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Monday, February 14, 2011

Boycott Iditarod sponsors
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is held in Alaska every year. During the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run while pulling sleds 1,150 miles (the equivalent of running from NYC to Miami). More than 140 dogs have died in this race. Most of the survivors have lower airway damage by the end of the race. In fact, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine says 81 percent of dogs in one of the Iditarod races had "abnormal accumulations of intralumenal debris" ["Racing Alaskan Sled Dogs as a Model of 'Ski Asthma'", Vol. 166, 2002].

Not all mining is good mining
Andrew Jensen really missed the mark in his article "End Users Among Pebble Foes," (Peninsula Clarion, Feb. 7, 2011) by insinuating that people like Gordon Moore and jewelers who have signed on to the "No Dirty Gold" campaign are somehow hypocritical in their opposition to Pebble.

Fish debate heats up once again
From last Friday's Peninsula Clarion "An Outdoor View," the flames are fanned again by Mr. Palmer.

Pipe closer to flow
A project on the south Kenai Peninsula that would help alleviate natural gas shortages in Southcentral is still in the works.

Chills, thrills and spills

Lights off
There will be a scheduled power outage from 11 a.m. to noon today in the Anchor Point-Ninilchik area.

Legislature opens hearings on oil tax
Alaska legislators began hearings in Juneau Feb. 7 on legislation proposed by Gov. Sean Parnell to reduce the state's oil and gas production tax.

Photo: Trail of love

Eacker granted new trial: Judge rules prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence
A Kenai judge has granted a retrial for alleged murderer Jimmy Eacker, ruling the state withheld exculpatory DNA evidence during the 2010 trial.

Military continues to grow its mission
The military continues to add infrastructure and new units to bases in Alaska, and so far units in the state have escaped the federal budget knife.

Fund looks at diversifying
Southeast Alaska's once-vibrant timber industry is now mostly gone, but state retirement officials think investing millions of dollars in pension money in the timber industry elsewhere will pay off for the state's retirees.

Gary Loyd Bloom
Kenai resident Gary Loyd Bloom died Sunday Jan. 2, 2011, in Bolivar, Mo., after fighting a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 73.

Phyllis Montgomery
Former Kenai resident Phyllis Montgomery died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Palm Bay, Fla., after a battle with cancer. She was 81.

Time to apply a strong hand with the EPA
If ever a federal agency was a candidate for demonetization, it's probably the Environmental Protection Agency.

Opportunities are passing us by
Last week's news that Conoco Phillips and Marathon will be shutting down LNG exports from Cook Inlet is a staggering blow for the Peninsula and for Alaska -- and raises crucial questions for our future.

Around the Peninsula

Teachers of Excellence deadline approaching

Mamma said ...
I think I've mentioned that I am pretty apolitical. The first time I voted I was eager to be connected with a political party. I was 21 and a couple of months (yes, I had to be 21 to vote). The candidate stood for everything my very young persona understood. And he won.

When getting fit, don't forget about Fido
If getting more exercise was on your New Year's Resolution list again this year, ensure your success by including your canine companion. Your dog is not only a great motivator, but exercise provides mental and physical benefits for both of you.

Community

Births

Around the Peninsula

Garden club loves compost

Homer, SoHi win boroughs
Shortly after skiing his best race of the season, Andre Lovett had a flashback.

Ice Dogs sweep Bears
The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of games on the road against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday and Saturday at the Bigger Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.

Homer boys claim Ninilchik Invite crown
The Homer boys and the Northway girls won the Ninilchik Invitational on Saturday.

Wasilla takes 2 from SoHi
Forget about winning. The Soldotna High School boys basketball team had trouble scoring.

Warriors nab a pair from Kardinals
For the first 16 minutes, it was tough to decipher which team was undefeated in conference play.

Verbatim: You can learn a lot from raising chickens
We had been wanting to get chickens for a really long time, but were worried about bears, so we never got any. Finally, at the beginning of this year as my mom was saying how eggs were getting to be so expensive (we have seven people in our family, so we go through a LOT of eggs), my dad said that we needed to get some chickens.

Around Campus: KRC Learning Center hosts Open House
The Learning Center is inviting the public to an open house from 2 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14 in room 153 of the McLane Building. The event is designed to showcase the many services offered to the public and KRC students. Staff will be available to answer questions and light refreshments will be served.

Around the District

School board to meet

Thorntons celebrate 60 years together
David and Mary Thornton recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple married on Jan. 19, 1951 in Coleman, Texas, and moved to Kenai in 1963 to make Alaska their home. Their family has grown over the years to include three children, Teresa Elmore, Candace Berman and David N. Thornton, and their families, all of Kenai, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Their family said that on this Valentine's Day they would like to celebrate with them the love these sweethearts, Nana and Dika, have shared for 60 years.

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