Thursday, July 15, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

'Put in your time': Patience could be key to fishing success this week
While some anglers might say you would have better luck trolling for red salmon in the cooler at Fred Meyer, others are hauling them in with dipnets or reeling them in with rods.

Fish Tales: Hubris on a hook a sure way to scare fish
Shhh, the salmon are listening, they can hear you, I swear.

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.

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.

Borough animal control necessary
I think it is crucial for the borough to create and enforce animal abuse and control laws. I have contacted the State Troopers and Fish and Game in the past about neglected animals, not only dogs.

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.

People should maintain stake in hospital governance
As noted in Sunday's Clarion (July 11), it is obvious that the current push to get out from under Central Peninsula Hospital's current governance structure is coming directly from CPH's current administration. The Clarion article quotes CEO Ryan Smith as saying, "(CPH's current partnership with the borough) is a very cumbersome structure to work within" and that "it really slows down the process, which would be problematic in a competitive environment."

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.

Hula group incorporates patriotic songs
Ever since 2004, when the Kenai Chamber of Commerce gave us the privilege of performing at the park after the super Fourth of July parade. Our dance groups enjoyed participating with hula and we included patriotic songs. This year, Na Manu Olu opened at Noon with five hula songs. Then Pua Mae Ole performed five numbers: God Bless America, God Bless The U.S.A., In God We Trust, We are The Children of America and You've got a Friend. Both groups closed our 45-minute performance with a hula called You May Go.

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

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.

Photo Feature: School work

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.

Straight to the point: Candidates participate in chamber forum
When time is limited, get to the point. That was the challenge met by the five Alaska gubernatorial candidates who attended Wednesday's debate in Kenai.

Youth learn traditional fishing methods
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe started a five-day camp this week to teach youth traditional fishing practices.

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.

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.

Joe E. Koski
Longtime Soldotna resident, Mr. Joe E. Koski, 86, died Monday, July 12, 2010, at his home in K-Beach with his family by his side.

Ballot Measure 2 opponents untruthful
"Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue."

Around the Peninsula

Prostate cancer to be discussed

What's Happening

Best bets

In the Hopper
On his parents' back porch in Wasilla, Matt Hopper mused about his love for the 49th state, one that has influenced his song writing and keeps him coming back for more.

Refreshingly Despicable Me
"Despicable Me"

Poet's Corner

The Safety Page

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Senior tourney comes to Birch Ridge; another pro event in books
With the Alaska Pro Skins Game behind us for this year it is now time to prepare for the Annual Grainge Memorial Senior Tournament. There will be five divisions including Men 50-59; Men 60-plus first flight, Men 60-plus second flight; Women 50-59 and Women 60-plus.

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.

Oilers beat Pilots, gain on ABL leaders
The Peninsula Oilers notched their sixth consecutive victory with a 9-6, come-from-behind win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Oilers improve to 21-11 in the Alaska Baseball League. The Pilots fall to 8-23.

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.

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.

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