Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thanks for yummy pie and salad
The Career and Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) would like to thank Emily Sims' Culinary Arts students for providing apple pies and salads for their recent meeting. The students prepared these dishes as part of their class and they were greatly appreciated by the CTAC members. It demonstrated to the committee the quality of the program and students in one of our Career and Technical Education classes. Great Work Students and Ms. Sims.

Reader opposes proposal to cut KPC funding
Thank you Gary Turner for your informative, well written, "Voices of the Peninsula" in the Feb. 11-12 Clarion.

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

Clear cutting a cruel cut
It's disappointing when a letter to the editor concerning governmental activity isn't in response to words or ideas but rather actions. The recent clear cutting between Ninilchik and Clam Gulch came to my attention not via proposals or public notices; I learned of it after the clear cutting had commenced.

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.

Photo: Illuminated

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.

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.

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

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.

Feds talk fish: Council keeps Gulf chinook restrictions on fast track
Chinook salmon bycatch control measures are on track for mid-year implementation during the 2012 pollock season in the Gulf of Alaska.

Photo: Trail of love

Lawmakers talk sexting, stalking
House Bill 127, one of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposals he says are aimed at protecting the most vulnerable Alaskans -- children, the elderly, the disabled -- was heard in the House Judiciary Committee last week.

Ila Mae Updike
Ila Mae Updike died Feb. 10, 2011, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 91.

Around the Peninsula

Moving day for Kenai library

Around the Peninsula

Garden club loves compost

Around the District

School board to meet

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.

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