Saturday, July 29, 2006

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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