Saturday, February 10, 2007

Letter as funny as Taliban
When I first saw Alice Shannon’s letter in the Jan. 29 edition of the Clarion, I thought, “Wow, it’s rare to see such ignorance, bigotry and hatred without having the TV tuned to the Fox News channel.”

Flooding inevitable, but taxpayers shouldn’t pay
Flooding again on the Kenai River? It seems everyone is surprised again.

Putting things in perspective
Alice Shannon of Soldotna had sent in an interesting letter to the editor (Clarion, Jan. 29) on the subject of atheists. Based on the message, it seems that she might have felt right at home in a nation that in the 1930s reinstated school prayer and did other things on her list in response to the perceived moral decay caused by encroaching secularism.

City move ‘mean-spirited’
We disagree with recent changes to the Kenai city’s ordinance on telephonic meeting attendance, as reported in the Clarion Jan. 22. The decision to charge city council members to get their packets and pay for the telephone calls seems petty and mean-spirited. If the city did not wait until the last minute to put out the city council packet, they wouldn’t have to pay to Fed Ex the packet to the out-of-town council member, they could just mail it. Or why doesn’t the city put the packet on the city’s Web site, like the borough does?

Writer accuses Wagoner of flip-flop
Sen. Tom Wagoner, let’s talk about “cop out” (Clarion, Jan. 30).

Prosecution lays out scene in murder trial
Before the state called its first witness in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Thursday, the attorney representing Rogers attempted to prevent some witness testimony from being heard.

Kenai OKs land sale to Wal-Mart
The sale of 38 acres of city land to Wal-Mart was approved with a 5-2 vote of the Kenai City Council on Wednesday night.

Growing: Anchor Point incorporation plan unveiled
A plan to turn the peninsula’s most westerly community into a second-class city was unveiled at a noon Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday. A presentation by members of an ad hoc incorporation committee — Duane Harvey, Sue Fritsch, Joann Collins and Paul Voeller — outlined the reasons for incorporation and proposed an area for the new city’s boundaries.

Body identified as Struthers
The male body found by Alaska State Troopers on Monday on the beach in Kasilof has been positively identified as that of Jared Richardson Struthers.

State this wealthy can provide for students, schools
Recent news stories reveal the paradox that is the state’s budget. On the one hand, Gov. Sarah Palin has proposed depositing $1.3 billion into the body of the permanent fund, which requires a constitutional amendment to tap. She also wants to reinstate the Longevity Bonus program, which was eliminated in 2003, at a cost of $33 million.

Outdoors Briefs
Subsistence subcommittee to meet Feb. 24Parts of Chugach State Park closed to snowmachines

Dusted up: Snowfall helps trails
Every little bit helps.

Iron Dog revs up
Just over 48 hours remain until the green flag drops in the 22nd annual Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race, and competitors are in the final stages of tuning up their sleds.

Around the Peninsula
Fundraiser plannedKids get lippyPeninsula women break for lunchFrontier community board meeting setDodge, wallyball tourneys plannedSeniors set to singLittle League coaches neededSnowmachine fundraiser set

Mt. Edgecumbe sweeps Kenai
The Mt. Edgecumbe girls and boys basketball teams swept Kenai Central on Thursday in nonconference basketball action in Sitka.

Skiers set for region meet
It should be an interesting Region III skiing championships for Kenai coach D’Anna Gibson on Friday and Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

Peninsula squad still hasn’t gotten first-round victory
The curse lives on.

Kenai packs NLC awards
It’s only fitting that as the only team from the Kenai Peninsula to qualify for the Class 4A State Tournament, Kenai received the most North Star Conference awards.

Decisions, decisions, decisions
The trouble with Kenai Peninsula fishing is too many choices.

Native-made arts
For a truly distinctive reminder of your trip to Alaska, Native-made arts and creations are the ideal way to take a piece of Alaska’s culture as a keepsake. The Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center offers a variety of pieces for sale, as well as galleries throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Native Alaskan Artist, Cathy Gerold, who makes her home near the banks

Wild Alaska Salmon: It’s naturally better
The cold, clear waters off Alaska’s 34,000 mile coastline are the world’s greatest resource for natural, wild salmon. There, the five species of Alaska Salmon mature in an unmatched natural environment that provides them with superior flavor, color, and texture. This makes Wild Alaska Salmon the salmon of choice of foodservice operators throughout the world. Quick-frozen within hours of being harvested at the peak of its lifecycle, Alaska Salmon offers you these unique advantages:

Golf
The central Kenai Peninsula features golf at affordable prices in a setting that showcases views of mountain ranges and local wildlife.

Salmon fishing 101
New to salmon fishing? These tips will help you choose appropriate gear and get started.

Bed & Breakfasts
Unique and distinctive are two attributes that best describe a visit to a bed and breakfast, and for those looking to capture a slice of Alaska, choosing a B&B for your stay on the Kenai Peninsula is a good way to do so.

Hiking and biking trails
Hiking and biking trails traverse much of the peninsula. The access to many unique habitats and wildlife viewing opportunities are available to explore in a variety of activity levels. Ranging from easy to moderate and challenging climbs for the hardy outdoors enthusiasts, peninsula trails also offer the chance to pick berries, photograph wildflowers and seek out a quiet fishing spot.

Ninilchik
Ninilchik is a small town that lies on the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula on the Sterling Highway. The area was settled by a Russian Orthodox missionary and his family in 1847. Before the arrival of the Russian American Fur Company, Dena’ina Indians historically inhabited the Kenai Peninsula.

The Ring of Fire: Alaska’s Volcanoes
Rimming the Pacific Ocean is one of Earth’s most active geological regions, the tectonic plate boundary that’s part of the well-known “Ring of Fire”. Your visit to the Kenai area, and on your journeys to the south peninsula, you have a front row seat to no less than five active volcanic peaks.

Anchor Point
Anchor Point is North America’s Furthest West Highway point.

Diggin’ it: Clam Gulch and outlying areas offer plenty to see and do
Of the many recreational opportunities on the Kenai Peninsula, few rival the memories and fun that a day spent “clamming” can bring to your family. The east side of Cook Inlet has a healthy population of Pacific razor clams, referred to simply as “razors” by the locals. The activity is fairly simple and inexpensive. All you need are a sport fishing license, a bucket, a clam shovel, waterproof boots and clothing that can withstand a little mud.

Homer
Homer is a destination that no one - visitor or resident should pass up. The town is 81 miles from Kenai and sits on the coast of Kachemak Bay. While many are in awe at Homer’s first panoramic view of the bay, nearby glaciers and the Kenai Mountain Range at the top of Baycrest Hill, the rest of the town is also beautiful.

Common Sense Survival From the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk. Snow avalanches, steep slopes and water hazards have caused injuries and fatalities each year. You can increase your chances of a safe outdoor adventure by planning carefully, using common sense and following these safety tips. When you are aware of the hazards of the outdoors and planning for delays and emergencies, your adventures can be more enjoyable. Have a safe trip!

Seldovia
Seldovia is a remote community nestled in beautiful Seldovia Bay and surrounded by Kachemak Bay. Framed by tall mountains laden with magnificent Sitka Spruce trees, Seldovia’s shorelines skirt the mountains, making the best of two worlds come together. Located across the bay from Homer, one cannot get to Seldovia by the conventional road system, but only by air or water. This makes for another Alaska adventure. Visit Seldovia’s portal Website transportation link (www.seldovia.com) for all your travel needs and opportunities.

Fly in to far-out fishing
A fly-out fishing trip is a great way to avoid the crowds often found at road-accessible streams. The Kenai Peninsula, located within easy driving distance from Anchorage and only a scenic flight away from dozens of prime fishing spots, has become a thriving hub for fly-outs.

Cooper Landing
The town of Cooper Landing is located along the Sterling Highway that parallels the famous Kenai River. The small town, with a population less than 400, can be found at the west end of Kenai Lake. With the Kenai River rushing by one side and the Kenai Mountains hovering over the other, Cooper Landing is nestled in a beautiful area. It was named for Joseph Cooper, a miner who discovered gold in the area in 1884. Loren Leman, Alaska’s former lieutenant governor, is one of Cooper’s grandsons.

Kenai Peninsula wildlife
Wildlife abounds on the Kenai Peninsula, and with a keen eye and a little outdoor ambition, visitors have the opportunity to see and photograph animals in their natural environment.

Seward
Just 126 miles south of Anchorage and 105 miles east of Kenai is Seward, a small city at the head of Resurrection Bay that sits at the base of

The 5 species of Alaska salmon
There are five species of Wild Alaska Salmon, each with its own distinct characteristics.

Nikiski
Nikiski, also known as North Kenai or Nikishka, is spread out along the Kenai Spur Highway starting a short distance past Kenai’s city limits. Traditionally in Kenaitze Indian territory, the area was homesteaded in the 1940s, and grew with the discovery of oil on the Kenai Peninsula in 1957, according to the state of Alaska. By 1964, oil-related industries located here included Unocal, Phillips 66, Chevron and Tesoro.

Not all Alaska vacations involve hip boots
While many visitors enjoy the variety of outdoor activities and opportunities to wet their line in search of the new world record king salmon, the opportunity to shop is a “lure” many travelers can’t resist.

Nikiski industrial row
The petroleum industry gained a major foothold on the Kenai Peninsula with the discovery of the Swanson River oil field in 1957, but the industrial complex along the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski did not start up until Chevron opened its oil refinery in 1963.

Kasilof
Driving 12 miles south of Kenai on Kalifornsky Beach Road, at the southern junction of the Sterling Highway is Kasilof. Although home to roughly 500 residents, Kasilof itself is a geographic location rather than an established community that encompasses 11.4 sq. miles. Kasilof has no main street or central business district. But it is a community — a dynamic place with rich history, gorgeous scenery and colorful Alaska characters. You just have to know where to look.

Racing
After a long summer day of running circles around the Kenai Peninsula to soak up all the possible adventure, the Twin Cities Raceway is a perfect place to sit back and let somebody else run circles for a while.

Peninsula Oilers Baseball
There’s not a lot of summer in Alaska, so baseball players have to make the most of the long, sunny days. The center of baseball action on the Kenai Peninsula is Coral Seymour Memorial Park, at the end of Tinker Lane off the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

Salmon species
Kenai Peninsula waters offer four species of salmon: chinook (king), coho (silver), sockeye (red), and humpback (pink). All are excellent table fare.

Hiking and backpacking
Hiking, backpacking and camping are staples of summertime activity on the Kenai Peninsula, but campers take note: it takes more to enjoy the great outdoors than shorts, a T-shirt and a walking stick.

Sterling
Heading toward the eastern rim of the Kenai Peninsula on the Sterling Highway, you will pass through Sterling.

Peninsula Clarion - 2007 Kenai Peninsula Recreation Guide

Kenai: Where the river ends and your adventure begins
With the ebb and flow of Cook Inlet’s tides where the world famous Kenai River drainage ends, a rich cultural environment tied to the indigenous Dena’ina Athabascan Indians and early Russian fur traders, and a myriad of opportunities for visitors in any season, Kenai is the perfect place to start your Alaska vacation.

Berries of the Kenai Peninsula
With nearly 50 species of wild berries that grow throughout Alaska, it is no surprise that Alaska’s indigenous peoples have long been aware of the value of this powerful resource. For centuries, harvesting berries has been a part of Alaska culture, and while you may only venture out to collect a few handfuls of berries during your visit to the Kenai Peninsula, you are in for a treat.

Peninsula Clarion - 2007 Kenai Peninsula Recreation Guide

Moose Pass
Moose Pass is located 76 miles East of Kenai. The small town has more than 200 residents, with many working at the nearby U.S. Forest Service or commuting 26 miles to Seward for work.

Family-friendly fun keeps everyone entertained
The reality of school letting out is that about a week into vacation many kids begin to complain that there’s “nothing to do.”

Peninsula Clarion - 2007 Kenai Peninsula Recreation Guide

Lunch, activities: Not the same old centers
For many of the same reasons senior citizens choose to live on the Kenai Peninsula, many seniors will visit it — mild temperatures and easy access to wildlife, fishing, hiking and beautiful views.

Soldotna
Soldotna is a town with unique beauty and a great place to fish along the banks of the Kenai River, stroll through one of its riverside parks or go camping.

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

The ultimate love may be found in Christ
With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, the following seems a most appropriate passage of Scripture:

Sports Briefs
She Can Ski results posted

Oilers add freshmen arms
Freshman left-handed pitcher Mario Hollands of the University of California Santa Barbara will play for the Oilers this season. Hollands played at El Cerrito High School where he went 7-2 with an ERA of 0.60 with 89 strikeouts and 12 walks as a senior. As a junior, Hollands was 9-2 with a 1.00 ERA and 82 strikeouts and 16 walks. He also was named one of “The Nation’s Best 50 Pitchers to Watch” by Student Sports.

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