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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Salmon for supper: Personal-use fishery helps in economic downturn
While Alaska has not felt the brunt of the country's economic downturn, many residents still rely on catching or killing table fare to offset grocery store expenses. As such, the personal-use dipnet fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers are popular for packing the freezer with free meat.

King season countdown on
There's nothing like a shot of cold wind and rain after weeks on end of sunny weather to remind anglers that this is a short season.

Drawn by adventure, hooked by the lifestyle
Came to Alaska for adventure; stayed for the lifestyle and to raise our kids.

Chocolate-Chip Zucchini Cake
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Sauteed Squash with Tomatoes and Onions
2 tablespoons butter

Vegetable medley: Fresh is best: Sue Ade offers summer veggie recipes
Squash, available in winter and summer varieties, can be prepared in countless ways.

Squash Blossom Fritters
Basic Fritter Batter

Health-care reform needs to be passed
While it is encouraging that Senate and House committees are beginning to seriously consider health-care reform legislation, it is critical that the U.S. Congress takes action and passes real health-care reform in the next few months.

Dipnet disgrace
Citizens of Kenai, I need your help. How much longer are we going to allow the horrific management of the personal-use dipnet fishery to continue? Yes, I know the city brings in a pile of money from the masses gathered to fish. And, I know we are able to build better docks, dune protection and walkways as a result of these dollars. But, ask yourself: Did we need them before the chaos? These are reactive measures, not proactive.

Friends appreciate the help
The Friends of Kenai Community Library continue their efforts to raise funds to supplement programs and materials, and the building expansion for the Kenai Community Library. Such efforts include the annual book sale, a fundraising dance, the High Tea and the annual dinner raffle Oct 23 and 24 at the Eagles Club in Kenai.

Don't trash Alaska
As we enter into the key dipnetting times down on the Kenai, please keep in mind that many of us live here full-time and are left with the results of trashed beaches and riverbanks, trampled down dunes and sea grasses from people walking or driving their ATVs over them.

Record king dies for photo-op
I read the article and saw the picture on the 90-pound king caught. Nice fish for a photo. It's very disturbing to see a nice king like that get let go. But to catch it, drag it to the shore, take a picture of it and then let it go knowing it will die. What a waste!

Guide should know the rules
This letter is in regards to the article, "Angler sets monster king free," in the paper July 17. The guide states that the fish was handled properly, but fishing regulations clearly state, "A king salmon 20" or longer removed from the water must be retained and becomes a part of the bag limit of the person originally hooking it."

Dealing with the gorilla
Has anyone else noticed the 800-pound gorilla currently in the room? I'm sure the revenue has the cities and local merchants smiling, but what's currently happening on the river is really kind of obscene.

Right impression, wrong handling
Your article "Angler monster king free" disturbed me greatly. I was under the impression there was a law against removing large fish from the water if you intend to release it. If there is not, common sense should tell not to lift a large fish in the manner shown before releasing it.

Fireworks cause dog to bolt: Owner looking for lost pet in Cohoe Loop area
Despite fireworks being illegal on the Kenai Peninsula, a midnight launching at the mouth of the Kasilof River may have cost a pet owner her relationship with a canine companion of more than 12 years.

HEA, coal plant part ways
Any chance of Homer Electric Association being involved with the restart of the Healy Clean Coal Plant has disappeared.

Shanta Creek fire control returns to peninsula crews
National fire managers are expected to turn over command of the Shanta Creek fire to Kenai Peninsula fire officials today.

Harnessing the wind: Nikiski man installs turbine to combat high energy costs
After seeing his electric bill increase by more than 40 percent over the past year, Frank Sackman decided to take a proactive approach to help offset his rising costs. His solution: install a wind turbine at his home in Nikiski.

Flood watch issued for Kenai Peninsula
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a flood watch for the Kenai Peninsula.

City asks how much public needs to know
Does a city council member own a civil engineering firm or other business? Who pays rent to the mayor to live in his rental apartments? How much does a councilor receive in pension benefits, and from whom?

Injured key witness delays cold case trial
The cold case murder trial of a man accused of killing a Seward woman 27 years ago was postponed in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday until February next year.

Mae Alice Batt
Lifelong Alaskan and longtime Kenai resident Mae Alice Batt died Sunday, July 19, 2009, surrounded by family at her home in Kenai. She was 87.

Denice Marie Riney
Sterling resident Denice Marie Riney died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 40.

Joyce L. 'Nikki' Gilman
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Joyce L. "Nikki" Gilman died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Pathway's Assisted Living in North Kenai. She was 75.

Pat 'Patsy' Hartley
Longtime Homer resident Pat "Patsy" Hartley died Sunday, July l9, 2009, surrounded by her family at home in Homer. She was 63.

Mardi K. Hutchens
Longtime Peters Creek and Kenai resident Mardi K. Hutchens died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at his home. He was 59.

Around the Peninsula

Nutrition classes slated

Around the Peninsula

Community race slated

Art Briefs

Nikiski art classes available

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Events and Exhibits

Reviewer OKs small screen pics
'Crossing Over'

Rain, rain, go away?
Hello, golfers. I'm trying very hard to be grateful for the rain. I know we really needed it. I'm just ready for it to stop for a few days so I can get out and enjoy myself golfing and doing all those other outside activities that we attempt to squeeze into our short summers. One of my very favorite things about the game of golf is the opportunity to meet great people and the ability to renew old acquaintances. I was recently pleased to play the back nine with Karen Morris and Pam Martinez. I had not seen either of these wonderful ladies on the course in quite some time and apparently it was because I was just not around when they were. Their games are as solid as ever and it was great to see them both again. Someday, I can only hope that I will be able to hit the ball as consistently as they do, but I really don't hold much hope for it.

Oilers edge Miners in 12th
Mat-Su hurler David Stilley's nine impressive innings went for naught as the Peninsula Oilers scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 12th and held on for a 2-1 win over the Miners on Tuesday night in Alaska Baseball League action at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Sports Briefs

Gilliland finishes 16th in Sadler's Challenge

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