Saturday, July 14, 2007

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."

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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