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Saturday, February 24, 2007

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Dear Alice Shannon,

Halibut poll asked the wrong question
In the poll question from the week of Feb. 6, I believe the Clarion asked the wrong question. The right question is: “How can the halibut fishery be sustained for the long term?” There IS room for halibut sport catches, charter boat catches, and commercial catches, if a little common sense is used by the halibut fishery regulators.

Be open-minded about 9/11
Be open-minded when it comes to 9/11. There are a few Web sites on the net. After watching a few of the videos and the facts that are in them, I have a lot of questions about what really has happened. One of the sites is www.911weknow.com. Take a look at these and maybe it will change your way of looking at things that are going on. Also, a site is loosechange, which also has alot of interesting thoughts. Could this all really be true? Keep an open mind if you are willing to question what went on that September day.

IPHC decision not a war on sportfishing
Portraying the decision by the International Pacific Halibut Commission to cut charter bag limits as a war between sportfishing and enemies of sportfishing is an irresponsible misrepresentation which misses the boat altogether. The IPHC’s decision to cut charter bag limits is intended to do nothing more than keep charter harvest of halibut within its allocated quotas.

Troopers stop suspect after 60-mile high-speed pursuit
An Anchorage man allegedly under the influence of drugs took Alaska State Troopers on a high-speed tour of the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday, before finally being stopped with spike strips on the road.

Defense grills trooper about crime scene investigation
During questioning of a state trooper in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Rogers’ attorney gave jurors the impression troopers performed an incomplete investigation of the crime scene.

Snowmachiners head to the Caribou Hills for weekend event
Snowmachiners are preparing for some full-throttle fun this weekend as the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers hold their ninth annual Napa Fun Run Raffle on Saturday.

Deborah Ann Osborne
Soldotna resident Deborah Ann Osborne died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, from a brain aneurysm at the Alaska Native Medical center in Anchorage. She was 43.

Kristen Elaine Kirk
Former peninsula resident Kristen Elaine Kirk died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 43.

Famie Cochran
Portland, Ore., resident Famie Cochran died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, of natural causes. She was 96.

Groomers work to break up icy trails
Despite cold temperatures and no new snow accumulations for more than a week, local groomers are reporting decent trail conditions going into the weekend.

Outdoors Briefs
Winter king derby

Young pups ready to hit Iditarod Trail
While the big dogs are in the final days of preparing for the Iditarod next weekend, several young pups are set to start on the junior version of the race this weekend.

Global warming, bark beetles mean a hardwood forest future
Beetle-killed spruce has become the dominant signature of upland forests on the Kenai since the massive 1990s bark beetle outbreak. Tall gray ghosts still tower above younger green spruce and leafy hardwoods, although many of the ghosts have fallen down by now.

Biology class project leads to Stormy Lake pike derby
High school science projects have come a long way from baking soda volcanoes and potato-powered clocks, as was evident to those who took part in last weekend’s ice fishing derby in Nikiski.

Around the Peninsula
Softball association seeks members Bypass group to meet Fishing for quality Dodge, wallyball tourneys planned Miners dig in Seniors set to sing

Sports Briefs
Cook Inlet girls win, boys lose

Kenai’s Semmens finishes 18th, Soldotna’s Clock places 23rd at state competition
Soldotna’s Kailey Mucha lived up to her much-anticipated state debut in the Nordic Ski Championships, placing eighth in Thursday’s 7.5-kilometer mass start freestyle race at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

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