Saturday, June 3, 2006

Era takes student higher
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Transition/Homeless Program, I want to thank Mike LeNorman of Era Aviation for the donation of two

Hot day, hard work earns cold soda
Each year we pick up litter along the highway near our home. This year Sherrie Egbert from Soldotna Animal Hospital made our litter pickup memorable. She brought us cold soda on a very hot day. It was very much appreciated. We want her to know we will be passing on such kindness to others picking up litter along the highway. Many thanks.

Safety Day made possible by many
Many thanks to those who participated in this year’s Soldotna Safety Day. The gray weather could not stop the smiles of the Gold Wing Road Riders and Peninsula Disaster Responses team as they hoisted both tents in place.

Family appreciates coverage
I just wanted to thank your paper, the Peninsula Clarion, and the great reporting on the Barry McCormack trial by Patrice Kohl. Her day-by-day reporting of the trial was excellent.

Photo feature: Rite of spring
Carmen Smith stocks a small boat with flowers in her front yard in Kenai as the family dog Heidi rests behind her.

Kenai seeks operator for PRISM fire training center
Six months ago, a Pacific Rim Institute of Safety and Management official told members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce how the fire training center on Marathon Road supports the community.

Rain helps lift open burn ban
A bit of moisture from Mother Nature has given the Alaska Division of Forestry cause for lifting the open burn ban that had been in effect on the Kenai Peninsula.

Group wants zero discharge in inlet
Sky-high oil prices, advances in technology and favorable Alaska royalty tax rates make a compelling argument for the Environmental Protection Agency to set a zero-discharge requirement for pollutants from oil and gas production in Cook Inlet, says a new report released this week by Cook Inletkeeper.

James Warren Blanning
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident James Warren Blanning died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna surrounded by his wife and children. He was 84.

Doris D. Brody
Longtime Ninilchik resident Doris D. Brody, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at the Main Street Assisted Living Home in Homer. She was 84.

Good weekend to take the kids
Piscatorial parents may want to head south with their young fry this weekend for the annual return of the Homer Spit Youth Fishing Day.

Wild greens add flavor to any meal
With the coming of spring many turn to the outdoors for their table fare by fishing for salmon and halibut, or by hunting a variety of game animals. But, the backcountry buffet doesn’t have to stop with the entree.

Dandelion sundae: An opportunity to learn about invasive plant species
The exotic or non-native plant persisting in your backyard lawn may not be as benign as you think. It may have the potential to escape into the larger landscape and become an invasive plant affecting not only our urban landscape but the larger landscape as well. Accordingly, natural resource agencies and local citizens are becoming increasingly concerned about non-native, invasive plants and the many problems they pose for native flora and fauna and the quality life we residents often take for granted here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale continuesRelay for Life todayPlant sale set to bloomBrain awareness walk set to take offHistorical Society to meetDog jog slatedGot a question?Pandemic flu seminar slated

Former Soldotna mayor runs for Lt. gov.
Ken Lancaster, a former Republican member of the Alaska House and former mayor of Soldotna, has filed to run as an independent for lieutenant governor.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableNikiski holds Bible studyBible school gets fired upBible school searches for treasureBible school to take a rideNikiski Bible school plannedCommunity Bible school plannedVacation Bible school to host fiestaSummer Bible school sets sail

Peace can be found in the earthquake psalm
In the May 5, 1906 issue of Colliers Weekly, Jack London wrote the following:

Enjoying the sun
What a wonderfully sunny week it’s been here at Bird Homestead. We want to thank everyone who came out this past week for a visit. We had back-to-back golfers on Sunday but their patience was rewarded with one of the finest days for golf yet this season. To our “trunk slammers” from California, it was a pleasure to have you out to visit our course and we hope you can make it back again before you have to return home. Young Mr. Lamey, you and your mother were a joy! Here’s hoping your new wedge gets you to the hole, putt free.

Twins ready to get ball rolling
The Twins are ready to play ball.

Aces win Kelly Cup
The Alaska Aces defeated the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 on Thursday in Georgia to win the best-of-7 Kelly Cup Finals in five games.

Sports Briefs
Pair of Stars named to all-Northern Lights Conference first team

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