Friday, August 31, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Food manager course offered Business start up workshop slated Morrow named city editor Nursing assistant training set Fisheries business assistance available

Safety training can never be underestimated
The recent article regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District staff finding and safely extinguishing the fire at the Alternative School in Kenai was much appreciated.

Sponsors' donations a home run
Peninsula Poison, the girls 16U fast pitch softball team, would like to thank all of our sponsors Off Shores Systems Kenai (OSK), Tesoro, Agrium, the Cadwell family, Women's Bowling Association, Men's Bowling Association, Davis Block, North Peninsula Recreation, Lady Eagles, ConocoPhillips and ASRC Energy Services for the help and support they have given to our team.

Reader: Limiting local terms doesn't make sense
We will soon have the opportunity to vote on the issue of term limits for borough assembly and school board members. Why would we ever want term limits that would force out members of these two bodies who are doing a good job and who are accumulating experience that will enable them to do an even better job in the future? This makes no sense at all.

Representatives should be held accountable
Mayor Williams should have gone for the rooster instead of the whole flock. A flock usually follows the rooster wherever he leads anyway. What was Williams thinking?

Thank God for North-Roaders
Last year during a wind storm, a huge tree came down across Halbouty. We were on our way home and saw about six other vehicles stopped. Everyone was out of their vehicles. One man was holding a chain saw that had ran out of gas. We got out of our truck and my husband got his log chain out and with the help of everyone, the tree was moved off the road. A woman in her car behind us stopped and said to me, "Thank God for North-Roaders." I smiled and agreed.

Voting for the good of the city
I noticed that the mayor and city council of Kenai finally whispered the concern about the water in town.

Drawing board
The conceptual design process for the high ground of Soldotna Creek Park is now ongoing and residents will have a chance to contribute ideas for the park next month.

Photo feature: 'Drill here'
Brandon Willard of Nabors Alaska climbs a derrick earlier this month during the drilling of a natural gas storage well for Chevron in the Swanson River Field on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling. This month the field celebrates the 50th anniversary of its discovery a moment that was pivotal to Alaska's statehood and the economy of the Kenai Peninsula. Read about the find and events that followed in the special "Black Gold" section in today's paper.

Boaters rescued from river
After pulling nine people out of the water in his 31 years of commercial drift netting, Greg Perkins knows anyone on the river, or the ocean, who isn't wearing a life jacket is asking for trouble. So when he fished two men and a teenage boy out of the mouth of the Kenai River around 6 p.m. Tuesday, he credits luck for being in the right place at the right time.

Missing canoeist located
An Alaska Wildlife Trooper found Ray Tranpiar of Michigan on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. after he was separated from his party on the Swanson River.

New road standards back up for debate
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is preparing to try again to address deficiencies in the municipal road code, with specific attention to requiring that new subdivision roads be built to borough maintenance standards before final plats are approved.

Photo feature: Somewhere
A rainbow sits at the edge of a passing storm over the central peninsula as seen from Marathon Road recently. Forecasters are calling for cloudy weather over the weekend.

Road money on the way
Four borough road improvement projects will share more than $1 million in state capital funds once an ordinance accepting and appropriating the money winds its way through the borough legislative process.

CES works on flow
Would you be able to gather enough water to maintain a flow of 250 gallons per minute for two hours? Firefighters at Central Emergency Services (CES) must in order for the Soldotna station to maintain its number three Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating and for the outlying stations to maintain their number seven rating.

Soup-er: Event raises $50,000 for food bank
Hundreds of people turned out for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's annual soup supper Saturday in Kenai, an event that raised more than $50,000, said Executive Director Linda Swarner.

CES fills the boot for muscular distrophy
If you're driving through the Y in Soldotna today and Saturday, don't forget to drop a few coins or a dollar bill into the firemen's boot as you pass. Firefighters for Central Emergency Services (CES) are hoping to out-do last year's fundraiser by collecting more than $18,000 from passers-by to fight muscular distrophy.

Will it be task force to the rescue?
Could it be true? Is there good news on the horizon?

Coming to a crossroads: Promises of 'clean coal' will take Alaska backward
Alaska stands at the crossroads of an exciting energy future, with a North Slope gas line, a Southcentral spur line and world class renewable energy sources ready to provide cleaner, more secure power supplies and good, long-term jobs.

Don't panic: Yellow spruce needle rust looks bad, but usually not fatal
I have been seeing lots of bright yellow foliage on spruce trees this summer. The yellow color is due to spores of the spruce needle rust (Chrysomyxa ledicola), a fungus which infects spruce needles. We have outbreaks of this showy fungus every few years.

Ripe for the picking
While summer still has a few weeks left, fall colors are already starting to show, the first of which are the ripening fruits of the various species of raspberry plants found around the Kenai Peninsula.

Silver fishing still slow on Kenai
The end of August on the Kenai River usually means silver salmon action that's red hot, but this past week, the fishing hasn't even been lukewarm, according to several fishermen.

Narrow-leaved Hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)
This member of the aster family is often confused with narrow leaf hawks-beard.

Around the Peninsula
Butchering demonstration today

Around the Peninsula
SoHi open house today T-200 race committee to meet Nikiski pool plans closure Senior fall roundup ready to entertain Recovery rendezvous ready to go College council meeting scheduled Soccer coaches sought Kids reading program continues Food coalition offers mini-grant opportunities Cameras, photo printers sought

Kenai, Nikiski glad to be close to home
Sure, this is Kenai's third straight road game, but at least this week the Kardinals get to take an actual road trip.

Volleyball squads bounce back
Since success in volleyball depends so much on team-bonding and experience, losing a bunch of seniors can often make for a tough season the following year.

'Fracture' a good reason to roll your eyes
You can always tell summer is heading toward a close when you look up and realize that, suddenly, there's nothing you want to see at the movies. You get used to that new big potential blockbuster every weekend, and then, poof, all the studios scale back and all you're left with is "Rush Hour 3" in its second week. I was going to go see this movie, but then I thought, "why?"

Diamonds in the rough
It isn't the hunting that keeps Michigan resident Ken Lehman and his wife, Gail, coming back to Alaska summer after summer. Nor is it the fishing. Or the scenery. It's diamonds. Diamond willow, that is.

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

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Church Briefs
After-school children's group planned

God a combination of goodness and mercy
Combinations: Summer time makes for a lot of them. Picnics and good food. Fishing and fun. Good weather and gardening. Sunshine and barbecues. The list goes on.

Coyote, golf not done yet
Just when I thought Mr. Coyote had packed up and moved south, we met again this morning as I was on my way to Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Labor Day weekend is upon us again and for many that means time off from work. But for all of us it means that the end of summer is fast approaching, so it's time to get out and play as much golf as possible.

Sports Briefs
Church hosts Care2Run Homer tops Sitka in football

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