Saturday, February 5, 2011

Why so many in jail?
From what I read, it seems our jails are overflowing with some very young adults. Sounds about right. From my own observations, I certainly did notice the sheer number of boys from our old and present neighborhood that have gone to jail here on the Peninsula.

Road building and mining two different things
In response to public concern about the impact to salmon of a possible Chuitna coal mine, Tyonek Native Corporation engineer John McClellan claimed that it was quite common to mine through a salmon stream and that salmon habitat restoration was commonly successful. As an example, he cited a restoration project at Tern Lake, near the 'Y' on the Sterling Highway. He said when the Highway Department rebuilt the road, they mined through a salmon stream and restored it on the south side of the road.

'Green' technology not necessarily quiet
I read the Dec. 28 article on wind turbines ("Keeping the lights on: Sustainable energy initiatives pop up on the peninsula") with great interest, as I have a neighbor who installed one last year.

Photo feature: Cool!
Mattie Farrell, right, cools her heels and more in an ice sculpture at the Soldotna Visitors Center on Thursday afternoon. Her mom Tammy, sister Karmen and dad Tom, not pictured, joined in the fun. The sculpture, by Ben Firth, was created for last weekend's Peninsula Winter Games.

Sound fish management supported: Kenai council resolution to be shared at Board of Fish meeting
The Kenai City Council at its meeting this week passed a resolution supporting equitable, biology-based management of upper Cook Inlet fisheries.

Soldotna police provide means for drug disposal
Forget flushing your unwanted prescription medications down the toilet to keep them out of your childrens' curious hands. No more following the convoluted steps outlined on PSA commercials for disposing of those painkillers you never used after undergoing knee surgery.

Council extends manager's contract
Kenai's city council voted to amend the extend the city manager's contract by adding three years to it.

Trapper Harrison
Lifelong Alaskan, Mr. Trapper Harrison, 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, due to natural causes at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Helping to make a community
When you live in a great community for any length of time, and when you really begin to identify with that community, you start thinking of ways you can contribute to keep it great.

Fish fight
When the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets in Anchorage later this month to consider regulation changes, one of the hottest issues will be personal-use dipnet fishing in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers for sockeye salmon.

Perils of Polly: On a mission to see coati and toucans
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Her perils continue in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Senior sleds: Vintage snowmachine club embraces the oldies
Starting a racing team isn't usually cheap. At the highest levels, team owners like Richard Childress or Roger Penske spend millions of dollars on parts and labor just to get their multi-million dollar automobiles to the track.

Big Day planned: Birders glass in the field to add to the list
I believe there might be some folks out there who are interested in the burgeoning hobby, pastime or sport (if you will) of birdwatching, but who might be holding back due to a fear there is too much to learn in regard to the specific jargon which it might take to be fluent in this activity. I want those of you who feel that way to put those fears aside -- I'll explain everything in the context of this short article -- you can thank me later.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai park planning meeting coming

Kardinals, Stars advance to NSC semis
PALMER -- Colony head coach Jamie Smith said he felt pretty good about his team's performance Thursday. The Knights were physical, without taking a ton of penalties. Colony pressured the Kenai Central zone, and had a number of quality opportunities on net. But Kenai Central took advantage of a pair of quick Morgan Cunningham bursts and used solid goaltending to score a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colony during the first day of the North Star Conference tournament at the MTA Palmer Ice Arena.

Juneau-Douglas rips Kardinals
Juneau-Douglas built an 11-point lead through eight minutes and never looked back in dismantling the Kenai Central girls basketball team 64-24 on the second day of the 2011 Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout Tournament on Thursday at Dimond High School.

Church Briefs

Build your marriage

Develop a blind eye and a deaf ear
In his book, "Lectures To My Students," the still highly regarded nineteenth century minister, C.H. Spurgeon, wrote: "I have one blind eye and one deaf ear and they are the best ear and eye that I have." This trainer of ministers was simply passing on the advice of Solomon written long before him: "Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken" (Ecclesiastes 7:21).

Bears rookie hits his stride: Frere collects 10 points over final 6 games of road trip
With each missed shot, each deflection, each save, Alex Frere wondered when the goals would come.

Chase for playoffs heats up
The Kenai River Brown Bears would qualify for the postseason if it started now, but coach Oliver David is well aware it's too early to start printing playoff tickets.

Newby takes grand stage: Soldotna graduate on tap to throw in Caribbean Series
Soldotna graduate Joey Newby is on the Puerto Rico roster for the Caribbean Series and most likely will get a chance to pitch this weekend.

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