Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Flowers pretty, but not welcome
Bright new flowers greet us on our drive home from Anchorage to Soldotna. From Anchorage to Girdwood, tall white sweet clover (melilotis alba) bend gracefully in the breeze -- thousands of them, planted accidentally when a DOT contractor sprayed contaminated seed. Roadside daisies now abound for miles south of the Hope cutoff -- the charming but deceitful Oxeye daisy that, in other states, has taken over roadsides and is a vector for plant diseases.

Bear talk angers reader
Once again I must respond to some news I heard yesterday. A bear attacked a fellow near Eagle River. I've lived here on the Kenai Peninsula for 36 years and the bunny huggers and activists from outside Alaska and the federal government are making decisions for us on our Fish and Game laws.

Drinking party ends in death
A drunken shootout at a late-night drinking party Saturday near Bishop's Beach in Homer ended with a man dead of a shotgun blast to the stomach -- and Homer's first murder in city limits since 1989.

Bear deaths reach 24
Jill Garnet was so focused on her work she almost didn't see the bear a few feet away, but once she did, she found it breathtaking.

Kenai man's attempted murder trial postponed
The jury trial of a Kasilof man charged with attempted murder, which was supposed to start Monday in Kenai Superior Court, was postponed until October.

Assembly supports peninsula sports dome
Athletes of all sorts may one day have a new facility in which to play, if the efforts of an informal working group come to fruition.

Bring back your permits
There's a good way to manage the sockeye salmon stocks that return to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers each year. Just ask the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Wal-Mart breaks ground: Dignitaries, Kenai officials gather to toss ceremonial first shovel of dirt
If all goes well, by March 2010 the first Wal-Mart Superstore will open its doors on the Kenai Peninsula.

Cook Inlet gas sought: Aurora begins drilling again
A Texas company has announced resumption of drilling and development activities in Cook Inlet after a two-year hiatus.

New helicopter, crew land at CPH
On a rainy Monday at about 8 o'clock in the morning the hum of a helicopter echoed against Central Peninsula Hospital's walls. Though it is a familiar sound to the emergency room's physicians and nurses, this landing was special.

Reba D. Mahurin
Former Soldotna resident Reba D. Mahurin died of natural causes Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at her home on Oronogo, Mo. She was 95.

Cecil Demidoff
Lifelong Alaskan Cecil Demidoff died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. He was 82.

David 'Curly' Lawrence Wynkoop
Soldotna resident David "Curly" Lawrence Wynkoop died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of a stroke. He was 88.

Around the Peninsula

Caregiver meeting planned

Pets get school blues, too
Perhaps there's a reason the dog ate your home work. With children returning to school, there are bound to be plenty of pets suffering back-to-school blues.

Pet photo: Best Friend
Monique is a 1-year-old miniature silver dapple dachshund owned by Dorothy Howell of Kenai. Dorothy tells us Monique loves to relax in her chair. She looks pretty comfortable, too.

On a roll: District finals show increasing popularity of barrel horse racing
The district finals for the National Barrel Horse Association showed just how popular the sport has become on the Kenai Peninsula.

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