Saturday, June 16, 2007

Reader: Too many guides
I’d like to respond to letters recently written by Don Johnson. I fish our rivers voraciously and passionately once winter retreats and ice flees. I’ve read opinions rendered by Mr. Johnson and finally felt the urge to respond to the propaganda he slings bi-weekly.

Whos whining?
I find it interesting that it appears the private boater on the Kenai River is the one complaining the most about the increase to 50hp on the Kenai River. The last year I could find statistics for was 2005, where 43 tickets were written to boaters with over the 35hp limit.

What drops of oil?
I had to bring up my letter (Clarion, April 23) on my computer which Don Johnson is talking about (Clarion, June 6) and am amazed that a business person of character would stoop so low as to commit character assignation of a person who he has probably never met, as I have never met this man.

Transitional housing a go
The Soldotna City Council accepted a $500,000 community development block grant for a new transitional housing facility on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Love In the Name of Christ’s Family Hope Center will provide low-income housing to people who are looking to make substantial improvements in their life.

Bear vs. dog: Encounters continue
After six days of camping in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, Celeste Millington of Soldotna decided to spend Tuesday evening, her last night in the woods, hiking with her husband, two sons and their Labrador/basset hound mix named Ozzie.

District teachers earn accolades
A number of Kenai Peninsula educators recently were recognized for their work with students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Kelly McKeirnan
Longtime Soldotna resident Kelly Michele McKeirnan died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at her home in Soldotna. She was 44.

Jorge P. Bravo
Longtime Alaskan Jorge P. Bravo died Saturday, June 9, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 35.

Global event should happen more often
Nothing like this has ever happened

Kenai, Kasilof flats: resources to conserve — not trample
Two years ago, I became a resident of the Kenai Peninsula and like most new residents, was immediately impressed with the richness of its natural resources. In time I became particularly captivated by the Kenai and Kasilof flats. These two “flats” are, in fact, estuaries.

Kings: Kasilof peaks, Russian hot hot
Anglers may be in for some action this weekend as fishing is starting to heat up in numerous locations around the Kenai Peninsula.

An Outdoor View
Author’s note:Tuesday marked my 20th anniversary of writing outdoor columns for the Clarion. When I began, John Marrs was editor, I was writing on a Remington typewriter and no one dreamed there would ever be 350 Kenai River guides.

Around the Peninsula
KPFA meeting set Father’s Day brunch set Canine Good Citizen test planned Monday

Church Briefs
Christ Lutheran hosts concert Guest speakers set for United Methodist Vacation Bible schools slated Annual Wings of Eagles conference continues Church news sought

A father’s greatest goal: to lead his family to God
Knock on our front door and you’ll find yourself staring at a plaque containing the following quote of Joshua (of wall falling fame): “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord,” an appropriate goal for any father at any time, but an especially fitting one to ponder on Father’s Day.

When you’re hot, you’re hot
New opponent, same old Oilers.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Variety spiced up the Birch Ridge Golf Course this past week. From juniors to seniors, experienced “duffer” to beginning “whiffer,” from men of all ages to ladies in pink, Birch Ridge has been buzzing with activity and something for everyone. Thankfully the weather varied on Sunday from the cool, breezy, rainy days we’ve come to expect, as sunshine covered the course filled with pink for the Second Annual Rally for a Cure Tournament.

Sports Briefs
Spit Run registration now open National Barrel Horse Association results All-conference softball, baseball announced

Bird Homestead Golf Report
I have acquired a new friend as I travel to the Bird Homestead Golf Course each morning. About two-thirds of the time I see Mr. Coyote finishing up his nightly rounds and heading home. And you thought I had an imaginary friend that traveled with me! Hello and welcome to the continuing saga here at the golf course on Funny River. I am never disappointed in the beautiful 11.8-mile trip to the course. The leaves are finally filling out (only about two weeks past due), after all it was only 35 degrees here this morning. But hey, the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day in paradise.

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