Monday, March 5, 2007

Many places to mine; Pebble not one of them
I can’t help but respond to Scott Thorson’s column proposing we just “give Pebble Mine a chance.” In it he calls opponents’ arguments against the mine “tripe,” which is what I could say for most of his recent diatribe in favor of this potential catastrophe.

KPC appreciation easy to read
Because of a generous donation from the Kenai River Rotary Club, the Read to Your Baby project is able to continue. A Read to Your Baby bag is distributed through Central Peninsula Hospital for all new parents, with information on the importance of reading to the growth and development of young minds.

‘Big Brother’ not consistent
Alaska’s safety campaign on our highways reminds me of George Orwell’s “Big Brother” concept of human freedom. You may recall that years ago some “authority figure” in Alaska decided we needed to drive with our automobile headlights on all the time. We the people, decided we didn’t want dead batteries, and the loss of our driver’s licenses. Alaskans revolted, and the weasels in Juneau rescinded the hasty law — making it a suggestion.

Earlier daylight-saving time causes problems for computers
The “infernal” equinox hasn’t happened yet and already they want us springing forward. What’s up with that?

Medical alert system aids in emergencies, but isn’t completely flawless
Breathing only with great difficulty, his blood pressure dropping and having passed out twice, Joseph Langevin gave the electronic medical alarm button he’d worn since 1999 its first push ever in an emergency.

Composting company puts processor waste, beetle kill to good use
They say one person’s trash is another’s treasure and a newly formed local nonprofit business is hoping to prove it.

Sign code to get 4th hearing
In response to a half dozen business owners testifying against a proposed freestanding sign ordinance, the Soldotna City Council postponed action and set a fourth public hearing on the measure.

Coroner categorizes death as a homicide
The state medical examiner told the jury in the Shawn Rogers murder trial that the cause of the victim’s death was a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was homicide.

John Herbert ‘Jack’ Lounsbury
Former Soldotna resident John Herbert “Jack” Lounsbury of Salem, Ore., died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at home. He was 78.

Kids need opportunities to learn skills in and out of classroom
Many schools on the peninsula have started leadership classes over the past few years. Learning leadership skills certainly is an important part of an education, but creating a class for it makes me wonder what mechanism for teaching leadership has disappeared over the past decade.

Charters glad to toss 1-fish rule overboard
To folks in Washington, D.C., it may not seem like there’s much difference between halibut charter clients on Alaska fishing trips being allowed to catch one fish a day or two.

Community Events
Good News Clubs slated Beekeepers all abuzz Women voters to meet Reading, writing, entertainment

Global warming debate, tempers heating up
I was in a local coffee shop the other day quietly perusing the morning newspaper when a rather heated argument broke out among three people who had just sat down at an adjacent table.

Community Schools
Learn the Korean alphabet Living with, caring for a life-threatening illness Adoption 101 Rx for burnout

Peninsula People
Fowler rides tall Kimbrell named Youth of the Year

Around the Peninsula
March ski races today Cancer fundraiser meeting set Head Start fundraiser set to entertain ACT plans ice cream social Agility, obedience classes offered

Peninsula Reflections
Better health has led to levity and longevity in Kasilof. Consequently, ever more people are waiting till after their 90th birthday to cast their lot with the folks at Spruce Grove Memorial Park. But longer life isn’t the only factor in this trend. Population is another. The 1960 U.S. census estimated 9,053 Kenai Peninsula residents out of 226,167 Alaskans. The 2000 census lists those respective numbers as 49,601 and 626,932.

Waning sights leaves stargazer feeling creative
The stars of winter aren’t quite gone yet. But the days are getting noticeably longer. I consider Leo to be the constellation that heralds spring as it becomes very prominent in March, then moves quickly across the sky over the next weeks and by the time it’s out of sight it’s almost summer.

Teaching hula about more than just dance
Meet Patti McKenna, aka Alaka’I Hula.

Around the Peninsula
DVD-based Bible study offeredMontessori open house setKenaitze Head Start plans eventsEighth-grade parent night setBeekeepers all abuzzRecycling group to meetSubsistence proposals to be discussedIndian education parent meeting setBike raffle begins

Slow down to see good side of morning traffic jam
Last Friday morning, my 20-minute commute to work took an hour. There was an accident miles down the road, but by the time I finally reached that intersection, all trace of it had been taken away.

Stars celebrate senior night by topping crosstown rivals
It’s unfortunate that Tony Besse’s first lengthy stint on the bench this season occurred on senior night.

Nikiski girls hold Grace to 9 points
The No. 1-ranked Nikiski girls basketball team finished the regular season by defeating host Grace Christian 40-9 on Saturday.

Kenai’s boys top Soldotna
One Nate kept Kenai in the game and the other propelled the Kardinals to victory.

Hakkinen takes 18th in World Cup
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen hit all 10 of his targets to finish 18th in a 10-kilometer World Cup sprint in Lahti, Finland, on Saturday.

Hayes, Rich plan March wedding
Christine Hayes of Soldotna and Michael Rich of Salem, Ore., plan to marry Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Salem Heights Church in Salem.

Arbelovsky, Queen announce engagement
Stephanie Lee Arbelovsky of Kenai and James Jacob Queen of Nikiski plan to be married Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, in Kenai.

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