Thursday, August 5, 2010

August has silver salmon lining: Anglers report landing coho, pinks and some sockeye
Although king salmon fishing is closed for the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, August began with a silver lining.

Lavender's Lovely

Little Goes a Long Way

Poor fishing not just an off year
So, another king season on the mighty Kenai River has come and gone. If you've lived here for a while or have ever fished the river for its genetically unique Chinook, it is time for some questions . . .

Questions remain with CPH decisions
Thank you to Tom Boedeker and to Ryan Smith for their efforts on Sound Off (7/29/10) to try to explain the issues concerning changes to the governance of Central Peninsula Hospital.

Assembly OKs hospital MRI
South Peninsula Hospital received the go-ahead to build its MRI building Tuesday night.

When it rains...: Kenai Peninsula residents reflect on especially wet July
Fish heads and fishermen mulled along the Kenai beach last weekend. Beth Larusso, a first time dipnetter, sat in the sand with a glum look on her face. Larusso, of Anchorage, said that the rain had slowed her usual summer activities.

What side of the fence?: Comment period on Kasilof dunes fencing project extended
The public comment period for the Kasilof dunes fencing project has been extended amid confusion over the terms of the comment period and disputes over the location of fencing. The Department of Natural Resources has received only nine comments so far.

Former Sterling man's plane crashes in Denali
A former Sterling pilot was among those who died when a cargo aircraft crashed in Denali National Park last weekend.

City of Kenai cleaning out its closets
An inflatable raft, an iPod, a bongo drum and a four-story fire training building -- those are just a few of the items being sold by the City of Kenai in a sealed bid auction starting next week.

"Wild Bill" Michel
"Wild Bill" Michel, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, in an airplane crash at Denali Park.

Edward Beckham East, Sr.
Kenai resident Edward Beckham East, Sr., 84, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Lloyd Allen Doyle
Longtime Alaskan and Anchor Point resident Lloyd Allen Doyle, 70, died July 14, 2010. at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Patricia L. Togni
Ninilchik resident Patricia L. Togni, 67, died July 15, 2010, from a short courageous battle with cancer with her husband and pastor by her side at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Around the Peninsula

School open houses set

What's Happening

First Thursday

'Schmucks' leaves viewers' appetite unsated
Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd have worked together before. First, as part of Ron Bergundy's entourage in "Anchorman," and later in the hilarious and surprisingly sweet "40 Year-Old Virgin." Both of those projects must have looked a little odd on paper, though the end results were mostly right on the money. That, perhaps, explains why these two smart comedians took a chance on an American remake of a French farce, the erratic hit and miss mess that is "Dinner for Schmucks." I can't imagine that the script really read all that well, but Rudd and Carrell must have figured, "Well, it's always worked out ok before..."

Poet's Corner

My Beard Grows Lengthy 'Neath These Waves

Ghost and Alaska politics collide in new novel
Start with an old ghost story, add a dose of politics, subtract almost all semblance of ethics and what do you get? The answer lies in the plot of "The Ghost of Fannie Guthry-Baehm, a Murder Mystery," by Jonathan Faulkner of Homer.

Everyday beauty: Alaskan expatriate publishes poem book
As a writer, Mary Mullen likes to explore life and emotions through explosive, non-fiction narratives.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Today is the last day to sign up for Saturday's Phil Turkington Golf Classic
There's still time to register for the Phil Turkington Golf Classic hosted by the Soldotna Elks. The event will be Saturday with check in at 7 a.m. and an 8 a.m. shotgun start. At the end of play there will be a steak dinner at the Elks Lodge. Register by today by contacting either Birch Ridge Golf Course or call the Elks Lodge at 262-8270 or Gary Brumley at 398-2847. Money raised from this tournament goes to scholarships for local graduating high school seniors. Hope to see you out there sharing stories of Phil and supporting this next year's high school graduates.

Kenai Golf Report: Tee box enlarging projects scheduled to begin soon at Kenai Golf Course
Hello, golfers! It's official now -- August is here and summer is on its way out. Those very welcome glimpses of sunshine have not happened nearly often enough, but I have managed to use every one of them wisely and hope that you have too.

Sports Brief: Oilers start NBC play today
The Peninsula Oilers' first National Baseball Congress World Series game will be played today against the Wichita Elite Sluggers at 4:30 p.m. ADT in Wichita, Kan. The game will be broadcast on 1140 AM and over the internet at The pre-game show begins at 4:10 p.m. ADT.

Oilers drop 1st game of NBC tourney
The Wichita (Kan.) Elite Sluggers lived up to their name, racking up 13 hits en rout to a 6-3, come-from-behind win over the Peninsula Oilers in first round play of the National Baseball Congress World Series on Wednesday at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan. The Oilers play the Rock City (N.C.) Red Sox today at 7:30 a.m. ADT. With a loss, Peninsula will be eliminated from the tournament.

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