Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Writer defends target of mine company
Alaskans have a debt to pay and it is past due today. The public debate about Pebble Mine rages on, extreme on both sides heated and sometimes wicked, but few who love Alaska could disagree the debate has been of benefit to us all. From the middle of this we all emerge educated, more aware and most importantly carry a calm sense of assurance that people care about what happens to our state.

Reader questions comment
After reading the article “Mountain View principal draws support” (Clarion, April 4), I was stumped by a comment at the end of the article. Dr. Anderson said, “... I’m surprised (Mr. Dawson) hasn’t put a quash on this in the interest of the kids.”

Unions provide good jobs
Union jobs in Alaska are better jobs. A union worker earns more money than a non-union worker, is more likely to have employer-provided health insurance and is four times more likely to have a pension. Unions are family friendly.

Reader questions response
On April 3, you printed a letter by Robin Michel of Bayport, N.Y., blasting your editorial (March 9) for stating that to not believe in God is a “conscious choice.”

Support makes course go smoothly
The events committee of the Tsalteshi Trails Association would like to thank the following individuals for donating their time to help coach beginning and intermediate skiers in the recent Tsalteshi Trails Skills Series: Alan Boraas, Jim Bennett, Penny McClain, Dave Feeken, Jodi Knutson, Gigi Banas, Laura Pillifant, Bill Holt, Char Harvey, Carly Reimer, Dan Harbison, Steve Miliron and Soldotna High School skiers Ryan Sanders, Jasmine Clock and TJ Earll.

Store’s support makes students feel at home
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, I would like to recognize Fred Meyer Stores’ program, Support Our Schools, for your cash donation of $6,624 to the district’s Students in Transition/Homeless (SIT/H) Program. Year to date, the program has served 199 school-age children and 58 families. Since 2003, the program has experienced a 21 percent yearly increase in referrals.

Reader: What are the ‘powers that be’ doing?
When all the in-house and state feuding and bickering is over, just what are our “Powers That Be” doing to keep our trans-Alaska oil pipeline flowing? That’s right folks, the big boy paying your bills is about to dry up!

Wandering Soldotna wise men resurrected on Easter
As many Christian people heard again this past week, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter and reappeared to his disciples.

Workers, borough agree on new labor contract
Agreement on a new labor contract has been reached between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and it workers.

Zone borders hit snag
An attempt at rezoning approximately 241 acres in the middle of Kenai into the newly created Central Mixed Use Zone hit a snag Wednesday night and has been kicked back to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for more work.

Recall is food for thought
There are many things the separate Alaskans from our Lower 48 counterparts, but love for our companion animals is not one of them, which is why the nationwide pet food recall has local dog and cat owners concerned.

Mayor ready to veto sign law
As indicated two weeks ago, the mayor of Soldotna will veto an ordinance governing the construction and placement of freestanding signs in the city’s commercial district.

Breakup is here, summer’s not
A week ago, the Kenai Peninsula seemed frozen solid, roads and driveways sported glacial cover rivaling the last ice age, and all but the fiercest diehard snowmachiners were deep in that lingering “When’s-it-gonna-get-hot?” winter funk that attends early spring in Alaska.

Peninsula Reflections
Given a job to teach in Kenai Junior High, with my 6-year-old daughter Laura Lee, I moved to Kenai in August 1963. After the first quarter I was moved to the high school that was housed in the same building (now home of the Boys and Girls Club).

Community Events
Kasilof book fair planned Carnival fundraiser set for fun Gardening club seeks members Sock hop set to bop Refuge to host fun day Rowing clinic available Center offers food care program Military family support group forming Caregiver support group to meet Talent show ready to entertain Social Security reps to visit peninsula Kenai library plans events

Around the Peninsula
Relay For Life meeting slated Bear baiting clinic offered KCHS touring choir set to sing Peaceful people to meet Boraas to discuss Native history Spaghetti feed fundraiser has a mission Electronics recycling offered HEA planning annual meeting Military families support group forming

Otho B. ‘O.B.’ Culley
Longtime Soldotna resident Otho B. “O.B.” Culley died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 88.

Around the Peninsula
Bear baiting clinic offered Good News Clubs to meet PFLAG to meet Carnival fundraiser set for fun KCHS touring choir set to sing Peaceful people to meet Ping pong offered Kids activities sought Seniors host steak fundraiser Sock hop set to bop Refuge to host fun day Spaghetti fundraiser set to dish

· Stefanie and Jason Robinson of Mount Olive, Ala., announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Elizabeth, at 11:22 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Hero of the Week Woman thanks teen ATV angel
If you think you’re tired of the noise, dust, and sometimes crazy driving by young people on ATV’s, think again.

Peninsula People
Axtell joins Air Force Area students named to honor rolls Bowlin wins Voice of Democracy

Nicholas-Silvira takes walk on Wild side
He made first team all-Northern Lights Conference at guard and linebacker at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. He made boxing and cage fighting appearances in Anchorage under the moniker Sepa “The Separator” Nicholas-Silvira. Now he’s made the Alaska Wild, Anchorage’s new arena football team.

Fay comes a long way
As a freshman, Skyview senior Melissa Fay had made the varsity volleyball team. Then she took a vacation, never caught up on her studies, and was academically ineligible for the conference tournament.

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