Friday, January 25, 2008

Business Briefs
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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.

Increased restrictions a bad idea
Arguments, like An Outdoor View's for further restriction of "commercial" fishing for the sake of increased sportfishing opportunity are poorly considered for a number of reasons.

Flyers irk reader
I am offended that the members of the Ron Paul presidential campaign have so little respect for my privacy.

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

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

Palmer column should be renamed
I do not care for Mr. (Les) Palmer's bias viewpoints on fishery management and allocation. As another native son of Puget Sound, it became apparent that development and ultimately disregard for habitat would advance the ruin of some of the most productive West Coast fisheries. King salmon over 100 pounds spawned in the upper Elwah River before it was dammed by a local paper company.

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

Voters can clear confusion
The Palin administration's response to the Clean Water Initiatives is disturbing. KTUU news said the administration worked hard behind the scenes and offered stricter guidelines for the Pebble Mine in exchange for dropping the petition drive.

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.

Homer Eagle Lady safe after fire
From her office upstairs at Alaska Ferry Adventures at the end of the Homer Spit, Sandy Rollins has a clear view of the cabin of Jean Keene, Homer's Eagle Lady.

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.

Reprint: Publisher recalls 2008 Alaska tide books
Due to a formatting error in the 2008 tide books produced by Alaska Tide Book Company in Soldotna, the company has recalled all three editions of the book.

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.

School district works on budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) has finished the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2009.

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.

Road ordinance put off yet again
After approving major alterations to a long-debated measure meant to revise how subdivision roads are built, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly once again voted to postpone a final vote, this time until Feb. 5.

Council picks airport site
Billie Gillilan will be 88 years old when she has her next birthday, and even though she and her husband organized the Soldotna Senior Center more than 21 years ago, after the outcome of Wednesday's Soldotna City Council meeting, she says she doesn't want to be buried here.

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.

Tommy Earl Ellison
Soldotna resident Tommy Earl Ellison died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 37.

Gregory Glen Frostad
Kenai resident Gregory Glen Frostad died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at the home of a friend in Kenai. He was 50.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Misner
Former peninsula resident Elizabeth "Betty" Misner died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at her home in Olympia, Wash. She was 87.

Another reason to love Alaska: Winter Games
It may be cold outside, but part of being an Alaskan is learning to enjoy winter to the fullest.

Warm, wet weather takes toll on ski trails
Snowfall predicted for the next couple days is much needed, as local groomers have found the icy trails left behind after last weekend's rain and temperatures in the 40s equally hard to cope with.

Kenai Peninsula gulls are worth a second look
Our local winter landscape often seems austere and lifeless, especially those vistas that take in the Cook Inlet and the lower Kenai River Flats on a somber, gray day. The Kenai Flats are vast and seemingly empty in winter if not for the occasional lone raven glimpsed and heard crying in the distance, merely emphasizing the area's bleakness.

T-200 will cover a different route after '07 wildfire
They say it takes two things to draw mushers to a race: a sweet purse and good trails, and the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race has made a habit of annually having both.

Around the Peninsula
Winter games planned

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

Nikiski Relays moved to Skyview
Due to trail conditions at the Nikiski Community Trails, the Nikiski Relays have been moved to Tsalteshi Trails, which are located behind Skyview High School. The Skyview Relays will start at 11 a.m. Saturday with the girls race. The boys will follow at 12:45 p.m.

Ketchikan girls, boys sweep Homer
The Ketchikan girls and boys basketball teams swept nonconference games at Homer on Thursday night. The girls notched a 58-43 victory over the Mariners, while the boys completed the sweep with a 72-65 victory.

Art Briefs
Clay show entries sought

What's Happening
Events and Exhibits

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."

'Cloverfield' has critic guessing right up to the end

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

Blessings often flow from the most basic things
Two thousand people gathered in New York City recently to remember and celebrate an event that happened there one 150 ago. World Magazine reported the reason for the celebration as follows:

Church Briefs
Gallatin to speak at Orthodox church

Oilers sign 3 from Fresno State
The Peninsula Oilers have signed three players from Fresno State University shortstop Danny Muno, outfielder Steve Detwiler and catcher Jake Johnson.

Peterson wins classic race
For the second straight week, Skyview skiing coach Kent Peterson won at the Tsalteshi Race Series on Tuesday evening at Tsalteshi Trails, which are located behind Skyview High School.

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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