Friday, June 25, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

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.

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.

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

School year wraps up with fun
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Moose Lodge for their generosity in providing a barbecue lunch for our students on the last day of school. We would especially like to thank Joe Stanford, Bob Monroe Sr., Brett Roller, Adreann Baker, Stephanie Alton, Selena Larson, Sadie Larson and Gretchen Larson for their time and effort in working the grill and serving food to more than 450 students and staff. We would also like to thank Three Bears for the donation of hot dogs.

Donation helps Hope Community Resources
Hope Community Resources, Inc. would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula Foundation for their generous contribution of $500.00. The funds will be used to enhance the community garden and activities at the Hope Community and Recreation Center.

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.

River enforcement seems heavy handed
Storm Troopers on river: A recently observered take down on the Kenai didn't involve a fish. A young man dressed as a Fish and Game officer driving a small inflatable obviously does not like his job. He must really wish he was police officer. Tuesday evening while watching a group of boats just backdragging, no speed invovled, he decided to make his move. He pulled along side and informed two fishermen that he needed to check out their boat. For that he requested them to stand with their arms to the side to allow him to empty their pockets and micro inspect the boat for contraband or whatever.

ADA milestone marked
July 26, 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA. As a community we have an opportunity to celebrate the world's first civil rights law for people with disabilities. Cities and towns around the nation are proclaiming and reaffirming their support for all citizens.

More meth means more crime
As the use of meth continues to rise so does the crime. A local business was broken into recently and the thieves stole several amber necklaces among other things. Please be on the look out if someone is trying to sell or pawn these necklaces. Meth causes brain damage and the user will revert to stealing to get thier next fix. Even though crime is on the rise, we can also be on the rise by locking and securing our homes and businesses.

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

Council debates junk, sewer ordinances
The Soldotna City Council passed a revised public nuisance ordinance Wednesday after some debate.

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.

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.

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.

Culvert work progressing: Coal Creek fish passage project nears completion
Construction crews are preparing to re-route water into the newly installed Coal Creek culvert next Monday or Tuesday, according to the Department of Transportation.

Marvin Edward Eppes
Marvin E. Eppes, an Alaskan resident for 58 years, died June 11, 2010, at age 83 in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Hospital issues deserve a healthy debate
Central Peninsula Hospital is, by many accounts, a crown jewel of an asset to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

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.

Refuge Notebook: Planning your summer flights on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Here we are again, at the beginning of what is shaping up to be another beautiful summer.

Arctic terns attract crowds in Potter Marsh
ANCHORAGE -- Thousands of people drive south from Anchorage to see mountains, glaciers and glaciers on the Kenai Peninsula. Most blow by a vista where they could be seeing aerial acrobats.

Geologist survives grizzly attack
ANCHORAGE -- The bearded, sandy-haired geologist was on a job in the remote Alaska wilderness when a grizzly bear suddenly emerged from the brush just yards away.

Around the Peninsula
Editor's note: A portion of the Thursday Arts and Entertainment What's Happening briefs were inadvertently cut off. They are being printed in their entirety.

Around the Peninsula

Habitat for Humanity warehouse sale set

Chippendales at The Bow

What's Happening

Best Bets

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

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.

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.

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.

Miners get past Oilers
PALMER -- It's a good thing the Mat-Su Miners had a couple of days off.

Mike's call: Sleepless Seward summer solstice sojourn
Not even a fourth of the way to the top of the 3,000-foot Mount Marathon, and fatigue was already setting in -- partly because I have slacked on hiking this summer, but my real enemy was lack of sleep. A few friends and I celebrated the summer solstice with an all-nighter.

Sports Briefs

Flanagan named athlete of the year

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