Friday, May 27, 2011

Business Briefs

Kenai, Soldotna chambers plan joint meetings

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:

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.

Anadromous stream protection ordinance garners support
The Kenai River Watershed Foundation strongly supports Borough Anadromous Stream and Habitat Protection Ordinance 2011-12. The Foundation represents stakeholders in the watershed, and especially those in Cooper Landing and Moose Pass. It is important for the Borough to renew and expand its commitment to protect all anadromous waters and related habitats.

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.

Torch Run support appreciated
The Central Peninsula Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run coordinators would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the 2011 Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run. Special thank you to McDonalds for all of their help in preparing for, and hosting, this 5k event. We would also like to thank Kenai Safeway for donating fruit for all of the participants. Thank you to Kenai Mayor Pat Porter for opening remarks, and also to the Kenai Fire Department for their assistance in starting the run/walk. Finally, thank you to all of the 83 runners, walkers, bicyclists, volunteers, and to everyone who made a donation. You all made this event a tremendous success for Central Peninsula Special Olympics.

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.

SoHi baseball team appreciates support
The SoHi Baseball team, coaches and booster club would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have donated money, time or in-kind items to support our baseball program this season: 907 Customs

Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula splashes into safety water event
Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and participating organizations hosted the 8th Annual Water Safety Event on May 7 at Skyview High School. This year 102 children plus their parents and caregivers attended the event and learned about water safety and 72 of them purchased Mustang personal flotation devices (PFDs) for a discount.

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.

Zoning changes might shake up oil, gas works
Oil and gas development might be at stake in the land use debate surrounding a code change to the zoning for two Kenai neighborhoods.

Pace rezone axed
The Soldotna City Council struck down the proposed rezone of Pace Street Wednesday night without voting.

Helgevold enters plea deal
Clarence Helgevold Jr., the man responsible for the January death of 47-year-old George Larion, entered guilty pleas to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence during a Friday change of plea hearing in Kenai superior court.

Photo: First Fish

A pedalling predicament: Soldotna hopes to boost growing cycling culture
As far as cycling goes, Soldotna is living in the past.

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.

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.

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.

Stormy Lake pike getting attention, input
Solutions to address invasive northern pike in Stormy Lake range from doing nothing to a $3.8 million drain job, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game fishery biologist Robert Massengill.

Be safe out there this weekend and summer
It's Memorial Day weekend, and here on the Kenai Peninsula, the kids are out of school, fish are in the rivers and it's time for us to get under way with our summer.

Loons are fascinating, highly specialized and exceptionally charismatic
The ice is finally off the lake, and a loon pair is vociferously asserting its claim of seasonal dominance, so I feel compelled to write something about loons. But what to write -- loons are fascinating, highly specialized and exceptionally charismatic creatures, so there is much to be said about them.

A turning passion: Woodturning group seeks to teach, share knowledge
Paul Johnson stood in front of a misshapen wooden amalgamation.

To die for
Author's note: This is another story about hunky river ranger Rod and scrumptious Kenai River guide Jenna, my attempt to teach readers about fish while they read a steamy romance novel. -- LP

Around the Peninsula

4-H trees still available

Around the Peninsula

Public health center to close for holiday

Poet's Corner

What Terry Novotony Saw at Age 7

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

Art Briefs

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

What's Happening

Best Bets

Looking for answers: motion brings ... clarity
It's the feeling you get when you're favorite sports team is tied with less than 30 seconds left. It's how you feel when your children are performing in front of a large crowd or when you have to make a life changing decision. That feeling that swells within your gut and causes every muscle to contract at the same time without you even knowing is called ... tension.

Church Briefs

5th Sunday Worship planned

3 weeks of crazy
I want to apologize to the eight or nine people reading my insanity for missing last week's column. I do have a pretty good excuse -- or at least one that I am sticking with. The three weeks leading up to the Alaska Baseball League season is always crazy. The roster is going crazy. Players are coming, not coming. Draft. Travel issues. Class issues. The list goes on and on.

Bird Homestead gets tourney season going
Bird Homestead Golf Course kicked off the season May 14 with the Hordemann Birthday Tournament. Each year Mark and a few of his friends gather to play a nine-hole, blind-draw scramble to start off the season. This year we had 30 people who turned out and they all had a great time.

Homer softball wins
The host Homer softball team defeated Kodiak 8-0 on Thursday in Northern Lights Conference action.

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.

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.

SoHi soccer loses at state
The Soldotna girls soccer team proved itself the class of the Northern Lights Conference this season.

Kardinals topple SkyHi in softball
Skyview pitcher Sam Reynolds wore sunglasses with hot-pink rims to shield her eyes in the third inning.

Stars win, Kards lose at NLC tourney
PALMER -- Roger Phillips was waiting for his team to put it all together, but the Soldotna coach finally saw that happen in the sixth inning Thursday.

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

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.

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