Saturday, July 28, 2007

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

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?"

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

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.

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).

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.

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.

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