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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Outdoors
It was a quiet day at the Homer Lagoon as more then 30 people tried a large variety of methods to hopefully catch or snag a King salmon. There were 11 in my group that day and snagging was also allowed at that point but I never saw one fish caught all afternoon. The wind was brisk and the air was cold, as it sure did not feel much like July weather even for Alaska.

4th annual World Series event scores another hit
Frontier Community Services hosts over 50 athletes from around the Peninsula

Throwing dirt with Dan Dube of North Country ATVs
Youth style and adult ATV’s and Pit Bikes are now available at wholesale prices thanks to Dan Dube of North Country ATV.

Chainsaw sculpture contest set to carve up the Peninsula
Uncle Scotty wants you for his first Chainsaw Carving Contest

Historic moments parade down Kenai streets
Most everyone agrees that Wednesday’s 4th of July Parade in Kenai was the biggest and best attended event in the city’s history of parades. “The first 4th of July Parade I remember was the summer we arrived in 1974, it took about ten minutes for the dozen or so entries to complete the parade, and half of them were politicians running for office,” commented a retired oil field worker. Janie Odgers, Kenai Chamber of Commerce executive director said there were over 100 entries in the parade and most entries had well over 10 people with them which pushed the estimate to well over 1,000 people marching, riding, biking, and dancing down Main Street to the Sterling Highway and pass the judges stand. “Following the parade the Park Strip was shoulder to shoulder with parade goers, the vendors were very happy. You couldn’t walk through the strip if you wanted to move you had to walk around,” said Jason Carroll, Kenai Chamber President.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Soldotna to renovate condo development rules
In response to complaints about condominiums being built along the Sterling Highway voiced at the last Soldotna City Council meeting, the council will meet in a joint work session with the Planning and Zoning Commission this afternoon to discuss residential use in commercial districts.

Apartment fire ends life
An apartment fire at the Chuda House retirement facility in North Kenai claimed the life of a possible resident early Tuesday morning. The state medical examiner hasn't positively identified the body yet, but emergency officials believe it belongs to resident Martha McMullen, who was unaccounted for as of Tuesday afternoon.

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.

A Classic performance
More than 200 corporate leaders and policy makers including six U.S. senators and members of the Bush administration caught a total of 97 king salmon, releasing 41, at this year's Kenai River Classic. Now in its 14th year, the classic raised $1 million this weekend to be used for habitat restoration, fisheries management, research and education.

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.

Area gets brand new image
Before two years is out, the phrase "Alaska's playground" will be synonymous with the Kenai Peninsula — at least that's what the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (KPTMC) hopes for. In order to get tourists off the cruise ship, KPTMC unveiled a new brand designed to market the Kenai Peninsula as a way for people to get to know the real Alaska.

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.

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.

River vs. political ethics: Embracing KRSA's approach to resource management difficult
The Kenai Classic has ended, and the power-brokers have left town. Though Bill Popp may glibly dismiss criticism of the Classic and Kenai River Sportfishing Association's politics and ambitions as a "negative take," Popp and others might better have asked why so many scientists and resource management professionals reject KRSA, its methods and its goals.

Former server gives pointers on how to be a fair, generous tipper
TOPEKA, Kan. — Everybody loves to eat at a good restaurant.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition class serves up information First Aid, CPR offered Watershed plans events Hamfest slated Deaf Fun Day set Referees meeting planned Builders take a break Seniors plan summer bazaar KPC council seeks members

Cooking quail a tasty feast not for birdbrains
The street got lucky the other day when one of our neighbors was given a unique gift. Bobby Braswell received a pile of quail.

Berried treasure
Fresh summer berries, now appearing in great supply in markets all over the country, are more valuable in terms of your health than an ocean full of buried treasure.

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

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, Golfers. Hope you all had a safe and very happy Fourth of July. I was recently reminded that we should remember to take time from our busy lives to look around and enjoy the sights and not to let the tourists have all the fun. A "girls only" road trip landed me in Homer for a couple of days. I have always loved Homer, beachcombing on the Spit, watching the eagles and all of the good times that I have always associated with this lovely little town. My friend, Andrea Reese, and I had a blast watching a tourist take pictures of light posts — he was really trying to capture the eagle sitting on top of the light but from his vantage point I am not sure what he expected to see! He was very lucky that he didn't end up with a lens full of an unexpected gift! The Salty Dawg was a blast and I had the pleasure of watching Andrea act as unofficial ID checker when she started carding people. The folks at Lands End were wonderful and the spa was a treat — my massage and Andrea's facial were nothing short of spiritual experiences and left us feeling ready to conquer the world. If you have not eaten at Fat Olives, you had better give it a try next time you are there. Do not forget to have a bonfire on the beach at day's end, watch the boats come back, listen to the waves and seagulls, and breathe ...

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.

Sports Brief
Nikiski High School will be offering sports physicals for the upcoming school year on Saturday, July 14, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the school. The cost of the physicals are $15 and checks should be made out to Nikiski High School. A parent is required to attend with their student-athlete to complete the physicals. If you have any questions, call Ward Romans at 776-5327.

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