Monday, April 30, 2007

Reader: Let’s be fair
Today the Supreme Court in their supreme indifference and testosterone, again cannot keep their hands off my womb.

Salmon: A thought to ponder
What if biologists were allowed to manage the rivers for maximum potential, without political restrictions?

Tax dollars fund war
The following list of where our tax dollars go is from a flyer produced by the Friends Committee on National Legislation:

Cause of house fire unknown
Witnesses heard voices and a car speeding away. Twenty minutes later they saw smoke coming from a house on Ruth Lane in Sterling.

Moose shows its mettle
They say you know you’ve become an Alaskan when you quit slowing down to stare at moose, but a mammoth-sized moose that recently began making an appearance in front of Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna would be tough for even a sourdough to ignore.

Hunting, fishing for spring deals
The 22nd annual Sport, Rec and Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center is for anyone who takes recreation seriously.

Council fails to undo Soldotna sign ordinance veto
An attempt to override the mayor’s veto of a Soldotna sign ordinance failed Wednesday night, and city council members sent the measure back to city administration for a rewrite.

Gara’s attempt to add carbon limits to bond measure fails
Lawmakers missed a chance Tuesday to control future emissions of carbon dioxide in Alaska, an Anchorage state representative said.

House backs Agrium plan
Alaska House members Wednesday voted unanimous approval of a bill authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corporation to issue up to $2.6 billion in tax-free bonds to finance parts of Agrium’s proposed coal gasification project, as well as a rail link to Port MacKenzie.

Cached fish didn’t weather winter as well as hoped
There’s a cliche that says you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is among those who believe the past is important, which is why they, along with archeologists from the Chugach National Forest, set out to better understand what their ancestors went through by conducting an experiment in ethno-archaeology that culminated late last month.

Patricia J. ‘Patty’ Wyka
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Patricia J. “Patty” Wyka died Thursday, April 26, 2007, after battling lymphoma at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.

Tomasa Dominguez Purugganan
Longtime Kenai resident Tomasa Dominguez Paraguayan died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 59.

Earl Robert Derry
Funny River resident Earl Robert Derry died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Helen Gwin
Longtime Cooper Landing residence Helen Gwin died Friday, April 27, 2007, at Eagles View Assisted Living home in Cooper Landing. She was 92.

Dealing with the problem: Focus should be on cause, not result of Virginia Tech shootings
Like most people, I found the recent incident at Virginia Tech a tragedy.

Doctor’s presence made difference when medical technology sparse on peninsula:Tribute to a hero
I rounded on my patients this morning at our fancy new hospital and received the sad news that Dr. Paul Isaak had died. Dr. Isaak was here before we had a hospital; he witnessed the transition of the peninsula as it grew from a few homesteaders to the large communities of today. His death forced me to reflect on the history of medical care on the peninsula and the contribution he made. Some things have stayed the same, but many things are different.

Public needs to keep Chuitna Mine in mind
Alaska is a resource development state. The balancing act between development and conservation is played out over and over again as far away as the North Slope to right here in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Around the Peninsula
After-grad committee seeks volunteers Refuge looking for youth workers CPH celebrates hospital week Community cleanup scheduled Garden club to meet Shorebird festival to take wing Cemetery cleanup slated Fish and Game feeling froggy Basketball tourney slated Free vision screening offered

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Peninsula People
Moerlein to study abroad Maxie graduates Klapak joins Air Force

A soldier’s view
Editors note: Periodically the Clarion will print biographies and notes from soldiers stationed in northern Kuwait with the 3rd Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard. Staff Sgt. Mac Metcalfe, public affairs non-commissioned officer with the battalion, conducts the interviews.

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Keeping the message afloat
With Memorial Day weekend -- the official start of another Alaska summer -- just around the corner, the focus shifts from snow-covered terrain to lakes, rivers, bays and inlets. If there’s water, there’s boats. And if there are boats, there’s the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Of Moose and Men
At this point in time, I doubt seriously there is a living soul who isn’t familiar with the idea behind eBay. Basically, eBay is the world’s largest garage sale/auction, available 24 hours a day, via the Internet. If you want it -- with the exception of firearms, explosives, certain body parts and babies -- there is very little chance that it can’t be found and purchased on eBay. The only limiting factor is how much you’re willing to pay.

Pen pal opportunity
Dear citizens of Kenai,

Peninsula Reflections
Records for Kasilof cemetery begin in 1954. In 1957 the graveyard was christened Birchwood Memorial Park. The 11-member board of directors renamed it Spruce Grove Memorial Park in 1962. Perhaps the change came because the cemetery is not rich in birch. 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Spruce Grove name.

Around the Peninsula
Peaceful people to meet After-grad committee seeks volunteers Soroptimists to meet Steak dinner fundraiser planned Adult soccer set to kick-off Kids’ water safety set to make a splash KPC plans one-day closure

Dogs get Second Chance
The howls of anticipation begin as soon as the cabin door opens. As Matt and Donna Thompson make their way down the trail, Belle, Shasta and the rest of the Thompson crew hop on their kennels, prance eagerly and sing their delight -- someone’s mushing today.

Soldotna softball returns
It shouldn’t take long for the Soldotna softball team to discover how far it’s come since its inaugural season.

Dukowitz signs up for Brown Bears
Owen Dukowitz wanted to do two things after graduating from high school: stay close to home and continue his budding hockey career.

Soldotna fields its 1st baseball team
The hard part is over.

Golfers come out swinging
A beer in hand and hot dog in his stomach, Mark Matarrese sat in the clubhouse at Birch Ridge Golf Course wearing the look of a happy man.

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