Friday, May 21, 2010

Appeals won't affect fish in Red Dog Creek
What's ironic about the fuss over a federal permit for a new pit at the Red Dog mine is that even if environmental groups win and the permit is denied, and the mine closes, it won't make any difference to pollution levels in Red Dog Creek. And that's what the controversy is supposed to be about.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Safety Day a super day
What a super Saturday for Soldotna Safety Day! It was perfect weather for car seat check ups from The Safe Kids Coalition, an excellent showing for the 4-H tree sales and the MS Walk even had some runners this year! Cook Inlet Academy 's band performed lively tunes ranging from soft jazz and drum solos to bass guitar accompaniments. Many thanks to the sound system donated by the City of Soldotna; the performers played on the flat bed stage supplied by Lynden Transport. Bob Nath of Diakonos Services provided the sound system expertise while HEA gave demonstrations as to why to stay more than 10 feet from a power line!

Emphasis should be on academic endeavors
This year four sixth-graders from Tustumena Elementary school (Rachael Todd, Lindsey Wong, KelseyLynn Overway and Sage Hill) won first place in the state Future Problem Solving Competition held in late April. As a result they were invited to the International Competition that will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 9-13. We were told that the school district has no money available to help these future leaders represent Alaska and study and compete with some of the brightest, most creative people of their generation from all over the world. This years topic for FPSPI is: Green Living which is so important today. Only 3 percent of those participating in FPS competitions earn an invitation to this International Conference. These are the future leaders of Alaska and it doesn't seem right that the district sets money aside for sports trips, but not academic trips of this nature! These four students have worked hard to get to this point. They have studied the most current information, in depth on various topics. They had to think critically and creatively to try to solve possible problems our society may face in the futre. This is a tremendous accomplishment which required a great deal of hard work and commitment. This team only has a short time frame to come up with the funds needs for registration and travel and are seeking donations. I just wish the district had some money set aside to help these students! What message are we sending our children when sports competitions are held in higher priority than academic accomplishments?

Education need not be one size fits all
I'd like to share a few facts in response to some negative comments that have recently been made by Mr. Paul Zobeck in regards to charter schools and home-schools.

Poisoning Denise Lake does not address pike issues
As a 38-year resident of the shores of Denise Lake, it was with interest that I read the recent letter in support of Fish and Game's plan to poison the lake with rotenone. There were statements made however which ranged from misleading to simply factually inaccurate and warrant clarification.

Photo feature: Pomp, circumstance and a high five
Soldotna High School assistant principal Tony Graham high-fives Josh Harvey as SoHi's class of 2010 makes its way to the floor of the Soldotna Sports Center on Tuesday night. Graham greeted each graduate with the salute. The Clarion will publish a special graduation section on June 7.

Before Gulf spill, Shell touted Arctic drilling safety
Shell Oil executives assured Alaska legislators earlier this year that they could drill safely offshore in the state's pristine Arctic waters. A representative for the oil giant also blasted federal environmental regulators for what he described as an overly cumbersome permitting process.

Chevron platform down for 'several weeks'
Chevron's Platform Anna in Cook Inlet will likely remain out of operation for "several weeks" according to a company spokesperson.

Grant Aviation taking off to more locations
New Grant Aviation flight offerings are departing out of Kenai Peninsula airports, giving local consumers another option to take to the skies.

Juneau trying to get young people to stay
JUNEAU (AP) -- Around 250 students from Juneau's three high schools gathered May 6 at Centennial Hall to brainstorm ways to make Juneau more appealing to the younger generation.

Grants help residents protect their property from wildfires
In the summer of 2008, Linda Twenhofel, a local FireWise team member, started offering free money to Kenai Peninsula Borough residents.

Borough boosts school funding
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was granted an additional $2 million in funding for the next fiscal year after the borough assembly approved a resolution on Tuesday night.

Terry Jo Hardcastle
Kenai resident Terry Jo Hardcastle, 50, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from melanoma cancer.

A budget process that makes sense
The City of Soldotna is currently considering a budget for next year that came together in what some might say is an unusual process in government.

Around the Peninsula

Pools announce schedules

Around the Peninsula

Bridge club welcomes new players

SoHi, Kenai girls advance to semis
With wins on Thursday, Soldotna and Kenai Central's girls advance to the Northern Lights Conference semifinals today at the Kenai Sports Complex. SoHi, which blanked Palmer 6-0, takes on Colony, which beat Nikiski 3-1, at 11 a.m. After a 7-1 victory over Grace Christian, Kenai takes on Wasilla at 3 p.m. The Warriors downed Skyview 4-0.

NLC soccer tourney begins
Beautiful facility. Beautiful game.

Jeff's call: Challenging track assumptions
My assumption is that high school track and field has become watered down in the last 10 years or so. A quick look at some results casts serious doubt on my assumption.

Area track athletes chase state titles
Kenai Central's Lierin Flanagan already helped set a state relay record -- now her sights are set on an individual one.

Soldotna softball clinches berth to state tourney
The Soldotna softball team clinched a berth to state by defeating Skyview 15-0 in three innings on Thursday at the Soldotna Little League fields.

All 4 Peninsula teams lose
The Northern Lights Conference Northern Division boys swept the South in the opening round of the NLC tournament on Thursday in Kenai. Palmer, Wasilla, Grace Christian and Colony all moved one step closer to the state tournament while Kenai Central, Soldotna, Nikiski and Homer saw their seasons end.

'Robin Hood' lost in the forest
'Robin Hood'

Children exhibit wildlife depictions in Peeps show
Budding artists and perhaps freshly-hatched birders will have their art on display at the Blazy Mall this week for the Peeps Art and Photo Exhibit.

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Faithful worship vital to spiritual growth
Recent press releases on the length of life for men in Iceland took many by surprise.

Church Briefs

First Baptist Church in Kenai plans Vacation Bible School

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Course greening up at Birch Ridge
While the temperatures have yet to warm up, things sure have been greening up. The rains have been beneficial with everything looking fantastic. Work crews just completed plugging and seeding the greens. I expect to see these in fine shape in a few short weeks.

Bird Homestead kicks off golfing season
Spring came early and so did the golfing season. Bird Homestead Golf Course, 11.8 miles out Funny River Road, is now open and looking good. We opened about two weeks early this year thanks to an early spring and light winter. The course is shaping up nicely and the greens are coming along.

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