Friday, September 2, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Business contest running Homer chamber mixer slated Business plan, capital sources workshops set Health conference set for Soldotna CISB wants totes returned

Sunshine, bright fish beckon
With mild fall weather and plenty of sunshine forecast through the weekend, now might be the perfect opportunity for anglers to get in on what’s shaping up to be some great fall fishing in the area.

Photo feature: Fish on the fly
A red salmon attempts to clear the Russian River falls earlier this week. Large schools of fish were pooled below the falls, which are one of the last hurdles the creatures need to clear before they can mate and die. The falls are a gentle hike about 4 miles round trip from a trail head near the Russian River campground.

Well covered
Inspired by a real-life experience, the artwork of Erick Paulsrud of Anchor Point has been selected for the cover of a publication from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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

From the Bookshelf; 'Bird' gives murrelet wings
The marbled murrelet is an obscure bird: small, rare and cryptically colored. One observer likened it to a baked potato with a beak. It is a pleasant surprise, therefore, to discover that writer Maria Mudd Ruth has created a compelling, full-length book about this shy creature.

Flag etiquette questionable
I had been Outside for three weeks. Upon my return to the central Kenai Peninsula, I observed that many of the U.S. flags and Alaska state flags are flying at half mast or the U.S. flag is flying at full staff while the Alaska flag is at half mast on the same pole. I even noted that the McDonald’s flag is at half mast (no doubt in recognition of my three-week absence).

Governor not only one deserving of jet blame
Have you wondered how it is that Governor Murkowski’s poised to get his jet, even though most Alaskans don’t think he needs one? Thank your closest Republican legislator. This session, the Republicans (many of whom openly questioned the Governor’s justifications for purchasing a jet that can’t land in most Alaskan communities) created a mechanism by which the Governor could use proceeds from the sale of the current Department of Public Safety jet to finance the purchase of a new one.

Pizza power brings crowd to life
The Soldotna High School cheerleaders would like to thank Pizza Boys and Chef’s Express for donating pizzas for the football games the past two Fridays. The crowd loves trying to win the pizzas for cheering the loudest, and the players love to hear the crowd cheering them on. Thanks so much for your support.

Officials seek answers in latest brown bear killing
Officials from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game want to know who shot and killed a 3-year-old brown bear sometime last month near Tustumena Lake.

Marathon wants to store gas
Marathon Oil Co. wants to start storing natural gas in the Kenai Gas Field in an effort to better manage smaller natural gas supplies in Southcentral Alaska.

Assembly to hit roads decision
With a long list of projects aimed at improving the borough road system, the road service area has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to approve allocation of an additional $384,500 to its fiscal year 2006 budget.

Good gourd!
Good gourd — he's gone and done it again. J.D. Megchelsen that is. The Nikiski man who set a new state record last year by growing a 707-pound pumpkin is back this year with another garden grown goody of even greater girth.

Candidates get chance to discuss Kenai issues
Candidates for a Kenai City Council one-year seat up for election this fall were given the opportunity to tell lunchtime diners at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday why votes should be cast for them.

Former Soldotna priest OK after South hurricane
A catholic priest who served in Soldotna for nearly a year until returning to his home parish in Mobile, Ala., this past Memorial Day was relatively unscathed by Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged that part of the country this week.

10,000 Guard troops sent to help with hurricane relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — An additional 10,000 National Guard troops from across the country began pouring into the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, adding new soldiers and airmen to shore up security, rescue and relief operations in the region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

New school district job covers 10 sites
If it’s Monday, it must be Nikolaevsk. The rest of the week, Rich Redmond could be at any of 10 schools spread across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Working it out: Firefighters get fitness gear
The Kenai Fire Department has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security $61,513 grant according to an announcement by Alaska’s congressional delegation.

William “Billy” Sacaloff
Longtime Kenai resident William “Billy” Sacaloff died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at his home in North Kenai. He was 53.

Heather Colleen Church
Lifelong Alaska resident Heather Colleen Church died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at her home in Kenai. She was 52.

Rip Skuse
Longtime Sterling resident Rip Skuse died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 57.

Kevin Doven McDonald
Longtime Kenai resident Kevin Doven McDonald died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Alpine Field, near Barrow. He was 33.

BRAC makes good call keeping Eielson
The Pentagon recommendation that Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks be put in some kind of an oddball ‘‘warm’’ status — in other words, virtually shut down — never made any sense to Air Force commanders who have spent time in Alaska and know first-hand of the value of that installation in the big national defense scheme of things.

Hurricane Katrina far more devastating than pundits, executives think
I’m known to write occasionally that the rest of America doesn’t understand the South. Now comes some clear and convincing evidence.

Government should lead Katrina effort
Katrina's too genteel a name for the calamity that struck the Gulf Coast. In the hours and days ahead, people from Alabama to Texas will have to pull together with uncommon courage.

United States needs to be leader in science
Since the dawn of the technological age, the United States has been on the cutting edge.

Armstrong evidence too thin to condemn a great champion
Cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has performed miraculous feats both on and off the bicycle. But it may be beyond the ability of this incredible athlete to disprove a negative — that he didn't cheat by using a red blood-cell booster in 1999.

Idaho seeks to ease wolf protections in Rockies
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho is floating a new proposal that it hopes could speed the removal of federal protection for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Nevada town comes to grips with annual desert festival
GERLACH, Nev. — Everett Gates repairs a tire in an auto shop packed with plastic cat suits, thong underwear, goggles and boxes of condoms. It’s that time of year again.

Chena hunters take aim
FAIRBANKS — The spitting rain and chilly breeze at Chena Pump Landing on Wednesday morning didn’t bother Mike Jenkins and Ken Butler as they loaded up their 17-foot Roughneck aluminum johnboat.

New refuge biotech finds a new niche in Alaska’s wilderness
As a newly hired biological technician (biotech) for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service my main duties are to provide support to the refuge biological program. Specifically, I execute field studies designed to accurately and efficiently assess the biological resources of the refuge. In short, I am the eyes and ears of the biological program in the field, principally conducting vegetation and wildlife surveys.

Around the Peninsula
MDA campaign set to kick offDrivers’ safety class scheduledKennel club agility trials slatedPotluck, work day setHistorical society to meetDinner, auction fund-raiser setEMS benefit dinner setDog training seminar setTenants wanted for senior apartments

Around the Peninsula
MDA campaign set to kick off Oktoberfest fund-raiser planned Vets schedule picnics across peninsula Hospice training schedule announced Mushroom identification workshop slated

Attitude of gratitude is secret of contentment
While researching and writing a book on crime and justice, I was surprised to learn that two-thirds of those in prison had full-time jobs at the time of their arrests.

New homes get foundation with concrete, Bible
MAGNOLIA, Texas — The framing and the walls were already up when Jill Williams and her husband discovered a home they liked in a suburban area north of Houston.

Church Briefs
Clothing availableBible study group to meetClothes Quarters openFall Bible classes slatedSoldotna Bible study plannedAddictions group available

Vatican, China work to improve relations
ROME (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI conferred last week with Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay organization that has worked behind the scenes to help the Vatican and China improve relations.

Evangelicals feel sense of persecution
To outsiders, conservative Christians seem at the peak of their influence.

U.S. Muslims seeking acceptance
PLAINFIELD, Ind. — As one of the nation’s largest U.S. Muslim groups prepares for its annual meeting in the Chicago area, its leader is working to contain forces both inside and outside the community that would steer it away from the American mainstream.

Hermida hits grand slam in major league debut
MIAMI — Florida's Jeremy Hermida became the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat and the first to do it as a pinch-hitter, connecting in the seventh inning off St. Louis' Al Reyes in a 10-5 loss Wednesday night.

Sun, Monarchs win in WNBA playoffs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Nykesha Sales scored 19 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 points and nine rebounds as the Connecticut Sun defeated the Detroit Shock 73-62 in Game 1 of their first-round WNBA playoff series Wednesday night.

Winds blow through Open
NEW YORK — Remember the name — Scoville Jenkins — and file away his game as one to watch in the future.

Bulldogs top Sitka
The Nikiski Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in the Great Land Conference and 3-1 overall Thursday with a 24-0 victory in Sitka.

Super Bowl champion QBs teaming as rookie NASCAR owners
FORT WORTH, Texas —Troy Aikman didn't win a game as a rookie starting quarterback in the NFL, and Roger Staubach had to wait until his third season before becoming the regular starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

Agassi moves on at Open
NEW YORK — Size doesn’t matter in tennis. Neither does age.

Sports views: Playing the game right
Hurricane Katrina hit plenty of people a lot harder than it did Rick Short. He hardly needed reminding. Short and his New Orleans Zephyrs teammates were among the lucky ones. They got out of town Sunday, before the storm struck full force, losing nothing more precious than three home games that won't be made up.

Area champs crowned in barrel horse racing
Jennifer Murray and Shana Wilson led a list of eight champions crowned Wednesday night in the Barrels division at the National Barrel Horse Association District Finals at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds.

Mariners rip Yankees
SEATTLE (AP) — Miguel Ojeda’s first home run with Seattle helped the Mariners to a 5-1 victory over New York on Thursday.

Agent: Warrick signs with Seahawks
SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks signed former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Peter Warrick to a one-year, $1.4 million contract on Wednesday, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.

McNabb, Owens sit out as Jets clobber Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb watched from the press box and Terrell Owens looked on from the bench as the New York Jets’ backups dominated the Philadelphia Eagles’ junior varsity in a 37-14 victory Thursday night.

Combined tourney set for weekend
The Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Kenai Golf Association will hold their combined tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

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