Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Reader supports mining development
Good paying jobs come from industries that have a good margin of profit and, where often times required, skilled workers. Does the fishing industry match these criteria? No, commercial fishing needs skilled workers, but the margin of profit is not there. The tourist industry does not need highly skilled workers and the profit margin varies widely. Government? Fast food? Retail? Etc.?

Senate Bill needs to be killed
Senate Bill 196 cleared the Senate by a huge majority. Our lawmakers are clearly intent of extending Big Brother's reach into the private lives of Alaskans. The bill creates a central government drug database of all who use prescription medications.

Reader voices opinion on prescription database
I would like to see records of peoples pharmacy prescriptions kept in a national database, and there are several reasons, some pertaining to me personally.

Patriotic pillows give comfort to veterans
As Soldotna Middle School's home economics teacher, Jennifer Tabor knows her way around a needle and thread. Sewing is not just part of her career, she says, it's a hobby and a talent; a talent she and others in the community are able to use to comfort wounded veterans.

Cemetery ballot a no-go
The Soldotna city clerk last week rejected a ballot initiative petition to ask voters if a city cemetery should be developed on city-owned land near the west end of Redoubt Avenue.

Photo feature: Walking in a winter wonderland
Life imitates art as Bobbie Eide walks along Forest Drive in Monday's snowstorm. "I like the snow so I got out to stretch my legs for a little bit," Eide said. "I think it's pretty."

HEA wants to advance alternate energies
If Homer Electric Association gets the green light from state regulators, the utility would like to offer members a chance to help advance the cause of renewable energy.

HEA elections set for May 1
Six people have signed up to run for three Homer Electric Association Board of Director seats. Nominations closed Friday.

Mayors call for state energy policy
Shrinking energy supplies and rising costs will impair the future economic health of Southcentral Alaska unless the state takes steps to adopt a comprehensive energy policy, Tri-Borough Commission leaders said at a press conference Friday in Anchorage.

Potatoes take center stage at garden presentation
Four members of the Central Peninsula Gardening Club will spend today's meeting behind pots of boiling water. When the meeting is over, gardeners will evaluate approximately 100 pounds of potatoes, noting taste, texture and appearance.

Local Scouts go global
Several girls, ages 5 though 13, got together in Kenai on Saturday morning to learn about the ways water shapes the channels of life for people, plants and animals, not only here in Alaska, but in distant countries as well.

Alta Lynn Wetzel
Longtime Kenai resident Alta Lynn (Walker) Wetzel died at home with her family caregivers by her side after a long illness on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. She was 79.

Chris William 'Billy' Bear
Chris William "Billy" Bear died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 in Kingman, Ariz. of natural causes. He was 59.

Sterling Community News
Chris Thorne got an unexpected surprise at the Feb. 18 Kenai Peninsula School District's Board of Education meeting. She thought she was there to watch the Sterling Elementary School kids give a presentation to the board. In reality, she was there to receive a Golden Apple Award for her dedication to the school and for her countless hours of volunteer work.

Soldotna Community News
Julie Beatty from the Alzheimer's Resource Agency of Alaska will hold a six-week free savvy caregiver class from 10 a.m. to noonMondays beginning March 24 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The savvy caregiver is an education course developed for caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Three main topics will be knowledge and information about dementia, skills for caregiving and positive self-care strategies to encourage caregivers. Registration is required and respite services are available. For more information, call 262-1280 or e-mail caregiver@alaska.net

Around the Peninsula
Beepkeepers to meet Ping pong continues Community talent show planned Tuneful singers sought After-prom, after-grad meetings slated Potatoes to be discussed Excellent teachers sought Counseling association to meet Autism to be discussed Cancer fundraiser a cut abve Caregiver meetings offered T-200 meeting set Cameras, photo printers sought Kids reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel Community resource directory available Social Security reps to visit peninsula SoHi Class of '88 seeks information

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Recycling group to gather Archbishop to install Catholic priests Rotary raffle offers hope Democracy to be discussed Charter school enrollment continues Canine Good Citizen test planned Rodeo meeting slated

Kenai Community News
Am I the only person in Alaska who hasn't been to Hawaii or Arizona? Most of you have the sense to travel somewhere warm during the Alaska winters. I, on the other hand, travel to somewhere equally as cold and wintry. If my obituary isn't in this issue of the Clarion, you will know I made it safely to Wyoming with my hero and the Intrepid Ireta.

Ninilchik Community News
Whitney Leman, daughter of Dan and Jamie Leman is in her senior year at Eastern Oregon University. She is a media arts major and a member of the Lady Mountaineers basketball team. In 2007 she was named the Outstanding Player of the Year and won the school's Lund Champions of Character Scholarship Award. Whitney has the single game assist record holder and broke the record last year with 14 assists. Jamie told me that because of an injury she received during a practice at the beginning of the season, Whitney travels with the team as an injured player.

A long way from home
Master Sgt. Anthony Liberty of Kenai, structures supervisor of the 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, frames an interior wall at the training range used by U.S. Border Patrol Agents. Liberty is one of 36 Alaska Air National Guard members deployed to Camp Morena, a remote facility near the California-Mexico border, for a two-week training deployment in support of Operation Jump Start.

4-H high achievers
Shown above are first place 4-H public presentation winners, front row left to right, Misty Knox, Anna Marie Motis and Sarah Cobb. Back row, left to right, Trace Braxling, Carla Pherson, David Pherson and Cody Warfield. Not pictured Krystal Robuk. The group were part of an all-day public presentations and educational displays contest held Feb. 16 at the Borough Building in Soldotna. The winning public presentations will be judged in the statewide contest. Other winners were: junior division, illustrated talk Anna Marie Motis first place and Cody Knox second place; junior division, demonstration Kassidy Foust, blue ribbon; intermediate division demonstration Trace Braxling, first place and Joanna Daniels second place; intermediate division illustrated talk Carla Pherson first place and Mattie Cobb second place; senior division speech Sarah Cobb first place and Kayleen Hansen second place; senior division illustrated talk David Pherson first place and Mariesha Derkevorkian second place; team demonstrations Misty Knox and Krystal Robuck, first place and Jenna Hansen and Rebekka Krogseng and Kayleen Hansen, second place; and power point Cody Warfield, first place. Other people presenting were Vicky Glick, Caleb Daniels, Mary Hauptman, Ben Miller, Christian Carrico, Nathan Carrico, Stephen Kitson, Esther Knox, Emily Werner, Haily Ames, Trinity Ames, Cody Meyer, Naomi Hess, Makayla Derkevorkian, Kassidy Foust, Brianna Sipes, Candice Britton, Jesse Kitson, Hannah Kelson. Cloverbuds: Anthony Kitson, Brennan Werner, Aaron Motis, Greg Miller, Joseph Schwartz, Brynne Curry and Leah Johnson. Educational Display contest JML junior, Makayla Derkevorkian, first place, Taylor Shelden, second place and Samantha Morse, third place; JML intermediate Stephen Kitson, first place, Mary Hauptman, second place and Mickey Squires, third place; JML senior Kayleen Hansen, first place, Maya Johnson, second place and Nathan Carrico, third place; general junior Anna Marie Motis, first place, Kody Knox, second place and Naomi Hess, third place; general intermediate, Trace Braxling, first place, Courtney Stroh, second place and Joanna Daniels, third place; general senior Mariesha Derkevorkian, first place, Caleb Daniels, second place and D.Anne Martin, third place. Participating Cloverbuds were Anthony Kitson, Keira Stroh, Aaron Motis, Anna Shelden, Leah Johnson, Brenna Werner and Brynne Curry. Other participants were Jesse Kitson, Jenna Hansen, Cody Myer, Hannah Kelson, Krystal Robuck and Misty Knox, Emily Werner, Brianna Sipes, Carla Pherson, Mattie Cobb, Esther Knox, Michaela Bower, Rebekah Krogseng, Christian Carrico, Ben Miller, Scott Habermann, Keir Johnson, David Pherson, Riley Johnson and Vicky Glick.

Kasilof Community News
Scoot over nonagenarians! Make room for Marge Madden. You are invited to a party for her from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Senior Citizen Center.

Sports Brief
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School wrestling tournament was held Friday and Saturday in Homer. The results follow:

Standing in the shadows
Cory Lehl was part of Kenai Central High School's Job Shadow Program as a student about eight years ago.

Around the District
School board meetings slated No school planned for Friday School Web pages available Scholarships offered Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Love of reading sweeps through district schools
A word of warning to guest readers visiting schools during Love of Reading Month: Beware the Dr. Seuss books.

Student program keeps growing
Job Shadow Day, a day where juniors from Kenai Central High School have an opportunity to learn about a specific type of career they are interested in, has been running since 1994. Colleen Ward was the brains behind the operation and ended up staying with the program for 11 years before handing over the reins to a special committee that includes people from all over the Kenai Peninsula.

Writer feels enlightened after day at the office: Job Shadow
On Job Shadow Day, I almost gave up on going. The night before I had just about completely lost my voice, and the morning of I sounded like a man rather than a 17-year-old girl. In spite of this, I dragged myself out of bed 15 minutes earlier than the usual 5:40 a.m. wake up call, just to make sure I had enough time.

Quiz measures readiness for distance education: Kenai Peninsula College
In an effort to help students gauge their aptitude for distance education, the IT staff at Kenai Peninsula College has put together a quiz that, if answered honestly, should help students determine if distance education is a good fit.

Brown Bears lose 7th straight
Mired in a seven-game home losing streak, the latest a 2-1 setback to visiting Fairbanks on Sunday afternoon at the Soldotna Sports Center, Kenai River's primary objective over the final six games is to close the first season in franchise history on a positive note.

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