Saturday, March 3, 2007

‘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?

‘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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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