Saturday, February 23, 2008

Reader: You are not taxpayers' responsibility
The Feb. 12 paper (Schools section) had a story about a teen mom. She blamed everyone but her and the father. 1) No one told her not to have sex; 2) The media makes it cool to have sex; 3) Birth control prices are high because of greedy companies; and 4) It feels good. Not one good excuse!

Column doesn't think it all the way through
I have tremendous respect for Bob Bird. He has given a lot to the central Kenai Peninsula through his teaching and coaching, and he and Rosemary have raised three bright, talented and responsible children who now, as young adults, give one optimism for the future.

'Unreasonable demands' should stop
Please do not hold the Kenai Watershed Forum hostage to unreasonable demands for the "White House." The KWF is and has been doing this community a great service for the Kenai Peninsula. They have limited funds as a nonprofit and use their funds to the benefit of all the peninsula to ensure clean water for all who inhabit this area.

Assembly tackles salmon streams
Protecting salmon streams is critical to maintaining healthy fisheries, experts say, and an ordinance now before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly would impose rules on developers who must construct bridges over those streams.

Airport reserve to be rezoned?
The first stone was tossed into the rezone pond Wednesday night as the Kenai City Council took up a recommendation to change all airport reserve lands surrounding the airport from conservation to light industrial use.

Senate approves drug database bill
The Alaska Senate approved a measure creating a statewide prescription database Tuesday after making amendments meant to ease security concerns.

Caribou Hills fire case postponed two weeks
A two-week continuance was granted Thursday to the California man charged in the Caribou Hills wildfire that blackened more than 55,000 acres last summer and destroyed at least 53 cabins.

Peninsula Clarion - News

William Franklin Walker
Seward resident William Franklin Walker died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, after a long illness. He was 60.

Ordinance doesn't have enough bite
Talk at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday turned vicious, but apparently not vicious enough.

Joint efforts make powerful statement
Wednesday's announcement by Homer Electric Association spokesman Joe Gallagher was a little shocking.

Breaking up the winter blues: Refuge offers cabin fever relievers
Well, it's that time of year again: the feeling that you have endured through months of long dark nights, lots of snow that sooner rather than later melts, followed by colder than comfortable temperatures (did I really bring the cold from Fairbanks?). Sure, we're gaining daylight but are we going to make it until spring? Have you found yourself experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Mushy mushing: Sprint race organizers hope for firm trails
This week's wet weather should make it clear there is less winter ahead than behind, but the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association is hoping the snow will hold at least through the weekend.

Balmy weather halts groomers
The conditions are absolutely abysmal outside, and until the warm weather breaks, there's not much area groomers can do about it.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

SoHi's Mucha nabs 4th place
Kincaid Park in Anchorage was ready on Thursday and so was Soldotna sophomore Kailey Mucha.

God can move us from the pits to pinnacle
The story is told of a man who was in such a state of depression that he went to a psychiatrist. Upon learning of his troubles, the doctor urged him to go to hear a world famous humorist, who was in the city.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Brown Bears develop home-ice edge
The Kenai River Brown Bears will look to continue thriving on home-ice advantage today and Saturday in a North American Hockey League series against first-place Wichita Falls.

Peninsula Clarion - Sports News

Oilers add infielder to the mix
The Peninsula Oilers have announced the signing of sophomore shortstop Brian Horst of University of California Riverside. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder batted .294 in 21 games and had 68 at-bats with 20 hits, two doubles and 10 RBIs. The right-hander calls Riverside, Calif., home.

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