Thursday, July 12, 2007

Salmon bake extends caring
There may be some drumming, there may be an open mic or another cultural activity, there may be a guest from Switzerland or Canada. There will most certainly be fresh-caught, wild Alaskan salmon, all you can eat. For many people, it will be their first experience with one of Kenai's most treasured icons.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules West Coast Paper on the move Lamb joins Alaska USA Broyles, Nelson, Grochow promoted Vendors sought for chainsaw event Youth cooking classes offered

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

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.

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

Peninsula needs better customer service
If there are business owners on the peninsula who would like to improve their sales, I have the answer. And from my experience, this may be an emergent situation.

Accident victim grateful for support
While watching the Fourth of July Parade in Anchorage, I carefully pulled myself up to a standing position so I could applaud all the men and women who have now, or in the past, served this great nation in one manner or another. It was than I felt the overwhelming need to get passed the stress of writing a thank you to all the men and women who helped my family survive after our March 6 automobile accident on Kalifornsky Beach. I have sat down every day to write this, but the words just seemed evade me each time I began to type. It was watching those in uniform and knowing I would not be able to don my own uniform if it were not for the help of the members of this community.

Better solution
We have noticed an increase in bear and moose kills this season. The latest was in the Daily News on June 30 about the "Biologist kills jogger-stalking Kincaid bear." It outrages us that a biologist would take such measures. As a biologist, I find Rick Sinnott has been a bit trigger happy. We all know that there are other humane methods to take care of the bear problem. But we question, was there really a bear problem? Don't we as humans like to observe bears ourselves?

Juneau soldier finds new meaning on Fourth
JUNEAU — After spending last Fourth of July in Iraq, 23-year-old Army Sgt. Lucas Shipler wanted to return home to Juneau to see family and celebrate his favorite childhood holiday with a new perspective.

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.

New station ready for business
Central Emergency Services will give the public a glimpse into their new Kasilof Station and celebrate Cohoe's certification as a Firewise community at an open house Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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.

Service area power to be limited
Over the objections of the two assemblywomen from Homer, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted to introduce an ordinance that would limit the authority of the south peninsula hospital service area and an ordinance amending procedures for rescinding authority delegated to service area boards.

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.

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.

Garland Owens
Soldotna resident Garland Owens died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview gears up for dogs Fire station open house set Refuge plans July activities Law library to close CPHC board meeting set Garage sale fundraiser planned Classes set to reunite

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.

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

Poet's Corner
This is the place where we can all act like boys.

Summer Meltdown comes to Kenai
Before he was ensnared in the world of music festivals, record labels and fans, Brock Lindow and his family fished. From age 6 until his band, 36 Crazyfists, signed their first record label in 1999, Lindow, the band's lead singer, spent his time commercial fishing and working at Kenai Landing when it was a cannery.

TRANSFORMERS: Not much more than meets the eye
Growing up I had this geeky little friend named Daniel (Daniel, if you've become cool in the interim, I apologize). He was the go-to-guy for awesome sci-fi toys.

Art Briefs
Writers pencil in meeting Gallery hosts summer artists Writing workshop set Show seeks Alaskans

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Birch Ridge Golf Report
On Monday night at Birch Ridge Golf Course we had an opportunity to witness some of the best golfers Alaska has to offer compete in the 11th Annual All-Alaskan Pro Skins Game sponsored by Wells Fargo Alaska. Twenty professional golfers from around the state, each with three amateurs, played in the Seventh Annual Pro-Am Tournament earlier in the day. The eight lowest scoring pros went on to compete in the skins. What a kick it was to witness first-hand how those who really know how to play the game handle the pressure of competition at this level.

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 ...

Oilers fall to Goldpanners
Immediately following only their second home loss of the season, the Peninsula Oilers appeared lost, wandering aimlessly around the dugout and infield while helping close the park for the evening

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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