Saturday, January 22, 2011

Legacy vs. a lump of coal
The relatively short term gains offered by the proposed mining operation across Cook Inlet is a poor deal. Recreation on the Kenai Peninsula can only grow. Please don't trade our legacy for a lump of coal.

An air of coal dust and dead fish
I smell a stinky fish decomposing somewhere. I think it is at the Department of Natural Resources.

Leave Chuitna as it is
The men an women relegated to deliberation over the Chuitna strip mine are ultimately seated with a decision in the absolute: voting in favor of the strip mine will likely perpetuate a precedent of allowing mining in salmon streams, and denial will likely instigate a diametrically opposed response, a movement to hold salmon streams as sacrosanct, rather than destroyable commodities. From a pragmatic perspective, we must weigh the economic and sociological effects of either decision.

Kenai does business: Council renews city manager contract
Kenai's City Council discussed outsourcing ambulance collections, an ordinance that would change the process for appointing people to the city's boards and commissions and the city manager's contract at Wednesday's meeting.

Mentoring for tomorrow: Boys & Girls Club program pairs local youth with adults
Librarian Sharon Hale has been mentoring 10-year-old River Kitchens ("spelled just like the regular kitchen") since November, when the Soldotna branch of the Boys & Girls Club launched a mentoring program for certain kids already involved in the after-school organization.

Man killed in snowmachine-car collision
A Soldotna man riding a snowmachine was killed Wednesday evening when he was struck from behind by a car at the intersection of Brown's Lake Road and Seclusion Street, off of Rabbit Run Road.

Marian Elizabeth Long
Longtime Soldotna resident, Marian Elizabeth Long, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Heritage Place, in Soldotna.

Let's fund 'performance' scholarships this time around
Among the proposals Gov. Sean Parnell outlined in his State of the State speech this week was an idea that sounds just as good this year as when he first proposed it last year -- performance-based scholarships for post-secondary education.

Perils of Polly: Accompanied by heat, rain and fear on the road to Costa Rica
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Her perils continue in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

An Outdoor View: Fish wars and politics
Whenever the subject of fisheries management comes up, odds are good that someone will say, "Politics should be kept out of fisheries management."

Refuge Notebook: 111th Annual Christmas Bird Count: Soldotna results
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an early-winter continental bird census where volunteers count and identify to species all birds they see or hear within a 15-mile diameter count circle, within a 24-hour period, during the designated December 14 to January 5 period. Annually, there are approximately 60,000 participants counting in over 2,000 count circles throughout North America.

Around the Peninsula

School holds winter carnival

Voices of Religion: Find out about Heaven by joining a church that believes in Jesus
I encounter people often who think that by being a good person they will go to heaven when they die. What qualifies as a good person seems to be entirely subjective and arbitrary and I haven't met anyone who has felt disqualified. It is sort of an entitlement mentality when it comes to heaven. We all seem to feel as if we deserve to go there.

Church Briefs

Community worship coming up

Sports Brief: Hakkinen returns to World Cup
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen returned to the World Cup with an 81st-place finish in Thursday's 10-kilometer sprint in Antholz, Italy.

Eagles sweep
Seldovia forward Sarah O'Leary ran off the court with a bloody nose late in the third quarter. The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team ran away with the game well before that.

Tough evening of hockey
The Palmer hockey team defeated Kenai Central 4-3 on Thursday in Northstar Conference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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