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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Gas pipeline shouldn’t be one way or the highway
My Way or the Hiway; Seems our Governor has spoken and those are the words that ring out across the Great Land. Trouble with the plan is where are we going with the Gas and just who is going to buy it. Big issues when you are about to give $500 million of the good peoples money away chasing a pipe dream. That’s right folks its just a pipe dream and the G-7 or 8 are not in agreement with the plan. A Valdez terminus would increase tanker traffic and just where are you going to build an LNG plant 6 to 10 times as big as Kenai’s North Road Plant as space available is very limited in Valdez. Then Docking Space will really be a hassle, unless we just relocate the City of Valdez again. However the G7-8 plan would suddenly make it cool to build a pipeline right across the Arctic (National Wildlife Refuge) where we couldn’t even fly in a helicopter drilling rig, now it’s cool to build a pipeline and support facilities and even a road. Seems somebody likes that plan better.

President oversteps his bounds
Part of the legitimacy of our Constitution is that any literate citizen can compare it to government conduct and judge whether public officials are keeping their oaths of office. So consider:

Here’s a lesson: Put yourself in teachers’ shoes
In letters to the editor in various newspapers, many people write that teachers are overpaid, underworked and should be thankful they have a job at all. I have two daughters who are teachers and they, among many other teachers I know, have a very different outlook about their jobs. So, I have tried to describe my views on the various characteristics of the average K-12 teacher, and the various public expectations of them.

Job well done
What a day! Job Shadow is an incredible experience, both for the kids and the hosts. For weeks we — KCHS and the Chamber — meet and coordinate this incredible day. Then before we know it, Job Shadow Day is here and the students are off with their hosts to various jobs.

Moose Pass fears teacher cuts
This letter was sent to all Kenai Peninsula school board members:

Moran gets Kenai Superior Court job
Progress has been made in filling open seats in the Kenai courthouse with the appointment by the governor last week of Anna Moran to the Kenai Superior Court.

Jury finds Rogers guilty of manslaughter
A Kenai jury Tuesday found Shawn Rogers not guilty of first-degree murder as charged, but guilty of manslaughter in the 2004 shooting death of Brian Black in a Beluga tavern.

Rogers awaits verdict
Jury deliberations in the Shawn Rogers murder trial continued for a third day Monday.

River pollution resolution OK’d
Two Kenai City Council members have been appointed to work with the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on a plan to curb hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River.

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Borough looks at school funding
A measure appropriating another $100,000 toward the twin-pronged effort to persuade the Alaska Legislature to fund borough schools adequately is among seven ordinances scheduled for public hearings at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Obituary
Kenai resident Velma Irene (Higginbotham) Sonnichsen, formerly of Auburn, Wash. died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 88.

Community Briefs
Cookie fundraiser begins Delegation announces grant Digging salmon PFLAG to meet Nuggets on moose offered Good News Clubs slated Junior market livestock registration continues Shady things afoot Mexican dinner, auction fundraiser planned Little League registration continues

Around the Peninsula
Mexican dinner, auction fundraiser planned Genealogical Society plans activities Subsistence to be discussed Free aviation safety class offered Wilderness medicine course available

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Peninsula Reflections
When I arrived in Kenai in 1968 it was a boom town. It was hard to find a place to live. You couldn’t get a mailbox and there was a waiting list for a telephone.

Around the Peninsula
Indian education parent meeting set Bike raffle continues Berry growers gather Spaghetti dinner fundraiser set Biathlon club to meet South Pole to be discussed Drivers safety class Saturday Nuggets on moose offered Junior market livestock registration continues Shady things afoot

Community Schools
Beginning Microsoft Word Korean chess Beginning Microsoft Word Core training workshop

Volunteers Sought
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in lending a helping hand.

Digging into mining taxes
Compared to other industries such as oil and gas or fisheries, mining in Alaska operates in a comparatively tax-free environment. A bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton would alter parts of the state’s mining tax law for the first time since statehood and significantly increase what miners pay.

Sports Brief
The Kenai Peninsula will be sending five basketball teams to the state tournament in Anchorage.

Sports Brief
At the conclusion of the Northern Lights Conference tournament on Saturday at Kenai Central High School, the following awards were announced.

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