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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Let nature run wild
I have lived in Alaska for fifty years and supported hunting. The idea of using helicopters to hunt wolves is crushing. The image of wolves being aerial hunted was bad, but the image of a gunner sitting in the door of a helicopter shooting is horrifying. In the past I have not supported tourist boycotts in response to our states policies, on this issue I will support it. I work in a tourist reliant business and this would adversely affect me.

Cook Inlet under attack
The west side of Cook Inlet is under attack. First there is the ‘Don Young Memorial’ bridge over Knik Arm; then the Canadian Pebble Mine project; and now a multinational corporation wants to dig a huge coal mine on the west side near the town of Beluga. Not only do they want to strip mine, they want to build a two mile long bridge and conveyor to get the coal to a shipping channel in the middle of Cook Inlet (so the coal can be shipped overseas, not for local use.)

State owes seniors longevity bonuses
Re: the March 12th editorial on Teacher and Public Employees Retirement problems. It would be very comforting to know the legislators cared enough about the State’s retirement plan for Senior’s with the same diligence. That is what the Longevity Bonus was in case they have overlooked the wording. It was granted to pre-statehood residents, most of whom were not nearly retirement age, but who had worked with primitive lifestyles and little public help to develop the territory to the point of qualifying for statehood. Then there was an added clause of “25 years continual residency” before the age of 65 intended to eliminate newcomers who had the advantages of new state aids and companies with retirement plans to join in.

Deep Creek, employees victims of big government
A short time back the Clarion published an article about Deep Creek Custom Packing being fined by the EPA. I just want to write about the effects of this unwarranted fine.

Don’t trash the Kenai
To the person driving the red Ford Explorer ... on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. past Skyview High School, Shame on You! My son and I were following you from Soldotna when we saw something on the road in our lane of traffic just ahead of you.

Time again to be bear aware
With each passing day another winter season gets farther away, and it won’t be long until fresh bear tracks are a common sight in slushy, melting snow.

Job seek and you shall find
What happens when you put 50 potential employers in a room and open it up to hundreds of people looking for employment? Good things, if Thursday’s Peninsula Job Fair is any indication.

Not signing off
After hearing 16 Soldotna business owners object to a proposed ordinance changing the rules regarding freestanding signs in the commercial district, the city council passed the ordinance by the slimmest of margins Wednesday night.

Alaskans have it good with taxes, PF dividends
There’s something a tad ironic about the dual deadlines facing Alaskans. The first hits at midnight Saturday, the deadline to file for the 2007 permanent fund dividend. That deadline comes just as many people are scrambling to beat the second one: the April 17 deadline for filing federal income taxes. (Yes, April 17 is correct. Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday and the following day, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, which also buys procrastinators a little time.)

Homer tournament breaks the ice
There’s just no stopping a diehard fisherman.

Hyperspace: From the Yukon River to the Kenai River
Do you remember that scene in “Star Wars” when Hans Solo hits the hyperspace button on the Millennium Falcon and all the stars become blurred lines of light as the ship rockets forward through space? Well, that’s about how I feel right now, after moving from Galena to the Kenai. I’ve been magically vaulted through space and time into a completely different Alaska.

Church Briefs
Family film night slated Bible study group to meet Nikiski Aglow plans activities Faith walk set to go Walk to the cross scheduled Art exhibit planned Celebration of the resurrection planned

Resurrection power can change lives
He was a dead man.

Isaacs to play with Oilers
The Oilers are excited to announce that local product Shawn Isaacs has signed to join the Oilers this summer. Isaacs is a freshman right-handed pitcher at Upper Eastern Arizona College. Isaacs is a graduate of Kenai Central, where he was a standout player for the American Legion Twins. In 2006, Isaacs had an 8-0 record with a 1.40 ERA for the Twins.

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