Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Labels can be tough to overcome
On July 25 The Clarion ran an in-depth and insightful article about educating students at the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility. The subheading read "Teacher talks working with young criminals." A more accurate and less offensive description would have been to refer the students as Youthful Offenders.

Education issues addressed in thoughtful manner
I would like to extend my appreciation for the leadership Senate President Gary Stevens and House Speaker Mike Chenault showed during the two day discussion on July 22 and 23 with the Advisory Task Force on Higher Education and Career Readiness. Collecting the data, listening to invested partners from the Alaska Departments of Education and Labor to the University of Alaska, private colleges and other educational organizations as well students was no small task. The members at the table kept the level of the discussion positive, solution based and student centered. The obstacles facing our children in their lifelong learning paths can be daunting, but Senator Gary Stevens and Speaker Chenault deserve credit for taking on the issues in a thoughtful, public manner.

Slant twists the facts
I'm still smarting from the mis-information spread by Matt Towery in this morning's paper (Clarion, July 27). He is neither an insider nor has an advantage in knowing about the health care issue facing seniors. Where has he been for the last 8 years(that I know of), when seniors in Alaska were being released by their primary care physicians, not being able to go to a "new" doctor and being advised to visit the emergency room at the hospital for everything from a common cold to cancer.

Fisherman grateful for Bristol Bay's bounty
I am one of Bristol Bay's thankful commercial fishermen who caught nearly 30 million valuable red salmon this year to provide food for many people throughout the world. The price for Bristol Bay reds increased in value this year, igniting jobs and over $170 million to Alaska's and America's economy. This year farmed salmon in Chile was infested with a parasite. Let's protect the world's last great wild healthy salmon source, and not risk it with a 40-year-Pebble-Mine that will bulldoze their clean water spawning habitat and replace it with toxic waste forever. Enjoy Bristol Bay's heart-helping 'superfood' as my ancestors have for thousands of years. Join the many Alaskans and Americans who enjoy and care about Bristol Bay!

Help with stray dog appreciated
On Nov. 3, 2002, we planted roots in Soldotna, and being highly allergic to dog and cat dander, our new journey did not include owning pets. On July 11 about 7 p.m., we thought a wolf had entered our yard but it was a Malamute with no collar. It walked slowly either because it was in pain or old. He stared at us and looked around our yard then marked a spot he liked near our shed and set his body down. During the week, it moved to different spots in our yard, but never seemed dangerous.

Report: Gun dispute ends in death; McGee reportedly shot over payment
Brendan McGee was shot in the head with a shotgun at close range during an argument over a $500 payment for a gun, according to court documents filed this weekend.

All-America City again?: City of Kenai preps for entry in 2011 award contest
The City of Kenai is getting all spruced up and ready to apply for a 2011 All- America City Award.

Economy slows EPA carbon capping
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski failed in her bid in June to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions.

Koch applies for Mat-Su manager job
Kenai city manager Rick Koch has applied to be considered for the position of Matanuska-Susitna Borough manager.

Photo Feature: What's up doc?

McGee killed over $500 gun
Brendan McGee was shot in the head with a shotgun at close range following an argument over a $500 payment for a gun, according to court documents filed this weekend.

Ungulate sports unusual hooves
When Sheila Bierdeman rode down Kotsina Street in Nikiski on Wednesday night, she didn't expect to see someone wearing elf shoes in late July. Let alone a moose.

Study offers way forward to meet pediatric care needs
With children projected to become the largest segment of the population by 2020, the two largest hospitals in Alaska are collaborating to bring the best pediatric care to the state.

Assembly should say 'yes' to MRI enclosure
A two-phase expansion and renovation project that began at South Peninsula Hospital five years ago is complete. Almost. The only detail left to finish is construction of an enclosure for the hospital's new MRI.

Around the Peninsula

Football registration continues

Around the Peninsula

Community health fair slated

Photo Feature: Here's looking at you

Sports Briefs

Kenai volleyball to meet today

Oilers game changes
The Peninsula Oilers had their opening game at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., moved to Wednesday.

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