Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Reader: It's 'We the People'
If you look up "Democracy" in the dictionary, it states "government in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives; rule by the ruled." It is interesting that "directly by the people" comes before "elected representatives" in the definition.

We can use rational thought
I'm an Obama supporter, and I was so proud and overwhelmed by all the amazing people who showed up to support him at our local Democratic caucus. Many people showed up whom I never would have imagined supporting a Democrat. I won't name any names so you can continue to live harmoniously with your Republican brethren.

Reader offers solution for roads
Kalifornsky Beach Road from the fire station south is an annual disaster area. Ice is not the problem; it is the condition of the ice. DOT doesn't have the right equipment to maintain it properly.

Senate bill just plain wrong
Do people know that our politicians are trying to sneak a bill through that would be another invasion of our privacy?

Taxes better used for enforcing ordinance
Regarding the borough mayor and Milli Martin's response to the defeat of the subdivision ordinance as reported on the front page of the Feb. 7 Clarion.

Column strikes a note with reader
I want to say Brittany West's story is a good one (School's Verbatim column, Feb. 12).

Does dog law have any teeth?
A proposed law to control vicious dogs that have actually bitten humans will be back for another round of public testimony at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Bill would raise minimum wage
Alaskan's holding down minimum-wage jobs and struggling to make ends meet could see their paychecks grow beginning next year.

Stevens covers host of issues
Speaking to a roomful of Republican Party faithful in Kenai, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Friday linked the very purchase of Alaska from the Russians with the type of change this year's presidential candidates are advocating.

Slick roads cause accidents, injuries
Warmer temperatures and slicker roads made for treacherous driving conditions for Kenai Peninsula motorists over the holiday weekend. But despite road closures, avalanches and black ice, only one vehicle collision resulted in injury.

Women go way out for cancer patients
As an oncology nurse at Central Peninsula Hospital, Kathy Lopeman knows that not only does cancer wreak havoc on the body, it can also devastate the bank account. For people who can't get public assistance, but don't have good enough insurance coverage or those who have to travel back and forth from Anchorage for treatment, the expenses just add up.

LNG export extension license request sees less opposition
Opposition to ConocoPhillips' request for a liquefied natural gas export license extension is waning, according to its Nikiski LNG plant manager.

KPC Learning Center seeking tutors
The Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center is filled with useful resources, but they are looking to add a few more living ones to their educational cadre in an effort to increase literacy.

Peninsula seniors compete in variety of Olympic events
With a myriad of games to choose from, Kenai Peninsula seniors who are interested in getting out, active and social have the chance to go for the gold and reach Olympic stature today.

Photo feature: He shoots, he scores!
Kenai River Brown Bears players celebrate a game-tying goal late in the first period of their game Sunday against the Topeka, Kan., Roadrunners at the Soldotna Sports Center. The Brown Bears wrapped up a three-game series with the Roadrunners.

Photo feature: Sign of spring?
Warm temperatures reduce the ice sculptures at the Soldotna Sports Center to puddles Monday. The National Weather Services calls for warm temperatures through Thursday.

Tragedies continue for Old Believer families
HOMER Little more than a month after a plane crash in Kodiak claimed the lives of five fishermen, a fire destroyed the home of two of their parents on the night of a fund raiser to benefit the men's 13 children and four widows.

Ronald Anderson Jr.
Lifelong Alaskan Ronald Karl Anderson Jr. died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at home in Anchorage. He was 29.

Talking about earmarks: Voices of the State
On Jan. 4, a fire broke out at a residence in Salcha. Thanks to specialized "Project Code Red" equipment and training, first responders extinguished the fire, saved the home, and prevented injuries. Salcha Fire Chief Rob Weathers recently wrote me about the fire and said, "Without Project Code Red a family would have lost their home and business that night."

Ninilchik Community News
Happy President's Day! Or should I say, Happy Washington's Birthday?

Soldotna Community News
Editor's note: Due to incorrect information provided to the Clarion, Molly K. Watkins, first place winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program, name was misspelled.

Sterling Community News
Did you know that we have a Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group that meets in Sterling? TOPS is a support group that promotes healthy eating and exercise.

Kenai Community News
Remember how we used to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday Feb. 12 and George Washington's birthday Feb. 22? Well, now we have President's Day on Feb. 18. That's why some of your favorite haunts aren't open today, in case you wondered.

Kasilof Community News
Roland Maw of Cohoe has been busy. He was nominated by Gov. Palin and in September appointed by President Bush to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), a group with three members each from Canada, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the U.S. They direct high seas research and keep tabs on enforcement of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention, which, in 1994, banned high seas driftnet fishing. In early October, Roland attended a NPAFC meeting in Vladivostok, Russia's largest seaport on the Pacific Ocean. There he discovered that the Coast Guard had caught eight vessels fishing drift nets on the high seas. Ships were confiscated and the crews were arrested. Ninety-tons of salmon, tuna, shark and seabird were found on one vessel.

Around the Peninsula
Presidents Day closures planned Ping pong continues Tuneful singers sought Pebble mine to be discussed Dinner fundraiser set Moose host ball Star party planned

Around the Peninsula
Tesoro to be discussed Community health fair planned World travelers needed

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. While it has been very cold lately, the days are a bit longer and before we know it, spring will be upon us.

State of Alaska opens checkbook to public
JUNEAU Alaskans who want to make sure their state government is spending their money wisely can now rummage through the state's checkbook, and see what they can find.

Sports Brief
The Soldotna boys and girls both traveled to Kodiak and emerged victorious on Friday and Saturday.

Sports Briefs
CIA girls edge Seward Ninilchik splits with Bristol Bay SoHi sweeps borough meet

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Debate fires up writer
As a student at Skyview High School, there are many academic extra-curricular activities that occur after school. My favorite among them is called Drama, Debate, and Forensics or DDF.

High scores earn recognition
ACT and SAT scores play a role in getting students into college, and for two Kenai Peninsula Borough School District seniors, they also open the door for special recognition in Washington, D.C.

Community Health Fair slated for Wednesday: Kenai Peninsula College
The second annual community health fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 107 in the Ward Building at the Kenai River Campus.

Brown Bears fall, still take series
Sunday is the traditional day of rest.

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