Saturday, April 30, 2005

Fly fishers find lakes fantastic
WICKERSHAM, Wash. — All day, Brian Knutson whooped and chuckled. On a private lake at the foot of Twin Sisters Mountain in early March, Knutson was having a great day fly-fishing. From midday until the fading sun shone only on the 5,836-foot mountain peak, Knutson was constantly tangling with large rainbow trout. Even as others struggled to land a single fish, the University Place resident was reeling in trout, including one that approached 9 pounds.

Kings must be off boat, shore before filleting
Anglers anxious to get an early start on king salmon fishing on the Kenai River must be careful not to carry that exuberance over to the cleaning of their catch. Beginning May 1 anglers will not be able to fillet or otherwise mutilate their fish until reaching shore or leaving a shoreline fishing site with their catch.

Many make playground a swinging success
Cook Inlet Academy recently completed its Playground Extravaganza, a fund-raising carnival night and raffle that raised more than $13,000 for our new playground equipment. The whole evening was lots of fun and a good time was had by all.

Redoubt students bridge gaps on field trip
The fifth-graders at Redoubt Elementary have been reading about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and studying the different kinds of bridges around the country.

Tournament bowls over chamber director
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's second annual Up Your Alley Bowling Tournament was a lively evening with heavy competition between teams with three heated games.

Fire season heating up
A tall column of smoke attracted the attention of hundreds of motorists on the Sterling Highway near Longmere Lake on Wednesday evening and brought a quick response from Central Emergency Service firefighters.

Kenai econ still strong
At an Agrium-sponsored presentation, economists for the state of Alaska said the Kenai Peninsula's diverse economy equips it to accommodate ups and downs in different sectors of the economy.

After Saturday, motorists to be cited for using traction devices on roads
With the Sunday deadline looming for taking studded tires off vehicles, area tire shops are being kept busy.

NYO links culture, competition
Two Native Youth Olympics teams from the Kenai Peninsula will head to Anchorage next week to demonstrate a stamina and flexibility unknown to most.

Unique games highlight of NYO
The Salamatof and Kenaitze teams will assemble with nearly 400 youth from across Alaska in Anchorage to demonstrate their skills next week. According to the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau's Web site, the NYO have become so popular for spectators, that the competition this year moves to Anchorage's largest venue, the Sullivan Arena, for the first time.

Liberty hopes to join gold rush
As Northern Dynasty Mines Inc. proceeds apace toward what company officials hope will be construction of North America's largest open pit mine, another mining company with claims to three times the territory held by NDI is gearing up for another season of test-hole drilling in the Pebble porphyry northwest of Lake Iliamna.

Be prepared: Children, animal tourists are here
Compared to most, this year's breakup has been a fairly smooth transition for the central Kenai Peninsula.

PERS-TRS fix needed now
April 12 was a good news day for state, borough and local government employees who are dedicated to public service and schoolteachers who are committed to nurturing educational opportunities for Alaska families.

Rescued skier ready to return to dancing
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Charles Horton spent eight cold, lonely nights stranded in the Colorado backcountry with a broken right leg, but now he has something else to worry about — dancing.

Jumping the witches' broom: Merlins and fidelity — it's not what you think
About this time last year, I had a pair of merlins make their home on the vacant one-acre lot behind my house. Merlins are small falcons that mostly eat small birds. Called "pigeon hawks" by falconers, they are found worldwide, breeding from about the 40th parallel to the arctic tundra.

Yellowstone volcano docudrama not affecting visitor plans
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A cable television docudrama depicting a cataclysmic eruption of the Yellowstone National Park ''supervolcano'' has drawn some free advice from the public but nary a concern from folks making plans to visit the popular park, officials say.

Climbing season begins on Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Climbing season has begun at Mount McKinley with several changes, including higher climbing fees.

Photo feature: Rollin' on the river
Above, Chris Degernes of Anchorage and her dog Trapper shoot a small set of rapids on the upper Kenai River near Cooper Landing April 9 while Sue Krafft of Ninilchik and Denise Dutile of Soldotna wait their turns. At left, Trapper gets a scratch under the chin from Degernes while they wait for the rest of their companions to get their kayaks in the water at the Kenai River boat launch in Cooper Landing earlier in the day. The group paddled from Cooper Landing and pulled out at Jim's Landing. "This is kind of an annual spring thing to do — put the skis away and get out the kayak paddle," Degernes said. Ingrid Corson of Anchorage also paddled with the group.

Outdoor Briefs
Kachemak Bay State Park seeking volunteersFish and Game to host firearms clinicsClarion collecting duct tape stories

Around the Peninsula
Time to ante up for poker tourneyCinco de Mayo celebration setSpaghetti feed fund-raiser slatedFree skate day ready to rollHealth care coverage to be discussedSkyview after-graduation committee to meet

Earthly light, spiritual light an eternity of difference
It happened again. Every year at this time, the gradual addition of light each day creeps up on me until one day it affects my attitude.

Professor ponders 'roadside religion'
Timothy Beal's epiphany occurred on a drive from Washington, D.C., to Cleveland.

Church Briefs
40 Days campaign continuesDrama troupe to meetBible study group meeting slatedClothing availableAddictions group meeting setDay of prayer slatedVBS, children's activities sought

Southeast mountain goats come into view
JUNEAU — Juneau outdoorsman Joel Bennett described mountain goats as ''gymnasts of the rocks.'' He said he saw a dozen or so recently while walking along Mendenhall Lake. ''To watch how they negotiate those steep cliffs — they're such agile creatures.''

Officials plan meeting on wood bison restoration
FAIRBANKS (AP) — State and federal officials agree that wood bison once roamed Interior Alaska. Meetings this week may advance the effort to bring them back.

Scientists study nutrition in moose
PALMER — It's a sight that has caught more than one passer-by off guard: five moose in a pen at the University of Alaska's experiment farm, including four calves wearing halters and a 3-year-old cow with a dish-sized rubber plug stuck in her side.

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