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Friday, June 22, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth cooking classes offered CISB tote distribution slated Crime Stoppers seeks support

Reader: This is not the big city, use a leash
In regards to the story in Friday’s paper of the family who allowed their pet dog Ozzie to run through a “known” bear area without a leash should indeed feel responsible for the injury to the dog.

Conservatives are extremists
It’s all a scam when this batch of ultra conservatives say that their party is for less government.

Writer looks to cure for violence
Did you ever think that as Americans we are spending too much of our precious resources on the wrong side of the equation?

4,000 acres and growing
Sparks from a grinder ignited a fire that has burned grass, black spruce and spruce bark beetle-killed spruce in the Caribou Hills. The blaze had burned 4,000 acres as of Wednesday evening and is growing — thanks to high temperatures and low humidity.

Borough attorney could be elected if initiative passes
Filling the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s attorney position could become a decision for the electorate if an initiative sought by a citizens group makes it to the ballot this fall and is approved by voters.

Soldotna mayor plans bridge walk
After numerous delays — some caused by Mother Nature and some man-made — the new Sterling Highway bridge over the Kenai River in Soldotna is expected to open to vehicular traffic at 5 a.m. Monday.

Forest Fire UPDATE:
Anne Burns, public information officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry,

Structures lost as fire moves toward Tustumena Lake
The Caribou Hills blaze had scorched 50,000 acres by 4:45 p.m. Friday, growing to within a few miles of Tustumena Lake to the northeast, burning structures in the Ninilchik 40 subdivision and encompassing the Caribou Hills Recreation Area.

Assembly agrees to pro and con statements for voter pamphlets
Future voter pamphlets published by the Kenai Peninsula Borough likely will include written statements by advocates and opponents of ballot propositions, in a fashion similar to state election pamphlets.

Term limit initiatives rejected; ACT plans to correct language
Initiative petition applications submitted June 5 by the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers to impose term limits on borough assembly and school board seats have been rejected by the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk, but only for technical deficiencies that can be corrected.

Forestry tells Oil Well residents to evacuate
Ninilchik residents filled the bleachers and lined the walls of Ninilchik School gym Thursday night, eager for an update on the Caribou Lake Fire. Where was the fire at that moment? Which direction was it moving? What could the public do to help?

7 brown bears killed this week
This was a bad week for brown bear on the Kenai Peninsula as the number of bruins killed by humans jumped from four to 11 animals.

Deep Creek can’t stop blaze
Rob Coreson and his children won’t be hunting at their Caribou Hills cabin anymore. The owner of one of the two cabins to erupt in flames so far, he said he’s lost more than $100,000 of snowmachines, four wheelers and rifles to the Caribou Hills fire Wednesday.

In stitches: Quilt show appeals to high- and low-tech
Verna Espenshade experienced machine quilting when she came to Soldotna three weeks ago. Originally from Pennsylvania, Espenshade is impressed by the delicate textures and loops a fabric freestyler creates, but says real quilting is done by hand.

Tina Louise Bunch-Thayer
Lifelong Alaskan and Soldotna resident Tina Louise Bunch-Thayer died Sunday, June 17, 2007, at her mother’s home in Soldotna. She was 36.

Hank North
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Hank North died Sunday, June 17, 2007, at his home. He was 79.

Humans can reduce number of wildfires
The cool, wet spring may have kept fire season at bay for awhile, but the recent Sayer Road and Caribou Hills fires are not-so-gentle reminders of the ever-present danger of wildfire, particularly with the recent wave of warm, dry, windy weather.

Summer visitors: Seeing Alaska again for the first time
Editor’s note: This Refuge Notebook article originally ran in July, 2005. The author thought it was a good time to republish, as the tourist season is now in full swing. He asks that readers give some thought to what these visitors are experiencing, whether family or strangers. He also cautions us to not lose sight of the forest that is Alaska.

Angler success picks up on Kenai
Despite early runs of king salmon in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers moving past their peaks, there are still plenty of fish entering these waterways.

Extension raises awareness of problematic plants
Residents and tourists are being asked to pull together next week to help reduce the number of invasive plants on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge plans June activities Breastfeeding to be discussed Everything under the sun fundraiser set Fair exhibit guides available

Around the Peninsula
HAM radio field day ready to broadcastBaseball game up to batVolunteers get their read on4-H club seeks membersParent education continuesUCIDA to meetCraft sale set

Educational show returns to Triumvirate
“Top 10 Signs That You’ve Chosen a Loser Guide,” number one: “Every three minutes he breaks into ‘Old Man River.’”

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

Art Briefs
Local writers to meet Art wanted for gallery Publishing tips offered Writing workshop set Show seeks Alaskans Council offers art fellowship Performers winging it Kids’ reading program ongoing

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Rise of the Silver Surfer’ not so fantastic
As I settled into my seat in the plush, stadium-style seating auditorium, I thought to myself that I was in the perfect mood for a big, splashy summer movie. Too bad it had to be this one.

Fathers’ deeds should lead to succeeding generations
The national day to recognize fathers is past; however, I hope the attitude of gratitude for dads goes on. Even more so, the example of good dads needs to continue.

Church Briefs
Vacation Bible schools slatedMissions garage sale fundraiser planned

Birch Ridge Golf Report
For many happy golfers this past week, long sunny days meant more time spent at Birch Ridge. For some it meant long drives. Not the kind of drive requiring costly gas in the tank, but the kind that gets you from the tee box to the green. Unfortunately, for this happy golfer, it meant more time spent searching for errant shots and lost balls. But I’m not complaining ... not even when my husband, Dave, went out golfing with me and I noticed he kept checking his watch. I finally asked him to stop since it was distracting me. He replied, “It’s not a watch ... it’s a compass!”

Oilers remain undefeated
The Peninsula Oilers finished tuning up for the defense of their Alaska Baseball League crown on Wednesday by defeating the Three Rivers (Ore.) Sandblasters 5-0 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Coyote gets busy at course
Not to be let down, Mr. Coyote has been out two days this week. Tuesday morning he had breakfast with him, a tasty looking vole. I passed on the invitation knowing he needed it more than I do. Hello, again, and welcome to our weekly saga here at Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles down the beautiful Funny River Road, with a phone number of 260-4653. What a beautiful week we have had, and we are so thankful for this warmer weather. The grass is jumping out of the ground and we are truly happy to see that!

Barrel Horse results posted
The local district of the National Barrel Horse Association held its weekly event on Wednesday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. The association races every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the grounds. Racing is free for spectators. The results of Wednesday’s event follow:

Oilers put perfect season on the line tonight against equally hot Bucs
Here we go again.

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