Saturday, May 3, 2008

Big Brother vs. equality
George Orwell's "1984" novel appears to be a work of fulfilled prophesy in the world of today. Big Brother government is alive and well in America. Who would have ever thought you could get into more trouble for having the wrong thoughts when committing a "hate crime"?

Students shine at academic banquet
It is always nice to report the good things that kids in our community are doing and here is a great one. On April 21, Kenai Central High School held the academic banquet, which honored 135 students for academic excellence. The Academic Recognition Program allows students the opportunity to earn an academic letter for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or above for at least three consecutive semesters.

Slang will always be there
Well, Mr. Popp's letter (Clarion, April 28) noting a change in slang terms happening in our culture today gave me pause for thought.

Volunteers recognized
The week of April 28 through May 4 is National Volunteer Week. The Kenai Peninsula College/ProLiteracy America Literacy Program would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who make this program possible here on the peninsula.

Palin chief of staff resigns
JUNEAU Gov. Sarah Palin's Chief of Staff Mike Tibbles has resigned.

Photo feature: Lucky duck

Early king run looks rosy
A slightly higher than average early run for Kenai River king salmon coupled with regulations that would liberalize the fishery have offered a rosy outlook to the early run king salmon fishing season.

Trooper calls it a career
Bringing an end to what was the only father-daughter act in the Alaska State Troopers, Soldotna based Sgt. Dan Donaldson retired Wednesday after 21 years as a trooper.

Home-school families check out curriculum, products
Parents and children alike were excited about learning at Wednesday's curriculum fair for home-schoolers, sponsored by Interior Distance Education of Alaska.

Band Aid II brings fashion, art, music togther
College is not just an institution where people obtain important credentials toward securing a well-paying job. It is also a place to learn deeper ways of thinking, and skills and trades that will allow them to contribute to their community and society at large. And several groups from Kenai Peninsula College will demonstrate this philosophy on Saturday by presenting "Band Aid II" a fundraising event focusing on fashion, art and music to benefit the Kenai Senior Center.

Rosie May Barnard
Dewey, Okla., resident Rosie May Barnard, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the Jane Phillips Medical Center. She was 86.

Laramie L. Morrison
Longtime Alaskan and Seldovia resident Laramie L. Morrison died Thursday, April 24, 2008, as a result of a car accident in Seldovia. He was 28.

Deborah Kaye Clark
Youngsville, La., resident Deborah Kaye Clark died, Saturday, April 26, 2008, in Youngsville. She was 38.

Time to get state aboard pipeline project
The last time we checked, building a natural gas pipeline in the state would be a benefit to every Alaskan. So, is there a reason why it shouldn't be the No. 1 priority for the state?

Watershed forum celebrates birds
From the chirping of song birds in the forest, to the quacks of ducks on the rivers, and the honking of geese flying over head, it's obvious that the spring migration of birds is well under way.

Wildlife Refuge serves as national treasure in Kenai's back yard
Many Peninsula Clarion readers are aware of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge located here in our own back yard. Some readers, however, may not know that the Kenai Refuge is part of a much larger system of wildlife refuges scattered throughout the United States.

Around the Peninsula

Taco dinner fundraiser planned

Soldotna girls soccer downs Kardinals
Soldotna co-head coach Mike Tovoli knew if somebody on Kenai was going to score, there was a good chance it would be Holly Perkins.

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