Saturday, February 20, 2010

If we wait and see, it will be too late
The Pebble Partnership and its CEO John Shively continue to ask Alaska's to wait and see, to give the Pebble project time, and to let the process run its course. The recent fining of the Pebble Partnership for 45 water use violations, however, illustrates why we cannot just simply wait and see. These recent violations, and in a relatively small operation, bring to light the obvious flaws in the current process and show that it does not adequately protect Alaskan waters. Fines, after the fact, while alleviating some problems never undo contamination. These particular fines also confirm many of the concerns Alaskan's have about the Pebble Partnership's ability to safely proceed with this type of project in an area as sensitive as the Bristol Bay watershed, an area that is home to the largest run of sockeye on our planet.

Community lucky to have caring local businesses
The Holidays are a wonderful time of the year filled with love and giving of ones self to help others who are going with out. When we think of Christmas time we're supposed to think about others, although sometimes we may fail to reach out to those in need.

Let's not tinker with dividend program
Life is not fair. At least that is Katy Neher's belief why people who die halfway through a year should get a final PFD. Next, shall we hear from people who's loved one died at 179 days into a year? Should we change the law for them? Maybe we should just hand people a PFD upon them entering the state and then on the anniversary of that date every year. How about if a person or family leaves the state because of medical reasons or job hunting? Maybe we should send them checks also.

Proud to be an Alaskan
I have lived here in Alaska all my life and we Alaskans are much more caring for each other than I did see in the states. We don't leave each other on the side of the road -- not yet anyway. I believe that behavior and attitude toward things is why we Alaskans did not feel the financial pains that the states did. Not really, we had money Sarah Palin gave everyone $1,200 before she started her president stuff with McCain and then we got the PFDs. And not to mention that many give to the nonprofits. There are a greater number of Alaskans willing to give to help in a cause then what there appears to be in the states.

Health care reform opponents have been duped
To all of you who opposed health care reform or who did nothing to support it, can't you see that we're being played for fools? The insurance companies used our premium payments to influence our legislators to oppose reform -- just ask Senator Murkowski how much she received! Then they funded TV ads to convince us that changing the system is risky. I guess it worked.

Bannock carries own philosophy
Duane Bannock rarely misses a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. He can usually be spotted in the back of the chambers, behind the members of the public who plan to address the assembly that evening.

Mayor honors Jim Bowles: Pat Porter donates to Providence Cancer Center
Instead of traveling to Anchorage to attend the memorial for ConocoPhillips Alaska president Jim Bowles, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter is donating the $250 in would-be travel expenses to the Providence Cancer Center as a remembrance in his name.

Students taste daily grind: Conference allows area youth to experience working world
More than 90 kids from across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District got a taste and a trial of the working world during the Career and Technical Student Organizations Conference at Kenai Central High School Thursday.

A dividend we make for ourselves
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and the City of Soldotna have recently begun a campaign to encourage residents to do business with local merchants.

Strides for safer roadways for moose (and man)
Like the gait of the long-legged ungulates they seek to keep from crashing through windshields, the Alaska Moose Federation is making great strides toward creating safer roadways around the state, including on the Kenai Peninsula.

Barrand finishes 16th in Yukon Quest
Cindy Barrand of Kasilof finished the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in 16th place, crossing the Whitehorse, Yukon, finish line at 11:21 p.m. Wednesday night.

On ravens
We Alaskans tend to get blas about things. Take our ravens.

Mushers preparing drop bags for unknown
While the Iditarod is still two weeks away, one of the first major challenges of the race has been met: drops bags are done.

Duck Stamps: Not Just For Hunters
It began in 1934. That's when our country experienced two particularly important national conservation efforts -- the creation of the Federal Duck Stamp and the rapid growth of National Wildlife Refuges into what could actually be called "a system." It is no accident that these two drives were to be found in tandem, united to make wetlands, refuges, and migrating birds more secure.

Around the Peninsula

Pool schedules announced

Mucha aims for 4th straight ski title: Warm temperatures could make for challenging conditions as Region III meet hits Tsalteshi Trails
The possibility of losing a spot on the Junior Nationals team didn't stop the Region III skiing dominance of Kenai Central senior Kailey Mucha when she was a sophomore, so chances are unseasonably warm temperatures won't stop Mucha this year.

Ninilchik, CIA split 2 games
Ninilchik's girls edged out visiting Cook Inlet Academy 40-39 in overtime on Thursday.

God wants to lead us through obstacles
I like bridges.

Church holds dedication
Editors note: the following brief was submitted by Rev. Tim Tolar, who is the pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Kenai.

Church Briefs

Recovery meetings planned

Sun melts Hakkinen's medal pursuit: Kasilof product finishes 76th in 20-kilometer individual; Svendsen captures gold
Weather again hampered Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen's pursuit of medals on Thursday at the Vancouver Winter Games.

A look at the leagues
There will be no Bowler's Corner written column this week. Instead, the highlights of the weekly leagues appear below:

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