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Friday, March 2, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth cooking classes Food bank fundraiser set to build Wine tasting fundraiser set Seafood innovators sought Employers can learn how to train others Crimestoppers seek support

‘Truth’ getting harder to believe
Don’t you just love it when someone opens mouth and inserts foot proving the major points of your letter to the editor? I thank you, Scott Thorson of Truth About Pebble (TAP), for making me look good in your Feb. 20 Voices of the State tirade. What we got from you was more misinformation and less truth along with a litany denigrating opponents of the Pebble Mine.

Fisherman questions creation of Pebble Mine
As an avid Alaskan fly fisherman of over 20 years, I have fished the pristine waters of the Newhalen, smaller Lake Clark streams and the Naknek for the past decade. I am hopelessly obsessed with fishing rivers where the only other warm-blooded animals are my best buddies and bears.

Keeping an open mind
Chou En-lai, the great Communist leader and Democratic icon, said, “Eventually science will know everything and there will be no need for religion.” I wish on its way to omniscience science would just cure the common cold. Or, explain homosexuality in terms of evolution. Since they don’t procreate shouldn’t they have disappeared? Religion says “anything in motion has to be set in motion.” Science says, “How about the Mexican jumping bean?”

‘War coming to America’
With 140,000 American soldiers, plus thousands of Black Water mercenaries already in Iraq, and with 21,000 more soldiers on the way, one wonders what effect it will have on America. Can anything good come from the experiences of more than 200,000 who have served or will have served in Iraq an Afghanistan?

ACT earns appreciation
I read the Jan. 23, Voices of the Peninsula editorial titled, “After everything, government belongs to all of us,” and knew a response was necessary.

Parking raises concerns
This letter is concerning the handicap spots at Fred Meyer. Usually, every time we go to Fred Meyer, not even a quarter of the handicap spots are filled up.

Statewide commercial catch could reach 179 million fish
The statewide salmon harvest this coming season will be significantly larger than that of 2006.

Defense quizzes trooper
One of the principal investigators in the 2004 Beluga tavern homicide appeared unflappable as Shawn Rogers’ defense attorney hammered away at the state’s investigation for the third day this week.

Popp to take reins at nonprofit development corporation
Bill Popp, the borough’s liaison to the oil and gas industry since 2002, will leave that job April 2 to become president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

Rogers judge chastises prosecution, investigation
‘This is not Iraq’

U.S. Commerce, State departments don’t sign off on proposed reduction
After a meeting last Saturday between fishermen and the executive director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, some charter fishermen walked away feeling frustrated.

Northern Dynasty skeptical of survey methods, results
Opponents of Northern Dynasty’s proposed Pebble Mine say a new opinion poll shows that provisions in Bristol Bay protection bills now before the Alaska Legislature are supported by a vast majority of Alaskans.

Wilma Ione Barrett
Former Anchorage resident Wilma Ione Barrett died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, surrounded by family and friends at the Cambridge Health Care Center in Cambridge, Minn. She was 94.

Michael ‘Harpo’ Holzheimer
Longtime Homer resident Michael “Harpo” Holzheimer died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at his home. He was 52.

Leslie Melvin Chastain
Soldotna resident Leslie Melvin Chastain died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

Leslie M. Chastain
Soldotna resident Leslie M. Chastain died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

Pins on the map: Crash site reflections
In past Refuge Notebooks I have written about the rich aviation history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Much of the lore, adventure and mystique of aviation in Alaska is too often defined by the accidents, disappearances and crashes that have occurred throughout Alaska since the early days when aviation pioneers headed out to rural villages, often not knowing where they would land.

First musher to Nome is anyone’s guess
If there is one constant in sled dog racing, it’s that there are so many interdependent factors at work that it is almost meaningless to make any pre-race predictions.

Way Out Women raise money for CPH cancer fund
A gaggle of gals riding snowmachines are preparing to enjoy some good weather and good trails this weekend, and all for a good cause.

Around the Peninsula
Get Fido chipped and buy a lamp Wine tasting fundraiser slated Community dance planned Historical society to meet

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski seniors host open house Quilters set to sew Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated Youth court offered Swim lessons offered in Nikiski Little League coaches needed

Poet’s Corner: “Aztec Princess”
My mom is five foot seven,

Kasilof artist set to go global
As a potter, Libby Berezin has a broad skill set.

Call 911: There’s no Oscar here!
As I arise groggily after a night of Oscar revelry, I think back on the exciting, well-made films that were honored in the previous evening’s award show marathon. “The Departed” — very good. “The Queen” — excellent. “Little Miss Sunshine” — provocative and heartwarming. “Letters from Iwo Jima” — probably good, but who knows; heaven forbid a foreign language film come to our area.

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Art Briefs
Writers all set Artist awards deadline extended Peninsula writers wanted Quilters set to sew

Church Briefs
Addictions group meets Swaziland presentation planned Kids’ night out planned Clothes available for needy Shaping your life class offered Soldotna Aglow to meet Nikiski Aglow plans activities Art exhibit planned

Revelation: Finding light in dark places
The two letters on my desk are filled with encouragement, good news and evidence of a bright outlook, but they have come from a dark place, a Florida prison.

Brown Bears set to begin play this fall in North American Hockey League
In a third attempt at bringing junior hockey to the Kenai Peninsula, the 18-team North American Hockey League announced on Tuesday the formation of the Kenai River Brown Bears, who will call the Soldotna Sports Center home.

Ballplayers may soon have more to fear than positive tests
Question their motives, but baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his counterparts from around the world of sports were right about this much: The fight against doping won’t be won simply by applying pressure from the top down.

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