Monday, April 10, 2006

Useful numbers
Visitor centers and chambers of commerce have brochures, pamphlets and books about lodging, restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities. The Alaska prefix is 907.

Know the tricks to rule the river
There are two kinds of rules for sport fishing, the written and the unwritten.

Catch a good time in Seward
The town of Seward serves as an ideal jumping off point for wildlife watching. Small cruise ships depart daily from Resurrection Bay to take passengers through the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Kenai Peninsula 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, the option to choose a B&B for your stay on the Kenai Peninsula is a good way to do so.

Peninsula offers fishing fun for any angler
The trouble with Kenai Peninsula fishing is too many choices. The choices start in March with “feeder” king salmon. These fish aren’t on their spawning runs; they’re just looking for a meal. This is a year-round fishery, but the weather is best between March and September. Most of the fishing is out of Homer or Seward, your choice.

Welcome to the North Peninsula
The North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce welcomes you! Located north of the city of Kenai on the scenic Kenai Spur Highway, the North Peninsula has many attractions waiting for you.

Sterling — Plenty of room to play
At a glance, Sterling appears to be one of those towns on the highway you miss if you blink while driving through.

Welcome to Seldovia
Selodovia is a remote community nestled in beautiful Seldovia Bay and surrounded by Kachemak Bay.Framed by tall gorgeous 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, Alaska, one cannot get to Seldovia by the conventional road system - only by air or boat.This makes for another wonderful Alaskan adventure.Travel to Seldovia by taking either Central Charters or the Rainbow Connection out of Homer and return by either Smokey Bay Air or Homer Air for a fantastic experience.Visit Seldovia's portal website transportation link for all your travel needs and opportunities.You can also arrange your trip to come over on the Alaska Marine Highway System, the M/V Tustumena. Then the next time you come, pick another carrier and get a totally different experience.

Kenai: Home to history and current events
Not unlike many places in North America, Kenai was picked as a central gathering place because of its proximity to the mouth of a navigable river where it spills into a large body of water.

Welcome to Sterling
The community of Sterling, Alaska is located on the Sterling Highway at the junction of the Moose and Kenai Rivers. It is approximately 11 miles from the incorporated city of Soldotna and 18 miles from the city of Kenai.

Booking a fishing flight can take you far away from the crowds
Picture yourself miles from the nearest road, surrounded by spectacular scenery and fishing one of Alaska’s best streams. That’s fly-in fishing.

Welcome to Cooper Landing
The Alaska you want to visit is in Cooper Landing. From the tranquility of the mountain-rimmed Kenai Lake, to the exhilarating rush of the famous Kenai River, Cooper Landing abounds with recreational opportunities. Your drive to Cooper Landing on the Sterling Highway takes you on a breathtaking trip on one of America’s recognized “Scenic Byway” roadways. Take the time to absorb the outstanding natural beauty of the area, particularly the trademark aqua-marine coloring of the winding Kenai River.

Kenai Peninsula facts
Size of the Kenai Peninsula in square miles: 25,600; of that only 15,600 is land.

Volcanoes make stirring sights
They’re majestic, imposing, even noble — and every so often, dangerous.

Homer: Eye-catching sights
If you’ve been driving south on the Sterling Highway, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the stunning beauty of the Kenai Peninsula. Now, prepare to be floored.

Watching the wildlife side of the Kenai Peninsula
With a keen eye and a little outdoor ambition visitors can see a wide variety of wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula, including the American bald eagle, sea otters, whales and ungulates.

Small towns gateway to big adventure
The smallest communities on the Kenai Peninsula can offer some of the largest rewards.

’06 Clam Gulch clamming tide tables
Extreme low tides, or “minus” tides, offer the best clamming opportunities on the west side of Cook Inlet. The following is a list of minus tides that will take place at Clam Gulch, a prime clamming beach about halfway between Homer and Kenai.

Park it in Kasilof
Kasilof, a town of roughly 500 people, is a hub of activity regardless of the season. In winter, Kasilof is the training ground for several Iditarod mushers and the site of the annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

Shore ways to clam up
The west coast of the Kenai Peninsula is ground zero for clammers in the summer. The undisputed king of clams is the razor, and these succulent bivalves are delicious to eat and surprisingly easy to harvest.

Halibut makes for a happy birthday
Sometimes a day of halibut fishing yields more than fun and fish.

Camping tips to bear in mind
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.

A guide to fishing guides
One way to improve your chances of having a successful fishing trip is to book a good fishing guide — with the accent on “good.”

Wilderness wanderers have many trail options
The hiking and biking trails on the peninsula offer access to many unique habitats and great opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Amplify the action with fishing derbies
John Bierman, a 33-year-old fishermen from Orange County, Calif., knew how a big fish felt as a veteran of seven summer fishing trips to Alaska, who had on numerous occasions caught halibut over 100 pounds.

Cook up good times in Nikiski
The North Peninsula Recreation Area at Mile 23.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski is a gateway to good times year-round.

Keep peninsula clean and green
People come from around the world to enjoy the natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula every year. Keeping Alaska clean for years to come takes the cooperation of visitors and residents alike. The Kenai Peninsula has many trash, recycling and RV dumping sites. Please, remember to use them and keep Alaska beautiful.

Fun fare in Ninilchik
Centrally located on the Kenai Peninsula, 38 miles southwest of the city of Kenai, Ninilchik offers visitors a friendly, small-town atmosphere.

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.”

Sports fans cheer auto racing, baseball, golf
Alaska summers feature long periods of daylight. It’s a good thing, because in addition to the popular pursuit of fishing, there’s plenty of golf, disc golf, baseball and auto racing to be had on the central Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Hit the road to Soldotna
Located in the heart of the western Kenai Peninsula, the city of Soldotna is home to 4,000 year-round residents, the seat of borough government and one of the most popular sporting rivers on the planet.

Make the most of summer sun with Kenai Peninsula fun
What to do?

Heritage Place at any price not a good deal for borough
Despite the borough’s dismal financial outlook, it’s looking to buy Heritage Place. It’s such a good deal, we just can’t pass it up, so they say. Rather than controlling spending, they are on the fast track to purchase another liability that taxpayers will be responsible for. Although the tax-exempt, nonprofit hospital will run it, taxpayer money will buy it, upgrade it and maintain it for as long as the borough owns it.

Paper ballots the way to go
I would like to see our voting system improve by seeing this change: Paper ballots are the only way to really verify votes without the risks associated with computers.

Meeting was healthy success
Central Peninsula Health Centers, Inc. (CPHC) would like to thank all the patients and friends who attended our annual meeting/4th Anniversary Celebration March 28th. We estimate that over 120 people attended. We greatly appreciate all the community support that was shown. We would especially like to thank all the local organizations and businesses that made this such a memorable event.

Reader ate up restaurant reviews
I would like to thank the Clarion for the nice weekly column on the restaurant reviews, in the Dispatch. Every week I would look forward to Mr. Robertia’s review of our local restaurants. I have noticed that he has always given a fair and unbiased review of them. It is very disturbing to me that this fine weekly column, has been dropped, because of his opinion of the restaurants. It was a great service that your fine newspaper provided, having local opinions on the restaurant scene.

Reader: Voters against taxes are patriots, not terrorists
In a recent Clarion article, the borough mayor was so bold as to call a group of individuals that put a measure on the ballot to repeal the additional 1 percent sales tax “domestic terrorists.” This tax increase was proposed and awaited implementation without voter approval, contrary to Alaska state law.

Inlet Woods sale put on hold
A request by Hall Quality Builders to buy 26 lots in the Inlet Woods Subdivision was put on hold Wednesday by the Kenai City Council following discussion about the value of the land.

Former Soldotnan recovering from crash
When Erika Rodgers first heard of her husband’s plane crash near Dillingham, she braced herself for the worst.

Panel mulls ethical issues
Early this year, Joyce Anderson made a public disclosure of her membership in the League of Women Voters of Anchorage to the Alaska Legislature Ethics Committee. The admission of membership in the nonprofit political group is public information, available at the committee’s Web site for all to access.

Kenai: Open inlet lease sales
The Kenai City Council has thrown its support toward federal oil and gas lease sales in lower Cook Inlet, an area that has seen much objection from Homer residents in the past.

Good Friday goes bad
Editor’s note: This is part one of five in a series examining the lasting effect the 1964 Good Friday earthquake had on the Kenai Peninsula, especially the residents who lived through it.

Home show brings out builders
For homesteaders, building a home meant felling spruce for logs, chinking them with moss and then decorating the inside walls with labels from canned goods.

Financial challenges await HEA board candidates
Three open seats — one in each of Homer Electric Association’s three districts — will be filled by candidates running for seats on the cooperative’s board of directors unopposed.

Denise Marie (Bullard) Smith
Soldotna resident Denise Marie (Bullard) Smith died Friday, March 31, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 39.

Harvey Fred Shade
Former Soldotna resident Harvey Fred Shade died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 74.

James ‘Jim’ Cissell
Longtime Kenai resident James “Jim” Cissell died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at his home after a long fight with cancer. He was 73.

Margaret Minnie McRae
Former Kenai resident Margaret Minnie McRae died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 84.

Gas line now or never?: "Decisions about the pipeline must be made as soon as possible"
I spoke with our State Legislature about creating a “climate for investment” in Alaska. Alaska’s economic opportunities are staggering, with two-thirds of the United States’ Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), trillions of cubic feet of gas hydrates, half of our nation’s coal, and enormous development potential in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). And, the Alaska Gas Pipeline will become a reality if we work together now.

Clamming — check: List of things to do gets longer with move to Alaska
I won’t stand for life coaching (I’ll coach myself, thanks). Yoga and Pilates are fine, I suppose, but once you start talking Bikram Yoga (yoga in a hot room, essentially), my eyes glaze over.

Changes don’t leave much room for Alaska
In a state where Mother Nature has lots of room to experiment with her temper, insurance companies are saying “no” to protecting our residents from earthquakes more and more.

Around the Peninsula
DMV plans one-day closure Wildfire preparedness training set Music workshops, dance set to play Rowing class begins Garage sale fundraiser scheduled Bake sale, bazaar scheduled Girl Scout leader appreciation set SoHi promenade tickets available Red hatters schedule parade YCC job applications deadline set Volunteer drivers needed HEA schedules area meter upgrades

Peninsula People
Colon-Grundy deploys to Iraq Needs radiates

Dyeing kits bring kids’ creativity out of its shell
Editor’s note: Clarion writers Nan Misner and Will Morrow tackled the task of reviewing several egg dyeing kits available in local stores with the help of ‘eggs’perts — their kids.

Preparing, defending homes for wildfire season
Spring is approaching once again and it’s time to start thinking about planting flowers, mowing lawns and other outdoor chores. As you pull out the gardening gloves, begin to plan how you will incorporate some fire prevention into your yard work this year. The past few summers of wildfires should be all the motivation any of us need to get serious about the risk of wildfire to our homes and property.

· Jenae and Justin Weisz of Wasilla announce the birth of their son, Gavin Allen Weisz, at 2:07 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Name change sought Workshop slated Habitat seeks applicants First aid training slated

My best friend
Sadie, a cocoa-brown cocker spaniel, had a name before she had an owner. Richard and Mary Warrington, of Kenai, were looking for a puppy when two ladies brought their new pups into the store where Mary works. Mary got the number of the litter owner and stopped by after work. She asked the puppy laying on the floor if she would like to be called Sadie and the puppy ran to Mary. “So Sadie it is, and we haven’t parted since,” Mary said.

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