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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Labor Day Ice Cream Social

Triple Chocolate, Moolicious Vanilla

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.

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.

What would you trade for salmon?
Scotland, England, Norway, Japan, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Washington ... all used to have wild salmon runs. Those runs have all died out. Overfishing is often blamed, but the single largest factor in losing salmon runs has been ruining the stream and lake habitat they need to grow. This has been due to other resource use. Logging brought erosion, hydroelectric dams blocked fish passage, farming siphoned water for irrigation and mining polluted watersheds.

Much has changed since the Constitution was adopted
People Change. Throughout their lives, they go from being young and unrefined, through schooling and training, into a career, through marriage, retirement and eventually death. With each experience wisdom and knowledge is gained, and in doing of each event that wisdom and knowledge from previous experience is utilized.

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.

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.

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

Murkowski concedes primary race: Joe Miller defeats sitting senator, scores major victory for tea party movement
ANCHORAGE -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski was booted from office in the Republican primary Tuesday by a little-known conservative lawyer in arguably the biggest political upset of the year.

Photo Feature: Head in the clouds

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.

The same? Assembly candidates agree on big issues
At one point during Tuesday's debate, J.R. Myers was asked how he is different than Linda Murphy, his only opponent for Soldotna's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly seat.

Chickaloon Flats may be changing
Waterfowl and migratory birds forage on the northern Peninsula's Chickaloon Flats, creating a boon for hunters and biologists alike. And recent surveys by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge show that the ecosystem may be changing.

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

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.

Around the Peninsula

Teen center offers activities

Around the Peninsula

Open house

Pet Photo: Best buds

Pet Photo: Monkey

Pet Photo: Perkovich's pet

Pet Photo: Troika's throne

Pet Photo: Mukluk and Penelope

Homer, SoHi split dual swim meet
Soldotna split a dual swim meet with host Homer on Tuesday. Homer's girls won 105-75 while SoHi's boys scored 98 points to Homer's 76.

Golf Report: Signs of autumn mark the beginning of the end of the golfing season
It's hard to believe that August is over, September is upon us with the Labor Day weekend fast approaching, school has started, and the days are really starting to get shorter. It is definitely fall -- it looks like fall with the colors starting to show in the underbrush and trees; it feels like fall with that little bite in the air that tells you that temperatures are going to start dropping; and it smells like fall with that wonderful spicy smell in the air that comes from the ripening cranberries and falling leaves. I love this time of year even though I know my golfing days are numbered.

Sports Briefs

Motocross results posted

SoHi netters down Kenai Central
Soldotna opened its regular season with a win over visiting Kenai Central in four games, 23-25, 25-15, 25-8, 27-25, on Tuesday.

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