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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Seeing the "Hot" spots with infrared mapping
Yesterday's science fiction has become today's new business opportunity. The many uses of infrared images have inspired Judy Reese and Ken Deyoe to start a local airborne infrared mapping business known as Raven Technical Resources Inc.

Tie Guy gets tied-off in Postal regulations
Long time Soldotna Postal Clerk Steve Adams may have to re-make his license plate to read "X-TIEGUY." As of June 6th, Adams received an official communiqu that states "Ties must be navy with red dots or red, white, and blue stars and stripes. NO OTHER TIES OR NECKWEAR ARE PERMITTED."

The Sun didn't shine but the Nikiski Fun was fine
It may not have been a day for shorts and tank tops at this year's Family Fun in the Midnight Sun celebration at the North Peninsula Recreation Center, but for those hardy Alaskans and visitors who turned out, it was a day filled with wet and wild activities.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
At 8 PM on June 12th two 19 year old young men from Texas were returning a boat to John Everitt just down the beach from the Shirleyville camp on the west side of Cook Inlet, where they work. Alex Pfoff who has worked here the past four years and his friend Mike Wright who has just started his first year of working here in Alaska decided to run out to the Granite Point Platform to take some pictures before returning the boat.

Getting the Next Generation hooked on Golf
Thanks to the members of the Birch Ridge Golf Association, a group of 16 youngsters are officially "Hooked on Golf." Part of a national effort to get the next generation as interested in getting on the lynx as they are in video games, the Hooked on Golf program offers youngsters who have never played the game a unique opportunity to have a positive experience on the greens.

NOW PLAYING: Bewitched
In a town like Hollywood, where sequels and remakes are a dime a dozen, and where the programming on Nick at Night serves as an untapped goldmine, it helps to have a hook, an angle, a gimmick to draw in audiences bored with the same old fare. Sleepless in Seattle director Nora Ephron has just such a hook in her new big screen adaptation of the sixties' classic TV series Bewitched.

Web site registration loses former resident
As someone who started reading the Clarion when it was a weekly newspaper from the white brick building on Trading Bay road (or at least there near the airport), I was sorry to see your site get bit by the "We need to track visitors" bug.

Reader says Homer people should pitch in on peninsula
I would like to know why people like (Chris) Rainwater ("Fertilizer fears," Thursday's Clarion), who has lived in Homer all his life, do not support the extraction of natural gas from their back yard. I was born in Soldotna and raised in North Kenai. The industries have been at my back door all my life and I have benefited from them — so have the people in Homer, but they seem to have the attitude "not in my back yard."

Hooked on Fishing says thanks
On June 11 at the Kenai River Festival, we had the pleasure through the Hooked on Fishing program of giving 100 rods and reels to local boys and girls. In its fourth year, the program is a joint effort between Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.

Volunteer efforts don't go unnoticed
I would like to thank the following Moose members for giving up their Saturday afternoon and volunteering.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. If you are a quilter, and I know many of you are experts, a lady by the name of Peggy Waguespack who lives in North Kenai is looking for a pattern that is no longer in print. The pattern is by Cari Connelly of Far North designs. If you happen to have some old copies of patterns and wish to share them, call Peggy at 776-8630.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. The first time I wrote that phrase was in November 1991. Little did I know what I was getting into. I more or less inherited this column from Marian Nelson, with encouragement from Mavis Blazy, when I had only been in Alaska for a mere two years.

Nikiski
Good morning. A thought to get you through the rest of the year: "A friend indeed ... We discover in each other and ourselves worlds, galaxies, a universe." — Anna Rivers Siddons

Soldotna
Thank you for your service and enjoy retirement. Recently Lt. Charles Bartolini retired from the Alaska State Troopers retired after 28-plus years with the department. That's a long career.

Ninilchik
The 44th annual Ninilchik Rodeo will be Saturday and Sunday at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. The rodeo starts at noon both days. The queen contest judging takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday. This rodeo is the third in a series of five of the Cowboy Roundup Series. Contestants compete at the five rodeos to accumulate points for year-end awards.

Cooper Landing
Duane and Mayme Ohnemus hosted a wedding reception party June 18 at the community hall for son, Iver, and his bride, Amber. Iver and Amber Mullican were married Jan. 30 in Las Vegas.

Feeling bugged?
As anyone who has been outdoors during the last few weeks can attest to — there's a lot of mosquitoes buzzing about these days. "Take a walk outside and donate a pint of blood," joked Janice Chumley, an integrated pest management technician at the Soldotna office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Tax cap initiative petition OK'd
If enough people sign initiative petitions, Kenai Peninsula Borough residents could vote this fall on a proposal to limit the municipality's ability to tax sales and require super majority support at the ballot box for any future sales tax increases.

Coalition seeks more voice
Rallying around three key issues, one of the central Kenai Peninsula's largest communities is getting its stuff together with the recent formation of the Sterling Community Coalition Group. The environment, land-development access and substance abuse have brought together 11 interest groups, each with its own director, in hopes of presenting a unified voice to achieve better representation from government.

Kasilof station funds put to vote
Residents of the Kasilof area who last fall voted to become part of the Central Emergency Service Area could soon be asked to approve a $2.5 million bond package to provide the cash needed to design, build and outfit a new fire station.

Years of oil, gas activity still left
ANCHORAGE — There are at least 50 years ahead of the oil and gas industry in Alaska, according Steve Marshall, president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. But the next year in Alaska will be enormously influential in deciding the future of resource development in Alaska, he said.

Sterling man loses truck in Kenai River
"You know you're having a bad day when..." might be what a Sterling man was thinking Wednesday as he watched his pickup truck floating away in the Kenai River.

Grant to fund study of migration of clans
JUNEAU (AP) — The migration of eight Southeast Alaska clans will be documented through a federally funded project planned by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Bridge not driving people too nuts yet
With motorists now using a temporary bridge to cross the Kenai River in Soldotna — while workers busily tear the old one down — traffic congestion on the south side of town is becoming more of a concern for central Kenai Peninsula drivers. We asked several people who have driven in Soldotna recently how they feel the project is affecting traffic through town.

Program a real page turner
Unbeknownst to them, hundreds of central Kenai Peninsula kids are doing something this summer they would probably say they'd rather avoid outside of school: learning.

Skilak Lake area fire burns 1,000 acres
A wildfire near the southwest corner of the Skilak Lake area has burned 1,000 acres of land within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, the King County Creek fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike and was reported to fire managers Sunday.

John A. Yeager
Kenai resident John A. Yeager died in his sleep Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, where he was working. He was 55.

Greg Kohler
Former Arizona resident and seasonal fishing guide Greg Kohler died in Arizona.

Better system of public safety needed in Bush
Since last fall, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Tim Burgess has gotten an education about the desperate need for better law enforcement and justice in the state's rural communities.

Offshore fish farming threats need research
Some argue fish farms are inevitable and we need to jump on the aquaculture bandwagon so it doesn't take off without us. Many things are inevitable — such as crime and the introduction of lousy legislation — but it doesn't mean we need to support them.

Peninsula People
Area students make dean's lists Area students graduate

Births
Becky and Nathan Morrison of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Alana Fae Morrison, at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2005 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds, 7.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Community News
Players looking to clean up Chamber seeks beauty Nutrition classes continue God and Country Rally set Renaissance fair slated >Annual sale 'booked'Summer reading program continues<

Around the Peninsula
Toddler hour set>Nutrition classes continue Yard sale fund-raiser setRaffel fund-raiser, golf tourney set Parade applications available Temporary shelter available Volksmarch 10K set

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons available Toddler hour set Search on for KMS and KCHS administrators ard sale fund-raiser set CPGH board meeting slated Parade applications available

Senior Briefs
Seniors moving to Community Homer senior, Friendship centers Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Venus exacts family revenge
WIMBLEDON, England — The second Monday at Wimbledon offers the rare treat of all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches, and on this particular afternoon there was the even rarer sight of Venus Williams playing confident, mistake-free tennis.

Sports Briefs
East sweeps Twins Miners sweep Oilers

Lansing, Bazan win Pen Am
Although neither of the eventual 2005 champions knew it at the time, second place was a good place to be after Saturday's first round of the Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna. Josh Lansing and Chyia Bazan both overcame day one deficits to overtake the first-round leaders Sunday, each earning their first Pen Am titles in the process.

Homestead Report: Activities hopping at course
Due to busy schedules, not many women were able to play last Monday's Ladies Night. Those that did had a great time. Join us every Monday at 6:30 p.m. for Ladies Night.

Oilers drop first of two with Mat-Su
The Peninsula Oilers opened a two-game home stand against the Mat-Su Miners with a 7-2 loss Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai. The Miners' seven runs were off nine hits, with three doubles and a solo home run.

Yankees appease The Boss
BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees found an appropriate response to a verbal bashing from The Boss.

Prior has no trouble in return
CHICAGO — Mark Prior's return from the disabled list was a sparkling success. Prior allowed only one hit in six innings and retired 18 of his 19 batters Sunday, outpitching Jon Garland and sending the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the White Sox.

Hockey players get chance to shine
With temperatures soaring into the 70s under sunny skies and the National Hockey League in labor turmoil, hockey is the furthest thing from a lot of people's minds right now.

Kim birdies way to U.S. Open title
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — She changed her name to Birdie so everyone would know who she was, and even that wasn't enough at a U.S. Women's Open where historical moments belonged to everyone else.

Stewart takes Sonoma one-handed
SONOMA, Calif. — Tony Stewart found his way back to Victory Lane — and he did it with one hand.

Annika stumbles on her way to the slam
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Her dream of a Grand Slam having dissipated in the mile-high air, Annika Sorenstam stuck around Cherry Hills long enough to watch the final act of a U.S. Women's Open that kept everyone in suspense to the very end.

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