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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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 . . .

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?

Where's the 'We' in 'I'?
Quote from Lisa Murkowski in the Peninsula Clarion Tuesday 9, 2010: "I think so much about representation is trusting me to do what I think is the right thing."

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).)

Kasilof Special Use is bad idea
Rahm Emanuel is quoted as telling Pres. Obama, "Don't ever let a good crisis go to waste." The state Department of Natural Resources has embraced this concept in their unsupported approach to form the Kasilof Special Use Area.

News Brief: Quake rattles Peninsula
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Kenai Peninsula around 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

Jack-up rig $60 million closer
An Alaska state agency has given preliminary approval to the financing of $60 million of the costs for a company to bring a jack-up rig to Cook Inlet to drill exploration wells.

BP's inspection program gets OK from state
State officials said they are reassured that BP is on top of its North Slope pipeline integrity and safety inspection and maintenance program following meetings with the company Nov 8.

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.

Chasing rainbows: Fish and Game follows Kenai River trout movements
The bow of Tony Eskelin's boat sinks down into the glacial blue waters of the Kenai River as he cuts the throttle and reaches for the large antennae mounted to the side of the boat's center console.

Kasilof special use comment period extended
Officials from the Department of Natural Resources are extending the public comment period on a plan to create a special use area near the mouth of the Kasilof River.

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

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

Around the Peninsula

Prostate cancer group meets

Around the Peninsula

Samaritan's Purse an Operation Christmas Child collection point

Pet Photo: Store Manager

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.

Around the District

School board to meet

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.

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

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.

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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