Friday, December 12, 2008

Student: Wellness program doesn't work
I am a high school student, and as I came across the article concerning the school wellness program (Clarion, Dec. 5) which removes certain sugar products from school to address the health issues in children rising up all over the nation, I was appalled.

Reader: Frank's out of touch
Frank Murkowski returned a few weeks ago to lecture Alaska and the state chamber of commerce about Exxon, the gas line and cruise ships. The former governor forgets that his back-room deals with Exxon and BP nearly cost the state billions of dollars.

Community steps up for agency
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of The LeeShore Center, I would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the many community members, businesses and service agencies who generously donated their time and assistance to our agency during 2008.

Professionalism, heroism emerged during tragedy
Since the tragic events at Central Peninsula Hospital, many stories of skilled response, professionalism and heroism have emerged. I am proud of and awed by the actions of the volunteers, employees, nurses and physicians who were there that day.

Letters get the best of reader
Well another letter stating that because you don't agree with Obama you are a racist and by definition guilty of a hate crime. Here's a news flash for you self-righteous liberals who are all about peace, love and tolerance.

Officers receive standing ovation: Commendations awarded by Soldotna City Council
In the words of one resident, tragedies like the shooting spree at Central Peninsula Hospital the day before Thanksgiving don't happen in small towns like Soldotna, and when they occur in big cities, they're forgotten soon after the event.

Hospital: Marchetti fired for performance reasons
Central Peninsula Hospital announced that former employee Joseph Marchetti, the gunman who opened fire on two hospital administrators on Nov. 26, was fired a day earlier for performance reasons.

Photo feature: Splendor of the moon
A nearly full moon rises above the horizon in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. Tonight's full moon will be the largest of the year because the moon's orbit is passing at its closest point to earth. Photo by M. Scott Moon

John Ablard Ardenia Sr.
Alaska Native John Ablard Ardenia Sr. died Friday, Nov. 12, 2008, from a massive heart attack at his home at Lakeside Terrace in Seldovia. He was 70.

Giving kudos to those who lay it on the line
As human beings, there's a quite bit in life we take for granted. Most of us have come to know and expect the comforts of life -- electricity, running water and heat. We have a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep in, schools for our children, roads to get us where we need to go -- shopping, eating and the movies.

An Outdoor View: Bad boys on good machines
I like to watch Formula-One races. I have good memories of riding a Yamaha 175 fast on the abandoned mining roads outside Fairbanks in the late 1960s. I enjoy watching "Pinks" on TV, where losers of quarter-mile drag races lose their cars. I once drooled on a Shelby Cobra. In 1958, a P-51 Mustang did a high-speed pass right over me, maybe 50 feet up, and I could've died happy right then, because I thought nothing would ever be as good as that.

Refuge Notebook: A boreal owl provides an encounter with an elusive species
Although I have conducted research on many interesting species -- striped skunks in Ohio, bobcats in Idaho, wolverines in Montana, leopards in South Africa -- and have conducted or been involved in studies of moose, caribou, brown bears, wolves, coyotes, lynx, marten, bald eagles, trumpeter swans and wood frogs on the Kenai Peninsula, one of my continuing enjoyments of living on the Kenai Peninsula is the anticipation of seeing a species or some animal behavior that I've never seen before. Each day that I am fortunate to spend time outdoors I know there is that possibility.

Around the Peninsula

Dance slated

Seward seeking top 5 slot
Seward's performance at last week's Kachemak Conference tournament is going to be a tough act to follow.

Losing breeds winning?: Wrestlers look to avenge losses at 4A state tourney
Losing in the Northern Lights Conference tournament may have been the best thing that could have happened to a handful of local wrestlers heading into the Class 4A state wrestling championships at Chugiak High School today and Saturday.

Sports Briefs

KMS to host volleyball camp

Christmas movie not ringing any bells
'Four Christmases'

Religion briefs

Church offers Christmas buttons

Why do some insist on calling it Christmas?
We have been immersed in the whirlwind of what one author calls the "Hallowthankmas" season. Beginning with Halloween and lasting two whole months, there is a massive buying of candy and food and the large-scale logisitics operation of moving people and goods. Never have carpets been so clean. Rarely have people been so tired. But some escape the rush and find peace settling on their hearts like the early morning dew on summer's grass. Gratitude fills their very being. Relationships are renewed and celebrated. And even now Christians are getting excited about celebrating one of the holiest holidays of the year -- Christmas.

Brown Bears strike gold in Fairbanks
The Kenai River Brown Bears snapped an eight-game losing streak with a much-needed and well-deserved 3-2, shootout win over the first-place Fairbanks Ice Dogs in North American Hockey League action Thursday night in Fairbanks.

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