Saturday, March 19, 2011

Resident angry with Enstar
An open letter to Enstar:

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Soldotna goes green

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Senior fundraiser scheduled

Church Briefs

Overheard: Conversations by the Cross

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.

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

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

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

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