Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Luscious Celebration of Food
When I was six, or so, my grandfather handed me a fig, fresh-picked from one of the several fig trees he grew in his Huntington, Long Island backyard. He assured me that I'd like it, so I took a bite out of the odd-looking purple fruit and immediately encountered its squishy insides, seeds and all. It was sweet, and juicy, and like nothing I had ever eaten before. Those figs, considered "local" where I lived in those days, were delicious, with a taste that remains unrivaled to this day.

Enforcement on river didn't warrant letters
I found the mother's account (Clarion, July 2) of her son's dispute with Fish and Game rather amusing.

Murkowski not sensitive to reader's concerns
Just as I am seriously starting to think, Lisa Murkowski is a liberal Obama and Reid follower and they like her too to get their cap and trade legislation through Congress. See the details at th July 9, 2010 Newsweek article entitled The Other Woman from Alaska.

Foul hooked fish should be harvested
Fish mortality overlooked? A recent item in the Clarion has been echoing of the stone walls of our Fish and Game regs for years. A fisherman retained a red illegally hooked. What a ridiculous statement, illegally hooked! What should be illegal is this rule; it adds to the mortality rate of fish in the river without harvesting that fish. This rule does nothing but allow our citizens to be preyed upon bye the Department of Fish and Game for revenue above their license fee. It does nothing to address the problem of bank erosion. In fact it adds even more impact to these delicate river banks bye forcing release of a fish which makes it take longer to get the limit of three fish.

'Back to brown' : Group plans to remove eye sore
The Kenai Natives Association will begin the removal of former Wildwood Air Force Base operations building between the end of July and August.

Photo feature: Oops!
A small boat was temporarily marooned on the island in the Kenai River near Bridge Access Road on Monday. Passerby Linda Biesanz said she left the area at 10:30 a.m. and when she came back two hours later the boat was left high by the outgoing tide. "It's happened before," Biesanz said. "It's no big deal." "I'm sure they're having a good ole time out there," said another passerby, Sigrid Klein. High tide remedied the predicament.

Narrowing the choices down : Hospital board makes more decisions toward possible governance changes
The options for Central Peninsula Hospital's potential governance structure changes narrowed last week.

Graffiti spreads to Kenai Peninsula
Graffiti has appeared in many places across the globe, from the Berlin Wall to Wildwood's Building 100. In even a decidedly non-urban community as ours, illicit graphic expression somehow finds a canvas.

Anti-Pebble mine lawsuit headed to trial
Bristol Bay-area opponents to the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska gained some legal footing Monday when an Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled that a lawsuit against the state is worthy of trial.

To the test? Drug-screening task force gives presentation to school board
A task force created to examine possible drug testing programs in schools is recommending that the Kenai Peninsula School Board take delicate steps when establishing a program for borough schools.

Photo Feature: School work

Airport dog fends off flocks of seagulls
Rose, the Kenai Muncipal Airport hazing dog, has taken care of business so far.

Mary Ellen Emerson
Longtime Kenai resident Mary Ellen Emerson died Friday, July 2, 2010 from respiratory failure at her home in Kenai. She was 60.

Jean Walsh Stockburger
Homer resident Jean Walsh Stockburger , 57, died Friday, July 9, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Joyce Olsen
A memorial service will be held for Joyce Olsen on Saturday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kenai Lake Baptist Church in Cooper Landing.

Joe E. Koski
Longtime Soldotna resident Joe E. Koski died Monday, July 12, 2010 at his home in Kalifornsky Beach with his family by his side. He was 86.

Around the Peninsula

Public Health schedules immunization clinics

Photo feature: Best Friends
According to Wade Morgan of Kenai, "There comes a time in every dogs life when it is wiser to hold their tongue."

Zeke's Treats
Your readers might be interested in one of my most successful recipes. "Zeke's Treats" is a favorite of all the dogs I have met. Zeke is my son Mark's dog and they live in Soldotna.

Photo feature: Best Friend
Noisy Zimmerman, lets Gary and Paula Zimmerman live with her in Nikiski, is the only female of four cats residing there, and she looks for just about anyplace to hide from "The Boys." The couple are still not sure how she got up there, since the shelf is almost six feet off the floor.

Oilers offense pounds Glacier Pilots
Tuesday's Alaska Baseball League contest between the Peninsula Oilers and Anchorage Glacier Pilots started off with a bang -- literally.

Kenai Golf Report: July offers golfers opportunities to improve their games
Fore, golfers. Another week of our summer has raced by. I don't know about you, but I certainly enjoyed the beautiful, sunny days and while the rainy days were not as welcome, they did afford me an opportunity to slow down and catch my breath. I am chomping at the bit for a little less liquid sunshine so I can get back out on the course and take my clubs for some exercise. The Kenai Golf Course is looking incredible, by the way.

Sports Brief: Twins top Service
The American Legion Twins defeated Service 12-7 on Tuesday in Anchorage at Mulcahy Stadium. The game was a makeup from a rain-out previously in the season. The Twins are now 9-7 in the league and 14-22 overall.

Nelson, Lundahl win All Alaskan Skins Game
Rob Nelson of Eagleglen Golf Course was in the driver's seat on Monday at the Birch Ridge Golf Association All Alaskan Pro Skins Game at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

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