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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Little Goes a Long Way

Poor fishing not just an off year
So, another king season on the mighty Kenai River has come and gone. If you've lived here for a while or have ever fished the river for its genetically unique Chinook, it is time for some questions . . .

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.

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!

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.

Questions remain with CPH decisions
Thank you to Tom Boedeker and to Ryan Smith for their efforts on Sound Off (7/29/10) to try to explain the issues concerning changes to the governance of Central Peninsula Hospital.

City of Kenai cleaning out its closets
An inflatable raft, an iPod, a bongo drum and a four-story fire training building -- those are just a few of the items being sold by the City of Kenai in a sealed bid auction starting next week.

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.

What side of the fence?: Comment period on Kasilof dunes fencing project extended
The public comment period for the Kasilof dunes fencing project has been extended amid confusion over the terms of the comment period and disputes over the location of fencing. The Department of Natural Resources has received only nine comments so far.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Community health fair slated

Around the Peninsula

School open houses set

Photo Feature: Here's looking at you

Sports Brief: Oilers start NBC play today
The Peninsula Oilers' first National Baseball Congress World Series game will be played today against the Wichita Elite Sluggers at 4:30 p.m. ADT in Wichita, Kan. The game will be broadcast on 1140 AM and over the internet at www.radiokenai.com. The pre-game show begins at 4:10 p.m. ADT.

Sports Briefs

Kenai volleyball to meet today

Kenai Golf Report: Tee box enlarging projects scheduled to begin soon at Kenai Golf Course
Hello, golfers! It's official now -- August is here and summer is on its way out. Those very welcome glimpses of sunshine have not happened nearly often enough, but I have managed to use every one of them wisely and hope that you have too.

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