Monday, July 9, 2007

Good intentions won't protect habitat
Right now, 42,000 gallons of crude oil washed out of a refinery in Kansas by a flood are contaminating thousands of homes and threatening Tulsa's water supply. The refinery owners never intended such a thing to happen, but it did.

Reader willing to pay if man goes to court
What is the definition of "accident"? "An undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: automobile accidents" ( Unabridged (v 1.1)).

Reader: Politics will get you closer to river
I read with interest the headline story in the July 2 issue of the Clarion about the condos being built near the river and the opinions on whether such building needs to be further regulated.

Nation's anger getting ugly
On July 3, Judge Reggie B. Walton, the trial judge, issued a new order in the Libby case. Noting that probation appears to be defined by law as "supervised release after imprisonment" and that the president had commuted all of Libby's imprisonment, the judge said that the law does not appear to contemplate a situation in which a defendant may be placed under supervised release without first completing a term of incarceration.

Tale of the tape
From time to time some fishermen embellish tales of lunkers they have landed, but 29 pounds over the actual weight is more than a little discrepancy.

Refuge to monitor fire
The 55,648 acre Caribou Hills fire is roughly 80 percent contained and has now been downgraded to a monitoring status, but fire managers are planning to spark another blaze east of Sterling this week.

Forestry lifts burn ban
The Alaska Division of Forestry lifted the burn suspension for the Kenai-Kodiak area Thursday evening. The cities of Kenai, Homer, and Seward are also allowing permitted burning.

'Loud and clear'
The International Space Station zipped over the southern Aleutians at 17,500 miles per hour, coming within range of the Challenger Learning Center's radio antenna at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Dale Hershberger tracked the station's orbit on his laptop and began transmitting his message as the spacecraft inched closer to Kenai.

Canoe tips in rapids
A third boat in less than two weeks overturned at Naptowne Rapids on the Kenai River on Sunday, dumping its occupants into the water. The two canoeists were rescued by bystanders who were able to get them ashore at Mile 17.5 Funny River Road.

Hazel May Clark
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Hazel May Clark died Friday, July 6, 2007, in Soldotna. She was 95.

Plug not pulled just yet: Palin: Cooperation is key to the future of Railbelt power
It did not come as a surprise to me that some of my recent vetoes of capital budget projects were controversial.

Hiking bear free in Utah?: Caves are educational, but watch out for rattlesnakes
It didn't take too long to decide on a course of action after reading the warning sign in American Fork Canyon: Stay on Trail — Rattlesnake Habitat.

Budget cuts reflect Palin's intent to save
It's disappointing that several Kenai Peninsula projects were cut from the state capital budget by Gov. Sarah Palin. It's particularly frustrating that 60 percent — $19.8 million — of the $33.6 million allocated by the Legislature for the peninsula was vetoed by the governor.

Kasilof Community News
The McLane Center museum, run by Kasilof Regional Historical Association (KRHA), will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. this summer. KRHA received a $2,000 grant from the Department of Education, Alaska State Museum to fund staffing for the tourist season. KRHA also planned to bring their building up to code and with the help of Borough Assemblyman Paul Fischer and peninsula legislators, a $50,000 grant for that purpose was approved by lawmakers. Unfortunately, Governor Palin put the kibosh on that plan with a veto.

Soldotna Community News
In my July 2 article I incorrectly identified Raymond Dubendorf's wife. He is married to Gretchen. I apologize.

Sterling Community News
Toni and Terry Smith of Sterling have their daughter, Jodi, and grandchildren. Logan, 7, Bailey, 5, and Christopher, 20 months, visiting for the summer from North Carolina. They are enjoying the cool weather since it is over 100 degrees back in North Carolina where they live. Logan is hoping to catch his first king salmon this year and the kids are enjoying boat rides with their Grampa.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview gears up for dogs Watershed plans events CPHC board meeting set Refuge plans July activities

Peninsula Reflections
On the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Civilian Conservation Corps, CCC, in the Alaska Life section of The Anchorage Times, a picture of CCC workers building a 120 foot long wooden bridge across the Kenai River in mid-Cooper Landing was featured. Construction of this bridge was one of several CCC projects in the Cooper Landing area. Melvin Rogers was foreman of the project which was completed in early 1935. The bridge crossed from Bean Creek Road to between Frank and Hazle Towle's home and Jack Lean's store.

Ballplayers warm up for another cool season
It is ironic that in a land where visitors only equate summer to fishing, there live some of the most devoted baseball fans to be found? We don't have stands that are packed to overflowing. The roar of the crowd doesn't carry for miles. There are no traffic jams that stretch endlessly as people try to get to the game, and people don't forfeit the last inning in an effort to avoid traffic snarls when leaving.

Nikiski Community News
Good day.

Ninilchik Community News
The third rodeo in the Cowboy Roundup series that was held at the rodeo grounds in Ninilchik was a success. Rodeo organizer, Shirley Schollenberg reported that the great weather and interest in participating lead to the success of the rodeo.

Kenai Community News
One of the greatest things about living in a small town is being a part of that town's traditions. Last week's Independence Day Parade was one of those distinct pleasures. As is traditional, I packed up a bag of soft drinks and healthy snacks (this year I took bing cherries to offset the tons of candy I knew my grandkids would gather along the parade route), and headed for my favorite parking spot a whole hour early.

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons make a splash PFLAG to meet First Aid, CPR offered Fire station open house set Golf tourney fundraiser set to swing Hamfest slated Fair exhibit guides available

A soldier's view
Editor's note: Periodically the Clarion will print biographies and notes from soldiers stationed in northern Kuwait with the 3rd Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard. Staff Sgt. Mac Metcalfe, public affairs noncommissioned officer with the battalion, conducts the interviews.

Row. Row. Row.
Ask any member of the Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association why they row and long lists of reasons abound. Common to everyone's list, though, is camaraderie.

Peninsula holds big lead Saturday
After their 12-run outburst on Friday night, the Peninsula Oilers are averaging nearly seven runs a contest through their first 13 home games.

Unity Run gets 140 runners
Halfway into the 10-mile race at Saturday's Kenai-Soldotna Unity Run, both Tommy Honer and Ari Goldstein had a comfortable lead in the men's and women's races, but their racing had just begun.

Buss' magic gives Oilers a sweep
The family of Oilers center fielder Nick Buss received quite a welcome to the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday.

A need for speed
One call to Steve Cook's cell phone says it all.

Good to be home
A couple of friendly bounces, 18 hits and a pinch-hit home run — the Peninsula Oilers must be home.

Francisco, Christian plan nuptials
Kerra Joy Francisco of Minneapolis and James "Fritz" Christian of Maple Grove, Minn., plan to marry June 7, 2008, in Maple Grove.

Maxwell, Shanahan marry at Mackey Lake
Barbara Maxwell and Thomas Shanahan of Soldotna were married in an evening ceremony on Saturday, June 30, 2007, at West Mackey Lake. Alan Helfer officiated.

Adamses celebrate 50th anniversary
Samuel Dempsey Adams Sr. and Anita Louise Willhite' Adams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and renewed their wedding vows Monday, June 11, 2007, at Mountain Baptist Church in Nikiski. Pastor Lee Moore officiated.

Northcutt, Vester marry in Anchorage
Jessica Northcutt and Dash Vester of Soldotna were married in an afternoon ceremony Friday, June 15, 2007, in Anchorage.

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