Thursday, May 26, 2011

Business Briefs

Kenai, Soldotna chambers plan joint meetings

Low water shouldn't lower expectations: Holiday weekend marks unofficial start of fishing season
Unusually low water levels and modest fish counts mark the beginning of the early run king salmon season on the Kenai Peninsula.

Thought for the season: The right line is a tight line
On the first day of third grade, around the time I first wetted a line, there was a message scribbled on the chalkboard when I walked into Mr. Pearcall's classroom:

Take the Bitter with the Sweet with Zesty Marmalades
A recent trip to Florida placed me on Interstate 95 where numerous citrus centers offered in-season Valencia oranges and Vidalia onions for purchase. With prices and supplies good, I bought several bags of each with plans to make marmalade. The oranges were juicy, thin-skinned and contained minimal seeds, making them ideal for my purpose. And, the onions, as anticipated, were sweet and packed with flavor. Besides the oranges and the onions, little else is needed to make marmalade, and most of us will have all the ingredients we need already in the house. Orange marmalade, for instance, consists of nothing more than fruit, water and sugar. You don't even need extra pectin (the substance that causes gel formation) for making orange marmalade, because there's plenty of natural pectin already in the peel. Marmalades are easy to prepare and are a key ingredient in many other recipes for marinades, glazes and sauces. If you are one of those people who think they don't like orange marmalade, I'll hope you'll try this recipe. Commercially prepared marmalades can be bitter and a ghastly off-color. They are expensive, too. An encounter with bad orange marmalade can seriously put a person off, but a good marmalade will transform a marmalade-hater into a marmalade-eater (and maker), for life.

Pioneer Potluck

Picnics in the Hayfield -- 1943-1945

Animals left in Dumpster an outrage
I feel the need to express my broken heart over people who throw live animals into trash Dumpsters. This is an awful, inhumane way for animals to die. Someone decided to try to kill some kittens by leaving them in the trash bin on Funny River Rd. People who do this are animal abusers, and not responsible pet owners. I wish they could get dumped in the trash. May they never feel the love of an animal again in their lives.

Trivia contest a blast
The Patrons of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and Triumvirate Theatre would like to thank all the amazing Triviapalooza 2011 participants who came to represent on Friday, May 13. We had a total of nine teams including Team Radiohead, Team Trivia Newton John representing the Alaska Public Defenders Agency, Team Would You Like to Know, Team Here for the Beer! Representing CISPRI, Team Redoubt Reporters representing the Redoubt Reporter, Team Febreze, Team Doug is in the Trunk, Team Afta-Ew and Team Striving for Mediocrity. This year's struggle for quiz bowl supremacy was a close race, with only a few points separating the leader board. Team Redoubt Reporters managed to pull out their second win, with Team Trivia Newton John and Team Striving for Mediocrity taking the second and third place spots.

Sport fishery already managed for opportunity
Regarding the letter titled "Do we really want more tourist dollars?" (Peninsula Clarion, May 24): The commercial fishery has not fished on early Kenai kings since 1978, the original Cook Inlet Management Plan. The escapement on that run of kings has been dumbed down to a "range" of 7,000 to 9,000 kings. This was done to promote in-river angler opportunity. One account states that guides average one fish per boat per day. Remember the hook and release debates? The late run kings remain robust however those kings are getting smaller. Nowadays when a 70-pounder is landed it is plastered on the front page of the paper. Mr. Johnson complains about mismanagement but I have been to the Kenai Airport in July. There is nowhere else in the world where boxes of cheap fish are stacked high and shipped out. The sport fishery is managed for opportunity while the commercial fishery is prosecuted according to escapements. Finally, if a derby can be held to raise funds to mitigate the same impact it creates, if this is the new age hypocrisy of in-river stewardship, then you get more of what you have now. The biologists only implement the allocations set forth by the board of fish.

Agrium plant to be transported to Nigeria
There's a shipping contract that would transport the Agrium plant from Nikiski to Nigeria in August for $28 million, but so far the plant hasn't been sold.

Time to watch out for wildlife: Hungry bears, calving moose likely to be ornery
After a long winter hibernation, bears are starting to be out and about -- and they are hungry -- says Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kenai area wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger.

Budget takes shape; Assembly to consider $71 million spending plan at June meeting
Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor David Carey said he had one goal in mind when he began to address the borough's 2012 fiscal budget five months ago.

Photo: First Fish

Bail set for robbery suspects
A Kenai judge set bail Tuesday for two men implicated in the April armed robbery of Nikiski's 4-Lands Bar and Liquor Store.

Minor changes to sport fish regulations now in effect
The Alaska Board of Fisheries approved changes to regulations that take effect this season. According to Jason Pawluk, Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant area management biologist, the changes are minor, but there are two changes that may have more impact than the others.

Photo: So long, farewell

Byford found guilty: Jury convicts on all counts
Ed and Donna Kock lost a lot to Ed Byford over the last six years, but Wednesday evening they didn't mind giving up a Chinese dinner on his behalf.

Peninsula fares well in capital budget: Spending measure includes $144 million for Peninsula, awaits governor's review
The final $3.1 billion capital budget passed by state lawmakers this month includes nearly $144 million for the House districts that serve much of the Kenai Peninsula.

Kelley Guy Baker
Clam Gulch resident Kelley Guy Baker died in an automobile accident in Clam Gulch on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. He was 52.

Around the Peninsula

Public health center to close for holiday

Around the Peninsula

Musicians, vendors wanted for music festival

What's Happening

Best Bets

Poet's Corner

What Terry Novotony Saw at Age 7

Art Briefs

Creative summer weekend workshops offered at Across the Bay Tent & Breakfast Adventure Company

'Pirates' back for a swashbucking good time
"Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides"

Baseball teams seek state berths
The Soldotna baseball team is wasting no time easing junior Tyler Marcuson back into baseball.

So far, Mother Nature smacks a sweet mulligan
Sunny days are here to stay? Following last summer's weather malaise, golfers asked Mother Nature to hit a mulligan. Fortunately, this spring has been an entirely different story. The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and all is right in the golfing world, unless you're a Tiger Woods fan.

SoHi soccer hunts Lynx
Even a plump cat sleeping next to a fire could get excited about the Soldotna girls soccer team's next game.

Homer softball sweeps Kodiak
The Homer softball team moved to 6-0 in the Northern Lights Conference with a 9-5 victory over visiting Kodiak on Wednesday. The Mariners also took a second, nonconference game 13-3.

Sports Briefs

Kenai Central softball splits with Kodiak

Bears sign David for 2 more: Kenai River coach to return after record-breaking season
Kenai River Brown Bears coach Oliver David, who guided the team to its most successful season in club history last season, will return for the 2011-12 campaign.

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