Friday, July 6, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth cooking classes offered

Isn't seat belt law for officials, too?
Boy am I tired of hearing that little treat of a slogan, Click It or Ticket. I am sick of it. It's on the TV, the radio and signs everywhere. Some big fed dollars must have come in. Remember when this law was proposed and then made? The official word was, "We are not going to be actively looking for violators. But if you get in an accident and it was obvious you didn't have your seat belt on, we will issue a minor summons."

Music festival 'marvelous'
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of the people who helped make the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival one of the finest yet. The marvelous musical synergy that took place at this year's festival was due to the marvelous performers, both professional and local, the hundreds of man-woman hours put into the organizational details by the Seldovia Arts Council, Seldovia volunteers, the media and to those who donated from their hearts to make the event financially and physically possible. The event was absolutely fabulous.

Why would companies dump valuable product?
In reference to Bob Shavelson's letter (Do the right thing, June 29): Mr. Shavelson spews the same lies and untruths as others of his ilk have before him. He would have us believe that in this day and age, the Environmental Protection Agency would allow the oil companies in Cook Inlet to dump "millions of gallons of toxic waste into our fisheries each year."

Keep capitol out of Anchorage
This letter is written in response to a June 29 editorial of the Anchorage Voice of the Times (Clarion, July 1).

Please don't trash peninsula
As we begin to enter the summer recreational season, we come to grips with a growing problem — that of the trash, waste and overuse left behind by vacationers, recreationers and mostly, unfortunately, by us Alaskans and some ill-mannered tourists.

Reader: Let's not punish someone for an accident
Do we bankrupt somebody due to an accident — the key word here being accident? I don't really think so, but I'm sure there are exceptions or people who feel otherwise. If the fire in the Caribou Hills was truly an accident and not pure negligence, then let's treat it as such. Do the responsible parties have the resources to make everyone whole again? I doubt it. Very few people in this country do.

Contributions appreciated
The God and Country Rally committee would like to thank the following organizations and local business for their contributions to this year's rally held July 1: American Legion Post No. 20, AMVETS Post No. 4, Brown's Electric, Cold Stone Creamery, Columbia Paint, Big G Electric and Engineering Inc., Dr. Robert Bauder, Kenai Eagles Aerie No. 35255, Northern Test Lab — Mike Tauriainen, Soldotna Animal Hospital — Dr. Tim Bowser, Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, Stanley Ford, Superstructures and VFW Soldotna Post No. 10046.

Council addresses Wal-Mart wetlands
The Kenai City Council authorized $7,500 to offset the cost of losing a wetland to Wal-Mart.

Kenai celebrates
Vrrrooooommm!

Kayaker turns over in rapids
A personal flotation device saved the life of a kayaker who flipped over in the Naptowne Rapids area of the Kenai River on Tuesday morning. The kayaker, who is still unidentified, made it to shore safely.

Stevens to visit Soldotna library
Retired schoolteacher Jan Hanrahan spends her Tuesdays and Thursdays reading to youngsters at Cook Inlet Academy.

Guide finds body of missing canoer
A fishing guide discovered the body of the missing canoer six miles from the Naptowne Rapids on the Kenai River on Tuesday.

Funds provide new bear resistant cans
Brown bears will now have one less tempting treat within the city limits of Kenai, as on Thursday several older trash barrels at the Kenai Municipal Airport were replaced with new, bear resistant receptacles through the Wildlife Conservation Community Program (WCCP).

Photo feature: Under cover
Tyler Ming, Dylan Allen, Tayler Cunningham and Chris Coupchiak take shelter from Thursday's rain under a trailer behind the Safeway in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for more rain.

Mildred L. Bell
Former Kenai resident Mildred L. Bell died, Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Pasco, Wash. She was 76.

William A. Lesher
Longtime Alaskan and Anchor Point resident William A. Lesher died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at Kachemak Assisted Living in Homer. He was 84.

Don't take day-to-day tasks lightly
The Caribou Hills fire and recent bear attack in Clam Gulch are reminders that residents and visitors to the Kenai Peninsula may encounter different dangers than our friends and relatives in the Lower 48.

While waiting for salmon count to rise try trout fishing
Anglers starting to tire of whipping the water with little to show for their effort shouldn't be discouraged. This is the annual calm before the late-run salmon storm, and it won't be long now until the big fish bite is on.

Photo feature: Slow run
A feisty salmon caught on the Kasilof River earlier this week was one of only a handful of fish landed over the last few days. Fishing has slowed, but is expected to improve, as the late-runs of king and sockeye salmon begin to make their way into the river in the next few weeks.

Weekly Weeder: BIRD VETCH (Vicia Cracca L.)
Bird vetch is a perennial plant with weak stems that climb and cling to other plants with coiling tendrils at the end of each leaf.

Around the Peninsula
Steak dinner fundraiser setSwim lessons make a splashQuilters to gatherPFLAG to meetCraft sale setSkyview gears up for dogsFootball camp plannedKids reading program continues Ninilchik fair seeks sponsors, gardeners

Art Briefs
Gallery hosts summer artists Writing workshop set Performers winging it Show seeks Alaskans Council offers art fellowship Kids' reading program ongoing

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

Living free for a 'Die-Hard': At 52, Willis still ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time
For a sequel-packed summer, it shouldn't be surprising to find an entry in the high-action genre, but the last time Bruce Willis signed on to become the John-McClane-Punching-Bag was 1995 — 12 years ago. So what could bring the "Die-Hard" series out of retirement? I don't know, probably the same thing that brought "Rocky" out, and what is currently motivating work on a new "Rambo."

Music lessons
Stefanie Bouchard loves making music and sharing it with young people.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Capt. Cook's legacy lives on
Capt. James Cook has returned to the Kenai Peninsula.

Church Briefs
VBS set for funGrief support offeredChurch news sought

A parties-for-prostitutes type of church
What type of church would you like to be a part of?

Oilers' skid reaches 9 games
Carl Uhl hit a grand slam and Michael Ewing added a two-run homer in leading the Mat-Su Miners to a 9-2 win over the Peninsula Oilers on Wednesday night at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Oilers lose again
The Anchorage Glacier Pilots used a seven-run fourth inning to send the Peninsula Oilers to their 10th consecutive loss, a 11-6 setback Thursday night in Anchorage.

Rain, rain go away
Even though it is raining and cool, nothing seems to deter golfers from hitting the fairways. Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. 260-4653 will get us on the phone. Golfers are a breed of their own, even in adverse weather we just want to play golf. The rain doesn't keep the animals away either. On Wednesday on my way to work I saw a black bear on Birch Ridge Golf Course. So the critters aren't only out our way. I did see twin moose, and of course Mr. Coyote was waiting on me again. We are becoming close friends. I worry about him when I don't see him.

Twins take 2nd in tourney
Close, but no cigar.

Twins need help to win tourney
With a pair of victories on Monday and Tuesday, the American Legion Twins single-handedly eliminated Belmar, N.J. from title contention in the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Independence Day reminds me once again of how fortunate we are to live in a country with so many freedoms. We should all pause from our busy schedules, say a prayer for our troops and thank those who sacrifice every day so that we can all enjoy our very special freedoms. Not the least of which is the freedom to play golf at a wonderful course like Birch Ridge. So in keeping with the spirit of the holiday, I'd like to pay tribute not only to the wonderful men and women who serve our country every day, but to our own local golfing stars.

2007 Mount Marathon results
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