Wednesday, March 14, 2007

JA works because of businesses
Junior Achievement would like to acknowledge and show our gratitude to our generous contributors, community volunteers and teachers for opening their classrooms. We were able to educate approximately 600 students about business and economics to help improve the quality of their lives.

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

Teacher cut devastating
My husband and I live in Moose Pass with our two young sons. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is proposing yet another serious cut for Moose Pass School by eliminating a teacher. This would not be quite so critical for one of the big central peninsula schools; but in our small, rural school, this cut is absolutely devastating.

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.

Game board OKs hunt changes
The Board of Game addressed several issues affecting the Kenai Peninsula during its meeting in Anchorage, including the fall brown bear hunt, a youth hunt in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, and reauthorizations of antlerless moose hunts.

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

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.

Kenai man avoids murder 1, 2 verdicts
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.

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.

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

Delbert ‘Del’ Stanley Valentine
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Delbert “Del” Stanley Valentine died Sunday, March 4, at his home in Fircrest, Wash., following a brief hospital stay.

Margaret Lee Nelson
Kenai resident Margaret Lee Nelson died Saturday, March 11, 2007, at her home from complications with cancer. She was 69.

Alaska ranks 38th in private sector funding for marketing state
Seventeen years ago, economist Michael Porter put forward the recipe for competitive success by establishing that winning industries or regions will be those that differentiate themselves by promoting their uniqueness.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

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

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.

Kenai Peninsula College faculty achievements speak volumes
Faculty members at the Kenai River Campus do more than teach classes. In addition to the time spent in the classroom, faculty engage in research, serve in advisory roles in community venues, write grants and attend continuing education courses.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

After long absence, art returns to middle-high school
The hallways at Nikiski Middle-High School always have been decorated in the Bulldogs’ silver and black. This year, the school colors have some competition from a pallet of bright reds, yellows and oranges, and deep greens and blues.

Cooperation can be the key to success inside, outside classroom
Cooperation can be the key to success inside, outside classroom

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