Thursday, June 11, 2009

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Things shaping up on Russian River
It's shaping up to be an exciting weekend on the Kenai Peninsula. The Russian and upper Kenai rivers open to fishing Thursday, and there looks to be a good number of fish moving up those streams this week..

Salmon fever draws mid-westerner north every year
Big game hunters say that once you go to Africa you will always long to return to the Dark Continent. Wing shooters have the same mantra about Argentina.

Buttermilk Biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
1 (3-pound) frying chicken

Easy Texas Sheetcake Brownies
2 cups all-purpose flour

Buttermilk Pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour

Everything's better with buttermilk: The addition of this 'secret' ingredient will transform ordinary recipes into extraordinary ones
Buttermilk is tart and it contains no butter.

Seniors' special day made possible by many
Many thanks to the community volunteers who made the seventh annual Return of the Salmon Celebration at Heritage Place such a great success.

Tragic night for moose
It was a bad night on West Poppy. I saw the twin moose calves in the back yard again as they have been there on an off for the past month with a very large cow.

Open government works for community
These are difficult times, and this is a serious and divisive issue to discuss in the best of times. We can work together as a community, we can share our talents and resources to assist our elected officials with difficult decisions working together in tough times and finding creative solutions to difficult challenges.

Praise given to those who get land for library
This is a special thank you to Soldotna City Manager Larry Semmens, Mayor Peter Micciche and the entire unanimous voting Soldotna City Council for their unwavering support and persistence regarding the planned expansion of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Public Library.

Successful breakfast earns many thanks
To all of you who had the pleasure of attending the Ninilchik Emergency Services pancake breakfast on Memorial Day weekend, thank you for your support.

3 new officers on the beat in Kenai
After a grueling 15-week course at the Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka, summer on the Kenai Peninsula is a welcome sight for the Kenai Police Department's three new additions to the force.

Soldotna to discuss disclosure rules
Soldotna lawmakers are poised to seek voter permission to adopt their own guidelines for financial disclosure rather than comply with state statutes.

Stellar speller returns from bee
Dylan Jackson, 12, and a sixth-grader at Nikiski North Star Elementary, recently returned from competing in 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and while he didn't win the overall competition, he gained a lot from it.

New salmon carcass guidelines on Russian
To prevent the build-up of salmon carcasses on the Russian River, the Russian River Interagency Coordination Group is asking anglers to carry their fish out whole (gutting and gilling fish is OK).

New store takes shape
With the steel support structure taking shape at the site of the new Wal-Mart store in Kenai, passersby are having an easier time conceptualizing what the long anticipated giant retail facility is going to look like when done.

Man arraigned on 9 counts of sexual abuse of minor
A Nikiski man was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday on nine counts of sexual abuse of a minor and six counts of possessing child pornography.

Burn ban in effect
As of Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources suspended the use of burning permits on the western Kenai Peninsula based on a return to sunny, dry weather. Burning in barrels will not be allowed during the suspension.

Grants manager resigns: Golden quits after mayor eliminates her position
For the first time in nearly 24 years, Bonnie Golden can no longer call herself a Kenai Peninsula Borough employee.

Photo feature: Sharing their wares
Tom Sunderland (second from right) and Ron Christianson, right, of Ocean Beauty Seafoods, talk Wednesday to visitors at the Global Food Alaska 2009 trade show and conference at the Soldotna Sports Center. The event, which continues today, brings together Alaska's food producers, buyers and related businesses.

Photo feature: Synchronized soaring
Bald eagles shadow each other high above Eagle Rock hole on the Kenai River in Kenai last weekend.

Wasting the years away: Best prospect for in-state gas still producers' highway route
As a former governor who had negotiated a draft contract with the producers, it is hard not to compare where the gas line project is now to where it would have been had the Palin administration simply proceeded to improve the draft contract we had negotiated pursuant to the Stranded Gas Development Act (SGDA).

Around the Peninsula

Eagle Scout blood drive continues

Around the Peninsula

Eagle Scout blood drive continues

Twins split with Service
American Legion Twins coach John Butler wasn't surprised with his team's performance during the second game of a doubleheader against visiting Service on Wednesday afternoon.

Outdoor activities abound
Those looking to learn about outdoor recreational opportunities will be able to bag two lectures in the next two days to prepare them for weekend adventure.

Alaska: Home Sweet Home
"I'll see you in September,"

What's Happening

Best Bets

Art Briefs

Drama camp planned

Reviewer: Movie not a total loss
'Land of the Lost'

Employees who make the course go round
What can you say -- isn't this weather fantastic? With each passing day I see everything getting greener and better. The sunshine is wonderful and I am conflicted as to whether I should be outdoors enjoying the weather and golfing or getting the work done in the office. Right now the office is winning. Some would say I have my priorities in the wrong order. Maybe someday I will be blessed and just get to play all the time. I think that someday is many, many years away.

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