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JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed a new Public Safety commissioner. Gary Folger, who retired from the department as a colonel last May, has been chosen to replace Joe Masters. Masters resigned in October after five years in the post. The appointment is subject to legislative approval. Col. Keith Mallard had been acting as interim commissioner. According to biographical information provided by the governor’s office, the 55-year-old Folger began his law enforcement career in 1979 with the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection in Cantwell. Folger graduated from the Public Safety Academy in 1981, joined the Alaska State Troopers and rose in the ranks, being promoted to colonel in 2007 and overseeing the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. While with the department, he also was a pilot and boat operator.

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Lineman medevaced to Seattle after accident By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG Morris News Service-Alaska Homer News

A Homer Electric Association lineman was medevaced to Seattle on Wednesday night following an electrical accident. Jacob Adams, 33, of Anchor Point, is being treated at Harborview Burn Center, SePhoto by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion attle. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the lineman and his Heavy fog blankets portions of Kenai Thursday, including the airport where several flights were delayed. Airlines resumed family,” HEA spokesperson Joe normal operations by the afternoon. Forecasters are calling for a chance of snow today. Gallagher said. “We’re working very closely with Jacob’s family to make sure they have everything they need to get through the immediate circumstances.” Adams received an electriBy KAYLEE OSOWSKI In this Nov. 3, 2013 cal shock when he and two whose property would have Peninsula Clarion file photo, children other linemen were performing been affected by the SAD. “… maintenance work on electriplay on North I never see anybody walking cal equipment on Timmerman Aspen Drive in The Soldotna City Council down through there. … And I Soldotna. The city Court, a side street off Kay voted down a special assess- don’t really appreciate the way Court at the west end of Diawas considering ment district for North Aspen this whole thing’s been done.” a Special Assess- mond Ridge Road. Council member Linda MurDrive at its Wednesday night At about 4:35 p.m. Wednesment District, phy said she thinks the reasons meeting. day, a coworker made a Mayor SAD, for the All six council members for the SAD as listed in the day call on a radio in an HEA road which would resolution, make the improvevoted against the resolution. vehicle to the HEA dispatcher require residents The city received three let- ments a city project. to pay for a portion in Kenai, Gallagher said. The “I won’t be able to support ters expressing concerns about dispatcher called 911. The two of the improvecertain proposed improvements this resolution,” she said. “Howments made to the linemen provided immediate to the street as well as objec- ever, I would fully support the road. The Soldotna emergency medical care to Adtions to the project as a whole. administration coming back at City Council voted ams. The HEA dispatcher lost A petition signed by all but one the next meeting with an approradio contact with the lineman against the ordiof the property owners was priating ordinance and approval nance Wednesday. because he had stepped away to go forward with this project submitted. Photo by from the truck, but called on a At the meeting, the council as a city project.” Rashah McChesney/ cell phone to get further inforBased on the desires of the heard from six Soldotna resiPeninsula Clarion mation for emergency respondproperty owners, council memdents about the SAD project. ers. Alaska State Troopers and “I don’t think we need a ber Meggean Bos said she Kachemak Emergency Servicsidewalk on anybody’s side of would not support the resolues arrived at the scene shortly that alley that we have back tion. there,” said Clifford Hugg, See CITY, page A-12 See HEA, page A-12

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Spending in spotlight as state revenue dips By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service-Alaska Alaska Journal of Commerce

If Sen. Hollis French has his way, the convening of the Legislature Jan. 21 will be day one of the campaign to repeal the oil tax reform bill that passed last year. French, an Anchorage Democrat, will also be the Senate’s new Minority Leader after Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, who held that position last year, has stepped aside. French will use his position in the limelight to hammer away at Republicans

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and the state administration about Senate Bill 21, which Democrats call a “giveaway” to industry. Democrats will also hone in on an unexpected $2 billion drop in revenues this year, causing a drawdown on cash reserves. The state administration should have seen that coming and warned the Legislature before December, French said.

“The number one topic of the session will be the budget deficit. It will dominate the Finance committees and every other committee. On every bill, the question will be, can we afford it?” French said. On the House side — and the other side of the partisan aisle — Rep. Mike Hawker, RAnchorage, is more sanguine. He agrees the revenue decline is sobering but he sees a positive aspect — it will force a serious discussion among lawmakers about the state’s longterm financial situation. “The big issue will be the

level of the capital budget, which has been, frankly, out of control in recent years,” he said. The state has enjoyed multibillion dollar capital budgets in recent years but the drop in oil revenue — which actually started during the fiscal year 2013 that ended last June 30 — forced the Legislature to adopt a leaner capital budget last session for the current state fiscal year. The most recent, more drastic, revenue decline estimate released in December has caused Gov. Sean Parnell to propose

only a bare-bones capital budget for the fiscal year 2015 that begins July 1. Hawker said in an interview that tackling the operating budget that pays the ongoing cost of state programs will be much more difficult. “Every program has a constituency and it affects the lives of real Alaskans. This is much more difficult to turn around,” Hawker said. The operating budget constitutes the bulk of state spending and it has been growing steadily, in increments of 6 percent to See BUDGET, page A-12

Begich spokeswoman takes blame for misstatement By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press

JUNEAU — A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Thursday that she misspoke when she said he missed a vote in Washington because he was traveling to the capital when, in fact, he was in Hawaii. The Associated Press asked spokeswoman Heather Handyside by email Tuesday why the Alaska Democrat hadn’t voted on whether to proceed to debate

on a renewal of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Handyside responded by email that he “wasn’t there. Is on his way back to D.C.” The vote was close, with six Republicans, including Alaska’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, voting with Democrats to advance to debate. Begich was one of three members, and the only Democrat, shown as not voting. The Hill reported Thursday that Begich missed the vote to deliver a speech Wednesday at

a conference in Hawaii hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives. Handyside said Thursday that she had not seen the speech on Begich’s calendar, though she said she thought it was planned quite a while ago. She said she was under the impression he would be back in Washington on Wednesday when she responded to the AP. She said Begich returned to Washington late Wednesday night. Handyside said Begich had C

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first gone to Hawaii to vacation with his family. In addition to the conference, she said he also met with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and had two fundraisers that she knew of. Alaska and Hawaii have a sister-state-like relationship, dating back to days of then-U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. Begich campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green said by email Thursday that the trip was paid for by Begich person-

ally and by his campaign, Alaskans for Begich. Begich, a first-term Democrat, is expected to face a tough re-election fight this year. Republicans have said they view the Alaska seat as key to their efforts to try to win back control of the Senate. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller are the highestprofile Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Begich.


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AccuWeather 5-day forecast for Kenai-Soldotna

Barrow -8/-16

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Today

Saturday

Mostly cloudy with a snow shower

After a cloudy start, sun returns

Mostly cloudy Mostly cloudy, a Cold with times with a little snow bit of snow; cold of sun and clouds

Hi: 21

Hi: 18

Hi: 24 Lo: 13

Lo: 9

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Daylight Length of Day - 6 hrs., 16 min., 49 sec. Daylight gained - 3 min., 18 sec.

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Adak* Anchorage Barrow Bethel Cold Bay Cordova Delta Junction Denali N. P. Dillingham Dutch Harbor Fairbanks Fort Yukon Glennallen* Gulkana Haines Homer Juneau Ketchikan Kiana King Salmon Klawock Kodiak

Hi: 19

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Lo: 4

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Full Jan 15

Today 10:04 a.m. 4:21 p.m.

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Precipitation

From the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai

24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. Trace Month to date ........................... 0.59" Normal month to date ............. 0.30" Year to date .............................. 0.59" Normal year to date ................. 0.30" Record today ................. 0.25" (1984) Record for Jan. ............. 3.03" (1980) Record for year ............ 27.09" (1963) Snowfall 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. Trace Month to date ............................. 0.3" Season to date ......................... 33.1"

Valdez Kenai/ 23/12 Soldotna Homer

Dillingham 25/11

Juneau 37/23

National Extremes

Kodiak 35/25

Sitka 40/33

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High yesterday Low yesterday

79 at Miami, Fla. -35 at Brimson,

State Extremes High yesterday Low yesterday

Ketchikan 40/32

45 at Metlakatla -36 at Arctic Village

Today’s Forecast

(Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation)

Snow will affect parts of the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and interior Northwest today. Rain will fall farther south in the East, over the Mississippi Valley and along the coast in the Northwest.

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Anchorage 24/14

Bethel 18/-1

Cold Bay 39/32

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Talkeetna 15/3 Glennallen -1/-18

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First Feb 6

Unalaska 39/37

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Internet: www.gedds.alaska.edu/auroraforecast

Today’s activity: High Where: Auroral activity will be high. Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Barrow to Bethel, Dillingham and Ketchikan, and visible low on the horizon from King Salmon.

Temperature

Tomorrow 10:03 a.m. 4:23 p.m.

New Jan 30

Prudhoe Bay -15/-23

Anaktuvuk Pass -16/-27

Kotzebue -6/-14

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Cold snap not unprecedented in U.S. By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON — We’ve become weather wimps. As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep freeze strikes, scientists say, it seems more unprecedented than it really is. An Associated Press analysis of the daily national winter temperature shows that cold extremes have happened about once every four years since 1900. Until recently. When computer models estimated that the national average daily temperature for the Lower 48 states dropped to 17.9 degrees on Monday, it was the first

Oil Prices Wednesday’s prices North Slope crude: $102.24, down from $103.49 on Tuesday West Texas Int.: $92.33, down from $93.67 on Tuesday

Thursday Stocks Company Final Change ACS.......................... 2.25 — Agrium Inc............... 90.49 -0.08 Alaska Air Group.......77.39 +1.59 AT&T........................ 33.54 -0.07 BP ........................... 48.85 +0.12 Chevron.................. 123.29 — ConocoPhillips......... 69.46 -0.23 1st Natl. Bank AK...1,752.00 -13.00 Forest Oil.................. 3.59 +0.06 Fred Meyer.............. 39.36 +0.41 GCI...........................11.55 -0.07 Harley-Davidson...... 69.19 -0.66 Home Depot.............81.57 -0.36 Key Bank..................13.76 +0.13 McDonald’s.............. 95.46 +0.05 National Oilwell.........77.77 -0.40 Shell Oil................... 70.65 +0.24 Safeway................... 32.08 -0.24 Tesoro...................... 58.00 +1.23 Walmart................... 78.09 +0.26 Wells Fargo.............. 46.16 +0.24 Gold closed............1,228.29 +2.35 Silver closed............ 19.58 +0.04 Dow Jones avg..... 16,444.76 -17.98 NASDAQ................ 4,156.19 -9.42 S&P 500................ 1,838.13 +0.64 Stock prices provided by the Kenai Peninsula Edward Jones offices. C

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deep freeze of that magnitude in 17 years, according to Greg Carbin, warning meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That stretch — from Jan. 13, 1997 to Monday — is by far the longest the U.S. has gone without the national average plunging below 18 degrees, according to a database of daytime winter temperatures starting in

January 1900. In the past 115 years, there have been 58 days when the national average temperature dropped below 18. Carbin said those occurrences often happen in periods that last several days so it makes more sense to talk about cold outbreaks instead of cold days. There have been 27 distinct cold snaps. Between 1970 and 1989, a

dozen such events occurred, but there were only two in the 1990s and then none until Monday. “These types of events have actually become more infrequent than they were in the past,” said Carbin, who works at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “This is why there was such a big buzz because people have such short memories.”

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Peninsula Clarion, Friday, January 10, 2014

Community Calendar Today 9:45 a.m. • TOPS #AK 196 meets at The Grace Lutheran Church, in Soldotna. Call Dorothy at 262-1303. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at URS Club, 405 Overland Drive. Call 262-1917. 12:30 p.m. • Well Elders Live Longer exercise (W.E.L.L.) will meet at the Nikiski Senior Center. Call instructor Mary Olson at 907-776-3745. 8 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It Works” at URS Club, 405 Overland Drive. • AA 12 by 12 at the United Methodist Church, 607 Frontage Road, Kenai. • Twin City Al-Anon Family group, United Methodist Church, 607 Frontage road in Kenai. Call 541-953-8335. Saturday 10 a.m. • Narcotics Anonymous meeting, URS Club, 405 Overland Drive, Kenai. Noon • Homemade soup, Funny River Community Center. 7 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous support group “Dopeless Hope Fiends” at 607 Frontage Road, Kenai. 8 p.m. • AA North Roaders Group at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 242-9477. The Community Calendar lists recurring events and meetings of local organizations. To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to news@ peninsulaclarion.com.

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The Peninsula Clarion strives to report the deaths of all current and former Peninsula residents. Notices should be received within three months of the death. We offer two types of death reports: Pending service/Death notices: Brief notices listing full name, age, date and place of death; and time, date and place of service. These are published at no charge. Obituaries: The Clarion charges a fee to publish obituaries. Obituaries are prepared by families, funeral homes, crematoriums, and are edited by our staff according to newspaper guidelines. Obituaries up to 300 words are charged $50, which includes a one-year online guest book memoriam to on Legacy.com. Obituaries up to 500 words are charged $100, which also includes the one-year online guest book memoriam. Tax is not included. All charges include publication of a black and white photo. Obituaries outside these guidelines are handled by the Clarion advertising department. How to submit: Funeral homes and crematoriums routinely submit completed obituaries to the newspaper. Obituaries may also be submitted directly to the Clarion, online at www.peninsulaclarion.com, or by mail to: Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, Alaska, 99611. Pre-payment must accompany all submissions not already handled by a funeral home or crematorium. Deadlines: Submissions for Tuesday – Friday editions must be received by 2 p.m. the previous day. Submissions for Sunday and Monday editions must be received by 3 p.m. Friday. We do not process obituaries on Saturdays or Sundays unless submitted by funeral homes or crematoriums. Obituaries are placed on a space-available basis, prioritized by dates of local services. Copyright: All death notices and obituaries become property of the Clarion and may not be republished in any format. For more information, call the Clarion at 907-283-7551.

Around the Peninsula Fish and Game AC to discuss fish board proposals

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Kalifornsky Beach Road. The agenda for the meeting is located on CIAA’s website (ciaanet.org). The public is welcome to attend.

Hospice plans winter fundraiser

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet Monday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building, located on K-Beach Road at 6:30 p.m. Agenda will include continued discussion of the Upper Cook Inlet BOF proposals as follows: Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Management Plan proposals, Nos. 103-106, Central District Drift Plan Nos. 135-147; Permit stacking proposals Nos. 122 & 127; Pink salmon management plan proposals Nos. 173-180 and Coho salmon proposals Nos. 107-110; 116-117, 119-120, 131-132, 248, 263-265, 319-320. For more information contact Bob Ermold at 398-9544.

LeeShore class canceled The LeeShore Center’s Changing Patterns class is canceled Jan. 21. The class will resume the following week. For further information call 283-9479.

Diabetes support group to meet There will be a diabetes support group meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the Redoubt Room at Central Peninsula Hospital. Lynette Knapp, LCSW, will talk: “The Good News about Depression.” Please call 714-4726 if you have questions.

Central Peninsula Habitat opens home application period

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is selling tickets for its 18th annual Winter Wine Taste and Auction. Call the Hospice office at 262-0453 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday for more information and tickets. The Winter Wine Taste Event will be held Feb. 22 at the Kenai Senior Center at 6 p.m. The evening will be filled with gourmet appetizers, dinner and dessert along with paired wines for each course, as well as a silent and live auction and fun raffles. To donate to this event, please call Mary Green at 398-1600 or the Hospice office.

RurAL CAP accepting applications RurAL CAP is now accepting applications for their 2014 Mutual Self Help Housing Project. There will be 11 lots available in the Soldotna City Limits. Space will fill up fast, so those interested should contact Mi’shell or Valerie at 260-3451 to apply and to obtain more information. RurAL CAP also offers credit counseling services for those who are interested in participating in this program, but may need some additional assistance in this area. All information is kept strictly confidential. Please call 907-260-3451 or stop by their office at 131C Warehouse Avenue in Soldotna for more information. RurAL CAP is an equal housing opportunity program.

Pinochle club season under way

The Eagles Aerie No. 4137 on North Cohoe Loop in Kasilof will host the Kasilof Pinochle Club. The group plays Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $2 per week, with awards paid out Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity is seeking qualified at the end of the season. Come for a winter of fun. For more applicants for the 2014 summer build in Kenai. Local families information, call Jay at 252-6397. in need of safe, affordable housing can see qualification details at www.hfhcentralpeninsula.org or call Sharon at 907-2837797 or 907-262-7534. The application period closes Feb. 14. Woodturners to gather The Kenai Peninsula Woodturners Chapter will hold its January meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the woodturning shop. Cook Inlet Regional Planning Location is the log building, mile 100 on the Sterling HighTeam meeting slated way, just a few miles south of Soldotna where Echo Lake Road The Cook Inlet Regional Planning Team will meet on Jan. 15 at meets the highway. There will be a demonstration. Visitors are 10 a.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building, 40610 welcome. Questions? Call 801-543-9122.

Positive thoughts help migraine drug work By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON — Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new study suggests patients’ expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine. Boston researchers recruited 66 migraine patients in an attempt to quantify how much of their pain relief came from a medication and how much was due to what’s called the placebo effect, the healing power of positive belief. More than 450 headaches later, they reported Wednesday that it’s important for doctors to carefully choose what they tell patients about a powerful medicine — because the message could help enhance its benefits, or blunt them. “Every word you say counts, not only every gram of the medication,” said Harvard professor Ted Kaptchuk, who led the new study with a team at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Here’s how it worked. First, the patients who suffer regular migraines agreed to forgo pain relievers for several hours during one attack, recording their symptoms for comparison with later headaches. Then for each of their next six migraines, the patients were given a different pill inside an

envelope with a different message. Sometimes they were told it was an effective migraine drug named rizatriptan, a positive message. Other times they were told it was a placebo, a dummy pill, suggesting no benefit. Still other times they were told the pill could be either one, a neutral message. Sometimes the doctor’s message was true — they were told they got rizatriptan and they really did. Sometimes it was false because researchers had secretly switched the pills. Mixing up the possibilities allowed researchers to tease out how the same person’s pain relief differed from migraine to migraine as his or her expectations changed. Of course the real migraine drug worked far better than the dummy pill. But remarkably, people who knew they were taking a placebo still reported less pain than when they’d left their migraine untreated, the researchers found. The surprise: Patients’ reports of pain relief more than

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gery or some other benign intervention. Some studies even have documented that a placebo actually can spark a biological effect. But scientists don’t know why the placebo effect works or how to harness its potential benefit. The new research is an interesting attempt to answer some of those questions, at least for one kind of pain, said Dr. Mark Stacy, vice dean for clinical research at Duke University Medical Center, who wasn’t involved with the work. And learning how much of an impact it makes could help design better studies of new drugs, to ensure the phenomenon doesn’t skew the results, he added. For now, it shows “the power of positive thinking may be helpful in taking care of your migraine,” he said.


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Dipnet fishery committee an excellent idea Public comment earlier this week on

the city of Kenai’s personal-use dipnet fishery report hit on some familiar refrains — mainly, area residents frustrated with the frenzy that descends on the city from July 10-31 every year, and the hassles that come with it. Pressure on the dipnet fishery isn’t likely to decrease any time soon. It simply has become too popular with Alaskans over the past decade, and allowing harvest opportunity for residents is and ought to be a high priority for fishery managers. Crowds are drawn to an accessible, generally productive fishing opportunity. The annual fishery has taken on a culture of its own as people come from far and wide to participate. Those crowds, numbering in the thousands, come with challenges. To this point, the city of Kenai has shouldered the bulk of the load when it comes to managing the crowds. In some ways, the city has become a victim of its own success. Kenai continues to make improvements to management of the fishery, from dune protection to better parking to new equipment to rake fish carcasses. Those improvements only seem to make the fishery more and more popular. But there’s one idea spawned from Monday’s Kenai City Council work session that ought to be pursued, and even expanded upon. The Clarion reported that Dwight Kramer, a local fishing advocate, suggested the city establish a dipnet committee to explore the issue. Councilman Bob Molloy agreed, and suggested other agencies be included. Whether it’s called a task force, special committee or advisory board, establishing an interagency working group to address concerns about the growing fishery is an excellent idea, one we’d like to see implemented as soon as possible. It should include representatives of all the fishery stakeholders, from Kenai city administration, to Fish and Game, Wildlife Troopers, Department of Natural Resources, the Coast Guard — every agency that has a share of responsibility for any aspects of the fishery. The working group should also include representation from dipnetters, and from Kenai residents, too — those two stakeholders will be most impacted by changes made to the fishery. Such a working group is not without precedent. The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board includes just such a mix of representatives, and an interagency effort is under way to address human-bear conflicts around the Russian River. While the city of Kenai continues to make improvements in managing the dipnet fishery, the fishery itself continues to grow in popularity. Conflicts and challenges with the fishery are going to continue to grow, too. Now is an ideal time to establish a panel to address issues and look for new solutions.

Letters to the Editor City code changes must ensure public records remain public

As the city “mulls” over its public record rules, there are some things to keep in mind. Folks working for or serving in any capacity for the City of Soldotna or any other public service must never forget their roles as stewards of the public trust. The accountability of these people is important and transparency is critical. As taxpaying stakeholders in our community, it is important that we all be knowledgeable of how our money is spent and managed. While some records are personal and private for justifiable reasons, most public record should always be available for review. Endeavoring to restrict public access in any way should be of great concern to the affected public. Great care must be taken not to provide, via any regulation, an individual or group of individuals any unfair advantage for gaining power or to otherwise hide information regarding the operation of any city project. If we make adjustment as to how we What happened conduct business in our community, remember, our method of operation in the to religious freedom? USA is for the people and by the people. I received an email from the National Pat Wendt Headquarters of The American Legion Soldotna today, the day after Christmas. It states that the Dallas VA Medical Center denied Student seeks help with project school children the distribution of handmade Christmas cards to veteran patients My name is Billy and I am in fifth grade. because the cards referenced the holiday I live in Mount Vernon Washington. by name — Christmas. My class is doing state reports, and I am The email further states that the VA excited to do Alaska for my state. I need Hospital in Augusta Georgia turned away items to help me write my state report on school kids that came to sing Christmas Alaska. I am hoping that you can send me carols as they have done the past couple some brochures or other things from Alas- of years. When the kids walked in, the VA ka. Can you please put my letter in your gave them a list of songs that were permispaper; if someone reads it, they could help sible to sing, presumably non-secular. me with my report. Please send items to And in Iowa City, American Legion my school address. members were told they couldn’t hand out Billy R., Mrs. Talbert’s Class gifts to veterans if the wrapping paper said Conway School Merry Christmas. 19710 State Route 534 It seems to me that one of the driving Mount Vernon, WA 98274 reasons for the colonies break away from England was to pursue religious freedom. Better watch out for what comes next. Agencies need to The law may forbid the display of the nabehave reasonably tivity scene in your front yard. Ludicrous! Has anyone else on the Peninsula been Dean Hill caught in a ridiculous grudge match that’s Sterling

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going on? It’d be funny if it weren’t so petty. Here’s what’s going on: The Department of Motor Vehicles was assigned a new suite number over there in the Red Diamond Center. I think it’s Suite 9 instead of 8, or some such number. That doesn’t really matter. The mail boxes are right next to each other, according to a worker at the DMV. But the U.S. Postal Service won’t deliver DMV mail if it has the wrong suite number on it, even though the box is right next to the old one. Why? Because, according to a worker at the Kenai Post Office, they’ve been delivering it misaddressed too long and it’s the DMV’s responsibility to change it on their website. Sounds like a bit of spite to me. So whose problem is it? Yours and mine. If you want to send something to the DMV and look up the address from their website, it’ll get returned, “undeliverable.” Shame on you, post office, for being so petty, and shame on you, DMV, for being so lazy you won’t even change your website. Once again, the puny little citizen has to pay for bureaucratic stupidity. Polly Crawford Kenai

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Community comes through in time of need Every day I thank God (and my parents for moving us to Alaska in 1959) for the wonderful community I live in. Never more so than recently, when my husband of 31 years, Gary Martin, died suddenly from an aggressive cancer. I can’t begin to thank all involved in our difficult journey, but want to just say a big “Thank you” to all who were a part of it. Dr Kelley and staff, for incredible support (and house calls!), First Choice home health care, for helping me care for Gary in our home, right til the end; Soldotna Hospice, for providing us with helpful resources, equipment and a lovely Hospice home visitor (thank you Kay); ResCare, for sending lovely Winona, our respite worker, who stayed with Gary when I needed to have a break; Peninsula Memorial Chapel, specifically BJ Elder, who cared for our loved one with respect and dignity and helped us with the paperwork and funeral arrangements; Soldotna United Methodist church, who provided us with wonderful meals which kept us nourished when we couldn’t face planning or cooking a meal and hosted the lovely reception after Gary’s celebration of life; to our local fire department responders and police officer who approached our home almost silently, did their jobs efficiently and departed quietly; Gary’s friends from Alaska Swimming, who visited while Gary was at home, sent flowers, and contributed to a scholarship fund which Gary started at Wells Fargo for aspiring swimmers in Alaska; our friends in Texas, Dale and Susan Junghans, who hosted us at their ranch while we pursued cancer treatment in Houston; our children, who dropped everything and flew to Texas to help me get “Boppa” home; their spouses, who served in a support capacity by caring for the grandchildren, helping with travel arrangements, and putting together a special photo book for Boppa; our fabulous friends and family members, who provided support, did chores, cooked, and otherwise helped us through a very difficult time. I am sure that I have overlooked many, but believe me when I say I love, appreciate, and thank God for all who stood with us through this. Thanks so much, and God Bless All of you! Lou Martin Soldotna

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Court reports The following judgments recently were handed down in District Court in Kenai:

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Joseph Brandon Maes, 40, address unknown, pleaded guilty to breath test refusal, committed May 31. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 160 days suspended, fined $4,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $75 court surcharge, $1,467 cost of imprisonment and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for one year, ordered ignition interlock for 12 months and placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed. Michael Nelson, 41, address unknown, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving without a valid license, committed July 30. He was fined $150, a $50 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. Coby Don Patterson, 26, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Nov. 24, 2012. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, a $75 court surcharge, $330 cost of imprisonment and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months and placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed. Stephen R. Reynolds, 18, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited, committed Oct. 18. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail with 10 days suspended, may perform 80 hours of community work service in lieu of jail time, was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, had his license revoked for 90 days and placed on probation for one year. Nick Leon Sacaloff, 29, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of a reduced charge of fourth-degree assault and one count of violating conditions of release from a misdemeanor, committed Sept. 25. On count one, he was sentenced to 360 days in jail with 270 days suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge

and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, forfeited any items seized and placed on probation for three years. On count two, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 75 days suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge and, concurrent with count one, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and placed on probation for three years. William O. Samson, Jr., 55, of Kasilof, pleaded guilty to attempted hindering prosecution, committed Aug. 13. He was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended. Randall F. Self, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, committed Aug. 16. He was sentenced to 270 days in jail with 210 days suspended (time served), fined a $50 court surcharge, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment and an anger management program, ordered to pay cost of appointed counsel and placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed. Michael J. Sims, 56, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Aug. 9, 2012. He was fined $150 and a $50 court surcharge and forfeited all items seized. Neely Dewitt Spivey, 52, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed June 14. He was sentenced to 260 days in jail with 200 days suspended, fined $9,000 with $5,000 suspended, a $75 court surcharge, $2,000 cost of imprisonment and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for three years, ordered ignition interlock for 18 months and placed on probation for five years. Joseph B. Stubbs, 36, address unknown, pleaded guilty to one count of a reduced charge of no valid operator’s license and one count of vehicle liability insurance required, committed July 31. On count one, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail with 10 days suspended, may perform 80 hours of community work service in lieu of jail time, was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and placed on probation for one year. On the count

of vehicle liability insurance required, he was fined $500 and a $50 court surcharge. All other charges in this case were dismissed. Matthew R. Swafford, 32, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended, committed Oct. 11. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail with 10 days suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, had his license revoked for 90 days and placed on probation for three years. Matthew Ronald Swafford, 32, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and one count of failure to insure motor vehicle, committed Nov. 16. On count one, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 160 days suspended, fined $4,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $75 court surcharge, $1,467 cost of imprisonment and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for one year, ordered ignition interlock for 12 months and placed on probation for three years. On the count of failure to insure vehicle, he was fined $500 and a $50 court surcharge. All other charges in this case were dismissed. Glenn L. Thompson, 24, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended, committed Dec. 7. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail with 10 days suspended, may perform 80 hours of community work service in lieu of jail time, was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, had his license revoked for 90 days and placed on probation for one year. Joseph Alan Wedam, 25, address unknown, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed May. 4. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, a $75 court surcharge, $330 cost of imprisonment and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months and placed on probation for one year. Paul R. Zufelt, 59, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to improper use of registration, committed Nov. 9. He was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended and a $50

court surcharge and placed on probation for one year. The following judgment was recently handed down in Superior Court in Kenai: Katrina Laree Chase, 22, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, committed from May 2011 to March 2013. Imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for six years, ordered to pay $16,987 restitution, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $100 probation surcharge, disqualified from receiving food stamps for 12 months and Alaska Temporary Assistance Program benefits for six months for her first intentional program violation, and ordered, among other conditions of probation to complete 160 hours of community work service within 18 months of sentencing. The following charges were recently dismissed in District Court in Kenai: A charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief against Jonathan Demilta, 19, of Nikiski, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Nov. 27. A charge of driving while license suspended against Matthew Leonard Fulton, 28, of Sterling, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Nov. 30. A charge of fourth-degree assault against Philip Henry, Jr., 35, address unknown, was dismissed. Date of the charge was April. 29. A charge of driving while license suspended against Emmy June King, 34, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Sept. 19. A charge of driving in violation of instruction permit against Jewel R. Meader, 20, address unknown, was dismissed. Date of the charge was July 9. A charge of allowing an unauthorized person to drive against Jamie Jane Rasmussen, 31, address unknown, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Sept. 14. A charge of fourth-degree assault against Nick L. Sacaloff, 20, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was July 27. A charge of driving while license suspended against Glenn Thompson, 24, of Sterling, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Nov. 27.

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Alaska Briefs Man’s body found frozen in Bethel ANCHORAGE — A 37-year-old man was found dead, his body frozen to the ground in Bethel. The Anchorage Daily News reports the man has been identified as Marvin Paine of Akiachak. Bethel police say someone walking in a cul-de-sac found the body Wednesday afternoon. Lt. Andrew Achee says Paine had been wearing multiple layers of clothing. Daytime temperatures this week have been in the mid-30s, falling to just below freeing at night.

Anchorage man gets 14 years for meth ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage man will serve 14 years in a federal prison for possession and intent to distribute methamphetamine. The U.S. attorney’s office says in a release San Chiam Saechao was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. He also will forfeit two vehicles and nearly $9,000 in cash that authorities say he obtained in the drug trafficking scheme. Prosecutors say he began trafficking meth in September 2012 and included a package he received last January containing more than 1.8 kilograms of meth. Judge Sharon Gleason said during sentencing that she found it disconcerting that he trafficked the drugs from his home, where multiple young children were present.

Man shoots neighbor’s dog, claims selfdefense FAIRBANKS— A Fairbanks man claimed self-defense after shooting a neighbor’s dog in his yard near downtown Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the man shot the 30-pound chow-type dog Sunday once with a .45-caliber handgun and was not charged. Police Lt. Doug Welborn says the man had previously complained to authorities about his neighbor’s aggressive dogs, which entered his yard near the Clay Street Cemetery in east Fairbanks. The man previously had used pepper spray on the dogs. The shooter told police the aggressive dog on Sunday barked and growled at his son and his dog. The boy ran inside and the shooter told police he shot the aggressive dog as it moved toward his own dog. The shooter called police after the incident.

Coast Guard evacuates 2 from bulk carrier ANCHORAGE — Two men aboard a Hong Kong-flagged ship located near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, close to the Aleutian Islands, have been flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment of severe burns. The Coast Guard says in a statement that the two were injured Tuesday when working on the boiler system of the Astoria Bay, a 609-foot bulk carrier. Coast Guard officials instructed the crew to sail toward Dutch Harbor and monitor their conditions. When those conditions worsened Wednesday night, the Coast Guard dispatched a medevac helicopter. The crew members were picked up about 210 miles southwest of Cold Bay and taken to the local clinic. From there, they were transported to the Seattle Burn Center. — The Associated Press


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Around the Nation Analysis: Christie’s straight-talking image could be undermined by bridge scandal

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has become a Republican star by casting himself as a brash, straight-talking politician who transcends partisan politics to work for regular people. But the escalating traffic jam controversy that has ensnared his administration could damage the governor’s national reputation and allow opponents to portray him as a ruthless bully. “I am who I am. I am not a bully,” Christie declared during a lengthy news conference Thursday in which he apologized for the closing of highway lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge last fall, a move apparently orchestrated by his underlings as political retribution. The governor fired a top aide, jettisoned his chief political adviser and took responsibility for his administration’s connections to the traffic tie-ups in September. Christie adamantly denied any personal “knowledge or involvement” in the lane closures, a passionate pronouncement that satisfied some critics in the short term but creates political risk amid an ongoing investigation. Democrats and Republicans said the governor’s 2016 presidential prospects could be severely undermined, if not crippled, should new evidence emerge that contradicts Thursday’s denials. “Unless something new develops, I think he’ll survive,” said former New Jersey Gov. Tom Keane, a Republican whom Christie has described as a mentor. “But if there’s a pattern of these things, if other incidents emerge with similar characteristics, that’s going to be a real problem.”

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — Hoping to boost sagging morale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a rare visit Thursday to an Air Force nuclear missile base and the men and women who operate and safeguard the nation’s Minuteman 3 missiles. But his attempt to cheer the troops was tempered by news that launch officers at another base had been implicated in an illegalnarcotics investigation. Two officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana are being investigated for allegations of drug possession, said a service spokesman in Washington, Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth. Both of those being investigated are ICBM launch officers with responsibility for operating intercontinental ballistic missiles. The launch officers’ access to classified information has been suspended, and they have been prohibited from serving on missile launch control duty while the Air Force is investigating, another defense official said. That official provided no further details and spoke only on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly by name. At the Wyoming nuclear missile base, meanwhile, Hagel addressed officers and airmen after a series of security lapses and discipline problems that were revealed in Associated Press news stories in 2013. Officials have said the service members are increasingly tired of working in what can seem like oblivion. They win no battles, earn no combat pay and only rarely are given public credit of any kind. “You are doing something of great importance to the world,” Hagel told the group. Lest they sometimes doubt that importance, he said, “You have chosen a profession where there is no room for error — none.” He made no direct reference

Lawmakers say Obama still weighing NSA phone collection policy, makeup of court WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is still grappling with key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency’s phone collection program and the makeup of the secret court that approved the surveillance, congressional lawmakers said Thursday following a 90-minute meeting at the White House. Obama is expected to back tighter restrictions on foreign leader spying and also is considering a presidential commission’s recommendation to strip the NSA of its ability to store telephone records from millions of Americans. The president could announce his final decisions as early as next week. “The president and his administration are wrestling with the issues,” Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and privacy advocate, said after the meeting. “It’s fair to say that the next few weeks are going to be crunch time in terms of judgments being made in both the administration and the Congress.” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the meeting focused in particular on the telephone data program and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He said that while Obama didn’t appear to have made a decision on either issue yet, he expects him to do so soon. The president met this week with his top intelligence advisers, many of whom oppose changes to the NSA programs, and a review group appointed by Congress that is working on a report focused on the surveillance systems. Privacy advocates were meeting with senior White House staff Thursday afternoon, and technology companies have been invited to a meeting on Friday. — The Associated Press

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‘You are doing something of great importance to the world. You have chosen a profession where there is no room for error — none. How you do the job is really as important as the job itself. We depend on your professionalism.’ — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

to the problems revealed in the past year but declared, “How you do the job is really as important as the job itself. We depend on your professionalism.” A day earlier, he said he realized the ICBM workforce has morale issues. “It is lonely work,” he said. “They do feel unappreciated many times.” F.E. Warren Air Force Base, which is headquarters for the organization in charge of all 450 U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles, has about 3,100 enlisted airmen and officers and saw 12 courts-martial in 2013, compared with nine the year before, 12 in 2011 and eight in 2010, according to Air Force statistics provided to the AP last week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. In each of the past four years, the courts-martial rate at F.E. Warren was higher than in the Air Force as a whole The AP documented problems that go well beyond low morale in a series of stories in 2013, including one that disclosed that an ICMB operations officer had complained of “rot” infesting his missile force. Since then the service has tried to improve nuclear operations, but problems remain, including attitude issues, leadership lapses and, far more perilously, security lapses such as troops taking naps during 24-hour shifts with the blast door of their launch control center open. That could leave the missiles and airmen vulnerable and violates Air Force rules. A RAND Corp. study done for the Pentagon also found signs of burnout and behavioral problems such

as domestic violence. Before his Wyoming stop, Hagel flew by helicopter to a Minuteman 3 missile launch control center in Nebraska. Besides Nebraska, the missiles are in underground silos in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota. Each launch center, buried 60 feet or deeper underground, controls 10 Minuteman 3 missiles, each in its own silo. The last Pentagon chief to visit an ICBM base was Robert Gates, who in December 2008 spent a day at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., home of the 91st Missile Wing responsible for 150 Minuteman 3 missiles, although he did not go down into a missile launch control center as Hagel planned to do. Gates earlier that year fired the Air Force’s top uniform and civilian officials for what he considered weak responses to serious lapses, including an unauthorized transfer of six nuclear weapons from Minot in August 2007. Gates noted that he was the first defense secretary to visit Minot and said — much as Hagel did on Thursday in Wyoming — “We owe you the attention” and the resources needed to properly perform the nuclear mission — “the most sensitive mission in the entire U.S. military.” Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons expert at the Federation of American Scientists,

said publicity about missteps has made the ICBM force a “hot potato,” causing Pentagon officials to “scratch their heads about how to manage this program. You cannot reassure the public about this when you are having these failures all the time.” The ICBM force is less than half the size it was during its Cold War heyday, but the missiles remain on high alert, with pairs of officers on duty in the launch control centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s a job that relatively few volunteer for, and the RAND study last year found signs of burnout. In another disconcerting development, just last month, the Air Force released an investigation report chronicling inappropriate behavior by Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who was commander of the ICBM force until he was fired in October. Investigators said that while leading a U.S. government delegation to a nuclear security exercise in Russia last summer, Carey drank heavily, was rude to his hosts, cavorted with “suspect” local women and complained in public about a lack of support from his Air Force bosses. Carey also said the men and women in the ICBM force had “the worst morale of any airmen in the Air Force,” according to a member of his travel delegation quoted in the report.

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‘Culture of disrespect’ fuels academy sex assaults By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A culture of bad behavior and disrespect among athletes at U.S. military academies is one part of the continuing problem of sexual assaults at the schools, according to a new Defense Department report that comes in the wake of scandals that rocked teams at all three academies last year. Defense officials say the culture permeates the academies beyond just the locker room, saying that students often feel they need to put up with sexist and offensive behavior as part of their school life, according to the report obtained by The Associated Press. The annual report on sexual assaults at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., identifies sports and club teams as an area where they need to expand sexual assault prevention training for coaches and faculty. The report is expected to be made public Friday. Overall, reported sexual assaults at the academies went down, from 80 to 70, during the school year that ended last May. Of those, almost two-

thirds were at the Air Force Academy. It also notes that alcohol is often a factor in sexual assaults, and it urges military leaders to do more to restrict and monitor drinking and liquor sales. Athletes and sports teams are coming under increased scrutiny in light of separate harassment and assault incidents at all three schools. At the Naval Academy, three members of the football team faced accusations in a complicated sexual assault case involving a female student at an off-campus party. Charges were dropped against one team member and may be dropped against another. The third is still scheduled for trial. At West Point, the men’s rugby team was temporarily disbanded, and more than a dozen seniors were demoted and faced other punishment and restrictions, after emails that were derogatory to women came to light. And there was a similar problem with sports team members at the Air Force Academy circulating a document that disparaged women. Defense officials said Thursday that students view crude behavior and harassment as an almost accepted experience at the academies and that victims feel peer pressure not to report incidents. So the schools are be-

‘This is all about leadership. Every one of these men and women are going to be in charge of organizations that are mixed gender, and they’re going to be responsible for the command climate of their organization.’ — Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent at West Point ing encouraged to beef up training, particularly among student leaders, to recognize and feel empowered to report or step in when they see unacceptable behavior. Both the Army and Navy targeted sports team captains, are using field trips to Gettysburg to talk to them about leadership and the need to combat sexual harassment and assault within their ranks. Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., the superintendent at West Point, said Thursday that the rugby scandal revealed a bad subculture that had existed for years. “There were people within the organization that became desensitized to the degradation of respect,” Caslen said in an AP interview. “But there were also people in the organization that recognized it as being

wrong and elected not to do anything.” The challenge, he said, is finding ways to train and encourage cadets to have the moral courage to stand up and report such conduct when they see it. At a meeting with West Point students this week, Caslen said, he talked at length about the rugby team, the punishments that were doled out and what the members learned as the team gets ready to start competing again in the spring. The punishments, he said, not only took away their ability to compete for a time, but also focused on a semester of rehabilitation. At the end of the meeting, he said, classmates applauded team members for going through the extensive rehabilitation, which including community service work, public discussions of

what they did and their remorse, and other programs. “This is all about leadership,” Caslen said. “Every one of these men and women are going to be in charge of organizations that are mixed gender, and they’re going to be responsible for the command climate of their organization.” Navy officials took their sports team captains, company commanders and brigade leaders to Gettysburg, Pa., for a retreat last July to discuss leadership, and sexual harassment and assault were central themes. Officials said that while some programs target sports team leaders, the effort is much broader than that. They also noted that at the military academies, many of the students are involved in sports — either on teams or intramural clubs. The Navy reported 15 sexual assaults in the last school year, two more than the previous year. It was the only academy that saw an increase in reports, but officials said five of the incidents took place before the victims got to the academy. That has been a growing theme, both at the academies and across the military, as the Pentagon and all the services have pressed for increased reporting of sexual assaults. Air Force officials also pointed to that trend as one ex-

planation for the larger percentage of reports occurring at their academy. The total number there went from 52 in 2012 to 45 last year. At West Point, the number of reports went from 15 in 2012 to 10 last year. Both inside and outside the military, sexual assaults are greatly underreported and the Pentagon has worked in recent years to improve victims’ services and encourage military members to report any abuse. According to the report, 11 of the 70 reported assaults happened before the victim arrived at the academy. It is difficult to compare details of the incidents, because in 41 of the 70 cases victims filed restricted reports, meaning there was only very limited information provided and no formal complaint against another person was filed. Of the remaining 29 reports, eight involved rapes, seven were sexual assaults, 12 were abusive or wrongful sexual contact, one was sodomy and one was an attempted assault. Officials have used biennial surveys at the academies to gauge how many unreported assaults there are, and the most recent one in 2012 estimated that there were 525 victims of unwanted sexual contact compared to the 71 that were reported.

Cuts in food stamps could cause government bigger health bills By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes and developmental problems for young children down the road. The doctors’ lobbying effort comes as Congress is working on a compromise farm bill that’s certain to include food stamp cuts. Republicans want heftier reductions than do Democrats in yet another partisan battle over the government’s role in helping poor Americans. Food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, feed 1 in 7 Americans and cost almost $80 billion a year, twice what it cost five years ago. Conservatives say the program spiraled out of control as the economy struggled and the costs are not sustainable. They say the neediest people will not go hungry. The health and financial risks of hunger have not played a major role in the debate. But the medical community says cutting food aid could backfire through higher Medicaid and

Medicare costs. “If you’re interested in saving health care costs, the dumbest thing you can do is cut nutrition,” said Dr. Deborah Frank of Boston Medical Center, who founded the Children’s HealthWatch pediatric research institute. “People don’t make the hunger-health connection.” A study published this week helps illustrate that link. Food banks report longer lines at the end of the month as families exhaust their grocery budgets, and California researchers found that more poor people with a dangerous diabetes complication are hospitalized then, too. The researchers analyzed eight years of California hospital records to find cases of hypoglycemia, when blood sugar plummets, and link them to patients’ ZIP codes. Among patients from lowincome neighborhoods, hospitalizations were 27 percent higher in the last week of the month compared with the first, when most states send out government checks and food stamps, said lead researcher Dr. Hilary Seligman of the University of California, San Francisco. But hospitalizations didn’t increase among diabetics from higher-income areas, she reported Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs. Seligman couldn’t prove that running low on food was to blame. But she called it the

most logical culprit and said the cost of treating hypoglycemia even without a hospitalization could provide months of food stamp benefits. “The cost trade-offs are sort of ridiculous,” Seligman said. She is working on a project with Feeding America, a network of food banks, to try to improve health by providing extra, diabetes-appropriate foods, including fresh produce and whole-grain cereals and pastas, for diabetics at a few food banks in California, Texas and Ohio. Last year, research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts estimated that a cut of $2 billion a year in food stamps could trigger in an increase of $15 billion in medical costs for diabetes over the next decade. Other research shows children from food-insecure families are 30 percent more likely to have been hospitalized for a range of illnesses. But after a temporary boost in benefits from the 2009 economic stimulus, children whose families used food stamps were significantly more likely to be well than kids in low-income families that didn’t participate, Children’s HealthWatch found. About half of food stamp recipients are children, and 10 percent are elderly. How much would be cut from the food-stamp program

ranges from $400 million a year in a Senate-passed farm bill to $4 billion a year in the House version. Congressional negotiators now are eyeing about $800 million a year in cuts. That would be on top of cuts in November, when that 2009 temporary benefit expired. According to the Agriculture Department, a family of four receiving food stamps is now getting $36 less a month. The average household benefit is around $270. Since then, food banks are reporting more demand because people’s food stamps aren’t stretching as far, said Maura Daly of Feeding America.

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Conservatives pushing the cuts say they want to target benefits to the neediest people, arguing that those who are truly hungry should have no problem getting assistance if they apply. The final bill will most likely crack down on states that give recipients $1 in heating assistance in order to trigger higher food stamp benefits, a change that wouldn’t take people completely off the rolls. The bill will also likely add some money for food banks and test new work requirements for recipients in a few states, a priority for many Republicans. “While this program is an important part of our safety

net, our overriding goal should be to help our citizens with the education and skills they need to get back on their feet so that they can provide for themselves and their families,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., when the farm bill was on the House floor last summer. Democrats and anti-hunger groups opposing the reductions have said that cutting food stamps could worsen health and raise health costs for the poorest. “Food is medicine,” says Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, who has led the Democrats’ defense of the food stamp program.


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Iraq holding off on an offensive against al-Qaida By ADAM SCHRECK and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s government is holding off on waging an all-out offensive to retake two key cities from al-Qaida because of fears that civilian casualties could incite Sunni anger and push moderate tribal leaders to side with the extremists, analysts and military officials said Thursday. More violence flared in Baghdad, where a suicide bomber killed 21 people at an army recruiting center in a clear effort to demoralize the military. Al-Qaida-linked fighters overran parts of the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in Sunnidominated Anbar province last week, seizing control of police stations and military posts, freeing prisoners and setting up their own checkpoints. The United States, whose troops fought bloody battles in the cities, has ruled out sending its troops back in, but has been delivering missiles to bolster Iraqi forces. It is expediting shipments of more Americanmade missiles and 10 surveillance drones, but those may not arrive for weeks. The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 and withdrew in 2011. Both countries tried but failed to negotiate plans to keep at least several thousand U.S. forces in Iraq beyond the deadline to maintain security. Vice President Joe Biden has spoken to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki twice this week, voicing support for his government’s efforts to regain control of the cities and urging him to continue talks with local, tribal and national leaders. Iran, too, is watching the unrest with alarm, since it shares U.S. concerns about alQaida-linked militants taking firmer root in its neighbor. It has offered to supply military equipment and advisers should Baghdad ask. Iranian President Has-

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Gunmen sit on top of an Iraqi army Humvee, left by Iraqi soldiers during clashes in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 9. Tribal leaders in Fallujah have warned alQaida fighters there to leave to avoid a military showdown, and there were signs that residents of Fallujah were trying to restore a sense of normalcy, however precarious.

san Rouhani told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in a telephone call that the campaign against al-Qaida should intensify, the official IRNA news agency reported. “If terrorism is not suppressed and if military support to terrorist groups by some countries is continued, the security of the region and the world will be jeopardized,” he said in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia and other Sunniled states. “In confronting terrorism, the ideological and financial roots of the terrorism also should be destroyed.” Iraqi troops have clashed with the fighters mainly on the outskirts of the cities and carried out occasional airstrikes against their positions. But they have held off launching major offensives to retake either. One senior intelligence official said the reason for the

delay was to avoid civilian casualties. “We have enough soldiers, but we are waiting for the American drones and missiles. These weapons will have a big role in the coming battle,” the official said. Baghdad-based political analyst Hadi Jalo agreed that concerns over civilian safety might explain why the government has not launched a major offensive. “The killing of civilian victims will drive more people looking for revenge ... to join al-Qaida. If women and children are killed in any possible military action against Fallujah, al-Maliki will lose the support of moderate Sunnis,” he said. A military commander in Anbar said there are other con-

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cerns beyond residents’ safety. “The battle in Anbar ... is a kind of a guerrilla war, and the Iraqi army and police do not have experience in these kinds of wars,” the commander said. He added that snipers operating out of residential areas appear to be “peaceful civilians” by day and take up new positions at night. The military and intelligence officials both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the operation publicly. Tribal leaders in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, have warned al-Qaida fighters there to leave to avoid a military showdown, and there were signs that residents were trying to restore a sense of normal life, however precarious.

“State offices and banks have opened their doors. Offices have started giving salaries to civil servants, and policemen have started working as usual,” said resident Rashid al-Dulaimi. But several al-Qaida fighters and residents who had taken up arms to prevent Iraqi forces from reasserting control over Fallujah remained mainly on its outskirts Thursday and outside strategic locations such as banks, witnesses said. A number of police stations that were overrun by al-Qaida fighters last week have been torched and largely abandoned. Al-Maliki hinted at a possible pardon for militants who abandon the fight, saying Wednesday that his government will “open a new page to settle their cases so that they won’t be fuel for the war that is led by al-Qaida.” It is unclear if this represented a formal amnesty offer, however, and hard-line Sunni fighters are unlikely to have faith in the Shiite-led government’s assurances. Human Rights Watch said Iraqi forces appear to have used mortar fire indiscriminately in civilian areas in recent days to try to dislodge militants in Anbar and that some neighborhoods were targeted with mortar shells and gunfire even though there was no sign of an al-Qaida presence there. The New York-based group said its allegations were based on multiple accounts provided by Anbar residents. It also warned that a government blockade of Ramadi and Fallujah is limiting civilian access to food, water and fuel, and that “unlawful methods of fighting by all sides” has caused civilian casualties and major property damage. Several approaches to Fallu-

jah have been blocked by Iraqi troops, and only families with children were being allowed to leave with “extreme difficulty” through two checkpoints, the rights group said. It added that single men were being denied exit from the city. “Civilians have been caught in the middle in Anbar, and the government appears to be doing nothing to protect them,” said the group’s Mideast director, Sarah Leah Whitson. Iraqi government officials could not immediately be reached for comment to respond to the rights group’s allegations. The warning came a day after the U.N. and the International Committee of the Red Cross voiced concerns about growing humanitarian threats in the area as food and water supplies start to run out. Emergency shipments of food, water, blankets and other essential items have begun reaching families displaced by the fighting, the U.N. said. Some of the initial supplies were delivered to families left stranded in schools and mosques in Fallujah. More than 11,000 families have been displaced by the fighting, according to U.N. records. The Baghdad bomber detonated his explosives outside the recruiting center in the capital’s central Allawi neighborhood in the morning as volunteers waited to register inside, a police official said. In addition to the 21 dead, at least 35 people were wounded, he added, and a hospital official confirmed the casualty numbers. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. C

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US scrambles to avert civil war in South Sudan BY BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Three years after midwifing South Sudan’s birth, the United States is desperately trying to prevent the world’s youngest nation from falling apart. Yet despite shared consternation by the Obama administration and Congress, no one is quite sure what the U.S. can do to bring peace to a country that in many ways owes its existence to the United States. The violence has killed more than 1,000 people and driven 180,000 from their homes in the last month, and spread to neighbors killing each other purely on tribal identification, threatening a place that until recently was viewed by Democrats and Republicans alike as an American success story in Africa. “Each day that the conflict continues, the risk of all-out civil war grows,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the top U.S. diplomat for Africa, warned Thursday. “There is clear evidence that targeted killings have taken place, with Dinka killing Nuer, and Nuer killing Dinka. Countless civilians, particularly women and children, have become victims.” For the United States, South

Sudan’s instability isn’t just another example of a weak African state struggling to deal with political infighting, endemic poverty and deadly battles between the military and rebel groups. Because of its history as a largely Christian nation that was able to win its freedom from Muslim-dominated Sudan, South Sudan has a powerful constituency in Washington. And the bloodshed is proving an embarrassment to the U.S., which has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the country and been its strongest international champion. The crisis began with a political dispute on Dec. 15 as President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, of trying to overthrow the government. Machar denies the accusation, accusing the government of rooting out political opponents. ThomasGreenfield said the U.S. had no evidence of a coup attempt, putting the initial blame on the government for raiding Machar’s home. But the violence has spread significantly since, sparking a series of ethnically motivated attacks and counterattacks while groups allied to Machar have claimed military victories

‘Each day that the conflict continues, the risk of all-out civil war grows. There is clear evidence that targeted killings have taken place, with Dinka killing Nuer, and Nuer killing Dinka. Countless civilians, particularly women and children, have become victims.’ — Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. diplomat, Africa and greater control of territory. Meanwhile, Uganda has sent in hundreds of troops and provided Sudanese government forces with military hardware, and threatened deeper intervention if militants move on the capital, Juba. Washington has mobilized on two fronts, organizing peace talks between representatives of both sides in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and getting the U.N. Security Council last month to approve 5,500 more peacekeepers to South Sudan. The peace talks have yet to stop the fighting, though Thomas-Greenfield said a cease-fire was all but agreed if Kiir releases 11 high-level political detainees. Help also could also come soon for the 7,600-strong U.N. force in South Sudan, she

added, even if only a Bangladeshi police unit has arrived thus far. “For 30 years the United States has been supporting the people of South Sudan, even before South Sudan became an entity, supporting their right to exist, their right to freedom of religion, and their fight against the government of Sudan,” Thomas-Greenfield told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “We birthed this nation and there are Americans from all walks of life ... who are concerned about what is happening.” Senators agreed. “This is a place people expect us to make a difference,” Sen. Bob Corker, the committee’s top Republican said. Washington has clear secu-

rity interests at stake. Having seen al-Qaida gain a foothold in several nearby countries over the last couple of years, the U.S. doesn’t want to see terrorist groups infiltrate yet another place wracked by internal fighting. And it also is keeping a wary eye on Sudan, which fought for 22 years to hold onto the oil-rich territory and which the United States still considers a state sponsor of terrorism. Its president has suggested joint security patrols with South Sudan’s government, which the U.S. has yet to respond to. While the focus is currently on diplomacy, U.S. officials and congressional aides said the military also has begun studying scenarios under which the United States could consider supporting local partners such as Uganda, Ethiopia or Kenya to move into South Sudan to restore order. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they said they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Under no scenario are U.S. military boots on the ground envisioned in the country. The United States has some leverage. After helping secure peace with the north in 2005, Washington guided South Sudan through a referendum three years ago to the day approving

its independence. Since, the U.S. has intervened to secure a series of agreements with Sudan on sharing oil revenue and managing, if not solving, their border disputes. When South Sudan became its own country in July 2011, President Barack Obama hailed it as a “reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible.” But since winning freedom, South Sudan’s patchwork of ethnic loyalties and political rivalries has been tearing at the seams. Before even the latest bout of violence, Secretary of State John Kerry and members of Congress warned Kiir this summer to halt a series of ethnically motivated atrocities against minorities or risk losing vital U.S. aid and diplomatic support. American security funds — representing just a fraction of the $1.8 billion in total assistance that has been approved since 2011 — has dried up. And the White House recently vowed a complete aid cutoff to anyone who seizes power by force. The threat carries greater force than in Egypt, for example, because the United States has been so instrumental in creating and sustaining South Sudan over its short history.

Russia: 6 men found dead in 4 cars, motive unknown By LYNN BERRY Associated Press

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MOSCOW — Six men are dead in a series of unexplained killings involving boobytrapped bombs in southern Russia, further heightening security fears ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. Investigators were scrambling Thursday to find those responsible for the six bodies found Wednesday in four abandoned cars just north of Russia’s volatile Caucasus Mountains region, where an Islamic insurgency is simmering. Explosive devices had been placed near three of the cars, although only one of the bombs went off and no one was hurt. The victims had been shot, according to investigators. Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for Russia’s main investigative agency, said in a statement that no motive had yet been found for the killings on the outskirts of Pyatigorsk, the center of a Russian admin-

istrative district created in 2010 to combat the insurgency. In late December, a car bomb exploded outside traffic police offices there, killing three people. Pyatigorsk is less than 300 kilometers (200 miles) by air from Sochi, host site for the 2014 Olympics, although nearly twice as far by road. In an indication of Russia’s unease over security ahead of the Olympics, Markin said Federal Security Service officers had joined the investigation and classified it as a counter-terrorist operation. The shootings of local resi-

dents — at least a few of them taxi drivers — is more typical of criminal behavior, perhaps score-settling by organized gangs. But the use of explosives was suggestive of the kinds of terror attacks that take place nearly daily in the Caucasus. Russia is still on edge following two suicide bombings in late December in Volgograd, also in southern Russia, which killed 34 people and wounded many more. No claim of responsibility has been made for those bombings, but they came several months after the leader of the Islamic insurgency called

for attacks aimed at undermining the games, which run Feb. 7-23. NTV television, a national channel loyal to the Kremlin, showed photographs of four suspects that it said had been distributed to police. The men were said to be from Kabardino-Balkaria, just south of Pyatigorsk and one of the predominantly Muslim republics in Russia’s Caucasus. The NTV journalist on the scene said investigators believed the killings were of a criminal nature, but were not ruling out other motives.

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Kommersant, a major Moscow-based newspaper, suggested the attacks were carried out by militants and the explosives were intended to harm police when they arrived to investigate. That tactic has been used before in Pyatigorsk, where a taxi driver was killed in 2010 and his car then used as a bomb, wounding more than 30 people. Three of the men found Wednesday have been identified: Two were taxi drivers and the third assembled furniture but also worked as a freelance taxi driver, Russian state news

agencies reported, citing law enforcement agencies. Their names have not been released. The men drove inexpensive Soviet-model Lada cars. Homemade bombs were placed near two of their cars; one of them went off as police approached and the other was defused. The three other victims were found in a fourth vehicle. An explosive device had been placed next to the car in a metal bucket, but was defused by investigators, Markin said. No information about their identities has been released.


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f God is God whom He says He is, (through the Holy Bible (Scriptures)), that is through the inspired writings of God the Holy Spirit to men that God before hand had chosen to write, then we are a most humbled being to know the God of Truth and Love and how loving God is toward those who diligently seek Him through His beloved Son, Jesus, Yeshua, the messiah. This is truly why the Bible is called “The Good News” not only to Christians, but to everyone who has a need to hear God’s good news. I know that not all Christians believe all scripture is from God, and that’s apparent in what we are seeing in some Christian denomination doctrine wanting to take out some of the books of the bible. But, assuming that we all, as Christians do believe with our hearts what Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16,17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be perfectly equipped for every good work,” then every verse in the Bible is believed inspired by

word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The word was powerful enough oices of to run the devil off while Jesus was fasting in the wilderness, why not the eligion word helping us now when we are in most need? M ark C onway As my faith began to grow from the time I received Jesus Christ into God for men to read for doing all my life in 1970, and later as I began good works. to see Truth in most all the scriptures I didn’t always believe this verse, so my knowledge of God’s word had I heard or read, I later realized that after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit quite a few holes in it. (My people in 1973, as Paul talks about in Acts are destroyed for lack of knowledge 8:12-17, that all scripture is inspired … Hosea 4:6). I once heard that this kind of mentality for the scriptures as by God. It took for me receiving the a “buffet style” faith in scriptures, or, help from the Holy Spirit in my life pick and choose what you want to be- in a new and powerful way to really lieve and leave the rest. That seemed understand what God meant when he good enough for me back then, how- spoke the words to the writers of the ever, it was also foolish of me. That’s word of God, Old and New Testalike going hunting with a shot gun but ment. It’s as though God provides thinking I don’t need shells, or, going us a spiritual interpreter to give us fishing having a rod, reel and line but revelation to what God meant when he inspired the writers to write His no hook, fly or bait. words. Faith comes by hearing and Jeremiah talks about the same hearing by the word of God. The thing when he wrote in chapter 31, other day I heard faith put this way, verse 33 and 34, quoting God, “But “Faith is birthed out according to this is the covenant which I will make our relationship with God.” I believe with the house of Israel: After those this is true. Jesus said, “Man does days, says the Lord, I will put My law not live by bread alone, but by every

Church Briefs First Baptist Church starts Bible study The First Baptist Church of Kenai is hosting a Bible study titled “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat” on Thursdays at noon through Feb. 13. For more information call Carole at 283-7772 or the church at 283-7672.

Sterling church hosts AWANA Sterling Baptist Church is starting an AWANA program this year, every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. The club will meet at Sterling Baptist Church. Children 3 years old through sixth grade are welcome. Call Sterling Baptist for more information at 262-4711.

Calvary Baptist hosts AWANA Calvary Baptist Church in Kenai is offering AWANA for kids ages 3 through 6th grade. AWANA (www.awana.org) is an international kids club. Each week, participants will memorize Bible verses,

within them, and on their hearts will I write it; and I will be their God and they will be My people. And they will no more teach each man his neighbor and each man his brother saying, Know the Lord, for they will all know me and recognize me from the least to the greatest, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more.” You know, today with all the Bible apps for your phone, the Bible websites and blogs on the Bible, the Bible is so much more available to us and interesting to study. When I first got Jesus in my life, there were only a few versions of the bible out there and they were often times hard to read for me. Now, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can read the scriptures and understand much more, plus just the availability of finding the bible with the flick of a finger on your smart phone. I know not everyone has a smart phone. I hadn’t one until this past year, but, I find it is well worth the extra that I pay for it. Now, when I have to wait for this or that, I just pull out my phone and in seconds, I’m at

play games, hear Bible lessons, and earn from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All clothing and shoes rewards. Beginning Sunday, the club will are free to the public. meet at Kenai Middle School from 5:257:15 p.m. Use the back doors. United Methodist Church To register or for more information, call provides food pantry 283-4781 or visit www.kenaicalvary.org. The Kenai United Methodist Church provides a food pantry for those in need Food Pantry open weekly every Monday from noon to 3:00 p.m. The The Soldotna Food Pantry is open every Methodist Church is located on the Kenai Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for resi- Spur Highway next to the Boys and Girls dents in our community who may be expe- Club. The entrance to the Food Pantry is riencing food shortages. The Food Pantry through the side door. The Pantry closes for is located at the Soldotna United Methodist holidays. Church at 158 South Binkley Street. NonFor more information contact the church perishable food items or monetary dona- office at 283-7868 or email kumcalaska@ tions may be dropped off at the church gmail.com. Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Thank you for Clothes Quarters open weekly your support. Clothes Quarters at Our Lady of the Angels Church is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the first SatClothes 4 U at urday of every month from 11 a.m. to 3 First Baptist Church p.m. For more information, call 907-283First Baptist Church Soldotna, located 4555. at 159 S. Binkley Street, is re-opening its Clothes 4 U program. It is open on the Submit church news to news@peninsulasecond and fourth Saturday of each month clarion.com.

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a daily devotional or just continuing to read where I left off in the Word of God. I hope that 2014 will be a great year for all and reading our bibles will draw us closer to the Father’s heart. I hope and pray that Jesus will come into our lives in a more real, truthful way as we spend more time reading and studying our bibles to show ourselves approved. I pray God will fulfill our heart’s desires as we delight ourselves in Him and seek Him while He may be found. May the Lord bless us with Peace, Joy and Love as we reach to Him with our whole heart and soul through the Word of God read by ourselves or when the Word of God is heard as it’s preached. May the Lord God bless our needs through Christ our Lord, Amen. Mark Conway is a Christian evangelist living in Sterling with his wife Maryna. They host a retreat for men in July and a retreat for women in the late fall or late spring. You can reach Mark through email at alaskaflyfishingadventures@msn.com.

Pope shares ride with close friend VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis broke with papal protocol once again Wednesday, inviting an old friend for a spin in his panoramic white car during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. The Rev. Fabian Baez, a parish priest in Francis’ hometown of Buenos Aires, didn’t have a VIP ticket granting him a seat close to the altar or a spot where the pope would chat with well-wishers. But as soon as Francis saw Baez in the crowd of several thousand people, the pope signaled for Vatican gendarmes to help Baez jump the barricade. Francis then invited Baez to hop aboard his car, and the parish priest accompanied Francis through the square as the pope waved to well-wishers and kissed babies. Baez said he was shocked by Francis’ invitation, telling reporters afterward: “I said to myself ‘What am I doing here? Mamma mia!’” “The pope laughed and said ‘Come, sit down, sit down!’ And he continued to greet the people and kiss babies. I was very moved.” Baez said the two had known each other since the 1990s; the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio was archbishop of the Argentine capital before being named pope. Francis was in particularly good spirits at Wednesday’s audience, entertained by a circus troupe and greeted by Italy’s Sampdoria soccer team, who presented the soccer-mad pope with yet another jersey. Francis has added a bit of spontaneity to the Vatican’s staid ways. He lives in the Vatican hotel, not the Apostolic Palace. He eschewed the armored popemobile for a simple Fiat during his trip to Brazil.

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thereafter. In a release, troopers said Adams was conscious and alert but had significant injury when they arrived. KES medics took Adams to South Peninsula Hospital, where he was stabilized. He was flown by a LifeMed fixed wing airplane from the Homer Airport directly to Seattle. Gallagher said he did not know the nature of Adams’ injuries. “He’s being monitored this morning by expert medical staff at Harborview,” Gallagher said on Thursday. HEA lineman followed emergency procedures in responding to Adams’ injury, Gallagher said. That would include making sure it was safe to treat Adams. “They are highly trained professional linemen. They would follow the procedures they have gone through in years of training,” he said. HEA has started an investigation into the incident and will cooperate with other agencies in their investigations, Gallagh-

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‘We work very hard to instill a culture of safety. That’s always been our number-one goal and will continue to be out number-one goal. This is a very serious and tragic incident at this point.’ — Joe Gallagher, HEA spokesperson er said. “Safety is the number-one priority within the company,” Gallagher said. “We work very hard to instill a culture of safety. That’s always been our number-one goal and will continue to be out number-one goal. This is a very serious and tragic incident at this point.” Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

economic development and planning, the project would reduce city costs and maintenance efforts, promote economic development in commercial downtown areas, maintain a pedestrian-friendly transportation network, reduce dust, improve drainage and enhance overall aesthetics. The project, brought to the council by city administration, is estimated to cost $525,677. The resolution called for the city to pay 75 percent of the cost. The remaining $131,419 project cost was scheduled to be split among the properties based on road frontage. The property with the most road frontage, 432.30 feet, was assessed at $33,565.02.

City Manager Mark Dixson said administration is discussing bringing the project back to council as a public works project, but is concerned about working on the street this summer. The city has plans to work on South Binkley Street though the construction season and may need North Aspen as an alternative traffic route. Proposed improvements to North Aspen Drive, according to the resolution, included paving, rolled curb and gutter as well as sidewalk, street lighting, landscaping and insulation of an existing water mainline. Kaylee Osowski can be According to a memo from reached at kaylee.osowski@ Stephanie Queen, director of peninsulaclarion.com.

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10 percent yearly, despite efforts to hold it down. “Formula” programs, such as Medicaid and state school funding, where spending is tied by law to population numbers and, in the case of Medicaid, linked to federal funds, constitute the bulk of the operating budget. Despite some talk by the House Republicans of cutting education funds, Hawker sees this as a non-starter. “I don’t see us reducing funds for schools ever, but I do think we have to look more at fiscal planning. We haven’t been able to get much traction on this in recent years because there was so much money on the table,” Hawker said. There are plenty of other issues pending but the revenue question will color all of them, French said. Education will have a priority, he said, but “a lot of popular programs, like weatherization, LNG trucking to Fairbanks, a (state-sponsored) gas pipeline, things it looked like we could afford a year ago,” that will now be examined very carefully. “We have to change our mindset. It will affect every dollar we spend,” French said. On the capital budget, “the

governor gets to go first,” in setting his priorities for the fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. However, regions of the state that are infrastructure short, like rural Alaska, depend on the state capital budget and will have to fight hard this year for any capital budget money. It just isn’t rural Alaska, either. There are half-built engineering buildings at the University of Alaska campuses in Fairbanks and Anchorage with the university depending on the FY 2015 capital budget to finish the buildings, which need about $80 million between them. The governor is proposing some money for the buildings in his capital budget, but not enough. “We made a commitment to finish the buildings. We’ve got to dig down and find the money,” French said. Another concern is finding money to replace the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ aged power plant, he said. The governor proposed no money for this project, estimated to cost at least $200 million. “It’s hard to imagine neglecting a facility that supplies heat, as well as power, to the Fairbanks campus,” French said. Hawker said the Legislature will be spending a lot of time with the governor’s proposal to inject $3 billion into the state’s pension plans, which are under-

Heli-ski operator: Violations ‘minor’ By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press

JUNEAU — A Haines helicopter ski operation that has agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized use of federal land says the encroachments were “minor, infrequent and unintentional.” Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, or SEABA, released a statement through its attorney on Wednesday. Last week, a bill of information accusing the company of unauthorized use of federal land and a separate plea agreement were filed in federal court. Court documents referred to the company as Southeast Backcountry Adventures. The plea

agreement has yet to be accepted by a judge. A court date is pending. The company statement said the intent of the plea agreement is to ensure payment of fees that would have been paid to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for recreational access by SEABA onto BLM property. According to the bill of information, had the land been open to commercial activity, SEABA user fees would be a minimum of about $11,500. Prosecutors said the company operated in an area it knew was closed for about 54 of 78 total days of operation in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Similar language is included in the plea

Around Alaska Justices hear arguments on labor law ANCHORAGE — An attorney hired by the city of Anchorage told Alaska Supreme Court justices that voters should not be allowed to decide the fate of a labor ordinance approved last year over the objection of municipal unions. Michael Gatti, part of an out-of-state law firm hired by the city, said Wednesday the labor law was technical and complicated, the Anchorage Daily News reported. “This is a complex subject area that involves a myriad of different laws, different issues,” Gatti said. “I think the municipality is concerned that if an initiative or referendum on labor matters were approved to go forward, there could be some serious complications involved in the operation of government.” The law backed by Mayor Dan Sullivan was approved in March by the assembly following hours of public testimony from city workers objecting to the curtailment of rights. The law limits raises to the rate of inflation plus 1 percent. It eliminates binding arbitration and restricts unions’ right to strike. Opponents began a referendum effort that the city challenged in court. Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth ruled in August that the effort could move forward. Repeal supporters in September turned in 22,136 voter signatures, more than triple the required 7,124 to place a referendum on the ballot. The hearing Wednesday was an appeal of Aarseth’s decision. Besides contending that the labor law was too complex for voters, Gatti argued that there are limits on the referendum votes pertaining to city finances. He also said that under city and state law, Anchorage residents have delegated to the Anchorage Assembly the power to set labor relations policies. Justice Craig Stowers sharply questioned Gatti and said

funded relative to long-term obligations to public employees. But taking money out of savings may not be the best way to do this, he said. “There are a couple of bills pending that address this in other ways,” Hawker said, such as pension-obligation bonds, which are a way the underfunding could be financed without impairing state cash reserves. Hawker proposed some of these ideas himself four years ago when the underfunding of pensions became more widely known. “We could have financed this at 2 percent interest rates then. That opportunity is behind us now,” he said. Interest rates are still low, and the opportunity will again be investigated. However, the pension problem is overblown, he said. “The underfunding is not a crisis. People don’t understand that. It’s a long-term obligation and we have money in the bank. Unlike a private company with a pension obligation, the state can’t go bankrupt — not with more than $50 billion in assets,” Hawker said. The state also has a constitutional obligation to public employee pensions. “I can easily imagine the Supreme Court handing over the Permanent Fund to retirees,” Hawker said. “This is a management problem, a technical

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problem, and it’s been hyped to the point that it is scaring people.” In fact, the Legislature has dealt with the problem already, in House Bill 125 passed few years ago. In that Legislature the state guaranteed that it would cover municipal and local school district pension obligations (the state now manages pension funds for all public entities) and developed a formula that is now being following and which will correct the underfunding in 25 years. However, the payments under the formula are increasing every year, which has been long known. They totaled about $600 million this year and the cost will reach and then exceed $1 billion annually in a few years. Parnell’s $3 billion cash injection would reduce that obligation to about $500 million per year which would be easier for the state to deal with in an era of reduced oil revenues. That might be accomplished using other means than using cash, Hawker said. On another hot-button issue, the proposed Knik Arm crossing, French said he believes the governor’s decision to consider

agreement. The company said “a similar number of client ski day land boundary infractions occurred over a couple of year period so that transit onto Federal land was infrequent.” “The boundary intrusion most often was only for helicopter access with the actual ski runs occurring on state land,” the statement says. “SEABA has worked closely with the BLM over the last several months to specifically identify property/boundary lines and flight paths.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Steward told the Anchorage Daily News the case came to light after the death of a skier last March. According to the

plea agreement, a group of skiers that day fell because a cornice under them gave way. One of them died. The company said it would “respectfully remind all interested parties that the 2013 fatality involving a SEABA friend and colleague is unrelated to the present issue of reimbursing the Federal Government for lost permit fees. While it is true that an incident occurred bringing to light the boundary crossing issue, the fact is that helicopter skiing is an activity with numerous inherent risks including that of mass movement events (snow pack failures). This risk is present no matter which side of a boundary line is being accessed.”

he was skeptical of the city argument that assembly authority over labor matters precluded a referendum. Restrictions on initiatives and referendums are not specifically set out, Stowers said. “I’m still struggling, because I’m still looking for that specific prohibition,” Stowers said. Justice Joel Bolger questioned union attorney Susan Orlansky about the complexity of the labor law. An argument could be made, he said, that specialized training is necessary to understand the issues. Orlansky said that at a broad level, it was clear that the ordinance “fundamentally shifts the balance of power” away from labor and toward the city. Both sides requested a decision by early February. That would give the city time to put a repeal referendum on the April election ballot. Justices did not say when they would rule.

Sitka’s Pacific High School gets new building SITKA — Students at Sitka’s Pacific High School are starting the new year with a new school. For two years, Pacific High operated out of the Southeast Alaska Career Center while its new building was being built. The site where the new school sits has been dedicated to education for more than a century and has gone through a number of incarnations. The original was an Alaska Native training school that had one room and was segregated. “There’s a lot of history on this site, and we’re just the latest and hopefully greatest iteration of what has gone on here,” coprincipal Phil Burdick told KCAW. Burdick said the new school has a great rotunda with a lot of light. He said each classroom also has a door to the outside, which he said ties into the school’s model that learning happens in the community. — The Associated Press

conventional state financing of the big project rather than a plan involving private investors is good news for opponents of the bridge. “This is an enormous change of direction. With state money involved, a big project like this is typically pulled along by getting the cooperation of other regions of the state, and usually that’s done with money,” French said. If the money isn’t there, it would be difficult to marshal a consensus in the Legislature around the project, which is seen as mainly benefitting the state’s core “railbelt” Anchorage-Fairbanks area. The cash won’t be available for straight capital appropriations to build the project, which is expected to ultimately cost more than $1 billion, but the Legislature’s signoff is needed even if the project were funded by state revenue bonds. The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, the agency responsible for planning the project, said it is neutral on how the project is funded — either a state bond issue or a privatefinancing mechanism — as long as the project keeps moving forward.

Critical permits from federal agencies are pending and the all-important Record of Decision on the federal environmental impact statement is in hand. A bill passed by the House last session is also pending in the Senate that would bring KABATA under the authority of the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., as a financial management step, and a separate senate bill is pending that would put a limit on the state’s “moral obligation” for revenue bonds. On the House side, Hawker said he believes the state-financing approach, most likely through revenue bonds, is the right way to go rather than a private-sector financing method. However, Hawker has doubts, he said, as to whether the Legislature will want to invest a lot of cash in the project this year. Parnell has proposed $55 million for the project in his capital budget but the Legislature doesn’t have to actually appropriate this money. Tim Bradner can be reached at tim.bradner@alaskajournal. com.

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RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll told Percy Harvin that the Seattle Seahawks were considering placing him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot ahead of the postseason. Harvin’s response: “Coach I’m ready to play ball.” That conversation less than two weeks ago was the start of a return that took another significant step on Thursday when Carroll announced Harvin would play on Saturday against New Orleans in an NFC divisional playoff game. “We’re excited about him going and excited for him. It’s been a long, long haul for a guy that’s such a great competitor and it means so much,” Carroll said. “For him to have the opportunity to join us now is really exciting, I know, for him and us, too.” There will be no limitations on how

Seattle can use its biggest offseason acquisition, brought to Seattle in a trade with Minnesota. Harvin ended up a spectator for most of the 2013 regular season, but now could make his biggest impact in the playoffs as a wide receiver and kick returner. It could be a big boost to Seattle’s offense, which slumped late in the season. “I’m just glad to be out there helping my team win right now. The playoffs, that’s what we all dream about, to have homefield advantage, to have all the things the team has put in place. It would be hard for me to try to not be out there,” Harvin said. “Everything worked out for the best and I’m looking forward to being out there and helping this team win.” Harvin missed the first 2½ months of the season following hip surgery in early August. He returned in Week 11 against Minnesota and caught one pass and had

a 58-yard kickoff return. Harvin was then sidelined again by what Carroll called “soreness.” But Harvin’s problems went beyond just soreness. He had fluid buildup and swelling in his hip following that game against the Vikings, a 41-20 Seattle victory. “I kind of knew during the game. Something quite didn’t feel right,” Harvin said. “But it was expected. It was expected but we didn’t know to that extreme. It came and that was a setback that we had. We had two, three of them but they are in the past.” The turning point for Harvin came on Dec. 30 when Carroll essentially gave an ultimatum, saying the team was considering putting him on injured reserve. Harvin was impressive enough during a 15-minute workout with quarterback Russell Wilson that Carroll delayed making a roster

decision. Harvin took part in practice both days last week while Seattle was on its bye and was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday this week. “I’m just looking to fit in anywhere I can. This offense has done its share and wouldn’t be in this position that it is right now,” Harvin said. “This team is already set. The foundation is set. I’m just looking to jump on the bus and enjoy the ride.” The Seahawks also expect rookie tight end Luke Willson to be able to play less than two weeks after he was taken off the field on a cart after injuring his left ankle against St. Louis in the regular season finale. Willson was initially feared to have a fracture, but was later diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain. He was a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday. “They checked him out right off the bat and looked like he had a broken leg, and

they checked him out again later that night and he didn’t,” Carroll said. “So all I can tell you is it was remarkable whatever happened in there.” Redskins hire Jay Gruden ASHBURN, Va. — The face was different, the words familiar. Like Mike Shanahan and nearly every recent Washington Redskins coach, Jay Gruden is anxious to declare an end to franchise’s days of dysfunction. “I don’t know what happened last year,” Gruden said. “I know that interviewing with Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen and everybody here that the passion for excellence is there. All they want to do is win, and they’re going to provide me with every avenue to win.” Gruden was introduced Thursday as the man charged with ending the perpetual See NFL, Page B-4

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NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 102-92 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight victory. Raymond Felton had 13 points and 14 assists for the Knicks, who seized control with a 16-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and beat the Heat for the fourth time in five meetings over the last two seasons. New York was second to Miami in the Eastern Conference last season when it won the series 3-1, but there was little reason to suggest the Knicks were ready to compete with the NBA champions this season. New York is only 13-22, though it has won four of five in 2014. With Tyson Chandler out sick and J.R. Smith stuck on the bench as an apparent punishment, Amare Stoudemire contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

LeBron James scored 32 points for the Heat, who played without injured starters Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier and didn’t get much from Chris Bosh, who was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting. NUGGETS 101, THUNDER 88 DENVER — Randy Foye scored a season-high 24 points and the Nuggets beat the Thunder for their fourth win in a row after an eight-game losing streak. It was the second time in two games that Foye, who hit six 3-pointers, established a season high. He was coming off a 23-point effort in which he made seven 3s in Denver’s victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. The Nuggets overcame Kevin Durant’s 30 points in beating the Thunder for the first time in three tries this season. Evan Fournier had 19 points and Ty Lawson added 16 points and 14 assists for Denver. Kenneth Faried grabbed 14 rebounds. Reggie Jackson scored 13 and Derek Fisher 12 for the Thunder.

No. 1 Arizona holds off UCLA By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Nick Johnson scored 22 points and No. 1 Arizona withstood UCLA’s late 15-1 run to beat the Bruins 79-75 Thursday night, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0. The Wildcats (3-0 Pac12) held on despite blowing a 13-point lead with 6:16 to play and committing a season-worst 17 turnovers. Kaleb Tarczewski made all six of his field goal attempts and scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who snapped a threegame skid against the Bruins in the lone regular-season meeting between the longtime conference powers. The 1931-32 Wildcats also began the season 16-0. Freshman Zach LaVine hit a 3-pointer that got UCLA to 7775 with 15 seconds left, but he missed another one with 2 sec-

onds to go that would have left the Bruins down one. Kyle Anderson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (12-3, 1-1). No. 24 MEMPHIS 73, No. 12 LOUISVILLE 67 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin each scored 15 points and Memphis rallied late to upset Louisville. Geron Johnson added 13 points, Chris Crawford 12 and Austin Nichols 10 as all five starters scored in double figures to help the Tigers end a four-game losing streak to the defending national champions. Memphis (11-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) shot 51 percent and outrebounded the Cardinals 37-35 in a victory that almost slipped away in the second half. Trailing 61-55 with 5:26 remaining, the Tigers closed with an 18-6 run led by Jackson, who

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Brown Bears topple Wild By JOEY KLECKA Peninsula Clarion

A sterling defensive effort by the Kenai River Brown Bears sealed a 3-1 win over the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild on Thursday night at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Bears goalie Zach Quinn held off a slew of attacks by Wenatchee all game long, getting the win by saving 48 of 49 shots, and teammates Jacob Wolter, Alec Butcher and Tyler Andrews scored a goal in each of the three periods to improve the Bears record to 18-16-3. The victory distanced Kenai River from Wenatchee in the North American Hockey League Midwest Division standings. Entering the day, the Bears held fourth place and the final postseason spot in the division with 37 points, while Wenatchee sat in fifth with 35 points and a 16-15-3 record. A win would have tied the two teams up, but now the best the Wild can accomplish after the weekend is a tie.

“(Quinn) has just been competing since day one,” said Kenai River coach Geoff Beauparlant. “He’s really taken a number one role on our team and plays with pride. He plays hard for our guys. I couldn’t be prouder of how he’s been playing, win or lose, he’s just been solid for us back there.” The Wild managed to direct puck after puck at Quinn during the game, but many shots were either taken in haste or went wide without a secondary wingman to push it back in. “I’m just thinking we got to keep playing and keep playing defense,” Quinn said about the effort. “The defense was awesome in this game. When everyone comes together we’re a solid squad.” Heading into the third period, the Bears held a 2-0 lead and Quinn was working to maintain a shutout. However, after nearly 45 minutes of scoreless play, Wenatchee finally slipped the puck past Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion him and closed to within a Brown Bears’ Jake Bushey looks to pass to a teammate See BEARS, page B-4 Thursday against the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild.

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Fehr’s late goal for Capitals zaps Lightning shootout, lifting the Panthers over saves, Dallas dropped its fourth the Sabres. straight. Buffalo was playing its first game under general manager Tim Murray HURRICANES 6, and special adviser Craig Patrick, MAPLE LEAFS 1 introduced earlier Thursday by team President Pat LaFontaine. RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, and Jeff Skinner extended his ofDEVILS 1, STARS 0 fensive surge with a goal and an asNEWARK, N.J. — Cory Sch- sist to lead the Hurricanes to a win neider earned his third shutout of the over the Maple Leafs. season and Michael Ryder scored his John-Michael Liles, Patrick team-leading 15th goal as the Devils Dwyer, Zach Boychuk and Elias snapped a three-game winless streak Lindholm also scored for the with a victory over Dallas. Hurricanes, who won their fifth Schneider finished with 26 straight game. Liles was playing saves in his first victory since Dec. against his former team for the first 28 against the New York Islanders. time — Carolina sent defenseman Schneider’s previous shutout was Tim Gleason to Toronto for Liles PANTHERS 2, also a 1-0 victory against Buffalo on Jan. 1. SABRES 1, SO on Nov. 30. Skinner’s goal was his 17th in Despite stellar goaltending his last 17 games, and he improved BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brad Boyes scored in regulation and the by Kari Lehtonen, who made 33 his point streak to a career-high six

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TAMPA, Fla. — Eric Fehr had two goals, including a tiebreaking redirection with 51.5 seconds left in the third period, as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Thursday night. Tampa Bay had pulled even at 3 on Ondrej Palat’s nifty tip-in of Matt Carle’s shot at 14:30 of the third. Martin St. Louis also assisted on the goal to move past Rick Tocchet into sole possession of 89th place on the NHL’s career list with 953 points.

games, with seven goals and five the Wild won their fourth straight assists in that stretch. by beating the Coyotes. Fontaine scored late in the first period, gave the Wild a two-goal DUCKS 4, PREDATORS 3 lead on a power play in the third NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Teemu and closed out his first career hat Selanne scored the go-ahead goal trick with an empty-net goal. late in the second period, and the Ducks beat the Predators for their BLUES 5, FLAMES 0 fifth straight win and 15th in 16 CALGARY, Alberta — Jarogames. Selanne’s fifth goal this season slav Halak made 33 saves for his came on the power play at 18:52 28th career shutout and third this of the second, capping a four-goal season to lead the Blues to their period for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf seventh straight victory with a win also scored two goals, and Corey over the Flames. Chris Stewart, Vladimir SobotPerry added a goal. Matt Beleskey ka, Ian Cole, Alex Pietrangelo and had two assists. Vladimir Tarasenko each scored goal for St. Louis, which hasn’t WILD 4, COYOTES 1 been defeated since losing in a GLENDALE, Ariz. — Justin shootout to the Flames on Dec. Fontaine scored three goals, Niklas 23. Calgary has lost six of seven Backstrom stopped 39 shots and C

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SHARKS 4, RED WINGS 1 SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a win over the Red Wings.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking back, Bobby Petrino said one of his many mistakes in recent years was leaving Louisville, which provided the first of several head coaching opportunities on the college and professional levels. Upon returning Thursday to the Cardinals after seven years, Petrino promised his second stint would be permanent because this was always his destination — even with collegiate stops at Arkansas and Western Kentucky and a 13-game foray with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Petrino returns to a Louisville program that has changed a lot since he left, one that’s gearing up to join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season with a home game against newly crowned champion Florida State. The coach insisted that he’s a changed person as well as he enters the next — and hopefully final — stop in his career. “It’s great to be back home,” Petrino said during a sometimes-emotional news conference. “It’s really unbelievable to get the opportunity to come back here. For (wife) Becky, and (children) Nick and Bobby and Katie, this is our home and we’re excited to be able to come back.” Petrino coached Western Kentucky to an 8-4 record last season in his only year with the team. He led the Cardinals to a 41-9 mark from 2003-06 including an Orange Bowl victory his final season. He succeeds Charlie Strong, who left last weekend after four years to accept the Texas job. Petrino inherits a team coming off a 12-1 finish and 23-3 the past two seasons with two bowl wins. Petrino received a seven-year contract with a base annual salary of $3.5 million. It includes a $10 million buyout for leaving that decreases after four years. But the well-traveled coach said that will not be necessary because this is his “destination job.” Petrino is 83-30 as a college coach. His record includes a 34-17 mark at Arkansas that ended amid scandal in April 2012. He came to the Razorbacks after a 3-10 season in 2007 with the Falcons that ended with the coach announcing his departure in letters left at the players’ lockers.

Scoreboard Football Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 New Orleans at Seattle, 12:35 p.m. (FOX) Indianpolis at New England, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco at Carolina, 9:05 a.m. (FOX) San Diego at Denver, 12:40 p.m. (CBS) All Times AST

Saturday’s Games Houston at Washington, 3 p.m. Brooklyn at Toronto, 3 p.m. New York at Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. Phoenix at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Charlotte at Chicago, 4 p.m. Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Orlando at Denver, 5 p.m. Boston at Portland, 6 p.m. All Times AST

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Albany (NY) 94, Vermont 49 Drexel 68, Coll. of Charleston 55 Duke 86, Syracuse 53 Fairfield 58, Manhattan 49 Rider 68, St. Peter’s 40 Towson 62, Hofstra 56

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Toronto 17 17 Brooklyn 14 21 New York 13 22 Boston 13 23 Philadelphia 12 23 Southeast Division Miami 27 9 Atlanta 19 17 Washington 16 17 Charlotte 15 21 Orlando 10 25 Central Division Indiana 28 7 Chicago 15 18 Detroit 14 22 Cleveland 12 23 Milwaukee 7 27

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Thursday’s Games New York 102, Miami 92 Denver 101, Oklahoma City 88 Friday’s Games Washington at Indiana, 3 p.m. Detroit at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Houston at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Charlotte at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Memphis, 4 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 4 p.m. Miami at Brooklyn, 4 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 4:30 p.m. Cleveland at Utah, 5 p.m. Orlando at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Boston at Golden State, 6:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 6:30 p.m.

Sports Briefs Nikolaevsk girls cruise The Nikolaevsk girls topped Angoon 57-23 on Thursday in the opening round of the Mount St. Elias Classic in Yakutat. The round-robin tournament continues Friday and Saturday for the Warriors. Friday, Nikolaevsk faces Dimond JV at 3:30 p.m., while Saturday the Warriors tip off with Yakutat at 6 p.m. Nikolaevsk led 20-10 after the first quarter and 39-11 at halftime. Sophia Kalugin had 22 points, while Nianiella Dorvall added 20. Also for the Warriors, Kayla Stafford had 12 and Serafima Kalugin had three. Kilina Klaich, Vera Fefelov and Megan Hickman played, but did not score.

West hockey stops Homer The Homer hockey team lost a 4-3 game to host West on Thursday at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage. Ilya Turchaninov had two goals for West, including a tally that put the Eagles up 4-1 early in the second period. Konstantin Reutov and Tommy Bowe scored to tighten up the game in the third. Reutov also had Homer’s first goal. Markian Polushkin had 36 saves for Homer, Joe Chekan stopped 15 for West.

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N. Colorado 68, Weber St. 49 North Dakota 48, Idaho St. 47 Pacific 80, San Francisco 67 Sacramento St. 104, N. Arizona 79 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 80, Santa Clara 70 Seattle 61, New Mexico St. 51

Men’s Scores EAST Binghamton 67, New Hampshire 38< Bryant 77, St. Francis (Pa.) 67< Fairleigh Dickinson 85, Mount St. Mary’s 79< Hartford 80, Maine 65< La Salle 76, George Washington 72< Quinnipiac 81, Manhattan 76< Robert Morris 79, Sacred Heart 70< South Florida 82, Temple 75< St. Francis (NY) 78, LIU Brooklyn 64< Wagner 88, CCSU 59< FAR WEST Arizona 79, UCLA 75< Arizona St. 79, Southern Cal 60< BYU 84, Pepperdine 72< CS Northridge 89, UC Davis 77< Cal Poly 77, Hawaii 65< Cal St.-Fullerton 78, UC Riverside 73< E. Washington 69, Montana 62< Grand Canyon 66, CS Bakersfield 63< Montana St. 79, Portland St. 76< N. Arizona 75, Sacramento St. 65< N. Colorado 70, Weber St. 51< New Mexico St. 96, Seattle 87< Oregon St. 81, Stanford 72< San Diego 74, Loyola Marymount 67< San Francisco 81, Pacific 72, OT< Santa Clara 57, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 55< SOUTHWEST Charlotte 73, UTEP 68< FIU 71, Rice 60< Idaho 86, Texas-Pan American 85, 2OT< Nicholls St. 64, Lamar 60< Sam Houston St. 86, McNeese St. 81< Southern Miss. 74, North Texas 64< Stephen F. Austin 77, Houston Baptist 50< Texas A&M-CC 101, Northwestern St. 87< Texas-Arlington 83, LouisianaMonroe 79, OT< Troy 98, Arkansas St. 84< Tulsa 97, Tulane 71< UALR 65, South Alabama 60< UTSA 90, Marshall 81< MIDWEST Belmont 107, SE Missouri 94< DePaul 99, Butler 94, 2OT< IPFW 82, N. Dakota St. 71< Iowa 93, Northwestern 67< Michigan 71, Nebraska 70< North Dakota 66, Idaho St. 62< S. Dakota St. 86, IUPUI 70< Xavier 86, Marquette 79<

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Chattanooga 90, Samford 81< Davidson 73, Furman 56< Florida Gulf Coast 79, North Florida 75< Florida St. 56, Clemson 41< Georgia St. 77, W. Kentucky 54< Jacksonville 88, Stetson 75< Jacksonville St. 61, SIU-Edwardsville 52< Lipscomb 82, ETSU 80< Louisiana Tech 84, FAU 64< Memphis 73, Louisville 67<

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Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 44 28 14 2 58 128 98 Tampa Bay 44 26 14 4 56 126 106 Montreal 45 25 15 5 55 115 106 Detroit 44 19 15 10 48 115 125 Toronto 45 21 19 5 47 123 138 Ottawa 45 19 18 8 46 129 145 Florida 44 17 21 6 40 104 137 Buffalo 43 12 26 5 29 75 120 Metropolitan Division Pittsburgh 45 32 12 1 65 147 107 Philadelphia 44 23 17 4 50 117 119 Washington 43 21 16 6 48 132 131 Carolina 44 19 16 9 47 111 125 N.Y. Rangers 45 22 20 3 47 111 121 New Jersey 45 18 18 9 45 104 113 Columbus 43 19 20 4 42 117 126 N.Y. Islanders 45 16 22 7 39 124 149

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division St. Louis 43 31 7 5 67 160 97 Chicago 46 29 8 9 67 169 127 Colorado 43 27 12 4 58 127 111 Minnesota 46 24 17 5 53 112 115 Dallas 43 20 16 7 47 123 132 Nashville 45 19 20 6 44 108 135 Winnipeg 46 19 22 5 43 125 139 Pacific Division Anaheim 46 33 8 5 71 155 116 San Jose 45 28 11 6 62 148 115 Los Angeles 45 27 13 5 59 118 93 Vancouver 45 23 13 9 55 121 113 Phoenix 43 21 13 9 51 130 131 Calgary 44 15 23 6 36 100 142 Edmonton 46 14 27 5 33 119 161 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Thursday’s Games Florida 2, Buffalo 1, SO New Jersey 1, Dallas 0 Carolina 6, Toronto 1 Washington 4, Tampa Bay 3 Anaheim 4, Nashville 3 St. Louis 5, Calgary 0 Minnesota 4, Phoenix 1 Los Angeles 4, Boston 2 San Jose 4, Detroit 1 Friday’s Games Dallas at N.Y. Rangers, 3 p.m. Toronto at Washington, 3 p.m. Carolina at Columbus, 3 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Edmonton, 6 p.m. St. Louis at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Saturday’s Games Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 9 a.m. Chicago at Montreal, 3 p.m. Florida at New Jersey, 3 p.m. Ottawa at Nashville, 3 p.m. Columbus at Winnipeg, 3 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Anaheim at Phoenix, 4 p.m. Pittsburgh at Calgary, 6 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. Boston at San Jose, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST

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Bae, Kirk share lead HONOLULU (AP) — SangMoon Bae got off to a great start in pristine conditions along the shores of Oahu. Chris Kirk had an ideal finish. They were together all Thursday morning, playing in the same group at the Sony Open and taking the top two spots on the leaderboard. Bae played bogey-free for a 7-under 63. Kirk shot 29 on the back nine at Waialae, including an eagle on the last hole, for a 64. They were among the early starters in the first full-field event of the year on the PGA Tour, and they took advantage of a gorgeous day. Their better-ball score was 56. “He was off to a great start,” Kirk said. “At one point he was

Miller to return to OSU COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller still has a lot he wants to get done at Ohio State. That’s why the junior announced Thursday night he’ll return for his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder, a two-time Big Ten MVP, had been contemplating jumping into the NFL draft a year early. “I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” Miller said in a statement issued through the university. “Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I’m looking forward to working for another year with (coach Urban) Meyer and (quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Tom) Herman. And I want to graduate, so this will help get me closer to my academic goal.” An acclaimed recruit out of Springfield, Ohio, Miller has started for almost three full seasons. After taking over during a 6-7 season in 2012, under Meyer he led the Buckeyes to a school-record 24 consecutive wins before losses in the Big Ten championship game to Michigan State and Orange Bowl to Clemson.

Verlander undergoes surgery DETROIT — Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery Thursday after injuring himself last month during offseason conditioning. Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia performed the operation on Verlander, who is expected to need six weeks of rehab before being evaluated again. The first workout for Detroit’s pitchers and catchers at spring training is scheduled for Feb. 14. The first spring training game is Feb. 25 against Florida Southern. “We fully anticipate Justin to participate in spring training and be in a position to compete at the beginning of the 2014 season,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. The team did not identify the “core muscle” that was repaired, but called the surgery successful. Verlander turns 31 on Feb. 20. The Tigers said Verlander hurt himself at the end of December. There was also a message posted on Verlander’s Twitter account: “Thanks for the support regarding my surgery today,” it said. “It went well and now my only focus is to get ready for 2014! #determined” — Staff and wire reports C

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gers a 50 games after a second positive drug test and free agent minor league RHP Yonquelys Martinez 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Named Luis Pujols manager of Frederick (Carolina); Ryan Minor manager, Paco Figueroa field coach and Trek Schuler athletic trainer of Delmarva (SAL); Justin Lord pitching coach, Chris Poole athletic trainer and Kevin Clark strength and conditioning coach for Aberdeen (NYP); Jeff Manto minor league hitting coordinator and Ryan Crotin minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. DETROIT TIGERS — Signed RHPs Jhan Marinez, Luis Marte, Eduardo Sanchez and Drew VerHagen; LHPs Duane Below, Blaine Hardy and Robbie Ray; Cs Craig Albernaz, Luis Exposito, James McCann and John Murrian; INFs Devon Travis and Danny Worth; and OFs Ezequiel Carrera, Tyler Collins and Trevor Crowe to minor league contracts. HOUSTON ASTROS — Named Jeff Albert minor league hitting coordinator, Doug White roving pitching instructor and Morgan Ensberg minor league special assignment coach. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Jason Adam, LHP Scott Alexander, RHP Aaron Brooks, RHP Kyle Zimmer, C Juan Graterol, OF Jorge Bonifacio, C Adam Moore, OF Gorkys Hernandez, RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, OF Paulo Orlando, RHP Cory Wade, RHP P.J. Walters, C Ramon Hernandez, INF Jason Donald, INF Brandon Laird and OF Melky Mesa on minor league contracts. MINNESOTA TWINS — Agreed to terms with LHP Matt Hoffman, LHP Aaron Thompson, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP Yohan Pino, C Dan Rohlfing, INF Jason Bartlett, INF James Beresford, INF Doug Bernier, INF Deibinson Romero, INF Brandon Waring, OF Jason Kubel, OF Darin Mastroianni, OF Jermaine Mitchell, OF Chris Rahl and OF Wilkin Ramirez on minor league contracts. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Agreed to terms with INF Jayson Nix on a minor league contract. Assigned OF Jerry Sands outright to Durham (IL). National League MIAMI MARLINS — Signed RHP Kevin Slowey, LHP Andrew Heaney, RHP Jesus Sanchez, LHP Josh Spence, INF Juan Diaz, OF Matt Angle and OF Joe Benson to minor league contracts. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Assigned G Lorenzo Brown to Delaware (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed LB Adrian Tracy to a reserve/future contact. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Promoted Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Named Hardy Nickerson linebackers coach, Kevin O’Dea special teams coordinator, Marcus Arroyo quarterbacks coach,

Joe Cullen defensive line coach, Andrew Hayes-Stoker wide receivers coach, Dave Kennedy strength and conditioning coach, Larry Marmie senior defensive assistant coach, Mikal Smith safeties coach, Tim Spencer running backs coach, Ben Steele offensive quality control and Matt Wiegand assistant offensive line coach. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Named Jay Gruden coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHLPA — Announced the retirement of free agent D Wade Redden. BUFFALO SABRES — Named Tim Murray general manager. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Activated F Matt Calvert off injured reserve. DALLAS STARS — Reassigned D Cameron Gaunce to Texas (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Assigned D Adam Larsson to Albany (AHL). MOTORSPORTS NASCAR — Named Richard Buck Sprint Cup Series director. SOCCER Major League Soccer CHICAGO FIRE — Signed F Harrison Shipp. CHIVAS USA — Named Wilmer Cabrera coach. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC — Signed MF Aaron Kovar, F Chad Barrett and F Sean Okoli. COLLEGE ALABAMA — Announced OT Cyrus Kouandjio, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, LB Adrian Hubbard and DE Jeoffrey Pagan are entering the NFL draft. ARIZONA STATE — Named Ray Anderson athletic director. AUBURN — Announced RB Tre Mason will enter the NFL draft. BRADLEY — Named Mark Jamison assistant director of sport performance. DETROIT — Announced freshman F Chris Jenkins is transferring from Colorado. GEORGIA — Announced the resignation of secondary coach Scott Lakatos. KANSAS STATE — Named Stewart Burke women’s assistant golf coach. LOUISVILLE — Named Bobby Petrino football coach. NEWBERRY — Announced the resignation of women’s soccer coach Karrie Miller. NOTRE DAME — Announced WR DaVaris Daniels is not enrolled for the spring semester. MICHIGAN — Named Doug Nussmeier offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI — Signed men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall to a four-year contract extension through the 2018 season. UALR — Suspended men’s soph- C omore basketball G Josh Hagins one game for his actions following Y a Jan. 4 game at UT Arlington.

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ild-card weekend wasn’t a smashing success, with the Sultan of Sides finishing with a 1-2-1 mark. Not that it matters. After a virtuoso performance during the regular season we’re left playing with house money in the playoffs. If the opening weekend is any indicator we can safely expect great football games in the Divisional Round. Alaska’s team, the Seattle Seahawks, open play when they host the New Orleans Saints. It’s a nervous time for a lifelong Seahawks fan. Part of what makes the NFL so riveting is the one-and-done environment engulfing each matchup. That also makes the playoffs extremely nerveracking, especially for a young guy with too much grey hair already! If the Saints and Seahawks played a seven-game series, I would have no reservations about the outcome. One game, against a player of Drew Brees’ caliber? Scary! Since we’re already on the subject, let’s quickly get to this week’s picks. Good luck and happy viewing!

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center to record an earthquake. That happened. The two teams met in Seattle again for Monday Night Football of Week 13 this season. That contest wasn’t nearly as dramatic. Seattle blew the Mardi Gras beads right off New Orleans in a resounding 34-7 triumph. Seattle’s defense was dominant, holding Brees to a season-low 147 passing yards. New Orleans rushing attack couldn’t pick up the slack, mustering a measly 44 yards on 17 carries. Is there any reason to expect a different result this time? Some of Seattle’s home-field mystique has worn off after a Week 16 loss to the visiting Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks had won 14 consecutive home games, tops in the NFL, before falling to Arizona. NFL teams now know (knowing is different from hoping) that this Seahawks team can be beat in Seattle. That wasn’t the case a few weeks ago. Ultimately, Seattle is going to win the game, but I expect this contest to remain in doubt well into the fourth quarter. Seattle’s top-ranked “Legion of Boom” defense, which leads the NFL in yards allowed, pass yards allowed and scoring defense, will keep Brees and the Saints prolific offense in check. Giving Russell Wilson the opportunity to lead a late game-winning drive. Seahawks win 23-20

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ing plunge from 5 yards out. On the play, Colts running back Donald Brown had the ball knocked out of his hands near the Chiefs goal line. The ball then caromed off an Indianapolis lineman’s helmet before coming to rest in Luck’s possession. The young quarterback then hop-scotched his way into the end zone, diving over helpless Kansas City defenders. It’s evident that no player in the NFL has a more appropriate last name than Andrew Luck. Can Indy’s good fortune last another week? Spot Tom Brady and Darth Belichick a four-touchdown lead and the game is over, no matter how lucky Andrew Luck and Indianapolis Colts might be. This Patriots team isn’t as highpowered as recent installments but it resembles some of New England’s Super Bowl winning teams from the early 2000s. A steady, ball-control offense featuring a strong rushing attack and short passing game paired with a capable defense. That NEW ORLEANS SAINTS recipe led the Patriots to three @ Seattle Seahawks -8 Super Bowl wins and very well could lead to a fourth victory The New Orleans Saints this year. march into Seattle to face the New England may not have top-seeded Seahawks this Satthe horses on offense to pull urday to open divisional round away from the youthful Colts, play. New Orleans snapped a but it’s hard to fathom Tom Terthree-game road losing streak INDIANAPOLIS COLTS last week courtesy of a 32-yard @ New England Patriots -8 rific losing a January game in Foxboro. One troubling stat for Shayne Graham field goal as Patriot backers, Andrew Luck is time expired. The narrow 26The New England Patriots 24 victory over the NFC East await the surprising Indianapolis 14-2 in games decided by seven champion Philadelphia Eagles Colts in Saturday’s second divi- or fewer points. Remember, the Colts are the should give the visiting Saints sional round matchup. The Colts only team to defeat the Denver a much needed dose of confitrailed the visiting Kansas City Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and dence as they head into what’s Chiefs 38-10 early in the third San Francisco 49ers this year. become a house of horrors for quarter of last week’s playoff Indianapolis has proven itself the franchise. opener before rallying for an capable of knocking off the In 2011, the 7-9 Seattle Sea- epic 45-44 victory. NFL’s elite. If the Colts remain hawks, under first year head Scientists still haven’t deterwithin a single score late don’t coach Pete Carroll, upset the mined how Indianapolis pulled be surprised if they pull off the defending Super Bowl chamoff the comeback. Everything upset. Colts win 27-21 pion Saints in the NFC wildthat could go right did for the card round. It was a shocking home side. The Colts benefited victory for a young Seahawks from costly Chiefs turnovers, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS team. lucky bounces, quick scores and @ Carolina Panthers +1 The 41-36 win culminated critical injuries to key players. Sunday’s pair of games kicks with the now infamous “Beast Perhaps no play summaoff with the defending NFC Quake” run by Marshawn rized the Colts’ second-half champion San Francisco 49ers Lynch. The ensuing celebraperformance better than visiting Charlotte to battle the tion inside Century Link Field quarterback Andrew Luck’s Carolina Panthers. The two mirliterally caused a local seismic fumble recovery and scor-

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ror images met in Week 10 when the Panthers narrowly defeated the 49ers 10-9 in San Francisco. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick suffered the worst performance of his career in the contest. Kaepernick failed to throw for over 100 yards and posted a career worst 7.7 quarterback rating. His counterpart, Cam Newton, wasn’t much better, throwing for 169 yards and an interception. It’s safe to expect a similarly low-scoring affair in the rematch. Both defenses rank in the NFL’s top five in yards allowed and scoring defense. Both enter this matchup red-hot. San Francisco has won seven consecutive games while the Panthers rebounded from a 1-3 start to finish 12-4 and claim the second seed in the NFC. It’s little surprise that Vegas opened this game with a onepoint spread. That number has moved to three in favor of the road side, despite the earlier head-to-head result, likely a nod to San Francisco’s recent playoff experience and perceived coaching advantage. The biggest difference Sunday may be the availability of receivers Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. Crabtree missed the first matchup recovering

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for an astonishing 38 minutes, 26 seconds, per game. The best way to stop Manning is to keep him on the sidelines, and San Diego has mastered the concept. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is uniquely capable of matching Manning on the football chessboard. McCoy was Denver’s offensive coordinator last season. Chargers defenders gain additional information from veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney. Freeney is sidelined by a SAN DIEGO CHARGERS season-ending injury but the @ Denver Broncos -10 longtime Manning teammate in The weekend’s final contest Indianapolis has helped his curmatches the San Diego Super rent team make sense of ManChargers against the AFC’s top ning’s pre-snap theatrics. If there seed, the Denver Broncos. It’s is a team in the AFC capable of been a record-setting year for upsetting Denver this postseason Denver led by AARP member it’s the San Diego Chargers. and future Hall of Famer Peyton The Chargers proved that Manning. in Week 15 when they dealt Old No. 18 rewrote the NFL Denver its only home loss of the record book passing for 5,477 season. As a Bronco and Colt yards and 55 touchdowns this Peyton Manning has lost three season. Denver’s offense set a straight playoff games and has Super Bowl era record scoring gone 4-6 against the Chargers in 37.9 points per game. Incredibly, their last 10 meetings. San Dithe Broncos were held under 30 ego quarterback Philip Rivers is points just three times all year! 6-2 all-time against the Broncos Sobering news for Denver in Denver. The Broncos are the supporters, San Diego was the better team and they’re playing opponent in two of those three at home. This is a game Denver contests. In those games the should win, but … Chargers win Chargers possessed the football 31-27


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Hall says any changes come from writers RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK — The Hall of Fame says it’s up to baseball writers to propose any changes in the selection process. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has voted on Hall of Fame candidates since 1936, and elections have become more controversial in recent years as stars tainted by accusations of steroids use have fallen well short of the 75 percent needed for entry to Cooperstown. Writers are limited to a maximum 10 votes, and some say there’s a logjam as Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens, Mark McGwire remain on the ballot at a time new players are added. The Hall electorate includes anyone who has been a BBWAA member for 10 consecutive years at any point. Some say the voting group should be expanded beyond writers.

“We’re happy,” Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark said Thursday after a news conference to introduce 2014 electees Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. “We’re in an age where everyone does want to be heard, but we really see this as an issue that needs to be dealt with by the BBWAA.” Dan Le Batard was kicked out of the BBWAA for one year and barred from future Hall votes on Thursday after he turned over his 2014 ballot to the website Deadspin, which allowed readers to choose the selections. Le Batard, an ESPN host and longtime Miami Herald columnist, said Wednesday he gave his ballot to the website because he detests the “hypocrisy” in the voting process and it “needs remodeling in a new media world.” “The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable,” the organization said in a state-

The Next Level Seward’s O’Leary swims well in Wyoming Going from an athlete in a small pond to the ocean that is the college scene is quite the transition, but Seward’s Ryan O’Leary is still impressing the masses. Swimming at the University of Wyoming, the junior helped to break two school relay records and also moved into the top-10 in two individual events last year as a sophomore. The 2010 Seward graduate — who was voted Outstanding Boys Swimmer at the 2010 state swimming and diving meet after winning the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events — ranks fifth on the university’s list of 50 free times with a time of 20.44 seconds, and 10th on the 100 free list with a 45.32 mark. In the school relay events, he earned Second Team AllMountain Pacific Sports Federation honors in the 200 free and 800 free relays. Then, for additional measure, O’Leary helped the 400 free relay team capture third place at the Las Vegas Invitational.

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state of turmoil the team has endured under owner Snyder and recently under general manager Allen. Gruden was a given a five-year contact for his first NFL head coaching gig, taking over a 3-13 team that has finished last in the NFC East in five of the last six seasons. “We HAVE to get it right,” said Allen, who led the search and interviewed six candidates. “We need to get the franchise back on track in a winning direction. ... We were looking for a new leader, somebody who can inspire our football team. We knew it was more than just X and Os, it was about finding the right person to build a team chemistry that we needed.” Gruden is Snyder’s eighth coach in 16 seasons as an NFL owner. Unlike Shanahan, who was fired last week, Gruden will not have final say over all football matters. He’ll report to Allen, who has taken charge of assembling the roster and other personnel decisions. Snyder attended the news conference but did not speak to reporters. The 46-year-old Gruden has spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, where his skill in helping to develop Andy Dalton will no doubt be of use when he takes on the task of grooming another young franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Gruden praised the talents of Griffin and spoke of the need to build a “genuine” trust with the quarterback, who regressed this season after winning the AP’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012. Griffin returned from major knee surgery to start 13 games, but he publicly disagreed with some of Shanahan’s decisions, struggled as a drop-back passer and was benched for the final three weeks. Asked to confirm that Griffin will be

ESPN broadcaster Keith Olbermann advocates eliminating the 10-players restriction and increasing the voting pool. “The idea of exclusively the baseball writers voting for the Hall of Famers is a vestige of state-of-the-art media of the ‘30s and ‘40s,” he said. “It was a very, very good and inclusive idea then. Shortly after it was instituted, it began to become less inclusive, to the point now where maybe baseball writers, the beat writers, are not a large enough group or may not be the most-informed group. Certainly they’re not the exclusively informed group.” He suggests voters include baseball experts such as broadcasters Vin Scully and Bob Costas, historian John Thorn and author Bill James. “It would be I think appropriate if the fans had a small voice in this,” Olbermann said. “Maybe it literally is 1 percent of the vote is a fan poll. Why not?” During the news conference,

Maddux, Glavine and Thomas posed together as Hall of Famers for the first time. They will be inducted July 27 along with retired managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. Maddux, Glavine and Cox will make it a special day for the Braves. Another former Atlanta pitcher, John Smoltz, will be on the ballot for the first time in December. “I’ve given him grief,” Glavine said. “I told him he didn’t have to go play another year — he would be up here with us.” ‘It would have been cool if John was with us,” Maddux said, “but his day will be coming soon.” The Hall plans to announce next week the caps to be used for the players’ plaques, which also will contain brief descriptions of their careers. Asked what words they would like to see, Maddux said “overachieve,” Glavine “competitor, stubborn” or “dependable or

durable” and Thomas “consistent and driven.” “I wasn’t that blue-collar guy coming out,” Thomas said. “I guess I don’t want to call myself a diamond, but it was many years of polishing my career and getting it to where I was. Very driven should be the word.” Maddux, too, said it took time to evolve. “The secret of pitching is to learn yourself, to learn the hitters, to get away from the brain-dead heaver philosophy,” he said. The trio has many accomplishments: 355 wins for Maddux, 308 victories for Glavine and 521 homers for Thomas. Yet they saved relatively little memorabilia from their careers. Glavine does have some souvenirs of a special game. “Pretty much everything I have or used in my 300th win that the Hall of Fame didn’t take from me is at my house,” he said.

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to the guys, we got to make sure we refocus and get better and come back for tomorrow night.” Midway through the first period, Wolter — a recent acquisition — became the first to light the lamp when he converted a close-range shot on net past Wenatchee goaltender Gustaf Johansson. Johansson played for Kenai River last year. Only 35 seconds into the second period, Nathan Colwell and Alec Butcher broke out on a two-on-one rush, which ended with Colwell lifting a nifty assist to Butcher at the left wing to add a second goal. The Wild increased their pressure, outshooting the Bears 16-5 in the third period but only

coming up with the single goal by Troy Loggins. Ironically, it was Loggins who was sent to the penalty box with 8:30 remaining for a slashing violation, only to watch the Bears’ Tyler Andrews score an insurance goal on the resulting power play only two seconds later. “We talked about how to close out games and I thought we did a good job of that tonight,” Beauparlant said. “We were willing to block shots, we were willing to chip pucks out and get pucks in deep when we needed to, and obviously Quinn stood on his head and made saves when he needed to. But the power-play goal was huge, and that’s what it’s there for.” The two squads will meet

twice more this weekend for 7:30 p.m. games tonight and Saturday night at the Sports Complex to complete a threegame series.

White had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 boards and Iowa routed Northwestern. Devyn Marble scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who never trailed despite playing without coach Fran McCaffery. He was suspended one game by the Big Ten for an outburst directed at officials during last weekend’s loss at Wisconsin. Iowa (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) opened the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back. The Hawkeyes led by double digits the entire second No. 20 IOWA 93, half, improving to 10-0 at home. NORTHWESTERN 67 JerShon Cobb had 18 points to IOWA CITY, Iowa — Aaron lead Northwestern. The Wildcats

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goal. “I believe it was a shot from the side that went around the net, and it was a shot from the post,” Quinn said. “I don’t know, someone shot it out, and I went to block it with my stick and the guy was there, and I was in the butterfly and it went in.” Up to that point, Quinn faced 38 shots and deflected them all. Overall in the game, the Wild outshot the Bears 49-27. “I thought we had a good week of practice and preparation,” Beauparlant said. “I said

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Making the transition from a talented, athletic high school football star to the college ranks is a big step, but Nikiski’s Lincoln Johnson seems to have traversed that bridge without too much trouble. As a defensive end for Division III Greenville College (Ill.), Johnson started nine of 11 games for the Panthers in 2013 as the school posted a 9-2 season record that was capped with an appearance in the National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl. The school took a humbling 67-0 loss to the Division II Azusa Pacific Cougars on Nov. 23 at the Historic Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga., but it was the regular season play of Johnson that proved as a freshman, he belongs. Johnson’s four regular season sacks ranked him 12th in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, and the 18 yards he dropped opposing quarterbacks was 22nd best in the conference. Even Alaska congressman Don Young noticed the efforts of Johnson, as well as another Alaskan that played in the Victory Bowl, Justin Moore of Anchorage. Young congratulated both players on his Facebook page, adding that, “As a former college football player myself, I know the hard work and dedication it takes to pull off a winning season.”

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ment. BBWAA Secretary-Treasurer Jack O’Connell said ballots averaged 8.4 players this year and just over half of the 571 voters used all 10 picks. “I don’t think that in any situation one needs to react to a one-off and change an entire process,” Clark said. The BBWAA decided last month to form a committee to study whether the 10-man limit should be altered. The committee, chaired by BBWAA immediate past president Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, is expected to report back to membership in July. While the BBWAA long was limited to reporters for newspapers and news agencies, a small number of website writers have been allowed to join in recent years. Broadcasters and MLB. com reporters are excluded. The Hall of Fame electorate includes anyone who has been a BBWAA member for 10 consecutive years at any point.

scored 11 second-half points. His layup on goaltending by Montrezl Harrell put Memphis up 70-67 with 40 seconds left. Luke Hancock had a seasonhigh 20 points to lead Louisville (13-3, 2-1).

CALIFORNIA 96, No. 17 OREGON 83 EUGENE, Ore. — Freshman guard Jordan Matthews scored a

season-high 32 points and California beat Oregon for the 12th straight time. Justin Cobbs had 20 points and 11 assists for the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12), who shot 52.5 percent and had five players in double figures. Joseph Young scored 29 for the Ducks (13-2, 1-2), who went 5 of 19 from 3-point range and dropped their second consecutive game after opening 13-0. Oregon was held to 40.6 percent shooting overall.

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PORTLAND 82, No. 22 GONZAGA 73 PORTLAND, Ore. — Bryce Pressley had 16 points and nine assists to help scrappy Portland snap C a 20-game losing streak to Gonzaga. The loss also ended the Bull- Y dogs’ 22-game winning streak in West Coast Conference games. The previous time Portland (107, 2-3) beat Gonzaga at home was in 1996, and the Pilots’ last victory in the series came in 2003 in Spokane.

Source: Suns’ Bledsoe needs surgery on right knee PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe will have surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely. The person asked not to be identified because the Suns have not officially revealed that

the starter, Gruden chuckled and said: “I don’t see him as a backup.” “I see every trait that a quarterback has to have to be successful, I see Robert having all of those,” Gruden said. “So why wouldn’t you want to coach a guy like that? ... I’m going to let him know that I’m a trustworthy guy. He’s also got to understand that I expect a lot from the starting quarterback. I expect him to come in and prepare and work hard, and I expect him to take the blame on some throws. I expect him to be a great leader.” Griffin limited his comments to a quick post on his Facebook page: “Excited about the hiring of Coach Jay Gruden. Can’t wait to get to work with him & the guys!” Gruden said he will call the plays himself and that he has yet to decide which members of Shanahan’s staff to retain. It seems a safe bet, however, that some combination of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and tight ends coach Sean McVay has a good chance of sticking around, based on the trio’s previous relationship with the new coach. Gruden also said he’s a fan of the 3-4 defense that Haslett has used the last four years. “I know there’s a lot of coaches here who can coach,” Gruden said. Gruden has been largely overshadowed by his more famous brother, Jon Gruden, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is now an analyst on “Monday Night Football.” But Jay Gruden has been a name on the rise based on his success with Dalton and the Bengals’ offense. Jay Gruden interviewed for multiple head coaching openings last year and had drawn interest from at least three other teams seeking to fill a head coaching vacancy this year. He interviewed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. The Redskins had to wait until the Bengals played their first-round playoff game before Gruden could be courted. It took a bad day from Gruden and Dalton — scoring only 10 points in a home loss to the San Diego Chargers — to make Gruden

surgery is planned. The dynamic Bledsoe has been a crucial element in Phoenix’s surprising success this season. Acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, Bledsoe has teamed with Goran Dragic to form a dynamic backcourt that has been the catalyst

free to be hired this week. “I told him it worked out well that Cincinnati lost,” Allen said. “He still doesn’t understand that.” Gruden said his ties within the Washington organization played a “big role” in his decision. He was an assistant coach with Tampa Bay from 2002-08, where he worked at various times with Allen, Morris and McVay. Gruden also coached under Haslett with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers in 2009. There’s no question Gruden has paid his dues. He was a quarterback in the long-defunct World League of American Football, then went to the Arena Football League and began a playing and coaching career that was so successful it landed him in the AFL Hall of Fame in 1999. He’s been a head coach both the AFL and UFL, including two stints with the AFL’s Orlando Predators. In 2010, after Haslett left for the Redskins, Gruden was head coach and general manager of the Tuskers and led them to the UFL championship game.

“There’s a lot of work to do,” Gruden said. “When you’re 3-13, there’s not one particular player or reason, there’s a lot of reasons and there’s a lot of things that need to be fixed.” Giants’ Wilson needs neck surgery NEWARK, N.J. — New York Giants top running back David Wilson needs neck surgery and his future in football is uncertain. Giants general manager Jerry Reese disclosed the news Thursday during a radio interview with WFAN in New York City. New York’s first-round draft pick in 2012, Wilson was hurt on Oct. 6 after being tackled coming out of his own end zone in a home game against Philadelphia. Wilson will have a fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc C

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cus injury, was first reported by ESPN. While Bledsoe’s offense, particularly his ability to penetrate the lane, has been an important part of the Suns’ success, his strong defense will be missed perhaps even more.

in his neck. The procedure will be per- Vrabel is jumping back to the NFL to formed by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the rejoin new Houston Texans coach Bill Hospital of Special Surgery on Jan. O’Brien. 16. Vrabel, who played at Ohio State and went on to a 14-year career in the Browns have not contacted Tres- NFL, will coach linebackers, he consel firmed in a post on Twitter. CLEVELAND — Jim Tressel has “I am thankful for everyone assoc not been contacted by the Browns with TOSU for 3 great years and my about their coaching vacancy. family and I are excited to join the On Thursday, he found a way to Houston Texans as the LB coach,” he reach out to them. posted early Thursday night. Ohio State’s former coach, who O’Brien, the head coach at Penn remains wildly popular in his home State the past two years, had been a state, told a Columbus radio station top assistant with the New England that while he has not had any dis- Patriots in 2007-08 when Vrabel was a cussions with the Browns “it doesn’t player. Vrabel won three Super Bowls mean that I don’t have any interest in with the Patriots. the NFL.” Vrabel was one of the top recruiters Appearing on 97.1 FM, Tressel for coach Urban Meyer. Joey Bosa, a didn’t rule out the possibility that he freshman defensive end, was recruited could be a coaching candidate some- by Vrabel and developed into a starter time soon. this past season. “I think it’s going to be an interestMeyer did not have an immediate ing time in the next few weeks, the comment. next month, and I wouldn’t count anyOhio State athletic director Gene thing out,” said Tressel, who made the Smith also turned to Twitter to conappearance to promote an autograph gratulate Vrabel and his wife. show. “Thanks Mike and Jen Vrabel for The 61-year-old spent 10 sea- all you gave the Buckeyes. Good luck sons at Ohio State, where he led the in Houston. Here for you always!!! Buckeyes to a national title before he #GoBucks,” Smith posted on his acwas fired for failing to report viola- count. tions by some players. Tressel is curVrabel becomes the second defenrently a vice president at Akron, but sive coach to leave the Buckeyes in sounded as if he’s itching to return to recent weeks. Everett Withers, co-decoaching. He’s been watching bowl fensive coordinator and assistant head games and the NFL playoffs with coach/safeties left to take the head keen interest. coaching position at James Madison “I don’t know if you love football last month. how your blood couldn’t boil if you’re The Buckeyes went 12-2 this past watching football at this time of year,” season, running their school-record he said. winning streak to 24 games in a row before losing their final two games, Vrabel to coach for O’Brien 34-24 to Michigan State in the Big COLUMBUS, Ohio — Third-year Ten championship game and 40-34 to Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

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Surf scoters (English) or the one with a light color on its nose (Dena’ina) flush from Botteninthin Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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entitled “Bird which includes Traditions of the 18 species with efuge Lime Village Area names that reflect otebook Dena’ina: Upper a strong cultural Stony River Ethbias (Lincoln’s no-Ornithology.” sparrow, AmeriJohn M orton Here was a chance can widgeon) or to test this idea. are simply not deI extracted 70 bird species from all scriptive unless you know something taxa which the authors had been able about bird taxonomy (brant, whimto determine full Dena’ina names and brel, northern harrier). There are only are also found on the Kenai Peninsula. four species’ names based on behavior I classified their names, both Dena’ina (and only partly so) such as Ameriand their common English equivalent can dipper and olive-sided flycatcher, (determined by the American Orni- and only three based on sound (mew thologists’ Union), into categories gull). based on behavior, call or sound, habiIn contrast, 53 percent of Dena’ina tat, physical attributes, and none-of- names are based on behavior (22 spethe-above. cies) and sound (15 species). So the Sure enough, 50 percent (35 spe- cliff swallow is one that daubs mud, cies) of the English equivalents are the olive-sided flycatcher is one that based on physical attributes, birds like says “dry fish” (in Dena’ina), the black-capped chickadee and spotted ruffed grouse is the one that pounds, sandpiper. The next biggest English- the osprey becomes one that watches based group is “none-of-the-above,” the water, and the northern hawk owl

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‘Fat bike’ enterprises gain traction in Anchorage By MONICA GOKEY Anchorage Daily News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — You see them on the city’s trail network: chunky black rubber tires powered by thunder-cracking thighs. Fat bikes are almost as ubiquitous as cross-country skis on some Anchorage trails. The city’s burgeoning fat bike movement has sprouted a handful of successful businesses in its wake. Anchorage is a town where bike nuts evolve into entrepreneurs. Inconspicuously tucked away in a residential neighborhood is Eric Parsons’ double-car garage, chock full of machines. Alongside a handful of sewing machines is a bar-tacker, a die press and a fabric cutter (which Parsons notes can cut fingers off). Parsons’ garage is also the headquarters for his business, Revelate Designs. He produces high-quality bike

touring accessories -- frame bags, handlebar bags and seat bags -- all aimed at allowing people to pack enough food and camping gear to stay on their bikes longer. Revelate is among at least three Anchorage businesses that have cropped up alongside the growing appetite for fat bikes. Two other local businesses, FATBACK and 9:ZERO:7, manufacture fat bike frames and hardware. “Fat bikes” get their name from their chubby tires, about two to three inches wider than standard bicycle tires. Fat bike frames are also wider to accommodate the tires. The extra surface area adds traction and float for riding over soft surfaces like snow and sand. Greg Maytas, owner of FATBACK, AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) said Alaska has long been a hotbed for In this Dec. 30, 2013 photo, Revelate Designs’ Eric Parsons sews frame bag fat bike development. He points to the components in his garage workshop in Airport Heights, Alaska. He owns and maintains several sewing machines to handle the various tasks required in See BIKE, page C-2 making his products.

Plants wait out darkest days By LEE REICH Associated Press

Plants and people can’t help but feel a bit wan this time of year, but things are brightening up already. Every day the sun is gradually moving higher in the sky, burning with increasing intensity and duration. Light is measured in foot-candles — the amount of light cast on a square foot area by a candle at 1 foot distance — and the sun on a clear summer day can bathe us in 10,000 foot-candles. Contrast that with the paltry 500 footcandles dribbling down on an overcast winter day. Houseplants’ problems are further compounded by windows, which cut sunlight by another 10 percent. No wonder these plants, if they are growing at all, stretch for light this time of year. There are ways you can help them. AP Photo/Lee Reich One is to clean your windows. In this undated photo, a prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) is shown, a houseplant that tolerates low light levels, “prays” by folding up its leaves Any dirt on the glass cuts down light. While you’re at it, dust or spritz off each evening, in New Paltz, N.Y. C

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your plants’ leaves; dust has the same ill effect. Fortunately, many houseplants hail from the shade of tropical jungles. Still, flowering and fruiting take energy, which comes ultimately from the sun, so if you want flowers or fruits from such plants as Jerusalem cherry, flowering maple, citrus and miniature roses, you have to arrange for abundant light. Otherwise these plants will just stay alive, might even grow, but will not flower and fruit.

How bright is your window? How much light is enough? Most flowering and fruiting plants need 1,000 or more foot-candles, although some, such as African violet, rex begonia, flowering maple, zebra plant and crown-of-thorns, will provide colorful displays even at about 500 foot-candles. Below that level, stick strictly to foliage plants such as cast iron plant, Swiss cheese plant, baby’stears, parlor palm, pothos and ferns.

You can translate those needed foot-candles into light measured by a digital SLR camera. Set it on aperture priority with the aperture at f/8 and the ISO at 100. Hold a white sheet of paper so that whatever light you’re measuring falls directly on it, and measure the shutter speed reading that the camera gives you (without a flash) for a good picture from about a foot away. Multiply the shutter speed times 4 for the approximate foot-candles. (Shutter speed is usually expressed as a fraction of a second, so a speed of “500” is really 1/500th of a second; for footcandles, you’d multiply 500 times 4 for 2,000 foot-candles. If light is very dim, the shutter speed might be more than a second; no need to measure, in that case, because in such light any plant will barely stay alive.) Take measurements at various locations and times of day; you’ll probably be surprised at how little light falls near even a bright window. If such exactitude is not your style, See PLANT, page C-2


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Curling squad helps student take to ice By ANDREW ERNST Daily Herald Media

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Matt Hass has spent a lot of time on the ice. That’s a fairly common statement for the average 15-yearold student-athlete in central Wisconsin. But much of Matt’s ice time has come in his hockey sled, and now in his wheelchair as part of the Wausau West curling team. Matt was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that caused the vertebrae to form improperly around his spinal cord. He has used a wheelchair for most of his life. “It’s been great from the standpoint of having a different level of cooperation,” West curling coach Jim Wendling said of Matt’s participation on the team. “Curling is about cooperation anyway. For Matt, it’s been about his teammates adjusting to what he needs and him adjusting to them.” Wendling said that from his perspective, the other players have treated Matt as just another teammate. While Matt’s story is inspiring, it brings to light a greater issue of providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities. Kristi Roth, an associate professor of adapted physical education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, said she has seen many positive changes during her 20 years as an educator. “I have seen it growing,” she told Daily Herald Media. “I have a student coaching at John Muir (Middle School) in Wausau who has a visually impaired student who wants to play basketball. He asked me, ‘What kind of accommodations can be made?’” Last January, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a letter to schools reminding them of their obligations to provide equal opportunities for students with disabilities. However, the adjustments made for the disabled student cannot alter the competition for the rest of the students.

‘Curling is about cooperation anyway. For Matt, it’s been about his teammates adjusting to what he needs and him adjusting to them.’ — Jim Wendling, West curling coach This creates the challenge for teachers and coaches, which is what Roth teaches her students. “You can’t make generalizations,” she said. “Each person functions differently. You have to figure out ways to help each person.” For example, a school can provide a basketball with a beeper or bell inside to assist a visually impaired student. At the same time, his teammates can develop keywords to let him know they are open and where they are on the floor. None of these adjustments would alter the game for the other players, Roth said. However, if a student required the hoop to be lowered from its standard height, that would not be an adjustment the school would be expected to make because it fundamentally changes the game for the other athletes, she said. In Matt’s case, he goes onto the ice in his wheelchair and uses a pole to propel the rock when he throws. One of his teammates will stand behind his chair to keep him from rolling backward during the throw. “There really is not that much we have to do differently for him,” Wendling said. “He has the pole with the release. And he has to clean the tires on his chair before he can go on the ice.” Matt approached Wendling about joining the team in the fall at the school’s freshmen welcome night. Wendling, who has coached the team for 12 years, said he immediately started to figure out how he could make it happen. “I really didn’t know how it would work,” he said. “But, if I have a student who has flexibility issues, I would go to

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State, federal and private funds should be used to make the Kenai River more driftContinued from page C-1 boat friendly, and the number of power boats on the river at any one time should be recial use of not only the Kenai duced and limited. No one can River, but of all Alaska’s waters. Sport fishing on the Kenai say with a straight face that salmon thrive with power boats has become industrialized to the point where it’s destructive. running over their spawning Selling someone a fishing trip grounds day and night. While it may be arguable on a “world-class” river is a whether reducing human joke that’s less funny — and activity in the Cook Inlet less profitable — with each drainage will help restore the passing year. area’s king salmon runs from The number of guides and rental boats on the Kenai River their present dismal state, the positive effects of such acshould be limited. Now, with tion would reach far into the the numbers reduced due to future. I would hope that lawpoor king returns, would be makers and others with the a good time to do it. Like the ability to shape the destiny intense commercial fishing in of Alaska’s salmon will look Cook Inlet, guides put more forward to this future and act fishing pressure on the Kenai River than this river can tolerate. accordingly. The public would support this Les Palmer can be reached action, and the remaining guides at les.palmer@rocketmail.com. would be better off for it.

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just gauge light by window direction. A south-facing window is brightest, followed by east and west-facing windows, with north windows being the darkest. Any obstruction — even a leafless tree — will reduce light levels, as will moving a plant back from a window.

Artificial light can help, maybe Natural light can be augmented with artificial light. Don’t expect too much from artificial light, though, especially for large plants, the bulk of whose leaves cannot get close to the light source. A fluorescent light, for example, casts as much as 900 foot-candles of light, but that’s only within 6 inches of the light bulb. Light levels drop dramatically as you retreat from the bulb — with the square of the distance, so double the distance and you have only one-fourth of the light, triple it and you have only one-ninth, etc.

In addition to intensity, the spectral distribution of the light can impact plant growth. Flowering requires more light at the red end of the spectrum; fluorescent light tends toward the blue end of the spectrum. Bulbs other than fluorescents have their own advantages and disadvantages. Incandescent lights convert much of their energy into heat, so you can’t put a plant close enough for a dramatic effect on growth without scorching leaves. Special high intensity lights, such as mercury vapor and sodium lights, can dramatically increase growth, but the intensity and spectrum of the light will make your living room look more like a hospital operating room. LED (lightemitting diode) bulbs also have potential for indoor plant growing. They are efficient, and the spectral output can be tailored to plant needs. My own plan is to wait out the sun. It’s reassuring to watch plants naturally gather steam as the days grow longer. Online: http://leereich.blogspot. com/ http://leereich.com/

people who know how to help with that.” So, Wendling contacted Steve Brown with the Madison Curling Club. Brown coaches the U.S. Paralympic curling team. He invited Wendling and Matt to Madison to spend some time on the ice with the team and learn how to help Matt play the game. “I had seen some teams with all disabled players, but didn’t see any that were mixed,” Wendling said. “Those were questions that were asked in Madison. After that weekend, I didn’t have any reservations about Matt being on the team.” Well, not quite. “I was worried about whether he would love it,” Wendling said, referring to Matt’s seven years of sled hockey. “Once he got throwing, I didn’t have any doubts.” Now that he’s a part of the team, Matt can’t get enough. “It’s been fun working with the team,” Matt said. “They’ve been helpful with a lot of stuff, standing behind the chair when I throw.” For his parents — Todd and Sandy — seeing Matt with the

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Some birds share the same habitat both in English and Dena’ina. The spruce grouse in English becomes one that eats spruce boughs in Dena’ina. The bank swallow becomes beneath the bank. But the harlequin duck becomes “resident of the passes,” a more precise label for a waterfowl species that breeds along mountain streams. A couple of birds get unique recognition by the Lime Villagers. The fox sparrow literally translates to “why does it scold me?” and the white-tailed ptarmigan to “you are dreaming.”

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1980s, when people started to jerry-rig bikes for riding on snow. Maytas got into the fat bike business around the same time Parsons started producing soft goods in 2007. FATBACK produces all the necessary parts for a fat bike, and the parts sell all over the world. They also sell through Maytas’ local bike shop, Speedway Cycles, “Home of the FATBACK.” “When we got started there wasn’t much available, and we just saw the need for some different products,” Maytas said. Quality Bicycle Parts product design manager Joe Meiser said the economic effect of the fat bike movement is difficult to gauge because most of the companies are private, meaning they generally don’t disclose sales figures. QBP is the bike industry’s largest distributor. “I would venture that (the fat bike) category may be one of the fastest-growing in the industry,” Meiser wrote in an email. “What’s fantastic about the culture of the category is that many places that weren’t previously cycling meccas or didn’t have a great summer riding season now have a winter season,” Meiser wrote. Some growth is also coming from desert and coastal communities, where fat bikes are used to ride on sand and beaches, Meiser said. Maytas of FATBACK said a lot of fat bike customers are in places with conditions similar to Anchorage. “Basically any of the cities that have our type of climate where folks nordic ski in the winter, those are places people love to ride fat tire bikes,” he said. Parsons of Revelate Designs is one of those who has taken a fat bike to Alaska’s sandier parts. A picture in his garage C

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team fulfills one of their goals for him. “This is what we’ve been striving for,” Todd said. “We’ve always wanted him to be independent and as self-assured as possible. We want him to go off to college, to live life to the fullest and not be limited in any way.” The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association currently sponsors one adaptive sport. In 2010, wheelchair events at the state track and field meet were added as an exhibition. The next year, those events — 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600 and shot put — became official events, said Marcy Thurwachter with the WIAA. The response to the addition was nothing but positive, she said. “It started with one athlete from one school,” Thurwachter said. “I think we were very aggressive in developing the program, and it did pick up interest quickly.” In 2013, seven wheelchair athletes from as many schools competed at the state meet. There were 13 competitors in 2012. Thurwachter said she will be interested to see how many athletes there are this year because several seniors graduated. Matt intends be to one of them this spring. “I’ve raced before in my chair,” he said, “but never in a track chair.” Thurwachter said that while track currently is the only dedicated wheelchair sport, the I don’t know exactly why Dena’ina may be more behaviorally attuned than those of European descent. Perhaps because binoculars and scopes are a great advantage for seeing, rather than hearing, birds in contemporary times. Perhaps because Dena’ina lived closer to the land in more recent times. Stephen Jay Gould, the great Harvard evolutionary biologist, wrote in an essay that while western and non-western cultures generally recognize species as similar organizational units, the increasing differences at higher levels (genus, family, order) involve their relative importance to humans rather than an evolutionary construct. Many of the Old World

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Using a specially designed pole Matt Haas pushes a rock down the ice during curling practice for Wausau West High School at the Wausau Curling Club, Dec. 18, 2013, in Wausau, Wis. He is being helped by teammates Reese Geier (glasses) and Brady Mackay.

organization has been helping to get disabled athletes involved in mainstream sports for years. “The problem with team sports is finding the athletes to field a team,” she said. “The pri-

mary reason for the wheelchair track is because wheeling and running are so different. Many disabled athletes are streamlined into the mainstream. They qualify just like any other athlete.”

names given to modern birds have etymological roots that may have been more meaningful prior to modern English. For instance, the harrier (or marsh hawk) likely derives from a mid-16th century use of “one that harries,” which describes behaviorally how the marsh hawk hunts for nesting birds and small mammals low over the landscape. Similarly, whimbrel may have also originated in the 16th century as an alteration of “whimper,” which is what its call sounds like. Anyway, my point is that if you knew birds by their Dena’ina names, you might understand something of what it means to be truly native to the Kenai Peninsula. The calls of the

olive-sided flycatcher (vava nihi) and golden-crowned sparrow (tsik’ezdlagh) told the Lime Villagers that the salmon were making their way through the upper Kuskokwim River. Peter Kalifornsky, the last native-speaking Kenaitze, told a similar story of how the tsik’ezdlagh heralded the first salmon run in the spring on the Kenai Peninsula. It’s a different way of relating to the natural world than looking at a sonar count online. John Morton is the supervisory biologist at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. You can find more information about the refuge at http://kenai.fws.gov or http://www.facebook.com/ kenainationalwildliferefuge.

‘What’s fantastic about the culture of the category is that many places that weren’t previously cycling meccas or didn’t have a great summer riding season now have a winter season.’ — Joe Meiser, Quality Bicycle Parts product design manager shows a trip in 2011 when Parsons and friends rode for more than 10 days along the coastline of the Gulf of Alaska from Yakutat to Gustavus. The movement toward multiday biking adventures is called “bike packing,” Parsons said. “If you take rugged bikes and lighter gear you can do a lot more.” The trend has roots in extreme bike events like the Susitna 100, where riders have to carry everything they need for the duration of the race. Self-support bike trips used to have just a niche following of die-hards, but Parsons said they are growing to include a broader swath of bikers, which is good for Revelate’s business. Revelate was one of the first businesses on the market producing bags for bikes, Parsons said. Until three years ago, everything Revelate made was produced in Anchorage, mostly by Parsons himself. In the thick of Revelate’s growth, Parsons was working 12-hour days to fill orders. It wasn’t sustainable. “I had design knowledge, but I didn’t have any production knowledge,” Parsons said. Parsons acquired Revelate’s “mountain feedbag” product -a water bottle holder that clips on to the handlebars -- as another bike accessories company was going out of business in Oregon. Its proprietor put him in touch with the company’s manufacturing contractor. It was the lifeline Revelate needed. As far as Parsons could tell, there weren’t any contract

manufacturers that could meet his needs in Anchorage. Apart from the products sold in Anchorage’s bike shops (which Parsons still manufactures in his garage), the majority of Revelate’s products are now made in a town outside Eugene, Ore.(backslash) The stability of having an established contract manufacturer has allowed Revelate to fill larger orders, Parsons said. Parsons visits the factory once or twice a year, but he’s in touch with it almost daily, he said. “I know most of the sewers on a first-name basis,” he said. While many outdoors products are made in China, Parsons said that isn’t in Revelate’s future. “The only reason to do that is to chase the low dollar,” he said, highlighting the value in knowing the people who make his products. Revelate Designs has a single employee in Anchorage who helps Parsons with the day-today operations -- but only when the employee isn’t off guiding trips on Mount McKinley, Parsons said, laughing. Eventually Parsons would like to hire three or four people, especially in the area of customer service -- a major timesuck for Parsons. Extra hands would allow Parsons to get back to what he does best: research and develop great bike accessories. As it stands now, more than one or two people is a tight fit for Revelate’s garage headquarters. Parsons also doesn’t have room for the added machinery

he’d like to invest in, like a seam-taper. Parsons said he’s been on the prowl for a bigger space for a while. As a small business, Revelate falls in the gap between large warehouses and small, yet expensive retail space, Parsons said. The former is more room than he needs, the latter too pricey for his budget. Parsons admitted he’s been an extremely selective shopper when it comes to finding a permanent home for Revelate Designs. He needs affordable space for his factory equipment with a little room to grow. “I’m picky. I want to be able to bike to work,” Parsons said. Curt Nading, owner of Commercial Real Estate Alaska, said Anchorage has long been a competitive market for affordable commercial space. “Warehouse space is probably running less than 5 percent vacancy in town,” Nading said. “In Alaska, because of the limited amount of land and (high) construction costs, the costs of warehousing is substantially more expensive than in the Lower 48.” In almost 30 years of business Nading said he’s worked with business customers who have struggled to find reasonable space and the right labor pool to set up operations in the area. Like Parsons, Maytas of FATBACK said his bike parts are produced elsewhere in the U.S., mostly in Portland, but also in Tennessee and Wisconsin. The company also has a carbon fiber frame product made in Taiwan. “There’s not many manufacturers in the U.S. anymore,” Maytas said. FATBACK found the manufacturer in Portland by being clued in to the bike industry and learning where other bikes were built. While Maytas didn’t use the word “impossible” to describe what it would be like to move production to Alaska, he said it wasn’t practical at this point.

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Apartments, Unfurnished 3-BEDROOMS 1-full, 2-half baths. $1,025. rent, 1,025. deposit. Cats accepted, No ASHA (907)335-1950 3-PLEX 2-Bedroom, dishwasher, washer/dryer. $850 plus electric, deposit. No smoking & no pets. (907)252-1527. 329 SOHI LANE 2-bedroom, carport, storage, cable, utilities/ tax included, $930. (907)262-5760 (907)398-0497 KENAI 2-Bedroom, fireplace, newly remodeled, covered parking, heat included. No Pets/ Smoking. $830. or $850. plus tax. (907)953-2560

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KENAI RIVER FRONT Fully furnished apartments All Utilities including internet and cable except electric. W/D on site 40 ft Fishing Dock No Pets, No Smoking. 3 Miles behind Fred Meyer 1 year lease 3-Bedroom, 2-bath $1,350 2-Bedroom, 2-bath Luxury apartment $2,000 2-Bedroom, 1-bath $1,800 (907)262-7430

TWO WEEKS RENT FREE! 3-Bedroom, 1-bath on Redoubt (Kenai). Cats Allowed. Non-Smoking. No ASHA. $916. plus electric. $916. Deposit. (907)335-1950

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Seasonal TOWNHOUSE Apartments On the River in Soldotna Fully furnished 1-bedroom, cable, WIFI, from $800. No smoking/ pets. (907)262-7835

1-LARGE ROOM $480. Soldotna, quiet setting, Satellite, limited cooking. (907)394-2543. DOWNTOWN Soldotna on the river. 2-bedroom, 1-bath, Seasonal/ Permanent, furnished/ unfurnished, NO pets/ NO smoking. Credit/ background checks. $850., (907)252-7110 EXCELLENT OCEAN VIEW! Bay Arm Apartments, Kenai. Accepting applications for 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, utilities included. $25. nonrefundable application fee. No pets. (907)283-4405. EXECUTIVE SUITE 1-Bedroom, view, deck, satellite TV, High-speed Internet, washer/dryer. No Smoking. No Pets. $950. Available until May. (907)262-1361. FURNISHED 1200sqft. 2-bedroom, 2-bath, amenities. Conveniently located in Soldotna. $1,125. monthly, utilities included. (907)262-4359 KENAI 1-Bedroom, furnished, heat, cable included. No pets. $675. month. (907)283-5203, (907)398-1642. KENAI Large 1-bedroom furnished, $550., plus utilities. No animals/ smoking. (907)776-5382 SOLDOTNA Furnished 1-Bedroom. Shady Lane Apartments. $650. Heat & cable included. No pets. (907)398-1642, (907)283-5203.

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Murwood K-Beach Ranch Updated K-Beach Ranch Nikiski Cabin Clam Gulch Cabin Spacious Soldotna Ranch Century21 Property Management (907)262-2522 NEW DELUXE 1-BEDROOM Robinson Loop/ Area Pets on approval. Washer/Dryer, Natural Gas. Cable available $700. First/ last plus deposit. (907)394-8907

Manufactured/ Mobile Homes 2-BEDROOM 2-bath washer/dryer. Scout Lake area. Prefer quiet tenant. $650 plus $500 deposit. Small dog on approval. (907)394-4313 NIKISKI 1-Bedroom $600. 2-Bedroom with family room $900. per month. Pets allowed, includes utilities. Call (907)776-6563.

Office Space PROFESSIONAL OFFICE BUILDING KENAI Across from City Hall. Office space, Class A, approximately 1,100sq.ft., lease negotiable. (907)283-5400

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FIREFIGHTER/MEDIC. Pay $19.64 per hr., plus Certification pay. The City of Kenai will be offering an entry-level FIREFIGHTER exam January 28th, 2014. Under general supervision, members of the Kenai Fire Department perform the full range of duties associated with fire suppression and rescue activities including driving and operating all fire apparatus vehicles. Members have daily contact with the public and are routinely exposed to dangerous situations. The candidate must be able to exhibit a business like demeanor under stress and have the ability to multi-task. Must be willing to work a 48/96 rotating work schedule to include nights, weekends and holidays. Position announcement, job description and application are available through the Alaska Job Center Network, (907) 335-3010. Submit resume, certifications and City of Kenai application form by end of business on January 23, 2014 to Peninsula Job Service, 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Kenai, AK 99611. The City of Kenai is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about the City of Kenai, visit our home page at http://www.ci.kenai.ak.us

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EXPRO is currently offering Rotating Schedules for qualified candidates to complement our team for the following positions: CASED HOLE ELECTRIC WIRELINE OPERATORS & FIELD ENGINEERS As members of our team, you will be involved in the preparation, maintenance, and operation of Wireline operations, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. As potential candidates for these positions, the following training and experience are preferred: • Onshore and/or Offshore Wireline operations experience, to include: • Knowledge and skill to perform Wireline operations and trouble shoot any situation that arises related to Wireline. • Maintain and service Expro equipment as per company policy while on location. • Knowledge of running Real Time Cased Hole Service tools to include Production Logging Tools, Perforating, Plug Setting, CBL Tools. • Possession of the current NSTC card, TWIC card, and CDL would be beneficial In addition candidates will be required to submit to • A background check • A drug & alcohol screening • A full functional physical EXPRO will provide additional training as necessary to develop and enhance the skill set required to enable the selected applicants to perform successfully in the field. The successful candidates will be based out of our Kenai, AK facility, primarily to support operations statewide; however they may be requested periodically to assist with Expro operations in other locations. Qualified residents of the Kenai area will be given first consideration in the staffing of these positions. However, we are accepting applications from all areas. These will be permanent full-time positions offering a competitive pay and benefits package, as well as an opportunity to grow and develop as our company expands operations to support the local and global industry. Please submit your resume in confidence by E-mail or Fax: E-Mail: Employment.Alaska1@exprogroup.com Fax: (907)344-5079 EXPRO appreciates all responses however; only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Company complies with equal opportunity legislation, unfair discrimination or harassment based on race, culture, nationality, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age or other non-job-related criteria are unacceptable. Instead, principles of equal opportunity, openness of communication and objectivity in selection and reward processes shall be followed. In the formulation of the criteria required for any vacancy please ensure that there is no direct or indirect infringement of these principles.

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Portrait of man’s late wife clouds couple’s life together DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of two years, “Clint,” recently brought a large framed picture of his deceased wife into our home. He placed it on his dresser in front of framed photos of us together. His wife died three years ago. We are living together in a condo Clint bought for me. He made it clear from the beginning that he didn’t want to move me into “her house.” Clint also still wears his wedding ring. He carries guilt and doesn’t seem to have made closure. I told him I don’t feel comfortable with her picture “looking at us.” He doesn’t think there should be a problem. Should I move on? — IN THE SHADOWS DEAR IN THE SHADOWS: That Clint still wears his wedding ring tells me he may not have accepted his wife’s death. How sad for him. Ask him to move his wife’s picture to a room other than the bedroom because, while he doesn’t think it’s creating a problem, it is creating one for YOU. If he can’t bring himself to do that — and join a grief support group — then you should consider moving on.

I’m an active, friendly senior who lives alone, but I’m not lonely. I have many friends of all ages and a devoted family. Why? Because as I traveled through many states during my life, I reached out to people along the way. The saying, “If you want a friend, be a friend,” is true. If we want friends, we can’t sit back and wait for people to come to us. Smile, speak Abigail Van Buren up, pay a sincere compliment — just communicate! If you do, the majority of people will respond positively. I socialize with people my age in church circles, card clubs and dining-out groups who can’t understand why I’m always so busy. They don’t reach out except to people they already know. As people get older, that group is constantly shrinking. Join a religious group, community clubs and organizations. Volunteer to read at schools and libraries. Visit a seDEAR ABBY: Enough with the problems! It’s nior group or center. time you printed a positive letter. Many people of all ages fear they won’t be accept-

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HHHH Your intensity is met by a partner’s endurance. You are equals, but you both demand control. Make a point to juggle different aspects of your personalities, and realize that you will have to meet this person halfway. Tonight: Go along with a suggestion. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH Pace yourself, and if you screen calls from friends, you might be able to have your day go as you had planned. You might have mixed feelings about someone close to you, as the issue of trust keeps arising. Try to remain levelheaded. Tonight: Choose a favorite way of relaxing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHHH Your imagination tends to be quite active, but rarely do you express it fully. You could find opposition from others, as they likely will catch on that you are holding back. Try to express this facet of your personality more often. Tonight: Have fun. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Listen to news more openly. You could feel like you are dealing with someone who is a stick in the mud. Changing your attitude might make your interactions with this person a little easier. Tonight: Be sure that you really want to go out; home might feel more comfortable. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You might wonder what the results would be if you were to remain positive no matter what. Add a comment or two to enrich a project or an interaction. Others might be more receptive than you realize. Your sunny disposition means a lot. Tonight: At a favorite haunt.

Breaking the clothes code Dear Heloise: Can you help me decipher Garment-Care Labels? Some of them just have symbols, and they can be confusing to understand at times. — Ashley in Tennessee You are right; some of the new ones are a little confusing! So here are some hints to help decipher their meanings: * A “basin” or “washing machine tub” symbol with a wave (showing “water”) is the symbol for wash and can be laundered in a washing machine. If it has two lines under it, that means wash on delicate. A hand in the water means hand-wash. * A triangle is the symbol for bleach. If it has two lines, use nonchlorine bleach. * A square (often with a circle in the center) is the symbol for drying. Two lines underneath means dry on a delicate or gentle cycle. If there are dots present in the circle, that designates settings. No dots means any heat, three dots is high heat, two is medium and so on. * An iron designates ironing recommendations and usually will give you a temperature recommendation. * A circle is the symbol for dry-clean. There may be other letters or symbols near or in the circle, but your dry cleaner will know what they mean. For any of these symbols, if there is an X through it, it means do NOT do what it symbolizes. For example, an X through an iron means do NOT iron. There are a lot more symbols, too many to try to explain here. Go to my website, www.Helosie.com, for a direct link to several places that will show you the symbols. Hope this helps clear up any confusion. — Heloise

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Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to Friday.

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ed. But if they show up with a friendly attitude, they will be. You have to contribute — whether it’s with a smile, an opening remark or some other welcoming gesture. I served in the military, taught Sunday school, led Girl Scouts, garden clubs, church and neighborhood groups while following my husband through eight states and raising three children. My husband was often away in his business, but we had a strong, supportive marriage. He joined me in many activities when he could be home. I think many people have forgotten we must give in order to get. When we reach out to others, most of the time those people reach back. — NOT LONELY IN WOODSTOCK, ILL. DEAR NOT LONELY: It’s easy to see why you have a wide circle of friends. Your positive energy leaps off the page. There are two types of people in the world: those who come into a room and their attitude says, “Here I am!” and those who come into a room and their attitude says, “There you are!” You are one of the latter. If people want a warm welcome, they should keep in mind that the happier they are to see others, the happier others will be to see them.

Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014: This year you sometimes question yourself. Some of you might develop a friendship with a person who is overly stern, which will release you from having to be your own disciplinarian. A friendship could end because you are transforming. Know that not all friendships last forever. If you are single, the person you choose to date this year could be a lot different from the person you choose next year. Let time play a strong role in any relationship you have. If you are attached, the two of you seesaw back and forth about what you want to do. You will be changing so much that your significant other might be floored by your suggestions. TAURUS appears to be independent, but his or her values tend to be conservative. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH A positive attitude helps, but you might need to seize the pulpit in order to be heard. Others tend to respond to your way of thinking, and most likely that will be the case again. When push comes to shove, people will be on your side. Tonight: Take charge. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH You will know exactly what you want to do. A complication from someone else or from your schedule could force you to change your plans. Try not to be a perfectionist; be willing to accommodate the alterations in your life. Tonight: All smiles.

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Kenai...............................................................10 Ring of Fire (Area Volcanos).....................14 Nikiski............................................................16 Tsunami Information..................................17 Soldotna.........................................................18

Thank you for choosing the 2014 Explore the Kenai Peninsula Recreation and Travel Guide. This publication is brought to you by the Peninsula Clarion annually, and includes editorial content and photos gathered by our staff. In the pages of this guide, you will find snapshots of some of the key highlights that make Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula such a great place to live and play. We appreciate your visit to our home, and encourage you to enjoy the many recreational opportunities, as well as the vast natural beauty that surrounds us. We have something for everyone here on the Kenai Peninsula. Whether it is a kayak trip in the salty waters of Kachemak Bay near Homer, a tour of the stunning views through the Kenai Fjords National Park, to landing a monster king salmon from the teal-green waters of the famous Kenai River, you’ll find plenty to do outdoors. If you seek culture and history, you won’t be disappointed. There are a number of museums and visitor centers sprinkled across the peninsula, as well as an array of galleries and shops that feature the wares of local artisans. The historical Russian Orthodox church located in Old Town Kenai is just one of the unique treasures of our region.

Soldotna Creek Park....................................20 Fishing 101.....................................................22 Fly-out Fishing..............................................24 Sports..............................................................28 Kasilof............................................................30 Lower Kenai River Map........................ 32-33 Sterling...........................................................34 Recipes..................................................... 35-37 Salmon Fillet Guide....................................38 Fish Identification........................................39 Fishing Facts............................................ 40-41 Family Activities..........................................42 Clamming......................................................43 Ninilchik........................................................44 Anchor Point.................................................45 Homer.............................................................46 Senior Centers...............................................47 Wildlife on Roads........................................47 Halibut Cove.................................................49 Seldovia.........................................................50 Cooper Landing............................................51 Seward............................................................52 Wildlife..........................................................53

For those individuals hoping to view some wildlife, you are at nature’s back door here on the Kenai Peninsula. There are numerous trails that take you into the natural habitat of Alaska’s wildlife, as well as a variety of vantage points for wildlife viewing. Odds are pretty good that you will see moose and the majestic bald eagle right from your vehicle as you drive along our scenic byways.

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We encourage you to savor our cuisine, including some wholesome Wild Alaska Salmon or Kachemak Bay oysters. The recent interest in microbreweries has generated a number of establishments that, when paired with our local wineries, offer even the most refined connoisseurs something new to discover.

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Be sure to visit www.ExploreTheKenai.com for even more information than you will find within the pages of this guide. Editorial content produced by the staff of the Peninsula Clarion, section layout and cover design by Daryl Palmer.

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About the Area Kenai offers a rich cultural environment, including the historic Old Town district overlooking the mouth of the Kenai River and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, which is home to natural, cultural and historic exhibits about the area. Lectures by local experts are held throughout the summer at the center and feature such topics as wildlife viewing, Native Youth Olympics and even air rocketry workshops sponsored by the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, which is in Kenai. You will want to make a point to tour Old Town, and see the distinct architecture of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church and nearby Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel. This National Historic Landmark is across from the Parish House and Fort Kenay, a replica of the Russian Orthodox School of 1900 that was built in 1967 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the purchase of Alaska

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from Russia. The Dena’ina Athabascan Indians are the indigenous people of the area. In the Dena’ina language, “Ken’ey” translates into two big flats and river cutback. The mouth of the world famous Kenai River drainage, where it meets the ebb and flow of the Cook Inlet tides, can be viewed along the bluffs of Kenai. Erik Hansen Scout Park is the perfect spot on the bluff for relaxing and enjoying the view. In July, visitors can watch Alaska residents dipnetting for salmon, while the commercial salmon fleet travels between the processing plants and fishing grounds of Cook Inlet. For a closer look at the tidal flats, a viewing boardwalk with spotting scopes is located along Bridge Access Road near the Kenai River bridge. A new wildlife viewing platform has been added nearby on Boat Launch Road. This is one of the best areas to spot Kenai’s lowland caribou herd, as well as a myriad of shorebirds and other

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If you’re in Kenai, it’s worth swinging by the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center to check out displays of Native Alaskan artifacts, the history of the area and the annual summer art show. While you’re there, pick up a brochure for a self-guided walking tour of Old Town Kenai. wildlife. Three active volcanoes across the waters of Cook Inlet, Iliamna, Redoubt and Spurr, offer a stunning backdrop from this vantage point. Countless other recreational opportunities abound in Kenai. The city is home to its own Alaska Baseball League team, the Peninsula Oilers, an elite collegiate summer baseball team. The Oilers have had numerous former players go on to careers in the major leagues in the team’s 35-year history. Only Alaska summers offer night games without any artificial lighting. Where else can you tee off for a round of golf late in the evening and have plenty of daylight left to get in a full 18 holes?


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The “Ring of Fire” sounds as if it should be part of a Tolkien epic, and in its own right, the tectonic plate boundary rimming the Pacific Ocean is every bit as fascinating, especially here on the Kenai Peninsula, which enjoys front row seating to one of the Ring’s most active zones. Clearly visible within the north-south spine of the Chigmit Mountains across Cook Inlet from the peninsula are five active peaks — Spurr, Redoubt, Iliamna, Augustine and Douglas. They form the easternmost part of the Aleutian volcanic arc. Except for an eruption on Redoubt recorded in early Spring 2009, the five magnificent mountains have been relatively quiet. Augustine, a 4,134-foot island mountain located west of Kachemak Bay burped steam and ash tens of thousands of feet in the air in 2006, but what looked to be the precursor to a larger eruption like the one that rained ash on Homer and Seldovia in 1986 instead petered out. The mountain does erupt on average about every 19 years and is overdue. Its behavior is unpredictable. Cook Inlet sits atop a subduction zone where the Pacific Plate dives beneath the North American continent at roughly the speed of growing fingernails. The energy generated is tremendous and responsible for pushing up the area’s mountain ranges, shaking the surface with frequent and sometimes devastating earthquakes and heating mantle material that occasionally finds its way to the surface in spectacular fashion. The Alaska Volcano Observatory in Anchorage monitors the area’s volcanic peaks constantly. Information on current activity can be found at the observatory’s Web site at www.avo. alaska.edu.

Volcanoes visible from the Kenai Peninsula, from north to south, are:

Mount Spurr

11,070 feet, nearly due west of Anchorage. The easternmost historically active volcano in the Aleutian arc, Spurr erupted in 1953 and 1992, dumping ash on the city and closing the airport.

Mount Redoubt

10,197 feet, dominates the western horizon from the central peninsula. Redoubt most recently erupted March 15, 2009, sending ash plumes from 30,000 to 60,000 feet high. The volcano remained active through early April, occasionally disrupting aircraft traffic. Before that, an eruption beginning Dec. 14, 1989, lasted into early 1990. Ash clouds reached heights of 12 miles, seriously disrupting air traffic as far away as Texas and threatening the Drift River Oil Terminal. The Volcano Observatory said total estimated economic costs associated with the eruption were $160 million, making that eruption the second most costly in U.S. history.

Mount Iliamna

10,016 feet, south of Redoubt, surrounded by glaciers radiating from its rambling multiple peaks. Iliamna has been quiet in recent times, though several “events” have been documented since 1741. Many are classified as “noneruptive” activity, others as “possibly not” eruptions.

Mount Augustine

4,134 feet, occupies its own island in Kamishak Bay about 70 miles due west of the mouth of Kachemak Bay. Erupted in 1883, 1908, 1935, 1963-64, 1976, 1986 and 2005-06. Of all the Cook Inlet volcanic peaks, Augustine poses the greatest threat of generating a tsunami, a direct threat to Kachemak Bay communities. The island’s irregular coastline is testimony to repeated catastrophic collapse of the summit dome. According to studies cited on the Alaska Volcano Observatory Web site, at least 11 avalanches have occurred in the past two millennia, averaging one every 150 to 200 years.

Mount Douglas

7,020 feet, was active during the last Ice Age, but this, the southernmost inlet volcano, has been quiet during historic times. Atmospheric conditions often obscure Douglas behind a blue haze or clouds, but at certain times, especially mornings, it can be seen rising majestically above Cook Inlet.

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Must-see in Nikiski

About the Area

Also known as North Kenai or Nikishka, the hub of Nikiski is near Mile 26.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. The town is home to the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area, which operates a community center, skating, gym facilities, trails and a popular indoor pool. You will want to make a point to visit Nikiski in June to enjoy solstice with the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun celebration. Residents and visitors share in the food, games and great prizes.

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The Nikiski area boasts several recreational lakes that are popular year-round for fishing and boating or cross-country skiing. One of the state’s most beautiful state parks and campgrounds is located at the end of the road past Nikiski. Captain Cook State Recreation Area offers fantastic beach combing and camping opportunities. A myriad of wildlife can be seen with a keen eye throughout the area. On a clear summer day, look west across Cook Inlet for views of the Chigmit Mountains, and north for a glimpse

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If you’re in Nikiski, be sure to stop by the Nikiski Pool — watch for signs at Mile 26.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway — for a quick swim, a dip in the hot tub or slip-sliding fun on the 136foot waterslide. With a shallow section and “bubble bench,” the pool is a great spot for a family activity. of Mount Susitna and, if it’s especially clear, Mount McKinley. Nikiski also is home to J.D. Megchelsen, whose knack for gardening has landed him in a class all by himself, setting the state record with his 1,287-pound pumpkin in 2011.


Of all the Cook Inlet volcanic peaks, Mount Augustine poses the greatest threat of generating tsunami. Concern surrounds the possibility that during an eruption, its slope could slide into the sea, generating a tsunami aimed at Kachemak Bay. During your travels to both Seward and Homer, take note of the blue tsunami evacuation route signs. In addition to considering the potential impact of a major volcanic eruption on your travel itinerary (airplanes may not be able to fly depending upon ash conditions in the atmosphere, and with major ash fallout, impacts on vehicles and air quality will be felt), both earthquakes and tsunamis have occurred in Alaska. When visiting coastal areas, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for these signs that indicate the evacuation route that has been designated. Ask your lodging hosts about emergency preparedness plans the municipality and their business have in place.

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WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE KENAI PENINSULA? Average Daylight Hours and Temperature (°F) December 13.8” 24° / 9°

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Fun family activities all summer long! Call to see what activities are going on this week! (907) 776-8800 Photos provided by North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

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Must-see in Soldotna

About the Area

The world-famous Kenai River runs right through town, which is just one of the attractions Soldotna has to offer. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is just south of the city on Ski Hill Road and offers animal and nature exhibits, free wildlife movies and hiking trails. Soldotna’s business district along the Kenai Spur and Sterling highways cater to many needs, from custom salmon processing to galleries that specialize in Native art, as well as services like tire repair. The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road. There are stairs leading down to the river offering close-up views of people fishing

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along the banks of the Kenai. The Visitors Center houses the world record sport-caught king salmon. The Soldotna Historical Society has a museum near Centennial Park and the Visitors Center with postwar homesteaders’ log cabins, wildlife displays and Native artifacts. Central Peninsula Hospital is located in Soldotna between Kobuk Street and the Kenai Spur Highway on West Marydale Avenue. The emergency entrance is on Fireweed Street. Fishers who get snagged with lures can have them removed at the hospital, which will then be placed on one of two Styrofoam dummies in the hospital. The duo of dummies picks up several hundred lures during the course of the summer.

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Besides the fishing? Visit Soldotna’s Homestead Museum, located on Centennial Park Road off Kalifornsky Beach Road. The museum depicts life for Soldotna’s first homesteaders, who arrived in 1947. Check out the original homesteaders’ cabins, as well as wildlife displays and Alaska Native artifacts. In the winter months, residents enjoy the frequent sled dog races held near Soldotna Municipal Airport, as well as the lighted cross-country ski trails located behind Skyview School south of town that are maintained by the Tsalteshi Trail Association. For a bird’s eye view, charter a flightseeing trip with one of the air taxi services based out of Soldotna.


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Even if your visit to Alaska’s Playground doesn’t include kids, including a stop at the new community playground in Soldotna should definitely be a part of your itinerary here on the Kenai Peninsula. The Soldotna Community Playground is located at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna on the Sterling Highway. Located on the banks of the Kenai River, the park is home to such popular events as the annual Kenai River Festival and Soldotna Progress Days, as well as community picnics and events, but the highlight is the dynamic playground that was built by local volunteers in 2010. The playground’s focus is on various elements that define our region – including a tribute to the important watershed of the Kenai River that is integrated into a climbing maze. The murals that accompany this component of the playground reflect the higher mountain ranges and wildlife of the area, the prolific sport fishing on the Kenai River, and the active commercial fishing influence that comes into play as the waters flow into Cook Inlet. You’ll also find an eagle’s nest, a bear’s den, a fireweed firepole and even an interactive jungle gym that pays homage to the many area residents who are employed in the resource industries of Alaska – depicting an oil rig. While tiny tots enjoy it for the many pint sized features it has, including a small dory and salmon tunnel, the reproduction of “old” Soldotna is a tribute to the homestead days of the area. Additionally, the cultural influence of the Alaska Natives of the area can be found not only in the illustrations of indigenous wildlife with the Dena’ina names displayed next to them, but also in the grand welcome that greets visitors: “Nagh Nduninyu” (“Welcome”) With 10,000 sq. feet of entertainment, from an airplane to a whale’s tail, there is always something to keep your kids busy and to feast your eyes on at this unique playground.

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By Les Palmer If fishing is on your Alaska “to do” list, but you need a few tips, this is for you. An easy way for a visitor to go fishing is with a guide. A good guide will furnish you with the proper tackle and bait and put you on fish, if possible. Most guides have boats, which give you the advantage of being able to fish more area and more effectively. Some fish the saltwater, where your prey might be salmon, halibut and other species. Not having to buy equipment or know anything about fish or fishing is one of the advantages of fishing with a guide. Guided fishing also is a way to learn a lot in a short time from people who know their business. A guided trip might be the only kind that will fit into a tight schedule. Cost can be a factor in whether you choose to fish with a guide. When shopping for a guided trip, be sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.” Full-day trips cost more than half-days, “combo” trips more than single-species trips and peak-season trips more than off-season trips. Guided fishing trips in waters on and around the Kenai Peninsula range from about $150 for a half-day of silver fishing on the Kenai River to more than $300 for a full-day combo trip on the ocean for kings and halibut. Guided flyout trips cost even more. Do-it-yourself fishing has its own rewards. As master of your own fate, you’ll know the joys of discovery and accomplishment. If you’ve never caught a salmon, set your sights on one of the more easily caught species, say, pink salmon. When

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you’re able to hook and land those, you’re ready to move up to fishing for sockeyes, silvers and even kings. Spinning gear makes the best “starter” outfit for salmon fishing in streams. A graphite-composite rod with a medium to medium-heavy action, 7’ to 8’-6” in length, is the choice of most local anglers. The reel should be capable of holding about 200 yards of 15- to 25-pound-test monofilament line. Line is the most important part of the tackle “chain,” so fill the reel with a premium monofilament, such as P-Line, Ande, Maxima or Berkley Trilene-XL. Before hitting the water, learn to tie a few knots. For tying on swivels and lures — “terminal” tackle — the Palomar is easy to tie and strong. For fishing with salmon roe, the Egg Loop knot does the trick. (If you’re not up to tying the Egg Loop, pre-tied hooks are available.) Either the Trilene knot or the Uni-Knot will take care of most other situations. You’ll find instructions for tying these knots at most tackle vendors, in tide books and on the Internet. Sharp hooks catch more fish. You can tell when a hook is sharp by dragging its point across your thumbnail. A sharp hook will scratch and dig in. The most popular lure for kings and silvers is the Spin-N-Glo, usually enhanced with cured salmon roe. For pink and silver salmon in streams, try a size 4 or 5 Vibrax spinner. For sockeyes, the Coho fly is the lure of choice. The most popular method of bank fishing for salmon in streams is drift fishing. From shore, cast slightly upstream from straight across and let the current carry your lure downstream. In streams, salmon usually stay close to the bottom. You should feel your lure or sinker tapping along the bottom as the current carries it downstream. If you don’t feel anything, put on a heavier sinker. Any unusual hesitation in the drift could be a fish. Quickly set the hook with a fast, upward swing of the rod.

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When you hook a fish, keep your rod tip up, and let the rod and reel do the work. Whenever the fish isn’t running, “pump” the rod, cranking the reel only on the downstroke. When the fish is tired, lead it headfirst into a landing net or slide it onto a gravel bar. Finding a place to fish where someone isn’t already fishing can be a problem, but don’t be afraid of crowds. If lots of people are fishing, the fishing is probably good. If nothing else, you’ll learn from watching others. Regulation booklets are available at stores that sell fishing licenses. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna) has free brochures on salmon-run timing and other useful information, such as public fishing areas. Fish and Game has a 24-hour telephone number for sport-fishing information (907-262-2737). Before you go, be sure to read the regulations for the water you’ll be fishing, and know how to properly release a fish, should that become necessary. Good fishing!


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By Les Palmer My initiation to fly-out fishing, to a pike-infested lake northwest of Fairbanks in the 1960s, left me with memories I’ll never forget. Since then, I’ve traveled by air to many parts of Alaska. While the fishing usually ranged from good to phenomenal, I learned there’s a lot more to fly-out fishing than fishing. In the process of “getting there,” I saw things I’d never seen before. Seated comfortably in a small airplane, I’ve been eyeball to eyeball with mountain goats on sheer mountainsides. Through aircraft cabin windows, I’ve watched the grand show of Alaska’s wilderness splendor passing by, its blue glaciers and vast ice fields, its countless rivers, lakes and islands. I’ve learned that for someone looking for a “trip of a lifetime,” a fly-out is hard to beat. Flying has become more expensive in recent years, but air charters can tailor fly-outs to accommodate most budgets. Some trips come complete with guide, boat, fishing tackle and even lunch. Some are mainly “do-it-yourself.” You can spend well over $1,000 a day, stay at a remote lodge and have a floatplane at your beck and call. Or, you can sleep in a tent, cook your own meals and fish from the riverbank near camp. One popular day trip out of the Kenai/Soldotna area is to fly across Cook Inlet and fish for silver salmon on the Kustatan River. Limit catches are common, and typical silver fishing runs from mid-July through August. These day trips run from $230 to $325 per person. For a day trip that combines sockeye salmon fishing and bear viewing, a Wolverine Creek is a bargain. Catching fish and seeing bears is almost a certainty, and the price is only about $325 per person. Fly-outs from the Kenai/Soldotna area to the Nushagak River are popular with anglers seeking good king salmon fishing. In an average year, it’s not un-

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usual to hook more than 10 kings in a day on the Nushagak, which receives the largest king salmon return in the state. A day trip to the Nushagak costs about $625 per person. Some charter operators maintain fishing camps on the Nushagak, allowing clients to spend a few days fishing. Meals, lodging, guide and tackle are usually provided, so all you have to do is fish, eat, fish, sleep and fish. These trips usually cost upward of $2,000. You can sometimes reduce the perperson rate of a fly-out by chartering the entire aircraft for a set fee. Some anglers put together groups for this purpose, which gives them an advantage when negotiating rates with guides, lodges and other service providers. If you’re thinking about a fly-out, but you have no destination in mind, the Internet contains a mother lode of ideas. From the Kenai Peninsula, you can fly to a fabled trout stream in the Iliamna Lake area, to a U.S. Forest Service cabin in Prince William Sound or to an Alaska State Parks cabin on Kodiak Island. From

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a Kenai/Soldotna-area “base camp,” you can fly out and spend four or five days floating and fishing a remote river. While visiting Alaska, you may want to think about fishing for an exotic species, such as arctic grayling. After all, salmon can be caught in any number of places, but grayling are native to just a few. A floatplane can have you in a remote, pristine lake or stream in short order, casting dry flies to eager grayling. It’s always a good idea to book trips well in advance, but it’s not always necessary. I’ve been on some outstanding fly-outs that began as a whim. With fishing gear in hand, I once walked into a Juneau charter outfit unannounced and asked where I could fly to for a day of good fishing. Two hours later, I was fishing on a picturesque lake on an island — just me and a horde of cutthroat trout. Memories of that experience and others are the reason that when someone asks me where to go fishing, I tell them to fly somewhere. Even if the fishing isn’t the greatest, the trip will be one they remember for a lifetime.


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Golf

The central Kenai Peninsula features golf at very affordable prices with features like views of mountain ranges and periodic moose and caribou sightings. There also is the unique opportunity to, at the peak of summer, finish a round after 11 p.m. And we’re talking about a round at the 18th, and not 19th, hole. The central peninsula offers two nine-hole courses and an 18-hole course. The three golf courses on the central peninsula are Birch Ridge Golf Course, Kenai Golf Course and Bird Homestead Golf Course. Each course has tournaments and special events throughout the summer, so it is best to call ahead for a tee time. The Birch Ridge Golf Course and driving range is on the Sterling Highway just east of Soldotna and offers a full range of amenities, including a pro shop and rental cottages, on its nine-hole layout. Cart and club rentals also are available. The course includes a number of tee and green variations for those wanting to get in a full 18 holes. For current fees and more information, call 907262-5270, email birchridgegolf@msn.com or visit the website at www.brichridgegolf.com. The Kenai Golf Course, on Lawton Drive in Kenai adjacent to Coral Seymour Memorial Park, features an 18-hole layout and driving range and pro shop. A short-game practice area also is available. Cart and club rentals also are available. For current fees and more information, call 907283-7500 or visit the website at www.kenaigolfcourse.com. The Bird Homestead Golf Course is located at Mile 11.8 of Funny River Road. The nine-hole course features a pro shop and a unique driving range. Golfers hit floatable balls into a pond. The balls then blow to shore for collection. Contact the course at 260-4653.

Disc Golf

For those interested in an alternative form of golf, Kenai boasts a pair of disc golf courses. Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course is located in Kenai’s East End Park. The course has 18 par-3 holes. It is best accessed from the entrance to East End Park on Tinker Lane. A new nine-hole disc golf course is located on the Bernie Huss Trail, accessible from Main Street Loop and adjacent to Safeway. It is free to play both courses. In 2012, Soldotna opened a 20-hole disc golf course on the public-use Tsalteshi ski trails. The course is located on Squirrel Loop Trail, accessible behind Skyview school’s football and soccer fields.

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Oilers Baseball

The Kenai Peninsula has a reputation as a summer paradise. Contained therein is the assumption of baseball — lots of baseball. That baseball comes courtesy of the Peninsula Oilers and plays out on the vibrant green sea of grass and carefully groomed and chalked dirt of Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The park is at the end of Tinker Lane off the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. The Oilers play in the Alaska Baseball League, one of the top summer collegiate leagues in the country, and after winning the league in 2011 finished the year as the runnersup at the prestigious National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan. The Oilers tied for second in the ABL in 2012. Many of baseball’s household names, including Jimmy Key, Frank Viola, John Olerud and J.D. Drew, have played for the Oilers. The home schedule is traditionally packed with free nights and promotions. For more information on the Peninsula Oilers and the Alaska Baseball League, call 283-7133, stop by the team office at the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai or look up the Oilers on the Web at www.oilersbaseball.com.

Motor sports

After a long summer day of spinning circles around the Kenai Peninsula to soak up all of the possible adventures, Twin Cities Raceway is the perfect place to sit back and let somebody else run circles for a while. The raceway is located on Shotgun Drive, across from Beaver Loop, at Mile 6.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. The dirt oval, which is three-eighths of a mile, has Sprint, Late Model, A-Stock, B-Stock and Quarter Midget races. The size and surface of the oval provides fast racing. There also is a motocross track with plenty of high-flying action. For a schedule and more information on the circle-track and motocross races, visit www. kprl.net.

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Junior Hockey

Hibernating is overrated. Want proof? Just visit the Kenai River Brown Bears inside their den at the Soldotna Sports Center. Their rumbling checks, catlike saves and laser slap shots bear no hint of somnambulation. The Brown Bears are a Junior A hockey team of young athletes with collegiate or professional-hockey career aspirations. The Brown Bears play in the North American Hockey League, one of the top Junior A leagues in the country. The team is now in its fourth season with coach Oliver David leading the Brown Bears in the NAHL’s tough West Division. General admission ticket prices for the games are $12 for adults, $8 for those 60 and over, and 5 to 12, and free for those 4 and under. The Brown Bears have regular-season home games scheduled through mid-March. For a complete list of those home games, plus additional information on the team, go to www. kenairiverbrownbears.com.

Running

Visitors and residents of the Kenai Peninsula do a lot of running around during the summer. Sometimes, they call it a race. The Peninsula has a number of events that allow for a closer look at wonderful areas and allow runners to experience competition and camaraderie. Some of the bigger races are the Run for the River in Soldotna in early June, the Family Fun Run in the Midnight Sun in Nikiski in late June, the Rotary Unity Run in Soldotna in mid-July, the Everything but the Red Run at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School in late July, the Kenai Peninsula Run for Women in Kenai in early August and the Kenai River Marathon in Kenai in late September. The Tri The Kenai triathlon hit the road — and pool, and trails — on June 9, 2013. The event is staged from Skyview School, just outside Soldotna on the Sterling Highway, and includes a 500-yard swim in the Skyview pool, a 10-mile road bicycle course and a 5-kilometer run on Tsalteshi Trails to challenge athlets of all experience levels and ages. There is also a kids race. For more information, visit www. trithekenai.com.


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About the Area

Kasilof, a town of roughly 500 people, is a hub of outdoor activity regardless of the season. In summer, people from near and far launch drift boats and line the banks of the Kasilof River in the hopes of catching one of several species of salmon that return annually. From mighty chinooks that start to arrive in late May and early June, to sockeye in July that can return in excess of a million fish, to the aerial acrobatics of silvers in August — the Kasilof River offers anglers a lot of piscatorial possibilities. Common sport fishing access points include the Kasilof River State Recreation Area, and the Crooked Creek State Recreation Area. The natural salmon run also is an important element in the area’s longstanding commercial fishing industry. While driving from Kenai, along Kalifornsky Beach Road, notice the fluorescent orange buoys floating just off shore in Cook Inlet, which mark fishing locations where salmon are harvested. Kasilof beach, located at the end of North Cohoe Loop Road, offers an even better

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glimpse into the commercial fishing industry, as shoreline “set-netters” can be seen pulling up their nets and “picking” out the fish before they are iced and shipped to restaurants and dinner tables all over the United States. Salmon aren’t the only fish in town. For anglers that like wetting a hook on quieter water, several local lakes offer exceptional trout fishing. Most popular among these are Tustumena Lake, the peninsula’s largest lake, and Johnson Lake in the Johnson Lake State Recreation Area, which is annually stocked with roughly 5,000 rainbow trout, courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Johnson Lake also offers some superb canoeing opportunities and has numerous campsites and picnic locations along the shore. Wildlife viewing is good around Kasilof, and ducks, loons, moose and bears are quite common, and lynx, while rare, are also occasionally spotted by those with keen eyes. In winter the outdoor activities of Kasilof don’t slow down. The area is a dog mushing Mecca, and several professional mush-

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Must-see in Kasilof A closer look at the commercial fishing dynamic of the area can be found at the beach access located at the end of North Cohoe Loop. During seasonal openings, you can see both the set net and drift fleets in action as they harvest wild Alaska salmon from the waters of Cook Inlet. ers use the dwindling system of local trails to train their teams, including Dean Osmar, the 1984 Iditarod champion, and his son Tim Osmar, the 2001 champ of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest, which runs from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Kasilof is also home to the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race and a jumping off point for snowmachiners heading into the lower Kenai Peninsula trails region, known as the Caribou Hills. For history buffs, the Kasilof Regional Historical Association’s McLane Center Museum is a must-see. It offers a glimpse into the past with numerous Native and homesteader artifacts and several restored cabins of trappers and fox farmers outside on the museum grounds.


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Run Timing Kenai, Soldotna, Homer Kenai River

King Salmon Red Salmon Silver Salmon Pink Salmon

Early run: mid-May to early July Late run: early July to season closure late July or early August Mid-July to mid-August Late July to late September Mid-July to August

Russian River

Red Salmon

Early run: mid-June to mid-July Late run: mid-July to season closure late August

Kasilof River

King Salmon Red Salmon Silver Salmon

Late May to season closure late July June through August Late July through September

Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River

King Salmon Silver Salmon

Late May to mid-June Early August to mid-September

Anchor River

Steelhead Trout

Mid-August to early November (catch-and-release only)

Deep Creek Salt Water

King Salmon

Early run: early May to late June Late run: late June to early August

Homer Spit

King Salmon Silver Salmon Dolly Varden

Mid-May to early July Early run: mid-July to early August Late run: early August to mid-September Mid-May to mid-July

Halibut Cove

King Salmon

Mid-May to early June

Clam Gulch, Deep Creek, and Polly Creek

Razor Clams

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These streams all have regulations affecting tackle, hours open to fishing, areas open to fishing, and bag limits. Check the regulations BEFORE going fishing! www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us and click on Southcentral region

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Along the Kenai River, great stretches have been opened to the public for bank fishing, but sometimes the only way to tempt uncooperative fish is to get out in the middle of the river with

them. Between the outlet of Skilak Lake and the mouth of the Kenai River there are a number of boat launches available for public use. During the busy season, the parking lots of these launches easily can fill, so be prepared to arrive early or put some patience in your thermos as you may have to wait for a space to become available. Additionally, launches often require a fee for use. Make sure to pay all dues and correctly display parking information before leaving shore; otherwise a trip could end up costing a good deal more than anticipated. A list of launches follows. The approximate river mile of each launch is provided, as well, to provide anglers with an idea as to what launch makes the most sense for use given the time of year and the species sought. Bing Brown’s Landing, Sterling, RM 39.5 Izaak Walton Campground, Sterling, RM 36.4 Swiftwater Park and Campground, Soldotna, RM 23 Centennial Park Campground, Soldotna, RM 20.4 Poachers Cove, Soldotna, RM 17.1 Stewarts, Soldotna, RM 14 The Pillars Boat Launch, Kenai, RM 12.5 Eagle Rock, Kenai, 11.5 Cunningham Park, Kenai, RM 6.6 Kenai Landing Boat Launch, Kenai, RM 3 City of Kenai Launch, Kenai RM 2 While Alaska does not require boaters to pass a safety course before operating a craft, the river presents a number of hazards, including rapidly changing conditions, water levels and thick crowds. Additionally, there are specific regulations regarding boat size, power outputs and river closures. Boat operators should make sure before launching that they are fully aware of all regulations and laws for boat use on the river. Also, make sure any craft is safe and fitted for operation. If unsure of the river regulations, pick up a supplement to the Kenai River Handbook at the Kenai River Center, 514 Funny River Road in Soldotna, or download it online at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/boating/handbook.htm.

Access to bank fishing along the Kenai River can challenging due to the large portions of the banks that are closed to fishing in an attempt to lesson angler impact on riparian habitat. As a result, some fishing spots that are easily accessible from the bank can be over-crowded. Private properties line the river as well, so anglers should be sure to watch for posted “No Fishing” and “Closed to Fishing” signs. Anglers should check the Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations before throwing out that first line to ensure all of the rules are known and being followed. Don’t ruin a great Alaskan vacation with fines because the wrong fly or hook was used. Listed below are some of the public access points on the Kenai River. Bing Brown’s Landing, Campground, Day Use Picnic Area, Boat Launch, RM 39.5 Izzak Walton Campground, Campground, Day Use Picnic Area, Boat Launch, RM 36.4 Morgan’s Landing, Campground, Day Use Picnic Area, Boardwalks, RM 31 Funny River Campground, Campground, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 30 Swiftwater Park and Campground, Campground, Day Use Picnic Area, Boat Launch, Boardwalk Access, RM 23 Soldotna Airport, Stair Access, RM 23 Soldotna Creek Park, Day Use picnic Area, Boardwalk Access, RM 22 Soldotna Visitor Center, Boardwalk, RM 21 Centenial Park Campground, Campground, Day Use Picnic Area, Boat Launch, RM 20.4 Slikok Creek, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 19 Pipeline, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 16.5 Ciechanski, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 15.5 Cunningham Park, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 6.6 Kenai Flats State Recreation Site, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 5

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The Upper Kenai River

Any serious discussion of fishing on the Kenai Peninsula must include Cooper Landing and the Russian River. The photo above depicts what locals refer to as “combat fishing”, due to the close proximity of one angler to another as they stand in the river battling for the salmon. If brave enough to enter the “combat zone” during June through July, be sure to be properly protected. Shatterproof eye protection and a hat are recommended to keep out-of-control flies and sinkers from injuring anglers, but long-sleeved shirts aren’t a bad idea either. Bears annually can be drawn to the filleted fish carcasses left behind, so anglers should remember to cut their carcasses into small pieces and throw the pieces into the fast flowing water. NEVER leave whole carcasses lying in the shallow, slow-moving water near shore. The piscatorial pinnacle of this stretch of river is located along the Sterling Hwy between road mile markers 53 and 55 just south of the town of Cooper Landing. The U.S. Forest Service operates a ferry to shuttle anglers across the river at Milepost 55. The public access points along this stretch of the river are listed below: Cooper Landing, Boat Launch, RM 82 Russian River Campground, Campground, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 75 Russian River Ferry/Sportsman Landing, Foot-Traffic Ferry, Boat Launch, Day-Use picnic Area, RM 73 Sterling Hwy Milepost 57 Pullout, RM 71 Jim’s Landing, Boat Launch, Day Use Picnic Area, RM 69

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About the Area

On your drive toward the eastern Kenai Peninsula from Kenai, you will pass through Sterling. Bordered by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the area is the gateway to the popular Swanson River Canoe Trail System. This series of canoe lakes connected by portages offers a peaceful recreational opportunity. There are numerous camping and picnic areas in the Sterling area, including the Izaak Walton State Recreation site located

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in the heart of Sterling at the confluence of the Kenai and Moose rivers. Bing’s Landing is another State Recreation Area near Sterling that features fishing platforms, a boat launch, day-use parking and camping facilities. The Scout Lake State Recreation Area is a popular day-use picnic area and swimming beach, with a hiking trail along the lake. Morgan’s Landing is the site of the Alaska State Park headquarters, which offers a

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Must-see in Sterling Stop by the Town of Living Trees at Mile 91.7 of the Sterling Highway. Watch chainsaw artists turn rough logs into works of art. Take a ride on a handcrafted wildlife carousel or pose for a picture on a giant bucking salmon. panoramic view of the Kenai Mountains. Stop by some of the local shops scattered along the Sterling Highway for work by local artists, or enjoy lunch at one of the cafés.


Sesame Encrusted Salmon with Miso Vinaigrette Courtesy of Raspberry Island Remote Camps Prepare vinaigrette in the morning so flavors have a chance to meld. For Miso Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 Tbs fresh grated ginger root 3 Tbs miso paste 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice 1 tsp either Thai sweet chili sauce or Tabasco 2 Tbs rice vinegar 2 Tbs soy sauce 1Tbs dry wine 1 tsp sugar Blend in food processor until smooth, add 1 cup peanut oil and 1/4cup sesame oil Blend until fully incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to use. Salmon Prep: 4 8oz salmon fillets 1/4 cup white sesame seeds 1/4 cup black sesame seeds Coat both sides of fillets with sesame seeds Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in heavy, oven proof skillet. Sear salmon on both sides over high heat about 1 minute per side. Transfer pan to oven and bake salmon at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until fillets are a consistent pink through. Serve with vinaigrette in a side dish for dipping.

Hot Halibut Dip

Iron Creek Halibut

Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt

Courtesy of Raspberry Island Remote Camps

1 lb. halibut cut into small cubes Saute halibut in 1 Tbsp butter, sprinkle with 1 tsp garlic powder until flake with fork / light brown Combine together with: 1 cup chopped jalapenos Eight ounce package cream cheese 1 cup mayo 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese Warm in oven, crock pot or fondue pot until cheese is fully melted and mixture is creamy. Serve with crackers, our toasted sourdough baguettes

Serves 4 1 lb halibut cut into steaks that are 1” per serving Arrange halibut on a sheet of heavy aluminum foil Sprinkle with lemon pepper. Melt 1/2 cup butter, sauté 1 cup diced onions and 6 cloves diced garlic. Spread over halibut Using approximately a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, evenly frost the halibut with the mayo. Sprinkle with a covering of Presto Italian-style bread crumbs (or crushed Ritz crackers) Bake or BBQ at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Tom’s Easy Salmon Chunks Submitted by: Tom Janz - Soldotna 1 lb salmon, cut into 1” chunks 1/4 cup Sesame Oil (or to taste) 1/4 cup red sweet chili sauce (or to taste) 2 or 3 green onions, chopped Cut salmon into 1” chunks and marinate in sesame oil, red sweet chili sauce, and onions for about half an hour. Add seasoning salt-to taste. You can put on skewers with vegetables, or place on foil and put under broiler. Broil (turn over once) or barbecue until done. Serve with rice or in wraps. Goes good with beer.

Salmon Marinade and Barbecue Courtesy of Nancy Cross - Kenai

Marinade For Salmon Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 1/2 cup virgin olive oil 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup apple juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger root 1 Tbsp minced, fresh parsley 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper Combine well. Pour over fresh salmon filets & cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Pour off excess and grill or broil. Enough marinade for a nice Kenai River sockeye or silver salmon

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Barb Njaa’s Hot Kippered Salmon Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 2 salmon fillets 4 tsp salt ground pepper to taste 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp brown sugar 2 Tbsp liquid smoke Place fillets, skin side down, side by side in greased shallow baking pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and brown sugar; drizzle liquid smoke over top. Cover and refrigerate 4-8 hours. Drain any liquid. Bake at 350 F for 30-45 minutes or until salmon flakes with a fork. Yields 8 servings.

1/3 cup Tamari sauce 1/3 cup cooking sherry 1/4 tsp. ginger 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1 medium sized salmon filet Rinse and pat dry the salmon filet and put into a gallon sized plastic bag with zip top. Whip together the rest of the ingredients and pour into plastic bag with salmon. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours, turning once. This recipe may be doubled for larger pieces of salmon. Barbecue the salmon ( basting as needed using left over marinade) until the white fat bubbles on the surface of the salmon. You may also fry the salmon in a medium hot skillet, or bake in a 350 degree oven until the white fat bubbles on the surface. DO NOT allow salmon to dry out.

Bar-B-Que Salmon Submitted by: Daryl Palmer - Soldotna 1 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup cooking oil 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp pepper salmon fillets Mix soy sauce, sugar, oil, garlic powder and pepper together until sugar is dissolved. Pour into marinating dish and add salmon. Marinate for at least 4 hours turning salmon at least once in marinate. BBQ or broil salmon 6 or 7 min. per side, or 10 min. skin side down.

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WILD ALASKA SALMON IT’S NATURALLY BETTER The cold, clear waters off Alaska’s 34,000 mile coastline are the world’s greatest resource for natural, wild salmon. There, the five species of Alaska Salmon mature in an unmatched natural environment that provides them with superior flavor, color, and texture. This makes Wild Alaska Salmon the salmon of choice of foodservice operators throughout the world. Quick-frozen within hours of being harvested at the peak of its lifecycle, Alaska Salmon offers you these unique advantages:

A NATURAL ADVANTAGE

Alaska Salmon has a richer color, firmer texture, and better flavor than industrially-produced salmon. This natural superiority results from a life spent feeding on the sea’s natural foods while swimming against the strong currents of the cold, clean North Pacific.

A FROZEN ADVANTAGE

The Alaska seafood industry has perfected advanced quick-freezing technology which is unique in its ability to capture the fresh-caught flavor of the salmon while preserving the fish’s firm texture and rich color.

YEAR-ROUND AVAILABILITY

Frozen Wild Alaska Salmon is available year-round in portion-controlled sizes in a variety of packaging and product forms.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Wild Alaska Salmon is an excellent source of high quality protein, and contains predominantly healthy unsaturated fats. Analysis of salmon performed on the raw muscle without skin and bones. Serving size: 3-1/2 oz. (100 Grams) — Raw Weight Portion King Sockeye Coho Keta Pink Calories 231 216 184 154 149 Protein (g) 25.7 27.3 27.3 25.8 25.5 Fat (g) 13.3 10.9 7.5 4.8 4.4 Saturated Fat (g) 3.2 1.9 1.5 1.0 0.7 Sodium (mg) 60 66 53 64 86 Cholesterol (mg) 85 87 57 95 67 Omega-3 (g) 1.7 1.2 1.1 0.8 1.3 NOTE: Nutritional value for salmon will vary 1-2% in protein and fat content from these average values, depending upon the maturity of the fish. Omega 3 values represent the sum of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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Salmon Ball Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 1 pint canned salmon, drained 1 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp minced onion 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp liquid smoke 1/4 tsp horseradish 1/2 cup crushed nuts (walnuts, pine nuts or pecans) Combine well and chill. Form into a ball and roll in crushed nuts. Serve with crackers or lightly toasted baguette slices

Broiled Salmon Basted with Rosemary & Balsamic Marinade Submitted by: Mykel’s Restaurant & Lounge Soldotna 4-6 salmon fillets (5-8 oz. each) 1 cup olive oil 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp granulated garlic 1 Tbsp cracked black pepper 1 Tbsp dried whole rosemary salt & pepper to season spray oil (Pam) Blend all ingredients together in a small bowl thoroughly. 10 minutes before cooking pre-heat gas BBQ to low, at most medium-low. Lightly season salmon with salt and pepper. Remix the basting sauce and brush liberally on fish on a plate or platter coating both sides. Let sit until the BBQ is ready. Rub the fish through basting sauce again then spray with oil (Pam). Place on grill bone side down. Baste with sauce being careful not to spill sauce in the grill as this will produce flames if you are not careful. Cook about 2-3 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. Brush the filet with the sauce again making sure you mix it well. Turn the fish over and baste again. Cook 2-3 minutes and baste again. Turn the fish over one more time and baste 1-2 times until fish is cooked through. To serve: Place on plates or platter and lightly brush with sauce again. Serve with fresh lemon.

Hungarian Halibut Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 4 cups fresh halibut, cut into 2 inch pieces 1/4 cup butter 2 cups chopped onions 2 minced garlic cloves 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 2 tsp paprika 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (fresh work best) 1/4 cup sliced black olives 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper small can tomato paste 3/4 cup water Sauté garlic and onions in butter until tender, add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT halibut. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for 10 minutes. Place halibut pieces in a lightly oiled casserole and pour tomato sauce over. Cover and bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Stir gently and serve over hot egg noodles or brown rice. Garnish with sour cream and parsley.

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Pecan Salmon Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 1 Salmon skin & fillet, cut into two or four individual serving sizes Flour - for dredging (season lightly with ground pepper & garlic powder) 1/3 cup butter 2 Tbsp minced chives or shallots 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup apple juice Heat butter in sauté pan, dredge salmon pieces in flour. Sauté salmon pieces over high heat for 1-2 minutes, turn the add chives. Sauté one more minute, ad pecans, lemon juice, wine and juice. Cover and simmer on med - low heat appox. 10 minutes or until fish is done. Lift salmon onto plates and drizzle pecan sauce over fillets for serving.

Camp Salmon Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 4 salmon fillets Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp lemon pepper 4 potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices 2 large onions, sliced 4 carrots, sliced either the long way or into thick chunks 3 zucchini, sliced same as carrots 2 sticks butter 1 tsp crushed thyme 1 Tbsp of lemon juice Place each piece of salmon onto large pieces of aluminum foil that are double layered, season with lemon pepper. Top with potatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini and sprinkle thyme over all. Top with chunks of butter. Fold up foil to make a tight pouch, and bake for 45 min. to 1 hour. (until carrots are tender) You can either place the pouches on a grate, or if putting against hot coals, be sure you have two layers of foil wrapped tightly and sealed well.

Barbecued Salmon Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup light olive oil 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 2 pounds salmon steaks or filets (1 inch thick) 1/2 tsp seasoned salt 1/4 tsp granulated garlic 1/2 tsp thyme, crumbled 1/2 cup soaked wood chips for grill oil to brush grill top Mix lemon juice, oil, & Worcestershire sauce - add salmon and allow to marinate 30 minutes. Meanwhile soak wood chips (15-30 minutes.) Sprinkle seasoned salt, garlic and thyme over salmon. Sprinkle wood chips over hot coals. Lightly coat grill with oil and place salmon on grill top (fillets go skin-side down & don’t turn during cooking). Cook until salmon loses its translucent appearance - about 6 min. per side for a 1-inch cut. The charred skin on fillets will peel right off.


Halibut with Black Beans

Breaded Razor Clams

Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt

Submitted by: Daryl Palmer - Soldotna

Preheat oven to 425 degrees 1 lb. halibut cut into serving-sized portions. Remove any skin and fat. Sprinkle with lemon pepper. Set aside. Using an oven-proof skillet (preferably cast iron) 2 Tbs oil (canola or peanut) 5 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup minced onion Saute in oil until garlic is browned & onion is transparent. Add & heat to bubbling: 1 tsp. minced fresh cilantro 16oz. can of tomato sauce 7oz. can of diced green chilies Dash of Tabasco & cayenne pepper Add halibut pieces and place in oven. Cook approximately 5 minutes to poach the fish. Gently fold in a 16 oz. can of black beans. Sprinkle 1 cup cheddar cheese on top. Heat until cheese melts. Serve with sour cream, salsa & additional cheddar cheese.

Aproximately 12 clams 3 eggs 1 cup flour 1 cup of craker crumbs salt and papper to taste Rinse clams, drain and pat dry, dip in flour, egg, and roll in cracker crumbs. Using high heat, fry in 1/4 inch oil in pan. Brown quickly for one minute or until brown per side. Take out and lay out on paper towels to absorb any grease, then serve.

Halibut with Lemon Vinaigrette Submitted by: M. Scott Moon - Soldotna Adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis found at http://www.foodnetwork.com

8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 shallots, thinly sliced (or 1/4 cup sliced onion) 1 large head radicchio (about 12 ounces) coarsely chopped (or about 2 cups cabbage) 1 (15-ounce) can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed 1/3 cup fish broth (or chicken broth) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 (5- to 6-ounce) halibut fillets All-purpose flour, for dredging Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the radicchio and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the beans and broth, and cook until the beans are heated through, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Season the radicchio mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a 14-inch (or 2 smaller) nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper. Dredge the fillets in flour to coat completely. Shake off the excess flour and fry 3 fillets in each pan until they are golden brown and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. (Consider poaching or blackening the halibut instead.) Spoon the radicchio mixture over the center of the plates. Top with the fillets. Drizzle the vinaigrette over fish and serve immediately. Lemon Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh Italian parsley leaves (or cilantro) 2 cloves garlic 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil Blend the lemon juice, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper.

Salmon Appetizers Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 1 pint canned salmon, drained 1 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened 4-6 Tbsp salsa 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp dried cilantro leaves, crumbled 1/4 tsp ground cumin flour tortillas Mix salmon, cream cheese, salsa, parsley, cilantro & cumin. Spread approx. 2 Tbsp of salmon mixture over each tortilla. Roll up individually and wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill 2-3 hours. Remove plastic wrap and slice into bite-size pieces. (You can slice immediately after rolling, however pieces hold their shape better if allowed to chill first.)

Walnut Crusted Salmon with Raspberry Beurre Blanc Submitted by: Mykel’s Restaurant & Lounge Soldotna For each serving: 1 6-oz salmon filet (boneless & skinless) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/8 cup bread crumbs salt, pepper & granulated garlic for seasoning (or use a seasoning salt blend) flour - for dredging 1 egg - beaten with a splash of water added oil to cook salmon (not butter, it tends to burn - recommend peanut oil) To prepare salmon: Preheat oven to 350 F. Crush walnuts in food processor or with a knife and mix them with breadcrumbs. Lightly season salmon, dredge in flour then dunk in egg mixture to coat. Now place salmon in walnut mix and gently press to cover filet. Heat oil to medium on stovetop. Gently brown salmon filet, skin side up (approx. 3 minutes). Turn salmon over and brown on other side (approx. 3 minutes). Place salmon on a baking sheet and place in oven 7-9 minutes or until desired doneness. For sauce over salmon: 1/2 cup white wine 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 1/4 cup raspberries 1/2 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp unsalted butter - softened to room temperature Put white wine in sauce pan and reduce by 1/4 . Add cream and raspberries and bring back to a boil. Reduce again by 1/4. Add honey to taste. Reduce heat to medium then add butter and stir until dissolved and incorporate into raspberry mixture. Remove the salmon filets from the oven and place them on plates. Spoon the sauce over the top of the filets.

Halibut and Potatoes Au Gratin Submitted by: M. Scott Moon - Soldotna From: Lavonne Coffey in “Homer Halibut Cookbook: Favorite Recipes Compiled by Rescue 21, Homer, AK”. © 2000

2 lbs thick sliced halibut 2 tsp salt 6 Tbsp butter 3 cups milk 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 tsp pepper 6 Tbsp flour 1 qt diced cold cooked potatoes 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled Place the halibut in center of a greased shallow baking dish. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Prepare medium cream sauce, using the butter, flour and milk; add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add the potatoes to the sauce and pour around and over the fish. Sprinkle with the cheese and bacon. Bake 45 minutes in moderately slow oven, 325 degrees. Six servings.

Halibut with Lime Submitted by: M. Scott Moon - Soldotna Adapted from Boston chef Rich Vellante, featured in Runner’s World, May 2005, p. 58.

2 pounds halibut tidbits (fresh or thawed from frozen) 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1 tsp lime or lemon zest 1/2 tsp powdered cumin 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp fresh-squeezed lime juice kosher salt, to taste (about 1 1/2 tsp) black pepper, to taste 3/4 to 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs 1/2 cup white wine 1/4 cup olive oil Rinse the halibut and pat dry. Put the fish in a glass or ceramic bowl and toss with the basil, lime or lemon zest, cumin, olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Place the halibut pieces in a baking dish. Sprinkle the wine over the top. Lightly cover the with the breadcrumbs. Drizzle olive oil over the top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the tops are nicely browned.

Camp Salmon Submitted by: Evy Gebhardt 4 salmon fillets Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp lemon pepper 4 potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices 2 large onions, sliced 4 carrots, sliced either the long way or into thick chunks 3 zucchini, sliced same as carrots 2 sticks butter 1 tsp crushed thyme 1 Tbsp of lemon juice Place each piece of salmon onto large pieces of aluminum foil that are double layered, season with lemon pepper. Top with potatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini and sprinkle thyme over all. Top with chunks of butter. Fold up foil to make a tight pouch, and bake for 45 min. to 1 hour. (until carrots are tender) You can either place the pouches on a grate, or if putting against hot coals, be sure you have two layers of foil wrapped tightly and sealed well.

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Procedure for filleting whole Alaska salmon Courtesy alaskaseafood.org

1. Place dressed fish with belly toward you. With a very sharp knife, cut through flesh from end of cavity back through tail.

2. Place knife blade against backbone and cut along backbone from head to tail on one side of fish, severing ribs and top piece from backbone.

3. Lay top piece aside. Remove backbone from remaining side.

4. With a smaller knife, trim away rib and fin bones from both pieces. Pull out pin bones, if desired.

5. If you wish to skin fillets, place skin-side-down on cutting surface. Hold tail end tightly. With sharp knife, cut down through the flesh to skin. Flatten knife against skin and cut flesh away by sliding it toward head end while holding tail end of skin firmly.

6. Prepared salmon fillets can be baked, poached or grilled, or cut into serving-sized portions.

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“How To Identify Salmon, Trout and Other Species Found in Alaska” Images and Information ©Alaska Department of Fish and Game www.adfg.state.ak.us

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So you know that an Alaska fishing vacation is in your future but you still have a few questions about what to expect when you arrive in the 49th state? The FAQs on this page should help you make the most of your vacation. 1. Where can I get a fishing license? It is probably easiest to wait until you arrive on the Kenai Peninsula to purchase your fishing license, as you also can pick up a copy of the most current regulations. A few of the locations where a license can be purchased: In Kenai: Tesoro Express gas stations, Holiday Station stores, Safeway, Walmart In Soldotna: Tesoro Express gas station, Holiday Station store, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, Sportsman’s Warehouse In Ninilchik: Ninilchik Trading Company In Homer: Safeway, Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware, and most fishing charter businesses In Seward: Safeway, Bay Traders True Value, and most fishing charter businesses. Or you can purchase fishing licenses online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 2. Does everyone need a fishing license? If you are a nonresident and 16 years of age or over you will need to purchase a fishing license. If you are a resident of Alaska between the ages of 16 and 59 you will need to purchase a fishing license. Anyone under the age of 16 is not required to buy a fishing license. Alaska residents 60 years of age or over do not need to purchase a fishing license. These persons may apply for a lifetime license for fishing and hunting. This license is called an ADF&G Permanent Identification Card (PID). Application forms are available at Fish and Game and online at www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/. 3. What kind of fishing license do I need, and how much will it cost? A fishing license will cover any shellfish or finfish in fresh or salt waters, except king salmon. To fish for a king salmon you will need to purchase a king salmon stamp in addition to your license. In order for your king salmon stamp to be valid, you must sign your name in ink across the stamp and put it on the back of your fishing license. (From Alaska Department of Fish and Game ADF&G regulations)

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Resident license fees: Resident annual sport fishing license, $24 Resident annual sport fishing license for the blind, 25 cents Resident annual - income restricted, $5 Nonresident license fees: 1-day sport fishing license, $20 3-day sport fishing license, $35 7-day sport fishing license, $55 14-day sport fishing license, $80 Annual nonresident sport fishing license, $145 (military $24) King Salmon Stamps: Most anglers sport fishing for sea-run king salmon must have in their possession a current year’s king salmon stamp. In order for the stamp to be valid, anglers must sign their name, in ink, across the face of the king salmon stamp and stick the stamp onto the back of their current year’s sport fishing license. King Salmon Stamp Fees: Resident king stamp, $10 annually Nonresident 1-day stamp, $10 Nonresident 3-day stamp, $20 Nonresident 7-day stamp, $30 Nonresident 14-day stamp, $50 Nonresident annual stamp, $100 Military annual stamp, $20 4. How can I get a fishing guide? There are a number of guide services found in the advertising pages of the guide. For a list of advertisers that offer fishing guide services, turn to page 61 of this guide. The Kenai River Professional Guide Association (www.krpga.org) maintains a list of member guides, as well. 5. How do I know if I have picked the right guide for me? Be sure to prepare some questions to ask prospective companies before choosing a guide. Here are some suggested questions: Do you have a valid Coast Guard license? Are you insured? Is the cabin big enough for all the passengers (deep sea fishing)? Is it heated? Is there a toilet? What size is the boat? How long have you been in business? Do you have any local references? How much time will we spend fishing and how much travel time? What is included in your rate? Do you provide lunch? How much of a deposit do you require? What if I cancel? What if the trip is canceled due to bad weather? Do you offer a child discount? What age should my child be to go on a charter? 6. Where can I buy fishing gear? While a guided tour affords the luxury of much of your necessary equipment being provided by your hosts, many local stores offer fishing equipment. You can rent or purchase most equipment, from tackle to hip waders to children’s fishing poles. Some popular shopping locations for gear include Three Bears or Walmart in Kenai, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Ken’s Tackle or Fred Meyers in Soldotna, Ulmers Drug and Hardware in Homer.

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7. Where can I go bank fishing? The Kenai Peninsula offers abundant areas to go bank fishing without the assistance of a fishing guide. The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a map available of areas to go bank fishing. Here is a quick list of areas that are available within a one-hour radius of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center: Kenai River Area: - Cunningham Park - Rotary Park - Ciechanski State Recreation Site - Morgan’s Landing - Pipeline State Recreation Site - Izaak Walton State Recreation Site - Slikok Creek State Recreation Site - Bings Landing State Recreation Site - Centennial Park Campground - Funny River State Recreation Site - Soldotna Visitor Information Center - Swiftwater Campground - Kenai Keys State Recreation Site - Soldotna Creek Park Additional Areas: - Crooked Creek Campground - Anchor River - Deep Creek - Quartz Creek - Ninilchik - Ptarmigan Creek 8. What is the best time of year to go sportfishing? The best sport fishing is available May through September. See the fish run chart on page 32 of this guide for details on the Kenai’s various waterways.

9. Where is the best place to take my kids fishing? The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center recommends taking children to Cunningham Park and Centennial Park Campground or Soldotna Creek Park for bank fishing. The fishing is easy to access and you don’t have to travel far to get to the bank or back to your car when necessary. 10. What kind of clothing do I need to have? When fishing in Alaska you should always be prepared. The water is swift and extremely cold. Here is list of suggested things to take along: First-aid kit Old clothes(your clothing will inevitably get ruined -or smell like fish - you can often find old flannel shirts and jeans at a second-hand store) Hip waders Rain gear Hat Sunglasses Jacket Lightweight gloves Pants Heavy socks Bug repellant 11. What about bugs? If you are bank fishing, you may need to use some bug repellant. You can purchase some at just about any local store. If you are on the river, you will not need to worry too much about the bugs. Remember that DEET, a chemical found in some insect repellents, will dissolve fishing line and other synthetic items.

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Outdoor Activities:

Go-cart racing The Go-Kart Race Track, 4487 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, 907-262-1562. Disc Golf Course The Kenai Eagle 18-hole disc golf course on Tinker Lane, behind the Peninsula Oilers baseball field in Kenai. Instructions for playing this game for all ages and abilities are posted on the course. Disc golf is played using specially weighted discs instead of balls. Instead of cups to drop the ball in, the target is a basket suspended from a post. The park is unsupervised, is open year-round and is free to the public. A nine-hole disc golf course can be found along the Bernie Huss Trail in Kenai, accessible from Main Street Loop. The Tsalteshi 20-hole disc golf course in Soldotna is also free to the public and can be accessed behind Skyview school’s football and soccer fields. Skateboard, BMX parks The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department park, off of Coral Street, near the adult softball fields, has a smooth asphalt surface with chain-link perimeter fence. It has a quarter pipe and numerous ramps, ledges and rails. The park is intended for skaters and BMX riders. Safety equipment (helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards at a minimum) is strongly recommended. Rules are listed at the site. The park is unsupervised and users assume all risks. The park is open to all ages. There is no fee. For more information, call Bob Frates at 907-283-3692. Soldotna’s Karen Street Park includes a gated skate park with metal quarter pipes, boxes, rails, in differing shapes and sizes. The park is unsupervised and is open during daylight hours. Karen Street is located off the Kenai Spur Highway. For more information, contact the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department at 907-262-3151. The North Peninsula Recreation skateboard park is next to the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. It is open May through September from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The cost is $10 per person for the entire summer. ID cards will be issued to registered users. For more information, call 907-776-8800. Seward’s Evan Casey Skate Park has the distinction of being Alaska’s first “official” skate park. The park is unsupervised and is open during daylight hours. Evan Casey is located off Ballaine Blvd. For more information, contact the Seward Parks and Recreation Department at 907-224-4055. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna offers easy hiking trails and numerous interpretive programs. In addition to hiking, the refuge offers one of only two national canoe systems in the country. Visitors can explore the waterways for day and overnight trips by taking out their own canoes or hiring commercial operations. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve wildlife; to fulfill treaty obligations; to ensure necessary water quality and quantity; and to provide scientific research, interpretation, environmental education and land management training. For more information, call 907-262-7021, e-mail kenai@ fws.gov or go online to http://kenai.fws.gov/. Kenai Beach The beach is at the end of Spruce Drive in Kenai. Although it has one of the fastest tide changes in the world, the soft sand, sprinkling of shells and fantastic views make this a great place to run and stretch your legs. Captain Cook State Recreational Park The drive to the end of the Kenai Spur Highway from Kenai will be worth it when your youngsters start clambering over the jumble of colorful rocks that are found on the beaches of this natural paradise. Camping, swimming and picnic areas make this a great way to spend the day.

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Indoor Activities:

Arcade, miniature golf Jumpin’ Junction/Northern Lights A’Glow Mini Golf, 42115 Kalifornsky Beach Rd. Soldotna, 907-420-0566 Bowling Alaskalanes Family Bowling Center, Kenai, 907-283-3314 Indoor inflatable playground Jumpin’ Junction/Northern Lights A’Glow Mini Golf, 42115 Kalifornsky Beach Rd. Soldotna, 907-420-0566 Theaters Homer Theatre, Homer, 907-325-6728 Kambe Theatre, Kenai, 907-283-4554 Liberty Theatre, Seward, 907-224-5418 Orca Theatre, Soldotna, 907-262-7003 Swimming pools Many find the lakes and water in Alaska a little colder than they are used to, but the peninsula has many pools to compensate for it: Homer High School, 907-235-7416 Kenai Central High School, 907-283-7476 Nikiski and North Peninsula Recreation Area, 907-776-8800 Ninilchik School, 907-567-3301 Skyview School, 907-262-7675 Soldotna High School, 907-262-7419 Seward High School, 907-224-3900 Challenger Learning Center of Alaska The center at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway Kenai, offers space camps and rocketry for youth. For more information, call 907-283-2000 or email gospace@akchallenger.org or visit www.akchallenger.org/ Museums, attractions and art centers Kenai Fine Arts Center, Kenai, 907-283-7040 Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Kenai, 907-283-1991 Chugach Heritage Center, Seward, 907-224-5065 Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, 907-224-6300 or toll-free 800-224-2525 Seward Museum, Seward, 907-224-3902 Hope and Sunrise Museum, Hope, 907-782-3740 Pratt Museum, Homer, 907-235-8635 Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, Homer, 907-235-6961 Libraries Summer reading programs are offered at libraries on the peninsula. Each offers a themed program encouraging children to continue reading for fun: Anchor Point Public Library, 907-235-5692 Cooper Landing Library, 907-595-1241 Homer Public Library, 907-235-3180 Kasilof Public Library, 907-260-1345 Kenai Community Library, 907-283-4378 Ninilchik Community Library, 907-567-3333 Seward Memorial Library, 907-224-4082 Soldotna Public Library, 907-262-4227 Boys & Girls Clubs Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula offers programs, athletics and activities for youth. For more information, visit the main office at 705 Frontage Road, Suite B, Kenai, AK 99611, call 907-283-2682 or visit info@positiveplaceforkids.com.

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Of the many recreational opportunities on the Kenai Peninsula, few rival the memories and fun that a day spent “clamming” can bring to your family. The east side of Cook Inlet has a healthy population of Pacific razor clams, referred to simply as “razors” by the locals. The activity is fairly simple and inexpensive. All you need are a sport fishing license, a bucket, a clam shovel, waterproof boots and clothing that can withstand a little mud. There are thought to be eight major concentrations of razor clams on the Pacific Coast. Oregon and Washington each have one, British Columbia has two with Alaska boasting four. Of these four areas, the eastern shore of Cook Inlet is considered the most accessible and popular, and supports the state’s largest sport and personal use razor clam fishery. The most concentrated populations of razor clams can be found on a 50-mile area between the Kasilof and Anchor rivers.

2014 Clam Tides Generally a tide of minus 2.0 or greater is suggested to adequately expose the clam beds

May 1 2 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 27 28 29 30 31

-3.2 -2.1 -1.8 -3.1 -4.0 -4.3 -4.0 -3.2 -1.9 -2.5 -3.1 -3.2 -2.8 -2.2

July 11:41 AM 12:20 PM 9:27 AM 10:06 AM 10:45 AM 11:26 AM 12:09 PM 12:55 PM 1:46 PM 9:28 AM 10:08 AM 10:46 AM 11:22 AM 11:59 AM

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8:41 AM 9:27 AM 10:12 AM 10:56 AM 11:39 AM 12:23 PM 1:08 PM 10:43 AM 11:14 AM

Clam Gulch, most obviously, is the first location many people head toward when the tide books indicate a “minus” tide window during the main clamming season. While clams can legally be harvested throughout the year, April – September are the main months that digging occurs. Dig in early summer if you want to avoid the spawning period when clams are plump or dig in July - August when they are spawning if you prefer clams when they are “full.” Clam Gulch is located 20 miles south of Soldotna, and the Clam Gulch State Recreation Area draws visitors with a day use parking and overnight camping area located on the bluff overlooking the inlet. An access road allows people to drive four-wheel drive or all-terrain vehicles to the beach. Note that two-wheel drive vehicles should NEVER be taken onto any Alaska beach. Even with properly equipped vehicles, drivers should stay high above the tide line. Much of the shoreline, particularly at low tide, contains pockets of extremely muddy glacial silt that can stop even the best of rigs. When the tide turns, your mired-down vehicle will be engulfed and will be a total loss! Razor clams can be found by first identifying a dimple, or small depression left on the surface of the wet sand that are

created from the clam’s neck as it is withdrawn. A couple quick scoops of sand dug away using a clam shovel about 3-6 inches from the dimple will reveal the clam, which is then pulled up from the sand. When digging, the clam will use its foot to pull its self deeper in the sand to rebury its self, so working quickly is crucial. It is important to remember that the shells are quite sharp, hence the name “razor.” When digging, one should be careful not to dig too close to the dimple or the clam will be damaged. Diggers are required to retain all razor clams regardless of size or broken shells. Clams with broken shells are slightly more difficult to clean, but it will not affect their eating quality. Refer to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish for a useful harvest guide, and more importantly, a step-by-step cleaning guide. Experienced clammers will tell you that cleaning their harvest of razor clams is the least enjoyable part of the day, but the savory chowders and fried clams are well worth the effort. Other popular access areas include Ninilchik Beach and Deep Creek to the south. In addition to outstanding views of Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range, many species of shorebirds can be seen while walking along the beach.

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9:09 AM 9:54 AM 10:36 AM 11:19 AM 11:40 PM 12:01 PM 12:43 PM

The above times are for the Ninilchik beaches. For Clam Gulch area beaches, the low tide is approximately 40-45 minutes later than the listed time. For detailed tide tables, be sure to pick up a tide table book, available from most fishing tackle shops.

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Must-see in Ninilchik

About the Area

Ninilchik is rich with natural and historic treasures. The village is a bustling fishing community during the summer months, with many saltwater charter tours based here. While halibut is king in Ninilchik, the annual opening weekend of the king salmon season brings many Alaskans to this natural playground to fish and to dig for razor clams on the nearby shores of Cook Inlet. The Kenai Peninsula State Fair is held in Ninilchik in August, and rodeos are held each summer at the fairgrounds.

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The area’s history and culture can be seen in the distinct architecture brought by the Russian Orthodox missionaries who settled here with the region’s Dena’ina Indians. Tour the historic Ninilchik Village and see buildings from the late 1800s, including the Melania Curis Home, the Ninilchik Village Cache and the first Russian School House. You will want to keep your camera handy, as the area offers exceptional views across Cook Inlet, with several pullouts along the highway as you make your drive toward Homer.

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The launching of halibut charter fishing vessels at the mouth of Deep Creek along the beach of Cook Inlet is a sight to behold. This is done with a tractor that many folks would expect to see tilling the fields of rural America.


Must-see in Anchor Point

About the Area

When you visit Anchor Point, Alaska, you will be at the western-most point of the highway system in North America. The area is a prime sportfishing location during the summer months and a quiet rural community during the winter months. The town received its name after Captain James Cook and the crews of the Resolution and the Discovery lost a kedge anchor to the tremendous currents of the area back in 1787. The views of snowcapped Mounts Iliamna, Redoubt and Augustine easily can

be seen from this area, which lies along the Anchor River. The town hosts an Independence Day celebration and a mid-winter Snow Rondi event, as well as various bazaars, fishing derbies and festivals throughout the year. The Russian village of Old Believers, Nikolaevsk is near Anchor Point, off the scenic North Fork Loop Road. The settlement of more than 300 residents is made up of descendents of the Old Believers who emigrated from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Anchor Point, be sure to stop at the homestead and gallery of renowned Alaska artist Norman Lowell. The gallery, open from May 1 through Sept. 15, is located on Norman Lowell Road at Mile 160.9 of the Sterling Highway.

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Must-see in Homer

About the Area

Head south on the Sterling Highway. Before you hit the absolute end of the road, you’ll crest a hill and your jaw will drop at the spectacular scenery before you. More than one visitor to this spot has rewritten his or her life story after experiencing this one-of-a kind view. Welcome to Homer. The first thing likely to catch your eye is a narrow, wiggly strip of land jutting into the shimmering waters of Kachemak Bay. That four-mile strip of land is the Homer Spit, a terminal moraine composed of sand, gravel, coal and other debris left by a glacier retreating into the Kenai Mountains. During the summertime, the Spit buzzes with activity. Boardwalks and shops of all kinds line the harbor and bay sides of the road. It’s on the Spit you’ll find everything from luxury hotels and fine dining to rustic camping and seafood shacks. Looking for a fishing adventure? The Spit is where you’ll find it. Dozens of charter operations make their home here.

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Demanding your attention across the bay are the mountains, forests and glaciers of Kachemak Bay State Park. The 400,000 acres of pristine wilderness on the south side of the bay not only provide Homer its magical view, but they also give residents and visitors alike an unparalleled wilderness playground. There are no roads to the park, making boat or air travel necessary for access. Charter operators, water taxis and boat rental companies in Homer know the area and can point you in the right direction. But don’t get so focused on adventures waiting at the end of the road that you miss the heart of Homer. In addition to an amazing array of unique shops, galleries featuring the work of local artists and restaurants, there are several must-see attractions in town. The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, at Mile 95 of the Sterling Highway, is headquarters for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and provides

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If you’re in Homer, be sure to swing by the Pratt Museum on Bartlett Street. The award-winning museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing local artists and telling the story of the people, plants and animals of Kachemak Bay. hands-on learning labs and educational programs, indoor exhibits and a trail system to give visitors a glimpse of the wealth of marine life and shorebirds that thrive in Kachemak Bay. Another community attraction worth checking out is the Wynn Nature Center, Mile 1.5 of East Skyline Drive, which provides guided nature tours and hikes, as well as educational programs. And if you’re in Homer during the colder seasons, the area’s cross-country ski areas get some of the first snow of the season, and hang onto the white stuff well into the spring. Check out the ski trails at Baycrest or Ohlson Mountain. Visit kachemaknordicskiclub.org for maps, directions and trail reports.


Each of the centers also offers low-cost daily lunch menus that in the past have included salmon and moose meat stew. Many centers ask that lunch reservations be made 24 hours in advance.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens Center

apsci@acsalaska.net P.O. Box 438, Anchor Point, AK 99556��������������� 907-235-7786

Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. Inc.

Open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday www.cooperlandingseniors.com clscci@arctic.net P.O. Box 552, Cooper Landing, AK 99572���������� 907-595-3000

Homer Senior Citizens Inc.

Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.homerseniors.com admin@homerseniors.com 3935 Svedlund St., Homer, AK 99603����������������� 907-235-7655

Kenai Senior Citizens Center

http://ci.kenai.ak.us/seniorcenter.html rcraig@ci.kenai.ak.us Open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Lunch at noon 361 Senior Court, Kenai, AK 99611��������������������� 907-283-4156

Nikiski Senior Citizens Center

Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Salad bar opens 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon leigh@nikiskiseniorcenter.org Mile .75 Island Lake Road, Nikiski, AK 99635�� 907-776-7654

Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center

Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lunch at noon seniors@ptialaska.net Off Kingsley at 66265 Aspen Ave. Ninilchik, AK 99639�������������������������������������������� 907-567-3988

Seldovia Senior Programs

Call for information P.O. Box l, Seldovia, AK 99663����������������������������� 907-234-7893

Seward Senior Center

www.sewardsenior.org ssc@seward.net Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. 336 Third Ave., Seward, AK 99664���������������������� 907-224-5604

Soldotna Senior Citizens Center

Open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Salad bar opens 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon. solsrctr@alaska.net 197 W. Park Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669��������������� 907-262-2322

Sterling Senior Center

Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Lunch at noon. sasci@gci.net Mile 82 Sterling Highway, Sterling, AK 99672�� 907-262-6808

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Help Make Highways Safer for People and Wildlife Report Wildlife Sightings! Wildlife-vehicle collisions along the Sterling Highway within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are among the highest in rural Alaska. The Alaska Departments of Transportation, Fish & Game, and Public Safety; the Federal Highway Administration; Alaska Moose Federation; and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are trying to solve this problem. Your help in reporting wildlife along the Sterling Highway from milepost 58 (east entrance to Skilak Lake Road) to

milepost 79 (where the 2-lane turns into a divided 4-lane near Sterling) is needed. There are milepost markers bearing white numbers on a green background in half-mile increments located along this section of the roadway to make it easier to report wildlife locations. This information will help in the de-

When you spot wildlife on this section of the Sterling Highway, call the Wildlife Hotline (907)262-2300 and include the following information: What animal you saw (such as a moose, black bear, wolf) How many (a cow and calf, a sow with 2 cubs) Location where you saw the wildlife (between MP 68.5 and 69) Date and Time (June 5 at 7:30am)

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sign and reconstruction of the highway to include methods to reduce wildlifevehicle collisions. The goal is to make the highway safer for motorists and wildlife. Always obey the posted speed limit signs. If you do hit an animal, call the Alaska State Troopers at (907)262-4453.


About the Area On the south side of Kachemak Bay, just six miles from Homer is the haven called Halibut Cove. Nestled in Kachemak Bay State Park, you’ll need to make plans to travel by boat if you want to visit Halibut Cove. While many visitors rely on water taxis from Homer, others prefer to kayak to this scenic little community. And while the destination of Halibut Cove is considered a paradise of solitude and serenity, the journey over often includes the opportunity

to see whales, porpoises, and sea otters. You’ll also pass by Gull Island, a natural seabird rookery and preserve. There are not many residents, and most of Halibut Cove’s buildings are built on pilings overlooking the protected waters of the cove. But the boardwalk welcomes visitors, many of whom explore the hiking trails and public use cabins in Kachemak Bay State Park. You’ll also want to investigate the town’s vibrant art galleries, exquisite dining or kick back a little longer

Must-see in Halibut Cove With it’s proximity to the trails of nearby Kachemak Bay State Park, you’ll want to bring your hiking shoes and camera to explore this natural resource. in one of the area’s privately owned lodging facilities. You’ll find Halibut Cove to be a small town that is worlds away from the busy days at the end of the Homer Spit during the summer months.

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About the Area

About an hour and half ferry ride across Kachemak Bay, about 15 miles southwest of the Homer Spit, lies Seldovia. The tiny community promotes itself as “Alaska’s best kept secret” and invites visitors to “come and enjoy her pace and beauty along with 300 friendly locals and a few old crabs.” Visitors and locals rely on water taxis, airplanes and the Alaska Ferry System for transportation. In town, four-wheelers are just as likely — maybe more so —as automobiles to cruise the streets. Several bed and breakfasts, small lodges, shops and a couple of restaurants have sprung up along Main Street. Several halibut charters start their day in Seldovia. And the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce produces a map offering a self-guided walking tour of the historic town. Visitors can check out a Russian Orthodox Church built in 1891, stroll the boardwalk along Seldovia Slough or hike the

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one-mile Otterbahn trail to the picturesque beaches outside of town. Salmon return to the slough each summer and can be caught along the shore or from the Seldovia Bridge. When the season is right, berry pickers can fill their buckets along the road to Jakolof Bay. Relatively new attractions, such as guided ATV rides up to Red Mountain along a logging road, provide exceptional views of the Kenai Mountains. And hiking trails around town lead travelers to several area peaks. Visitors comment on the laid-back and peaceful atmosphere of Seldovia even during the busiest summer months. That all changes on the Fourth of July, when thousands of visitors flock to town for festivities. This all-day event starts with a breakfast early in the morning and includes a foot race, a parade and games of skill — like the

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Must-see in Seldovia The locals will tell you to go take a hike – literally! Take a jaunt over to the Otterbahn, and old coastal trail that starts at the Susan B. English School and runs about a mile to a saltwater lagoon and Kachemak Bay beaches, perfect for exploring. Some areas are accessible only at low tide, so check the tide tables and be sure to bring appropriate footwear. crowd favorite tug-of-war and canoe jousting. The first record of a Fourth of July celebration was in 1920. In June the Seldovia Arts Council draws visitors and musicians to town with the two-day Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival. In addition, the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce hosts the Craft Invitational Chainsaw Carving Contest over Memorial Day Weekend. Visit www.seldoviachamber.org for more information.


About the Area

With the Kenai River rushing by one side and the Kenai Mountains towering over the other, Cooper Landing is nestled in one of the more picturesque settings found in Alaska. When it comes to Cooper Landing, a good saying would be “come for the silvers and stay for the gold.” The fall run of silver salmon in the river is complimented by the brilliant gold that washes the landscape as the aspen and birch tress of the area turn color, and it is a breathtaking time to see this part of the Kenai Peninsula. An easy day trip from Kenai, or a nice break on your trip to Seward, Cooper Landing is a settlement rich in history and

heritage. Riverside lodges, rafting and guided fishing tours and roadside shops are the mainstay of the less than 400 residents that call Cooper Landing home. The museum is worth a stop to see the articulated skeleton of a brown bear that was killed on the Sterling Highway. Another excellent stop is the rest stop located at the Kenai River Bridge, where the headwaters of the world famous Kenai River drain from the teal-blue waters of Kenai Lake. Use the spotting scopes to check out the dall sheep high on the mountain peaks overhead. Fishing is one of the popular activities in the area, with trout and salmon drawing

Must-see in Cooper Landing “Walk in the footprints of time” with a visit the K’Beq Interpretive Site, which celebrates the traditions and culture of the Dena’ina Athabascans who inhabited the Kenai Peninsula. The site includes interpretive and displays of artifacts. The K’Beq site is located at Mile 52.6 of the Sterling Highway. anglers from Alaska and around the globe. Bears are sighted frequently in the area, so if you plan to stretch your legs on one the many area trails found in the Cooper Landing area, it is important to be alert and prepared.

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Must-see in Seward

About the Area

From the glaciers that carve their way toward Resurrection Bay to the towering mountain peaks wrapped with spruce trees, Seward offers great scenery and many opportunities to explore the marine habitat at its doorstep. The gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, you will want to consider a day sightseeing with one of the many tour operators as part of your complete vacation to Seward. The opportunity to see humpback and orca whales, puffins and sea lions are highlights of these trips. For the rugged adventurers, kayaking is big in the area, with many options to rent gear. Or take a hike up Mount Marathon. This 3,022-foot peak is the site of a grueling footrace that draws hundreds of observers every July 4.

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Arts play an important role in Seward, and you will notice eight different murals around town, in addition to a host of galleries and shops. Equally as important is the rich history of the city. Visit the Resurrection Bay Historical Society Seward Museum and take a walking tour of historic buildings and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Millionaires Rowâ&#x20AC;? on Third Avenue. No visit to Seward would be complete without a stop at the Alaska SeaLife Center. The cold-water research and education institute offers marine interpretive and live, interactive exhibits. Injured marine mammals are rehabilitated here before being released back into the wild. Seward offers great silver salmon fishing each August. Anglers are excited to see the fish literally jumping out of the water

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Visit a glacier. Take the drive out for an easy walk up to the face of Exit Glacier. Located just outside of Seward off Exit Glacier Road, the ranger station there includes interpretive displays and a quarter-mile paved access path to the brilliant blue ice of the glacier. during the peak of the run. A good place to view salmon is at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association fish weir at Bear Lake. Increasingly, saltwater anglers are trying their luck with riggings geared toward the aggressive salmon sharks that patrol the deep waters of Resurrection Bay. The deep waters of the bay are a primary reason cruise ships dock in Seward. You will notice the Alaska Railroad also operates its extended cargo chain via the harbor, including luxury passenger trains that operate throughout the season.


With moose wandering through residential neighborhoods, migratory birds stopping by on their way north and south each year, and bears catching salmon in local rivers, the Kenai Peninsula provides ample opportunity for wildlife watching. Skilak Lake Loop Road, between Sterling and Cooper Landing off the Sterling Highway, is an easy site to spot wildlife of all sorts. The gravel road can be accessed at either Mile 58 or 75 of the Sterling Highway. A number of hiking trails begin on that road, and there are lakeside campgrounds and picnic areas along the way for those who want to stay put while looking for animals. The area is part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The Hidden Creek area on Skilak Lake Loop Road is particularly good for spotting bears, said John Morton, a refuge biologist. “That’s one of the best places to see sockeye running,” Morton said. Birdwatchers can also visit the Skilak Lake area to catch glimpses of many species. Ken Marlow, a local birding expert, said that the Moose River, where trumpeter swans gather in the fall, in another good place to see birds. “That’s a good spot in the early spring and the fall,” Marlow said. Tern Lake is also a good swan spot, he said. Marlow said the Kasilof and Kenai river flats are two easily accessible spots to see a variety of birds. Migratory species touch down in those areas throughout the summer as they head south, he said. The Kenai River viewing platform is on Bridge Access Road in Kenai, and overlooks the Kenai River’s entrance to the Cook Inlet. Whales and caribou can also occasionally be spotted from that platform. The Kasilof River Flats are south of Kenai and can be accessed from Kalifornsky Beach Road and Cohoe Loop. Marlow said visitors on the central peninsula during the peak of summer fishing can visit Marathon Road and Swanson River Road to see birds without as many human sightings. “The Swanson River Road is always a good one because of the variety of habitats you can find there,” Marlow said. The Swanson River Road area is another section of the wildlife refuge, accessed near Sterling at mile 83.45 on the Sterling Hwy, north of Kenai and Soldotna. And some birds can be found just about anywhere. “Boreal chickadee is a highlight for a lot of people,” Marlow said. That can be spotted at most bird feeders, he said. Another easy-to-reach spot in Soldotna is the wildlife refuge’s headquarters on Ski Hill Road, just off the Sterling Highway. A series of trails begin near the headquarters. “They’re nice because they’re convenient,” Morton said. Headquarters Lake, a short walk from the headquarters, is a good place

to spot Aleutian terns, loons and the occasional moose, Morton said. Moose and caribou are most often out at low-light times near dawn and dusk. Moose can be spotted even in small patches of shrubbery throughout the central peninsula, while caribou are more often found on the Kenai River Flats. Farther from town, Morton said the Resurrection River confluence near the Sterling Highway is another good spot to see animals, especially bears. And Skyline Trail, which is accessed at mile 61 of the Sterling Highway, is a steep hike with views of area wilderness. “You can hit the high country fairly quickly,” Morton said. Guidebooks can also help visitors looking for more information about wildlife viewing hotspots. Morton said “A Birder’s Guide to Alaska” is one good resource. Marlow recommended “Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail Guide.” “It comes with a map and gives you a detailed list of what you might find in areas there,” Marlow said.

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About the Area

Founded in 1909, Moose Pass was known for mining, logging and as an important transfer site for those heading north during the early settlement of Alaska. The early Iditarod supply trail went through Moose Pass in 1911, and a developed trail system now affords hikers great backcountry adventures in the area. The U.S. Forest Service maintains the

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trails in the area that wind through the Chugach National Forest. Accessible for small hikes or grand adventures, the scenery around Moose Pass makes any trek on these trails worthwhile. In respect for Alaska law, and for the families that call Moose Pass home, remember to obey the posted speed limits as you travel through the area.

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Must-see in Moose Pass A 10 foot waterwheel, built as a replica of the original waterwheel used to provide power for the community and sawmill back in 1928, has a sign that references the wheel’s sharpening stone. It reads “Moose Pass is a peaceful little town. If you have an axe to grind, do it here.”


If you think the Kenai Peninsula is beautiful in the summer, you should see it when cloaked under a thick blanket of white with the aurora borealis rippling through the celestial canopy above. Winter is a great time to enjoy the Kenai Peninsula just for its beauty, but recreational opportunities abound as well. ICE FISHING. Fishing is a yearround activity in Alaska and Ice fishing is an enjoyable sport for anglers of all ages. Dolly Varden, arctic char, arctic grayling, and trout are all found in area lakes. Contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for a list of stocked lakes at 907-262-9368. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING and SNOWSHOEING trails range from the immaculately groomed close to town, to untamed backcountry powder that is miles from civilization and just waiting for to be explored. Tsalteshi Ski Trails, south of Soldotna behind Skyview High School, offers more than 10 miles of maintained, marked ski trails, many of which are lighted during the winter months. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, on Ski Hill Road near Soldotna, is another excellent resource for groomed trails. The North Peninsula Recreation Area Trails, and the Kenai Golf Course ski trails are also popular options. For snowshoeing, many of the summer hiking trails of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offer excellent winter snowshoeing opportunities. SNOWMOBILING is actually referred to as “snowmachining” in this neck of the woods, but whatever it’s called, the trails in this area offer some of the best iron dog opportunities in the state. The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers Snowmachine Club works to groom and maintain roughly 100 miles of trails in the Caribou Hills region of the southern Kenai Peninsula, east of Ninilchik. Trail maps are available at most sled shops in the area, to aid enjoying these trails without conflicting with private landowners. There also are a multitude

of public trails from Cooper Landing and beyond that offer fantastic scenery and easy riding, check with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge or Chugiak National Forest Headquarters for details. HOCKEY AND ICE SKATING. If into slap shots and hat tricks, or just want to strap on a pair of blades for a little leisurely gliding, head to the multipurpose facility near Kenai Central High School, or visit the Soldotna Sports Center’s Olympic-size ice arena. They even rent the skates for great family fun. There are also numerous lakes that with a little work can be wonderful for some “natural-ice” ice skating. Checkout the Swan Lake or Swanson River lake systems, or those off of Skilak Road in the Kenai national Wildlife Refuge. DOG MUSHING is Alaska’s state sport, and several mushing organizations hold weekly and annual racing events, including the Kenai Peninsula’s own Iditarod-qualifying race, the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. This race, held at the end of January, also hosts a junior division for young mushers. The Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association also hosts numerous dog sled and skijoring races near Soldotna Municipal Airport. OTHER ACTIVITIES. Be sure to make plans to visit the area during the Peninsula Winter Games, which are held around the end of January. The Kenai and Soldotna areas are jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Or travel to Seward for the annual Polar Bear Jump into the icy waters of Resurrection Bay. Anchor Point hosts a Snow Rondi, a carnival of events in mid winter that is as Alaskan as it gets. When you’re done with a day in the great outdoors, check into one of the many area lodges that operate on a year-round basis. You’ll be treated to cozy surroundings and great hospitality in a relaxing atmosphere. There is a reason Alaskans live here all year — come and find out what it is.

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There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk. Snow avalanches, steep slopes and water hazards have caused injuries and fatalities each year. You can increase your chances of a safe outdoor adventure by planning carefully, using common sense and following these safety tips. When you are aware of the hazards of the outdoors and planning for delays and emergencies, your adventures can be more enjoyable. Have a safe trip!

Don’t be a polluter Your fecal matter carries infectious agents. Bury it in a shallow hole (because of the cold temperatures, only the top 5-6 inches of soil has recycling activity) along with any ashes from your burned toilet paper, at least 100 feet from any water source. Remember, your pet’s waste should be buried too. Soap can also contaminate. Use sparingly, if at all. Hot water and a handful of sand cleans pots remarkably well.

Respect wildlife Moose cause more injuries in Alaska each year than bears. In summer, cows defend their calves by maintaining a territory around them. Don’t get too close. Plan for delays If you do, cows will protect their calf by Always bring enough extra food and fuel charging, stomping and kicking with so that you can comfortably wait out any very sharp hooves. If you are charged by delays caused by weather or an emera moose, RUN! Porcupines injure many gency. dogs and some people each year. While Know your limits. they can’t “throw” their quills, they can Don’t overdo it. Go only as far and as fast flip their tails very quickly, with a suras the slowest person in your group can prisingly long reach. Keep your pet on a safely go. leash and keep your distance. Learn outdoor skills If you are new to the outdoors, take a class in outdoor skills or travel with an experienced person.

File a trip plan Tell a friend where you are going, who you are going with, and when you expect to return. You can also file a trip plan with park rangers by visiting or calling any park office or ranger station. Think before you drink Those sparkling mountain streams and late summer snowbanks may be contaminated by Giardia, an intestinal parasite that loves to make you miserable. Often called “beaver fever,” this parasite can be carried by all mammals, including small voles who tunnel in snow. Bring your drinking water with you, or purify it in the field. Giardia can be killed by boiling the water for two full minutes, or by disinfecting it with appropriate chemicals. Read the labels carefully and adjust dosage for cold or silty water. Some “pump filters” also remove Giardia. These must have a pore size of less than 5 micrometers. Others only filter out “some” of the Giardia.

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Bees are found in Alaska, too Bee numbers are high after a heavy snow winter. Anyone allergic to bees should carry medication whenever traveling in the backcountry. Beware of poisonous plants Alaska has no poison ivy or oak, but it does have cow parsnip. The bruised leaves of this large perennial can leave a chemical on the skin that makes it supersensitive to the sun, causing a blistered burn in a short while. Not everyone is sensitive, but those with other allergies should be cautious. The reaction is easy to prevent - wear long pants and long sleeves when hiking around cow parsnip, especially on sunny days. A very poisonous berry is produced by Baneberry, an herbaceous shrub that grows in shady woods. The lacy leaf is distinctive, as is the berry. Though the berry may be red or white, it always has a groove from stem to stern on one side, similar to that of a peach. Be sure your children know how to identify and avoid this plant.


In Alaska, bears — black and brown — can be anywhere, and residents and tourists alike should keep this in mind when taking to the outdoors. “The most importanat thing is to be aware of your surroundings,” said Jeff Selinger, area wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Soldotna. Selinger said outdoor enthusiasts should look for potential signs of bears, such as paw prints, scat or congregations of scavenger birds, such as ravens, magpies and jays, which could be feeding on the same carcass as a bear. Hikers also should look for posted signs about recent bear activity at trail heads and take time to ask others if they’ve seen a bear and warn people if they’ve seen any bear activity. “There’s also safety in numbers,” Selinger said. Hiking in groups is safer than hiking alone, but if going alone is the only option, make plenty of noise when traveling and when on a trail with tight switchbacks, approach corners from the outside of the trail for a better view. It also never hurts to carry a can of pepper spray, know how to use it and have it readily accessible. “Things can happen in a hurry, and bear spray is useless if it’s in a backpack and out of reach. Pepper spray should be on a belt loop or in a holster,” Selinger said. Another way to reduce the risk of having a negative interaction with bears is to make sure bears don’t connect any links between humans and food. Bears that learn this can not only get persistent in their demands, but also may become extremely dangerous when those demands aren’t met. One way to not invite trouble is to minimize food and food odors while hiking or fishing. Rather than backpacks, daypacks and lunch sacks full of food, take food items that are easy to carry, wrapped or sealed to minimize odor

and that are quick to eat. Some examples include zip-locked sandwiches or packaged granola bars that can be carried in a pants pocket or fishing vest compartment. “If cooking food is necessary, keep a clean camp,” Selinger said. Don’t leave food or garbage out after the meal is done, and try to cook at least 100 yards away from where tents are set up. On multiple-day trips food should be stored in bear-resistant containers at night or hung from trees when possible. Anglers also should do their part by being responsible with their catches, such as by keeping their fish close to them on a stringer in the water, not out of the water or lying on the bank. Selinger said if approached by a bear, stop fishing — even if it means cutting the line — gather up belongings and fish quickly, get in a group and give the bears plenty of space to move through. And, never surrender food or fish to a bear. Instead, if a bear approaches — drawn to the fish already caught — be prepared to throw them into the river so the current will carry them downstream and away from the bear. “Anglers should also clean their catch-

es and dispose of the remains responsibly by cutting the carcasses into numerous small chunks and throwing them into the fast-moving currents of the river, as opposed to throwing whole carcasses into the water where they can wash up on a gravel bar. Better yet, take the fish out whole or gut and gill only,” he said. Anglers should keep all cleaning stations rinsed down and clean to prevent any buildup of odors. Selinger also recommends anyone venturing outdoors to leave a travel plan with someone, stating where the intended destination is and how long the trip is expect to take. It’s also advisable to carry a cell or satellite phone, which can be rented, when traveling deep into the backcountry, just in case a bear encounter turns negative or some other emergency occurs. “They’re a great way to contact someone if you need assistance,” he said. For more information on safety in bear country, pick up a copy of the free booklet “Living in Harmony with Bears” available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. To contact them, call 907-262-9368.

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The hiking and biking trails of the Kenai Peninsula offer access to many exquisite natural habitats, often with incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. With any outdoor activity, remember to be prepared. Always tell someone where you are going and when you are expecting to be back, or leave written information in your vehicle at the trailhead. Carry adequate emergency supplies whenever venturing into the woods. Also, bears are everywhere and this is important to keep in mind when on the trail or in camp. Pack out whatever is packed in to keep trails they way they were found. Here are a few popular area hikes, ranging from easy to moderate to challenging: FFF = Difficult FF= Moderate F= Easy

Russian Lakes Trail F+ Easy to Difficult

21 miles long Features: The first three miles of the trail to Lower Russian Lake is a good family trail that follows alongside the Russian River. The Russian River Falls can be seen, including sockeye salmon making their upstream battle to spawn, especially in July and August. It is important to watch for bears on this particular trail, as they are almost always present! How to find it: The trailhead is 1 mile down Russian River Campground Road, at Mile 52 of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing.

Resurrection Pass Trail FF

35.2 miles long with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet Features: A historic mining trail that runs 38.5 miles from its trailhead on the Sterling Highway to Mile 4 of Resurrection Creek Road near the town of Hope. Hikers can also hike just the first 4.5-miles from the Cooper Landing trailhead to see Juneau Creek Falls, a roaring cataract that slices through the wilderness. This trail is best hiked over several days and is noted as “a serious challenge for bikers.” A herd of caribou often roams the Resurrection drainage, as well as trophy moose. How to find it: Trailhead is at Mile 52.3 of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing at the Kenai River bridge.

Fuller Lakes Trail FF+

4.5 miles long Features: Upper and Lower Fuller Lake offer one of the few waters on the Kenai Peninsula that contain Arctic Grayling. The trail between the two lakes has little elevation

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change, but can be muddy. Once on top of the higher elevations past Upper Fuller Lake (this lake contains Dolly Varden trout), hikers are afforded extensive views of the Kenai Mountains. Look for Dall sheep on these ridges and beaver and waterfowl in the lakes themselves. Berry picking opportunities abound. How to find it: Look for a pullout parking area at Mile 57.1 of the Sterling Highway in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Follow the steps up the short bank to access the trail.

Skilak Lookout Trail FF+

2.5 miles Features: A good way to stretch out and work up a sweat, with several steep sections along this trail. It has an elevation gain of 750 feet. The aesthetics of the hike are fairly marginal, but the end of the hike makes it worth it. The trail stops on a smooth, rocky summit with an overlook offering spectacular views of Skilak Lake. How to find it: Along Skilak Loop Road, the trailhead is approximately 2 miles past Hidden Lake Campground.

Johnson Pass Trail F+

23 miles long Features: This trail is a favorite for mountain bikers. Accessing from the north side, you will encounter beautiful alpine scenery. Lakes and streams can be found along the trail. Be sure to filter any water you pull from natural Alaska sources. This is usually a longer backpacking trip, but offers a peaceful break on your drive through the Chugach National Forest. How to find it: Along the Seward Highway from Turnagain Pass, or just past the Sterling Highway cutoff, access the trail from the south side at the designated parking area.

Kenai River Trail F

2.5 miles Features: A meandering trail through forest, meadows, wildflowers, berries and the only trail that actually takes you along the famous Kenai River. Affords great views, especially from the top of the canyon overlooking a narrow rapid of river. Bears are quite common on this trail in late summer and fall. Check out the nearby interpretive panels on Skilak Loop Road to learn more about the Pothole Lake forest fire that impacted this area in 1991. How to find it: At Mile 58 of the Sterling Highway, turn onto Skilak Loop Road. The trailhead is a half-mile in.

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center F

2.5 miles Features: An excellent hike for the elderly or families with small children. Cleared trails offer easier walking. Decking and viewing at the lake, interpretive signage and a bonus of the visitor center rounds out the experience. How to find it: Trailhead is at the paved parking area of the Soldotna headquarters.

Tsalteshi Trails F

www.tsalteshi.org Features: A great area for hikers and bikers who’d like to stay closer to town. These trails are popular throughout the year with area residents and maintained by the Tsalteshi Trails Association. Not much in the ways of scenic views, but the woodland setting with rolling hills can be very relaxing. A 20-hole disc golf course opened on the Squirrel Loop in 2012. How to find it: Just south of Soldotna, behind Skyview High School. Also can be accessed via Kalifornsky Beach Road entrance, across the street from the Soldotna Sports Center.

Captain Cook State Recreation Area F

2.5 miles Features: The beach trail offers great views of Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range. Stay on the beach proper, as the tides are fast moving. The array of geological deposits in the form of many shapes and types of stones on this beach make it an interesting adventure. The beach is especially popular with agate hunters. Also, enjoy the swimming beach at Stormy Lake or the lake’s overlook in the recreation area and the mouth of the Swanson River, which is the end of the popular canoe trail system. How to find it: 25 miles north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. The beach is just below the Discovery Picnic and Campground area. Access Stormy Lake from the turnouts along the highway just past Nikiski.

Nikiski Community Trail F

1.5 miles Features: Fitness stations are located along the first loop of the trail for those who are serious about getting into and staying in shape. Nature enthusiasts can find plenty to look at along the trail. If solitude is what you seek, the trail leads to a gazebo and picnic area on the banks of Bailey Lake. In the winter, the trails are used for cross-country skiing, skijoring and snowshoeing. How to find it: Trailhead is adjacent to Nikiski High School off old Nikiski Beach Road in Nikiski.


While the adventures you will have while visiting the Kenai Peninsula are often the focus of your itinerary planning, we encourage you to plan ahead for your accommodations as well. Particularly if you plan to travel during peak seasons, you will want to make your reservations early. The range of accommodations offers you the opportunity to select from a unique B&B experience to distinctive, all-inclusive lodging. To make this element of your vacation as enjoyable as possible, it is important that you ask some questions before securing your reservations. The amenities profile located here is a good starting point, but what are some other features that you want to have clarified before securing a reservation? Define “rustic.” In Alaska, this term can be loosely interpreted. Ask about things like baths. Are there private baths, shared baths, or is there a cen-

trally located restroom facility with the complex? For bed and breakfast lodging, a good starting point is the Kenai Peninsula Bed & Breakfast Association. Pets or smoking. There are some laws governing smoking in restaurants in the state, but if you have allergies or preferences, it is a good idea to inquire about these when making your reservation. What is the cancellation policy of the establishment? A majority of the lodging options on the Kenai Peninsula are family-run businesses. You will find that cancellation policies vary as much as the décor, and it is wise to have this information up front. When in doubt, ask for references. Even if the business is brand new, Alaska is really a “small” state in terms of our relationships with our neighbors. A reputable business shouldn’t have difficulty providing you with someone to contact if you just ask.

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Accommodations/ Lodging Aspen Hollow Lodging

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Area Services & Resources (Cont’d)

26867 Gebhardt Circle, Kasilof, AK 99610....... (907) 398-1481

Peninsula Smokefree Partnership

Beluga Lookout Lodge & RV Park

35911 Kenai Spur Hwy., Suite 9, Soldotna, AK 99669.......................................... (907) 260-3682

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www.belugalookout.com

929 Mission Avenue, Kenai, Alaska 99611...... (907) 283-5999

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Diamond M Ranch RV Park & Cabins

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Redden Marine aka Kachemak Gearshed www.reddenmarine.com/homer/

PO Box 1776, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 283-9424

3625 East End Road, Homer, AK 99603........... (907) 235-8612 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 478-8612

Escape For Two

Soldotna Professional Pharmacy

www.diamondmranch.com

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PO Box 2908, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 262-1493

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Kenai River Fishing & RV Camp

Located at beginning of Funny River Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669.......................................... (907) 262-5818 Toll Free................................................................ (888) 262-5818

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Kenai River Raven Lodge www.kenairiverraven.com

Mi .02 Funny River Rd., Soldotna, AK 99669.. (907) 262-5818

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Red Cabin Bed & Breakfast

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44392 Carver Dr., Soldotna, AK 99669............. (907) 283-0836

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Soldotna Inn/ Mykel’s Restaurant & Lounge

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www.soldotnapharmacy.com

299 Binkley St, Soldotna, AK 99669.................. (907) 262-3800

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Soldotna Wash-N-Dry

121 Smith Way, Soldotna, AK 99669................ (907) 262-8495

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Attractions & Sightseeing Alaska SeaLife Center www.alaskasealife.org

301 Railway Avenue, Seward, AK 99664......... (907) 224-6300 Toll Free................................................................ (888) 378-2525

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Jumpin’ Junction

www.jumpinjunctionak.com

35041 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669.. (907) 262-9169

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Uptown Motel

Kenai Fjords Tours

47 Spur View Drive, Kenai, AK 99611............. (907) 283-3660 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 777-3650

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Area Services & Resources Beluga Lookout Lodge & RV Park www.belugalookout.com

929 Mission Avenue, Kenai, AK 99611............ (907) 283-5999

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Central Peninsula Hospital www.cpgh.org

35551 Kenai Spur Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 714-4534

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Halcyon Spalon

Arby’s Corner in Kenai, Alaska 99611........(907) 283-CALM

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GAMAS Designs

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35322 Kenai Spur Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 262-6370

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Kenai Wash-N-Dry

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Charlotte’s

115 South Willow Street #102, Kenai, AK 99611............................................... (907) 283-2777

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Diamond M Ranch Resort www.diamondmranch.com

PO Box 1776, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 283-9424

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Froso’s Family Dining

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35433 Kenai Spur Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 262-7797

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Golden International Asian Cuisine

Mile 91.5 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669.. (907) 262-7862

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Jersey Subs

44224 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669........ (907) 260-3343

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Jumpin’ Junction

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K-Beach Rd. next to Airport Equipment Rentals ............................................................................ (907) 420-0566

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Louie’s Steak & Seafood

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47 Spur View Drive, Kenai, AK 99669............. (907) 283-3660

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Mykel’s Restaurant & Lounge www.mykels.com

Nikko Garden

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Phillips Cruises & Tours www.26glaciers.com

519 W 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501...... (907) 276-8023 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 544-0529

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Talon Air Service www.talonair.com

PO Box 1109, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 262-8899

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Auto & RV Rental, Service & Supplies Stanley Chrysler

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44055 Sterling Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669....... (907) 283-3949

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10288 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611............................................... (907) 262-5491 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 454-5491

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47 Spur View Drive, Kenai, AK 99669............. (907) 283-3241

Toll Free........................................ (888) 4PUFFIN (478-3346)

North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Mi 23.5 N Spur Hwy, Kenai, AK 99611............ (907) 776-8800

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35041 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669.. (907) 262-4305

Stanley Ford

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Back Door Lounge

A CIRI Alaskan Tourism Company

502 Lake St., Kenai, AK 99611........................... (907) 283-8473

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Dining & Entertainment

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36100 Kenai Spur Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 262-7122

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Orca Theater

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35493 K-Beach Rd................................................ (907) 262-7003

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Paradisos Restaurant

811 Frontage Rd, Kenai, AK 99611................... (907) 283-2222

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Peninsula Oilers/Old Town Bingo

817 Cook Ave, Kenai, AK 99611...................... (907) 283-7133

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Playa-Azul

12498 Kenai Spur Hwy #1................................. (907) 283-2010

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Equipment Rentals, Fishing Licenses & Supplies Fred Meyer

www.fredmeyer.com

43843 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 260-2200

See our advertisement on page 25

Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing www.soldotnahardware.com

44648 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669........ (907) 262-4655

See our advertisement on page 64

Sportsman’s Warehouse

www.sportsmanswarehouse.com

44402 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669........ (907) 420-3000

See our advertisement on page 3

The Fish House

www.thefishhouse.net

PO Box 1209, Seward, AK 99664....................... (907) 224-3674 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 257-7760

See our advertisement on page 6

Redden Marine aka Kachemak Gearshed www.reddenmarine.com/homer/

3625 East End Road, Homer, AK 99603........... (907) 235-8612 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 478-8612

See our advertisement on page 47

Fish/Game Processing

Real Estate Century 21/Freedom Realty Esther Chambers www.soldinalaska.com

170 N. Birch, Suite 102, Soldotna, AK 99669... (907) 262-1770 Cell........................................................................(907)-398-1776

See our advertisement on page 19

Springer Real Estate Group www.darlaspringer.com

36901 Mallard Rd., Kenai, AK 99611................ (907) 283-3969

See our advertisement on page 21

RV Parks & Campgrounds Beluga Lookout Lodge & RV Park www.belugalookout.com

929 Mission Avenue, Kenai, Alaska 99611...... (907) 283-5999

See our advertisement on page 12

Diamond M Ranch RV Park & Cabins www.diamondmranch.com

PO Box 1776, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 283-9424

See our advertisement on page 12

Kenai River Fishing & RV Camp

Located at beginning of Funny River Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669.......................................... (907) 262-5818 Toll Free................................................................ (888) 262-5818

See our advertisement on page 25

Shopping

Echo Lake Superior Meat & Processing www.echolakemeats.com

Shopping (Cont’d) Redden Marine aka Kachemak Gear Shed www.reddenmarine.com/homer/

3625 East End Road, Homer, AK 99603........... (907) 235-8612 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 478-8612

See our advertisement on page 47

Soldotna Professional Pharmacy www.soldotnapharmacy.com

299 Binkley St, Soldotna, AK 99669.................. (907) 262-3800

See our advertisement on page 27

Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing www.soldotnahardware.com

44648 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669........ (907) 262-4655

See our advertisement on page 64

Sportsman’s Warehouse

www.sportsmanswarehouse.com

44402 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669........ (907) 420-3000

See our advertisement on page 3

Soldotna Wash-N-Dry

121 Smith Way, Soldotna, AK 99669................ (907) 262-8495

See our advertisement on page 19

Spenard Builders Supply www.sbsalaska.com

40575 Kalifornsky Beach Rd., Kenai, AK 99611............................................... (907) 283-7584 3978 Lake Street, Homer, AK 99603................. (907) 235-8506 Mile 3.5 Seward Highway, Seward, AK 99664............................................ (907) 224-5576 48855 Funny River Rd., Soldotna, AK 99669... (907) 262-9143

PO Box 346, Soldotna, Ak 99669....................... (907) 283-9456

Birch Tree Gallery

Tustumena Smokehouse

Mile .25 Funny River Road, Soldotna, Ak 99669.......................................... (907) 262-4048

35081 Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669............. (907) 262-5916

Country Liquor

Tustumena Smokehouse

See our advertisement on page 63

www.fredssmokedsalmon.com

Mile 101.4 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 260-3401

See our advertisement on page 31

Fishing Charters & Guides Jeff King’s Budget Charters www.jeffkingfishing.com

PO Box 2711, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 398-1128

See our advertisement on page 21

O’Fish’Ial Charters www.ofishial.com

PO Box 1224, Anchor Point, AK 99556............. (907) 299-9222 Toll Free................................................................ (888) 697-3474

See our advertisement on page 5

Talon Air Service www.talonair.com

PO Box 1109, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 262-8899

See our advertisement on page 2

The Fish House

www.thefishhouse.net

PO Box 1209, Seward, AK 99664....................... (907) 224-3674 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 257-7760

See our advertisement on page 6

Flight Seeing/Bear Viewing Talon Air Service www.talonair.com

www.alaska.net/~birchtre/

See our advertisement on page 21

140 S. Willow St., Ste B, Kenai, AK 99611........ (907) 283-7651

See our advertisement on page 11

Echo Lake Superior Meat & Processing www.echolakemeats.com

PO Box 346, Soldotna, Ak 99669....................... (907) 283-9456

See our advertisement on page 63

Fred Meyer

www.fredmeyer.com

43843 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 260-2200

See our advertisement on page 25

GAMAS Designs

www.gamasdesigns.com

35322 Kenai Spur Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669.(907) 262-6370

See our advertisement on page 19

Halcyon Spalon

Arby’s Corner in Kenai, Alaska 99611........(907) 283-CALM

See our advertisement on page 11

Ninilchik Trading

www.echolakemeats.com

Mile 135.7 Sterling Hwy, Ninilchik, AK ......... (907) 567-3378

See our advertisement on page 27

Sweeney’s Clothing

See our advertisement on page 27

www.fredssmokedsalmon.com

Mile 101.4 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669.......................................... (907) 260-3401

See our advertisement on page 31

White Dove Paper & Gallery www.whitedovepaper.com

36901 Mallard Rd., Kenai, AK 99611................ (907) 283-3969

See our advertisement on page 11

Travel & Transportation Stanley Chrysler

www.stanleychryslerak.com

43965 Sterling Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669....... (907) 283-3949

See our advertisement on page 29

Stanley Ford

www.stanleyfordak.com

10288 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611............................................... (907) 262-5491 Toll Free................................................................ (800) 454-5491

See our advertisement on page 15

See our advertisement on page 63

Northcountry Fair

35082 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669.. (907) 262-7715

See our advertisement on page 19

PO Box 1109, Soldotna, AK 99669..................... (907) 262-8899

See our advertisement on page 2

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Peninsula Clarion, January 10, 2014  

January 10, 2014 edition of the Peninsula Clarion

Peninsula Clarion, January 10, 2014  

January 10, 2014 edition of the Peninsula Clarion