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Monday, June 1, 2009

On the ice road again: Series to feature Carlile drivers
Flipping through television channels this evening, Alaskans may see some familiar faces when they click on the History Channel, as the third season of "Ice Road Truckers" will premier tonight and feature drivers from Carlile Transportation Systems.

Redoubt watch
As of Saturday evening, Mount Redoubt remained on "watch" status and aviation color code orange, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. For more information, visit www.peninsulaclarion.com and look for the volcano information links.

Not a lot of budget buzz: Soldotna fiscal plan draws just two comments
At the first of two public hearings on a proposed $8 million Soldotna city operating budget for the coming fiscal year, only two residents came forward to make comments Wednesday.

'It's unifying': Relay for Life draws community support
"It's unifying."

James 'Jim' E. Russell
Longtime Clam Gulch resident James "Jim" E. Russell, 67, died Friday, May 29, 2009 at his home in Clam Gulch. He was 67. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Walter 'Red' Edward Martin
Walter "Red" Edward Martin died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at his home in Beaver Dam, Ariz. He was 82.

Michele Adrianne Pecora
Soldotna resident Michele Adrianne Pecora died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 in Kenai. She was 20.

Dream big, think small
For this year's graduating seniors, it's time to dream big. Or not.

One lingering question: No matter where you go, everyone's problems are similar
On a cool lush green May morning about a year ago, I slid into my car packed full of junk, twisted the keys forward in the ignition and let it roll down my parents' driveway, my destination, over 5,000 road miles away, in Sterling.

Photo feature: You go girl!
Annita Braun, a Skyview High School junior, recently completed the Skip Barber Formula Car Racing School at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. During racing school Annita studied and applied professional racing techniques in an open wheel formula race car on the internationally recognized road racing facility. The school has a history of training professional race car drivers that are competing through out the world today. Annita, 15, got her start racing locally when she was 9 years old with the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Quarter Midgets. Then moved onto racing in the INEX Bandolero class at Northstar Raceway in Wasilla, where she was 2007 track and state class champion. In 2008 she was invited to attend the Lyn St. James Women in the Winners Circle, driver development program in Phoenix and Indianapolis. She plans to continue to work toward her goal of participating in professional Motorsports at the highest levels.

Around the Peninsula

La Leche group to meet

Talking points
At a recent meeting of the NoRSMen (North Road Supportive Men -- a benevolent society dedicated to the appreciation of cheap beer, El Stinko cigars, and a fuller understanding of communication between the sexes) we had a return visitor. Dweezil Mahoneigh, Knucks Mahoneigh's second cousin's son from Kansas, was on a return trip, and decided to spend an evening with us in B.B.'s garage.

Community News

Kenai

West Valley tops Kenai: Kardinals eliminated from state on Friday
Playing on short rest Friday morning, after their game started more than two hours late the night before, the Kenai Central girls showed few lingering signs of weariness in the beginning of their consolation semifinal game against West Valley.

Mariners nip Stars: Homer going to state for 8th time in 9 years
Injury had already robbed Homer senior Chelsea Carr of two appearances at the small-schools state softball tournament. She wasn't about to allow Soldotna to take a second trip from her, as well.

Homer wins 2, makes state: Soldotna's season ends with win over Palmer, loss to Mariners
The Homer baseball team defeated Southcentral Conference foes Palmer and Soldotna on Saturday in Homer to earn a trip to the state baseball tournament starting Thursday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Sports Briefs

Twins open season today

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