Friday, July 30, 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.

Kasilof Beach trail access should be preserved
The single half-mile traditional vehicle trail leading from Coho Loop Road to the mouth of the Kasilof River runs parallel to the beach, about 150 feet. It's hard to say how long this trail has been used but certainly it provided access to the river and fish camps for the early Native groups and settlers. This trail continues to allow access to the river without the necessity of crossing wetlands or beach dunes. Allowing reasonable vehicular access in June for the personal-use gillnetting fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof means the freedom to use this trail.

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!

Summer reading program a success
The Soldotna Public Library has completed another successful summer reading program, and would like to thank all the children, parents, volunteers, and businesses who helped to make it so. Thank you to the Alaska SeaLife Center, Trinity Greenhouse, River City Books, the Kenai Peninsula School District Swimming Pools, and the Friends of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library for their support. A special thank you to library patron Billi Kaho for her generous donation used to purchase prizes for the program, and thank you to our fantastic volunteers: Lynn Dusek, Sara Hondel, Judy Schmidt, Jeanette Pedginski, Kathy Cox, and Bethany McMilin.

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.

Ninilchik rallies 'For the Health of It'
We want to thank everyone who helped in making our "For the Health of It!" fundraiser a success.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homicide suspect apprehended
A primary suspect in the July 16 shooting of Brandon McGee has been apprehended at the Backtracker Trailer Park near Sterling.

After 15 years, an ending: Man sentenced for 1994 motor vehicle collision
Becky Barrett waited 15 years and flew 1,200 miles for this moment Thursday afternoon -- to speak to the man who broke seven bones in her body when his vehicle collided with hers head-on after he had been drinking.

Council OKs new contract
A new collective bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was approved by the Soldotna City Council and was approved, after months of negotiation.

Gas storage facility in the works
SEMCO Energy Inc. has filed for permits to construct a $200 million natural gas storage facility in the Cannery Loop gas field on the Kenai Peninsula, company officials told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska earlier this month.

Robert Andrew Smithwick
Soldotna resident Robert Andrew Smithwick died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 while fishing on the Kenai River. He was 41.

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.

Time to count our dipnet blessings
We're almost there.

An Outdoor View: First king
As of Tuesday, July 27, I'd fished the Kenai for king salmon four times this year, about 20 hours total, with about as much success as Congress has had in reducing the national debt. On Tuesday, with only four days left in king salmon season, I caught a 15-pounder, which I gently and respectfully put in the fish box. One doesn't release what will likely be the only king salmon one catches in an entire season.

Right on target: Archers Club hits its mark
On a somewhat rainy Saturday in July, dozens of archers tramped through marshy wilderness, bows in hand, scoping their shots and letting arrows fly.

Refuge Notebook: Common weed plantain a wonderful healing herb
The Indians called it "White Man's Foot" because plantain grows everywhere the white man walked. It is a true weed, like dandelion, that loves disturbed soil. It is tasty in salads; the young leaves have a slightly nutty flavor. It's real value, however, is a healing herb for wounds. In emergency situations it is often easy to find plantain plants and to make a tea for poultices and wound dressings. Here are three examples of plantain treatment, provided by my nurse wife Sara.

Around the Peninsula

Time to hoop it up

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.

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.

'Salt' leaves critic feeling bitter

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

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

Art Briefs

Brewery solicits artwork

Voices of Religion: What's on your list of things that make life worthwhile?
What would you list among the things that make life worthwhile?

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

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.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Bird Homestead's String tourney draws 12 people even with rain
Summer seems to be leaving us but the golf season is still in full swing at Bird Homestead Golf Course. We held the Bird Homestead Golf Association Annual String Tournament on Saturday with 12 people showing, even with the rain.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Grimes' snub shows flaws in ABL balloting

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.

Volleyball star to attend camp: SoHi coach King praises Pavan
In his 15 years hosting the All American Volleyball Camp in Soldotna, Bruce King has seen numerous top-level collegiate players serve as coaches. But perhaps none compare to one of this year's coaches -- Sarah Pavan.

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.

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