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Monday, April 5, 2010

Anglo-American needs to hear opposition
On April 22, Earth Day, the shareholders of Anglo-American, the giant mining company founded in South Africa and headquartered in London, will hold its annual meeting. We Alaskans need to tell them loud and clear that we oppose the Pebble Mine.

Welcome Walmart and a big thank you!
The Food Bank Board of Directors and staff wish to thank Walmart for their generous donation of $5,000 to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Walmart's contribution will help many of our local residents who are struggling to put food on the table during these hard economic times. The money received will be used towards our building expansion project at the existing location on K- Beach Rd. The expansion will increase refrigeration, freezer and storage to accommodate additional pounds of food we need in our warehouse to serve member agencies and clients. The more food we are able to store the more people we are able to help.

Earmark battle takes local toll: Budget cuts could be a result of state's own actions
Alaska may soon have to ween itself from the federal aid it's become accustomed to receiving.

Kenai celebrates 50 years of incorporation
Fifty years ago, the Kenai had 743 people, a few bars, a few churches and little in terms of infrastructure.

Bad policy or good science?: Decline is one of few certainties for Cook Inlet belugas
The proposed critical habitat designation for Cook Inlet beluga whales drew more than 91,000 responses before the comment period closed last month. Alaska political leaders in particular have questioned the science used to support the beluga's endangered listing, like their declining population and genetic distinction.

Happy reunion: Dog limps home after going missing for more than a month
The bond between humans and their pets is strong one, as proven by a locally-known dog named Kenai. Gone missing more than a month, he'd lost a third of his body weight and part of one paw during his lonely attempt to hobble home.

School board has full plate: Body will consider giving OK to $129 million budget
The school board has a full plate for their Monday meeting, including passing a district budget set at just below $129 million.

Woman denies blame in theft, fraud case
A 19-year-old woman was arraigned in superior court Thursday on charges stemming from alleged credit card theft.

Crunch time in Juneau: With two weeks to go, tensions build in Capitol
With two weeks left before adjournment, legislators are racing the clock in Juneau to get priority bills in position for a last-minute push for passage. State budget bills are moving in an orderly fashion.

Orville K. 'Orvie' McWethy
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling area resident Orville K. "Orvie" McWethy died Thursday, April 1, 2010 at his home near Sterling. He was 79.

Irvin 'Irv' Evenson
Longtime Kasilof resident Irvin "Irv" Evenson died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 28, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was 96.

Frank Arthur Notter Jr.
Anchorage resident Frank Arthur Notter Jr. died March 15, 2010, in Arizona after a short battle with colon cancer. He was 50.

Marie Dorothy Strandberg
Alaskan pioneer and longtime Palmer and Wasilla resident Marie Dorothy Strandberg died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Palmer Pioneers Home in Palmer. She was 90.

Loyd Leon Brantley
Loyd Leon Brantley passed away of heart failure on March 20th in Modesto, CA at the age of 83. He is preceded in death by his wife Velma, parents Charlie and Lela Brantley, brothers Charlie and Wayne, and sister Betty Hammond.

Scott Misner
Longtime Kasilof resident Scott Misner died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at home. He was 47.

Legislature should quit stalling on scholarship bill
Quibbling over details seems to be standing in the way of what we considered was a good idea for higher education coming from Gov. Sean Parnell this legislative session.

Around the Peninsula

ANGDA CEO to speak

Around the Peninsula

Cardiac support group to meet

Community News
Food bank seek items

Stuck on the drive-in
My wife and I were looking for something really novel to do with an evening in Seattle awhile back when I thought: "Jeez, I haven't been to a drive-in theater in decades."

One last glimpse before summer
Days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter. We're also leaving the freezing cold behind. As we all love winter's benefits, I -- and perhaps many of us -- surely regret that our beloved starry skies will take a back seat soon. Therefore, after this article, see you again in August or September.

Ready to run: Area track and field athletes toe start line
As the snow melts and breakup continues, local high school track teams are preparing for the upcoming season. The year's first event, the Big C Relays, will be held Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

Around the District

School board to meet

Seal hop
David Thomas, an athlete, record holder and official for the Native Youth Olympics demonstrates the Seal Hop at Port Graham school this past week. Thomas, 23, of Palmer visited area schools teaching audiences the link from games to cultural survival skills relating to today's challenges.

Anchorage students build their world
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gary Abernathy has his work cut out for him.

Registration for degree-seeking students open
Gone are the days when students could count on getting into KPC classes by waiting until July or August to register for the fall semester. With the continued upswing in enrollments, KPC now actively encourages degree-seeking students to take advantage of the one-week priority registration period they have to ensure they get the courses they need to graduate.

Wild complete sweep of Brown Bears
The Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild completed a sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears in North American Hockey League action in Washington on Sunday.

Bears fall in 2-0 playoff hole vs. Wild
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