Saturday, July 7, 2007

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.

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).

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Church Briefs
VBS set for funGrief support offeredChurch news sought

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.

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.

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