Saturday, February 3, 2007

Reader: Why would we want to repeat disaster?
Gail Phillips’ Jan. 9 editorial “Don’t be alarmed by mine” tries to assure us our state has “responsible and accountable permitting system” to protect our valuable fish and wildlife populations from the proposed Pebble Mine. She is upset Alaska groups such as the Renewable Resource Coalition are trying to create a fisheries refuge in Bristol Bay region ahead of the permitting process.

Kenai chamber awards community members
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is a time to recognize our chamber and community members who make a difference. For each event, we have a list of distinguished sponsors, those who make up the fabric of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, and we would like to thank them: Wells Fargo, XTO Energy, 1st National Bank, Tesoro, Central Peninsula Hospital,Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, ASRC, Agrium, Peterkin Distributors, Arby’s and the Alaskan Lodge.

Trappers code of ethics need to be followed
First, I would like to thank the many people that have called with support and similar problems of dogs trapped ,statewide. This was no isolated incident. On Jan.15, a trapper out with his wife and dog had his dog caught in a trap 75 yards from the upper Kasilof River boat launch.

Education board weighs options in reconfiguring school space
The Kenai Peninsula Borough school board will discuss several options regarding the configuration of schools in Kenai during a work session prior to Monday’s meeting.

Kenai River jam doesn’t move much, still poses flood threat downstream
A large ice jam working its way through the lower Kenai River was poised to make another move downstream Thursday evening, after moving about a quarter mile since Thursday morning.

Rogers goes to trial Monday for killing in Beluga tavern
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Kenai Superior Court on Monday in the murder trial of Shawn Rogers.

Leah O’Reagan-Rose
Longtime peninsula resident Leah O’Reagan-Rose died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. She was 86.

Kids’ safety is all that matters
We’ve all seen it — machines buzzing

A guide to guiding on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Guides provide many valuable services to visitors on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, such as big game guiding and hunter transporting, scenic white-water and flat-water float trips, sport fish angling, campground services, boat drop-offs, air taxi service, canoe rental and drop-off service, wildlife sightseeing, hiking and guided horseback trips. The most popular service is guided sportfishing.

Outdoor Briefs
Online cabin renters will have to waitSubsistence subcommittee to meetAlaska Community Forest grants available

Warm, wet conditions wreak havoc on trails
Recent bouts of rain and continuing warm temperatures have taken their toll on local trails, but there still is some decent skiing to be found, and the snowmachine trails of the high country aren’t bad either.

Event lets ladies take to the trails
Hey ladies, get funky.

Kenai Peninsula Nordic ski trails
· Tsalteshi Trails — Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meetBeekeepers all a buzzKPC council to meetSpaghetti feed fundraiser set to dishCommunity dance slatedBirders flock togetherVolunteers sought for after prom

Most area wrestlers desire upsets
While Homer senior Simeon Daigle will spend today and Saturday at the state wrestling tournament at Chugiak High School trying to avoid an upset, the rest of the Kenai Peninsula’s wrestlers will be trying to cause upsets.

Soldotna hockey tops Colony
Soldotna sophomore Alex Stone scored with 3:19 left in the fourth overtime to lift Soldotna to a 2-1 victory over Colony on Thursday in the first round of the Northern Lights Conference hockey tournament at the Palmer Ice Arena.

Catching a second wind
Have you heard the term “and then I got my second wind?”

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes available for needyKids’ night out plannedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredSoldotna aglow to meetClothes available

Oilers add battery to roster
University of Kansas junior right-handed pitcher Hiarali Garcia will join the Peninsula Oilers this summer. In 2006, Garcia played at Eastern Oklahoma State under current Oilers head coach Aric Thomas. At Eastern Oklahoma State, Garcia was a National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region II selection and a Division I All-Region Second Team pick. Garcia made 12 starts for the Mountaineers and went 6-3 with a 2.58 ERA, allowing 69 hits in 82 2-3 innings. Garcia struck out 89 and walked just 22. Garcia calls Windsor, Ontario, home.

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