Saturday, May 26, 2007

Shame on Alaska Legislature
Around 7,000 of our senior citizens here in Alaska just got the snub from our Legislature. Our Legislature, in their infinite wisdom, failed to renew a bill that has since 2003 helped out our more needy senior citizens with their drug prescriptions. Have you check out the prices of what not to long ago was fairly reasonable drug prescriptions? I have and it is not pretty.

Cures for the ‘Big C’ have come a long way
You may remember a time when the word “cancer” was not even spoken aloud, or referred to in hushed voices as the “C” word or the “big C.” There was a time when it seemed possible to not know anyone who was a survivor of cancer. There was a time when it seemed cancer was a death sentence.

Reader: Problem isn’t the bears
The Peninsula Clarion should stop participating in the “Bear Scare” campaign being conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists to justify and promote their desire for brown bear permit hunts on the Kenai Peninsula.

Be wary, bears everywhere
“Bears everywhere” is a good way to describe bruin activity this past week, and as a result the Kenai Peninsula recorded another bear shot in defense of life or property.

Peninsula mushers to the rescue of homeless dogs
Sled dogs aren’t the only creatures that run in packs. So do some of their owners, as a small group of sled dog rescuers will demonstrate this weekend.

Photo feature: Hello world
A newborn moose calf calls out for its mother alongside the Kenai Spur Highway on Thursday evening. This year’s crop of baby animals are starting to make their appearance.

John B. Mathies
Soldotna resident John B. Mathies died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, from cancer surrounded by family at his home. He was 67.

Weekend requires extra caution
At the stroke of 12:01 Saturday morning, many lines will dip into the cold water of the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek. That process will repeat itself a thousand times before the weekend is over.

Fish, fishermen return to peninsula rivers and streams
The Memorial Day holiday means many things — honoring military members that have fallen, an extra day off from work, barbecues and camping trips.

Moose Range Meadows unusable; facility may take years to repair
Everyone living here on the Kenai Peninsula knows the Kenai River is an unrivaled resource for the local community. The thought of landing a record king salmon or a monster trout lures folks from around the country and, indeed, the entire world. Fishing on the river has always been popular, and the opportunities for harvesting the unparalleled fishery resources in the river are numerous and varied.

Around the Peninsula
Use green thumbs with restraintClasses set to reuniteKasilof cemetery cleanup slatedPancake fundraiser set to flipCowboy up

Soccer squads hunt state berths
Confidence is running rampant amongst Kenai Peninsula soccer teams as they travel to the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Wasilla today.

Religion can kill you; choose life instead
People hear me say I am not a religious person. Hearing this from an ordained minister raises an occasional eyebrow. However, it is true.

Church Briefs
Patriotic celebrations plannedPastor Dockery farewell setVacation Bible schools slatedChurch news sought

The Bird kicks off season
Spring has finally arrived, the 2007 saga begins. Hello and welcome to the Bird Homestead Golf Course, 11.8 miles out the scenic Funny River Road, or 260-GOLF will get us one the phone.

Soldotna baseball picks up 1st win
The Soldotna baseball team defeated Palmer in Homer on Thursday, 7-5, for the first victory in the program’s history. The big moment for the Stars in the game was the fifth inning, when they broke loose for six runs. Soldotna pitchers held Palmer to just two hits. After the game in Homer, the Stars traveled to Kodiak for weekend games.

Machado joins Oilers as coach
Former Kenai Central High School standout Dennis Machado will be joining the Oilers as the pitching coach. Machado has coaching experience dating back to 1994. Coaching stints have included pitching coach for the American Legion Twins from 1994 to 1997, assistant head coach/pitching coach at East Anchorage High School from 2001 to 2005 and pitching coach of the Alaska Baseball Academy from 2004 to 2005. During his four years with East over 10 pitchers went on to the college level (three at the Division I Level), two were drafted and one is now playing professionally.

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