Saturday, June 23, 2007

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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

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!

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

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:

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