Friday, June 29, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth cooking classes offered CISB tote distribution slated

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesYouth cooking classes offeredCISB tote distribution slated

Reader advises: Don't judge by looks
While reading this morning's newspaper, I noted the editorial piece from the Voice of the Times, June 23, 2007, re: the "unhandicapped."

Orphans need more support
This spring, with 150 channels but nothing on TV, I clicked to “Gavel to Gavel.” You know, that Alaska Legislature show that’s watched religiously by 350,000 “move the capitol” proponents?

Reader wants to straighten out bear vs. dog story
In regards to Carolyn Dowell’s letter (Clarion, June 22). I would like to clarify a few points in regard to the dog attacked by the bear.

Reader encourages writer to participate
Max K. Koeck III (Clarion, June 20), I am really not sure what you are wishing for the Kenai River, other than all boats to be "drift" boats.

Do the right thing
The federal Environmental Protection Agency recently re-issued the Clean Water Act permit that makes Cook Inlet the only coastal waterbody in the nation where oil and gas corporations can legally dump millions of gallons of toxic waste into our fisheries each year.

Soldier’s father asks for prayers
Please lift up our soldiers in prayer and your thoughts for them at this time. On June 22 during this latest operation, our son, Josh, lost several of his buddies who have been serving in Iraq with him.

Motorhome crash kills two
Two people were killed and four others injured when a motorhome crashed into a ditch at Mile 25 of the Seward Highway Tuesday afternoon. Upon entering the ditch, the motorhome crashed into several trees causing the passenger-side panel to be ripped off.

Canoe capsizes on Kenai; 1 man missing
A man is still missing after a canoe capsized on the Kenai River near Naptowne rapids Tuesday. Emergency officials searched the river from Mile 39 to the mouth with no luck so far.

Better ways to build
Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of stories examining the lasting impact of Kenai River flooding and ice jams this winter. Sunday's story will look at the effects of flooding on fishing.

‘It’s like a phoenix’
Blackened pilings guard an overturned propane stove, charred microwave and other mangled appliances scattered in a pool of shattered glass and crumbled dry wall. What used to be the family’s 13-year-old recreational cabin now stands in a sea of scorched grass that turns to ash under foot.

Low sulfur diesel facility on line
With an investment of $63 million, Tesoro officially opened its new Distillate Desulfurization Unit (DDU) at the company’s Kenai Refinery.

Municipal structures take a hit
From the looks of things this summer, one might think all of Soldotna is out to build brand new docks and fishing platforms along the Kenai River.

Ruling won't stop local suit
A judge's finding that state funding of public education is constitutional has not deterred the Kenai Peninsula Borough from pursuing its lawsuit seeking more equitable distribution of funds to Kenai Peninsula schools.

Peninsula closed to open burning
The Division of Forestry closed all open burning for areas on the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday, including burning in barrels.

Man mauled alongside highway
In Alaska bears can be anywhere, as a Clam Gulch man found out when he was bitten on the hand on Wednesday.

Rescue turns into lost body recovery
Rescue efforts were changed to a body recovery plan for a California man who went missing after his canoe capsized on the Kenai River on Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers, with the help of the state parks department and Central Emergency Services, combed the river from Naptowne Rapids to the mouth, but have been unable to locate him.

Cabin builder faces charges for fire
Despite his efforts to put the fire out, Charles Partridge Jr. will face misdemeanor charges for his role in igniting the Caribou Hills blaze. The state Division of Forestry charged him with failure to exercise due care to prevent the spread of fire, the penalty for which includes a fine and possible jail time.

Catherine Morgan
Former longtime Sterling resident Catherine M. Morgan died Friday, June 22, 2007, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars, Iowa. She was 93.

Lorraine Mary Blake
Longtime Kasilof resident Lorraine Mary Blake died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at her home. She was 77.

Jean S. Earl
Nikiski resident Jean S. Earl died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 82.

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Sewell
Former Kenai resident Jacqueline “Jackie” Sewell died Thursday, June 21, 2007 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage from complications of Alzheimers. She was 83.

How to avoid the rumors: A few facts about subsistence fishing on the Kenai Peninsula
In these days of talk radio and Internet blogs, rumors and opinions can sound a lot like facts and misinformation can move with amazing speed.

Fourth of July a day for right remembering
As Kenai Peninsula residents prepare to celebrate Independence Day, it's worth remembering some of the rights we take for granted. Many of those rights are outlined in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Those rights were ratified Dec. 15, 1791. They remain a cause for celebration, the foundation of our freedom.

Salmon runs spurting; halibut biting
As the month of June comes to a close, the early runs of king and sockeye salmon are starting to wind down in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, but there are still plenty of fish to catch for those willing to give it some time this weekend.

Bear problems are everyone's problem
In the last few weeks, residents have been seeing bears frequenting their property or traveling through their neighborhood.

Outdoor briefs
Reminder: No fireworks in the forestHike with naturalist Dominique Collet planned

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board members to meet Archers take aim Dance fundraiser set to swing/li> God and country rally slated

Around the Peninsula
Donations sought for military personalGarden club to meetStudents invited to talk to space

To market, to market ...
It’s not quite time for the fresh produce one would expect at a farmer’s market, but the outdoor shopping season is in full swing in the Kenai-Soldotna area.

Nine-month process told with comedic touch
This week’s pick, the almost-but-not-really raunchy sex comedy “Knocked Up,” is certainly not the newest film out there. That would have been the sweet-looking “Evan Almighty,” a film guaranteed not to challenge anything but your tolerance for cute animal jokes. I skipped that, although I like Steve Carell, and instead went for the more challenging entry. Challenging because, for me, this seemingly wacky comedy is actually relevant. My wife and I are expecting our first child in December (thank you, thank you) and so I watched this film with a completely different perspective. The experience was funny, at times, educational, and more than a little scary.

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

Poet’s Corner
Near Chuckling Stream, in Wooded Vale,

Author publishes coming-to-Alaska tale
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Ethel McMilin has published “A Cheechako’s View of Alaska” with Tate Publishing.

The glory of the grind; the sliver lining in the cloud
It was a Saturday afternoon in June. My partner, Bill Gannon, and I were working the day watch out of the mid-town office. My name is Friday, Joe Friday. I'm a cop.

Church Briefs
New pastor welcomedVacation Bible school slatedMissions garage sale ends SaturdayNative dance team to visit SterlingChurch news sought

Kenai takes lead in Twin Cities Walker Cup
Kenai Golf Course took a 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 lead on Friday after the first round of the Twin Cities Walker Cup at Birch Ridge. The Walker Cup pits Birch Ridge and Kenai Golf Course against each other in a series of alternate shot, best ball and singles matches.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Eagles represent different things to different people — a sign of freedom as a national symbol, majestic beauty soaring high above the earth, a photogenic bird used by companies and sports teams for their logo. To golfers, though, an eagle represents a significant accomplishment as the ball rolls (or flies) into the hole with two strokes less than par. And to one local golfer this past Saturday, his double eagle at Birch Ridge made golf course history. Derrill Weaver scored a double eagle by landing his drive approximately 230 yards out from the hole on number 4 (a par-5). Using a 3-wood, his second shot ended up in the hole scoring three strokes under par. According to owner Pat Cowan, “There is no record of another double eagle being scored on the Birch Ridge Golf Course.” Congratulations, Derrill.

Oilers drop 1st road game
Alex Rivers pitched seven scoreless innings and Joe Ercolano knocked in the eventual game-winner in a 3-0 Mat-Su Miners victory over the visiting Peninsula Oilers on Wednesday night at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Junior tourney winners unveiled
The smoke has lifted, the sky is blue and the sun is out in full array! What more can we ask for? Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.

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