Thursday, June 10, 2010

ACVB: Anchorage ideal for conventions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite severe budget cutbacks and a slumping bed tax collection, the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to attract organizations looking for a location for its conventions.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Ready or not? Russian set to open
Recent fishery restrictions on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers and southern Peninsula streams may have gotten some anglers down, but there is something to look forward to this weekend with the opener of the Russian River.

One summer of king salmon fishing magic
I have been very fortunate to live on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 30 years. I was able to spend a considerable amount of time fishing the Kenai River and the surrounding streams. I fished many days with remarkable success and felt compelled to write a book of short stories. I wanted to illustrate some of the great sport fishing the Peninsula offered. Here is the short version of one:

Fish and Game watching Anchor River
The Department of Fish and Game is considering closure of the Anchor River to king fishing the rest of the season depending on fish counts there, according to officials.

Jump Start Father's Day: Enjoy Steak with Dad and Friends
Recipes courtesy "Steak with Friends: At Home, with

Donations aid students in need
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Students in Transition Program, I would like to recognize our Soldotna Fred Meyer store. Customers and store associates generously contributed to the Fred Meyer Fund via coin boxes placed at the registers, resulting in an awesome donation of $5,353.55 to our program. These funds will be used to address a variety of needs for homeless students across the Kenai Peninsula. Thank you to all who gave -- you are sincerely appreciated.

Firefighters' response, humanity applauded
Today firefighters responded to a home fire near my house on Kiana Lane in Kenai. Having moved to Alaska just one year ago from southern California (in part to get away from wildfires -- my husband and I had evacuated our home twice in five years), I didn't expect to see any fires near my home (not with so much rain!).

Donations help after-grad affair
Nikiski High School and the Class of 2010 and their parents would like to thank the local businesses and agencies that donated to their after graduation party. These generous donations made for an exciting safe night of celebration. Again, thank you for investing in Alaska's children.

Airport tries new way to deal with fowl issues
The Kenai Municipal Airport began training their bird control dog this week.

Man dies in boat accident
A 49-year-old Washington man died on Tuesday evening when a nylon boat rope snapped and struck him in the torso off the banks of the Kasilof River.

Mayor, Flat Stanley to visit Japan
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey can't read one side of his business card. It's printed in Japanese.

Borough passes $73M budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor's attempt to deliver a tax-cutting budget that called for dipping $7 million deep into the borough's savings didn't fly with the assembly on Tuesday night.

Photo feature: Summer nights
The setting sun illuminates clouds above the Kenai Peninsula recently. The area is receiving nearly 19 hours of daylight each day as the summer solstice approaches.

Anchor River restricted to catch-and-release for kings: Escapement goals are uncertain for this year
King salmon sport fishing on the Anchor River has been restricted to catch-and-release for the remainder of the month, according to the Department of Fish and Game. The restriction begins 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Alaskans watch Gulf spill with interest, comparisons
Alaskans are watching the battle to halt and contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill with keen interest.

Kenai city manager receives praise, raise
The Kenai City Council announced that city manager Rick Koch will receive a 5-percent pay increase after a positive yearly evaluation during the council Monday evening. His current salary is $130,625.

Randy C. Cronce
Lifelong Kenai resident and Alaska Native Randy C. Cronce, 58, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Duane A. Braun
Wasilla resident Duane A. Braun died, Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Seattle. He was 27.

Merlin Arthur "Mac" Chesney
Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Merlin Arthur "Mac" Chesney, 72, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, surrounded by his family at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Debra Lynn Chaffin
Kenai resident and Alaska Native Debra Lynn Chaffin died Sunday, June 6, 2010 at home in Kenai. She was 48.

Around the Peninsula

Public Health schedules immunization clinics

Poet's Corner: Dorothy Westphal
They should have named a flower after you.

Brand a bright spot in 'Greek'
"Get Him To The Greek"

Running and Rocking at the River Fest
The 20th annual Kenai River Festival is being held at Soldotna Creek Park this weekend to celebrate the Kenai Peninsula's lifeblood -- the Kenai River.

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Best bets

Poet's Corner: Belated Birthday Wish
I know it's more than just a few days late

Oilers edge out Bucs in season opener
It was Peninsula Oilers double-double time. Except, instead of burgers offered for two straight doubles in a longtime promotion at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, Oilers fans received a season-opening victory on the road.

Kenai Golf Report: Host of people help Kenai Golf Course get off to great start
Another week's worth of beautiful weather has graced the Kenai Peninsula and what better place to enjoy it than at the Kenai Golf Course. Since the kings have delayed their arrival in the river, there's no time like the present to play in a tournament, take a lesson, or just get out and enjoy a round at the KGC. The course is in amazing shape and the friendly staff is working hard to ensure that your golf outing is incredible.

Twins split with visiting West
The American Legion Twins continued their streak of winning the opening nine-inning conference game then losing the following seven-inning nonconference game against visiting West on Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Twins notched a 13-12, come-from-behind win in extra innings in the first game and dropped the second game 8-4. The Twins are 3-0 in the league and 3-3 overall.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: 'Hook a Kid on Golf' program attracts several youngsters to Birch Ridge
After a week of "Hook a Kid on Golf," we've now got more than 40 kids participating in the Junior Golf Clinic. The junior golfers are fortunate to have not only course pros Tom Walsh and Bill Engberg providing guidance, but also former Birch Ridge Junior Golfer Aaron Dexheimer. Aaron holds a few records on Alaska golf courses, including the course record at Birch Ridge and winning the Alaska State Amateur in 2000. Aaron is now a touring pro playing in pro golf tournaments in Alaska, California and the Pacific Northwest.

Oilers plan to rely less on small ball
Bye bye bunt.

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