Friday, June 30, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules First National donates to building degree Barton honored for safety Kenai chamber appoints Rawls to board BBB launches online homeowners site Land Trust plans kayak, bike benefits Home Depot holds workshops

Crass Sandler comedy doesn’t ‘Click’
As we left the theatre this weekend after seeing the one-note joke comedy “Click,” a filmmaker friend of mine observed, "when you go to an Adam Sandler movie, you know what you’re gonna get.” He’s absolutely right, which is why I shouldn’t have been surprised at the crude sexual humor, the juvenile behavior, and the frequent use of the word “boobie.”

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Setting sail for a bright future
“I like to compare myself to a sailor, an explorer,” Wasilla native Matt Hopper said early this week from his family home.

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

Art Briefs
Flower boxes fund museum Fair releases exhibitor info Stained glass classes open Arts fund expanded July mosaic classes set

Leave a legacy worth noting
The 230th birthday of our republic is upon us. Its future depends on increasing the volume of quality citizenship, not the quality of leaders. Here’s why.

Reader: Something’s not right with sonar
This is a letter to the clients of guides who fished the Kenai River for early run chinook salmon. Some of you are probably wondering how a guide could fail to catch you a legal fish this year with the near record return. You must have thought you hired a poor guide. Fishing conditions were good, so the guide must be the problem. Just maybe there is a second explanation.

‘Reps’ not representing us well
In regard to Mr. Murkowski running again for governor, it is not a very good idea, not only for him, but for the people of Alaska.

Good behavior would put tourists in new light
It seems each year we are inundated with rude inconsiderate tourists, and I wonder why these people bring their bad manners into our community. Is this the way they live in their hometowns? If so, I’m glad I am not their neighbor.

Games over, but spirit lives on
As we get ready to turn off the lights and lock the doors, I wanted to say congratulations and thank you. Several months have passed since we extinguished the Cauldron at the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

Bear cubs force closure
A wooded area and eight tent sites near the Russian River Ferry were closed to public access Wednesday after two brown bear cubs took up residence there. The cubs are believed to belong to a sow that was shot in the area last week, after the bear charged fishermen.

Catching a drift
A drift boat of anglers floats downstream on the Kasilof River past the Sterling Highway bridge earlier this month.

Backpackers should carefully consider the foods they carry
Backpack any of Alaska’s many mountain trails and you will be rewarded handsomely for hours of huffing, puffing and grunting beneath the weight of your pack. However, you may not realize this until just when you think you can’t pull your pack up one more foot of elevation, and you reach the crest of a mountain where valleys and glaciers emerge before your eyes and beg you to stop and inhale the wonders of the wilderness.

Kasilof salmon rule not terminal
Dipnetters who descended on the Kasilof River between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 11 p.m. Wednesday, more than likely returned home sulking.

Soldotna council: No stripping after midnight
Stripping must stop at midnight.

Don’t get too fired up for July 4
To many, the Fourth of July means fireworks.

Halibut: That’s the (derby) ticket
Fair weather and favorable tides may make for some fantastic flat-fishing this weekend.

Fish trip nets unusual catch
Had Richard Balogh been fishing in Prince William Sound rather than Cook Inlet, he might have been prepared for the fish that emerged from the ocean’s icy waves onto the halibut charter boat he was fishing on last week.

Photo feature: Colorful experience
Youngsters at the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula play under a brightly colored parachute outside the group’s clubhouse in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon. The weather this week has been good for those who want to play outside.

American marten: A mammal barometer of global climate change
Global climate change is increasingly recognized as a powerful force reshaping the environment in recent decades. Climate change raises many new questions which challenge traditional views of wildlife management, such as how altered climate will affect various wildlife species, change ecosystem functions, and ultimately, how ecosystems should be managed within this constantly shifting climatic framework.

Mayor to sign Heritage Place contract
Mayor John Williams will sign a final bill of sale today on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, completing the purchase of Heritage Place, a Soldotna nursing home, from Banner Health.

Obituary
Soldotna resident Keith W. Reineking died Monday, June 26, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 67.

Peninsula needs to help prevent possible disaster
When disaster strikes, it often catches us off guard. Sometimes it affects one, sometimes many. It’s all too common that no one saw it coming.

Around the Peninsula
Kids car seat checks todayChay show on energy slatedOld post office open for toursArchers to shootSuicide symptom detection classes givenSign up now for swim lessonsPaddle, bike, run for Chugach Forest

Around the Peninsula
Kids car seat checks planned Historians to meet Market space offered to school kids Dogs events coming to Skyview Are you curious?

Church Briefs
Clothes closet opensChurch to honor militaryChurch night set at Oiler ParkCrowder to speak in SterlingVBS plans fiestaBible school takes youth to edgeSummer Bible school sets sailClothes availableAddictions group meets

Acts of kindness never go unnoticed by God
The story is told of the old rice farmer enjoying the scenery from his window. His farm lies high up a hill, giving a breathtaking view of the ocean.

Bird in bloom
A fine hello to all Divot-heads! Another week has passed here at Bird Homestead. Would like to give you all an update on our resident moose, Bullwinkle, but he seems to be on vacation this week. We do, however, have a multitude of butterflies and our flowers are coming into bloom in our half-barrels. May not be as inspiring as a Bullwinkle update, but there’s something to be said for bloomin’ flowers, eh?

Sports Briefs
The Kenai Penisula Racing Lions quarter-midget drivers had two race dates last week. On June 17, they raced on the dirt circle track at Twin Cities Raceway, putting on some great races between stock car and sprint car races. These races were dominated by Keith Porter, age 13, and Steven Young, age 11, driving their Nervo Chassis quarter-midgets.

Oilers make it two straight wins
The Peninsula Oilers made it two in a row, defeating the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-3 in Alaska Baseball League play Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers hang on for sweep of Panners
The only mistake Peninsula Oilers relief pitcher Mike Koons made Thursday night was talking to the media.

Sports Briefs
Twins split with BartlettKachemak Trust to host bicycling excursionWomen’s fly-fishing clinic registration open

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