Tuesday, March 6, 2007

‘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 Alaskans revolted, and the weasels in Juneau rescinded the hasty law — making it a suggestion.

Dog sled rides make for memorable event
The weekend of Feb. 17, the Volunteers of America hosted a statewide family camp for families raising kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. One of the biggest highlights of camp was the Saturday evening dog sled ride event. The kids are still talking about it!

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.

Numbers don’t add up
I was rather stunned at Donald Szepanski’s recent letter (Clarion, Feb. 20) stating “Several polls have shown a high percentage of scientists are creationists. In many scientific fields except in some biology areas a majority of scientists favor creationism.

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.

Businesses, docs make regionals a smooth event
The Soldotna High School X-C Ski Team and Booster Club wishes to thank the Tsalteshi Trails Association and those volunteers associated with TTA for aiding SoHi in hosting the Region III ski races Feb. 9 and 10. We give a huge thank you to these businesses and doctors for their generous donations: Chevron, Atigun Inc., Safeway, Great Harvest Bread Co., Save-U-More, Tree Things Fruit Co., Three Bears, Fred Meyer, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Soldotna McDonald’s, Echo Lake Meats, alaskanbreadbakers.com, Beemun’s Ski Shop, Henry G. Krull, M.D., Scott Innes, M.D., Bobbie Behrens, M.D., and Peninsula Internal Medicine.

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.

Investigator says Black’s death was homicide, not accident
When the defense in the Shawn Rogers murder trial asked what the victim could have done rather than confront the gun-toting Rogers, a state witness responded, “You mean stay and pray?”

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.

Nikiski man harvests mushroom career
Dan Bilyeu is hoping to spread a fungus among us.

Chilly weather won’t let up anytime soon
The bitter cold that has had Kenai Peninsula residents reaching for their heaviest overcoats and turned iced-up parking lots into oil pan-bashing obstacle courses over the past several weeks might ease slightly in the next few days, but the frigid weather is likely to continue into the latter part of March.

Ice-damaged stretch of Kenai River gets disaster declaration
Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a disaster declaration in response to the severe damage caused last month by ice moving down the Kenai River.

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.

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

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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.

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

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

Mucha takes 12th in Junior Olympics sprint
Soldotna freshman Kailey Mucha finished 12th in the Junior 2 girls freestyle sprint on Monday at the Junior Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah.

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