Friday, July 27, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Business tax tips available Youth cooking classes offered Food manager course offered

Of guts and whiskey logic
First of all congrats to the grizzled elder of Sterling on 20 yeas of columns. While Les Palmer sometimes opined and inflamed; he always informed. I was not always a fan, but still the faithful reader.

Contributions, efforts make camp a success
The Central Peninsula Girl Scouts would like to thank Hutchings Chevrolet for the use of their tents, Bridges Community Resource Network for lending us their tables, and the Peninsula Clarion for including our day camp in their Kids Camp.

Grant makes violence prevention possible
The LeeShore Center is very grateful for the generosity of ConocoPhillips, whose $5,000 grant assisted us in providing in-school Healthy Relationships-Violence Prevention education to students in grades K-12 during the 2006-07 school year.

Article appreciated
Thank you for your article "Old growth: Chugach National Forest celebrates 100th birthday", which highlights the values offered by the Chugach, and some of the reasons for designating wilderness.

Proposed coastal plan gives borough less say
For more than two years, the Kenai River Center on behalf of the borough has been revising the Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Management Plan to bring it in line with the current standards within the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program.

Peninsula employment outpacing labor force growth
As expected, the arrival of summer has seen more Kenai Peninsula residents back on the job, but the latest available labor statistics show the increase in employment may be more than the standard seasonal flash in the pan.

Fire scorches Jersey Subs
An electrical fire made things toasty for Jersey's Subs in Soldotna early Thursday morning, but wasn't going to stop the sandwich shop from opening its doors today.

'It was always about the kids'
A number of friends and former colleagues of Clifford Massie said he would be missed and remembered for his many contributions to student sports and public recreation programs in the Kenai area.

Bear Creek to decide on new facility
Residents in the Bear Creek Fire Service Area could decide this fall whether to approve spending $3.5 million to build a new fire and emergency services facility.

Limits upped on reds
Due to the high number of late-run sockeye salmon entering the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened the personal-use dipnet fishery 24 hours a day through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Photo feature: Moveable feast
Above, Ed Kalnins and his daughter Gayla join Scott Phillips, right, and his daughter Kennedy for a hot lunch in an open trailer during a break from dipnet fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River on Wednesday afternoon. Below, Caden Wimer and his sister Josephine are happy to net fish heads while other Alaskans hope for live red salmon. The fishery is open only to Alaska residents.

Photo feature: Nice haul
A boat full of fortunate dipnetters heads up the Kenai River on Thursday morning. A strong run of reds has been well-received by commercial, personal-use and sport fishermen. See the fishing report in today's Outdoors section.

Mavrik Aire's licenses grounded by FAA
Federal Aviation Administration officials revoked an aviation mechanic's license and personal pilot's license belonging to Mavrik Aire President Craig Schweitzer citing a long list of violations including flying without the proper medical certification and allowing others to fly passengers without a commercial pilot's license. The FAA also revoked Mavrik Aire's Part 135 certification, which allows them to operate air taxis and charter services, but the company still is able to provide guided fishing and bear-viewing trips.

Shelter money plan may be out in the cold
Funding plans for a transient housing facility in Soldotna have hit a federal red tape snag, at least as far as the city is concerned.

Anchorage man dies in head-on collision
A head-on collision just south of the Russian River Ferry at Mile 53 of the Sterling Highway claimed the life of an Anchorage man and sent another to the hospital early Thursday morning.

Richard Monroe Swarner
Lifelong Alaskan and Soldotna resident Richard Monroe Swarner died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital from smoking cigarettes. His wife and sister were at his side. He was 65.

Celebrating everything Soldotna is
This weekend marks an important event on the Kenai Peninsula: the Progress Days celebration in Soldotna.

Fall dandelion or hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis)
This dandelion-like plant has smooth basal leaves with many upright stems of yellow flowers that are currently blooming along roadsides here on the Kenai Peninsula. Closer inspection of these plants makes them easy to distinguish from the common dandelion as they lack a taproot. While hawkbit is a perennial plant, it freely seeds and appears to be spreading rapidly along roadsides. Native to Europe, it is new to Alaska. Please help to stop its spread — pull and dispose of them when found.

Refuge plans July activities
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center will host the following events:

King, sockeye numbers surge
The Kenai and Kasilof river king salmon fisheries are in their final throes, but surging numbers of fish may make for fishing that is as hot as any day this summer until the closure at midnight Tuesday.

Christmas tree: Snag decorated with $400 worth of tackle
Mindy Webster, of Mindy's Outdoor Adventure Guide Service in Soldotna, likes nothing more than having a rod bend while backtrolling the Kenai River for king salmon, but earlier this month seeing a pole pulse downward in the "Honeymoon Cove" area wasn't an indication of anything good.

Around the Peninsula
Entertainers sought Progress Day celebration ready for fun Book sale slated Skyview football registration planned Montessori open house set Chicken dinner fundraiser set Funny River festival slated Krispy Kreme fundraiser slated La Leche sponsors picnic

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Writers' group meets today
The Kenai Peninsula Writers' Group meets at 6 p.m. today in the Kenai Community Library conference room.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

The water's edge
Washes, glazing, lifting off, dropping in color, these are all terms related to the techniques of watercolor painting and were used by a wide range of artists known for their watercolors: John James Audobon, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh and Andrew Wyeth.

Hair-raising musical entertains, but why Travolta?
I remember when "The Producers" was released a couple of years ago, I thought we'd seen a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. A movie that started its life as a straightforward nonmusical comedy gets adapted as a big Broadway musical, is a huge hit and then subsequently is released onscreen as a big-budget musical remake of itself. Well, it's happened again.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Power conscious people make a difference
One statement by a speaker at a meeting I attended changed my outlook on handling tough times: "We are all either problem conscious or power conscious," he said, then asked, "Which are you?"

Oilers drop game to Miners
As of Sunday, the Peninsula Oilers owned the Alaska Baseball League's best ERA at 2.13, due mostly to the consistency of their bullpen.

Dexheimer in 3rd at King Crab
Pro Aaron Dexheimer, who learned how to play his golf on the central Kenai Peninsula, fired a round of 3-under 72 on Thursday at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla to sit in third place at the $25,000 AMI/Lakeview King Crab Classic.

Birch Ridge
Golf means different things to different people, but one thing is certain ... at Birch Ridge Golf Course, golf often means charity. Just check out the lineup of tournaments each year, and see how many help raise funds for worthwhile causes.

Barrel Horse Association holds event
The area district of the National Barrel Horse Association had 32 members compete in barrel racing and 20 members compete in pole bending on Wednesday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. Members compete weekly for prize money and points toward year-end awards. This week, there was a payout of $753. There is no charge for spectators to watch the races every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds.

Great tourneys on tap
Hello again from the Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. We can be reached at 260-GOLF (4653).

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