Thursday, June 24, 2010

Usibelli tests export possibilities
A test to determine whether coal could be shipped from Port MacKenzie to markets abroad has proven successful, officials say. The result puts Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. one step closer to opening its Wishbone Hill deposit near Palmer, and brings the Matanuska-Susitna Borough closer to housing a profitable port.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

A father's advice: put down your rod, teach the love of fishing
For Baka (Grandpa)

King, halibut fishing heating up
Fishing might be slow for salmon on the Russian and Kasilof rivers but things are heating up for kings on the world-famous Kenai River.

Seviche and Fish Eye Pudding
Seviche (also spelled ceviche, or cebiche) contains seafood and "fish eye" pudding does not. They are both delicious, have interesting visual appeal and are extraordinarily fun to eat. Popular in Latin and South American cuisines, trendy seviche has also become a favorite in our country, and is appearing as an appetizer option on more and more restaurant menus. Because seviche is comprised of raw seafood that is "cooked" only by means of a soaking in a citrus juice marinade, it is vital that the seafood for this dish be of the best quality. If you plan to prepare seviche at home, keep in mind that seviche will take several hours of marinating before it is ready to eat.

Generosity helps family in need
This letter is to give thanks to the many helping hands who have extended their generosity during our families time of need.

Peninsula Oilers make an impression on young player
Dear Taylor Garrison,

Book sale success speaks volumes of community
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library had a very successful Book Sale. Thank you to all our volunteers Mary Estes, Nedra Evenson, Kelley Smith, Margaret Simon, Cliff Heus, Ron Rogalsky, Jeannine Moeller, Gwen Klawunder, Anita Necessary, Joan Corr, Rose Ann Keating, Maria Pierson, Nora Satathite, Judy Salo, Brendyn Shiflea, Sue Rorrison, Craig Jung, Tim Delaney, Tim Navarre, Bill Switzer, Richard Freese, Melanie Switzer, Donna Steele, Sandra Lewis, Robin Ross, Madeline Tice, Carolyn Unger, Christina Tackcheck and her Mom, Kathy Heus, Olivia Tice and folks who saw the sign, saw us working and came into help. Special thanks goes to Vicki Johnston-Freese who pre-sorted all the books

King salmon need more prudent management
Most locals are aware that our first run of Kenai kings (commonly called the early run) has been less than stellar this year as well as the past few yeas. I've only lived here about 20 years, but even I remember when we had healthy ER king numbers and good fishing in May and June. In addition to the poor returns lately, many would agree that some of our ADF&G's recent decisions have been "questionable" for lack of a better term!

Cigarette, potting soil don't mix
They thought they were disposing of their cigarettes correctly. But fire officials say they were about five minutes away from learning their lesson in an even crueler manner.

Assembly withholds judgement on HEA's hydro project
Some Kenai Peninsula residents wanted the borough assembly to send a firm message against Homer Electric Association's Grant Creek hydroelectric project. But, on Tuesday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided it was too soon for such finality on the issue.

Hoka Hey rider recovering after crash
Jerry James's trip of a lifetime came to a crashing halt 6,760 miles too soon.

Options remain limited for drift boat haulout
There is no public boat ramp to take out on the Kasilof River. And this is not news to anglers or guides who regularly fish in the Kenai River's sister to the south.

Spread the Love: Volunteers serve our community even though it is a 'world' away
Chase Norris paid $250 to fix houses in Nikiski, Alaska, a little more than 5,000 miles from his home.

Carey to 'sound off'
After Assemblyman Charlie Pierce sounded off at the mayor's expense in a Clarion article last week, Mayor Dave Carey plans to clear things up on local radio Thursday morning.

Kelly Wayne Perkins
Soldotna resident Mr. Kelly Wayne Perkins, 55, died Sunday, June 20, 2010.

Gulf aftermath won't be a repeat
We're entering the third month of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 22nd year since the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef. In the Gulf of Mexico, as much as 3 million barrels of crude have already spilled from the blown-out well, and in Prince William Sound there is still oil hiding under rocky beaches.

Around the Peninsula

Habitat for Humanity warehouse sale set

Chippendales at The Bow

Stitch Fix: Quilting on the Kenai begins today
Loren Weimer has the first quilt she made on her bed -- a mostly red comforter in the "yellow brick road" pattern pieced together with assorted squares and rectangles.

Summer art classes for students
Miss Dee Dee's art classes for children in kindergarten through 6th grade is recruiting for the end of June and the month of July. Classes tentatively scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Prepayment required, for a minimum of two classes each. No refunds. "Elements of Art" themes with an art activity are included in the classes. Call Denniece "Dee Dee" Lofgren at 262-6312 with questions.

Poet's Corner

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The toys are back in town
"Toy Story 3"

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Golfers take advantage of the extended daylight at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Monday was the summer solstice and what a fantastic day. The golf course was busy all day and late into the night. Rumor has it the last golfer came off the course just before midnight.

Kenai Golf Report: Recent rainy weather is paying dividends at Kenai Golf Course
It appears that the rain dances worked.

Oilers down Bucs on the road
The Peninsula Oilers notched a 5-1 win over the host Anchorage Bucs in Alaska Baseball League action on Wednesday. The Oilers now lead the ABL with a 9-2 record. They are 10-2-1 overall. The Bucs fall to 3-6 in the league and 5-10-1 overall.

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