Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gun owner supports Begich
On July 2, Mark Begich (candidate for U.S. Senate) unveiled his plan for protecting and restoring honor to this country's civil liberties. Included is his unwavering support for the Second Amendment. In this spirit, Mayor Begich has launched Gun Owners For Begich.

Plans for natural gas pipeline mind-boggling
During "King Murkowski's Reign," I publicly criticized him severely in the media for his proposed pseudo-contract with the oil/gas producers for a natural gas (NG) pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48.

A little too late
I'm relieved that the U.S. Gummint is finally going to step in and make borrowing safer, in the wake of the IndyMac bank scandal. I wish they had done it sooner.

Sandahl named acting Kenai chief
Kenai City Manager Rick Koch has named Gus Sandahl Kenai's acting chief of police.

Borough economy looking healthy
First quarter statistics for 2008 show healthy increases in both gross and taxable sales across the Kenai Peninsula compared to last year, according to a report released recently by the Kenai Peninsula Borough's economic analysis office.

Police looking for tips in stolen vehicle case
Police are still seeking any information involving the destruction of a stolen car that occurred on May 30.

Sentencing set in 2005 murder case
Nearly four years after Mephibosheth "Moshe" Wilkinson was murdered in Homer, a sentencing date has been set for his accused killer, Leonard Wallace.

Photo feature: Catch of the day
Ron Rebenitsch of Bismarck, North Dakota, cleans a red salmon caught beneath the bridge on the boardwalk in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon. Vehicles from nine different states and two Canadian provinces were in the parking lot at the Soldotna Visitors Center.

Time to act is now on ANWR, offshore drilling
Despite all the bickering and back-stabbing that goes on in D.C., we're hoping Congress can put its differences aside long enough to work together and meet President Bush -- at the very least -- halfway on movement to lift the ban on offshore drilling.

Runs pick up, right on time
Fish on! That statement should be heard numerous times this weekend as, right on time, the late-runs of sockeye and king salmon are beginning to reach their zenith.

Hot fishing makes for busy processors
As more salmon enter the rivers, it's time to get to it, but not just for fishermen. Fish processors are also getting busier as the late runs of kings and sockeyes continue to build toward their peaks.

Draft refuge conservation plan available for public comment
There is an old saying, "People don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." Personally I find formal planning exercises a bit tedious -- always rich in process and sometimes poor in product.

Around the Peninsula

Memorial golf tourney set

Oilers sweep series from AIA
Tre Dennis rattled Athletes In Action starter Eric Hillenbrand.

Punt, pass, kick champs announced
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Football Camp held a series of punt, pass and kick competitions. Jersey Truesdell was the winner for first and second grade, Chase Gillies was the winner for the third and fourth grade, Nick Griglione was the winner for the fifth and sixth grade, Brandon Rice was the winner for the seventh and eighth grade and Dusty Poole was the ninth-grade winner.

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