Friday, July 10, 2009

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Head for the hills between runs
With summer in full force, it's not a bad time to make a break for the mountains and cool off a bit.

Boiled fishheads
Remove gills and wash fish head, then quarter.

Joy of fishing: When anglers hook themselves
A recent battle with a king hooked on a bobber and egg rig reminded me of the first Kenai king I hooked and landed on my own. Here's a piece I wrote shortly after that fight.

Assembly president: Actions were misinterpreted
In recent letters to the editor of the Peninsula Clarion, both Mike McBride and Vicki Pate have accused me of something that never occurred. They obviously misinterpreted information from a past news article.

Support makes Fourth fantastic
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who participated in Kenai's Fourth of July Parade and Festivities this year. This year's event was a great success and we couldn't have done it without you.

Time to stop underwriting insurance executives' pay
The two things I hate most -- dealing with medical insurance companies and my annual prostate examination -- leave me with the same sensation afterward. My friend has a contact within a large insurance company; she confidentially stated that her company's strategy is to make it as hard as possible for Joe Policy-holder to claim the benefits he is entitled to.

Time to put the Shanta Creek fire out
We all think it is time to put the Shantatalik Creek Fire out (we are dying here). We can barely breath and we all expect company in the next week from the Lower 48 who spend money. Our economy is bad enough without your help. The decision to not put it out was based in need but the need has been served and now the needs of us humans need to be served.

Kindness of Kenai Library spreads reading enjoyment
The Triumvirate Used Bookstore would like to thank the Kenai Community Library and especially Kari Mohn, Book Sale Chairperson of the Friends of the Library, who graciously donated all leftover books and media materials from their recent annual book sale.

Shanta Creek blaze grows: Fire burning 10,000 acres
The Shantatalik Creek fire grew to between 8,000 and 10,000 acres as of Thursday evening, and a National Emergency Management Organization team has assumed command of the blaze which has blanketed parts of the central peninsula in smoke this week.

Special session may be needed, Lieutenant governor, veto override could bring lawmakers back
Confirming Gov. Sarah Palin's choice to become the new lieutenant governor may require a special legislative session, and that may give legislators unhappy with Palin's veto of $28.6 million in federal stimulus money an opportunity to override it as well.

Borough mayor's powers and duties under a manager form of government:
n Authority to declare local disaster emergencies

Around the Peninsula

Seniors plan events

Documentary notes Alaska parks

Keeping your Misery Index in check is not so easy
The nation has a Misery Index. It can be found at It's been around since the early 1970s when Arthur Okun, an economist and adviser to President Johnson, thought it up.

Balls go up in smoke
Really enjoying this great weather! With warm weather comes the chance of fires and so goes the saga of summers in Alaska. The smoke has been so thick at times you have to look hard to see the flight of the ball, but this has not deterred many from enjoying the game.

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