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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Rafting trip leaves group floating
Kenai Peninsula 4-Hers would like to thank Whitewater Expeditions of Alaska for the fun and exciting trip down the Kenai River. Providing this trip at your cost was really a treat for all of us. It is a very generous treat.

Don't forget to stand
Thank you, Kenai and all of the 4th of July Parade participants! What a wonderful display of patriotism. Lots of people were in attendance and our flag was brilliantly displayed.

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.

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.

Dogs would help with bear problem
It's time for some serious professional bear control at Russian River as a matter of public safety. Any serious biologist looking into bear control and considering paint balls should just throw in the towel. To have looked at bear control and not even mention the great work done by the Wind River Institute's Karelian bear dogs is laughable. These dogs are trained to spank a problem bear's butt real good. There should be a team of these dogs on duty and responding to each and every bear problem at the Russian River. Then we could have a time each night when we leave the river to the bear.

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" (Dictionary.com 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.

Locking up a solution on prisoners
After bringing up the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program), I thought of an excellent idea for the prison problem-debate in Alaska. One property for sale in Texas for example, with a total of 830 acres selling for $410,850 has 769 acres of that property registered in the CRP program with a yearly pay back of $25,377 through the year 2018. Two sides of the property have paved frontage and said to be a great area for a wind farm. So instead of building a prisons in Alaska, buy a piece of Texas and build one there.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Dinner for two
Twin moose calves browse in a clearing near the Kenai Municipal Airport terminal last week. The pair and their mother have been in the area for several days.

Dilley pleads
The Kenai bookkeeper charged with 111 criminal counts involving embezzlement of more than $150,000 pleaded guilty to four felony charges, eliminating the need for a jury trial that had been scheduled to begin Monday morning.

Think twice before trying rapids
Contending with whitewater can be risky, especially if you're in a canoe or a kayak. But even an inexperienced canoeist may survive a capsize if he or she is wearing a life jacket.

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.

Margie Ellen Smith
Soldotna resident Margie Ellen Smith died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Ruth Bolen
Sterling resident Ruth Bolen died Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 86.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Quilters to gather Garden club to meet Craft sale set Football camp planned Ninilchik fair seeks sponsors, gardeners Classes set to reunite Cameras, photo printers sought

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

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.

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.

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.

Nikiski Community News
Good day.

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.

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.

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.

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

Skins Game goes overtime
Tanglewood Lakes Golf Club pro Billy Bomar and Moose Run Golf Course pro Bryan Anderson birdied the 13th hole on Monday to win the Wells Fargo Alaska 11th Annual All Alaskan Pro Skins Game at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

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