Tuesday, May 1, 2007

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:

Alaskans need to let reps know how they feel
Outside dairy interests are once again trying to force a milk tax on Alaskans. And, it is good to know that Alaska State Rep. Bob Lynn is trying to kill the milk tax. He has introduced HJR 16, a resolution opposing imposition of a milk tax on Alaskans. Bob needs help. The Alaska Senate must pass Bob’s resolution without delay so that it can go to the governor for her signature. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young need to know that Alaskans do not want to be taxed by Outside interests.

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

It’s time for peace
Jonesboro, Arkansas, Columbine High School, an Amish Pennsylvania school and now Virginia Tech. What’s next? Whether it is another school shooting or the endless reports of suicide car bombings in the Middle East, the world is becoming a terrifying place to live. One in 10 American students currently stay home from school each day because they are simply too scared of the violence and bullying that awaits them. On top of this, youth homicide rates occur over 10 times more in the United States compared to other leading industrialized nations.

Rogers retrial motion denied
Shawn Rogers will remain in jail at least until the time the Alaska Court of Appeals reviews his case.

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.

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.

Tax exemption cap up for debate in Seward
Meeting in Seward today, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold the first of two public hearings on a proposed ballot measure that would ask voters in October to approve a cap on the currently unlimited property tax exemption granted to seniors and disabled veterans.

Hamilton: We are workforce Alaska
A “$38 billion ice cream cone” is how University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton described the riches the state receives by way of the oil industry, but he told Kenai business leaders he does not believe most Alaskans see it that way.

J. Frank ‘Sonny’ Batton
Former Kenai Peninsula resident J. Frank “Sonny” Batton died of throat cancer Friday, April 27, 2007, at his home in Douglas, Wyo., surrounded by loved ones. He was 76.

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.

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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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Resiliency-building classes offered Skyview after-grad party needs help Re-Group to meet again Day of prayer set Soroptimists to meet Elks hold free skate day Dinner, auction to benefit church

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Pen pal opportunity
Dear citizens of Kenai,

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

McGlasson attains goals
For those who love cliches about success, Kenai Central senior Jed McGlasson is the man. He’s all about attaining goals, clearing hurdles and climbing mountains.

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