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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

What you don't see in the magazines and brochures
Everyone who comes to Alaska for the first time in search of a big fish from the deep always seems to believe they'll be reeling up a barn door on their halibut adventure.

1 day more: It's almost time to start chasing rainbows, silvers
In just a day it will be good to be king in the Kenai River.

Emergency order: Commercial nets pulled
Commercial fishing is once again closed today for all fisheries that harvest Kenai River sockeye salmon.

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups sweet fresh cherries, pitted, halved or quartered

Delectable fruit good for you and great by itself or in sweet recipes
Cherries are among the most appealing fruits ever, and dangled from their stems, few of us can resist the joy of biting into them.

Cherries Jubilee
1 pound sweet cherries

Cherry Pie
2 unbaked 9-inch pie crusts, preferably homemade

Cherry Picking, Cherry Storing
n Choose cherries that are shiny, plump and firm. Their skins should not be broken and the stems intact, which helps to prolong shelf life. White spots on cherries are signs of mold and should be avoided.

Are we willing to sell the river?
The ongoing dipnet fishery in the mouth of the Kenai River has generated some good local discussion, headlines for the newspapers and letters to this paper.

President's plan is misleading
The president has put forward a plan to run yet another part of our lives. This time he has proposed to have government run our health-care system, delving into the highly personal decisions of choice of provider, as well as quality of care. His assurances that a government-run plan would strengthen our current system while driving down costs are simply not the case.

Tasty event planned for Nikiski Clubhouse
Summer is traditionally a time for kids to play in the dirt, splash in the water and eat ice cream. The Boys and Girls Club Nikiski Clubhouse is inviting people to take part in the latter today, and there will be no limit to the amount of sweet treats a person can indulge on.

Beach access trial continues
Day two of the Nikishka Beach Road public access trial began the same as day one ended, with Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities employee John Bennett on the stand.

Squatter's rights?: Family endures court saga to move into their own home
Nine years ago, Chuck Bartlett purchased a house on Beaver Loop Road in Kenai with the intent on settling down one day. After a nine-year tour in the U.S. Coast Guard, that day came.

Beach access goes to trial
The state of Alaska and Offshore Systems Kenai presented opening arguments Tuesday in a case involving Nikiski residents' beach access via Nikishka Beach Road, which OSK has blocked for a year and a half. Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna M. Moran is presiding over the bench trial being held at the Kenai Superior Courthouse.

Murkowski seeks icebreaker funding
While the shallow-draft icebreaker Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrives at Alaska ports on its way to the Arctic, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is working to convince Congress to provide funding for a new fleet of Coast Guard icebreakers for the Arctic.

Photo feature: Flipping fun
Kevin Arp flips flies for red salmon in the shadow of the Kenai River bridge in Soldotna recently. The sockeye and king salmon seasons are winding down but silvers should be on the menu soon.

Gay Linson
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Gay Linson died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, with her family by her side at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 89.

Eleanor Lynette 'Ellie' Locke
Kenai resident Eleanor Lynette "Ellie" Locke died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 2 years and 10 months old.

Jeanene M. Dederick
Longtime Kasilof resident Jeanene M. Dederick died Monday, July 27, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 80.

Eleanor Lynette 'Ellie' Locke
Kenai resident Eleanor Lynette "Ellie" Locke died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 2 years old.

Monte Bruce Smith
Monte Bruce Smith died July 23, 2009, in Anchorage after a battle with mesothelioma. He was 62.

Jeanene M. Dederick
Longtime Kasilof resident Jeanene M. Dederick died Monday, July 27, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 80.

Robert S. Okamoto
Kasilof resident Robert S. Okamoto died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at the Mayo Clinic, Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after a short battle with leukemia and with his family by his side. He was 70.

Around the Peninsula

Commercial fishermen to gather

Around the Peninsula

Swanson River Road to see more traffic

Sounds celebrate summer: Kenai Peninsula Orchestra kicks-off its concert series
The rhythmic beating of a honeybee's wings as it moves from fireweed flowers, the pitter-patter of rain falling on a tin roof, and the splashing of salmon jumping up the river aren't the only sounds of summer. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's summer musical festival has returned once again to offer a wide variety of performances.

What's Happening

Best Bets

G-force: Mindless, harmless fun
'G-Force'

Green is the Color of Life
I'm just a poor person, like many of you ...

Fire storm back for victory
The Peninsula Oilers squandered an early three-run lead and couldn't recover in falling 6-4 to the Athletes in Action Fire on Tuesday night at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Flag football league seeking players
North Peninsula Recreation is now taking registrations for flag football. NPRSA's coed flag football league is open to fourth through eighth-grade boys and girls.

Clinics coming in Aug.
August promises to be a great month for clinics at the KGC, beginning with the Fundamentals Clinic held on Aug. 2, 9 and 16. This class will be taught by teaching pro Rich Lundahl and will cost $75 for the three-day session held from 4 to 6 p.m. On Aug. 10-11 and 13, Ryan Gluth will be offering the final Beginning Juniors Clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Then from Aug. 17-20 the final Ladies Beginning Clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Both the junior and ladies clinics run $50. As always, please do not let the lack of clubs stop you from signing up and grooving your swing. The KGC has loaners available for clinic participants. Stop by the pro shop or call 283-7500 to register.

Working condition
There has been a buzz of activity at the course along with players and friends coming back from summer vacations. The start of school in less than a month away. Say it ain't so!

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