Friday, June 16, 2006

Business Briefs
Chamber schedules B&B group to meet Saturday Totes, training offered

Art Briefs
Drama camps to train future stars Carving workshops slated Kenai photos wanted

‘Cars’ more than just a slick ride
Animated films, even the best of the lot, rarely tackle themes of any real depth. On the surface, Pixar films would seem to follow the trend. For example, it would seem the overriding message of “The Incredibles” is that it’s OK to try your best and to be special. “Finding Nemo:” family is best. “Toy Story:” we get by with a little help from our friends. And so on.

What’s Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Summer is time to play
This weekend marks the first of two weeks of summer theater productions for the central peninsula, with two plays from the Kenai Performers youth drama camps and an original play from Triumvirate Theater and Kenai Performers authors to hit the stage.

Volunteers made bike ride roll smoothly
At the end of the school year we took 35 Kenai Middle School students for a bike ride on the Unity Trail Loop. We would like to thank the following people for volunteering their time to help us have a safe and fun ride: Carl Glick, Bob Green, Jim Hoover, Mike Shane, Brian Wilkes, Preston Williams and Alex Zerbinos of the Kenai Peninsula Gold Wing Road Riders Association who escorted us safely across Bridge Access Road and alerted the traffic to our presence.

Time has come for a change
The time has come to support Palin for governor. I, being a life-long Republican, am ready for a change in the way our state government is run. I am tired of the same old crap that keeps spewing out of Juneau.

Ninilchik concert great; community spirit even better
On June 10, Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds was privileged to be the host for a wonderful concert — Bousaleil, plus Arlo Guthrie and family. I’m actually writing to tell you about the community that came together to make this happen.

Desire to help drives idea for oil changes
Recently the Men’s Ministry at the Church of God and the Christian Sportsman Fellowship decided that with the rising cost of fuel and living that we would help out some of the seniors and single moms in the community by changing the oil in there cars.

Don’t sacrifice rivers for tourists
I would like to agree with most of Mr. McCombs’ letter (Clarion, June 6) about the fishing on the Kenai River. It is way over used and most of the fishing guides are from out of state (this is my own observation). It is a public resource, but not one to be abused.

Community needs facts, not angry rhetoric
Mike McBride’s editorial, “Initiative would limit taxes” (Clarion, June 8) and his insert in the next day’s Clarion on behalf of Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers make for discerning reading. While “putting the public into the process” in pursuit of “more accountable borough government” is an admirable and desirable goal, there are constructive and destructive ways to pursue that objective.

Months later, Games still deserve applause
My apologies that this letter is long overdue, but better late than never. I am a parent of a member of Team Alaska for this year’s AWG held on the peninsula. My daughter was on the figure skating team representing Alaska. I personally have been involved with almost every AWG since 1982 when it was held in Fairbanks and again in 1988 as a volunteer-coordinator and also went to Alberta in 2004 just in a “parent” capacity.

Murkowski showing his age
Governor Murkowski rolled into town on June 6 on his snake oil sales trip. He wants Alaskans to buy into the “contract” he has negotiated with Big Oil on the gas pipeline and accept the oil tax rate dictated to him by Big Oil. Are we are as gullible as Big Oil thinks we are? Agree with the governor, and you prove we are gullible.

Donations, volunteers help school shoot for the stars
It is said that it takes a community to raise a child — and we at Sterling Elementary have sure appreciated the support we’ve received from all over the country in helping us raise the next generation of explorers as part of our new NASA Explorer School program.

Photo feature: Out for a quick bite
Dave Daum of Anchorage fly fishes a serene location alongside the Resurrection River off the Resurrection Pass Trail near Hope last weekend. He said the fishing was slow on the fast-moving stream.

Late-night stripping gets mayoral veto
For the first time since he has been Soldotna’s mayor, Dave Carey will exercise his veto power, not allowing Good Time Charlie’s strip club to operate past midnight.

Gloom and doom already?
Although upper Cook Inlet commercial fishermen may be the first to start wringing their hands over weak sockeye run projections, the forecast could be full of dark and dreary days for all sockeye fishery user groups.

Celebrations of longest day start Friday
For those inclined to party all day long, next Wednesday would probably be their best bet for a lengthy celebration.

Angler in for long haul with shark
Daniel Presley of Soldotna knows from his years of piscatorial experience that anything is possible when fishing in the deep, dark, fast-flowing waters of Cook Inlet, but not even he was prepared for what he hauled in last weekend.

Group to look into waste management
A proposal by an Anchorage company to take over portions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department operations has prompted Mayor John Williams to form an independent working group to evaluate the borough’s options.

Man can’t skate away from park vandalism charges
Vandalism at Soldotna’s trouble-plagued skateboard park resulted in $3,000 to $4,000 in damage this time, and in the arrest of an intoxicated Kenai man now charged with the destruction.

Hikers face ‘lot’ of danger
While hikers fret and worry about bear attacks on the trails this summer, they may be victimized by an entirely different kind of predator prowling around their vehicles.

Ashley J. ‘Ace’ Falgout
Kenai resident Ashley J. “Ace” Falgout died Saturday, June 10, 2006, in an automobile accident on the Kenai Spur Highway. He was 62.

Wilma Ailene Line
Wilma Ailene Line, an 80-year resident of Seward, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Anchorage. She was 96.

Nature lovers indulge on the trail and movie screen
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Programs:

Thrill of the hunt is good clean fun for clammers
In the six-plus months I have lived in Alaska, no other prey has made my heart pound and left me pan-ting for breath like the clam. When I tell friends in Wisconsin about chasing the swift invertebrate I sometimes receive a confused response.

Kasilof hot for kings, Kenai warming up
Kasilof is the word on the water this weekend as the king fishing continues to remain hot there, and the sockeye bite isn’t bad either.

Robert F. Richardson
Longtime Seward resident and former Mayor Robert F. Richardson died Feb. 7, 2006, in Arizona. He was 81.

Around the Peninsula
Clarion looking for barbecuersTeam gets swimmingRowing regatta plannedAnnual meeting set for fishermenMoose chapter kick-off setHealth Centers board meets MondayCompassion, dignity to be discussedKids car seat checks planned for June 23, 30Kenai swim times scheduledSterling seniors cooking up good time

Charles David ‘Chip’ Mansfield
Soldotna resident Charles David “Chip” Mansfield died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 34.

Around the Peninsula
Governor slated for pipeline hearing in Kenai Ninilchik opens for hatchery kings Counseling service offers education State education board to meet Indonesia aides guests at potluck Kids car-seat checks planned

Church Briefs
Youth service set to praiseCreation science seminar slatedBike regatta registration openCommunity Bible school plannedVacation Bible school to host fiestaTreasure seekers Bible school slatedBible school takes youth to the edgeSummer Bible school sets sailClothes closet opensClothes availableAddictions group meets

Fathers give most valuable gift every day
At the dawn of creation, for the benefit of civilization, God introduced his wonderful family plan: one mother and one father; one woman and one man.

Sports Briefs
State motocross series lands in Kenai Hackett tops in pole bending

Twins split a pair
The American Legion Twins split played 18 innings of hard-nosed baseball Wednesday, splitting a doubleheader at Wasilla.

Oilers beat Bruins with bottom of ninth heroics
David Newby hit a two-out, two-strike double down the right field line to drive in two runs in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Peninsula Oilers a 4-3 win over the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs
Oilers to play two todayFowler, Hackett tops at rodeo grounds

Rain lets the Bird green up
Paul Zimmerman commented to me on Tuesday evening that it never rains on a golf course. I replied, not unless we need to grow grass. With this week’s rain, our grass is a growin’!

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