Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congress has chance to make healthy decision
Most of the time we read in the news about what’s going wrong with health care: crowded emergency rooms, growing numbers of uninsured families, and health care costs that are going through the roof. But there is something going right in health care and Congress has the chance to ensure its continuing success. Our health center here in Soldotna, Alaska works, every day to make sure that everyone in the community receives affordable primary health care so they can stay healthy, lead productive lives, and more importantly, and stay out of the hospital. We serve men, women and children regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. People pay what they can for the care they need. Central Peninsula Health Center is part of the national network of federally supported primary and preventive health care providers. There are over 1,000 health centers across the country serving more than 15 million people in rural and urban medically underserved areas, where doctors are scarce.

Reader: Not ‘our war’
As columnist Patrick Buchanan recently penned, this is NOT “our war,” it is the war of those seeking to establish an Empire with twin capitols at Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem. We Americans don’t want to sacrifice our family members in order to establish your Empire. We must withdraw our troops from foreign lands and put them on the U.S.-Mexican border.

A different view of school meals
What ever happened to parental responsibility? You choose to live in a small community and want the school district to provide hot lunches for five of your children.

Sign angers reader
Congratulations to Good Time Charlie’s for the disgustingly filthy sign in front of the bar Saturday evening: “Hot (blank) and big (blank) inside.” How many visitor and area wives, daughters and granddaughters beside mine had to drive past such smut?

Mayor to seek state aid for poor fishing season
Expressing deep concern over what may prove to be one of the worst sockeye salmon escapements ever recorded for the Kenai River, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams has instructed his staff to begin developing an economic disaster declaration.

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.

Poor sockeye season leaves commercial fishermen’s nets, pockets all but empty
By now, the bells have sounded: 2006 represents the worst year for sockeye fishing on the Kenai River in more than 50 years.

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.

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.

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.

Robert Gapinski
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert Gapinski died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at his home. He was 50.

Dorothy Ann Muoio
Former Kenai resident Dorothy Ann Muoio died Monday, July 17, 2006, in Sumner, Wash. She was 64.

Around the Peninsula
Fishermen’s group to meet Thursday CPGH board meeting slated Agrium continues live fire training Native cultural event planned School district plans Title Vll talk Volunteers needed for run

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

Tiger’s back, where are the fish?
Wasn’t it great seeing Tiger Woods holding the trophy, again? You know, it was only a matter of time until he made his way back, but this was an especially meaningful tournament for him. My game has also moved me to tears at times, but for entirely different reasons!

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