An Outdoor View: Looking back

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:21

Excerpts from “An Outdoor View” columns that are at least as true today as they were when I wrote them:

Familiarity breeds content, Sept. 1994

I’m finding that I don’t look at old-timers the way I used to. I used to think they stuck with their old fishing and...

Learn the basics of tuning up a bike for spring

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:21

When pulling mountain bikes out for the first time this spring, remember the ABCs: air, brakes, chain.

With the spring setting in and the ice clear from most of the roads, many Kenai Peninsula residents will be jumping on their bikes for the inaugural rides of the season. However,...

Voices of Faith: Putting your faith on the line

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:13

Once again, my e-mail program had started presenting problems. “Error occurred” kept appearing on my computer screen: not an encouraging sign since e-mail is my primary vehicle to send this weekly column to more than one hundred newspapers in the United States and Canada.

A call to the...

Church news

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:17

Our Lady of Perpetual Help sets a place at the table

A Place at the Table, a new outreach ministry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church, will offer a hot meal and fellowship, and blood pressure checks to anyone interested. The meal is every fourth Sunday of the...

Alaska's farmers hoping for support from Legislature

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:05

Dear Alaska Legislators,

As we hope you are aware, stubborn self-reliant farmers and young entrepreneurs from Homer to Sterling to Nikiski and Tyonek are producing more food for citizens of all ages, on all sides of the political spectrum, with each passing year. At last count, Kenai...

Watch for bicyclists on the road

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:42

It’s a sure sign of spring — street sweepers have been at work around the central Kenai Peninsula, beginning the task of removing the winter’s accumulation of sand and gravel from roads, bike paths and sidewalks.

And with mild temperatures and sunny days, peninsula drivers already are...

Vermillion remanded to jail

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 21:17

Paul Vermillion was remanded to jail in Kenai on Thursday after having pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2013 death of Genghis Muskox in Cooper Landing.

At the remand hearing at the Kenai Courthouse, the Anchorage man’s defense attorney, Andrew Lambert, told the court a letter...

Bill only shifts costs

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:25

While the Senate says that we need to reduce the size and scope of government, they do not say that SB207 (regarding the Teachers’ Retirement System) does nothing to reduce the size and scope of government. SB207 simply shifts a higher portion of the TRS required contribution levels to all...

Homeless Connect appreciates community support

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:24

On behalf of the Committee, The Kenai Peninsula Project Homeless Connect would like to honor the approximate 54 volunteers that participated in the 5th annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) on January 28, 2016. The day was a huge success (serving 123 clients) and couldn’t have been accomplished...

Kenai Central soccer sweeps Homer

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 02:04

Sam Draves was making the saves Wednesday evening at Kenai Central High School.

Unfortunately, Draves — the Homer girls soccer goalkeeper — could only keep up the display for so long against a powerful Kenai attack.

Draves stood tall in the goal with a scoreless first half of play...