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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula splashes into safety water event
Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and participating organizations hosted the 8th Annual Water Safety Event on May 7 at Skyview High School. This year 102 children plus their parents and caregivers attended the event and learned about water safety and 72 of them purchased Mustang personal flotation devices (PFDs) for a discount.

Anadromous stream protection ordinance garners support
The Kenai River Watershed Foundation strongly supports Borough Anadromous Stream and Habitat Protection Ordinance 2011-12. The Foundation represents stakeholders in the watershed, and especially those in Cooper Landing and Moose Pass. It is important for the Borough to renew and expand its commitment to protect all anadromous waters and related habitats.

Torch Run support appreciated
The Central Peninsula Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run coordinators would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the 2011 Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run. Special thank you to McDonalds for all of their help in preparing for, and hosting, this 5k event. We would also like to thank Kenai Safeway for donating fruit for all of the participants. Thank you to Kenai Mayor Pat Porter for opening remarks, and also to the Kenai Fire Department for their assistance in starting the run/walk. Finally, thank you to all of the 83 runners, walkers, bicyclists, volunteers, and to everyone who made a donation. You all made this event a tremendous success for Central Peninsula Special Olympics.

SoHi baseball team appreciates support
The SoHi Baseball team, coaches and booster club would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have donated money, time or in-kind items to support our baseball program this season: 907 Customs

Helgevold enters plea deal
Clarence Helgevold Jr., the man responsible for the January death of 47-year-old George Larion, entered guilty pleas to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence during a Friday change of plea hearing in Kenai superior court.

A pedalling predicament: Soldotna hopes to boost growing cycling culture
As far as cycling goes, Soldotna is living in the past.

Pace rezone axed
The Soldotna City Council struck down the proposed rezone of Pace Street Wednesday night without voting.

Zoning changes might shake up oil, gas works
Oil and gas development might be at stake in the land use debate surrounding a code change to the zoning for two Kenai neighborhoods.

Stormy Lake pike getting attention, input
Solutions to address invasive northern pike in Stormy Lake range from doing nothing to a $3.8 million drain job, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game fishery biologist Robert Massengill.

Be safe out there this weekend and summer
It's Memorial Day weekend, and here on the Kenai Peninsula, the kids are out of school, fish are in the rivers and it's time for us to get under way with our summer.

To die for
Author's note: This is another story about hunky river ranger Rod and scrumptious Kenai River guide Jenna, my attempt to teach readers about fish while they read a steamy romance novel. -- LP

Loons are fascinating, highly specialized and exceptionally charismatic
The ice is finally off the lake, and a loon pair is vociferously asserting its claim of seasonal dominance, so I feel compelled to write something about loons. But what to write -- loons are fascinating, highly specialized and exceptionally charismatic creatures, so there is much to be said about them.

A turning passion: Woodturning group seeks to teach, share knowledge
Paul Johnson stood in front of a misshapen wooden amalgamation.

Around the Peninsula

4-H trees still available

Looking for answers: motion brings ... clarity
It's the feeling you get when you're favorite sports team is tied with less than 30 seconds left. It's how you feel when your children are performing in front of a large crowd or when you have to make a life changing decision. That feeling that swells within your gut and causes every muscle to contract at the same time without you even knowing is called ... tension.

Church Briefs

5th Sunday Worship planned

3 weeks of crazy
I want to apologize to the eight or nine people reading my insanity for missing last week's column. I do have a pretty good excuse -- or at least one that I am sticking with. The three weeks leading up to the Alaska Baseball League season is always crazy. The roster is going crazy. Players are coming, not coming. Draft. Travel issues. Class issues. The list goes on and on.

Bird Homestead gets tourney season going
Bird Homestead Golf Course kicked off the season May 14 with the Hordemann Birthday Tournament. Each year Mark and a few of his friends gather to play a nine-hole, blind-draw scramble to start off the season. This year we had 30 people who turned out and they all had a great time.

Homer softball wins
The host Homer softball team defeated Kodiak 8-0 on Thursday in Northern Lights Conference action.

SoHi soccer loses at state
The Soldotna girls soccer team proved itself the class of the Northern Lights Conference this season.

Stars win, Kards lose at NLC tourney
PALMER -- Roger Phillips was waiting for his team to put it all together, but the Soldotna coach finally saw that happen in the sixth inning Thursday.

Kardinals topple SkyHi in softball
Skyview pitcher Sam Reynolds wore sunglasses with hot-pink rims to shield her eyes in the third inning.

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