Monday, June 7, 2010

Relay for Life: A time to remember, support, fundraise
Despite the rainy and overcast weather, spirits were not dampened during Friday and Saturday's Relay for Life of the Central Peninsula event at the Skyview High School track.

Air show flies high
Aircraft enthusiasts young and old were aflutter at the Kenai Peninsula Air Fair Saturday.

Newcomer sets sights on Rep. Young's seat
There are perhaps no shortages of opportunities to run for political office for an Anchorage resident, but Sheldon Fisher has set his sights on U.S. Representative Don Young's seat in Washington, D.C.

Kenai council approves budget
Kenai residents had their chance to comment on the city's approximately $20 million budget for fiscal year 2011 Wednesday night, but no one had anything to say, let alone was present at the meeting.

Stimulus act supports retail store in Kenai
An Anchorage developer is taking advantage of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program that allows private entities to borrow money at free municipal tax rates to build a site adjacent to Kenai's new Walmart.

Elton "Al" Giersdorf
Longtime Soldotna resident Elton "Al" Giersdorf, 83, died May 31, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Vienna E. Kivi
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Vienna E. Kivi died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 91.

Jesse L. Burton
Soldotna resident Mr. Jesse L. Burton, 64, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his wife and son by his side.

On teenage abortion . . .
WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE A STAND ON abortion here today.

Reilly, Butki announce nuptial
Shiloh Reilly of Kenai and Andrew Butki of Lake Orion, Michigan were married May 28, 2010, in Anchorage.

Johnson, Speegle-Evans marry
Chelsye Johnson and Daniel Speegle-Evans were married in an afternoon ceremony Feb. 27 2010, at Christ Lutheran Church. Thad White officiated.

Around the Peninsula

Luau set

Olsons celebrate 35 years together
Brian and Laurie Olson of Soldotna were married April 26, 1975, in Custer, S.D.

Barrett, Christensen to marry
Shana Clare Barrett of Sterling and Larry Allen Christensen of Nikiski plan to marry July 30, 2011.

Jamieson, Garay to marry
Angela G. Jamieson and Ofc. Vincent O. Garay plan to marry July 24, 2010, in Kotzebue. Lt. Eric Swisher will officiate.

Sassi-Reilly, Carver to tie the knot
Jennifer Sassi-Reilly of Kenai and Brook Carver of Soldotna announce their engagement and plan to marry June 5, 2010 in Kenai

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail
I was listening to the local radio talk show a couple of weeks ago. The discussion was about all the rabbits that have shown up this spring. A distinction was made between 'wild' rabbits and 'feral' rabbits, but in terms of the damage they cause and the pests they are, I think the argument was strictly semantic. I understand about rabbits. One Fall, when our kids were pre-teens, a friend (and I use the term loosely) brought four rabbits to our place and asked if we'd take them. He didn't want them any longer, but couldn't bear to put them in the frying pan. We told him to put them in the barn and we'd see if they made it through the winter. I learned then that rabbits are survivors! We didn't see them all winter but at the first sprig of green grass here they came, all four generations of them, exponentially multiplied. We had rabbits, black ones, white ones, brown ones and spotted ones, all over the place. So the difference between 'wild and 'feral' has little bearing on the argument of how pesky they can be or how much damage they can do.

Reilly, Forsyth to marry
Jessi Reilly and Zach Forsyth announce their engagement and plan to marry in the fall of 2010.

Stars finish 1-1 on Friday
Soldotna finished 1-1 in its first day of the small-schools state softball tournament in Anchorage on Friday. The Stars fell to Sitka 8-3 in the first game but defeated Northern Lights Conference rival Homer 9-5 in the second game, knocking the Mariners out of the tournament.

Going through changes: Prep coaches change schools, retire whistles
After 22 years as a wrestling coach, David Boyle is stepping down. His first 17 years were spent at Soldotna Middle School. For the past five years, Boyle was head coach for Kenai Central's varsity program.

Stars take home 3rd
Soldotna finished third in the small-schools state softball tournament Friday and Saturday at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. It was the best finish for the program in five years of existence. The only other trip the Stars made to state was in 2008, finishing fourth.

Rising to, railing against expectations
I always thought high expectations were a good thing. They kept some people in school and others in a job. They were something your parents, teachers, and other authority figures set and then you lived up to. This was never a choice but an unspoken requirement in my life.

Jackinsky wins at Alaska Raceway Park
JJ Jackinsky of Soldotna took the Mod ET class on Monday in drag racing at Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer. Jackinsky and his purple Camaro turned in a speed of 125.75 mph. Jeff Trimmer of Wasilla was the runner-up in that class.

Tsalteshi hosts Thursday night runs
There will be a Thursday Tempo Run Series this summer at Tsalteshi Trails. This is an informal series, with no timekeeper, no entry fee and an unmarked course. The runners should meet at Skyview High School at 5:30 p.m., near the pool entrance.

Registration starts for Spit Run
Registration is now under way for the annual Homer News Spit Run scheduled for June 26.

Motocross riders greeted by renovations to track
Thanks to a donation of 7,500 cubic yards of dirt from Alaska Roadbuilders Inc., Twin City Raceway's motocross track is better -- and safer -- than ever.

Twins split twin bill with Service
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with Service on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, a split that Twins manager John Butler said is a good sign for the future.

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