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As we say goodbye to 2011, many of us have been taking the opportunity to reflect on the year that was. For those of us in the media, that means looking back at the biggest stories of the past year. Around the world, quite often, those stories judged to be the biggest frequently involve the greatest...

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 12:47pm

The phrase “Happy Holidays” has beenused so much over the last several weeks that frankly we are having a hard time remembering what exactly we are supposed to be celebrating. It’s something you are almost expected to say when finishing a phone call, bidding a friend farewell or when signing t...

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 3:36pm

Editor's note: For several years on Christmas Eve, the Peninsula Clarion has reprinted this famous editorial written by Francis P. Church. It first appeared in the New York Sun on Sept. 21, 1897. We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing ...

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 12:23pm

This month we are launching our second annual "Laptops for Foster Youth Drive." Since last year we have matched roughly 70 youth with good, late model used and new laptops. Youth have used these laptops for school, to transport pictures of their families and friends, and to lead a life that more clo...

Tue, 12/20/2011 - 12:44pm

It’s become cliché — a phrase for inspirational posters — but only because it rings true: “Team” is an acronym for “Together, Everyone Achieves More.” Phrased another way, perhaps from another inspirational poster, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We can point to numero...

Sun, 12/18/2011 - 1:06am

When working together, families, schools and communities can successfully make a difference to improve student learning.  Soldotna High School Family and Consumer Science students have had unique opportunities this semester to visit with local businesses and individuals.  Students were abl...

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 2:08pm

If you've flipped through a newspaper, watched TV or listened to the radio recently, chances are, you've heard the message: Don't drink and drive this holiday season. We'll repeat it here once more: Don't drink and drive this holiday season. We could mention the physical risks, both to the person wh...

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 2:02pm

A recent report from the school district that student enrollment is expected to continue to decline — by more than 500 students in the next five years — should give Peninsula residents food for thought. While the district expects losses to be spread out across the Peninsula, the number is equal ...

Sun, 12/11/2011 - 1:54pm

Last Tuesday the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard arguments against funding a non-profit organization to repair culverts near anadromous stream crossings. The ordinance sought to fund the Kenai Watershed Forum with $100,000 for those culvert projects critical to fish migration. Two residents t...

Sun, 12/11/2011 - 1:52pm

While the economic challenges facing our state and country remain daunting, we are pleased to see some positive economic news here at home....

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 12:39pm

While some of us take joy in the winter days as a sign our favorite season is just around the corner, the holidays and the dark, cold winter can bring on depression and feelings of hopelessness for others. Because of our unique climate and location, Alaskans are at a much higher risk for seasonal de...

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 12:36pm

December 7, 2011 is the 70th Anniversary of the day World War II began. The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the many other American military installations should never be forgotten by young or old Americans alike. As President Franklin Roosevelt stated in his address to Congress asking for a fo...

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 1:20pm

It seems there is no end to the good news coming out of Cook Inlet these days. For a long time, all we heard about was the decline of the industry that had for so long been the buoy for our area -- oil, gas and energy. That perhaps there weren't the resources left, or that the investment wasn't wort...

Sun, 12/04/2011 - 12:00pm

To David Williams, U.S. Postal Service Inspector General: It has come to our attention that the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General has some suggestions for the way mail is handled in the state of Alaska, specifically the bypass mail program, which allows businesses to ship 1,000-pou...

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 12:42pm

Sometimes it is hard to admit you have a problem. The same could be said for our community and prescription drug abuse. It is not that we don't know such problems exist in the world, but on the Kenai Peninsula? Unfortunately, that is the reality as local law enforcement has told us prescription abus...

Sun, 11/27/2011 - 12:00pm

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