Saturday, August 2, 2008

Reader on Kopp: 'Now's the time to do the right thing'
In response to the allegations that have been circulating about Chuck Kopp, I felt compelled to speak out.

Nice trials, good run, ice cream equal successful day
Sixty-four runners, including many of the most physically fit adults on the Kenai Peninsula, competed in the All But the Red Run as part of Soldotna's Progress Days on July 25 at the Tsalteshi Trails. The event is a triumph of pure sport -- competing to improve oneself and running for the joy of it.

Wooten should be investigated 'very carefully'
The "sole" person to be investigated by the Legislature should rightfully be Mike Wooten, who appears to be a Rambo-type Alaska State Trooper who may have "terrorized" the Palin family well before Sarah Palin ran for governor. From 1933-1945, Mr. Wooten's actions would have probably been classified as that of an out of control "Nazi Storm Trooper."

Kopp appreciated
A teacher once told me, "All it takes to topple heads of government is to point a finger at someone. It needs no basis in fact. It only needs to create a shadow of doubt."

Work resumes on condos
Hammers are pounding and saws are buzzing once again at the Timberwolf Resort Condominiums in Soldotna, as workers put finishing touches on the two-story buildings in the middle of Soldotna's business district.

Cap issue on tap
A borough ordinance that would exclude grant funds from the calculation used to determine if proposed capital spending would exceed $1 million and trigger a public vote gets its second scheduled public hearing at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

2008 hydrocarbon levels studies pending
Results won't be back until later this month, but after a summer of monitoring the Kenai River king salmon fishery in the first year of the conventional two-stroke motor ban for the month of July, Robert Ruffner and Tim Stevens are fairly certain hydrocarbons on the river will not exceed the state water quality standard of 10 parts per billion.

Grandson ignites his grandma's bed
A 6-year-old boy ignited the bedding of the mattress his grandmother was lying on, starting a fire that caused $25,000 in damage Wednesday.

Photo feature: Working the Kenai
A dipnet fisherman works his net in the Kenai River at sunset Wednesday night. The Kenai River closed on schedule to dipnet fishing and king salmon fishing this morning at the same time an emergency order closed red salmon fishing below Kenai River Mile 19 at the sonar counter, about two miles below the bridge in Soldotna.

Jeffrey Allen McClure
Seward and Sterling resident Jeffrey Allen McClure died from injuries sustained in a head on collision Monday, July 14, 2008, near Bird Creek on the Seward Highway. He was 42.

Will indictment jeopardize Alaska's future?
It's a cornerstone of our legal system: a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. An indictment is not a conviction. There is a judicial process to be followed.

Silver fishing off and running
As the calender flips to August, it is also time for anglers to change tackle, tactics and locations.

Abandoned campfires plague the Kenai Peninsula
Devoted Refuge Notebook readers might remember an article I wrote in July of 2000, "Most Wildfires on the Refuge Caused by Campfires."

Peninsula hikes fill outdoor guide
"Been there, done that" and the personal perspective that offers is clearly the driving force behind "50 Hikes In Alaska's Kenai Peninsula." This 267-page by hiker extraordinaire Taz Tally is just that and more.

Around the Peninsula

Funny River set to celebrate

Faith sees problems as opportunities in disguise
For nearly a year, our church had been preparing for a week-long youth outreach headed by a well known speaker. Then, shortly before the kick-off date, I discovered there was an event scheduled in our community on the same dates as our planned meetings. Concerned that this conflict would slash attendance and reduce the impact on youth we wanted to reach, I called the speaker to alert him to the problem. His response to my frail faith has been unforgettable.

Church Briefs

Vacation Bible school offered

Matsumoto closes home slate in style
Eliminated from the Alaska Baseball League title hunt earlier this week, the Peninsula Oilers' 4-0 victory in their home finale on Thursday night was more than a mere formality.

Twins set for state
The American Legion Twins open up the quest for their first state tournament title since 1996 on Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. game against Bartlett at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs

Youth bowling schedules registration

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