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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesHealth center elects board membersSmall business center hosts workshopsYouth cooking classesConsulting seminar plannedFinancing seminar slatedHealing classes offeredJA seeks volunteers

Reader to student: Stand where you are
I comment on Melissa’s (Newton, Clarion, Jan. 24) logical argument that both creation and evolution are based on nonobservable processes, but that evolution takes far more faith than does creation. In reality, evolution poses a greater mystery for itself.

Pack parents appreciate assistance
We would like to offer belated, but very sincere thanks to the Soldotna Elks Club for their support of Soldotna Cub Scout Pack 672.

Student encourages writer to see both sides
It is with sadness and a slight banging of my head on the wall that I write this letter. I understand that the Clarion is attempting to be open-minded to student commentary by featuring Verbatim, but some pieces should have had serious editing. Being a student myself, I think it’s about time I said something about the insulting opinion from this week (Jan. 24).

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).

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.

Right or wrong, trappers will bear burden of problems
Editor’s note: Due to a typing error, a word was inadvertently left out of Mr. Tachick’s letter, which changed the meaning. It was printed in Wednesday’s Clarion. It is being reprinted in its entirety. The word has been italicized in the first sentence. The Clarion regrets the error.

Clear roads appreciated
This is a thank you” to the city, borough and independent snow removal people for the great job you all do keeping our roads and businesses cleared for the rest of us.

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.

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.

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.

Wish list: Assembly to tackle federal priorities list
As it does each year at this time, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is preparing the final draft of its federal priorities, a wish list of projects and positions the borough wants Alaska’s congressional delegation to back.

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.

Ice jam breaks apart
Water levels that had measured at a peak depth of 20 feet Sunday continued to recede at the Soldotna bridge Wednesday, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of Emergency Management.

New owner to continue tradition at Kenai Golf Course
The Kenai Golf Course has marked the end of an era, but not the end of a way of doing business.

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.

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

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
Fish and Game meetings slatedHistorical society to meetCommunity group meeting slatedCommunity dance plannedFundraiser plannedDodge, wallyball tourneys planned

Kenai rolls into conference tourney
A lethal front line comprised of 50-point scorers, Kenai seniors Jed McGlasson, Brad Fusaro and Owen Dukowitz, has provided a majority of the Kardinal’s offense this season — though coach Nate Kiel still maintains it’s his defense that can alter the game.

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.

Art Briefs
Time running out for yard sale storiesArt contest offers tech toysWriters’ group to meetYoung playwrights wantedTheater in need of artSeward hosts race to designPoetry Out Loud open to schoolsArtists wanted to bug outKids’ reading program ongoingNative ghost stories wantedArts, crafts presenters wanted for festival

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Fiber artists show the result of unique process
As a person walks into the Kenai Fine Arts Center this month, they will be greeted by warm, earthy tones configured in a variety of patterns and forms. The fiber arts show currently on exhibit, “Disappearing Act,” may cause viewers to redefine how they think about the use of woven material.

‘Smokin’: Plenty of firepower, not enough spark
To suggest that Quentin Tarantino completely changed the landscape of cinema may be overstating the point, but in fact that statement’s not too far off the mark.

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.

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.

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.

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