Wednesday, February 14, 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.”

Country’s arms open to everyone
In response to the letter written by Alice Shannon on Jan. 29 — kicking atheists out of the country. What an interesting concept. Who do we throw out next? Muslims? Jews? Buddhist? Then do we start on race? I see she covers religions and only mentions Christian faiths, which leads me to believe she is suspect of the non-Christian flavors.

Canine program possible with help from community
The Kenai Police Department wishes to thank Chevron USA for its sponsorship of the newly formed Canine Unit at the police department. The growth of the city of Kenai has brought about an increase in the volume of calls that canine units are especially suited to handle. The main function of the police canine include tracking suspects and lost persons, evidence recovery, building searches, narcotics interdiction, fights-disturbance response, officer assistance and public relations.

Writer: Diversity is country’s strength
I’m writing in response to the letters of Alice Shannon and Robert Ralls, (Jan. 29 and 30). While I am no longer shocked by such outrageous and frustrating claims as were made in these letters, I am disappointed that my community would in any way support such bigotry.

A salute to those who help Girl Scouts
On behalf of Central Peninsula Girl Scouts, I would like to thank each and every business and person who worked together to help make our Nikiski Girl Scouts Winter Fun Day (Jan. 20) on Daniel’s Lake a huge success.

Freedom for all citizens?
Well I would say it’s fortunate that your readers who write in and insight hatred for any “different” people are safely tucked away in Alaska, but alas, the sentiment is rampant throughout this country.

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.

Deep Creek on the block
A Ninilchik seafood processor who recently agreed to pay a $10,500 fine for violating the federal Clean Water Act said his business never caused any environmental damage, and that the fine has contributed to a decision to sell the company.

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.

Soldotna council chips away at ice
Huge chunks of ice flowing down the Kenai River this winter have made it onto the Soldotna City Council’s agenda.

Borough declares disaster
Responding to millions of dollars’ worth of damage along miles of Kenai River shoreline caused by the recent ice jam, Borough Mayor John Williams signed a disaster declaration Tuesday, opening the door to possible state and federal financial aid.

Jury hears details of Black shooting
Lawyers in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Tuesday continued to painstakingly extract details for hours of a Beluga barroom shooting that lasted just seconds and left one patron dead in July 2004.

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.

50th celebrations in the works
Planning is under way for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood, and the chair of the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission said in Soldotna last week that she hopes statewide festivities would promote tourism, foster economic development and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Peninsula Clarion - News

Gloria May Daugherty
Sterling resident Gloria May Daugherty died Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Stone Brook Inn Assisted Living in Soldotna. She was 78.

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

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

Katayoun Zakikhani
Soldotna resident Katayoun Zakikhani died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of cancer. She was 50.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview after-grad meeting slatedBypass support group availableIditarod team fundraiser set to howlPublic health plans one-day closureBook club activity setRelay for Life kick-off setGenealogical society to meet

Ninilchik sweeps Nikolaevsk
Despite being outscored 17-9 in the fourth quarter, the Ninilchik boys held on to defeat host Nikolaevsk, 70-61, on Tuesday.

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.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Carnival celebrates reading
The fourth annual Kenai Peninsula Reading Carnival is scheduled for Saturday at Soldotna High School, giving an opportunity for readers of all ages and abilities to celebrate Love of Reading month.

KPC Student Union representatives give legislators an earful
Despite weather that forced their plane to be diverted to Sitka and then to Ketchikan, KPC Student Union officers and representatives arrived in Juneau to participate in the 22nd annual University of Alaska Southeast Legislative Affairs Conference.

Loan officer shares tips to handle student debt
LUBBOCK, Texas — According to MSNBC, it costs around $13,000 for a full year of tuition including room and board, at a public university, or $28,000 for a private university.

Girl power: Women in high places becoming the norm
A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Caribou Hills with a friend and her family. We happened to get up there in time to watch part of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. It was dark and we could barely make out the mushers and their dogs as we watched from our parked snowmachines.

Students train for high growth, high demand jobs
On any given day of the week, the Workforce Development Center at Kenai Central High School is a bustle of activity.

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

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