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Monday, November 15, 2010

Half a mine better than whole
As a former gold miner/claims evaluator and mining consultant, I suggest that the size of the Pebble mine project be cut in half. I don't see the need to build the world's largest open pit mine at the headwaters of the world's largest salmon producing rivers -- especially when the size of the project could be cut in half reducing the probability of a major disaster. The project is so big that if it ever did get into production it would lower the world's price of copper and gold. This would reduce the state's future royalties and the mine's profitability. Why not save some copper and gold for future generations?

Skyview High School says thanks to lots of help
Hosting the Region III Volleyball Tournament is a huge job and by all reports, we succeeded in providing an outstanding experience for those who played in or attended the tournament. We were able to be warm, hospitable and excellent because we are blessed with a very supportive community. We are grateful to all the sponsors and helpers listed below.

Swimmers thank local businesses
The Kenai Central High School Swim/Dive Team Booster Club would like to send out a gracious and sincere thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who made donations to the team this season. Your generous contributions were greatly appreciated, and once again, the local area stepped forward when asked, to help out high school sports. We thank you for assisting us in a very memorable and successful season.

Med bills shouldn't cost a home
Many bankruptcies are forced on good, solid citizens who are dealing with life and death medical issues, and are left with enormous bills after an illness. In Alaska, an individual is entitled to a homestead exemption on their principal residence, but the value of the homestead exemption may not exceed $54,000. (Section 09.38.010(a).)

Call it an 'inconvenience' fee
I stopped by the Borough building in Soldotna to pay my property taxes via credit/bank card not knowing there is an additional fee of 2.5 percent of your property tax total for using your credit/bank card! I actually had a difficult time telling the cashier a simple "thank you." It came out along the lines of "thank you, I think."

Definition of 'Discrimination'
Websters (1931 edition) Discriminate; to distinguish; make or observe difference between; To favor one person or group over another . . .

City makes wish list: Well house upgrades, library, Birch Street signal top Soldotna's capital priorities
The City of Soldotna has its sights set on 10 capital improvement projects that are legislative priorities for fiscal year 2012, and its eyes on federal and state sources for the funding.

Uncertainty hangs over state's resources
An air of uncertainty and mixed signals hangs over Alaska's natural resource-based economy.

All fun and games: Soldotna library participates in National Gaming Day
Amid giggles, groans and cheers, participants of National Game Day at the Joyce K. Carver Public Library got hands-on with a somewhat dying pastime: board games.

Photo feature: Seeing stars
Challenger Learning Center president and CEO Emeritus Larry Porter is a silhouette against the surface of the Magic Planet, a rotating spherical projection unit the center unveiled to the public Friday night during a center "Star Party." The device is a learning tool the center can use to illustrate everything from global weather patterns to planetary astronomy. The question most people asked after seeing the unit in action was, "Where can I get one?"

Paul and Pamela Trissel
Memorial services are planned for Wasilla residents Pastor Paul J. Trissel and Pamela A. Trissel, who died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in a vehicle collision in Nikiski.

John Joseph Tri
Kasilof resident John Joseph Tri passed away at his parents' home in Kasilof Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, after battling small cell cancer for 14 months. He was 37.

Betty Jane Orth
Longtime Soldotna resident Betty Jane Orth passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital with her family by her side. She was 83.

Here's hoping the turkeys stay on the truck
We are excited to have heard last week of plans from Buccaneer Alaska LLC to bring a jack-up drilling rig to Cook Inlet by next summer.

Alaska needs to think for the future
Should our 50-year-old state accept federal assistance?

Shooting the basketball, increasing your range
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.

Snow problem
Just a bit over a week ago I checked the weather forecast and noted that the experts had decided we were in for some white stuff. No problem. We were way overdue for a small dump so I wasn't worried. My studs were on rims and all I had to do was drop by the shop for a quick NASCAR-type change out and I'd be rolling.

Around the Peninsula

Samaritan's Purse an Operation Christmas Child collection point

Around the Peninsula

New home for Soldotna Toastmasters

Community

Births

Invite ends in 3-way tie: SoHi nips SkyHi in dual
Even before it was dark, the Stars shined Saturday.

Parity hits prep hockey : With Homer's improvement, close games should be norm
If early scores are any indication, there will be plenty of close high school hockey games on the central Kenai Peninsula this season.

Sports Briefs

Nikiski takes 4th at ACS

Kenai sweeps
The Kenai Central hockey team went on the road to Anchorage to record a pair of nonconference victories on Friday and Saturday.

Every athlete should walk away a better person
The sole point of high school basketball is not to make the NBA. The sole point of high school swimming is not to make the Olympics. There are so many more reasons to participate in something than just to "go somewhere" with it. I swim, and I know it's not going to take me anywhere, but I can still list a thousand reasons why I participate. If it was true that sports were only for the people who intended to go somewhere with them, if the only basketball players were the ones who intended the make the NBA, high school sports would not exist.

Around the District

School board to meet

Photo: K-Beach celebrates Veterans Day

Homer High brings greenhouse to life
HOMER, Alaska -- There may be snow on the ground and temperatures may be dropping, but inside the 50-foot-by-25-foot greenhouse behind Homer High School, everything is green.

Around Campus: Web registration for public open
If the priority registration period for admitted, degree-seeking students is any indication, KPC's upcoming spring semester enrollments will again see growth. Online registration for the general public opened this morning at 12:01 a.m. and it will remain open until the first day of classes on Jan. 10.

School of the Week: Kenai Alternative
Kenai Alternative High School uses fresh, new approaches to instruction while maintaining high academic standards and rigor.

Brown Bears shut out Avalanche
The Kenai River Brown Bears topped the Alaska Avalanche of Palmer 5-0 on Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center to stop a two-game losing streak.

SoHi skaters take a pair from Juneau
Crimson Bears hockey coach Dave McKenna said he wanted his team to face difficult competition this season in preparation for the playoffs, and Juneau-Douglas got exactly that this weekend.

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