Friday, July 31, 2009

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

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.

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.

Ending health insurance scams
Opinion poll company InsiderAdvantage recently queried 636 people to find out how "Americans" feel about Obama's health-care proposal. On that basis, company president Matt Towery (Clarion Opinion, July 21) claims that most of us are opposed -- that we distrust the feds to "provide and administer an efficient and effective health-care program."

Now's the time to contact Congress reps
If you want to understand the role of insurance companies in our nation's health-care melodrama, think of them as pimps. And like true pimps, they use lies, pay-offs and hired political muscle to guarantee their 30 percent cut of our health-care dollars.

Where's the caretakers?
I am appalled that the state or the borough or whoever owns Tom Young's old house and property on Kasilof Beach Road is letting it be destroyed.

Weenies walk worth the wait
The Weenies on Parade group in this year's Progress Days Parade turned out to be the most Weenies we have ever had participate. More than 80 little tail-wagging, short-legged dogs marched with pride this year, to the cheers of our followers. We would like to thank every single human who brought their dogs (weenies) and even with the bad weather stayed for the races and all the fun we had at the park.

Contributions make a difference
The Funny River Quilters would like to thank the following merchants and contributors for making our annual fundraiser golf tournament such a success.

Former librarian mourned
The Alaska library community suffered a huge loss with the death of Emily H. DeForest, the feisty librarian of Kenai Community Library from 1971 to 1999. Under her leadership, the library evolved to become the award-winning library it is today. Emily was a visible library supporter, even in retirement, who attended Kenai City Council meetings, chamber of commerce luncheons and numerous local benefits. Library staff members and volunteers mourn her loss. We will miss her wit, her wisdom and leadership.

Borough responds to flooding: Crews work to repair Box Canyon levee in Seward
The levee broke, but people have a place to stay.

Earthquake rattles Kenai Peninsula
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook the Kenai Peninsula at 2:39 p.m. Thursday.

Watershed forum staffer ready for African adventure
There's leaving a job to move on to greener pastures, then there is what Jennifer McCard is moving on to, which is more like lush green jungles filled with exotic wildlife.

Palin allies step down: Bailey, Perry pursue other opportunities
Two close allies of former Gov. Sarah Palin are leaving state employment.

Kenai refuge manager headed to new job: West leaving state after 31 years in Alaska
To some he is the manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, others know him as a fellow hunter, and many others consider him a friend, but regardless of how people know Robin West, they will soon be saying goodbye to him.

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 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.

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: Changing seasons
A dipnet fisherman is dwarfed by a field of fireweed as he make his way up a path into Old Town Kenai on Thursday evening. Today is the last day for dipnetting on the Kenai River. The Kasilof River mouth remains open to dipnetting until Aug. 7.

Gene Bloodworth
Longtime Sterling resident Harold Gene Bloodworth died Friday, July 17, 2009, from cancer at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 73.

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.

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.

Johnny King
Portales, N.M., resident Johnny King died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at home. He was 77.

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.

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

Roadways are only as safe as we make them
Anyone driving on the Kenai Penin-sula this summer has, no doubt, run into a slowdown. Be it from construction, tourists, fishing or an accident, there's been plenty of stop-and-go traffic of late.

The fight against pike: Species invasive on the Kenai Peninsula
Since arriving from Tennessee about a month ago, I have learned a lot about some of the invasive species threatening the harmonious balance of Alaska's different ecosystems.

Fish need not taste fishy
When I hear people say they don't like fish because it tastes "fishy," I raise an eyebrow. If fish receives proper care from the time it's taken from the water, it shouldn't taste or smell fishy on a dinner plate.

Around the Peninsula

Disc golf tourney slated

Around the Peninsula

Commercial fishermen to gather

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

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

Church Briefs

VBS planned

'We all practice contradictory behavior'
Contradictory behavior abounds. What do I mean by contradictory behavior?

Oilers game postponed: Bucs hold big advantage when game resumes today at 5 p.m.
The result of Thursday night's Alaska Baseball League contest between the Anchorage Bucs and Peninsula Oilers was left hanging in the balance when a heavy curtain of rain hampered play after six innings, resulting in the game being suspended until 5 p.m. today when the Bucs will resume their dominating 9-1 performance at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs

Skyview cross country set to start

Kings depart, golfing remains
Another July is rapidly coming to a close. It is always hard saying our goodbyes to the kings that "got away," just think of the stories they have left behind for time around the fireplace this coming winter! OK! Now it's time to concentrate on some GOOD Golf! Which I may add also creates some great stories, so come on out and fulfill your spot in the history books.

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.

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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