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Friday, July 16, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

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

'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.

Drug testing not a good use of school funding
Why is the KPBSD considering drug tests for students? It seems like every year more teachers are cut, and budgets are cut from the arts and sports programs at the schools. Drug testing students doesn't seem like a useful or beneficial use of the district's resources to me. Students suspected of abusing drugs should always be referred to local authorities; defraying the cost away from our extremely budgeted district.

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.

Energy rebate a great benefit
We encourage our neighbors on the Kenai Peninsula to undertake the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's (AHFC) energy rebate program. We just completed the process, and are huge fans.

World Series a blast
On July 10, Frontier Community Services in conjunction with the Soldotna Little League held the 7th Annual World Series of Baseball played by individuals who experience a disability. It was a truly inspirational day that clearly demonstrated the sense of community that we have here on the Peninsula. There were over 70 players and over 200 people cheering them on.

Dragon flies delight
July 9 and 1, the Kenai Peninsula 4-H, Central Peninsula Master Gardeners and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hosted the authors of "Dragon Flies of Alaska," John Hudson and Bob Armstrong. The workshops at the Refuge and the North Peninsula Recreation Area were well attended by almost 275 curious folks. We had lots of fun learning about Alaska's State Insect and exploring habitat and nature photography. I would like to say a big thank you to the North Peninsula Rec Board for the room use, the Wildlife Refuge for lodging our guests, the Central Peninsula MGs for air fare, the Kenai Peninsula 4-H for air fare, books, and sharing the joy of learining by doing with all that participated. We have a great community here on the Kenai and lots of Dragon Flies to learn about! Thank you all who attended, organized, supported and taught others, hopefully we can work together again to bring educational opportunities to our community.

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."

July 4 holiday well celebrated
Your Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kenai, as well as, ConocoPhillips, Tesoro Alaska, and XTO Energy Inc. would like to thank the following people and organizations for partnering with us in presenting the July 4 parade and festivities "Celebrate Kenai 1960-2010": Brown Agency, CBC Rental & Supply, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Beacon OHSS, First American Title, KSRM Radio Group, Molloy & Schmidt LLC Attorneys at Law, KDLL 91.9 FM, Metal Magic Inc., Marathon Oil Company, Waddell & Reed, Homer Electric Association, Wells Fargo, Lynden Transport, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Summit Dry Cleaners, Stewart Title, Dick & Shirley Morgan, American Legion Post 20, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Kenai Elks Lodge, Kenai Golf Course, Kenai Visitor's Center, Spenard Builders Supply, Peninsula Pumping Inc., First National Bank Alaska, The Smith Family Band, AK Free Fuel, Na Manu Olu Dance Troupe, TUFFeNUFF, Scout Paret & Family, Kelly and Lilly Reisig, Tim Navarre, Daniel Kartchner, Jay Ramras, Kyle Fisher, Brendyn Shiflea, Nancy Dolezilek, Cheryl Bridge, Jason Carroll, Mike Spangler, Penny Furnish, Neal DuPerron, Merrill Sikorski, Rick Cupp & the Kenai Fellowship Church, Joe Halstead & The River Covenant Church, Angela Thiele, Bill Grimm, Duane Bannock, Charlie Pierce, Travis Pierce, Graham Hanlin, Bill Sadler, Kate Jefferson, Anna Fisher, Markie Johnson, Rachael Bethune, and all those who entered the Parade and hosted vendor booths. Each of you represents the "UNITY" in commUNITY.

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.

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.

Bacteria found in water: Kenai beach contamination may cause illness
The Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring water at North Kenai Beach at the end of Spruce Street because of high levels of enterococci bacteria found in recent water samples that may cause diarrhea, stomach aches, or ear, eye and skin infections.

Document shredding event planned for Soldotna
The Better Business Bureau of Alaska will host a document shred-a-thon this Saturday at Wells Fargo Bank.

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

The Beaten Path: Change in community habits follows Unity Trail
Since its completion, the Unity Trail has sparked an increase in health awareness and proved a boon for some local businesses.

Police search for shooter in suspected Soldotna homicide
State Troopers are investigating a reported shooting in Soldotna on K-Beach Road and Andrews Avenue.

Adolph 'Rudy' Corona
Kenai resident Adolph "Rudy" Corona died Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at his home in Kenai with his family by his side. He was 78.

Janet L. Brown
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Janet L. Brown died Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at Our House II in Soldotna. She was 78.

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.

World Series event hits it out of the park
Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell last weekend threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Frontier Community Services' World Series baseball event.

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

Refuge Notebook: Kenai Peninsula soundscape: Stop to hear the decibels
One day in June, I sat at the bottom of a valley at the foot of a glacier in the Kenai Mountains. The wind blew steadily, rustling the leaves of small, stunted aspens, a river roared next to me, and off to my left, a waterfall, 500 feet tall, cascaded with a magnificent boom. I called to my colleague at the top of my lungs, "What a beautiful place!" Although he could barely hear me, he nodded with a smile. The sound surrounding us was almost deafening. Despite this, I felt the power of nature in all its wonderful glory. A few days later, driving on the Sterling Highway with my wife and kids in downtown Soldotna, I rolled down the window. The wind blew steadily and the traffic roared by with engines and music booming. The sounds were deafening. I could barely hear my own voice when I commented to my wife of how loud everything was. We were surrounded by noise.

An Outdoor View: Sockeye fishing
Catching sockeye salmon -- "reds" -- on hook and line is seldom easy. Even when the water is thick with them, these strong fish will test your tackle, strength and patience.

On the path: Unity Trail connects communities, people
Biking, jogging, skate skiing, rollerblading, or simply strolling, the Unity Trail offers central Kenai Peninsula residents plenty of recreation opportunities.

Around the Peninsula

Unity Run Saturday

Around the Peninsula

Prostate cancer to be discussed

Refreshingly Despicable Me
"Despicable Me"

Poet's Corner

The Safety Page

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.

What's Happening

Best bets

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

Voices of Religion: Lessons learned from watching a robin's nest
A robin's nest was low in a tree right on the edge of the driveway. I saw the adult first warming the eggs and then gathering food for the hatched chicks. Soon, three young robins were sitting on the edge of the nest. They weren't able to fly when they left the nest, and I saw one adolescent chick racing along in the undergrowth, it's mother flitting along and calling to it. Just a few days later, I saw the fledgling robins with their unique color pattern for camouflage flying around the yard.

Bucs snap Oilers' streak
The Peninsula Oilers lost to the Anchorage Bucs 8-0 on Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Real Alaskans don't let a little rain interrupt golfing
We have seen another week of our beautiful summer pass. The weather cannot dictate what we do, we live in Alaska. We have seen more business this week than we have all summer. As I sit here writing this tonight the golf course is full of people playing for fun or doing match plays for the Bird Homestead Golf Association Cup. What a beautiful night and perfect golfing weather.

Sports Briefs

KCHS cheerleading camp starts Wednesday

Twins, Wasilla split twin bill
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with the visiting Wasilla Road Warriors on Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. After losing the conference game 8-7, the Twins won the nonconference game 11-8. The Twins are now 10-8 in the league and 16-23 overall. Wasilla is now 10-6 and 13-12.

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