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Friday, February 23, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules HEA to upgrade meters Small business center hosts workshops Youth cooking classes Food bank fundraiser set to build JA seeks volunteers Wine tasting fundraiser set Chrysler launches design contest Made in Alaska workshops slated Employers can learn how to train others

Be open-minded about 9/11
Be open-minded when it comes to 9/11. There are a few Web sites on the net. After watching a few of the videos and the facts that are in them, I have a lot of questions about what really has happened. One of the sites is www.911weknow.com. Take a look at these and maybe it will change your way of looking at things that are going on. Also, a site is loosechange, which also has alot of interesting thoughts. Could this all really be true? Keep an open mind if you are willing to question what went on that September day.

Writer happy to live in harmony
Dear Alice Shannon,

Founding fathers were strong Christians
Declaring myself neither saint nor scholar, I submit this missive countering Mr. Bucher (Feb. 8):

Big Brother is watching the farm
Are you aware that through a United States Department of Agriculture program (National Animal Identification System), every farm animal will be implanted with a microchip? Talk about “mark of the beast!” And if you refuse to comply (naturally at your expense), your animals will be seized, destroyed, and you will be heavily fined.

Dipnetting an opportunity for residents to take salmon
I have just finished reading the article about proposed limits for dipnetting. I am so steamed at this point I hope that my message will be clear to Mr. Vanek of Ninilchik. I have lived in Alaska since 1980, I watched the mess on the river every season grow bigger and bigger each year, with more and more boats that at this point, from what I understand, are polluting the river with the discharge from their engines and also doing damage to the river bank. I really would like to know how many of those boats belong to residents of Alaska, or the peninsula for that matter? If we are going to keep the people who live here from dipnetting so they can have food through the winter then I believe that we should limit the numbers of non-Alaska residents guiding on the river. This also brings another question to my mind: How many of the commercial fisherman out there are nonresidents? Maybe they need to be restricted also. After all, we need to be fair now, don’t we? I really need to make you straight about something, as for being a recreational activity — NOT! — the only reason I do what I do is to have salmon in my freezer and not have to pay the prices in the stores for something that I can get on my own even if it is for only one month. This brings me to another point, and I quote, “It also affects the sportfishing because dipnetters are taking fish before hook-and-line fishermen get a crack at them.” Well excuse me! How long can sport fisherman fish? Well? As I said, we get one month to dipnet. Look, I know that the wrath of God is going to come down on your head Mr. Vanek so be prepared. I know a lot of folks who dipnet; I have done it for senior citizens who cannot dipnet for themselves and need the food value that salmon can give them. Let me ask you this: Are you a commercial fisherman?

IPHC decision not a war on sportfishing
Portraying the decision by the International Pacific Halibut Commission to cut charter bag limits as a war between sportfishing and enemies of sportfishing is an irresponsible misrepresentation which misses the boat altogether. The IPHC’s decision to cut charter bag limits is intended to do nothing more than keep charter harvest of halibut within its allocated quotas.

Reader pans critic’s choices
You had a guy review a major chick film and then let him suggest romantic Valentine’s movies to watch at home? Are you out of your minds? Sure, “Because I Said So” wasn’t great art. But it was great fun, especially if you are female of mature years like me and my best pal who laughed along with me at the movie on Saturday. I don’t care what the critics say, I gave them my money and won’t be spending a dime on the one-big-fat-joke “Norbit” or the disgusting “Hannibal Rising.”

Halibut poll asked the wrong question
In the poll question from the week of Feb. 6, I believe the Clarion asked the wrong question. The right question is: “How can the halibut fishery be sustained for the long term?” There IS room for halibut sport catches, charter boat catches, and commercial catches, if a little common sense is used by the halibut fishery regulators.

Proposal hurts Alaskans
My comment on proposal No. 245 that Mr. Steve Vanek made to limit the fishing on the Kenai River to 2 fish per person and stop the dipnetting is that his proposal hurts more people than he realizes. Just because he thinks that commercial fisheries should get all the fish is not reason enough that Alaskan families should be shorted. Alaskan fish should be for ALL Alaskans. I am going on 76 and dipnetting is about the only way I can get the fish we eat for the rest of the year. I am too old to try to stand on a slick or brushy bank, or in the mud to fish. I think my quota of 35 is nothing compared to Mr. Vanek’s, and his by-catch that he throws away is considerably more than 35 fish. I think Mr. Vanek’s’ greed is overcoming any concern he should have for his fellow Alaskans. Many Alaskans depend on this fishery for their food for the winter.

Time to stand up for sportfishing
Proposal No. 245 to Limit Dipnetting? Why? To increase profits to the commercial sector at the expense of fellow Alaskan’s trying to fill their freezer for the year. The commercial sector appears to want all the halibut and salmon for themselves. It does not matter that they already take over 90 percent of the catch now, they want more! Help put a stop to this by going to the AlaskaSportFishingAlliance.org Web site and supporting the fight for the sportfishermen of Alaska.

God deliberately not mentioned in Constitution
Alice Shannon’s letter to the editor (Jan. 29) is the most ignorant and unconstitutional thing I have ever read!

Bartender put gun in Rogers’ hand
The Beluga bartender and girlfriend of Shawn Rogers told jurors Wednesday that she handed Rogers’ gun to him minutes before the killing of which he is accused.

Snowmachiners head to the Caribou Hills for weekend event
Snowmachiners are preparing for some full-throttle fun this weekend as the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers hold their ninth annual Napa Fun Run Raffle on Saturday.

Defense grills trooper about crime scene investigation
During questioning of a state trooper in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Rogers’ attorney gave jurors the impression troopers performed an incomplete investigation of the crime scene.

Senior exemption left alone
An ordinance that would have capped the unlimited exemption from property taxes allowed seniors citizens and disabled veterans earned a narrow one-vote defeat at introduction at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Troopers stop suspect after 60-mile high-speed pursuit
An Anchorage man allegedly under the influence of drugs took Alaska State Troopers on a high-speed tour of the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday, before finally being stopped with spike strips on the road.

Public invited to learn more about decision-making process to limit charter anglers
In the wake of last month’s decision by the International Pacific Halibut Commission to restrict guided sport-caught halibut catches in Alaska, controversy has raged.

Public hearings on increase planned
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 6-3 Tuesday to introduce an ordinance proposing to increase the borough’s 2-percent sales tax to 3 percent on July 1.

Famie Cochran
Portland, Ore., resident Famie Cochran died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, of natural causes. She was 96.

Deborah Ann Osborne
Soldotna resident Deborah Ann Osborne died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, from a brain aneurysm at the Alaska Native Medical center in Anchorage. She was 43.

Kristen Elaine Kirk
Former peninsula resident Kristen Elaine Kirk died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 43.

Biology class project leads to Stormy Lake pike derby
High school science projects have come a long way from baking soda volcanoes and potato-powered clocks, as was evident to those who took part in last weekend’s ice fishing derby in Nikiski.

Young pups ready to hit Iditarod Trail
While the big dogs are in the final days of preparing for the Iditarod next weekend, several young pups are set to start on the junior version of the race this weekend.

Global warming, bark beetles mean a hardwood forest future
Beetle-killed spruce has become the dominant signature of upland forests on the Kenai since the massive 1990s bark beetle outbreak. Tall gray ghosts still tower above younger green spruce and leafy hardwoods, although many of the ghosts have fallen down by now.

Outdoors Briefs
Winter king derby

Groomers work to break up icy trails
Despite cold temperatures and no new snow accumulations for more than a week, local groomers are reporting decent trail conditions going into the weekend.

Around the Peninsula
Safari activities set Little League registration begins CPCS board to meet Youth Court offered Influenza, pandemic response to be discussed Swim lessons offered in Nikiski Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated Mother, daughter tea poised

Around the Peninsula
Softball association seeks members Bypass group to meet Fishing for quality Dodge, wallyball tourneys planned Miners dig in Seniors set to sing

Kenai’s Semmens finishes 18th, Soldotna’s Clock places 23rd at state competition
Soldotna’s Kailey Mucha lived up to her much-anticipated state debut in the Nordic Ski Championships, placing eighth in Thursday’s 7.5-kilometer mass start freestyle race at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Cook Inlet girls win, boys lose

Ghost Rider: More ghastly than ghostly
n this competitive day and age, the job market can be pretty tough, especially if your degree is from the school of hard knocks and not some prissy Ivy League corporate farm team. Looking for adventure? How about opportunity for travel and the chance to meet interesting, though nefarious, new people?

Performers stage ‘Beauty and the Beast&rsquo
“The story is, as it says in the well-known song from it, ‘A Tale as Old as Time.’ And my idea of what that tale is, is not only a love story, because it is that. But it’s also a story of growing up, and coming to understand that if you’re going to act ugly, then you will be ugly. And that, in time, if you can learn to be kind, then that’s what’s going to come across to people and what’s going to make you fully human. And all the people around you will become less than human if they have to deal with you, in your ugly state.”

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Soldotna's Mucha possibly looking at top-10 finish
Knowing it’s been accomplished as recently as last season, Soldotna’s Kailey Mucha should feel less apprehensive.

Fighting back
Tommy Morrison was in his hotel room, talking about life, love and Mike Tyson when he suddenly grew silent for a couple of seconds.

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