Monday, July 23, 2007

List shouldn't be public
Sometimes people read the same words and come away with different conclusions. That's what happened in this week's Associate Press story (Clarion, July 18) on whether Alaska should close an illegal gun sales loophole we have in our law.

Paper trail is visible
This letter is in response to Amy Christiansen's July 16 letter in which she expresses concerns over the touch screen voting machines not having a paper trail. Although there are states in the U.S. that utilize touch screen voting units without a paper trail, Ms. Christiansen's concerns are meritless in Alaska.

Rapid rescue
Anglers hoping to snag a passing red salmon near Naptowne Rapids had to reel in their lines or risk hooking members of Central Emergency Services' swiftwater rescue team Thursday. Clad in red dry suits and yellow helmets, full-time and volunteer swiftwater staff demonstrated the techniques they use to get someone out of the 40-degree water of the Kenai River.

No bull: Riding is tough task
With names such as "Hitman" and "Grim Reaper" it's clear the bulls waiting to be ridden during the Peninsula Cowboy Round-Up Series Family Rodeo this weekend are no joke, and these two aren't even the most challenging of the bunch.

Photo feature: Purpose to ride
Tamara Houser, of Anchorage, and her copilot, Harley the dog, step off her motorcycle in Soldotna during the ninth annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Live Ride on Saturday. More than 200 motorcyclists rode from Wasilla and Anchorage to Soldotna to raise money and awareness for the Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Houser said she's participated for the last five years because "it is typically a good ride in good weather that supports a good cause."

Wildfire starter gets hotshot lawyer
Soldotna attorney Chuck Robinson entered a formal appearance as legal counsel in Kenai District Court on Friday for the California man charged in the Caribou Hills wildfire that blackened more than 55,000 acres a month ago and destroyed at least 53 cabins.

Angler nets king-sized prize catch
Mark Rogers, from San Antonio, Texas, knows a thing or two about gambling. He's raked in a blackjack pot or two over the years and is no stranger to poker. While fishing the Kenai River recently he was able to put a few concept these games have taught him to use.

Kenai Fishing academy offers brush with artist
Some fishermen don't like bumping elbows with other anglers, but students in an upcoming Kenai Fishing Academy course may not mind sharing the water with one of their own.

'Harry Potter' fans bewitched, despite late release hour
At 11:59 Friday night, a River City Books employee extricated herself from the bookstore.

Bernard Lee McCarthy
Kenai resident Bernard Lee McCarthy died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, surrounded by his family at his home from complication of diabetes. He was 66.

Leland Ford Taylor
Soldotna resident Leland Ford Taylor died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at his home in Kasilof with his family by his side. He was 73.

Andy Endresen
Andy Endresen, of Seward, died at Providence Hospital in Anchorage on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, from heart failure after suffering a hear attack a week earlier in Seward. He was 84.

Give school decision a chance
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education did what it should have at its meeting Monday — moved on.

Making a clean getaway: Pondering ways to rid Kenai beaches of summer debris
The Kenai City Council recently debated a measure that would have allowed residents of Kenai to park for free to access the personal-use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River.

Kenai Community News
Wow. These are the days that we waited for all winter. Sitting outside at Veronica's in Kenai's Old Town last week, some old friends and I enjoyed the best of the summer surrounded by brilliant flowers, gentle salt air, the sight of summer visitors taking photos nearby, and an occasional waft of salmon-scented wood smoke from someone's smokehouse, interspersed with the roar of an occasional aircraft overhead. The breeze kept the mosquitoes away, and there was enough sun that I am still itching from my sunburn. We in Alaska do treasure our summers, don't we?

Around the Peninsula
Jones Road to be discussed Women's run seeks volunteers Club seeks cards for troops Canner gauge testing available

Kasilof Community News
Please accept my apologies for misspelling Margaret Staggenborg last week.

Old growth
America's northernmost national temperate rainforest turns 100 years old Monday.

Unhinged Alaska
Last weekend an old buddy turned up that I hadn't seen for a few years. He and I spent many years working together along the high arctic Haul Road. Needless to say, after a few adult beverages around his campfire, we started reminiscing about some of the bizarre events that we encountered while rambling around up there.

Peninsula Reflections
Alaska was included in the U.S. census for the first time in 1880. That year the census listed Kassilof (an early spelling) with 31 persons of Athabaskan descent. But it is not clear who was counted since there wasn't a distinct village of Kasilof at that time.

Soldotna Community News
Every summer our family looks forward to Progress Days in Soldotna. The kids love the parade (all the candy thrown), seeing the floats and enjoying the day together. Progress Days started out as a celebration in 1961 to commemorate the peninsula's first natural gas line. Since then it's become an annual event recognizing the growth and progress of Soldotna each year. It's a weekend full of food and fun. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Soldotna senior center will hold its summer bazaar. It features arts and crafts, a bake sale, and a quilt show. On Saturday at noon the center will hold an endowment barbecue with entertainment.

Ninilchik Community News
If you hear some squealing at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds, you will know that the racing pigs have arrived. Katie Schollenberg is heading up the race training along with local volunteers. In addition to racing at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in August, the pigs will perform at the Palmer fair. If you are interested in sponsoring a racing pig, call the fair office at 567-3670.

Letting their guard down
It's a sport with monster trucks and Baja rigs, where fuel costs $34 a gallon and drivers need to know how to steer backwards and track sits in a desert where only U.S. service members live. It's radio-controlled racing in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Nikiski Community News
I hope you are enjoying the long summer days. I want to thank many of you for submitting announcements and Nikiski information.

Around the Peninsula
Football officials to meet LeeShore board meeting planned Funny River festival slated School registration begins

Sterling Community News
Although it is still July, I noticed, much to my daughter's chagrin, that the back-to-school displays have begun to pop up at the local stores. Although the end of August seems to be a long way in the future, here are a few early bits of information to help you prepare.

Pet Photo
April and Kyle Heffner enjoy camping with their new puppy, Tucker, at Skilak Lake earlier this summer. Tucker was 13 weeks old in this photo.

Harvey wins Senior Open in a playoff
Eldon Harvey said his 10 on No. 17 at the Butch Anderson Senior Open at Kenai Golf Course on Sunday evoked memories of Jean Van de Velde's famous collapse on the 18th hole of the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie.

Oilers can't put out Fire
The Peninsula Oilers dropped a 5-3 decision to the first-place Athletes in Action Fire on Saturday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Little racers, big dreams
Sporting a cream-colored jumpsuit, complete with patches and grease stains, Annita Braun watches anxiously as her father, Kurt, works tirelessly on her car.

Oilers game postponed
The Alaska Baseball League game between the Peninsula Oilers and the Athletes in Action Fire was postponed due to rain in Fairbanks on Sunday night.

Sizemore wins Senior Tourney
Parked at a picnic table at Birch Ridge Golf Course awaiting the winners of the Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament to be announced, Gary Stackhouse sat patiently, not a nerve in his body.

Sports Briefs
Twins defeat Eagle River Barrel Horse Association competes

Frank, Evans marry in Sterling
Malissa Frank and Charlie Evans of Sterling were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the bride's parents' home in Sterling. Jack Evans officiated.

Zindel, Strong announce nuptials
Miranda Zindel of Kenai and James Strong of Anchorage plane to marry Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna with a reception at the Soldotna Airport at the home/hanger of the bride's uncle and aunt, Gary and Nancy Eoff.

Ford-Reger, Braswell to marry
Shirley May Ford-Reger of Kasilof and Scott Wade Braswell Sr. of Nikiski plan to marry at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at Captain Cook State Park. Family friend Tony Helms will officiate.

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