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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Valdez, Gulf spill may have much in common
What do the Oil Cartel's Exxon Valdez and offshore Louisiana oil spills have in common?

Kenai Alternative makes a difference
Thank you Kenai Alterative School! Not everyone knows what a great school they are. So let me tell you. The Kenai Alternative staff is by far the best in the business of teaching our children. They will go the extra mile in every circumstance to make sure that each child gets what they need to succeed. This school is based on mutual respect of students and teachers. They truly care about each and every student. And it shows in everything they do. When a student graduates it is not just the accomplishment of the student but also the staff as they put there whole heart in there job. No one could ask for a better school. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

What price are we really paying?
To fund or not to fully fund education to the cap seems to be a complicated issue.

Veterans share experiences with KCHS students
Kenai Central High School would like to thank the veterans of local VFW and American Legion chapters for spending a day with our U.S. History classes. On Thursday, nine local veterans, who served in various conflicts including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Iraq War, shared their experiences with students in small groups throughout the school day. The Veteran's Day was held in the library and students learned many of the personal stories of the men and women who have served our country. The day was one of the "best educational experiences of the year," said KCHS teacher Mr. Kiel. Thank you to all American Veterans for your service and commitment!

Navigable waters ruling could have far-reaching impact
In the article about navigability (Clarion, April 30) a point to remember was the DNR's on page three claiming all of the aluvial fan of navigable waters. This would include a great deal of Alaska's populations, Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna, Juneau to name a few but there are alot more. Billions of dalloars in private property would be involved. State code says they own what was transfered at statehood not all navigable waters were given -- some was already in private hands and some was reserved to the federal government. Regardless of what they say, it doesn't reflect what is in print from this regime.

Advisory choice made to publish board expenses
Two members of the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors will keep their seats, with a third being replaced, following the end of the month-long election.

Kenai set for Town Hall Meeting
Do you have any ideas to make Kenai a more sustainable community? Do you have any gripes about what the local government could do to improve the city?

Photo feature: Grounded
Todd Eskelin, a biological technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, carries an injured immature bald eagle to a cage in Eskelin's truck after he used a fish landing net to capture it in a wooded area alongside Kalifornsky Beach Road on Wednesday afternoon. The bird, likely a year old, was sent to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage for evaluation. Eskelin said it was eating well, but noted that its wing was badly damaged. "It looked like it had been on the ground for a little while," Eskelin said.

Kenai Peninsula bodybuilding championships are Saturday
Rule of thumb when public speaking to put yourself at ease - imagine the audience in their underwear.

Christina Huss
Longtime Kenai resident, Ms. Christina Huss, 79, died Monday, May 3, 2010, with her family at her side.

District could learn a communications lesson
LAST WEEK THE KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH school District Board of Education held their meeting in Seward, part of their once a year visit to the eastern Peninsula.

The Swanson River: a treasure worth keeping
The Webster dictionary defines a treasure as "something of great worth or value." I suspect that in most people's eyes, the Swanson River and its watershed falls in this category.

For climbing group, Eagle River peak's a draw
EAGLE RIVER -- The crunch-crunch of crampons on snow assured me that we were not, in fact, going to slide off Mount Baldy in the early-morning hours of a recent Friday. With headlamps in place and trekking poles to help us balance, Roger Denny, Tom Devine and Brad Rud led the way up the mountain, chatting about the previous morning's hike, when they made it from the parking lot to the top of Eagle River's best-known peak in less than 30 minutes.

Local Sports Briefs

Piranhas host sprint championships

Warriors sweep Bulldogs
The visiting Wasilla Warriors swept Nikiski with a pair of 5-0 wins in Northern Lights Conference action on Thursday.

Church Briefs

Basement sale on

Economic downturn enriched millions
When in 1857 the S.S. Central America went down in a fierce Atlantic storm about two hundred miles east of Charleston, South Carolina, the costs of this sinking were immense. This luxury steamship, loaded with loaded people, made rich during the California gold rush, was headed home carrying three tons of gold; so in addition to the death toll (420 people), there was an enormous financial loss in this tragedy that brought down many banks and launched a national economic panic. Still, there is a bright side to this sad story.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Early nominee for at-bat of the year

Oilers get Wisdom in infield
The Peninsula Oilers have announced that third baseman Patrick Wisdom of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., will be joining the team this summer.

Nicholson, Liedes land top bowling honors
Peninsula Striker bowlers Amber Nicholson and Josh Liedes landed top honors with recent victories in the scholastic league end-of-season finals at Alaskalanes.

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