Saturday, July 12, 2008

Firefighters say thanks
The Kenai Firefighters Association would like to thank all of our sponsors and those who donated door prizes for the Kenai Firefighters golf tournament.

Reader supports candidate
I heard on the radio that Bob Bird was running for U.S. Senate against Ted Stevens. I just want to thank Mr. Bird for the courage to do so. It is about time Mr. Stevens moves out of Washington. What has Mr. Stevens done lately for us? Bob Bird is a great man, who stands behind his conservative values. Trust me I know, as he taught my government class in high school. Bob Bird will not be there for money or power. He will be there for Alaska, which Mr. Ted Stevens has forgot, I believe. Pretty hard to focus on your job when you might get indicted any day!

Mining makes lots of things possible
There is so much bad publicity and probably some false statements about mining the Earth. My wife and I have been very fortunate to camp in every state but one in the U.S. of A. We traveled the back roads where the interesting people lived. We visited several of those huge holes in the earth and were very impressed with one in Silver City, N.M. I worked in dangerous chemical manufacturing for over 33 years. We took a tour of this open pit mine and processing facility. We were transported deep into the mine, which was over 1 1/2 miles across by 1 mile wide. We observed the matting which was placed on the ground where they placed their ground-up rock and the spraying of acids to leach out the metals from the ore. The leaching solution was sent through a processing unit to clean it for reuse and then we went through the mill and saw them pour the finished ore into billets.

Quilters grateful for support
Funny River Quilters would like to thank the following merchants for their contributions toward our annual fundraiser golf tournament:

HEA seeks power supply independence
With an eye toward having its own independent power supply, Homer Electric wants to build one or more gas-fired power plants on the Kenai Peninsula.

Beetle battle gets new federal funds
Ongoing efforts to mitigate the devastation caused by the spruce bark beetle outbreak that has killed much of the Kenai Peninsula spruce forest over the past two decades got a financial boost Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to appropriate a $984,000 federal grant to the program.

ACS ready to lay cable
Alaska Communications Systems has begun cable-laying operations that by early next year will connect Alaska and the Lower 48 with a new cable capable of data transfer rates far in excess of current cable links.

Photo feature: Late bloomer
A flowering dandelion is surrounded by others that have gone to seed Thursday in Kenai. The ubiquitous flower is an invasive species not native to the Kenai Peninsula.

Robert I. Townsley
Longtime Sterling resident and Evangelist Robert I. Townsley died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Natural gas bullet line headed in the right direction
Like many folks around the Kenai Peninsula, Gov. Sarah Palin's natural gas bullet line proposal initially had us scratching our heads. Specifically, isn't it going the wrong way?

New book touts bear safety, awareness
Hiking one of the numerous trails in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, fishing the Russian River, or even walking out back to feed livestock -- any and all of these activities could bring a person nose to nose with a Kenai Peninsula brown or black bear. It's part and parcel with life in Alaska.

73.5-pound king just shy trophy status
Don't hate Steve Peterson, envy him.

Summer interns bring conservation ethic to wildlife refuge
Summer is an ideal time to highlight the work done by volunteer interns at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns contribute to Refuge operations and conservation projects while exploring possible careers in conservation, visitor services, environmental education and the natural sciences.

Around the Peninsula

Bazaar bake sale set

Volleyball camps come to SoHi, SkyHi
All American Volleyball Camps and the Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club are hosting a Volleyball Skills Camp at Soldotna and Skyview high schools from Aug. 5 to 7. All American Volleyball Camps feature skill instruction from top college, U.S. National Team and professional players. All American Volleyball Camps have conducted high school camps on the Kenai Peninsula for 15 years. Past coaches included former Olympians and national college players of the year.

Be kind to all the 'stars' that cross your path
An author writes of a close friend and her intriguing encounter. She spent her summers in a small town in Vermont which Paul Newman was known to frequent. She got up early one Sunday morning to take a long walk. Returning around 8 a.m. she discovered her family still in bed. Craving something cold and sweet she went into town to the bakery shop, which was also the ice cream shop, to get a double dip ice cream. She hopped into the car and drove into the empty town. She parked in front of the ice cream and bakery shop.

Late errors cost Twins in loss
Ben Stalker got exactly what he deserved.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Quilters enjoy basking in sun
I looked at the forecast today and noticed that we are looking at partly sunny skies with a chance of rain showers, and the next day is followed with partly cloudy skies with a chance of rain. I never have quite figured out the difference between the two. Guess it is the mood of the forecaster. If I am happy, maybe partly sunny fits.

Riders compete for points
The National Barrel Horse Association Alaska 01 district held its weekly sanctioned show at the Soldotna Equestrian Association Arena on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Wednesday. Riders race every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the arena for year-end point accumulation that will qualify them for year-end awards. The event is open and free to the public. The results of Wednesday's event follow:

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