Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Reader wants Sears to stay the way it is
I have never written a letter to the editor before, so I am approaching this undertaking with a great deal of nervousness. It does, however, demonstrate the depth of my feelings and concerns regarding the decisions to be made shortly by the Board of Education and the school district’s administration in regard to the Kenai Conversations.

Marking of pipes appreciated
Thank you to Paul Samora of Tesoro for sending a crew out to place reflective markings on the pipes sticking up on the pipeline between Tesoro’s refinery and Swanson River oil field. I rode that pipeline last weekend and the pipes are now much more noticeable.

Reader applauds ACT’s actions
Your editorial in the Jan. 7 Clarion about ACT was way off the mark! ACT filed a civil suit against the borough because they violated not only the intent of Prop 5, but also possible state law. If this claim by ACT proves to be true, does this mean the Clarion supports our government breaking the law?

Basketball weekend scores big with staff
The Seward Parks and Recreation Department (SPRD) hosted the 2007 Wells Fargo Polar Bear Jumpoff Tournament this past weekend, Jan. 6 and 7. The immense success of the tournament was due to the hard work and diligence of all involved parties. SPRD would like to start by thanking our sponsors, Wells Fargo Bank, Polar Bear Jumpoff Association and the Breeze Inn.

Soldotna man dies in accident
A Soldotna man was killed when the snowmachine he was driving hit a tree.

Pebble exec: Mining, fishery able to coexist
Under its policy of “responsible mineral development,” Northern Dynasty will operate its Pebble Mine project with no net loss to commercial, sport or subsistence fisheries, a company executive told Kenai business leaders last week.

Mixing zone bill would reverse recent DEC changes
Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, has filed a bill that would prohibit the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation from authorizing pollution mixing zones in lakes, streams, rivers or other flowing freshwater where fish spawn.

Grandpa was a mule skinner and other family factoids
For longtime Sterling resident Bill Thomas, it’s probably good that he knows what a mule skinner is.

Charter operators worry halibut catch restriction will hurt business
Southcentral halibut charter boat clients could soon be changing their plans now that the International Pacific Halibut Commission has limited them to catching just one fish per day during the last two weeks in June.

Soldotna to cover annexation, homeless shelter, sign regs
An hour before the Soldotna City Council meets this evening, the city’s governing body will assemble for a work session to talk about stretching the city’s boundaries.

E-mail threat stops air traffic
Flight operations at Kenai Municipal Airport were interrupted for about one hour Tuesday morning while authorities investigated an e-mail threat later determined to be not credible.

Veterinarians make sure racers are up to par
On Friday, dozens of rumbling diesel-engined dog trucks will descend on the Soldotna Sports Center to unload the best of the best from their dog yards.

For competitive canines, nutrition, hydration, can rival training in mushing success
“We can rebuild him, better, faster, stronger.” It may be a sound bite from the “Six Million Dollar Man” television series, but the statement holds true for how much mushers put into their dogs, particularly in regard to nutrition.

James ‘Jim’ Kufhta
Longtime Kenai resident James “Jim” Kufhta died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 49.

ACT: After everything, government belongs to all of us
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers (ACT) is forging a partnership between the citizens and the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) government to promote sustainable fiscal policy. ACT has identified three major objectives:

Around the Peninsula
Annual wine tasting, auction to be heldBirders flock togetherReading carnival slatedSnowmachine fundraiser set to rideCPH old entrances to closeFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Builders nail down meeting timeFamily classes offeredCPH old entrances to closeCribbage tourney continuesKids’ carnival set for funToboggan sled dog pull plannedCraft fair slatedBook sale set

Sports Briefs
SoHi hoops sweeps Seward

SoHi’s Besse to play hoops at UAF
For Soldotna senior Tony Besse, a lot of motivation in sports has come from accomplishments by his three older sisters.

Kenai boys and Nikiski girls win
Kenai led 23-9 after eight minutes and 55-20 at the break and hit six 3-pointers in dominating Nikiski, 88-40, on Tuesday night at Nikiski High School.

Enrollment up on Kenai Peninsula College campuses
More and more people are discovering Kenai Peninsula College. System enrollment at KPC is up 5.6 percent over the same time last year. With campuses in Soldotna and Homer and extension sites in Seward and in Anchorage, the college continues to grow in student population and course offerings.

Logical: Creation makes more sense than evolution to writer
The battle between evolution and creation sciences has been argued multitudes of times, and I am getting tired of it.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Boys and Girls Club, local officers plan Police Athletics League
The best part of his job, says Kenai Police Sgt. Gus Sandahl, is when he has a chance to interact in a positive way with kids.

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