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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Proper wood burning reduces emissions
In reference to wood boiler emissions being a cause for concern (Clarion letter, Aug. 24), I built my first outdoor furnace according to specifications and proceeded to plug the 8-inch stack completely with creosote. The combustion air regulator was way too small. Then I learned how to burn wood. I added a hinged door beneath the large door and learned that it takes six times the amount of air to burn the wood gas out as it does to burn charcoal. After the wood gas has burned the lower door closes and the charcoal burns on one-sixth the air required for the wood gas burn. The black smoke of the wood gas burn is short-lived. The charcoal burn creates no smoke, so for four hours you see no smoke. Since the outdoor furnace heats sand and maintains heat, no wood should be added. The fire should be cycled out and then started all over.

Non-commercial users harvest plenty of fish
A slow day is a slow day. Mr. Malmquist's letter (Clarion letters, Aug. 24) is way off. The fleet harvest of cohos is only 10 percent of the run. The commercial fishery harvests 0 percent of early reds (the bluebacks), 0 percent of early Kenai kings, maybe 70 percent of late Kenai sockeyes, maybe half of the second run of Kenai kings, 10 percent of the chums, 10 percent of the pinks. In reality about a third of the fleet sat out this season because of the last two years and a poor forecast for this one. Someone chose to "spend" their leisure time on the river bank. Over 40,000 dipnetters went home with fish. Over one million sockeyes escaped in the Kenai River. Only 10 percent of cohos are harvested commercially.

Donations help Racing Lions, community and beyond
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Motocross Division assists our local community and beyond by local donations and membership to our club.

School menus need a closer look
Statistics show that one out of every three children is overweight or obese in this country. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is not exempt from this trend, and we, as a family, community, district, state, and nation need to do all we can to halt this trend and raise our children to be healthy, happy kids who can run and play comfortably, and grow into healthy adults.

Community blessed with good emergency services
Our community is so blessed to have such outstanding support services when our lives are suddenly placed in crisis. The motor vehicle accident we experienced on June 27 definitely gave us a deeper sense of appreciation.

Despite crashes, Alaska aviation safer than ever
For Alaska aviation, 2010 has been a tragic year -- 17 people have died since early June, including former Sen. Ted Stevens-- and the media headlines certainly aren't helping.

Photo Feature: Chewy

Photo Feature: Where there is a will, there is a way

Borough schools meeting standards: More than 75 percent of the district makes adequate yearly progress requirements
More than 75 percent of the schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District met their "adequate yearly progress," or AYP, proficiency requirements under the federally mandated No Child Left Behind Act last school year, according to data released earlier this month by the state's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Mayor puts the spending brakes on hospital deal
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey will not allow the hospital's governing board to spend any more money on the possible change of governance decision.

Looking good: Council changes code to deal with neighborhood aesthetics
In an effort to maintain aesthetic and property values, the Kenai City Council amended the city's public nuisance code to include burned out buildings at its meeting Aug. 18.

DOT: ATVs cause erosion
The Alaska Department of Transportation spends between $10,000 and $15,000 in the Kenai and Soldotna area repairing road damage allegedly caused by all-terrain vehicles each year.

Mayor: No to hospital board: 'It is time for the borough to assume control of this process'
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is putting his foot down.

Myron L. 'Mike' Morey
Former Alaska resident Myron L "Mike" Morey, 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at his son's home in Kenai.

Kenneth Elmer Tyler
Longtime Kenai resident, Mr. Kenneth Elmer Tyler, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Seth David Holden
Anchorage resident Seth David Holden, 29, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in a plane crash in the Susitna River Valley.

A long way, and a long way to go
The start of a new school year puts us in the mood for a pop quiz. The topic: Women's Equality Day, which, by the way is today.

Around the Peninsula

Teen center offers activities

Pet Photo: Monkey

Pet Photo: Perkovich's pet

Pet Photo: Troika's throne

Pet Photo: Mukluk and Penelope

Pet Photo: Best buds

Sports Briefs

Motocross results posted

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