Saturday, September 4, 2010

Help catching the big ones appreciated
Participants and staff of the TRAILS Program (Total Recreation and Independent Living Services) of the Independent Living Centers on the Kenai Peninsula would like to extend a big thank you to Drift Away Fishing for all their assistance in catching "The Big Ones" on our Silver Salmon Adventure on the Kenai River.

A special thank you to Bridges
On several occasions now I have seen first hand the benefit of having the Bridges Community Resource Network at work in our community and would like to thank those responsible for the existence of this great organization.

Who benefits from CPH sale?
One need not look at Washington D.C. to see political ambition, corruption, deception, and downright greed. We've got Washington D.C. in our own back yard.

Do your homework before deciding value of joint venture
To Mr. Dave Carey, Kenai Borough Mayor:

Assembly should take control of hospital changes
I am in total agreement with the mayor on the necessity of the Borough Assembly stepping in and taking back the control of the Hospital. Over the years, since in the late 1970s, I have had to use the Emergency Room because of Pulmonary problems many times, but not since the new addition has been added. It appears to be well designed and having visited people there, very comfortable.

Eye of the record holder: 'Pretty ugly' pink salmon turns out to be a beauty
Every Alaskan knows pink salmon are the last thing an angler wants on the line.

Road work wrapping up: Culverts, bike trails on DOT list
As the summer construction season comes to a close, the Alaska Department of Transportation is finishing more than $10 million worth of projects.

Central Emergency Service firefighters ready to 'Fill the Boot'
Firefighters and volunteers from Central Emergency Services will hold their annual "Fill-the-Boot" campaign to benefit the Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association today and Saturday. Firefighters will be stationed at the intersection of the Sterling and Kenai Spur highways in Soldotna from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday to collect donations.

Reminder: Bears still out and about
A report of a brown bear wandering through Kenai near Mountain View Elementary School Thursday is a good reminder to area residents that it's not quite hibernation season yet.

Shirlene Mann Andrus
Soldotna resident Shirlene Mann Andrus died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. She was 74.

Gary Von Andrus
Soldotna resident Gary Von Andrus died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 in Holladay, Utah. He was 76.

Cutting the federal apron strings
Joe Miller's win over Lisa Murkowski for the U.S. Senate GOP nomination may say more about Alaskans than just a frustration with incumbents.

An Outdoor View: By dawn's early light
For years I've gone along with the popular myth that the best silver salmon fishing happens at dawn, when people of sound mind are still abed. On Tuesday morning, I became a non-believer.

To Russia, Mongolia, Tibet and back again
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a seventh-grade teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Refuge Notebook: The Peninsula's elusive 'other' loon at home on small lakes
While many residents may be familiar with the common loon (Gavia immer) of large lakes on the Kenai Peninsula, fewer may be aware that the Pacific loon (Gavia pacifica) also nests on smaller lakes on the Peninsula. In its breeding plumage the Pacific loon is in my opinion even more attractive than the common loon. The back of its neck is silvery-gray and the front of its neck black bordered on each side by striking vertical black-and-white stripes. It has a white spotted back, white breast and belly, and red eyes.

A berry good time: Jams, jellies a great way to savor summer's bounty all winter long
While some Alaskans might scorn the golden leaves and crisp air that signifies the imminent snowfall, others anticipate this time of year to uncover berried treasure.

Around the Peninsula

Next week's LeeShore classes cancelled

Voices of Religion: What to do when our faith falters? Look to God
Six words changed Martin Luther's life and gave him a special place in history: "The just shall live by faith." Biblical writers repeated these words four times, underscoring their importance.

Church Briefs

Freedom Walk to be held

Panthers, Stars set to renew rivalry
With a decisive victory over Houston, Soldotna remains unbeaten and retained its No. 1 ranking among small-schools football in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network poll heading into Week 5. Another close loss to a large-school opponent dropped Kenai Central (2-2) to fourth. Thunder Mountain (4-0) jumped to the No. 2 spot and Eielson (3-1) is ranked third. Skyview (3-1) held on to the fifth spot for a second week in a row. The Panthers are on a three-game winning streak after losing their first game of the season. Kodiak (2-2) also received votes in the poll.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Small-town sports make big-time politicians

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