Saturday, August 5, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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?”

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

Cajun Moose
From Ed’s Kasilof Seafoods

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.

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.

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.

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.

Canning moose, caribou
University of Alaska Cooperative Extension office

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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.

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!

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

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