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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

New state-of-the-art value added industry starts operations in Kenai
Alaska is known as a land where dreams come true. Those who have sought their fortunes as explorers, prospectors, adventurers, and oil and gas reserve discoverers have etched their names in global history and seen their dreams come true in Alaska. Most recently scientists, investors and federal officials who dream of a healthier society have seen their dreams and research turned into reality here in Alaska. At an official ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month, Denali BioTechnologies, Alaska’s biotechnology industry pioneer, began operations of their state-of-the-art facility Kenai.

Veteran KPB Solid Waste Director moves on
The two major functions or powers of a second class borough in Alaska are to fund education and take care of solid waste in accordance with state regulations. All other government services are handled within 1st Class Municipalities or service areas formed by a vote of the people from a district outside of a city within the borough. For more than two decades Cathy Mayer has overseen the Borough’s solid waste programs as director. Earlier this month a large group of friends and colleagues gathered to bid farewell to a popular public servant who has seen the community through major transitions in the way we handle waste in the Borough. Early residents of the Borough commonly referred to the solid waste sites or dumps as The Exchange. “We’d take a load down and bring a load home. Heck Woody Jones at the end of Jones Stub Rd. use to brag that every piece of material in his house, which he called the Palace, came from the Exchange which just proved that one persons trash was another person’s treasure,” joked the emcee at Cathy’s farewell roast. But laws and regulations governing solid waste changed as the Borough developed and so did the solid waste sites.

Outdoors
There I was on the lower river near Cunningham Park. I was preparing to launch the boat from Della Knight’s property and take my children down river to go dip netting. I stared in disbelief. Parked in the river in front of Della's property and as far as I could see were 52 boats; mostly guides with boats full of fishermen. Fishing was very slow and I never saw even one fish caught during the time it took me to get the boat launched and drive through the maze of boats. I can't imagine fishing in a convoy of boats where often times you are close enough to hand sandwiches back and forth. Imagine reading an ad about fishing in wilderness Alaska and then fly here to fish in an area as crowded as a street corner in New York City. Imagine the early settlers of Alaska seeing what the people of Alaska have allowed to happen to our rivers and streams. I can recall many days in Wisconsin when I either waded the Eau Claire River or floated it and never saw another boat all day. Then I moved to the wilderness of Alaska and was introduced to combat fishing and the unbelievable fiasco that takes place on the Kenai River. Fishing to me has always been a source of relaxation; however I see nothing relaxing about even being on the Kenai River. Yes we have a need for guides on the river but there must be some way of regulating things to prevent the crowded congested areas that seem to keep getting worse every year.

Soldotna Rotary becomes first club in Alaska, Yukon, and Russia to reach 100% Paul Harris membership
Rotary International (RI) is the largest philanthropic organization of its kind in the world. Now in its 102nd year Rotary and its partners have been working to protect children worldwide from the cruel and potentially fatal consequences of polio along with a myriad of other humanitarian and educational projects around the world through the Rotary Foundation. A foundation which was started in 1917 to honor the memory of Rotary’s founder Paul Harris an attorney from Chicago with a remarkable idea of how business people could work together without religious or political ties to achieve community service.

Good for what Ale’s youBrewing it the Kenai River way
Hobo Jim, Alaska’s official balladeer, often describes the river cities of Kenai and Soldotna as, “Quaint little drinking villages with a fishing problem.” So it only seems natural that Soldotna now has its very own quaint micro-brewery know as Kenai River Brewing Company. The inspiration of Connections school teacher Doug Hogue and his wife Amy, and HEA mechanic Wendell Dutcher and his wife Wendi, Kenai River Brewing Co. is a first class micro-brewery offering fresh brewed ales to go. In keeping with the name of the new brewery, their signature ales have been christened in honor of the famous Kenai River landmark fishing holes: Pillars Pale Ale, Skilak Scottish, Sunken Island IPA, and the popular Mystery brew, because some fishing holes are just too good even to share with a mate.

Fundraiser Set for Cancer Patients
Cancer Survivors on Mount Aspiring is a non-profit corporation dedicated to organizing teams of cancer survivors to participate in a fund-raising climb on Mount Aspiring on the South Island of New Zealand December, 2007. All funds raised will provide tuition for children diagnosed with cancer to attend camps specifically designed for young people undergoing treatments for cancer.

Story didn’t capture true meaning of the holiday
I don’t know if the reporter simply takes our country for granted, or if I was just lucky enough to be standing at a place where the Real American’s were located, but from my perspective, the reporter left out the most important part of the parade in her article appearing of the front page of The Clarion on (July 5). Perhaps, because the only “action” picture she had was of a child on a pogo stick, taken either before or after the parade, when the farmers in the background were standing next to their tractors, she didn’t actually see the parade — I will give her the benefit of the doubt.

Parade should be about celebration, not politics
After watching the Fourth of July Parade held in Kenai, please express my gratitude to all who made it possible. To all serving and whom served this great Nation and make it possible for us to enjoy this day, the parade organizers, and all participants that put on a great show.

Kenai council members don’t have to miss meetings
Starting in August, Kenai City Council members who are ill or attending to an immediate family member who is ill can leave their seats empty for up to four months per year — as long as they dial in.

Sockeye fishing further restricted
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced further restrictions of Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing, due to a poor run forecast.

Sterling man charged with sexual abuse
A Sterling man charged with 33 counts first-degree sexual abuse of a minor was arrested Saturday.

Dip in the fishing
Compared to other fisheries, the Kenai River dipnet fishery is the new kid on the block, but despite its young age, this fishery has quickly grown and continues to grow with each passing year.

Meals will cost extra on Alaska flights
Passengers aboard Alaska Airlines will either need to bring $5 or a sack lunch if they want to eat a meal on most flights longer than three hours.

2006 worst sockeye year?
Future histories of Cook Inlet fishing and the Kenai River may well record 2006 as the worst on record for sockeye salmon returns, and the effects are expected to ripple through the Kenai Peninsula economy.

Villages oppose Pebble water plans
Tribal governments from Ekwok and Nondalton are asking the state of Alaska to reject Northern Dynasty Mines Inc.’s request to remove water from parts of the Bristol Bay watershed.

Fish and Game’s many ways to track sockeyes all add up to weak run forecast
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining how restrictions of Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing affect diverse user groups.

Kenai may ask residents what they think about roads, library
The Kenai city manager is recommending council members ask Kenai residents for more answers to questions like which city roads should be paved and how should they be plowed to what kind of financial support should be used if the library is expanded.

Melanie Crystal Fales
Kasilof resident Melanie Crystal Fales died Friday, July 21, 2006, at her home near Kasilof. She was 25.

Ruth Anne P. Horner Ryan
Kenai resident Ruth Anne P. Horner Ryan died Saturday, July 22, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 77.

Daniel B. Ungrue
Kenai resident Daniel B. Ungrue, died July 21, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from complications from an aneurysm. He was 58.

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Peninsula Reflections
Independence is important in Alaska and Kasilof, in particular, has made a heyday of past Fourth of July celebrations. Kasilof was first settled by Russians in 1786, just three years after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War.

Peninsula People
State champs Ralston, Vroman join the Air Force

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers sought to build Agrium continues live fire training Class of 1997 reunion meeting slated Native cultural event slated Community festival set to entertain Safe Sitter courses offered Community run organizer sought

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board meeting slated Seniors salmon count fundraiser continues Friends have book sale covered Teen center hosts summer camp Vendors, bands sought for summer festival Golf tourney set to swing VBS set for Sterling

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Community Events
The following organizations are seeking host families for the 2006-07 school year. Students stay with families for five to 10 months. Students arrive in August, speak English, attend area high schools, have their own spending money and medical insurance.

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Twins thump West in Legion play
Jake Simpson pitched a no-hitter, and the Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins swept a doubleheader with West Anchorage Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers split with Panners
The Peninsula Oilers rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 5-4 in the second game of a double-header Sunday, salvaging a split and maintaining their position atop the Alaska Baseball League Standings.

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