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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Last gasp for Kenai kings : King fishing a challenge, but reds, pinks, silvers enticing
Anglers hoping to wrangle a king salmon have just a few more days to land one before the fishery closes Saturday.

Sensational Signs of Summer

Peach Sorbet and Watermelon Granita

Community helps youth focus on science
4-H has been focusing on science this year. The success of this program would not have been possible if it weren't for the community support we have received from the following businesses: The Challenger Learning Center, Higher Ground Camp, AmeriCorps, "Going Places and Doing Things" with Merrill Sikorski, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Safari Club International, Kenai and North Star Boys and Girls Clubs, GLM, Alaska Boating Safety, Safe Kids, North Peninsula Recreation Center, Nikiski Pool, Kenai Christian Church, Skulls and Bones, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Boy Scouts, Solid Rock Bible Camp, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kenai Visitor's Center, Stanley Chrysler, Kenai Library, Cad-Re Feed, College Heights Baptist Church, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Caring for the Kenai, North Star Elementary, Pickle Hill Radio Broadcasting, Peninsula Home Builders, Soldotna Sports Center, Sterling Meadows Hatchery, C&S Precision, Connie's Flowers, College Heights Baptist Church, Soldotna Safety Day, Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Carrico Family Farms, Miller Rabbits, Mott's Hay Farm, Diamond M Ranch, Agriculture in the Classroom, Sterling Elementary, Ridgeway Farms, Cook Inlet Regional Advisory Council, Tustumena Elementary, Central Peninsula Garden Club, Alaska Center for Coastal Studies, Morgan Steel, Metal Magic. 4-H thanks each business, organization and individual who has helped open the minds of our youth to new areas of science! We live in an amazing community--and an amazing world!

Fish and Game should give money back
The Department of Fish and Game showed what they were all about when they got caught selling the salmon resource for their own personal gain while at the same time closing down the king salmon fishing for a week because of an alleged poor run. The Governor should order Fish and Game to repay the $50,000 of ill gotten gains back to the public and I don't mean into that black hole called the General Fund.

A great season comes to a close
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Peninsula Oilers baseball organization, their sponsors, and the Kenai community at large for a wonderful baseball season. Even though the weather was less than ideal, my family and I had a great time this summer watching those talented players.

Time to get Sterling Highway fixed
I've been thinking about possible ways that would be effective in getting something done to improve the deplorable condition of the Sterling Highway throughout the Cooper Landing area. It's not only an embarrassment to those of us who reside on the Peninsula, it is also a deadly stretch of road and those departments who are supposed to be in charge of upgrades and maintenance should be ashamed to take any ownership in its condition.

Bees aren't always sweet
Regarding the issue with beekeeping in Woodland subdivision in Kenai, as a homeowner in that subdivision, I am concerned about the safety issues created by the bees. Earler this summer, my dog was stung when she stepped on one of the bees in my back yard. I had no idea that anyone in the neighborhood was keeping hives (because it is against city code to keep livestock within the city limits), so I didn't think to register a complaint with animal control. The vet bill was $55.

Search for shooter continues
Troopers continue to investigate the Brendan McGee homicide but have not released any new information.

Clean bill of health: Kenai River taken off polluted waterway list
The Kenai River has been taken off the state's list of polluted waterways, according to a recently released report by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fire damages fishing camp
A commercial fishing camp owned by Charles "Chuck" Smith on Kalifornsky Beach Road suffered an estimated $160,000 in damages from a fire Wednesday.

State reviews rules on petroleum safety
Alaska state agencies have been reviewing the rules and regulations regarding the petroleum industry for some time, but the reviews now have an added urgency because of the Gulf of Mexico well blowout and oil spill.

Photo feature: Habitat house takes shape
Dan Campana, on vacation from southern California, and Neil Berger, of Kenai, guide roofing material Wednesday afternoon to the top of a Habitat for Humanity home they are helping to build on Second Street in Kenai. The organization uses volunteer labor, support from sponsors and interest-free loans to help individuals build their own affordable housing.

Slope worker returns to smashed-up house
About a month ago, Neil Robertson turned away a door-to-door salesman offering anti-theft protection services.

CPH looks at two models: New hospital governance structure would retain local input
Ryan Smith is frequently asked two questions: Why are you selling Central Peninsula Hospital and why are you selling Central Peninsula Hospital to Providence?

Edward J. "Ed" Call
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Edward J. "Ed" Call, 86, died Friday, July 23, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Wallace Emil Mollet
Nikiski resident Wallace Emil Mollet, 83, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at home.

Healthcare access is what matters
While stories of the governor's veto of Senate Bill 13 and the funding for the expansion of the state's Denali Kid Care program fade from the media's news cycle, just under 1,300 children and over 200 pregnant women will be faced with the daily reality of not having basic insurance coverage. That is why I sponsored this legislation and that is where my interests in this remains. Some may argue that they still have the ability to seek treatment at an emergency room. While that is true, let's look at some scenarios that Denali Kid Care would cover with a less costly visit to a doctor's office.

Around the Peninsula

Coffee with the mayor planned

Around the Peninsula

Football registration continues

SoHi volleyball tryouts upcoming
Soldotna High School volleyball tryouts will be held on Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 9 to 11, from 3 to 6 p.m.

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

Poet's Corner: This Magic
As the sun peaks through the window, I open sleepy eyes.

'Salt' leaves critic feeling bitter
"Salt"

Art Briefs

Brewery solicits artwork

Out of the woods : Kasilof-based band hoping to make it big
Some strange noise is coming out of the Kasilof forest amid the barking huskies and jumping salmon. Sounds like rock 'n' roll.

Pilots snap Oilers' 7-game win streak
The Anchorage Glacier Pilots snapped the Peninsula Oilers' seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 win in extra innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium. It was the Pilots first win over the Oilers this season. The second game was still in progress when the Clarion went to press. With the loss, the Oilers fell to 28-13 in the Alaska Baseball League.

Twins drop 2, ousted from state tourney
The American Legion Twins were eliminated from the state baseball tournament after suffering losses to Dimond and Chugiak on Wednesday at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium. Dimond won 18-3 in five innings in the 10 a.m. game. Chugiak notched a 9-2 victory in seven innings in the 4 p.m. game.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: 38th Peninsula Amateur tournament set to begin Friday at Birch Ridge Golf Course
The 38th Peninsula Amateur tees off on Friday with play continuing on Saturday. There will be a minimum of three flights -- low net women, low gross men and low net men. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each flight. If enough women sign up there could also be a low gross women's flight. The first round tees off at 4 p.m. Friday. Golfers tee off at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Following golf on Saturday, Steve Horn will be serving barbecued ribs, chicken, Caesar salad, baked beans and garlic bread for all participants. Contact the pro shop at 262-5270 to register so you can enjoy this luscious meal.

Strikers win 3 straight tournaments
The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club U-11 boys team, the Strikers, have competed in three tournaments across the state, winning all three championships.

Sports Briefs

Chugiak, South advance at American Legion state baseball tournament

Kenai Golf Report: Griffins, Sizemores team up to win Tesoro United Way Tournament at Kenai
I hardly know what to think as our summer continues to speed by and the rain shows no sign of letting up. I am grateful for the time that the wet, cool weather affords me to get inside chores done, but there are still outside chores waiting to say nothing of more rounds of golf at the Kenai Golf Course waiting to be played.

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