Thursday, January 24, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business?

Reader remembers a kind soul
I went to Sterling elemetary with Tommy Ellison.

Thanks for the ride
On Saturday, Danny Seavey and his crew came out to Solid Rock to give dog sled rides to the kids participating in the statewide FAS family camp. This event is such a huge hit with the kids. They talk about it all year long! The part the kids don't know about is that the Seaveys are deep in the middle of race season right now and it's not the most convenient time for them but they willingly do it anyway with big smiles and lots of enthusiasm.

Reader disagrees with viewpoint
Mr. Lewis' recent (Jan. 22) attempt to justify trophy hunting was a study in irony.

Fisherman encourages input
If you are an avid sport, personal-use or commercial fisherman, there is an upcoming event that will afford you the opportunity to be heard by the Board of Fisheries on issues affecting the Kenai Peninsula and Upper Cook Inlet. Oral testimony will be taken on Wednesday, at the Soldotna Sports Center conference room beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening

Nikishka Beach access denied
A right of public access to Cook Inlet's shoreline over Nikishka Beach Road that has existed since before statehood is in jeopardy from a ship loading company's federally mandated security plans.

Fish board hearing slated
With 286 proposals on the docket for the Board of Fisheries (BOF) Upper Cook Inlet meeting, user group representatives expect hundreds from all facets of fishing to descend upon Anchorage beginning Feb. 1.

T-200 goes international
As the Tustumena 200 has grown over the years, so too has the diversity of the field of entrants. No longer do mushers hail only from the Kenai Peninsula. Now entrants come from all over Alaska, the Lower 48 and beyond, as is the case this year with mushers signed up from Norway, Italy and two from Belgium.

Drug discount card use grows
Since launching roughly six months ago, a drug discount card program adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough is seeing a fair bit of use by residents who are lacking medical insurance to cover prescriptions, according to data collected by the National Association of Counties.

Soldotna teen dies in auto accident
Medical officials at Providence Alaska Medical Center pronounced a Soldotna boy dead at 9 a.m. Tuesday after he was involved in a fatal car accident at Mile 18 Kalifornsky Beach Road Monday night.

And for something completely different ...
If you'll be down in Kasilof for the start of the Tustumena 200 on Saturday, stop by the Kasilof Mercantile at 4 p.m. for the spaghetti eating contest. The reigning spaghetti king, Joseph Robertia, has invited one and all to take a chance at knocking him off his throne.

Winter Games heating up
There may only be a few days left of the Peninsula Winter Games, but that doesn't mean things are dying down.

It's a race, but not everyone's goal is to win
As mushers and their teams take to the trail this weekend for the 24th running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, spectators should remember that while it is a race, not everyone in the competition is in it to win it.

Douglas Arthur Keating Sr.
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Douglas Arthur Keating Sr. died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Bellevue, Wash. He was 72.

Ludvick 'Sonny' B. Janota
Former Kenai resident Ludvick "Sonny" B. Janota died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, in Oregon. He was 76.

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Around the Peninsula
Winter games planned

How to start a gourmet club
1. A gourmet group is typically made up of half-dozen to a dozen people or three to six couples (or however many you can comfortably accommodate at the dining table).

Gourmet clubs offer good food, fun times
When I lived in Austin, Texas, I belonged to a neighborhood club called the Southern Living Gourmet Group. Our group wasn't very large and we didn't have many rules, but when it came down to cooking, eating and enjoying the company of other people with similar interests, those get-togethers were some of the best times I ever had. When I learned that Bob and Ginny Heidrich of Hilton Head Island belonged to the Couples Gourmet Club, I wanted to learn more.

SoHi sweeps Nikiski
The Soldotna boys basketball team jumped out to a 15-point lead after eight minutes and never looked back in defeating visiting Nikiski, 83-42, in non-conference action on Tuesday night.

Bulldogs top Mariners
Zach Alkire recorded a hat trick and visiting Nikiski used a trio of second-period goals to defeat Homer, 6-2, in non-conference action on Tuesday.

SoHi girls top Nikiski
Paige Blackburn scored a team-high 12 points in leading Soldotna past visiting Nikiski, 52-25, on Tuesday night.

'Cloverfield' has critic guessing right up to the end

What's Happening
Events and Exhibits

Poet's Corner: Relentless Heroes
In loving memory of LifeGuard N141LG crew Lance Brabham, Cameron Carter and John Stumpf

Art Briefs
Clay show entries sought

Finding the right words
Mark Twain, the American writer of "Huck Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" fame, once wrote: "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning."

Kenai River drops 5th straight at Topeka
Corey Jendras scored a pair of second-period goals and assisted on another in the third as the Topeka Roadrunners overcame a one-goal deficit to beat visiting Kenai River, 5-1, on Wednesday in front of 1,059 fans at the Kansas ExpoCentre.

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