Thursday, November 26, 2009

Homer charter outfits stay open for business through the winter
The weather might not be the balmiest Homer has to offer this time of year, but for die-hard sportfishermen, what's another layer of clothing when there are king salmon waiting to be caught? With an estimated dozen fishing charter businesses operating in the Homer area year-round, there's no time like now to go fishing.

Herb roasted potato medley
Recipe courtesy "Burnin' Down South," by Chef David Young, Hilton Head Island

Adult spelling bee 'wuz grate'
To the friendly folks at the Kenai library, a belated thanks for hosting the first (annual?) adult spelling bee. It wuz grate to bee with other spellers, and challenge the old brain to get those letters in order. The luck of the draw often determines the winner, and this bee was no exception ... exemption ... exponential?

Better safe than sorry when it comes to DUIs
When Lori Phillips crashed head-on into the car driven by Louis Clement and his fianc Joyua Stovall, killing Louis and seriously injuring Joyua, she had a blood alcohol content over four times the legal limit! According to a witness, she was drunk when she arrived at the hair salon and continued drinking while there! This egregious scene begs the questions, "What can we do to keep an impaired person from getting into a vehicle and driving away? What is our responsibility when we see something like this happening?" There are no pat answers to the first question. But in the above situation, the police should have been called when Lori Phillips first walked into the salon because she had already committed the crime of DUI. Call the police with a REDDI report and let them handle it. Don't wait for someone else to take action! As to the second question, we all have a moral and community obligation to do what we can without putting ourselves in harm's way. Check our Web site at for more information about the DUI plague in Alaska and what we are doing about it.

Ski team fundraiser support appreciated
Thank you to all of the caring community members who came out to support the Kenai Nordic Ski Club and the Rehm sisters. The Sports Swap held on Oct. 24 was the most successful to date as we raised $2,860 for our skiers; and we could not have done it without Wilderness Way, Beemun's, Foot Flare & Wear, Steve Milliron, Glenda Feeken, and all of the families who brought in their used equipment to sell. The community turned out in droves to purchase skis, hockey equipment, skates and more. Thank you!

Airport fees to take off
The daily vehicle parking fee at the Kenai Municipal Airport will increase from $4 to $5 as of January 1, but the people who are in charge of the decision say the fee change should actually save most users money.

Begich will be in middle of health care reform fray
When health care reform finally hits the floor of the U.S. Senate, most likely after the Thanksgiving holiday, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich plans to be in the middle of the fray with a batch of floor amendments to propose.

Herman Randolph Hermansen
Lifelong Alaskan Herman Randolph Hermansen, 89, died Nov. 21, 2009, of natural causes at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

SkyHi pins Stars: Nikiski wrestlers take down Kenai
The Skyview wrestling team blew past host Soldotna, 68-12, on Tuesday, while in Nikiski the Bulldogs notched a 42-37 victory over Kenai Central.

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