Friday, July 28, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesPrior earns specialist designationCasebeer promoted at ClarionKasilof Salmon Derby finishes SaturdayHome Depot plans workshopsLand Trust sponsors Humpy Creek evening

Fairy tale a little watered down
You may have noticed this column has been absent from the paper for the last couple of weeks. I went on vacation.

Musically inclined part II: Kenai-inspired work premieres for festival
For 25 years, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra has held at least one major concert event in the summer. This year, the events that start Monday have music playing every day through Aug. 13 in what amounts to a symphonic celebration of summer.

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Art Briefs
Fishy photos soughtMusicians, vendors wanted in NikiskiElmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska artState seeks art prosFlower boxes help fund building remodel

Palin is key to future economy
As an Alaska resident and student, I am very pleased Sarah Palin is running for governor. After earning my masters-law degrees, I will return to Alaska, hopefully find a job and buy a home for my wife and children.

Representatives explain their actions
On July 13, during a joint session, the Alaska Senate and House voted to override Governor Murkowski’s veto of $73.5 million to various electric cooperatives, including funds benefiting Homer Electric Association (HEA).

Donations make moose retrieval safer, faster
The Sterling Senior Center road kill program has been going strong for the past six-plus years thanks to the help of some very dedicated volunteers. It is not easy getting up in the wee hours of the night to go out and retrieve a dead animal from the side of the road while cars and trucks go speeding by.

Fish management backwards
Kenai River sockeye salmon hit the river in full force July 22, but because of bad Alaska Department of Fish & Game fisheries management, we had our rod and reel bag limits reduced from three to one sockeye per day.

Thieves make off with local landmarks
When Leon Metz searched his carport for three brown bears last weekend and came up empty handed, he thought someone was playing a joke.

86.5-pound king nets Oregon man big hit
Wednesday was shaping up to be a slow — albeit gorgeous — fishing day on the Kenai River for David McCoy.

City goes on offense over backboards
The removal of 15 basketball hoops from Soldotna city rights of way to make room for street sweepers had some residents crying foul Tuesday.

Gravel pit talks roll on
For nearly a year and a half, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has been proposing, arguing about, taking testimony on, abandoning, reintroducing and substituting assorted amendments meant to modernize the way the borough handles gravel pit permitting.

Sockeye closure leaves fishermen dry, seeing red
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories examining how restrictions of Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing affect diverse user groups. Thursday’s story will look at setnetting.

Fishermen faced with scaled back season
Editor's note: This is the last in a series of stories examining how restrictions of Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing affect diverse user groups.

Assembly to address transportation
Since passing an ordinance in 2000, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has exercised transportation powers and partially funded the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS).

Alan M. Bishop
Longtime Soldotna resident Alan M. Bishop died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Red restrictions will hit everyone hard this season
When people think of the Kenai River, it’s most often king salmon that come to mind.

Forest bash to focus on fun, safety
The Chugach National Forest, created in 1907 by President Teddy Roosevelt, is in the limelight this week during the Wild Chugach Days celebration, and a fishing clinic on the Russian River on Saturday aims to teach anglers how to deal with the wildness of the forest’s wilderness.

Yellowjackets a mixed blessing: Predator, hazard
Few insects may be as hard for Alaskans to appreciate as yellowjackets. Unlike bees, they are not efficient pollinators. Even the mosquitoes that harry us relentlessly seem to justify their existence through their role in freshwater aquatic food webs.

With reds MIA; kings rule the river
While the closure of the Kenai River to sockeye fishing is undeniably a blow to fishermen, die-hard anglers need only turn their attention to king salmon for a solution to this year’s piscatorial problems.

Around the Peninsula
Native cultural event slatedCommunity festival set to entertainDinner, auction fundraiser slatedTeen center hosts summer campVendors, bands sought for summer festivalGolf tourney set to swingBasketball clinics set to shoot

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Lieutenant governor candidates speak out
Neither of the two Alaska Republicans running for the post of lieutenant governor who spoke at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday thinks a 20 percent petroleum production tax is high enough.

Church Briefs
Clothes closet opensClothes availableVBS set for SterlingVBS to mine for God’s word

God’s pathway of promises
Summer is certainly a flurry of activity for all of us.

Fun times in Funny River
It’s time to celebrate the fabulous folks and fantastically unique feature of the Funny River Festival! Friday, we have the honor of kicking off the festival with a nine-hole, blind draw scramble here at Bird Homestead Golf Course.

Oilers dump Bucs
Brian Van Kirk led the Peninsula offense with four hits, including a home run, and the Oilers rapped out 14 hits on their way to beating the Anchorage Bucs 8-1 Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Sports Briefs
West, Jensen post top times at rodeo groundsKenai football practices start MondayMidnight Sun rowers fare well in WasillaFootball officials to meet Monday

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