Saturday, July 31, 2010

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Time to hoop it up

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

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?

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.

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.

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

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