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Friday, July 13, 2007

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

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.

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.

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.

Help keeps doors, hearts open
Hospice of Homer would like to acknowledge the Kenai Peninsula United Way for their ongoing support, especially in these lean fundraising times.

Reader: Keep horses at 35 and enforce it
It is logical and necessary for the biological health of the Kenai River to use only four-stroke or DFI (direct fuel injection) engines and eventually exclude two-stroke engines. However, if one reviews carefully the revised "Oasis Study" of April 26, 2007, that evaluates the TAH (total aromatic hydrocarbons) load from 35 horsepower and 50 horsepower four-stroke engines, it becomes apparent that there will be more TAH placed in the Kenai River with the horsepower increase.

Reader: Enough already
Though touting the Kenai River as the greatest sportfishing river in the world, Kenai River Sportfishing Association is nevertheless heavyhearted. KRSA does not agree with current harvest methods — read "the gillnet industry" — and expects that the economic engine of sportfishing will have "serious implications for future resource allocation decisions" — read "more for us, less for them."

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?

Kenai River fishing event not 'classic'
Enough is enough! Many local residents are choking on vodka, tomato juice, Irish cream, and cigar smoke as depicted on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News on Saturday, July 7, 2007.

Cemetery task force resurrected
New life has been breathed into the idea of a cemetery for the city of Soldotna.

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.

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.

Attraction to non-natural food leaves 2 bruins dead
Two more brown bears were killed in defense of life and property (DLP) during the past two weeks, bringing the number of human-caused mortalities for bears on the Kenai Peninsula to 13, nine of which have been females.

Peninsula better at preventing wildfires, but more can be done
Red and orange spread like wildfire across a map of the Kenai Peninsula with several blackened areas scattered throughout. Sharon Roesch pointed to the largest black swath just below Tustumena Lake signifying the 55,648-acre Caribou Hills blaze. The red and orange represented spruce bark beetle kill — there was very little green on this map.

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.

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

C.H. 'Hank' North
Cooper Landing resident C.H. "Hank" North of Cooper Landing died Sunday, June 17, 2007, at his home with his daughter, Renee, by his side. He was 79 years old.

Russell John Cordner
Soldotna resident Russell John Cordner died of cancer Thursday, June 28, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 73.

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

Jaime Lee Ellis
Anchorage resident Jaime Lee Ellis died Sunday, July 8, 2007, at his home. He was 30.

Legislative ethics reform takes big step forward
A bright, heartening moment of optimism Monday briefly dispelled part of the dark cloud of legislative ethical misconduct that's been hanging over the state when a jury found former state Rep. Tom Anderson guilty of conspiracy and bribery.

Narrowleaf hawksbeard (Crepis tectorum)
This annual plant can grow up to 3 feet in height. Its basal leaves are lance-shaped with margins varying from numerous backward-pointing teeth to deeply lobed. The yellow flowers are often confused with dandelions from a distance. These plants are often found on disturbed ground such as roadsides and waste places. It thrives in dry, coarse soil and competes with other seedlings and can easily spread into riparian areas.

Still building: King, red fishing simmers
Toto was nowhere around, but early Thursday morning Nici Lehmer knew she wasn't in Kansas anymore — Kansas City, Mo., that is.

Keeping bears and people apart on the Russian River
Anyone who knows the Kenai Peninsula can tell you that the rivers and lakes give life to world-class salmon runs, which represent the ecological integrity and economic vitality of the entire region. They will also tell you that within the Kenai watershed, one of the most highly visited sockeye salmon fishing destinations is the Kenai and Russian River confluence area. Archeological studies and oral history in the area also show that native Alaskans and early settlers used this ideal location for catching salmon for more than 9,000 years.

Peninsula Clarion - Outdoors

Nikiski angler pulls toothy lunker from Stormy Lake
"There is a creature alive today who has survived millions of years of evolution without change, without passion, and without logic. It lives to kill. A mindless eating machine, it will attack and devour anything. It is as though God created the devil and gave him jaws."

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

Peninsula Clarion - Community

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.

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

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.

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

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

Do we live in a livable world or dangerous age?
I have been involved in two car accidents when I was the driver. The first was a minor fender-bender when I was still a teen, an accident which was partly if not wholly my fault. The only question it made me ask was, "How can I be a better driver?" There was little mental anguish or turmoil.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Another dramatic victory
After two pinch hitters weren't able to knock in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Thursday night, the Peninsula Oilers weren't about to try a third.

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.

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

Hammers swinging at the Bird
Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. What a great week we have had, a little rain, a little sunshine and a whole lot of golf. Not one week has gone by without something fun and different happening. Just yesterday Mr. Coyote introduced me to a friend. I'm not sure what to name his friend, not knowing whether it is a girl or a boy. (As far as that goes I may be calling the friend Mr. Wrong!) I'll name the second one Bobby, should work for either sex. It is always fun seeing Mr. Coyote, now two for the price of one.

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