Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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

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.

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.”

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.

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

’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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Cold Stone opens to warm reviews
The weatherman wasn’t the only one clowning around on April Fools’ day in Soldotna. A couple of happy faces well known to children and adults of all ages, Capt. Burn-ee and E.D.I.T.H. of the Central Emergency Services showed up at the grand opening of the new Cold Stone Creamery store in Soldotna to share some smiles and taste their favorite creamery concoctions. Cold Stone is an international franchise store locally owned by Mick and Nikki Audette in partnership with Nikki’s parents Cheryl and Jack Page. Mick was raised in Homer and is an elementary school music teacher who brings his musical talents right along to his new ice cream parlor, “We were selected out of some 3,000 applications because of our love of music, entertainment is part of the Cold Stone franchise experience and we are having a lot of fun with it,” said Mick. “We make our ice cream on a 16 degree frozen stone slab fresh daily right here, it’s not brought in to us, we’ve inked a deal with Matanuska Maid for our sweet cream that we make our ice cream with so this is truly Alaskan ice cream from scratch and you add all the things you like with it that we have available which range from candy bars to fruit and nuts,” explained Audette.

This past winter I was lucky enough to catch a lake trout from Kenai Lake that weighed a little over 4 Lb. It was my biggest lake trout of the year and I even took a picture of it. I never got the chance to go to Crosswinds Lake where I love the chance to catch a trophy Laker. This was due to having knee surgery and then getting called back to work on the slope on the day I was given my release from Dr. Krull to return to work. Despite not getting to go to Crosswinds this year everything couldn’t have worked out better for me as my job at Doyon Drilling is the best job I have ever had.

Finalists selected to compete for cash in annual “Caring For the Kenai” competition
From more than 400 entries submitted in this year’s Caring For the Kenai (CFK) environmental and disaster preparedness awareness contest, a panel of eight judges from the professional community has selected twelve Kenai Peninsula Borough high school students to compete for over $16,000 in cash awards in the oral presentation phase of the CFK program sponsored by Agrium and Chevron.

New fishing opportunities at Sea-of-I.A
As spring break-up continues on the Kenai Peninsula mother nature creates a myriad of new lake front opportunities that regularly are used for other services such as parking spaces. Becky Dwinnell and Kerri Nelson of Cook Inlet Academy (C.I.A.) off K-Beach Rd. decided to make the most of what, “The Lord hath made,” last week and donned life jackets and launched their Coleman fishing dingy to demonstrate the schools need for some asphalt. “Actually it’s a way of bringing some attention to our annual spring carnival fund raiser. This year we are trying to raise some money to pave the Sea-of-I.A. so that we can park here rather than go fishing. Last year at the carnival we raised enough to purchase a new piece of playground equipment that cost $23,000. It was a great success and the community really turned out to help us raise the funds, and again this year we are inviting everyone to come out and have some fun fund raising with us,” said Nelson.

Last HooRah! For AWG volunteers
More than 2,000 of the 2,800 some Arctic Winter Games volunteers gathered last week at the Soldotna Sports Center for one more memorable event, a final thank you and apparel trading party that was hosted by Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Products, “The community has been so supportive of Agrium over the years, that we saw this as an excellent opportunity to show our appreciation to all those who volunteer and work together to make this such a great place to live and do business,” said Agrium spokesperson Lisa Parker.

Reader: Everyone trying to tell state what to do with resources
Now that famous economists Karl Marx and Rush Limbaugh have weighed in on how Alaskans should be compensated for our oil and gas, the issue should be perfectly clear to us all.

Catch and release a "killer" sport
Well it’s that time of year again. Yup, it’s time to get ready for all those non-residents showing up for the spring catch and release cow moose hunt. For you folks that didn’t know about this, here’s the details. This hunt starts every spring, just before the cows start calving. The boundaries of the hunting area are as follows, west of Skilak Lake and within the Kenai River Special Management Area. Hunters get to go out on their ATV s (which are limited to 35 hp to protect the habitat) and ride up close to the cow moose.

How would pipeline through Canada help Alaska?
I have been reading a lot about how this pipeline through Canada will help the people of Alaska. I don’t get it if we take our gas and send it through Canada and they get all the jobs from the border on, which will happen,and all the industry it helps is in the lower 48 where do we the people of Alaska benefit? Would it make a lot more sense to run the pipeline through Alaska with spurs that serve the areas along the pipeline and let industry come to Alaska to get the gas,and keep the jobs here? It all most sounds like some of our elected officials have lost sight of who elected them!

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.

Borough "peasants" should oppose "king's" money measures
A new king was recently elected as Borough Mayor. The new king sat on his throne and looked at his chests filled with gold. He summoned all of his subordinates to his alter, and as he glanced at the guillotine in the corner he told them. These chests do not have enough gold to pay homage to my greatness. You tax collectors go out and bring me more gold. First they went to all the young and strong people of the Borough and took gold from them and returned to the King. The king looked at the gold and laughed and said “You bring this small amount of gold to measure my greatness. Go out and get more gold.” “This will require you write a new law your greatness” stated one of the tax collectors. So the new king wrote the new law to go and take more gold from the old and from those who have fought to secure his kingdom. Will the peasants in the fields allow this so called great king to continually take or will they revolt and show their disdain for this new king that sits on his throne. The Nobels (Borough Assembly members) will have a decision very soon to make. To be a Nobel or a King in this borough takes the peasants approval. Would a Nobel King steal an old ladies purse?

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.

Borough should fix problem, not look to taxpayers for solution
Just a quick review. During my wage earning years I paid taxes on the monies earned. With some of what was left, I purchased some lumber and other materials to construct a home, and paid taxes on the cost of materials. The light at the end of the tunnel was that in the retirement years, my tax burden would be less at age 65. Now Mr. Williams wants to introduce a measure (to cap the senior property tax exemption. The proposed cap was rejected at the April 4 borough assembly meeting) that will mean if I can’t pony up that which I had not planned on, the government can take possession of my home. This is not what I wore Army green for.

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.

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.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop benefits from support
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently hosted a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop at Victory Bible Camp in Chickaloon, Alaska. The 3-day workshop was attended by 135 participants which included classes taught by over 50 volunteer instructors from Soldotna, Anchorage, Palmer, Glenallen and Fairbanks.

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.

Cracked confidence
Editor’s note: This is part two 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.

Million at stake in CES issue
A longtime member of the Central Emergency Services board said a review of meeting minutes from late 2004 should demonstrate the board’s reluctance to participate in a deal to build the new emergency services building on Wilson Lane.

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.

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.

CES responds to call, finds fellow medic
Paramedics and firefighters deal with tragedy, even death, on a regular basis. Understandably, though, it’s a little different when it’s one of their own.

Stores seeing fake money
Local law enforcement officers are asking businesses to keep their counterfeit detection pens close at hand following a recent spike in the number of counterfeit bills discovered.

Spring kindles wildfire threat
A crosshatch of dead spruce trees could fuel hard-to-control wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula this summer if precipitation is low and temperatures high, Alaska wildfire experts say.

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.

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.

Carolyn Nicholas
Former Kenai resident Carolyn Nicholas, of Reno, Nev.,died Sunday, April 2, 2006 in Reno. She was 72.

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.

Embarrassing distinction: State shouldn't be known for highest rape, sexual abuse statistics
What should the prison sentence be for a rapist who lures a 5-year-old boy into a secluded area and rapes him? In Alaska, that sex offender served three years in prison. We wish this was the exception, but it is all too common.

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

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.

Peninsula People
Colon-Grundy deploys to Iraq Needs radiates

· 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
KCHS choir concert set Exxon Valdez public meeting added Depression screening available Labyrinth walking path opens Safety Day planning meeting slated Historical Society to meet Judge Cranston remembrance ceremony slated

A real Bulldog
Not much slows Nikiski senior Sarah Herrin down. Not motocross jumps, not basketball defenders, not test questions in school.

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