Friday, August 17, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Elite Health and Fitness grand opening set Fisheries business assistance available Youth cooking classes offered Food manager course offered

Vote no: River belongs to everyone
Seems as though we've already lost.

Generosity makes program successful
The Nakenu Summer Program would like to extend a big chiqinik (thank you) to all the people who helped make the program a success.

Alaskans need to do the right thing
So The Associated Press interview with Don Young about the upcoming election really shed some light, and I hope Alaskans hand him a nice big fat defeat. I mean, Come on, the AP interviewer asked him if he's done anything wrong and Mr. Young says he can't comment.

Time to right the wrongs
I've simply had it. Pardoning Scooter Libby outrages me. Now we get even more abuse of power, and more wiretapping?

Council meetings should be broadcast
As a longtime listener of borough assembly meeting radio broadcasts, I completely disagree with the anonymous author of the Clarion's snide editorial (Aug. 3) about increasing access to Kenai City Council meetings. More access to city council and commission meetings is always better, no matter what the medium especially since there is so little coverage of city government in the local monopoly newspaper.

Kenai River habitat needs our help
When are the "heads" of the Sport Fish Division of Fish and Game going to realize that getting a bigger and bigger share of salmon allocation and opportunity is not going to be good for the sustained yield and habitat protection of the Kenai River?

Kenai may buy back land
Under terms of a sale contract amendment approved Wednesday night, the city of Kenai will buy back property being sold to Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse if the economics of building a new store do not favor proceeding with the project.

Kids get Classic experience
Two-hundred hands wrapped their fingers around a rope the length of two school busses, muscles tensed and yanked back in an all-out tug of war with 100 kids pitted against each other. Perhaps this symbolized the proverbial tug of war between an angler and a Kenai River salmon or maybe it was all fun and games, but one thing was certain these kids were ready for fun.

Photo feature: Peekaboo
A moose calf takes a look around while its mother browses in Kenai recently.

Florida man plucks toddler from river
When Dave McLean headed down to the silver salmon stringers outside the Davison Ave. home he and his wife Kay are staying at for the summer, he didn't expect to see a toddler floating down the Kenai River. But when his wife hollered for help, the entire neighborhood mobilized.

Borough races set -- mostly
A slate of candidates seeking municipal office is now set for the Oct. 2 election, the deadline for filing for office passing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mayor, council seats up to voters
Five people have filed for a city council seat in Soldotna being vacated by Jane Stein.

Hope paramedic resuscitates training program, wins national EMT award
When Security Aviation ran into legal trouble a year ago, 11 paramedic students would have had their training cut short had it not been for Valerie DeFrance. Rather than concede defeat and give up her classroom, DeFrance, an emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic from the Hope area, threatened the company's lawyers with a little legal action of her own.

Photo feature: Chopper fuel
Ron Finch and Alicia Back use a take-out box to feed Back's dog Chopper in front of Kenai Joe's bar Thursday afternoon. Back said Chopper was a 6-month-old "pound dog."

Whitney Allene Murray
Whitney Allene Murray of Blackwell, Okla. and Alaska died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 in Oklahoma. She was 17.

Michael Philip Trux
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Michael Philip Trux died unexpectedly Monday, August 13, 2007 at his home in Kenai. He was 17.

At the energy crossroads: It's time to move on, blaze a new trail into Alaska's future
On Jan. 1, 2014, the long, bitter marriage between Homer Electric Association and Chugach Electric will come to an end. One year later, Matanuska Electric Association will follow suite. They will secede from the Chugach empire, on Jan. 1, 2015.

An opportunity to go out and enjoy yourself
As adults and even as kids, sometimes we don't get enough opportunities to enjoy the simple pleasures in life as much as we'd like.

Swan Lake fire growing slowly but will benefit wildlife
Folks on the Kenai Peninsula may have noticed or smelled smoke south of the Sterling Highway near Skilak Lake. This fire, known as the Swan Lake fire, is on the south shore of Skilak Lake about one mile south of Caribou Island. The fire was ignited by a lightning strike on July 29.

Spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)
This short-lived perennial spreads by seed and a single plant can produce hundreds. With a basal rosette and deeply lobed gray-green leaf, it is related to the "bachelor button" that is a common plant. The similarity ends there. This plant has caused millions of dollars of environmental damage and economic loss in the western United States through habitat destruction and erosion. Knapweed has been found in a few locations here on the Kenai Peninsula and needs to be identified and removed when found. Please do not let this destructive plant take root here on the Kenai.

Silver lining: fishing in Homer heating up
For those looking for a sure thing fishing for salmon, Homer is the place to be this weekend.

Critters might be hard to spot, but prints show where they've been going
Wild animals are almost instinctively elusive, but not seeing any creatures stirring while on a field foray doesn't mean there are none present. Tracks left behind can reveal a complex world of animal behavior, particularly for species adept at avoiding humans.

Around the Peninsula
Old timers to gather River raft parade floats by Sterling AARP to hold driver safety program Teleconference to cover healthcare issues Don't forget needy children when shopping for back to school Agrium sets live fire training dates Boys and Girls Club plans closure

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Never too early for playoff implications
It's only Week 2 of the high school football season, one-quarter of the way toward being complete.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Barn to be wild!
The harvest season has arrived. That can only mean one: fair season.

Reeling it In
Critics love to make bold, grand statements about the films they go see. "Hairspray" takes the cake as the funniest John Travolta cross-dressing musical of the summer!" "Transformers" literally stomps the competition with a gargantuan box-office this weekend!" "Because I Said So" is the most ill-conceived romantic comedy since "Enemy Mine!" You get the picture. I am not immune to this phenomenon, which is why I can say without hesitation, that "Stardust" is the most bizarre, most unlikely movie to get the green light that I've seen this year.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Art Briefs
Watercolor workshop across the water Get paid to create Artists in Schools seeks applicants Poetry out loud luring students Gallery hosts summer artists Council offers art fellowship Kids' reading program ongoing Artwork wanted

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

In the right place at the right time
I recently read an article about the man who caught Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball. The man, who was from New York, had planned a vacation to Australia but decided to take a layover in San Francisco so he could attend the baseball game and possibly be a part of history.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Yes, I'm sad to say that the clock is ticking for the 2007 golf season. But there still is time to get in several more rounds and a few great tournaments at Birch Ridge before time runs out.

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