Thursday, June 17, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Anglers awaiting next push of sockeyes to Russian
Up on the Russian River, anglers are casting lines to catch some of Alaska's tastiest meat -- red salmon.

Painful pursuit: Getting hooked on the Kenai River
The first thing I noticed in the emergency department of Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, were the cardboard cutout figures, one of a male angler, the other of a female. Each was festooned with hooks, lures, and flies, the tackle piercing the corresponding places in the cutouts where actual anglers had been impaled that year. It was sobering to note that the majority of the penetrations were in those areas least protected by clothing: the face and hands.

Chicken Breasts with Blueberry-Balsamic Reduction and Scalloped Potatoes
4 chicken breasts, baked, roasted, or grilled

Now is the perfect time for baking a fresh blueberry and cherry tart. Blueberries and cherries are plentiful at the market, prices are good, and chances are you never knew impressing family and friends with a homemade tart could be so easy. When mixed in a food processor, a tart's sweet pastry shell (the French call it "Pte Sucre") is extra flaky, but good results can also be achieved with a mixer if the dough is not over worked. For your tart, select plump, firm cherries with deep red to purplish hues (the darker the cherry, the sweeter the fruit) and indigo-colored blueberries, with a silver-gray "bloom." (The bloom serves as the fruit's protective coating.) And, if you really feel ambitious, pick up some extra blueberries for making a Blueberry-Balsamic Reduction Sauce, delectable on grilled chicken, pork, or fish.

Many factors affect king returns
Speaking as someone who fishes the southern portion of the Peninsula in the Inlet, the words "knocking them dead" do not describe the king fishing in the area this year and especially not last year. In fact, the best quote might be "The worst fishing I have seen in 25 years," words from a sport fishing guide that has spent an awful lot of time on the inlet for kings.

Are salmon runs done?
We have lived in Kenai for over 33 years now and my wife has caught more kings than I did back in the 1970s and early 80s before they ruled my big motor off the river. Every since the company moved us here to work, I have bragged that I felt the Alaska Fish and Game department was one of the finest in the U.S. But not any more; with letting the guides keep every thing except in a 9-inch range, they basically made it open season again. All the female fish we caught in the allowable range, were full of eggs just the same as the ones protected. Local people do not fish the river anymore because they would get run over. The millionaires have won again. Good bye kings.

Doughnut hole closing
There is good news for about 5,000 Alaska seniors facing high prescription drug prices. Those falling into the "doughnut hole" will receive $250 rebate checks starting soon.

Trooper unit focus is traffic safety
As trooper Gordon Young passed Kenai Central High School on Friday evening, dispatch relayed a concerned citizen's call about three unattended children in Nikiski.

Photo feature: Born to run

Assemblyman says mayor needs help
As the mayor finalizes plans to reshuffle personnel within his office, a Kenai Peninsula Borough assemblyman is proposing an initiative that could significantly reduce any Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor's power.

10 Permanent Fund employees will be affected by salary schedule
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. will give raises to nearly one-third of its staff beyond cost of living, saying wages have fallen behind similar positions.

Boating safety should go beyond law
The tragic manner in which a Washington man died on the banks of the Kasilof River last week doesn't shock the experts. But it does remind them of the dangers that are often overlooked in the world of fishing -- even at the policy level.

James F. Stevenson,
Sterling resident, James F. Stevenson, 91, died of heart failure Saturday, June 12, 2010 at home with his family at his side.

Nana "Nan" Louise Gambini
Kenai resident Nana "Nan" Louise Gambini, 50, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a short illness.

Homer Electric moving forward
First of all, thank you to all our members who attended the HEA 2010 Annual Meeting in Kenai last month. The turnout was great, with over 500 people on hand to enjoy some food and refreshments and gather information about our electric cooperative. It was especially nice to see so many families in attendance! We added a few new activities to our Annual Meeting this year, including a live Safety Demonstration that used energized lines to show why it is so important to stay clear of all power lines. I hope the information was useful and would encourage you to contact me if you have some ideas on how to improve our Annual Meeting next year.

Congress not exempt from health care law
Is it true that members of Congress are exempt from the provisions of the new health-care act? Such as they're not required to buy insurance?

Around the Peninsula

Donations sought

Convoluted mess with clever casting
"The A-Team"

What's Happening

Best Bets

Kenai Peninsula offers sunny events
With some 19 hours of daylight rounding out this month, June in Alaska is a good time to celebrate. This weekend several events in honor of Monday's Summer Solstice will take place around the Kenai Peninsula to take advantage of, and rejoice in, the midnight sun.

Poet's Corner: American Green: Red Meat, White Milk & Blue Cheese
by Brent Johnson, Clam Gulch

Twins take down Road Warriors
The American Legion Twins have not won a seven-inning game all season. The Twins got creative to keep that fact intact on Wednesday in a road game with the Wasilla Road Warriors. The game was supposed to be seven innings, but the game went nine innings and the Twins collected a 6-5 victory.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Rain helps Birch Ridge Golf Course, doesn't deter golfers
Lisa Parker

Oilers, Heroes play to 2-2 tie
For a second day in a row, Mother Nature disrupted the Peninsula Oilers schedule. After Tuesday's game was rained out, the Oilers were to host a doubleheader against the Heroes of the Diamond. However, not even one full game could be played due to more rain.

Oilers notch nonleague win
The Peninsula Oilers got back on the winning track with a nonleague 4-0 victory over the Heroes of the Diamond on Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Tri the Kenai results released
The first Tri the Kenai was held on Sunday at Tsalteshi Trails. The adults swam 500 yards in the pool, biked 10 miles and ran five kilometers. The kids ages 5 to 9 swam 50 yards, biked 1.8 kilometers and ran 1.2 kilometers. The kids ages 10 to 14 swam 100 yards, biked 1.8 kilometers and ran 1.2 kilometers.

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