Saturday, June 14, 2008

Many make Relay 'a huge success'
The American Cancer Society's Central Peninsula Relay for Life, which took place at Skyview High School on May 30 and 31, was a huge success.

Vote goes for clean water
Count me among the many Alaskans who is anxious to vote for the Clean Water Initiative. I believe the initiative is the only way to force the Pebble Mine developers to engineer a nonpolluting way to extract minerals. If there is no way to mine the metals without destroying the watershed, then Alaska doesn't need this type of job creation.

U.S. doing a good job of destroying itself
In 2007 a fuss was raised in the Seattle area about two males, "Middle Eastern-looking," taking photos of the car deck of a Washington ferry. A picture of the two was taken by a ferry employee and turned over to the FBI. The FBI launched a "manhunt." The photo was published in the area newspapers. There never was a "crime."

Journals of Cook Inlet namesake up for discussion
Living along the shores of Cook Inlet, it's tough not to know a little bit about Capt. James Cook, but anyone interested in learning more about the British explorer, navigator and cartographer for which this water body was named may want to visit the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 1 p.m. today.

HEA offer could restart Healy plant
Homer Electric Association has expressed willingness to turn over all or part of its rights attached to the Healy Clean Coal Plant to a Fairbanks-based utility in return for financial help covering the costs of continuing to generate power with natural gas rather than coal.

Clean water forum sparks controversy
One day after the Alaska Supreme Court ruled one of two clean water initiatives wouldn't be on the August primary ballot, representatives from both sides of the issue faced off in a forum discussion to promote their case and take questions on the remaining initiative.

Henry named Alaska State Elk of the Year
For someone who's only been part of the Kenai chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for three years, being named Elk of the Year for your lodge is a huge achievement. But Mike Henry was not only named Kenai Elk of the Year on May 21, he also was named Alaska Elk of the Year.

Weekend king salmon fishing looks to heat up
King salmon fishing in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers was reported to be very good this past week and should only get better going into the weekend, as historically the numbers of early run king salmon moving into these waterways reach the peak of the run during the second week of June.

Paul Louis Stevens
Meridian, Idaho, resident Paul Louis Stevens died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at St. Luke Hospital in Meridian. He was 73.

Take aim on a good time
As Joe McMullen of Kasilof approached his quarry, he was pleased with what he saw.

Celebrate wildflowers at the refuge
The summer solstice marks the peak of wildflower season in Southcentral Alaska. To make the most of this special time, join us at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to learn more about wildflowers at our Celebrate Wildflowers Fun Day.

Around the Peninsula

Steak fundraiser set to serve

4 questions add spark to love relationships
Love and marriage are masterpieces of God's creative plan. Two people with different personalities, backgrounds and gifts enter into a love relationship that makes them one.

Church Briefs

Volunteer mission teams come to Alaska

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Course greens up nicely
Sunshine, blue skies and beautiful green fairways! What more could a person want to enjoy on a great afternoon with friends?

3 Oilers combine on no-hitter
Not even Tom Myers knew what was transpiring.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Taking week off is difficult
A week in June is not my first choice for being out of Alaska. I don't like missing an opportunity to spend time at Birch Ridge Golf Course doing one of my favorite things -- spending time with friends doing something I love, and, oh yeah, playing some golf. But the chance to meet our newest granddaughter for the first time and visiting her big sister and parents is on the short list of my reasons to leave Alaska during the summer. So, that's what we did and the reason this week's report will cover two weeks of exciting activities and events at Birch Ridge.

Kenai grads earn hoops scholarships
Kenai Central graduates Nathan Byrd and Cory Toombs have signed to play basketball in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

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