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Friday, July 3, 2009

Monster from the deep: Odd shark turns up in fisherman's set-gillnet
Commercial fishermen occasionally catch undesirable species by accident, but a Clam Gulch setnetter recently found a rare and toothy tenant tangled in the mesh of his fine filament.

Weather doesn't sink success of solstice party
Even though the wind blew hard, it did not rain, and a good time was had by people at the Summer Solstice Party at the Diamond M Ranch on June 21. A special hit was the 40-by-80-foot kayak pool built by John Steckel. Kids and adults enjoyed the kayaks and paddle boats, and although a little chilly, several kids competed in the triathlon, where they inner-tubed, biked and ran. The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association, for which the party was a fundraiser, would like to thank our major sponsors -- Coca Cola, Atigun Inc., Printer's Ink, R & R Auto, Metalizing Inc., Doors/Windows, Dino Jump, Gamas Designs and Grant Aviation.

Military Appreciation Picnic a success
We would like to thank all the wonderful people and organizations that made our First Annual Military Appreciation Picnic such a rousing success. The Young Marines for the help setting up, directing parking and of course clean up. The Kenai Peninsula Republican Women for sponsoring the event as well as being involved in every aspect from planning to clean up! A special thanks to Jane and Will Madison. We would also like to thank Lt. Gov. and Mrs. Sean Parnell, KPB Mayor Dave Carey, and Rep. Kurt Olson for attending and supporting the brave military and their families who came to the picnic.

Reader weighs power of mayor, assembly
I would like to take a moment to weigh in on the issue of having a strong, elected Borough Mayor that is hired by the voters, or a manager that is appointed by the Borough Assembly.

Learning without walls: Project blends traditional knowledge, new technology
If there is one belief the Kenaitze Indian Tribe holds dear, it is the belief in sharing. Much like the first salmon caught by one of their own every year is put into a hearty soup to feed all tribal members, a new resource being launched by the tribe aims to nourish the minds and spirits of its people and many others.

Imagination Library program comes to central peninsula
While the benefits of reading to children and teaching them to read at an early age are undeniable, not all parents have the means to provide age appropriate books to their offspring regularly, but a local chapter of a national program may help those in need.

Dow Island gazebo scorched by flames
An early Thursday morning blaze on Dow Island, located near Mile 42 of the Kenai River, sent Central Emergency Services firefighters scrambling, and has left fire investigators asking the public for help.

Kenai pens agenda rules: Policy governs preparation, publication of meeting information
Kenai now has rules in writing dictating how and when the public will be notified about business to come before the city council.

Pribilofs survey maps crab habitat
ANCHORAGE -- Scientists are breaking new ground in the Pribilof Islands, mapping habitat essential to crab using multi-beam sonar to survey the depths and texture of the seafloor.

Fourth festivities planned: Parade, Iron Pour highlight Kenai celebration
Independence Day festivities begin early and run all day in Kenai on Saturday.

Ann C. Wilson
Former Soldotna resident Ann C. Wilson died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, in Portland, Ore., of lymphoma. She was 48.

Esther A. Norris
Longtime Alaskan Esther A. Norris died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, after battling cancer at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 67.

After 233 years, declaration remains relevant
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Jigsaw puzzle: New studies lend further evidence of dry times
In a 2001 Refuge Notebook I described a study of lake sediments at Jigsaw Lake which indicated that the lake level was roughly 40 feet lower about 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. This was a very surprising discovery. The central Kenai Peninsula would have to be very dry to lower any lake by 40 feet.

A little bit of luxury in Alaska's wilds
A pair of campsites at the Eagle River Campground may not come with five-star concierge service like a luxury hotel -- but in the world of camping, they offer more just a than a place to pitch a tent. Dan McDonough, owner of Life Adventures in Palmer, is testing a new market for camping in Alaska with specialized campsites that provide a large wall tent, firewood, citronella candles and water.

Catching and releasing
I've done enough catch-and-release fishing to know that it doesn't feel right to me.

Around the Peninsula

Pool closure announced

4th of July time to remember how U.S. was founded
"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."

Church Briefs

ALPHA course continues

Oilers douse Fire
Fresh off an undefeated season at the University of California Irvine, going 8-0 in 16 appearances, Crosby Slaught's debut as a member of the Peninsula Oilers on June 21 didn't go according to plan.

String fling
Can you believe this weather? Nice for spending time in some of the most beautiful country around. Hello and welcome once again to Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road and can be reached by phone at 260-GOLF.

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