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Friday, August 27, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Tight Lines: Silver salmon season still succulent -- Float the Swanson, or fish the Kenai and Kasilof rivers this weekend
Silver salmon fishing opportunities still abound on the Kenai Peninsula as the season--and visiting anglers--begin to wane.

Great horned owl with broken wing rescued
During his route early Wednesday morning, newspaper carrier Steven Patrick found a casualty in the middle of the road.

Regs limit halibut charters
New requirements for halibut charter operations will cut the fleet by more than a third in Southcentral Alaska next year.

State economy powers through recession
With the nation still struggling to pull itself out of recession, Alaska is in the welcome -- but decidedly unusual -- position of having one of the nation's strongest economies.

Photo Feature: Under the rainbow

Photo Feature: Just doing it

LHP CEO: company committed to community
LHP Hospital Group would not cut jobs or pay, change the way patients are treated, or turn around and sell Central Peninsula Hospital, the company's chief executive officer promised on Thursday.

Lucille Gritmacker
Longtime Alaskan Lucille Gritmacker, a woman who loved to travel, died Tuesday, Aug. 24 at Heritage Place in Soldotna at age 89.

Ilene Tuttle Adams
Former Peninsula resident Ilene Tuttle Adams died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 at Panorama Convalescent Center in Lacey, Washington. She was 99.

What exactly happened last Tuesday?
You didn't have to be a political pundit to be taken aback at this week's results in the primary between GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and challenger Joe Miller.

Refuge Notebook: Rookie biologist meets brown bears, mud and malformed frogs
If you had asked me what I was doing for the summer in early April I would have told you "I am staying in Fairbanks and maybe working as a Residence Assistant for the university." Not exactly a dream job for a student studying wildlife biology. For everybody, including students, the troubled economy had hit hard. Everyone hiring for field work wanted experienced workers, which made it very difficult for students like me that needed to gain experience. I would never have guessed that I would find myself working my first field job out of a helicopter, studying the brown bear population of the Kenai Peninsula.

An Outdoor View: Blown off
One part of fishing that seldom makes it into print is being "blown off" -- unable to fish due to weather. In this context, "weather" means wind, either present or expected. Wind can create waves high enough to make fishing unsafe, uncomfortable and impossible.

Around the Peninsula

All Veterans picnic slated

What's Happening

Best Bets

'Eat Pray Love' feels unfulfilling
Julia Roberts is a pretty girl. Sure, she's got a long face and some massive teeth, but somehow, instead of looking horsey, she beams. The reason is her attitude, her infectious smile, and her trademark laugh, coming out of nowhere and surprising it's owner as much as the rest of us. Whether you like her as an actress or not, most people would agree that Julia Roberts is fun to watch.

Creative potters warm many hearts: Potters Guild provides Kenai Peninsula Food Bank with creative, useful soup bowls
At the Kenai Fine Arts Center, ceramic creations look like potted poetry displayed along the walls of standing podiums.

Poet's Corner

I Saw It on My Very Street

Reality TV star searching for 'Diamond in the Rough': MTV's Syrus Yarbrough brings quest for a jewel to Soldotna hotspot
International casting director and former MTV reality TV star Syrus Yarbrough said he was looking for a diamond in the rough. That's why he was holding a reality TV casting party at Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna last Thursday.

Church Briefs

Kenai Christian Church Women's Ministry to Hold Classes

Voices of Religion: The forecast you have been waiting for is here
With the talk of 30 something straight days of rain during our "summer" and winter just around the corner it is pretty easy to slip into a state of despair of what lies ahead - and that's just about WEATHER!

SkyHi, Homer ready for pivotal NLC tilt
Soldotna survived a late-game push from Northern Lights Conference foe Homer to remain undefeated and stay atop the small-schools Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network football poll heading into Week 4. While the Stars hung on for a 26-20 victory over the Mariners (1-2), No. 2 Kenai Central (2-1) rolled to a 44-14 NLC win at Houston (2-1). The Hawks also received votes in the poll.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: A few Oilers notes

Golf Report: Azzara brothers win men's Birch Ridge Cup; Weaver-Parker capture women's title
Summer has arrived! It is so nice to see the sun. Wouldn't it be nice to set two weather records this summer? Thirty-one days of sun would be awful nice.

Golf Report: Golfers more than ready to soak up long-awaited sunshine
Summer has finally arrived at Bird Homestead Golf Course. We have had such beautiful weather and everyone that is anyone has been taking advantage of it. The golf course has been pleasantly busy with avid and new golfers. We love to see new faces out Funny River.

Sports Brief: Seward netters down Bethel
The Seward volleyball team defeated Bethel on Thursday night in nonconference action in Seward. The scores were 25-11, 25-12 and 25-21.

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