Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Right or wrong, trappers will bear burden of problems
I have been a trapper on the Kenai Peninsula since 1951, and I believe trappers need stricter regulations. There is a law on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where it is illegal to set a trap larger then a number 1 1/2 (this trap is for mink-muskrat) within 1 mile of a road that passes through the refuge. A hunter can shoot a moose 100 feet from this same road, but a trapper must walk a mile off this same road to set a trap for a coyote.

Reader asks questions on horsepower issue
Does anyone really think that the alleged Kenai River hydrocarbon pollution problem is caused by anything other then too many motors running in the river? Has anyone in the decision-making process seen the glut of boats that hog the river and force transiting boats too close to the bank where their wakes hit the banks at full force and cause them to crumble?

Reader: Wake up America
It seems to me that the American people need to wake up to the fact that the Muslims are trying to dominate our way of life. If we let Muslims decide our politics, we as a society will be in trouble.

Same-sex benefits should go further
Much clamoring has been going on for the benefits ordered by the court for same-sex couples. If you want the cookie, you have to have some crumbs with it. If you want the perks you have got to face the same legal hassles as the rest of us.

Student needs to be more open-minded
Melissa Newton, a Wings Christian Academy sophomore, writes “I don’t know of any scientists who have recreated the process of evolution in a laboratory, so evolution is neither observed nor tested.” (Logical: Creation makes more sense than evolution to writer, Clarion, Jan 24).

One fish not worth the trip
I live in Kansas City but come up to Alaska each summer. In addition to keeping an RV in Anchorage, I purchased a lot in the Kasilof area on Crooked Creek.

Ice jam moves downriver
Water levels measured at the Soldotna Bridge Tuesday morning were well under flood stage and a decided improvement for Sunday’s peak depth of 20 feet, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of Emergency Management.

Flood threat not yet gone
Residents of low-lying areas along the lower Kenai River were spared flood worries Monday morning, until an ice jam formed above the outlet of Slikok Creek in the afternoon.

McCormack gets 99 years
Barry McCormack will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of Opal Fairchild 21 years ago.

Saltwater guides prohibited from fishing with clients present
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order prohibiting saltwater sportfishing guides and their crews from retaining fish while clients are on board their vessels for the 2007 season.

Oil tax credits could help pay down retirement liability
Unused oil profits tax credits could be a source of revenue to help the state of Alaska reduce the unfunded liability to its public employee and teacher retirement systems.

Deep Creek hit with EPA fine
A Ninilchik seafood processor has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and has agreed to pay $10,500 for violating the federal Clean Water Act.

James O. Beaudry
Anchor Point resident James O. Beaudry died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 at his home. He was 66.

Rosalind ‘Rozzie’ ‘Roz’ Faye Edelman
Kenai resident Rosalind “Rozzie” “Roz” Faye Edelman died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Palmer. She was 67.

Annual day of caring making a difference on peninsula
It seems like so much of the world today — politics, nations and local communities — is divided along these lines. Given all that divides us, it is a delight to find something every once and a while that unites us.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview sets pool hoursBook sale todayMovie night set to entertainSustainable community to be discussedIndoor soccer kicking offValentine’s Day dinner set to dishMardi Gras set to swingVolunteers sought for after promReading carnival moves to SoHi

Wagoner: Minority in the majority
Sen. Tom Wagoner last week called the bipartisan Senate majority coalition’s claim that it would tackle the big issues confronting Alaska a kind of “cop out.”

Mariners defeat Panthers
The Homer girls had four players reach double-digits in scoring en route to a 61-43 victory over visiting Skyview on Tuesday night.

Baldwin leads Kards to perfect conference record in regular season
It’s happened before and there’s a good chance it will happen again.

Sports Briefs
Kenai girls, Colony boys win Nikiski RelaysKenai skaters top Homer

Score financial aid help with College Goal Sunday
Students and parents who are facing the prospect of finding funding to help with college can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Thanks to the efforts of the Coalition of Alaskans Supporting Higher Education (CASHE) and a three-year grant from the Lumina Foundation, Alaska College Goal Sunday is a community service to help students and families climb the mountain of paperwork necessary apply for college financial aid.

Lean on me: Finding friends is crucial to well-being
When you’re in school there are many things you are required to have: paper; a No. 2 pencil; notebook; a backpack; but there is one thing that you should always have that is not on the required list — a friend.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Nikolaevsk students share with Katrina-ravaged school
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Southeast United States. Among those impacted by its staggering power were youngsters now in Katie Wiltz’s second-grade classroom at Gulfview/Charles B. Murphy School in Kiln, Miss.

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