Friday, October 15, 2010

Keep kings in the Kenai
I would like to applaud Dwight Kramer's opinion piece in Voices of the Peninsula (Oct. 13, 2010) "What Happened to Our Kings?" It should be read by all and discussed at length as I feel he made some excellent points for returning our kings to the Kenai River. We have very little power to effect what happens once the smolts leave the river, but we should do ALL we can to improve in-river survival of the kings from eggs to adults. We should enact his five main points. It's time to act.

Community made Homecoming special
Kenai truly is a great place to live and raise a family. Recently, Kenai Central High School celebrated their Homecoming Week. The support from the community was awesome. The students truly are fortunate to live in a community that supports the school and goes out of their way to make special events like Homecoming memorable. In a day and age when most schools are being forced to limit the events they can offer students, Kenai, with the support and help of the community, is still able to allow students to participate in safe, enjoyable activities.

What disqualifies a politician?
Politics attracts some good patriotic Americans who are intelligent and morally upright people; politics also attracts many Americans that have selfish motives that fuel their political ambitions. Many politicians attempt to ingratiate themselves with the electorate by adopting popular viewpoints on the issues. Many voters find they have two choices for a political office, and they choose the candidate that is closest to their viewpoint.

Stop bear trapping
Steel traps snap onto an animal's leg or paw in a bone-crushing manner that not only delivers severe pain, but keeps animals from reaching sources of food, water, and shelter. Some animals -- especially mothers anxious to return to their young -- chew through their own limbs in a desperate attempt to free themselves.

Voting for McAdams
I am outraged that my Native corporation, Sealaska, has contributed our money to Lisa Murkowski's campaign bucket. They have no right to speak for us, nor do they have any right to spend our money on political campaigns without our permission. They had no right to publicly endorse a candidate on behalf of all of us. They have overstepped their authority to speak for us and it should be stopped.

Conservatism isn't a bad thing
Seems to be that if you have conservative ideals that you are now labeled an extremist. I am continually amazed at the number of people who call Joe Miller an extremist when his position is one of conservatism. Why is it that when someone is given the option they choose to opt out of Social Security in favor of a private plan? Joe has the common sense to see that the Ponzi scheme of Social Security as it is now functioning will not last. We cannot just continue to ignore the problem! When someone recognizes that fact and want to fix it they are labeled extremist. Why would the unemployment insurance not be better handled at the state level where the unemployed people live?

Thoughts on illegal immigration
It seems that the information about illegal immigration is all about the southern border and Mexicans and South American countries. It started out at about 30 million illegals and now is down to only maybe 10 million. There is one thing that is totally missing in this assessment as there is no accountability of the millions of other people who have immigrated and are not counted in this tally.

District asks for funding changes
The school district is proposing to potentially end a long-standing tradition of asking the borough to fund it to the "cap" in favor of a formula that would be based on local revenues instead.

Around the Peninsula

La Leche League meets

House races take shape: Candidates meet at chamber forum
The race for local state house seats kicked off Wednesday at a forum held in Kenai.

What's the use? Subsistence board to reconsider Ninilchik's uses of the Kenai
The Federal Subsistence Board is set to reconsider a proposal recognizing the customary and traditional use of all fish in the Kenai River drainage by residents of Ninilchik.

Gas leak clears out block: Broken line leads to evacuation in Kenai
Emergency officials evacuated part of a Kenai neighborhood on Wednesday after a utility company struck an Enstar line that leaked natural gas for about an hour and a half.

Fraud investigation finds pot grow
When police investigated a series of forged checks, they found and dismantled a 31-plant marijuana grow.

Fish board makes local landing
Although there were no "big, burning issues" on the agenda of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Board of Fisheries work session in Kenai this week, Roland Maw of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association said he attended the session to get to know the regulators and make sure his association's interests are not left out of the process.

Out the door: Assembly says so long to 3 senior members
Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting focused on three individuals.

Voices of the Peninsula: Nelchina caribou issues complex
Alaska Board of Game met in Anchorage recently to consider proposals from the public, Department of Fish and Game and several conservation groups concerning hunting options for the Nelchina Caribou Herd near Glennallen. Since this is a complex issue that has been changed many times in the past, a summary and explanation of laws and Board decisions may be helpful. In our final decision, the Board adopted a proposal that encompassed a combination of several proposed ideas. First, we looked at an open general hunt where permits would be issued using the standard random draw that most hunters are accustomed to. However, our state subsistence law prohibits the Board from adopting only a drawing hunt because that type of hunt does not provide a reasonable opportunity for a subsistence hunter to draw a permit. Next, the Board considered a registration type hunt, again open to all Alaskan residents. This type of hunt would be legal under the subsistence statutes, if it were the only hunt available, but it had several obvious draw backs. As an example, in 1996 a similar unlimited registration subsistence hunt was held and 50,361 permits were issued, resulting in an early closure. Board members were concerned that relying on just an unlimited registration would make it unlikely that Fish and Game could exert the necessary control to close the hunt and avoid a huge overharvest, if a comparable number of hunters signed up. Even options of a one day registration hunt were considered but the majority of the public that testified opposed such a hunt and did not consider it to be a reasonable opportunity for subsistence. The Board also investigated the option of authorizing a Tier-II hunt but since the harvestable surplus is over the number of animals necessary to satisfy subsistence needs, the Board was prohibited by law from returning to a Tier-II hunt. Finally, the board considered a combination of options to first satisfy the state subsistence mandate and also provide an open opportunity for non-subsistence hunters. Because of legal complications relating to interpretation of Alaska's subsistence law, the last general draw hunt was held in the fall of 1987 on this caribou herd.

Go Kards! Go Stars! Good luck, and great job this season
The Kenai Central and Soldotna high school football teams will meet Saturday in Anchorage to determine the state's small-schools champion. We wish the best of luck to both the Kardinals and the Stars, and commend both squads on the fine seasons they've had to this point.

Refuge Notebook: Reconciliation ecology at work on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
As a graduate student in biology, I am intrigued by a new branch of ecology, called "Reconciliation Ecology," and was excited to see it in practice during my internship this summer at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

An Outdoor View: A pox on texting
In July 2008, in a column titled, "The curse of cell phones," I wrote: "As if cell phones aren't distracting enough already, they're getting worse. When people aren't yakking away on them, they're listening to MP3 songs, snapping photos or Googling on the Internet. Some of the infernal contraptions even have GPS capability. What next?"

Perils of Polly: Land of horses and Genghis Kahn
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 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.

Around the Peninsula

Toys for Tots drive under way

What's Happening

Best Bets

'Splice' not a smart sci-fi thriller

Isn't it sweet? Artists create using cake in October exhibit
The Kenai River Council on the Arts experimental art show this month at the Kenai Fine Arts Center is a piece of cake. But creating the show was not as easy as pie.

Church Briefs

Clothes ministry ongoing

Survival means rising above the waves of a storm
Introducing his study on going through difficult times, titled "When the Going Gets Tough," Dr. Joe Stowell, president of Cornerstone University, says getting through a season of trouble is a lot like surviving a roller-coaster ride -- except that we do not volunteer for trouble and trouble was never intended to be fun, adding: "Trouble is filled with stomach-wrenching drops, dips, and sudden curves. And just when we think we've caught our breath, we're dropping again."

Panthers take out Kardinals
The Skyview volleyball team celebrated Senior Night by defeating Kenai Central 25-18, 25-11 and 25-11 on Thursday in Northern Lights Conference play.

Sports Brief: Wrestlers take to mat
Nikiski defeated Bethel 42-33 on Thursday in a dual meet held at Nikiski. In other duals there, Kodiak topped Dillingham 39-37 and Barrow took care of Unalaska 42-18.

Kenai River Brown Bears ready for Rage
The Kenai River Brown Bears will face road Rage tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Dawson survives: Bears can't rally in 3rd
The Dawson Creek Rage defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-4 on Thursday night in North American Hockey League action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Rivalry to renew at state: Soldotna has 0-3 record vs. Kenai in state small-schools finals
Since the small-schools state championship started in 2000, Soldotna has been dominant, making seven finals and winning three titles.

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