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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Reader wants to clear up misinformation from letter
I saw your “Where’s the consumer’s side” story on Jan. 29, where Victoria O’Connell made a bunch of false claims. She claimed Alaska’s commercial fishing fleet fishes for 250 million U.S. consumers, while charter boats only fishing for “the client.”

Fear a relic from McCarthy era
The letters regarding atheists and Muslims, found respectively in the Jan. 29 and 30 editions, show a frightening lack of knowledge as regards to our own country and its founding principles.

Something’s wrong with the fish
I normally don’t get involved in the salmon disagreements on the peninsula, because I’m just a fisherman who fishes for the needs of my family. And since it’s only my wife and I now, it usually doesn’t take much. I’m usually satisfied with the 10 or 20 reds I can dipnet out of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

Ignorance lies at source of hatred
I read with interest and concern Ms. Shannon’s letter of Jan. 29. While I do not believe Ms. Shannon’s extreme views are in the majority, I hasten to note that atheists are still the least-understood and most-feared minority in the United States today.

Halibut limit may cut trips short
My wife and I have traveled to the Kenai Peninsula each summer for the past 17 years. Some summers we come up twice.

Mistrial may be in the making
The murder trial of Shawn Rogers nearly came to a halt Friday morning, but instead was temporarily delayed as attorneys and the judge sort through court rule violations alleged by the defense.

Photo feature: Pooch powered
Jane Handy of Soldotna picks up speed during a skijor race behind the Soldotna Airport on Saturday. The two-day event was put on by the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association. At left, Ole Andersson of Soldotna flies out of the starting chute.

Proposal limits dipnetting
With the snow still blowing and ice continuing to cover large portions of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, it’s hard to imagine thinking about dipnetting, but several people already are.

Knik Arm transport may link peninsula to Anchorage
In roughly two years, a ferry service linking Anchorage and Port MacKenzie will begin hauling passengers and vehicles across Knik Arm.

Judge allows murder trial to resume
The judge in the Shawn Rogers murder trial in Kenai on Monday found no willful withholding of information by the state prosecutor and allowed the trial to resume.

Anti-meth blitz set to educate
In an effort to alert Alaskans about the dangers of the illegal, destructive and highly addictive drug methamphetamine, the statewide Alaska Meth Education Program will launch an all-out media blitz this spring.

Jared Richardson Struthers
Sterling resident Jared Richardson Struthers was found dead Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, in Kasilof. He was 18.

Robert ‘Bob’ Charles Conn
Sterling resident Robert “Bob” Charles Conn died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at his home. He was 81.

Hero of the Week
Flag bearer appreciated

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers sought for after promPop Warner seeks volunteersGiant pumpkins to be discussedCarnival fundraiser slatedMovie night offered in SterlingReading carnival moves to SoHi

Community Events
Caregivers get support, tooWhat’s in a name?Work in progressMoms to meet

Births
· Lisa and James Henderson of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Hyrum Jasper Henderson, at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at home with the aid of midwives from Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Peninsula People
Elks table tennis resultsArea students named to dean’s, president’s listsFoster to study in ItalyGlenzel named director of peninsula Special OlympicsKilfoyle, Pfaffe hit the road

Volunteers sought
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in lending a helping hand.

Peninsula Reflections
A remarkable photograph of Kenai taken around 1919 by Leon Grove, a teacher who climbed a telegraph pole to obtain an elevated vantage point, has been chosen to hang on the historical wall display downstairs in the new Mountain Tower addition to Central Peninsula Hospital.

Sports Briefs
Kenai, Sitka split in hoops

Carlson makes most of starting opportunity
Normally, it is the opposition that takes advantage of the opportunity created when a state champion loses three of its starters.

Sports Briefs
Davis, Palin listed in 5thSoldotna Little League seeks coaches, umps

Sports Briefs
PSDRA holds 10-Dog Classic

Hakkinen nabs 9th place
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished ninth in the 15-kilometer mass start in Antholz, Italy, on Sunday for the best finish of his career at the World Championships.

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