Sunday, November 4, 2007

Rules still apply
Alaska does not experience the dry, hot Santa Ana winds that annually contribute to catastrophic wild fires like those two weeks ago in Southern California, but with its millions of acres of forest, the threat of fire does not go away with the end of fire season.

Chuitna remains on list
Mark Glassmaker and his clients have taken advantage of the salmon run along the Chuitna River for 20 years. Taking anglers to one of the main tributaries of the river, he compares the size of the king salmon to those in the Kasilof and Kenai Rivers. But an open pit coal mine can change all that.

Me to you
The holidays are a time when many gifts are given, from the candy handed out to children on Halloween, to the offerings of food on Thanksgiving, to the exchanging of presents at Christmas, and several local Alaska Native organizations added one more day of giving this weekend as part of National American Indian Heritage Month.

Bears still looking for easy meals
Wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger doesn't mind visiting a Kenai or Soldotna subdivision to dispatch a problematic brown bear. But when garbage, bird seed, unsecured freezers or pet food plays a role in the bear's presence, he'll tell you that removing the offending animal won't solve the problem.

Keith Arden Brail
Nikiski resident Keith Arden Brail died of cancer on Oct. 26, 2007 at the home of Paula and Wade Lacey in Anchorage. He was 60.

George 'Vernon' Porter
Longtime Alaskan George "Vernon" Porter died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 of cancer, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Soldotna. He was 66.

Smokey needs some help: Wildfire education should be a priority wherever it's a threat
When I was growing up, every now and then my cartoons would be interrupted by Smokey the Bear telling me that only I could prevent forest fires. A few years ago, Smokey changed his catchphrase slightly to emphasize wildfires rather than forest fires, but the message is still the same.

Difference of opinion doesn't affect just Kenai
What a shame.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet Beekeepers all abuzz Pingpong continues Toastmasters to meet Women voters to gather Driver safety program offered Counseling association seeks members Gardeners to gather

Head Into the Glide Zone
Rain fell instead of snow, but Oct. 27 still marked the beginning of ski season on the Kenai Peninsula with the annual ski swap at Kenai Central High School.

Close encounters of the Kenai kind
I had been composing a formidable grumble regarding an issue that continues to irritate the hell out of me. A certain telephone company promised me DSL over a year and a half ago and now they're claiming it was impossible to do in the first place. Their stance has seriously steamed my chops but recent events have put the rant temporarily on hold. Trust me. I will revisit the subject very soon and share some customer service conversations that made less sense than Einstien trying to discuss quantum physics with a gerbil.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Paegan, a 3-year-old Great Dane, takes a break while on a walk with her owner Traci Knutson of Soldotna. "Besides being my hiking buddy, we compete in conformation, obedience, agility and rally. A lot of people don't think Great Danes can do obedience and agility because they're too big, too clumsy and not very intelligent. One thing I have learned is the more I try to do with her, the more she proves she is willing and able to do whatever I ask," Knutson said.

SoHi's Marey ends on high note
Culminating her final individual race of the afternoon, make that the last solo race of her high school career, Soldotna's Lyla Marey reached for the lip of the pool after the fourth lap of the 100-yard freestyle, removed her goggles and glanced in the direction of the electronic scoreboard perched high in the corner of Bartlett High School's swimming arena.

Nikiski netters return to state
The Nikiski volleyball team clinched its fifth straight trip to the state volleyball tournament on Saturday at Heritage Christian School in Anchorage by defeating Seward in the third-place game of the Southcentral Conference volleyball tournament.

Nikiski hockey matches last year's win total
After just one game, the Nikiski hockey team has equaled its win total from last season.

Skyview wrestlers take 2nd in Wasilla
Despite just one individual champion, the Skyview wrestling team took second place on Friday and Saturday at the North-South Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla.

Brown Bears take 2
For Kenai River Brown Bears coach Mike Flanagan, it's never too early to start thinking about the North American Hockey League playoffs.

Cunningham, Steger marry in Sterling
Stacy Cunningham and Scott Steger of Sterling were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the Michel residence in Sterling. Dan Michel officiated.

Goggia, Pope marry in Utah
Kamilla Goggia and Jacob Pope of Sandy, Utah, were married in an afternoon garden ceremony Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, in South Jordan, Utah.

Johnson and Johnson announce nuptials
Jalanie Johnson and Nathan Johnson of Anchorage plan to marry in Hawaii in 2008.

Marshall, Handsaker marry in Kenai
Amanda Marshall of Wasilla and Cori Handsaker of Kenai were married Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, in the reception hall at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center surrounded by 75 friends and family members. Joe Handsaker officiated, as a surprise for his son.

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