Friday, June 23, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Land trust plans kayak, bicycle benefit days Home Depot announces July workshop schedule

Quilting on the Kenai
Events Demonstrations

‘Nacho’ leaves a bad taste
I must preface this review with an admission: I loved “Napoleon Dynamite.”

New-fashioned Quilts
This isn’t your grandmother’s quilting bee.

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

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Art Briefs
Drama camps planned Carving workshops slated Kenai photos wanted July mosaic classes set

Pebble Mine needs to happen
Northern Dynasty’s proposed Pebble Mine Project would provide a wide array of opportunities to residents of the Iliamna-Newhalen area and to the entire state.

Advertisement irks reader
How can a man be so obtuse, so out of touch with Alaskans, so arrogant, and so aloof during his entire adult life as a U.S. senator and state governor, that he is known nationally as the worst in the 50 states, and the worst in the state’s history and have the audacity to call it “leadership”? (See Peninsula Clarion full page ad June 19.)

Writer voices candidate support
As a Democrat, I am at the mercy of the boutique party insiders who offer voters of this great state little more than familiar names and their recycled ideas, which thereby limits unnecessarily the political playing field.

Reader: Experience in Korea reflects not much has changed
In the spring of 1972, while stationed two hours south of Seoul, I visited the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, several hours’ drive north of the capital. We had to wait our turn to be ushered into the small building that straddles the DMZ and that is used for ongoing “peace negotiations” that are intermittently conducted in the wake of the shaky truce that followed the cessation of hostilities in July of 1953.

Let the voters decide
I just don’t understand our local government.

Support helps 4-H branch out
The Kenai Peninsula 4-H Leaders Council would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for helping with the annual tree sale. Without help, we would not have been able to hold such a successful sale.

Teacher talks take break for summer
With contracts set to expire June 30 and no new pact reached before summer break, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and teacher and support employee associations will continue in a status quo mode until talks resume.

Power outage sends smoke over refinery
A large plume of thick, black smoke could be seen over the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski on Wednesday morning after a power outage forced the plant to flare off hydrocarbons as a safety precaution.

Photo feature: Angling the Anchor
Anglers try their luck on the Anchor River near its mouth in Anchor Point last weekend.

Where there’s smoke, there was bonfire in Kenai
People on the Kenai side of the Kenai River saw a large plume of black smoke rise from across the river Wednesday night. They called 911.

Borough OKs funds for station
Sparks will be flying — welding sparks, that is.

Residents want Agrium to leave neighborhood river facility alone
Neighbors and other users of a boat launch at the end of Showalter Lane in Soldotna that has been in public use for about 16 years are voicing opposition to Agrium USA’s wish to have it removed.

Solstice festival brews up music, dancing
Sometime between the moment the ink hits this page and these words reach your eyes, the days will start getting shorter.

Soldotna man seriously injured in Sterling wreck
An 18-year-old Soldotna man was ejected from his vehicle and seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway on Tuesday night.

O’dile Rebecca Hanson
Ninilchik resident O’dile Rebecca Hanson died in April at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, after a long battle with diabetes.

Claudia Ferguson
Former Soldotna resident Claudia Ferguson died Saturday, June 10, 2006, in Phoenix.

Fire station a good move for peninsula
You’ve heard it a million times:

Local loon chicks can suffer from bad boating, fishing behavior
Last Sunday on Father’s Day, I was lucky enough to get out on Sport Lake to do some leisurely fishing. While most of the others in the boat were on a mission to hook into a kokanee (a landlocked sockeye salmon) or a rainbow trout, my attention wandered off toward watching the violet green swallows that were flying low along the water’s edge, picking off the mosquitoes and stone flies in their flight path.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leadersRemote cabin sites available to buy

Several factors figure into dipnetting success
As millions of sockeye salmon prepare to storm the rivers in an attempt to make the long journey up to their spawning grounds, a seemingly equal number of people are preparing for their own pilgrimage to catch them — all part of the uniquely Alaska activity known as dipnetting.

Fishing’s ‘awesome’ at the sanctuary
Cancel those plans to go garage sailing with your spouse. Call in sick to work. Do whatever it takes, just get out and fish the Russian River this weekend, because all reports indicate it’s as good as it gets.

Around the Peninsula
Kids car seat checks plannedNinilchik fair needs workersSterling seniors cook up good timeOld post office open for toursMarket space offered to school kidsSuicide symptom detection classes givenLibrary to sell used books

Around the Peninsula
Weir tour set for Friday Ninilchik fair needs workers Kids car-seat checks planned Sterling seniors cook up good time Are you curious? Red Cross golf tourney set

Church Briefs
Bike regatta registration openAll invited to youth, family campCommunity Bible school plannedTreasure seekers Bible school meetsVacation Bible school to host fiestaBible school takes youth to Arctic edgeLiberty Quartet to perform

Whole new ballgame: Twins struggle in Florida
The American Legion Twins from Kenai opened the 35th annual Firecracker Baseball Tournament, a nationally recognized American Legion tournament, with a 15-5 loss to Winter Springs, Fla.

Oilers thump Miners to open ABL season
The Peninsula Oilers opened the Alaska Baseball League season with a big win, defeating the Mat-Su Miners 11-2 at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer Wednesday.

Sports Briefs
Twins lose in FloridaHomer News Spit Run slated for Saturday

Bucs have no trouble with Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers fell to 1-1 in Alaska Baseball League play, dropping a 7-2 decision to the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage Thursday.

Tourney, pig roast hit spot
Summer has officially arrived! Here’s hoping all our golfing fathers fared better than my hero, Phil. A belated HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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