Saturday, July 8, 2006

‘Fish’ reels in good response
What a hoot!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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.

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

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.

Oilers collect 8th straight win
Make it eight.

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.

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racing holds event

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