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Monday, April 2, 2007

Writer seeks clarity in editorial headline
The 20 March guest editorial that I published in the Peninsula Clarion was accidentally given a misleading headline by the PC staff. Whatever bias

State should expand health coverage, not restrict it
Contrary to the Bible quoting letters to the editor, the advisory vote on April 3 is not about whether voters approve of gays and lesbians and their same-sex relationships or not.

Top-shelf library needs support
There are many factors involved with achieving success in attaining the goals we set. None are more important than acquiring information and knowledge and having equal and easy access to both. That’s why having a top shelf library which continues to grow as the community and its needs also continue to grow is so important for individuals and the community as a whole to be successful in attaining their goals.

Quakers urge ‘no’ vote
Guided by our religious faith, the Quakers of the Homer Friends Meeting urge Alaskans to vote No on the April 3rd ballot measure. This ballot is to advise an amendment to the state constitution. The amendment would prohibit non-married domestic partners of public employees from receiving employment benefits.

Civil unions the way to solve same-sex benefits issue
I have grown weary of the barrage of letters proclaiming my marriage is in danger because the Alaska Supreme Court declared that the state must provide benefits to same sex partners. I am in my 45th year of marriage, and I don’t feel threatened at all.

Dawson should keep job
I am writing this in response to the decision to remove Jim Dawson from Mt. View Elementary. I can’t begin to express my shock. Here is a gentleman that has been in our district for 23 years. He is an icon in this community for his leadership role with children. He not only welcomes all children he mentors them. When kids come to school with a problem they can count on Mr. D as they call him, to be there for them. I have been the parent, the volunteer and the employee. I can attest that Mr. Dawson not only addresses every problem but he also addresses every child by name.

Shot bald eagle on road to recovery after rescue
Taking a pot shot at the most recognizable living symbol of the United States is about as un-American as you can get, yet that’s apparently what someone did to a bald eagle caught by U.S. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff last week.

Soldotna OKs river pollution proposal
Fearing federal intervention to remove hydrocarbon pollutants from the Kenai River, the city of Soldotna took a first step Wednesday, giving its OK to a state Board of Fisheries regulation proposal.

School board to OK budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is scheduled to take action on the budget for the 2007-08 school year at its meeting tonight at the Borough Building in Soldotna.

Soldotna Ford dealership to reopen with new owners
Loyal Ford customers in the central Kenai Peninsula did not have to wait long to learn what the future held for the only Ford car dealership in Soldotna.

Ice not so nice anymore
Whether partaking in skiing, snowmachining, dog mushing, ice fishing or checking a trap line, ice safety should be on the mind of all outdoor enthusiasts who cross frozen lakes and rivers this late in the winter recreation season.

Israel gets 40 years
Adam Israel, the 25-year-old Soldotna man who stabbed his mother to death, was ordered to spend the next 40 years in prison.

River pollution solution should be up to us
It’s our river, it’s our problem, right?

Spring bears and Cubbies: Familiar ‘maybe next year’ chant starting even earlier
In Alaska, at this time of year, my thoughts turn to bears.

Morin bowing out of dance productions, not kids’ lives
Phil Morin was in the theater before he was a teenager. A heart attack and his 50th birthday are now within the last three months of his rearview mirror, and he’s about to do his last big show.

Peninsula People
Baker to travel abroad Watkins honored McCoy graduates Zuber artwork awarded Elks table tennis results Poetry contest winners announced

Births
· Michele Lamb Augur and Calvin Augur of Lebanon, Ore., announce the birth of their daughter, Genevieve Lynn, on Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds.

Grateful friend thanks caregivers
I would like to commend Peninsula General Hospital and the staff for excellent care given to one of our seniors recently. While everyone was kind and considerate during this difficult time; some of the staff went the extra mile to meet the needs of the patient, as well as the family of friends who were keeping round the clock vigil to offer moral support to a true friend and pioneer.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
April fool! Today would have been the day, except for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that our president slipped by us a couple of years ago designed to save a few barrels of oil. The elders among us, namely those of the Greatest Generation, must be having a feeling of “déj vu all over again.”

Peninsula Reflections
Below the roots of Spruce Grove Memorial Park are at least 18 individuals older than the trees. This article continues the series on folks who bivouacked 90 birthdays and are now remembered in the shade of that Grove.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet KPFA meeting slated Family ski event slated Beekeepers all abuzz Bear baiting clinic offered Chorus set to sing Book fair slated Easter events planned Carnival fundraiser set for fun Rowing clinic planned Talent show ready to entertain

Around the Peninsula
Democrats to meet, eat Ladies’ night is nigh HEA planning annual meeting Refuge looking for youth workers

The Sky Guy
Days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter. We’re also leaving the freezing cold behind. As we all love winter’s benefits, we surely regret that our beloved starry skies will take a back seat soon.

Community Events
Group offers help to those in need

Jull, Weaver announce engagement
RaeLyn Jull and Andy Weaver of Bellingham, Wash., are planning a summer wedding in 2008.

Dillon, Hindman plan wedding
Linda Dillon and Gary Hindman of Soldotna plan to marry Sunday, April 14, 2007, at Soldotna Bible Chapel. Pastor Jim Dunn will officate.

Mcgrane, Holguin to marry in August
Andrea Mcgrane of Kenai and Stan Holguin of Soldotna plan to marry Saturday, August 11, 2007, at Trinity Christian Center.

Minerva, Fonkert announce engagement
Giulietta Elizabeth Minerva and Jedd Samuel Fonkert of the Kenai Peninsula plan to marry later this summer.

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Thompson, Carlson get on 1st team
Multiple first-team all-state selections are often reserved for teams that finish first or second at the state basketball tournament.

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