Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Consider the facts on Chuitna coal project
I just attended a presentation by the Alaska Miners Association about the PacRim Chuitna Coal Project, enlightening to say the least. The amount of work and research that PacRim has done with the fish population of the Chuit River, environmental impacts on the area, and the use of new equipment and technologies more than proves that mining and salmon can coexist.

Different kind of death panel
Sarah Palin was right to warn us about death panels, but not the kind she imagined. In fact, a death panel is meeting in Washington right now -- the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed and Medicare and Medicaid are scaled back, people are going to die. Of course, nobody's going to hear about these deaths -- the whole process won't be as in-your-face as a Palin-style death panel convening at 2:30 p.m. in the hospital basement -- but the results will be just as sure.

KPC gives back to the Peninsula
Borough Mayor Dave Carey thinks that non-departmental organizations like Kenai Peninsula College shouldn't be funded by borough taxes because they just "take take take, and they never give anything back to the Borough." KPC has been included in this group. Really? He doesn't think KPC gives back to the borough?

Kenai talks rate increases
At a work session last week, members of Kenai's city council discussed water and sewer rate increases proposed by a consulting firm hired to study the city's water and sewer rates.

Sen. Murkowski shares forecast
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski gave her take on the current climate in the capitol to the Kenai Peninsula School District Board of Education when she visited a work session Monday afternoon.

Heavenly weekend awaits
When it comes to breaking up winter's chilly grasp, Soldotna had its Peninsula Winter Games. Homer had its Winter Carnival. Now it's Anchor Point's turn with the annual 2011 Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce Snow Rondi beginning Thursday and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 24-27.

Assembly takes wishes to Juneau
There was a lot of trash talk when members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly traveled to the state capital last week. With reconfiguration of the Homer Baling-Landfill Facility the borough's No. 1 priority, expiration of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit in February 2013 and need to transform it to a transfer site was the topic of the week.

Sacred Space: Russian orthodox return to historic church in Old Town
Father Thomas Andrew's preparations for divine liturgy last week were a little more involved than usual.

Saying Sorry: For Anchor Point residents, justice is more than jail time
When 21-year-old Chaunce Hoxie was arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced for breaking into more than two dozen residences throughout the Anchor Point area, an interesting phenomenon began to unfold in the town of just under 2,000. The very people whose homes Hoxie had burglarized did not clamor to have the proverbial book thrown at the errant son of their friends, but instead became the ones urging for his early release from jail.

Charter operators seek help
Concerns about NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's new program limiting halibut charter operations in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska have aired recently on radio and television and in newspapers. Charter Operators of Alaska, an organization leading the protest against the regulation, isn't ready to stop there.

Photo: Clear Skies

Gas line could be boost for Homer
Calling the Anchor Point-Homer natural gas line the biggest economic development he's seen in his tenure, Homer City Manager Walt Wrede gave an update on the project Tuesday at the luncheon meeting of the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The city's sixth-highest ranked project on the 2011-2016 Capital Improvement Project list, Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough are seeking $10 million to extend an 8-inch natural gas distribution line from Chapman School in Anchor Point to Homer and on to Kachemak City. Enstar would build the line. If built, the gas line would:

Trash talk: Kenai engineering firm selected for Homer transfer site design, costs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has announced its intent to award a contract with Kenai engineering firm William J. Nelson and Associates to design the transformation of the Homer Baling-Landfill Facility into a transfer site and determine project costs. Once the contract is finalized, the firm has 150 days to complete the work.

Around the Peninsula

Kids' car seat checks offered

Around the Peninsula

Homeopathy and fever class offered

Pet Photo: Best friends

New approach: neurofeedback; School tries computer program to help students with disorders
JUNEAU (AP) -- If you look at many common issues people can have -- such as anxiety, nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder and substance abuse -- they all lead back to one place: the brain.

Around Campus: Students react to mayor's proposed funding cut
According to KRC Student Union President Shauna Thornton, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey should expect to hear from the entire student body about his proposal to cut KPC funding mandated by voters in 1990.

Homer Flex generates goals, growth and gardening
For hands-on learning projects, few offer quite so direct an example of reaping the rewards of work and learning as gardening. That's especially true at Homer Flex School, where the standards-based curriculum is particularly geared toward germinating goals, monitoring growth and achieving a bounty of results.

Search and rescue a matter of equations
Search and rescue missions for the U.S. Coast Guard are all about quick math, equations and decision-making, a sixth-grade math class learned Friday.

Around the District

School board to meet

Verbatim: A lesson from sports: Hard work can be its own reward
I've never really been a star athlete, I don't win blue ribbons, and my name is never in the sports section in the paper. To be honest, my athletic skills run just this side of mediocre.

Team Davis hits Galena in 2nd
The father-son team of Scott and Cory Davis, both of Soldotna, held second place in the Iron Dog early Monday evening.

CIA wins
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team notched a 47-29 victory over host Ninilchik on Monday in Peninsula Conference action.

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