Saturday, August 4, 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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