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Friday, June 18, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

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.

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.

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.

Hospice appreciates contribution
On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Foundation for their contribution of $500 to our organization. Your support has helped purchase 20 backpacks for children attending Camp Mend A Heart.

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.

Schools don't need fancy extras
I just don't understand todays schools budgets: just can't run a school without millions of dollars more as extra funding, but the results seem to be a straight line if not lower on some as far as progress of students' knowledge.

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.

Avoid bad karma by returning hula hoops
Kudos to the Kenai Watershed and KDLL for an amazing Kenai River Festival. The music, booths, people, food were just so enjoyable. I spent both Friday and Saturday dancing, eating and visiting with friends. Thanks for a great time for all ages.

Generosity appreciated
I would like to thank all that were involved in the benefit at the Riverside House May 1 in Soldotna. I really appreciate the support and generosity of everyone that helped put this event together, and all you anonymous donors out there, you rock. This has tremendously helped pay for medical bills and transportation costs during my treatment. It really meant a lot to me to see everyone come together to help someone they care for.

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.

In retirement, still trucking
Bruce Campbell, now nearing 80 years of age, is ever the workhorse. Even though he no longer serves as the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, he's kept busy: he restores old cars as a hobby, and has several Ford Model-Ts sitting in his garage today.

Carey picks Wilcox for new chief of staff
The borough mayor's former special assistant, Susan Wilcox, will move up to the chief of staff position, Mayor Dave Carey announced on Friday afternoon.

'Cost-recovery' halted : Fish and Game pulls nets on fishery
The Department of Fish and Game halted a cost-recovery setnet fishery Thursday night after hearing angry outcries from local fishers that the effort was targeting early-run Russian River sockeye salmon.

Body of Jean Romig, community matriarch, found along Kenai River bank
Jean Romig, the daughter-in-law of the esteemed Dr. Joseph Herman Romig, was found dead, lying face down in the Kenai River on June 11. She was 78.

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.

Thelma 'Pauline' Kahl Dabney
Longtime Soldotna resident Thelma "Pauline" Kahl Dabney, 82, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Duane A. Braun
Former Soldotna resident Duane A. Braun died Thursday, June 3, 2010, near Seattle. He was 27.

A major change in local political philosophy
Borough Assemblyman Charlie Pierce called last week for a ballot initiative to establish a borough manager form of government. That's got to be one of the more drastic 180-degree turns in this political landscape in a long time.

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.

A walk through the forest: summer programs at the Kenai Refuge
If your children have come to the Refuge for a school field trip, then it is quite possible that I was their leader exploring and educating them along the Keen-Eye trail. As the education specialist at the Kenai Refuge I always joke that I have the best job at the refuge since I get to spend a lot time outside throughout the year, work with people of all ages, educating them about the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula; from dragonfly nymphs to cottonwood trees. Creating and facilitating such programs has indeed become my forte.

'Gold in them thar creeks'
Business is booming at Southeast Mine Supply, and it's not just because the world's newest gold mine is about to open less than 45 miles away.

Around the Peninsula

Fishermen's Association to meet

Around the Peninsula

Donations sought

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

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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.

Convoluted mess with clever casting
"The A-Team"

A prodigal's father: Lessons in forgiveness
The annual arrival of Father's Day often reminds me of our Lord's familiar parable of the prodigal son: the story of the younger of a father's two sons who boldly requested and surprisingly received his portion of the family inheritance.

Church Briefs

Garage sale fundraiser slated

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Activities buzz on at Bird Homestead
It has been another busy week at Bird Homestead Golf Course. We had an excellent weekend of weather and golf. We had some Anchorage golfers that took advantage of our dry camping and played 36 holes each day, the Bird Cup is on week three and we also had several match plays over the weekend.

Oilers topple AIA Fire
It wasn't the most exciting way to win a ball game, but the Peninsula Oilers will take it.

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.

Duathlon to be held Saturday
The Tsalteshi Solstice Duathlon will be held at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School on Saturday, with an 11 a.m. start. Registration is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The race is a five-kilometer run and 10-kilometer bike. There are categories for men, women and team. The price, for solo competitors, is $15 for Tsalteshi Trails Association members and $20 for nonmembers. For duo, the cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

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.

Jeff's call: Adults in activities community deserve thanks
With another academic year in the books, the time is right to recognize all the adults that make co-curricular activities such a positive experience for students.

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

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