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Friday, August 20, 2010

Pebble meets with EPA chief
Representatives of the Pebble Limited Partnership have spent the last several years traveling around Alaska making presentations to communities and chambers of commerce about their proposed mine project near Lake Iliamna.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Time of year for variety of catching: Water levels may be high but fishing opportunities are higher
During the last part of the prime fishing season here on the Kenai Peninsula, sport anglers have a variety of options for netting souvenirs or simply dinner even with the high water levels.

President's clear speaking helps us recognize diversity
President Obama is accused of making a bad situation worse by his comments: That our constitution guarantees religious freedom for Americans and gives Muslims the right to build their mosque on the property they own in New York City. That he was not going to comment on the wisdom of building a mosque on that site. (Maureen Dowd, New York Times and comments, August 19.)

Taking it all off: Soldotna woman loses 216 pounds 'the right way'
Jackie Mouser can now fit herself into one of the pant-legs of her old 5X-sized jeans.

Candidates file for Soldotna City Council seats
Soldotna city voters have their options laid out for the upcoming Oct. 5 council elections.

Ninilchik man found dead in Colorado prison
A Ninilchik man sentenced to 16 years in prison for the death of his fiance died early Monday morning at Hudson Correctional Facility, Hudson, Colo. Wesley Shandy, 44, had been at the prison since December 2009.

Four file for seats: Just one of three assembly races to be contested
One-third of the current Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's members will be replaced on Oct. 5.

'Weeding the garden' takes on new meaning
The flower garden on the corner of Binkley Street and Redoubt Avenue had a unique occupant up until Thursday: marijuana.

Arc, Scout lakes restocked : Rainbow trout, grayling released after pike eradication
Rainbow trout returned to Scout Lake Wednesday after a five-year battle to get rid of invasive northern pike.

It's back to school time; watch for the youngsters
School begins this Tuesday for more than 9,000 Kenai Peninsula youngsters. For many families that means falling back into daily travel routines that we haven't had to deal with for three months.

Alaskans should study ballot issues carefully
In less than two weeks Alaskans will head to the polls for the state's primary election. Not only will they be choosing who will appear on the general election ballot in November, but they'll be voting on two hot-button ballot measures.

Refuge Notebook: Wilderness Volunteers help rebuild trail
Let me introduce you to the Wilderness Volunteers. Their mission is "Stewardship of America's wild lands through organizing and promoting volunteer service in cooperation with public land agencies." Earlier this year leaders from this organization contacted the Refuge and began a conversation that is still alive and well today. They offered to send a group of volunteers from all over the United States to do a one-week service project in one of the wilderness areas of the Refuge.

An Outdoor View: The scent of salmon
I was salmon fishing on Cook Inlet recently when a spirited discussion broke out on the subject of whether a particular salmon we had caught was a king or a silver.

Winging it for caribou: Fly-out hunting trips provide a unique experience
Former Army man Frank Rosendale stared through his binoculars on a hill in the Mulchanta River area. He spied a group of caribou on a nearby mountain. Rosendale said that he examined the group for a target. He noticed one lying down and a mature bull caribou marking trees.

Around the Peninsula

PSDRA to meet

Around the Peninsula

Senate candidate forum slated

Wolves enter Panthers' lair : Skyview football to host Sitka in nonconference match
The Sitka football team will play its second game this week tonight against host Skyview at 6 p.m. The Wolves improved to 1-1 overall with a 14-12, come-from-behind win over Seward on Sunday. Southeast Conference rival Thunder Mountain downed Sitka 40-17 in Week 1.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Bassackwards Tournament to be held Saturday at Birch Ridge
The challenge is on to see which Bassackwards team can beat the course record of 30 set by the team of Nolan Rose, Steve Hammarstrom and Jane and Dave Stein. The deadline to sign up is Friday. The event is hosted by the Birch Ridge Golf Association. The proceeds benefit junior golf programs. This is a nine-hole, four-person scramble and you can put together your own A-B-C-D team or sign up individually and be placed on a team. A fabulous barbecue and great storytelling follows the tournament.

Poet's Corner: Mother Nature
Mother Nature Dearest, why are we having so much rain?

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Best Bets

Soldotna teen's talent takes her to Europe
When Quiana McElroy was in second grade she had stage fright.

Opposites clash at box office
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"

Church Briefs

Beginning Day to occur

Clarion Calls

Mike's call: A little understanding please

Homer, SoHi prepare for NLC clash
With a 28-0 shutout of Kodiak, Soldotna improved to 2-0 and jumped ahead of Kenai Central to claim the No. 1 small-schools ranking in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Poll heading into Week 3. The Kardinals (1-1), who dropped a 20-13 game to Service, fell to No. 2. Thunder Mountain (2-0), Houston (2-0) and Eielson (1-1) are ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Kodiak (1-1) and Nikiski (1-1) also received votes in the poll.

Skyview outlasts Sitka
Skyview's defense came up with five interceptions and one fumble recovery as the Panthers defeated visiting Sitka 35-12 in nonconference action Thursday night.

Golf Report: Bird Homestead Golf Course cruises into autumn
Bird Homestead Golf Course is still going strong. The fairways, greens and tee boxes look wonderful. The rain, as much as we didn't want it, sure greened everything up. The course looks the best it has ever looked. We have had a lot of great compliments on the shape of the course. We owe that to Larry Hamilton and his grounds crew. They have spent a lot of hours working to make it so beautiful. If you haven't been out yet this summer you are missing a great round of golf.

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