Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Do we belong in Libya?
Make no mistake, America is in charge, our pilots and air crews are deeply involved.

Taking a stand against corporate control
As I read the opinion page yesterday, (March 27) I was torn on which opinion I should respond to first -- the lengthy CPGH Inc. board or the Clarion's opinion column. I chose the latter. I will discuss the hospital corporate board in a letter to the mayor on April 5.

U.S. should not be anywhere near Libya
While I support the people of Libya in their attempt to overthrow a tyrant, we really do not know whether they will end up creating a much more tyrannical government. This could be like the Russian Revolution of 1917 or the Iranian Revolution in 1979: The people overthrow a tyrant, but establish an even worse government.

Caring community is a gift
What a blessing it is to live in such a caring community. Our mother's 10-year journey with Alzheimer's opened our eyes to all the loving people who surround us. Special gratitude for the staff of Harbor Lights House, who helped our mother live and die with dignity, to the members of the Sterling Senior Center who embraced her with open arms, and to Barbara Larson (Care Coordinator). The emergency crew who responded at the time of her death were respectful, efficient and brought with them a chaplin, Keith Randall, who stayed behind and ministered to us.

Show your support for workers' rights
On Monday, April 4, across the country rallies will be held supporting workers and workers' rights. This day was chosen in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while in Memphis where he stood with sanitation workers demanding their rights and their dream of a better life. Please join us as we stand united in support of our local workers. The WE ARE ONE Rally will be held on Monday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Parker Park in Soldotna (W. Park Street between Binkley and Fireweed). Participants are asked to wear blue and/or gold to show Alaskan solidarity.

Postal changes scrutinized: Commission releases report saying proposed changes would not save very much money
The Postal Regulatory Commission has released its final advisory opinion this week, stating that the savings in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) proposal to end Saturday mail delivery may not be as high as the USPS originally observed. The USPS proposed cutting service and making other changes to address more than $2 billion in annual losses.

French Fry Fuel: Soldotna man uses greasy waste for heat, transportation
With a little bit of elbow -- and some french fry -- grease, Paul Reger can do just about anything.

Senate looks at education funding: Vocational learning effort amasses support from rural districts
A legislative effort to increase funding to vocational education programs in Alaska saw significant movement recently as it went to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

New player in coal: Australian company looks at coal gasification
An Australian company, Linc Energy Alaska, will conduct test drilling on coal leases in Alaska in 2011 for an underground coal gasification project, company officials told a business group in Anchorage March 17.

Photo: Swinging in to spring

New rule makes agencies justify contracts
Sole-source contracting to Alaska Native corporations has been placed under another layer of scrutiny, with a recent federal interim rulemaking requiring agencies rewarding large contracts to justify why they didn't opt for competitive bid.

Tidal gains ground: HEA partners with ocean power outfit
Homer Electric Association has taken a step toward using the power of Cook Inlet tides to supply the area's electricity needs.

Marilyn Jean Youngdahl
Marilyn Jean Youngdahl, of Brainerd, Minn., passed away June 28, 2010, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. She was 68.

David E. Youngdahl
Former Alaska resident David E. Youngdahl, of Brainerd, Minn., passed away March 21, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 78.

Paul Nelson Otis
Former Alaska resident Paul Nelson Otis, of Georgetown, Ga., passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011. He was 68.

When government works well, potential for disaster minimized
When fishermen go out to sea, they go knowing that sometimes the worst can happen and their boats might sink beneath them. That's why mariners keep an eye on the storm and their survival suit zippers greased. Most fishermen don't expect to lose their boats in a devastating blaze on land, though. That's what happened last Friday when a fire in a boat shop at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard torched four good boats, including a few just about ready to be christened.

Around the Peninsula

Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers meet

Around the Peninsula

Help needed for fair exhibits

Pet Photo: Buddies forever

Around the District

Connections Homeschool program

Around Campus: Nursing students hit mark of excellence
Since KPC began offering the UAA associate of applied science nursing program students have excelled among their UAA peers.

Special education a team effort
Part of the responsibility Nancy Locke shouldered when she became the legal guardian for her grandson, Axel, in 2009 was choosing one of the first bricks in what will become his educational foundation.

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