Friday, March 18, 2011

ACS posts 4th quarter gains
Less was more in the fourth quarter for Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc.

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Get your winter king fishing on! Anglers readying for the Homer Winter King Tournament this weekend
The countdown to Saturday's 18th annual Winter King Salmon Tournament is underway and fishermen are on alert. Noses to the wind, they're sniffing out the weather. Eyes on tides, they're second-guessing the impact of strong currents. Recalling past success, they're considering lucky charms and side-bet strategies.

Resident angry with Enstar
An open letter to Enstar:

Not happy with rate increases
This is what happens every time a small town utility bites off more than it can chew. First off, what fuel rates are they talking about, gasoline for their vehicles or natural gas for their turbines? They are so vague. Natural gas prices nation wide have not risen. In fact there is a glut of methane fuel. HEA is feeding us a snow job due to their being a small utility and wanting to get off Chugach Electric's power supply. HEA is not ready for this yet, meaning they just do not have enough customer base to be spending $50 million to $100 million to build and maintain their own power supply. Chugach Electric has 400 megawatts of capacity and can produce power for HEA a lot cheaper than they can themselves.

Fish Board actions don't make sense
I've fished Cook Inlet for the past 25 years, and I've seen firsthand the steady erosion of our commercial fisheries. The recent actions by the Board of the Fish -- taking yet another chunk out of the drift fishermens' livelihood -- are just the latest assault on our families and our way of life. But the Board's actions are especially ironic considering it refused to hear a proposal to protect salmon habitat from the proposed Chuitna coal strip mine in upper Inlet. That project would -- for the first time in state history -- mine completely through a salmon stream. Mining through spawning beds is the purest form of a permanent allocation of our common property fisheries, and only the Board of Fish -- not the Department of Natural Resources -- has the constitutional authority to make that determination. So, why did the Board of Fish cut our fishing time to allow more fish up Cook Inlet if it's going to ignore permanent salmon allocations like the Chuitna coal strip mine that would diminish our wild fish stocks forever?

Impatient for spring
When is spring going to get here? Now that is the question!

Thanking Scouts who helped the hungry
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank would like to sincerely thank District Executive Jodi Stuart, the Tustumena District of the Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America and all those involved for their outstanding work on the 2011 Scouting for Food Drive which concluded on Saturday, March 5. Boy Scout Troop 669 collected 55 pounds of food items, and Cub Scout Packs 151 and 562 raised $35 and collected 817 pounds of food items, all of which were delivered to our facility on Community College Drive in Soldotna. As it takes 1.5 pounds of food to comprise one meal, 581 meals were thus provided for Kenai Peninsula residents.

Photo: Soldotna goes green

Water power: State explains proposed hydro projects at public hearing
The Alaska Energy Authority held an informational open house in Kenai this week about potential large hydropower projects that could power the Railbelt in coming decades.

Pebble stakeholders speak out
The prospect of the Pebble Mine is a looming figure for many in Bristol Bay.

State forestry division urges wildfire precautions
Despite the cold temperatures, Alaska's Division of Forestry is asking Kenai Peninsula residents to start taking wildfire precautions.

Kenai spends for services: Council votes to fund cemetery
Kenai's City Council voted to spend money on a park, the cemetery and local students this week.

Japanese exchange student in Homer learns family is OK
Since coming to Homer from her homeland in Japan in August, 17-year-old Eri Sugiyama has maintained contact with her family thorough Skype, a text, voice and video computer program. That connection proved vital recently after an 8.9 earthquake struck just off Japan's east coast.

Photo: Old Town Aurora

Shaving for a cancer cure: Residents going bald for children's cancer research
Come Saturday night, three of the four members of the Koski-Knutson family will be bald -- again.

Kenai collisions spike: KPD reports moose a cause of crash hike
While the incidence of Kenai traffic fatalities held at a steady two from 2009 to 2010, total motor vehicle crashes increased sharply, as did the number of hit-and-runs, injuries sustained, and accidents caused by those driving under the influence.

Kachemak Drive boat shop catches on fire; no one injured
HOMER - An ugly black haze reeking of burnt fiberglass hung over Kachemak Drive Friday morning as two companies of firefighters worked to put out a fire at a boat shop in the Northern Enterprises Boat Yard, at the east end of the bay side road. No one was injured in the fire or response.

Ann Marie Weiss
Alaska resident Ann Marie Weiss died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, of natural causes at Harbor Lights House Assisted Living, in Soldotna. She was 83.

Shirley J. Hill
Lifelong Alaskan, Shirley J. Hill, 76, died Monday, March 14, 2011, of natural causes, in Soldotna.

Patricia Washburn
Former Sterling resident Patricia "Pat" Washburn passed away peacefully at her home in Richland, Wash., on Monday, March 7, 2011. She was 70 years old.

Give us new machines; we'll run them
We have watched with a sense of numbness and awe as a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions has developed these recent days in Japan.

Refuge Notebook: Join the Conversation at
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association are launching a national effort that asks the American public to share their ideas that will shape a renewed vision to guide the growth and management of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The last time a vision statement was articulated for the System was 1999.

An Outdoor View: Big ones don't always get away
One of the favorite movies that lights up the fly-specked screen of my memory is about a big halibut that almost got away.

Perils of Polly: Making good time - wrong way!
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.

Around the Peninsula

Senior fundraiser scheduled

Around the Peninsula

Ninilchik Senior Center events set for next week

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

Great FX, action makes 'Battle' win
"Battle: Los Angeles"

Poet's Corner

Outside the Envelope

Art Briefs

Vendors wanted for Wednesday Market

'It's for art': Kenai life drawing workshop seeks models, artists
The new workshop in the Old Town Kenai pottery studio and gallery space is seeking artists who want to draw from life and models who are willing to take their clothes off.

Long distance: prayer across the miles
The letter on my desk carried an urgent message. The sender, Major Louis Best, began his long distance message to me for three reasons: to thank me for my column of that week, which he had read in a newspaper sent to him by a school near his home, to tell me how he had been brought to faith in Christ years earlier while fighting a forest fire in the state of Washington and to ask me to pray for him and other military men who served in dangerous places.

Church Briefs

Overheard: Conversations by the Cross

Falling short: Underdog Stars give Knights a battle before getting tired
ANCHORAGE -- The Soldotna girls basketball team finally ran out of gas.

Eagles cruise to 3rd place: Seldovia takes 6th at state tourney
ANCHORAGE -- The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team concluded the Class 2A state tournament with a dominating performance, but walked off the court wondering: What if?

Seward girls rip Craig
ANCHORAGE -- Save the pinches for another day.

Cold shooting dooms Seahawks
ANCHORAGE -- For once, Keenan Prochazka and Andrew Buchanan couldn't shoot the Seward boys basketball team past the competition.

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