Monday, May 7, 2007

Reader agrees with letter
Regarding the letter from Carol Strickland of Kenai in the April 30 Letters to the Editor: Well said, and I am in complete agreement with you.

Special CIRI dividend
The New Alliance is supporting a special dividend of $5,000 per 100 shares. From 1995 through 2004, CIRI paid five special dividends.

Perfect planning?
I wonder if the person behind the Soldotna sign ordinance against Soldotna businesses knows the person who signed the building permit for the box-condo built right up to the curb in downtown Soldotna?

Photo feature: Pigging out
Suzie Kendrick, communication coordinator for Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, uses a mop to baste a pig with oil and spices Friday afternoon in preparation for the college’s end of the year luau that was held later that day. The pig, donated by Diamond M Ranch, was slow cooked for 24 hours prior to the event.

Highway repairs may hit roadblocks without money
Drivers used to cruising speeds between Sterling and Soldotna are easing off on the gas these days to avoid an increasing number of cracks and frost heaves in the rapidly deteriorating pavement.

Bears out and about
Hungry bruins are brewing up activity in several spots around the Kenai Peninsula, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hoping the public will help prevent problems.

Historical meeting has hot topic
Alaska has seen a lot of changes in recent years. Temperature increases, sea ice melting and glaciers retreating at an accelerated rate, record-breaking fire seasons, tropical species and diseases making an appearance, and more violent storms are just a few examples.

Homebeach advantage: Kenai questions dipnet parking fees
How much should free fish cost?

Salmon processing should keep pace with summer catch
State fisheries officials say a survey of fish processors in Alaska shows that salmon purchasing and processing capacity for the 2007 season is expected to exceed projected statewide harvests of all species.

Black cloud looms over setnet site
Fishing a shore fishery setnet lease since 1981, Terry Jorgensen has seen years when his nets hauled in 92,000 pounds of salmon.

Hazel H. Pond
Soldotna resident Hazel H. Pond died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Harbor Lights Assisted Living near Soldotna. She was 93.

Catherine (Kitty Brady) Swanson
Former Kenai resident Catherine (Kitty Brady) Swanson died Thursday, April 19, 2007, at Hospice of Arizona’s Inpatient Unit in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 90.

Kenai dipnetters should get free ride to fish
The good things in life may be free, but often there’s a toll booth before you get to them.

Community News
LeeShore seeks volunteers

Around the Peninsula
CPH celebrates hospital week Relay for Life planning meeting set Garden club to meet KPC plans one-day closure Senior house ground-breaking set Reality check for teens planned Cemetery cleanup slated Volunteers sought for cleanup Gardeners branching out Book Fair and Montessori Open House Motorcycle fundraiser goes full throttle Basketball tourney slated

Around the Peninsula
Berkowitz to speak to DemocratsResiliency-building classes offeredMethamphetamine to be discussedCommunities cleaning upFish and Game feeling froggyFree vision screening offered

Peninsula People
Watkins takes top honorsArea students named to dean’s list

· Marcy Craemer Ray and Dan Ray of Haslet, Texas, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Theoron Ray, at 3:48 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

Accident brings out kindness of strangers
On Saturday, April 28, a drunk driver ran a red light and hit me, totaling my car. Several people stopped to help me out of my car and stayed with me until the police and ambulance came. One lady put her coat on me and stayed and talked to me as I was in shock.

Peninsula Reflections
Newcomers to Kenai in early August 1970 would have a strange sight draw their attention just past Mile 9 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Six red and orange, cone topped, round plywood structures near the back of a steel building stood out like grain silos in a fishing village.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
Dear Senators Stevens and Murkowski and Representative Young,

In some ways, 20-year-old Jake Howarth is a lot like other guys his age.

Peninsula soldiers say thanks
In the blistering Kuwait desert, Alaska Army National Guard soldiers from Soldotna and Kenai are often heard bragging in appreciation of their communities. They talk about receiving cards, letters, coffee, Girl Scout cookies and gifts from civic organizations, churches, businesses, schools and the mayor’s office, not to mention individuals.

Kardinals remain undefeated
The Kenai Central girls and boys soccer teams kept their undefeated records intact after games against Colony on Friday and Palmer on Saturday.

SoHi boys get 2 wins
The Soldotna boys soccer team witnessed Palmer’s rough and tough approach to the game in a 3-0 victory over Skyview on Thursday.

Nikiski boys top Houston for 1st victory of season
Nikiski boys soccer coach Jim Coburn said Beau Calderwood is a kicker on the football team.

Soldotna softball sweeps Seward
The Soldotna softball team swept a doubleheader from host Seward on Saturday.

Shelton beats school record
A classic Kenai wind slowed down pretty much everyone except Soldotna junior Ryan Shelton on Friday in a triangular track meet at Kenai Central High School.

Oppermann, Johnson announce engagement
Brittney Sue Oppermann of Bellville, Texas and Carey Acts Johnson of Kasilof plan to be married Saturday, May 26, 2007, at the St. John Lutheran Church Retreat Center in Bellville.

Benson, Bullock announce engagement
Kara Dione Benson and Matthew Guy Bullock of Atlanta, Ga., plan to marry Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at the Sardis United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

Ware, Hruby announce engagement
Calllie Ware and Nick Hruby of Vermillion, S.D. plan to marry Saturday, Aug. 4, in Vermillion, S.D.

Carlon, Faulk to marry in Hawaii
Samantha Carlon and David Faulk of Anchorage plan to marry Saturday, June 9 in Kauai, Hawaii.

Dudley, Johnson marry in Kenai
Lindsay Dudley and Chad Johnson of Soldotna were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Christ Lutheran Church. Mr. McGarry officiated.

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