What is a charter school?
President Obama recently stated he would begin fixing the educational system by giving rewards to those innovative charter schools achieving high standards. More recently, he promised to modify the punitive No Child Left Behind in favor of a subtle and dangerous new version called "Race to the Top," that rewards schools for "progress." Sincere though he may be, his sound bite needs further probing. What is a charter school and how are they achieving these results?
Resolution not in commercial fishermen's best interest
UCIDA was distressed to read in Rep. Seaton's recent newsletter that he voted in favor of SJR22, in opposition to the best interest of commercial fishermen in Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound and all of coastal Alaska.
Kindness of CPH Oncology Department appreciated
I would like to thank the Oncology Department of the Central Peninsula Hospital for their wonderful service during the past five months while I have been having treatments with them. Kim, Kathy, Sonja, Melissa and Bob have been very kind and caring individuals to me during this time.
Chamber director steps down
After two-and-a-half years of service as the executive director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Tina Baldridge has stepped down.
Making a choice: Awareness campaign kicks off on Kenai Peninsula
Kenai Peninsula residents from all walks of life joined together to kick start the governor's "Alaskans Choose Respect" campaign and end domestic violence and sexual assault on Wednesday afternoon.
Fire sparked by child playing with matches
A 3-year-old playing with matches Wednesday night started a fire in a Soldotna home.
Group seeks salmon stream protection to stop PacRim
A Beluga-based group opposed to the development of PacRim Coal LLP's proposed Chuitna Coal Mine on the west side of Cook Inlet is hoping to find support from state lawmakers to stop the project.
Measure to name bridge after Kasilof vet passes house
A bill to rename a major Kasilof landmark is one hurdle closer to passage, but still far from being water under the bridge.
Longtime Kasilof resident Scott Misner died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at home. He was 47.
Virginia 'Kay' Sundvik
Kasilof resident, Virginia "Kay" Sundvik died Sunday, March 28, 2010 at her home in Kasilof with her husband by her side. She was 69.
Good call on exploration
President Barack Obama charted a good direction for his administration's energy policy last week -- for Alaska and the nation.
Coordinated response: Snowmachine club, emergency agency personnel practice rescue scenarios
The scene looked grim.
Conservation starts with one person and one idea
Throughout the history of conservation there have been individuals whose influence and impact has been profound and yet started with just a simple idea and a desire to create "change" combined with great deal of passion. During my recent winter trip to Southeast Asia, I met one such person whose simple idea has blossomed into a unique and successful wildlife conservation project. Her name is Sangduen Chailert (Lek) and she is the founder of the Elephant Nature Park, located in the wild terrain of the Mae Taman valley in Northern Thailand.
For as long as I can remember, I've thought of halibut as golden chunks of deep-fried fish, a dish designed to satisfy my desire for grease and to act as a transport system for mayonnaise-based sauces.
Last Saturday's emergency response drill -- organized by the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers snowmachine club, but attended by numerous local agencies -- highlighted so much.
Thanks Where, Who, Why, When, and What For?
He's risen from the tomb, Easter stories say.
You can't keep a good guy down
Jesus was a busy guy.
Brown Bears face stiff task: Kenai River brings 1-10-1 record into Wild playoff series
In a matchup that epitomizes a David vs. Goliath scenario, the Kenai River Brown Bears begin a best-of-five-game series tonight against the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild in the first round of the North American Hockey League playoffs. The puck drops tonight and Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time. As per a preseason agreement, every game will be played at Wenatchee.
Daigle claims youth award
Shalynda Daigle, the two-time Alaska Youth Scholarship Tournament champion, was named youth bowler of the year by the Soldotna-Kenai Women's Bowling Association at the 50th Annual Women's State Tournament.
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