Friday, June 1, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Walton gains leadership experience Food management classes available Youth cooking classes offered CISB tote distribution slated Direct marketing for fishermen program set Crime Stoppers seeks support

Reader questions priorities
The Big Wild Life? Good name.

Senior efforts appreciated
The community of Soldotna wants to thank seniors Kate Quelland, Promise Rodgers, Ed Hull, Oma Keenan, Ben Keenan, Doug Harkey and Tom Williams for handing out yellow bags for cleanup at Safeway. Jan Fena, executive director of the Soldotna Senior Center, helped in organizing this, as well.

Grads get great send-off
This community is terrific. The class of 2007 of Kenai Central High School graduated (May 23) and the after-grad party was a smashing success! Thanks goes to all who donated prizes, food, facilities, time and effort to provide a safe, fun and wholesome place for our graduates to spend those first few hours of “freedom” that began after graduation.

Bear encounter can be electrifying
The story telling of what seems to be an increase of bear encounters on the peninsula is a good reminder of being watchful and proactive in being prepared for bears or to try and make your home a bear unfriendly place.

Writer: Uncle Ted oblivious to failures
Sen. Uncle Ted Stevens has a robust and verifiable record of bringing federal funding to Alaska over his long senatorial career. He also has his imprint on key federal laws and regulations extremely applicable to our state and its peoples. He has hundreds of examples of successful intercession with federal bureaucracy for constituents. His bias is also well known.

Bike paths not made for horses
There are some people off of Echo Lake Road who enjoy riding their horses down Kalifornsky Beach Road. That is great. What isn’t so great is that they go to the bike paths and have the horses walk down those.

New postage system should be stamped out
I am now into the second week of the new “shaped-base” postage system. Is anyone else as disgruntled as me about not being able to figure simple postage any more? I’ve written a letter to our folks in Washington, D.C., asking them why such a convoluted, inept, incompetent and completely unworkable system, at proposal stage by the USPS, was allowed to slip by their watchdogs.

Track meet volunteers take event to finish line
The annual Hershey Track and Field Meet sponsored my North Peninsula Recreation was once again a huge success.

Iditarod mushers need to rest their dogs more
The Iditarod Board of Directors has given one of its mushers a two-year ban for spanking his dogs multiple times. The board of directors should have given themselves a two-year ban, as well, because they are just as guilty of the violation. The board did not take direct action of spanking the dog team, but they set up the conditions for the event to occur. They did this by refusing to throttle the race’s speed by not putting in the badly needed equal run, equal rest recommendations.

Keep your dogs under control
Just as a reminder to all dog owners within the city limits to please keep your dogs on a leash or a run. Now that summer is finally upon us, many folks young and old are out making use of the bike path to enjoy the beautiful weather, and being chased by an unleashed dog is simply no fun. It can result in injuries to not only the rider, but also the dog.

Funding irks Soldotna manager
Legislators from the Kenai Peninsula are not accepting the charge that they short-funded the city of Soldotna during the first session of the 25th Legislature.

Motorcyclist survives collision
Sleep deprivation is to blame for an accident on the Sterling Highway at the entrance of the Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna yesterday morning. Archie Thompson, 19, of Sterling, fell asleep behind the wheel of his 1996 Ford truck, drifted into the northbound lane and sideswiped Linda Barnum-Sargent, 60, of Kenai, who was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Company hopes to mine riches in inlet outside of Anchor Point
An international precious metals exploration company has announced interest in searching for gold offshore of Anchor Point.

Borough mulls mill rate change
Property taxpayers will see some major relief next year if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopts a proposed 1-mill drop in the mill levy.

Stevens to help iron out school funding
Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has been selected to serve on the Joint Legislative Education Funding Task Force, Stevens’ office announced Thursday.

Memorial holiday relatively quiet
Despite the influx of people from out of the area coming to the Kenai Peninsula to fish or camp, emergency officials say there were very few incidents involving crime or fire this Memorial Day weekend.

Landing 240-pound salmon shark in inlet requires family effort for Kasilof teen
Fifteen-year-old Eldon Brown may be half a salmon shark’s weight, but that didn’t stop him from landing one.

Rural graduates on the way to money for college
Four years ago, high school freshmen in seven Kenai Peninsula schools were offered the opportunity to receive $1,000 for up to four years of continued education after high school. This year, 18 students completed all but the final step needed to cash in on their hard work, according to Bonnie Powell, director of Project GRAD Kenai, a program that focuses on increasing high school graduation rates and preparing graduates for success in college.

Peninsula is a giving community
Most of us probably never pay much attention to what’s happening in the central Kenai Peninsula unless it directly involves us, family or someone we know. That’s pretty typical in many places.

Mold vs. bathwater —Kenai tree line making creeping advance
Driving the Seward and Sterling highways in the spring is a good time to see that tree line is slowly but surely creeping up the Kenai mountainsides. The melting snow offers a contrast to the small, dark mountain hemlock and white spruce that poke through this year’s shallow snow. Most of these little guys are trees that are invading the alpine shrub and tundra lands; they aren’t stunted old-growth trees, but are new recruits to the alpine zone and they are spreading upward.

Get lined up: Kings are coming
As the calender flips to June, so too do the chances increase for anglers to see a flipping salmon on the end of their lines.

Outdoor Briefs
Rowing classes availableBrain awareness walk, barbecue setRun for River runners sought

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale fundraiser has a mission Seniors garage sale set Relay for Life planned Rowing classes available Soldotna Historical Society to meet Brain awareness walk, barbecue set Dog Jog set to go Quilters to gather Women go on the defensive Resiliency classes continue Golf tourney set to swing Run for River vendors, runners sought Summer day camp available in Nikiski Garden club digs in Community fun run set to start Midnight Sun festivities set Cheer camp available Annual quilt show a piece of work Social Security reps to visit peninsula

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale fundraiser has a missionSeniors garage sale setPerformers to meet, eat, greetSoldotna Historical Society to meetVolunteers needed for beautification projectBrain awareness walk, barbecue setSteak dinner fundraiser scheduledCowboy upKids reading program continuesMidnight Sun festivities setCheer camp availableAnnual quilt show a piece of workWalk for Hope fundraiser planned

Kardinals, Stars fall at state
The Kenai boys are still searching for their first state tournament victory.

Stars tie game late in regulation, win in penalty kick shootout
It took about 89 minutes of Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championship action over the last two days before Blaine Carver finally scored Soldotna’s first state goal in school history.

Getting decked out for music
The rain was tapping on the plastic awning over the deck at Veronica’s Coffee House in Old Town Kenai. There are several potted plants, including bright pink geraniums on the window sills. One end of the room was packed with musicians: three guitarists were already strumming by 7 p.m., and a mandolin player joined later.

Poet’s Corner
What comes to mind when you see a stripe, red or white?

Writers to converge on Homer
The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, organized by the University of Alaska Kachemak Bay Campus, is held June 8 to 12 and brings 19 guest writers, poets, agents and editors to town. The following are profiles of three of the visiting faculty.

Lovable and loathable, Jack is back
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Art Briefs
Vendors wanted Making the mold Artists wanted to decorate outdoors Teachers helping teachers Reality show looking for Alaskans Council offers art grant, fellowship Performers winging it Kids’ reading program ongoing

Family commandment: Speak the truth in love
Charlie Trimble was the inventor of one of the first hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.

Church Briefs
Mission fundraiser continuesChurch garage sale set to beginPastor Dockery farewell setCongregation says goodbye to WaltersMissionary to speakVacation Bible schools slatedAnnual Wings of Eagles conference setChurch news sought

Twins open season this weekend
The American Legion Twins will open their season with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Par 3: shorter course, long fun
Par three, that is. And that’s what this past Saturday at Birch Ridge was all about when 40 golfers came out to tee off for the 34th Anniversary Par Three Tournament. The course was set up with the tee boxes moved to make it possible for each team of four, combining their efforts in a scramble format, to get the ball in the hole with three shots. And with a net score of 31, I’m very happy to report that I managed to somehow end up on the winning team again (more about having good partners than playing good golf).

Frost replaced by green
Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. 260-GOLF will get us on the phone.

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