Saturday, June 17, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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’!

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

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