Friday, August 4, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Humpy Creek tour set

What’s Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Art Briefs
Soup Supper set Homer wants fiber art Chamber seeks fishy photos Elmendorf bazaar needs vendors Governor’s arts awards open up Art pros in demand Market space offered to kids Flower boxes fund remodel State fair offers pile up

Homer woman offers her unique touch to gardens
Brenda Adams loves her job.

Ants outpace slow movie summer
I’m just come out and say it, blunt as it may be. This has been a rotten summer for movies. It’s been one major disappointment after another, with only a few minor exceptions. For this reason, I think you can understand why I might not have the highest of hopes for an animated adventure about a little boy who terrorizes an anthill. Whoopee!

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Library finds words to thank local business
Kenai Community Library would like to thank Dave Schilling from the Uptown Motel for housing our visiting authors and storytellers this past season. It is through his generosity that we were able to host some amazing storytellers. The community loved each and every one, and we must gratefully rely on local businesses to help us with this endeavor.

Fisheries decision a disgrace
This letter is in regard to the commercial fishing in the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area.

Efforts score hole in one
On behalf of your Kenai Peninsula United Way Board of Directors, myself, and the 26 peninsula-based member agencies we currently support, I would like to thank Bea Lashley, Dina Pizzuto and the Tesoro Alaska employees for once again volunteering to coordinate the sixth annual Tesoro Golf Tournament. All proceeds generated from the event benefit Kenai Peninsula United Way.

Gas pipeline contract not good enough for Alaska
The proposed gas pipeline contract should be scrapped. BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil are not the best companies to build the gas pipeline, especially since Exxon has not paid for all the damages caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. We need better partners in such an important project. Alaska needs to consider an all-Alaska pipeline and bids by other companies that were rejected without full review.

Keeping the sky up
I have grown tired of the big contest between Big Oil and their surrogates and the cruise ship industry and their surrogates. They are battling to prove who is the best at out Rushing Rush Limbaugh. Take a small kernel of truth and lather it over with distortions, half truths and outright lies. Both are so good at it it will be hard to pick a winner! And both are spending big bucks in their efforts to scam all of us.

Reader: We need a veterans cemetery
During our 2000 VFW state convention in Ketchikan, I had the opportunity to visit their community cemetery with a separate entity for veterans. I was very impressed by the columbarium of marble with five service insignias of our military on the face with American Legion and VFW logo’s beneath.

Greed makes reader disgusted with president
Over the past several weeks, the state Legislature has been attempting to make moves forward at the governor’s request on what he would have us believe is the best, the only and the quickest plan available for both and natural gas pipeline and to increase revenue for the state over the oil that is already being pumped. I have heard the his success has been virtually zero.

Carey honored by veterans
Motivated by a national mandate that the country have an educated citizenry that understands the legislative process, retired Skyview High School teacher Dave Carey encouraged his students to get out of the classroom and into the community to learn and to serve.

New gas wells on the horizon
Marathon Oil Co. will bring three new Southcentral Alaska natural gas projects into production in 2006, the company said July 13. Total new production is expected to range between 20 million cubic feet/day to 30 million cubic feet per day from five new wells, Marathon’s Alaska manager John Barnes said.

Gravel rules pass easily
The public process was credited Tuesday night for allowing the Kenai Peninsula Borough to create gravel pit regulations acceptable to all sides of the controversial mining of sand and gravel needed as peninsula communities grow.

Pike threaten Swanson River
Northern pike, the voracious predator fish that has turned up in several central Kenai Peninsula lakes in recent years, has now been found in northern reaches of the borough.

Arson suspected in Sterling fire
Two unidentified men hastily drove away from a Sterling mobile home Wednesday as it burned in a fire suspected of being arson.

Dipnetting open again in the Kenai
A late surge of sockeye salmon into the Kenai River has afforded dipnetters a week’s time to fill their freezers.

Company warns investors to plan for Nikiski facility to close in October
Unless a new supply of affordable natural gas is found soon, Agrium Inc.’s Kenai nitrogen operations will cease production Oct. 31.

CPGH feels effects of meth
As methamphetamine strengthens its hold among drug users on the Kenai Peninsula, it also is drawing greater attention from local health-care providers.

Get the info, then vote in the primary
We Alaskans are quite astute.

You bagged it — now what?
Hiking up rugged hills to reach the berry fields above timberline where black bears often feast in fall can be difficult, but many hunters would agree the hardest chore begins after the bruin is bagged.

Preseason scouting a must for hunting success
Hunched down among the dense stands of young, leafy cottonwood trees, Jeremy Malloy of Sterling was barely noticeable to spike-forked bull moose that dined on tender foliage just 50 yards away.

Thrill of the hunt should not overshadow ethics
On Aug. 10 dozens bow hunters will take to the woods, followed by a horde of gun hunters 10 days later when rifle season opens Aug. 20.

Canning moose, caribou
University of Alaska Cooperative Extension office

Shooting restricted in city limits
With hunting seasons approaching, hunters are reminded shooting is restricted within Kenai city limits.

Hunter education important to the future of hunting
I reflected this past weekend while teaching a bow hunting education class and preparing for an upcoming basic hunter education class, how important is this stuff, really? I know the statistics — hunter education significantly reduces accidents and makes our sport safer, but does it have other value? I think it does.

Cajun Moose
From Ed’s Kasilof Seafoods

Hunters gear up
Hunters can rest easy that they will likely bag more moose than fishermen did sockeye this season. Wildlife managers are predicting the 2006 hunting season will be average in regard to harvest numbers for moose, caribou and bears.

Preparing for the hunt, emergencies
Packing for the great outdoors adventure? With the fall hunting season just around the corner, it’s good to know what to bring in the event of unforeseen trouble.

Identifying legal spread takes practice
Legal or illegal? This issue appears at the outset to be a reasonably cut-and-dry question. However, even the most experienced hunters will know any explanation leaves something to be desired when push comes to shove and the decision to fire needs to be made.

Reds boil the waters of the Kenai
Anglers may have felt the frustration of not being able to wet a hook on the Kenai River last week when thousands of unimpeded sockeye were literally leaping out of the water during a fishing closure, but this weekend may make up for it.

Moose meat is a health food
Moose look a lot bigger at arm’s length than they do through a rifle’s sights. Many a neophyte moose hunter has walked up to the massive body of his downed prey and murmured, “Good grief, what have I done?”

Around the Peninsula
Historical society schedules meetingGolf tournament ready to swingFairgrounds work day slatedKasilof parenting classes offeredSelf-defense class offered for womenCPHC seeks board members

Around the Peninsula
Safe Sitter courses offered School district plans Title Vll talk Car seat check ups set Garage sale fundraiser set VBS set for Sterling Volunteers needed for run Beautiful yard nominations sought

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet opensClothes availableFall Bible classes beginVBS set for SterlingVBS to mine for God’s word

Safety and security of ‘Mayberry’ is no more
I recently read an article about a couple in Wisconsin who have turned their bed and breakfast home into an exact replica of the house used by Andy, Aunt Bea, and Opie on the old television program, “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Czech mates: SoHi grad finds friends on pitch
After Jennifer Senette graduated from Soldotna High School in 2003, she figured she was more or less done with competitive soccer. She was content to play on the reserve team at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where she could enjoy playing the game at a high level without some of the drawbacks of being a varsity intercollegiate athlete.

Funny River tourney a hit
We were banging them out on the links this week. We had gloomy weather out here but the die-hard golfers were relentless!

Twins suffer loss at state
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team was bumped into the losers’ bracket at the state tournament Wednesday with a 10-2 loss to East Anchorage at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Thunderstorms delay Oilers’ NBC opener
Thunderstorms in the Wichita, Kan., area caused several rain delays at the National Baseball Congress World Series Wednesday, delaying the start of the Peninsula Oilers’ first game of the tournament against the Prescott, Ill., Panthers.

Birch Ridge Report
Everyone knows Murphy, right? No, I’m not referring to Dan (Birch Ridge Golf Association president and building contractor extraordinaire) or Linda (retired borough clerk and Birch Ridge Golf Association secretary). The Murphy I’m referring to is the one who is credited with the many phrases commonly known as “Murphy’s Law” (such as, “If anything can go wrong, it will”).

Sports Briefs
Oilers game goes lateNCAA to begin tougher penalties in 2007-08 for long-term academic problems

Twins stay alive at state tourney
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team scored all seven of its runs over the final three innings to defeat Service 7-2 and stay alive in the state tournament at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage.

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