Thursday, July 22, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Get fish while the gettin' is good
King fishing on the Kenai River has considerably improved in the past week -- meaning anglers better get while the gettin' is good before the fishery closes at the end of the month.

Fish Tales: Kenai king catch earns seal of approval
A few weeks ago my son and I came to Soldotna to fish. We had a delightful stay with Bob, Cathy and Larry at Bob's Cabins.

Cook-Off Winners Grilling Way to Big Apple
Soaring temperatures and new gas grills, purchased with some funds donated by The Home Depot, were only some of the things heating up at Saturday's Southeast Regional 2010 Family PLUS Cook-Off, held at the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton.

Parnell shows progress where other candidates don't
This election, if we are to have a straightforward conversation about building a gasline and taking real steps to secure Alaska's economic future, we need to start with facts and then take a long and hard look at the promises being made by candidates running for Alaska's highest office.

CPH donations welcome
I am writing because I cannot stand to see one more criticism of the donations that have been made from CPH to our community! It is clear to me that the folks objecting to any generous donations from our hospital are not very "community minded" themselves.

Nursery felt like old friend
I feel like I lost an old friend last Thursday. I hadn't planned to go to the auction at the old Kenai River Nursery , I didn't want to buy anything, but at the last minute I decided I had to go to say goodbye.

Something doesn't add up
Something's not adding up here. On one hand we have Central Peninsula Hospital making money hand-over-fist -- paying down its debt, buying out physician practices, buying property, hiring physicians, giving away tens of thousands of dollars, buying TV and radio ads, and much more.

Ready, set, dipnet!: Residents enjoy another season
Along the shore at the mouth of the Kenai River, fishers stand chest deep in the water trying to catch sockeye salmon in their nets. Seagulls flock to the beaches strewn with roe and fish heads, fighting over the waste in a salty smorgasbord. Those who do get a hit in the net, drag it onshore to bop the fish on the head, and perhaps fillet it right there and harvest the meat.

Gas line slow going: Prospects may be unknown for months
JUNEAU -- The federal coordinator for Alaska natural gas projects said Tuesday it could be be late this year, or early next, before Alaskans know whether they're closer to securing a major natural gas pipeline.

Man disappears in river
Skiffs peppered the Kenai River downstream of The Pillars boat launch searching for a man who disappeared in the stream Wednesday afternoon.

Bees in the city: Beekeeping residents to ask council to look at zoning code
Sarah Sounders keeps bees to make her own honey, soap, lotion, lip balm and beeswax candles for her family and home business in Kenai.

New CEO: Challenger's change at top shows its progress
When any chairman says the following about a major business decision, the organization must feel like it's headed in the right direction:

Shooting victim 'fell into the wrong hands'
Brendan McGee moved quickly through the ranks as an employee at Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge.

James 'Joe' Joseph Handsaker
Kenai resident James 'Joe' Joseph Handsaker died, Sunday, July 18, 2010. He was 55.

Jennifer Catherine Larned
Former Soldotna resident Jennifer (Jen) C. Larned died Wednesday June 23, 2010, at her home in Huntington Station, N.Y,. surrounded by several family members, after a 12-year battle with breast cancer. She was 40.

Brody Elvis Brumley
Kenai resident Brody Elvis Brumley, 95, died July 13, 2010, of natural causes.

HEA rates intended to make it fair, promote conservation
One of the most important decisions that can be made by a Cooperative is the design of the electric rates. That's why Homer Electric Association (HEA) is making every effort to get it right the first time during our current rate design review process.

Voices of Alaska: Alaska and a changing climate
Unique among the United States, Alaska enjoys easy access to 21st century technology, fiscal benefits of a 20th century economy, and -- until recently -- the purity of 19th century nature: clean, intact, and healthy. While wireless, satellite phone and GPS coverage spread, oil and fish supplies decrease, and the wild nature we have taken for granted is changing.

Around the Peninsula

KWF Russian River hike with Patti Berkhahn

Around the Peninsula

Kiser to perform

Poet's Corner

Alaska (The Heart That Beats)

Reeling It In: 'Inception' has plenty to think about
"Inception"

What's Happening

Best Bets

The sound of culture: Concert to explore Russian history through music
Central Kenai Peninsula residents are in for a musical treat tonight at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center's narrated concert exploring Russian music and history, "From the Great Gate of Kiev to a Night in Moscow."

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Recent rainy weather a boon for greens at Birch Ridge Golf Course
The greens at Birch Ridge Golf Course are absolutely lush and putting absolutely true! It is nice when you hit the perfect pitch shot onto the green and the ball behaves accordingly.

Sports Brief: Oilers game cancelled
The Peninsula Oilers game against the Anchorage Bucs was cancelled Tuesday due to rain. The makeup time is to be determined.

Sports Brief: Goldpanners, Miners share ABL lead
With a 9-4 win over the Mat-Su Miners (23-9) on Tuesday, the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks (24-10) now share the lead in the Alaska Baseball League. The second-place Peninsula Oilers (25-12) are a half a game back. The Panners and Miners were to play a doubleheader at Fairbanks on Wednesday but it was postponed due to rain. The two will play a doubleheader today. The first game begins at 5 p.m.

Kenai Golf Report: Good friends, laughter leads to personal best round at Kenai Golf Course
Welcome back, golfers. It was a hectic week -- making time for golfing and yard work and other important things in between the rain showers. While playing the front nine this past week, my better half and I were joined on hole No. 3 by Bill Paxson. We really enjoyed his company during the round. Dave shot his personal best of 40 on the front, and while the back was not quite as good, he still managed to break 90 for the first time in a couple of years. Bill matched his personal best of 41 on the front. We won't talk about what I shot that day.

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