Friday, August 3, 2007

Grant makes violence prevention possible
Editor's note: The following letter is being rerun because of an editing error.

Reader: So much for river management
Property owners on the Kenai River need a say as to how they develop their land. Bill Bailey of Sterling thinks it's politics that allows the buildings down river to be built so close to the river. Maybe so, but I must applaud the Kenai Peninsula Borough for allowing taxpayers to utilize their property to its full potential.

Property was a gift
There is no doubt that Sen. Lisa Murkowski got a $100,000 to $150,00 gift from Bob Penney, a political and financial supporter of the senator. And there is no doubt that the terms of the loan to finance the purchase from the bank where she and her father were board members were also a gift.

Nation's in trouble
What a country. I would like to say that I am so proud of the nation we live in. We have the right to exclude the one true God for anything that we wish. We can pray to any god we want, read any book about our god, do anything religious as long as it is not about the true God. All worship is OK as long as it is not toward the God of Abraham, Isaack and Jacob.

Pay attention to ExxonMobil
Are we all aware to the quarterly financial review and ExxonMobil's $10.26 billion profit?

Services appreciated
Frontier Community Services would like to recognize Airport Rentals for outstanding community service in Soldotna. We appreciate their generous contributions by helping individuals in need.

Coach appreciates team effort
Thank you to Doctors Ross, Anderson and Babcock for providing free physicals to Soldotna High School athletes. Your donated time is truly appreciated.

Support helps carving contest find its niche
The Town of Living Trees wishes to express great thanks to our sponsors, vendors, visitors and family of helpers for our first Chainsaw Carving Competition. These include: Alaska Waste, Coca Cola Kenai, Danny and Lanell Mahan, Great Alaska Pizza Co., CBC Rental and Supply, Harley Davidson Kenai Peninsula, Jersey Subs, Kalifonsky Christian Center, Kenai Chamber of Commerce (Janie Odgers), Kenai Soldotna Shrine Club, Kenai Peninsula Toursim Marketing Council, KSRM (Robyn and J.R.), Marion Nelson, Cindy, Clayton, Darlene and Rob McDowell, Mrs. G Model T, Northern Light Delights, Robin's Nest, Roy Baldwin "Willow Picker," Sikorski Consulting (Merrill and Leonor), Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Soldotna Visitors Center, Sterling Tool Rental, Triumvirate Theatre (Joe, J.R. and Paul), Uncle Lloyd's, United Rental, Alaskan Wooden Bear Cabins (Guy and Kim), Alaska's Hooked on Fishing (Dana and Darlene), Black Jaxx BBQ (Harold, Ryan and Joe), Custom Stained Glass (Sandy), Eagle Island Lodge

Mugging prompts questions about security at mall
Two weeks after an unknown assailant attacked and mugged her son at the Peninsula Center Mall, a Soldotna woman is calling on the facility's owners to step up security.

Man dies when roof collapses
A Soldotna man was pronounced dead at the scene after a garage caved in on top of him.

Northern Dynasty signs mining partnership
A London-based mining company with worldwide reach has entered a limited partnership with Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. to jointly develop the huge Pebble Mine deposits northwest of Iliamna.

Photo feature: Chasing the bite
Ron Briski of Cooper Landing leaves the riverbank at Swiftwater Park in Soldotna with his daily bag limit of six sockeye salmon Thursday morning. For more information on what's biting where, see the fishing report in the Outdoors section.

Safety harness saves employee
A harness and safety cable saved a ConocoPhillips employee from injury Wednesday morning, after the scaffolding he was working on collapsed.

Sweet treats sold to support even sweeter cause
For those who crave confections, this weekend may be the perfect opportunity to give into temptation and enjoy a sweet treat that's hard to find in the 49th state.

Council praises Soldotna
The city of Soldotna was praised last week for helping the Cook Inlet Tribal Council when it wanted to build a new administration building a few years ago.

Anglo American faces image challenge
Anglo American plc, the company partnering with Northern Dynasty Minerals to develop Pebble Mine, claims a good environmental and social record for its worldwide operations, but a Web search showed the London-based major mining resource group is not without detractors and harsh criticism.

Fumes spur evacuation
Firefighters are scratching their heads over the origin of noxious fumes that prompted a two-hour evacuation in the area of Miller Loop and Island Lake roads in Nikiski on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo feature: Room to grow
Chris Fuller, Zack Thompson and David Hubbard of Peninsula Construction carry out some of the finishing work on the new Slikok Creek culvert under College Drive on Wednesday. The new culvert was implemented as part of a Kenai Watershed Forum's plan to improve salmon access. College Drive is tentatively scheduled to reopen Aug. 10.

William P. Schofield
Sterling resident William P. Schofield died Tuesday, July 31, 2007 in Sterling. He was 71.

Jean Elizabeth (DeMun) Eberwein
Sterling resident Jean Elizabeth (DeMun) Eberwein died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 83.

Todd Sterling Ivens
Tehachapi, Calif., resident Todd Sterling Ivens died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. He was 33.

Elizabeth 'Betty' A. McCurdy
Kenai resident Elizabeth "Betty" A. McCurdy died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at her home in Kenai. She was 52.

Lorraine C. Queen
Longtime Kenai resident Lorraine C. Queen died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at her home in Kenai. She was 85.

John G. McGarry
Longtime Kasilof resident John G. McGarry died in his sleep Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at home. He was 89.

Orval Joy Shackelford
Former Soldotna resident Orval Joy Shackelford died Monday, July 30, 2007, in Kansas, Okla., of natural causes. He was 74.

Council meetings on TV would get poor ratings
As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

Kings of the Kenai River
While sometimes is can be difficult to get information out of a Kenai River fishing guide, lest they give up an advantage, many were forthcoming in their estimates of this year's king fishing season: not too bad.

Life after king fishing
With the entire Kenai River drainage now closed to king salmon fishing, this is normally a time when area anglers turn their attention to other species of salmon, but the lower portions of this waterway were only sparsely populated by piscatorialists late this week.

Common toadflax or butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)
This aggressive perennial reproduces by seeds and rhizomes. It is an introduced species that is capable of forming dense colonies. While common in garden areas, roadsides, pastures and waste areas, this plant is toxic to grazing animals and can thrive in very harsh environments. One survey has found this plant growing and spreading north of the Arctic Circle. Once established it is very hard to remove and will require pulling for many years to come. Please don't share this plant with your gardening friends.

Fighting fires starts with defensible space, prescribed burns
The summer of 2005 was a very busy fire season on the Kenai Peninsula. One of the many fires that year occurred near the area of this year's Caribou Hills Fire.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge plans August activities Friendship mission seeks volunteers Auction, spaghetti feed fundraiser set Live music also is planned. For more information or to make a donation, call Deborah at 262-4606 or Katrina at 394-5489.

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Art Briefs
Gallery hosts summer artists Writing workshop planned Council offers art fellowship Kids' reading program ongoing

Artists follow the tides to a Cooper Landing gallery
For only two weeks of the whip-fast Alaska summer, Gallery Turquoise in Cooper Landing is open for its summer exhibition. The unique gallery transforms from a working artist studio into the shop of an Alaska sportfisherman, and a gallery that might be found in any cosmopolitan center of the country.

Better than TV: The Simpsons go big screen
Though I would never dare to complain about my job, this week's movie is one I went into with a certain amount of trepidation.

Poet's Corner
Why should I feel guilty?

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

The question that conquers criticism
When the phone rang, I had no idea it was announcing an opportunity to change the future of a pastor and his church. Once on the line, I discovered this was a call from someone whom I had never met and that he was calling at the suggestion of a Detroit area church secretary, though her name and church were unfamiliar to me.

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Birch Ridge Golf Report
As in life, golf certainly has its ups and downs. When you think about it, that really is what golf is all about ... getting the ball up so that it can get back down and into the hole. And the more ups we need to finally get the ball down and in the hole can effect how we feel about our game. My particular golf game seems to bring me down a lot because of all the ups (and oops) I have. But I did have a particularly good round (for me) this last week. When I told my husband, Dave, what my score was, he responded with, "That's great. What hole did you stop on?" Of course, the next time out, my score was up several strokes ... so there's no chance my handicap is coming down any time soon.

Twins to take on Dimond at state
Steven Mabeus will look to start the American Legion Twins off on the right foot.

Duck! I'm throwing the Oilers batting practice
The ball flew off the end of second baseman Kyle Melton's wooden bat like a bullet out of a pistol.

Oilers lose NBC opener
The Maxim (Calif.) Yankees pounded out 13 hits, three each coming from Brendan Domaracki and Daniel Terpak, in defeating the Peninsula Oilers, 8-5, Thursday night in the second round of the National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kas.

Summer passes quickly
Where has the summer gone? It is hard to believe that the days are already getting shorter and the evenings cooler (not that it has been too warm this year). Just yesterday we had cranes camped out on the No. 5 fairway. I think it is too early for cranes, they aren't supposed to show up before the end of August — first of September. As far as that goes, the robins and swallows have left for the season as well. Short summer, so we better take advantage of what we have left. Hello again and welcome to Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.

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