Thursday, September 2, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Fishing steady for rest of season: Summer winds down with silvers, rainbows and dollies
As summer fades quickly into fall, tourists leave and the salmon spawn in many area rivers, fishing on the Kenai Peninsula remains steady.

Labor Day Ice Cream Social

Triple Chocolate, Moolicious Vanilla

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.

Mayor on the right track regarding hospital
Thank you for Andrew Waite's informative article, Aug. 31, on the issue of selling part of our Central Peninsula General Hospital to LPH.

Reader: Clarion editorial off the mark
If the proposed sale of our hospital isn't confusing enough already, the Clarion's Sunday editorial (Aug. 29) ices the cake.

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.

Time for hospital to continue to grow
When my family and I moved to Soldotna in 1968, I was manager of NBA in Soldotna and I became a member of the local Hospital Board with a facility that was unfinished, non-operative and defunct. I was on the Board that sold the facility to the borough and I was also the banker who transferred the delinquent SBA guaranteed Hospital Loan from the defunct organization to the borough. Since that time, my wife and I have volunteered our time and our money to help with medical services for community members in many ways including serving on the Central Peninsula Health Foundation Board.

Photo Feature: Head in the clouds

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.

'This is what happened': Book details stories in effort to deter drunk driving
There are some places where Justin is still alive.

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.

State's first stimulus project opens way for ferry service
The Alaska Marine Highway System's ferries will soon be providing service to Gustavus, following the completion of a new dock this 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.

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.

Voices of the Peninsula: LHP promises don't match CPH needs
I oppose our hospital partnering with LHP, an investor-owned hospital group. I believe a for-profit partner will increase healthcare costs and may compromise quality. My vision is to provide exceptional care, efficiently for the residents of the Central Peninsula. We don't need LHP capital or expertise at present or in the future.

Around the Peninsula

Firefighters out in force

Around the Peninsula

Open house

Movie leaves slim chance of ever sleeping again
"The Last Exorcism"

Art Briefs

Auditions for Triumverate comedy today

T. Harvey Combo in town: Anchorage band to rock 'sing-alongs' in Clam Gulch
When asked what type of music the T. Harvey Combo plays, band front man, lead singer and guitarist Tom Sigler says it's just "good."

Poet's Corner

Broken Glass

What's Happening

First Thursday

Sports Brief: Local youths win national titles
Paul and Ellery Steffensen, representing the Kenai Kavemen Wrestling Club, each won two national titles at the 2010 USA Wrestling Kids National Championships held on June 30 in Orem, Utah.

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.

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: Labor Day weekend gives golfers a chance to hit the links at Birch Ridge
Is it really September? Moose hunting is underway, duck hunting starts soon, one week left of the Alaska State Fair. This weekend is the last long weekend of the summer season, Labor Day. This Labor Day when you are out on the golf course keep in mind those who helped make Birch Ridge possible, the Smiths, and those who keep it beautiful -- Pat, Myrna, Tom, Bill, Mike, Nolan, Jessie, Rita, Chris, Aaron, River, Josh, Callum, Vic and Jane. Thank you for the labor of love and giving us such a special place.

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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