younger, I went to the polls for every election at the Kenai Armory and while my parents voted in the election I voted in the "Kid Vote Election."

School takes top spots in T-200 poster contest
Editors note: Other winners include sixth-grader Palakiiya Rogers from Tustumena Elementary for Humanitarian Award artwork; and fifth-grader Ali Dusek from Redoubt Elementary for Sportsmanship Award artwork.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

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