Friday, August 13, 2010

Tight Lines: Humpy fishing hot on the lower Kenai
Anglers looking to catch some salmon on the Kenai Peninsula this weekend should think pink.

Vote for Lisa
Our senior senator is immune to the twin diseases of arrogance and corruption so contagious in Washington right now. She has demonstrated quiet leadership during a time when loud, shrill voices draw attention and money. At a time when the national media prefer slogans and similes over excellence and staying on the job, Lisa has been all anyone could hope to see in the US Senate.

Photo Feature: All chummy

Rainy run

Photo Feature: Moose pass

On the map: Borough to update emergency dispatch system
A fire alarm went off at a Sterling residence one morning two weeks ago. The alarm company notified Central Emergency Services it was a false alarm, but the agency has a policy of checking the site itself, and an emergency crew rolled.

CPH chooses potential partner
If Central Peninsula Hospital partners with any outside company, it will be with the Plano, TX.,-based for-profit LHP Hospital Group.

Waving hand 1st clue of AK crash survivors
DILLINGHAM -- One of the pilots who saw the wreckage of the amphibious plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens, his fishing companions and their families strewn across a mountainside remembers thinking: No one could've survived.

What we lack: Survey tells local leaders what the region is missing
Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District presented the results of a survey it conducted on the economic challenges that Soldotna and the borough currently face to the city council Wednesday night.

Juneau man inspired to grow organic food
JUNEAU -- The first thing you notice when you get to Rick Bellagh's place on Shelter Island is a large creepy weather-beaten stuffed Big Bird figure with a pipe in its beak. Next to it stands a sign that reads, "Welcome to Shelter Skelter Wilderness Farm," followed by rules such as "be kind and compassionate to everyone" and "be mindful as you work."

William "Billy" Read
Longtime Soldotna resident William L. "Billy" Read died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 at his home. He was 30.

Margo Keating
Longtime Sterling resident Margo Keating, 57, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, after a six year battle with cancer at Central Peninsula Hospital with her husband and children by her side.

Refuge Notebook: Easement through Native land provides legal access to west side of Refuge
Road easement through Native land Folks are always saying that things are different in Alaska, and sometimes they are. Take 17(b) easements for example.

An Outdoor View: Biking in bear country
On Monday evening of this week, a woman friend was telling me that recent bear sightings along Robinson Loop in Sterling had made her leery of riding her bicycle in that area. The following morning, while riding my bike on Greatland Street in Sterling, a brown bear with a cub walked out of the roadside brush about 50 yards ahead of me.

Around the Peninsula

Immunizations available

Around the Peninsula

Immunizations available

Nonleague games dominate Week 2 slate
Kenai Central, Soldotna and Homer came out of the 2010 prep football season's first week undefeated. The Kards, which hold the No. 1 small-schools ranking in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Poll, dominated both sides of the field while shutting down and shutting out Skyview 36-0. Second-ranked SoHi edged out Wasilla 15-7 in a penalty-and-fumble-filled affair. The No. 4 Mariners topped the Bulldogs, who just couldn't pound the ball in from close range, 14-6. Kodiak and Thunder Mountain also notched Week 1 victories and are ranked third and fifth, respectively. Here's a look at the Week 2 matchups.

Reeling It In: This comedy really tries hard
There's a scene early in this week's cop comedy, "The Other Guys," where Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg engage in an extended and serious argument over who would win in a battle between a school of tuna and pride of lions. I was laughing so hard I nearly fell out of my seat. Can you remember the last time you laughed that hard at a movie? Neither can I.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, Films, Down the Road.

Lavallee's Whimsical Alaska
Anchorage artist Barbara Lavallee paints idyllic images of rural Alaska life. Native women dressed in brightly colored kuspuks, or undressed in hot tubs on snowy nights, are just some of her depictions that have become synonymous with the 49th state.

What's Happening

Best Bets

Summer Music finale for Kenai Peninsula Orchestra
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra has a cure for the forecasted drizzly nights this weekend -- a chamber music concert.

Poet's Corner

Lost to Thought

Church Briefs

Arctic Barnabas Ministries Open House

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Andrews will be missed

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Diamond drains birdie putt to win tourney

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Bird Homestead playoffs finished
Bird Homestead Golf Association had its final playoff this Sunday at 2 p.m. What an exciting couple of matches. The third-place team of Mark Hordemann and Jackie Risch beat out the fourth-place team of Rob Bird and Faith Link by one hole. Steve and Susan Ellis beat out Jeff Gillman and Richard Harman to take the Bird Cup. There was an excellent spread of food prepared by Judi Artman and Jeff Gillman. They both worked for days preparing a great feast for the golfers and the gallery of people who showed to support the playoff teams.

Area races see more women
After participating in Anchorage's Gold Nugget Triathlon four years ago, Jennifer Jackson was hooked on running. Since then, she's entered several annual community races on the Kenai Peninsula. Last summer Jackson raced almost every weekend. And she's not alone.

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