Thursday, June 3, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Slow start to season
It's been a sluggish start to the fishing season here on the Kenai Peninsula. During the Memorial Day rush last weekend, anglers seemed to be catching more hooligan than salmon.

Lessons in fishing: how to learn to cast
Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Peninsula Clarion Oct. 12, 2003

Rise above the mix
Cake lovers, I've heard you. After two weeks worth of columns containing recipes for pie, you've told me that you're ready to eat some cake. So, here you go -- two stunnnig recipes for scratch cakes, one chocolate and one vanilla, from the recently published "Cakes to die for!," by Bev Shaffer, author of "Brownies to die for!," "Cookies to die for!" and the "Mustard Seed Market & Caf Natural Foods Coobkook." Shaffer's impossible-to-resist square-shaped "Fluffy Peanut Butter-Frosted Chocolate Cake," with its unmistable homemade taste and texture, will become a fast family favorite. And, her easy to prepare "Ricotta Vanilla-Bean Pound Cake" is the kind of moist pound cake that gets even better with age.

For the frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Writers should respect mama bears' territory
Joe McGinniss wants to write a book about Sarah Palin.

Another Crude Awakening?
The BP disaster is another wake up call. Alaska feels the pain of the Gulf Coastal communities. We need real, clean energy and climate legislation that ends our dependence on dirty energy.

DOT: Roadwork not a do-over
A stretch of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof will be closed starting today until June 15 as crews put in a wider culvert, allowing for better fish passage.

Swanson Lake fire ongoing
The fire reported Monday at 5:20 p.m. two miles west of Swanson Lake continues to burn, according to officials. Bud Sexton, fire information official, said that the Alaska Division of Forestry and US Department of Fish and Wildlife requested additional firefighters and air support to assist the eight choppers currently fighting the 60-acre fire and received two village crews to assist.

Hydro input sought
Meetings are being held Wednesday and Thursday in the village of Moose Pass for members of the public to voice their concerns about the impact of a proposed Homer Electric Association hydroelectric project on Grant Lake in the mountains nearby.

Senator rips White House
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski vented her frustrations with the White House and the Democratic congressional leadership while speaking in Kenai on Wednesday.

Kenai closed to kings
The Department of Fish and Game will close the Kenai River drainage for early run king salmon sport fishing this weekend.

Bonebrake retires after nearly 25 years
During his nearly 25 years with the city of Soldotna, Steve Bonebrake wore a number of hats.

Local kids build portable classroom
A local high school's summer construction academy has begun work on a portable classroom behind Kenai Central High School, a portable that should end up at one of the Peninsula's schools next year.

Swanson Lake fire ongoing
A late night's rain helped firefighters secure the perimeter of the fire two miles west of Swanson Lake, the Division of Forestry said Wednesday.

Wildlife Refuge to count Brown Bear population
The Kenai Wildlife Refuge began an operation to count its brown bear population by hair sampling and genetic testing last Tuesday.

Jack H. Brewer
Longtime Nikiski resident Jack H. Brewer died Friday, May 28, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 52.

Around the Peninsula

Relay bank nights begin

Sex in the City 2: Could you tell - the bloom is off the rose, somewhat
Sex and the City 2

What's Happening

First Thursday

Whimsy meets nature
There's something rather whimsical about the pieces by Laura Faeo and Regina McAbee on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center this month.

Art Briefs

It's Kenai River Festival Time!

Birch Ridge Golf Report: 24 youngsters learn the basics of golf at Birch Ridge Golf Course
"Hook a Kid on Golf" is underway with 24 kids partaking in a program that teaches the basics of golf and allows students to continue with their golf education. The program is free and is sponsored by the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Boys and Girls Club. The 24 junior golfers were selected by lottery from 47 applicants. There have been a few golfers that began playing at Birch Ridge at a young age and today work in the golf industry. Chances are there is one in the program underway this week.

Former Brown Bears move on
Former Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman, Jared Beers, will play for NCAA Division I Notre Dame next year. Beers skated with Kenai River during the 2008-09 campaign. Last season, Beers played for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in the United States Hockey League.

Kenai Golf Report: All 18 greens in play at Kenai Golf Course
Could we have asked for better weather for the Memorial Day weekend? Last week when I submitted the column, I never even realized the holiday weekend was upon us. The Memorial Day holiday unofficially marks the beginning of summer and officially commemorates the U.S. servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate price for our personal freedoms. I would like to thank all the past and present members of the military, as well as our local fire and police departments, for keeping us safe. Some of my favorite people are veterans.

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