Friday, July 7, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules BBB launches home site Land Trust plans benefits Home Depot holds workshops

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

Art Briefs
Pratt Museum gets buggy Flower boxes fund museum remodel State fair releases exhibitor info Stained glass class shine through in Sterling Carving workshops slated Kenai photos wanted Rasmuson expands arts fund July mosaic classes set

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Homer Theater secured to Pier
Today, Pier One Theatre exists in the midst of campers and motorhomes. But its name is a reminder of where this nonprofit theater group began in 1973.

‘Fish’ reels in good response
What a hoot!

Look at the options and vote
This should be the year Alaskans pass the mantle of governor to a new generation. It is time for two older warriors to be retired to emeritus status, and elect a new younger leader for Alaska’s future.

Lies are good reason to vote
Well once again the current administration has been caught in an act of supposedly doing the right thing but the wrong way. The New York Times reported as did some other large newspapers that the Bush administration is checking up on everyone’s banking records in the name of searching out terrorism.

Weeds be gone!
The participants of the 2006 Dandelion Sundae would like to thank the following organizations for their donation of time, weeds and ice cream.

Time to send a message
After 35-plus years of being a nonpartisan voter, I’ve decided to register as a Republican.

Public display opens window of opportunity
Thanks to all the good people who waved their books and shouted their beliefs at my kids and I as we drove through Soldotna. The spectacle sparked a wonderful discussion on our freedom of speech. It also provided us the perfect opportunity to talk about our freedom to believe in whatever we choose to and the oft-overlooked importance of affording others the freedom to do the same.

Gifts make cemetery more pleasant place to be
A stroll through Kenai’s cemetery this July 4th holiday weekend revealed a greatly different look than appeared during my first visit in the early 1970s.

Man charged with 1st-degree attempted murder in taxi attack
Alaska State Troopers are still confirming the origins of a 19-year-old man who was charged with first-degree attempted murder, after he allegedly cut the throat of a taxi driver just south of Soldotna.

After cancer, dog show is a walk in the park
This weekend, as Lynda Ruesch and her golden retriever Casey take to the ring, whether they leave with the ribbon or just finish the event, they’ll have already accomplished more together than anyone would ever know.

Berry business ripe
Last year, a federal appropriation earmarked by Sen. Ted Stevens allotted 1.1 million toward the $2.4 million construction of a nutraceutical manufacturing facility in Kenai.

Teen dies in ATV crash
A 16-year-old died Friday after his all terrain vehicle crashed into a large gate blocking road access.

Tax exemptions on agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance requiring that senior citizens and disabled veterans be eligible for an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend in order to qualify for the state’s mandated property tax exemption within the borough.

Photo feature: Berry tasty
Denali BioTechnologies chief executive officer Maureen A. McKenzie, Sen. Ted Stevens and other dignitaries watch as processed blueberries exit a machine following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new plant at the Economic Development District building in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. The plant will process berries for dietary supplements. At left, Bill Allen, state director of the USDA Rural Development program, samples processed blueberries.

ConocoPhillips invests in REX natural gas line
ConocoPhillips has acquired partial interest in a planned 1,663-mile pipeline project that would link rich gas fields in the Rocky Mountains to gas-hungry eastern North American markets.

Hunt continues for arsenic-free water
In its seemingly endless hunt for drinking water with permissible arsenic levels, the city of Kenai plans to conduct a ground water study all around the city and drill an exploratory well north of town in an area known as Section 36.

Death mars holiday
An Independence Day celebration in Anchor Point turned tragic early Tuesday morning, after a partier drowned in a pond-filled gravel pit roughly 100 feet wide and 100 yards long.

Big league dreams take to the field in annual baseball game
It may not be the Major League, or even he Alaska Baseball League, but the Frontier Community Services World Series Baseball Event this weekend is sure to be hit with participants and spectators alike.

Couple indicted on sex abuse charges
A 21-year-old man and his 19-year-old girlfriend have been indicted for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in Tyonek in June.

Toddler warns family of fire
A 3-year-old boy is being credited with alerting family members, saving them from a fire that destroyed their home near Sterling Sunday night.

Ute Rosemarie Kautz
Washington resident Ute Rosemarie Kautz died Friday, June 16, 2006, at home surrounded by family. She was 63.

Billie ‘BJ’ Russell
Anchorage resident Billie “BJ” Jean Russell died Tuesday, July 4, 2006, of natural causes in her home, attended by members of her family. She was 70.

Christopher Anthony Trumpler
Lifelong Alaskan and Kasilof resident Christopher Anthony Trumpler died Wednesday, June 29, 2006, in Anchorage. He was 22.

35th out of 50: State has room for improvement
A recently released report confirms that when it comes to kids, Alaska can do better.

Outdoor Briefs
Educational trips scheduledNaturalist hike plannedRefuge headquarters closed for upgradesKenai produces dipnet leafletLower Ohmer Lake camp closedCoal project hearings scheduled

Wet summer dampens prescribed fires on the refuge
In my last Notebook article I wrote about various predictions for the 2006 fire season in Alaska more than one of which forecasted another active summer of wildfires. So far, I am happy to say those prognostications appear to be overstated. After the first five days of July, only 200 wildfires have been reported and those fires have burned only 212,113 acres. We have yet to experience any protracted periods of high pressure over the state or any major dry lightning bursts like we witnessed during the past two fire seasons.

Processors can take the guts and guess work out of cleaning your fresh fish
In the summer, fishermen from all over the world descend on the Kenai Peninsula to live out their fishing dreams.

King fishing hot on Lower Kenai
Fishing is starting to heat up on the Kenai River and the bite should get even hotter as July progresses.

Around the Peninsula
Parenting class set Sterling seniors hold Christmas in July Red Cross golf tourney set Boyle fundraiser slated Benefit golf tourney slated Swim lessons to make a splash Agrium begins live fire training Pitfalls of aging to be discussed

Around the Peninsula
Dogs to strut their stuff in showsBoyle fundraiser slatedFrontier World Series scheduledCheerleading camp planned

Kenai candidates ratcheting up campaign finances
Alaska’s Aug. 22 primary is less than seven weeks away, and the 2006 election season is under way in earnest.

Freedom is not free, but it is wonderful
The Fourth of July weekend was coming up and the nursery school teacher took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism.

Voices of Religion
Clothes closet opensChurch night set at Oiler ParkCrowder to speak in SterlingVacation Bible school to host fiestaBible school takes youth to Arctic edgeSummer Bible school sets sail

Fore or foul: What’s harder, hitting a baseball or a golf ball?
It’s that time of year when we again struggle with the age-old question — which game is harder to play? Golf or baseball? OK, many of you don’t really care. But since I’m a big fan of both golf and baseball, I admit the question does intrigue me.

Twins to try for 3rd place
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team will play for third place today at the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Walker Cup matches start at Kenai today
The second annual Twin Cities Walker Cup will start today at Kenai Golf Course with six alternate shot matches.

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racing holds event

Oilers run winning streak to 7 games
The Peninsula Oilers will be wearing white for at least one more game.

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Twins wrap up 3rd at tourney
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins squeezed their way into third place at the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers collect 8th straight win
Make it eight.

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