Monday, July 16, 2007

Dogs not answer to bear issues, better people behavior is
I'm responding to Dennis Barnard's letter dated July 11, regarding the "Windriver Bear Dog Program". I read his letter, which basically was a complaint against the State of Alaska Fish and Game department for not doing more to help with the bears on the Russian River. He mentioned the Karelian bear dogs not even being taken into account for a possible answer. First, Mr. Barnard, who do you think is going to PAY for something like that? Who is going to go out with the bear radar and have dogs in tow? You?

A vote for counting paper ballots
Please I have got to believe in our elections, and without an accountable voting tally (a paper trail) I feel my self doubting it constantly. Was my vote was counted? I want and deserve this assurance and accountability that only a paper trail can provide. Please ban DRE voting machines nationally. It is of utmost importance that you protect the integrity of our electoral process. Thank you.

Fishermen's efforts not netting many rewards
Seeing hordes of weekend campers at the mouth of the Kasilof River trouncing the dune grass with their tents and tarps is nothing out of the ordinary for midmonth July, but what is a little odd is how many people were sitting in those campsites rather than standing shoulder to shoulder in the water with their dipnets in hand.

Moose poachers caught after killing trophy bulls
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has some advice for would-be wildlife poachers: don't even think about it. Two men and a juvenile learned that hard way after being turned in by other hunters for illegally shooting moose in the "Tustumena bench" area.

Dog days
When Deborah Luper came across her first Shetland sheepdog, she spent half a month's salary for it. It was 1979, she was 18 years old and making $800 a month.

Aspens not safe from infestations
Many Kenai Peninsula property owners have felt somewhat at ease having birch and aspen trees on their lots as the spruce bark beetle feasted wildly, bringing death to most of their evergreens.

Charter boat sinks near Homer
The 32-foot Fat Cat, a charter vessel owned by Mike Huff of Capt. Mike's Charters in Homer, sank in Cook Inlet on Thursday. The Silver Fox I, a nearby charter vessel, rescued the six passengers, captain and deckhand before any of the individuals were forced into the cold water.

Superman irked at 'thrashing'
After hearing he was publicly criticized on an Anchorage radio talk show, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Gary Superman lashed back during last week's assembly meeting in Soldotna.

Delma Rosie Moore
Longtime Nikiski resident Delma Rosie Moore died Friday, July 13, 2007, at her home in Nikiski. She was 79.

Mary L. Bookey
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Mary L. Bookey died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, after a lengthy illness in Anchorage. She was 81.

Stephen Ray Boyer
Soldotna and Fairplay, Calif., resident Stephen Ray Boyer died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, from injuries sustained while canoeing in the Kenai River near Soldotna. He was 57.

On the sourdough express: Reporter adjusting to light, emerging history after whirlwind trip to Alaska
When the plane touched down at Ted Stevens International Airport at 2 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, my first thought as I looked out the window was: "Wow, it's actually dark!" My second thought was, "Oh crap, I'm here!"

Palin's vetoes shouldn't be end of worthy projects
Each stroke of Gov. Sarah Palin's veto pen crossing out an item in the state's capital budget brought a cry of protest from somewhere in the state.

Go ahead, eat and swim; summertime myths debunked
Your mother was wrong — you probably won't drown if you don't wait half an hour to go swimming after you eat. And though many people think garlic repels mosquitoes, it actually attracts a common species, as do many other things.

Nikiski Community News
The summer is perking up and showing us some great sunny days. I have visited a few Nikiski gardens this summer. The flowers are beautiful and I can't wait to taste some of the fresh veggies.

Kasilof Community News
Traci Davis of South Cohoe Loop has retired from her position as health service coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Traci started working as a nurse at Tustumena Elementary in 1985. She has also served as a nurse in schools at Ninilchik and Sterling as well as Soldotna High School. Her husband, Bill, retired a couple years ago after working on the North Slope many years. Traci has already been active in retirement. She just returned from Houston where she helped their son, Billy, his wife, Holly, and their three girls move back to the peninsula. Billy, who works for Marathon Oil, will live in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Traci is the daughter of Kasilof pioneers George and Jeanne Jackinsky.

Photo feature: Celebrating volunteers
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, left, is shown dancing with Larry Dean, founder of the Forget-Me-Not Band on June 20 at the Forget-Me-Not Center in Kenai. Mayor Porter was on hand to help celebrate Dean's 20th anniversary of his band. Dean has served as a volunteer at the center the longest. Porter presented Dean with an album featuring pictures of the band over the years and stories and handwritten notes from the center's members. Linda Flowers, current center director, not shown, said, "I can attest to the enjoyment that the seniors derive from the chance to reminisce about the barn and community dances of their youth and a chance to take a whirl around the dance floor again. Larry and the band's contribution to the center are priceless." The center is an adult day center for seniors who, due to chronic disease or accident, need some assistance.

Don't wait — knowledge provides power for weight loss
A wide range of resources are available for people looking for help losing weight and eating healthier. Local gyms and fitness clubs employ personal trainers; meeting times for weight-loss groups such as TOPS and Weight Watchers are posted in the Clarion's Community Calendar.

Club, organization news
Crime Stoppers receive grant Archers hit their target Cooper Landing news

Around the Peninsula
Law library to close Canner gauge testing available CPHC board meeting set Watershed Forum to host hike Refuge plans July activities

Around the Peninsula
Football camp planned Referees meeting slated Fair exhibit guides available KPC council seeks members Classes set to reunite

Kenai Community News
Parade winners announced Senior center abuzz with activity Library activities announced Classes to reunite

Ninilchik Community News
One advantage of writing for the Neighbor's column is having a valid excuse to meet and talk with people in our community who I would not have the privilege of meeting otherwise. I really appreciate it when you are willing to share your family news and events. You just might make someone else's day by sharing your good news!

Sterling Community News
Brenna L. Talbot sent me an e-mail to let me know her brother, Bryan Brooks, is on his way to the Gulf with the Navy. He is serving on the USS Enterprise. Brenna asked the community to keep him in your prayers. She also said he would really enjoy hearing from folks here at home. You can send him an e-mail at brooksb@cvn65.navy.mil

Soldotna Community News
Referees meeting planned Nutrition class serves up information Seniors plan summer bazaar Garage sale fundraiser planned Donations sought for troops Kids reading program continues KPC council seeks members Seniors plan activities Cameras, photo printers sought

Peninsula Reflections
Before opening townships in the Soldotna area, 15 acres were reserved by the U.S. Bureau of Public Lands at the downside of the Kenai River at Soldotna Creek. This was a wise decision, for the area has become a historic site for its Native habitation and the historic "White House" built in 1955 by the Territorial Alaska Road Commission.

Tackling weight loss
Regular fans of Soldotna High School football scanning the sidelines this fall will recognize the Superman T-shirt, but they might not recognize the man wearing it.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
As you read this, I am prepared to endure one of the great "passages" of life. I will be attending not one but TWO high school class reunions. I went to a small school in eastern Washington for the first seven years of elementary school, then my family moved 20 miles east and I changed schools. Not only did I have to be the new kid in junior high, that school was the absolute rival of the school I had just left so I also had the humiliation of joining the enemy. However, kids being kids, I survived. Because we have family ties in the first town, and because I found great friends in the second town, I have been "blessed" with two groups of school buddies. And 20 miles isn't that far, as my parents kept telling me those first days after they announced we were moving.

Pet Photo
Madilyn Barkman's cat Sunset loves to sleep in the sink. She also drinks from the faucet. The Barkmans live in Soldotna.

Twins drop 2 to South
The American Legion Twins were swept in a doubleheader by South on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers taste success away from home
Somehow, some way, the Peninsula Oilers continue to find ways to win.

Hot Oilers even ABL record
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 5-1 on Sunday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage for their eighth victory in nine games.

Youth gets served at Peninsula Amateur
Beau Forrest, a 17-year-old who will be a senior at Kenai Central High School this fall, on Sunday at Birch Ridge Golf Course became the first junior in the 34-year history of the Peninsula Amateur to win the Championship Flight.

Twins hold on for sweep of West
John Butler's pitching blueprint for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader was vastly different from that of the first game.

Weddings
Former Soldotna resident Jill Jensen and Willard Thrash III of Chattanooga, Tenn., are planning a 2008 fall wedding in Chattanooga.

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