Friday, July 24, 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.

Fish thoughts: Life is hard
The life of a coho salmon isn't easy. I should know. I am one.

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.

Talent showcased well
I'd like to thank all the participants and audience members who helped make the library's Community Talent Showcase a huge success. Thank you also to the Friends of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Public Library who helped sponsor the event, along with Soldotna Mayor Peter A. Micciche, Sherril Miller and Laura Forbes, who had the difficult job of judging the performers.

Deliberate omissions
The John Nelson letter (July 20) reeks of the truth, and I thank him for it. On the other hand, there is Ricky Gease who called Soldotna "too dangerous for a fish board meeting," wanted the local Fish and Game office closed and said the commercial fishery takes in 95 percent of the fish.

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.

Quit it and get back to work
Where does the line between campaigning and sedition begin? Years ago I heard a speech on the radio. It was John McCain, speaking in Arizona, urging the people to rise up against then President Clinton for his alleged grievous crimes. I thought, hey, I think there's a word for that, sedition, and I think it's one of those high crimes like treason.

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.

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.

Free physicals event results in healthy success
On July 18, Soldotna High School held its annual free physical day for students participating in athletic activities. Local physicians and nurses donated their time to make this event a huge success.

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

Homer resident missing since July 15
The mother of 53-year-old Stephen "Steve" Engle is asking for help locating her son, who was last reported seen leaving the Homer Police Department July 15.

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.

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.

6 injured, 4 critical in Nikiski collision
Six people were injured, four critically, Wednesday night in a high-speed, head-on collision near Mile 19.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski.

Soldotna wrestles with ethics rules: City council looks at financial reporting requirements for public officials
While some Soldotna leaders wrestled with the distinction between conflict of interest and financial disclosure, others took issue with ethics reporting requirements that hit a bit too close to home.

Story of lost dog ends well: 'Sketcher' found under North Cohoe porch
Sometimes all it takes is time and a little bit of luck, and fortunately for Hollyn Smith of Homer, both were on her side this past week, as she has been reunited with her lost dog Sketcher.

Photo feature: Point taken
A porcupine comes to a stop on a trail in the Kenai Mountains after realizing it had company recently. The animals, which are often seen dead on local roads, have excellent senses of hearing, smell and taste, but poor eyesight, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game Web site.

Larry Dean Gillum
Soldotna resident Larry Dean Gillum died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at his home with his wife by his side. He was 65.

Charles L. 'Lindy' Hammond
Former Nikiski resident Charles L. "Lindy" Hammond died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at home in Palmer. He was 81.

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

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

Stanley G. Rydberg
Soldotna resident and longtime Alaskan Stanley G. Rydberg died Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz., of cancer. He was 80.

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.

Charles C. Foster
Former Soldotna resident Charles C. Foster died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, peacefully at his home in Lakeside, Calif., with his family by his side. He was 90.

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.

Sarah L. Pfeifer
Soldotna resident Sarah L. Pfeifer died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Heritage Place. She was 94.

Possible disaster turns into lesson of safety on river
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Four Anchorage men found out the hard way that if you capsize your boat on the Kenai River, it's best to do it where help can get to you in a hurry.

Fish from the past
When we Alaskans go fishing, we pretty much assume we'll catch fish. Though it may not be a bag limit, and it may be a couple of small halibut instead of a large king salmon, we usually bring home something. But even fishing in Alaska can be poor at times. What keeps us going then?

High-tech gadgets track hikers
JUNEAU -- The Airport Dike Trail may be a great place for spotting rare migratory birds or dog breeds, but it isn't the trail for getting away from people.

Using forecasts to map the future on the Kenai Peninsula
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a climate change bill. If enacted by the Senate, the bill will seek to reduce greenhouse emissions from current levels by 17 percent by 2020 and over 80 percent by 2050. Undoubtedly, there will be more lively debate about the costs, methods, and timeline of climate change mitigation.

Progress events set to entertain, celebrate

Friday July 24:

Marshaling in progress: Longtime Soldotna residents to oversee parade festivities
It was the draw of opportunities to raise their family in a close knit town and succeed at whatever they wanted to try that brought Pat and Myrna Cowan to Soldotna.

Wild for weenie dogs: Parade favorite to participate in its 15th Progress Days event
If you mention "Weenies on Parade" in the Soldotna area, undoubtedly almost everyone will know what you're talking about. For dog owners and non-owners alike, the mob of dachshunds is one of the highlights of the city's annual Progress Days parade.

Mayor: Soldotna at a crossroads
Progress is seen as being at a crossroads in Soldotna by the city's mayor.

Around the Peninsula

Nikiski reunion Saturday

'Progress should be what we, the people of Soldotna, believe is best ...': Mayor recaps past achievements and looks forward to city's future
Dear Soldotna friends and central peninsula neighbors,

Around the Peninsula

Community race slated

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

Art Briefs

Nikiski art classes available

Reviewer OKs small screen pics
'Crossing Over'

'Faith takes action. It needs an activity'
I recently was meditating on the subject of faith and was reminded of these action points: faith waits, trusts, acts, believes and stands. This list is by no means exclusive. In another series of the statements of Jesus, He found people with no faith, little faith and great faith.

Church Briefs

VBS planned

Twins look to peak at Legion state tournament again
A handful of American Legion Twins players were only 15 years old last summer when they were inserted into the Alaska American Legion state tournament.

Big lead: Birch Ridge leads Kenai in Walker Cup
Birch Ridge golfers put themselves in a comfortable position to defend their crown with a strong showing on the opening day of the Fifth Annual Twin Cities Walker Cup.

Oilers earn split
After Wednesday's game was postponed due to smoke in the air from area wildfires, the visiting Peninsula Oilers split a doubleheader with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Thursday at Growden Memorial Park.

Enough with rain already!
Just as everyone else, we are truly thankful for the rain. The courses are all looking better because of the moisture. I also hope it is helping to knock down some of the fires. But enough now, a little sunshine would be very nice. That is also good for the growth, right?

Sports Briefs

Gilliland takes 22nd in 5th stage of Sadler's

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