Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mapping wildlife viewing on the Kenai
Surveys show that more visitors come to Alaska to see wildlife and breathtaking scenery then to catch a trophy fish. Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula has earned a global reputation as being the one destination that has it all. So when family, friends or clients come to visit expecting to see it all in a few days how do you make it happen for them without being a professional wildlife guide? The answer is available this month in the fresh off the press community effort known as Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Guide accompanied by the Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail Map.

Outdoors
Nothing seems to remind us more that spring is here and winter is gone then those first green shoots of grass replacing ice and snow in our lawn. Those very first signs of our lawn coming to life also seem to trigger something in us each year. Each year we attack our lawn with renewed energy as “this will finally be the year that someone, anyone will finally notice our lawn!” “Wow it looks like a golf course” will actually be heard on our lawn this year.

Sterling woman releases “How to” DVD
Now that the salmon are returning once again, catching, filleting, skinning, smoking, canning, and curing those eggs so you can catch another is on everyone’s mind. While there may be as many methods and recipes as there are fishers in Alaska, 38 year Sterling resident and grandmother of 18, Annette Meyer has just released a new “How to” DVD that will put you on the cutting edge of processing your own fish. For years Meyer has subsistence fished with her husband and grandkids. “So you catch all these fish and someone has to take care of them, and while you may have a lot of help I developed an easy method to fillet ‘em, skin ‘em, smoke ‘em and get them all ready for the freezer,” says Annette.

Rare license plate finds a home at Kenai Vet Center
A historic State of Alaska license plate that once rode around on the bumper of Alaska’s infamous “Bush Rat” Governor Jay Hammond’s pick-up is now the property of the Kenai Vet Center. According to Department of Motor Vehicles director Duane Bannock only two of the plates were ever made and this is the only one known to still exist, “Dated 1976 this undoubtedly was the plate used by the late Governor Jay Hammond,” Bannock told the Dispatch. Apparently the plate appeared several years ago when Bannock first took up his duties as DMV director and was then given to the Murkowski administration with the intention of using the collector’s plate for a special commemorative or presentation.

Local Pastor cast as Ruth in new motion picture
Sherry Morris is an ordained minister and pastor of the Trinity Christian Center on the Sterling Highway, a mother of four, a grandmother, and a recording artist who will soon be heading to Israel to portray the biblical character of Ruth in a new full length motion picture entitled Crossing the Kings Highway. Sherry says she met with producers a few years ago while in Los Angeles regarding the project. Then several months ago while singing at Donald Trump’s Palace she met again with the same producers and this time was offered the part of Ruth in the movie. “I said absolutely. They feel I look the part and we went to Israel for a photo shoot and screen test and apparently everybody was happy with the results so this summer we’re headed off to make the movie,” said Morris.

Memorial Day can’t be forgotten
Whew! It’s over. Aren’t you glad Memorial Day comes only once a year? I mean, if we had to be reminded of our military every day we’d all go nuts.

Answer on river is a speed limit
Counting drops? I just read a story that leaves me to the conclusion that there is a general lack of knowledge concerning the move to four-stroke or direct injection two-stroke engines for Kenai River boating.

Internet only reliable news source
I am puzzled by the behavior of the mainstream press when it comes to reporting national political news, particularly the results of the three nationally televised debates of the Republican candidates for president. Am I mistaken in assuming that the function of a news organization is to report in a clear, honest and unbiased manner the events which comprise the news? If the mainstream news organizations are not really news organizations at all, then just what are they?

Pebble could be bright spot
Alaska is facing an uncertain economic future. I hope the gas line will move forward, but recent events seem to indicate that project could be farther down the line than we’d all like to think. Our visitor industry is facing extreme competition from other destinations, and we are not doing much to support it when we pass taxes and other provisions like we did in a recent statewide election.

Kasilof couple loses home to fire, but not hope
A basement fire left Roxanne Mathewson’s house an empty shell, but the love and support she received from the neighborhood and Kasilof Community Church overwhelmed her.

Education suit ruling expected
An Anchorage Superior Court judge is expected to rule soon in a landmark lawsuit over the adequacy of state funding for schools.

Cigarette taxes increase July 1
Smokers will be paying higher taxes on cigarettes starting July 1, the Alaska Department of Revenue advised in a news release Monday.

Firefighters douse Anchor Point blaze
Extinguishing a three-acre wildfire ignited near Anchor Point on Monday evening required 19 state and local firefighters, and is being seen by area residents as a wake-up call that the spring fire season has arrived.

He’s looking over a record 111,060 four-leaf clovers
Cooper Landing resident Ed Martin Sr. is not one to shrink from a challenge, even when it comes to clovers. So when someone told him he should try for the world record in 1999, he really got serious.

Borough proceeding cautiously while school funding addressed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is not abandoning plans to sue the state of Alaska over inequitable funding for peninsula schools, the borough administration confirmed Tuesday.

Photo feature: Swimming upstreet
Erin Powers paints an image from the life cycle of salmon onto a mural alongside Binkley Street in Soldotna on Tuesday afternoon. She and other members of Soldotna High School’s art club have been working to restore the original mural, which has been on the retaining wall near Safeway for many years.

Start spreading the news
Everything you ever wanted to know about Alaska food available under one roof: that’s how the promoters of Global Food Alaska 2007 are pitching the event scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes availableWednesday market stocks upStem cell health to be discussedLuau fundraiser ready to entertainNikiski fun run set to startMidnight Sun festivities setTeachers ready to learnSwim lessons make a splashCheer camp offeredNinilchik fair seeks sponsors, gardenersEverything under the sun fundraiser setMilitary reunion planned

Around the Peninsula
Summer day camp available in Nikiski Nutrition classes available Canine Good Citizen test planned Teens for rent Quilt show a piece of work Walk for Hope fundraiser planned Digital cameras sought

Oilers take season opener
Fancy footwork and a nice hop made a victorious difference for the Peninsula Oilers Monday on Opening Night.

Oilers break out bats in romp
Matt Thomson pitched five solid innings of one-hit ball, Nick Buss was 3-for-3 and Steve Goins had three RBIs in leading the Peninsula Oilers to a 9-0 victory over the California Bears on Tuesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Kenai Golf Report: Shaping up nicely
Hello, Golfers. Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day to enjoy golfing at the Kenai Golf Course, which I did along with my better half and preferred golfing partner, Dave. I wish I could say that my golf game had improved over the winter, but that is certainly not the case!

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