Saturday, April 29, 2006

Miscommunication goes deeper than story relates
Regarding the story, “Miscommunication explains concern regarding classes; Board allays village fears,” By Phil Hermanek, it is well written but needs clarification. Within the story it is stated, “Stewart said, ‘Right now we have a teacher’s aide teaching 4.5 hours of language instruction per grade level.’”

Reader: Catch and release could push kings out of reach
A recent letter by Erik Huebsch, “Catch and release a ‘killer’ sport” (Clarion, April 11) comparing the ethics of hook and release of Kenai kings to that of sport grappling for cow moose offers a disturbing image of how we are allowing our fish resources to be treated.

Absence proposal rubs reader the wrong way
Is there any wonder what is going on with the call to reduce allowable absences from the borough from 185 to 90 days in order to qualify for the senior or disabled vet tax exempt program? The two assembly members who support this reduced limit are obviously not retired nor spend much time Outside in the winter, which is the Alaska dream.

Schools need state’s help
(I would like to preface this letter by stating that although I serve as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly I am writing as an individual citizen and not in any way on behalf of the borough assembly.)

Agrium still in feasibility phase of coal project
Agrium USA is moving closer to an announcement on the next phase of the Blue Sky Project, but mum’s the word of the moment.

Skate park idle, vandals aren’t
Starting to look more like the fortified entrance to a Marine barracks in Beirut than the entrance to a youth recreation attraction, the Soldotna skateboard park remains closed as city officials ponder solutions to the problem-plagued park.

Avian experts address fowl flu fears at Shorebird Fest
Nestled among dozens of presentations and workshops to be featured during the upcoming Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer is a talk about bird flu and what it means for Alaska.

Photo feature: Cleaning up movie night
With help from a drive-through restaurant and the DVD player in his laptop computer, Gene Stockton makes laundry night a dinner date and an evening at the movies for his children. The family watched “Aladdin” at Soldotna Wash and Dry while waiting for their clothes to come clean earlier this month.

Government runs better when it’s hitting all cylinders
Wrangling over a proposed North Slope gas pipeline deal and oil industry tax has had an odd affect on the state’s government — it makes branches want to pretend the others don’t exist.

Refuge summer youth work program ready to roll, dig, chop, clean
Each summer the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hires high school students for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) to work on a variety of projects on the refuge.

Around the Peninsula
Kids activities soughtBasketball camp a slam dunkSpaghetti feed, dessert auction set to dishCancer fundraiser meeting slatedBeekeepers are buzzing911 advisory board to meetNational Day of Prayer services setKPC plans one-day closure

Kenai kickers cage Panthers
The elements have spent all spring working against Kenai Central girls soccer coach Dan Verkuilen, so Thursday afternoon against Skyview, Verkuilen was more than happy to finally let the elements work for him.

’Dawgs win one, lose one
Better late than never.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsBaha’i classes setKnightingale to speakKenai Aglow meeting slatedClothes availableSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski holds Bible studyYouth evangelism camp slated

When tragedy strikes, God remains constant
Twenty-six years ago — May 18, 1980 — at 8:32 a.m., Mount St. Helens erupted.

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