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Monday, May 31, 2010

Study of Pebble effects long overdue
In the May 23 Peninsula Clarion, an article titled: "Pebble supporters protest [legislative] study," attested to what many have believed for a long time. The Pebble Partnership would like to have the Governor, Alaska Legislature, and all Alaskans remain ignorant of the dire implications of the Pebble Mine, should it be permitted.

Animal shelters thank Redoubt Elementary School
Thank you for your donations and interest in helping animals in our communities. Your generous donations of food, toys, and collars will help animals adopted or in need.

Term limits a healthy idea
The Clarion has dusted off an old argument against term limits in their May 23 editorial. Whenever a person's favorite candidate is limited by a term limits law, the term limits law is what is at fault. Term limits, as a concept, is a two-edged sword. It limits both the candidates you love and those you love to hate.

Nice weather, slow fishing
Ninilchik was a good place to go for a walk this weekend, at least -- that was the conclusion that many visitors who toted rods and reels or clam guns and buckets were likely to be heard saying on Sunday.

CPH extends contract
Though Central Peninsula Hospital leaders say they remain open to all governance structure options, the nonprofit company that governs the hospital recently signed a deal with an advisory firm that has financial incentive to push in certain directions.

District books get good grades
The school district was awarded a certificate of excellence last week from an international school officials organization for their fiscal reporting.

Kenai trail project shut down
The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Friday issued a cease and desist order to a non-profit outfit doing improvements to a trail in Old Town Kenai.

Ferry or tour boat? Tour operators want to know
When is a ferry also a tour boat?

Photo feature: Remembering
Marita Wolverton decorates her husband's grave at the Kenai cemetery Friday at the onset of the Memorial Day weekend. "He loved flowers," she said. James N. Wolverton Jr. served during the Vietnam era and was also a member of the Alaska State Guard (now the Alaska State Defense Force). "We do need to remember our vets," Marita Wolverton said. "I think we're doing a better job of that now with the guys coming back from the Middle East than we did coming back from Vietnam, though." A Memorial Day observance is planned for 11 a.m. today at the cemetery, with another to follow at 1 p.m. at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.

1 killed in Sterling Highway wreck
A Saturday morning wreck between Homer and Anchor Point on the Sterling Highway involving four vehicles sent four people to the hospital and left one of them dead.

Memorial Day weekend a time to honor war dead by celebrating life
Of all our American holidays, Memorial Day is perhaps the most contradictory. In tourist communities like Homer, the Memorial Day weekend is considered the traditional start of the season. On the Homer Spit and all over the Kenai Peninsula, shops and cafes closed since Labor Day reopen. We'll fire up the barbecues, fish for salmon and get our gardens in. We'll celebrate warm days and the end of a bitter winter.

More to day than fishing, barbecues
Although it's what many people on the Kenai Peninsula associate it with, Memorial Day weekend isn't just about fishing and barbecues. It's a time to remember those who have died in battle for this country.

Good fitness goals are more than mind over matter
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

The pipes, the pipes are calling
People might say they like listening to bagpipes. But I suspect many of them are politely lying.

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Free safety training scheduled for commercial fishermen

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Womens' self-defense class taught

Around the Peninsula

Free safety training scheduled for commercial fishermen

Soldotna takes out Mariners
Soldotna answered Homer's seven-run fourth inning with nine runs in the fifth to lead the Stars past the visiting Mariners 13-9 in Northern Lights Conference play on Saturday. The game concluded the regular season for both teams.

Stars nab 2nd place in tourney
Soldotna ended its baseball season with an 18-5 win over Homer on Friday and a 7-4 loss to Houston on Saturday at the Houston Invitational Tournament. The Hawks won the round-robin tourney, finishing 3-0. SoHi went 2-1. The Stars finished 7-8 overall on the year.

SoHi girls get 6th place
The Soldotna soccer team took a step forward at the state soccer tournament Friday in Juneau by defeating Wasilla 2-1 in overtime for the first state win in program history.

Jeff's call: Notes on state track
n Lierin Flanagan's state record-setting time of 55.95 seconds in the 400 meters last Saturday moved her up to the 52nd-best time in the nation heading into this weekend, according to athletic.net. With that time, Flanagan would have placed fifth in the 400 relay in the girls Class 1-2-3A meet.

Twins split with East in home opener
The American Legion Twins opened up their season on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park by splitting with East.

Twins set for season
A busy summer at Coral Seymour Memorial Park will commence today when the American Legion Twins host East in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader.

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