Saturday, June 30, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesYouth cooking classes offeredCISB tote distribution slated

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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