Monday, June 12, 2006

Support provided lesson in leadership
I recently represented Soldotna High School at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference from May 19th to May 21st in Anchorage.

Donation helped students achieve
Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank Fred Meyer in Soldotna for their generous contribution. Fred Meyer’s donations committee recently gave $1,309.93 to JA.

Track, field event ran smoothly
The annual Hershey Track and Field Meet sponsored by North Peninsula Recreation was once again a huge success. On Friday May 19, approximately 275 participants from local area schools came to compete in both running and field events ant the Nikiski High School Track. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and a number of helpful volunteers.

Support helped students work at learning
The students and teachers of the Kenai Central High School Work Experience Program would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have helped us this school year. The Kenai community has as always stepped forward and welcomed our student workers into their businesses. Without this wonderful support, we would not be able to continue the student’s workplace education. The administration, counselors and faculty are all instrumental in the success of this essential program.

Volunteer mentors aspired to helping students
The Aspirations Advocate Program just complete its 5th year in four high schools and middle schools on the Kenai Peninsula. Mentors with this program make the commitment to meet one hour a week with their student groups for the duration of the school year. They are trained in the Eight Conditions that form the basis of the Aspirations program and work tirelessly to bring those conditions to life for their students. Special thanks go out to the following:

Help made event a soaring success
The organizing committee of the 6th Annual Peninsula Air Fair would like to thank all those who participated in the event this year and made it an unqualified success.

Judges get high marks
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate our 2006 Scholarship Winners: Alee Rowley, Benjamin Boycott, Christina Cupp, Lacey Hallmark and Siri Larson. We wish them the all the best in the coming year. We would also like to thank our scholarship committee for taking time from their busy schedules to work on this important committee: Chair, Colleen Ward, XCEL; Sal Mattero of Reality Check Consulting; Dave Davis of Allen and Peterson; and Thomas Welte of S&R Enterprises.

Reader disgusted by immigration vote
I have been following the immigration legislation that is being shoved or pushed through Washington D.C. I don’t know if a lot of people have been advised of what can happen but people should be aware of the ramifications. I for one do not want to see 12 million illegal aliens be allowed to stay in this country because of our congressmen are pushing this legislation through congress. That is 12 million illegals that are already in this country illegally.

Bird flu fight comes to Kenai
The Alaska Division of Public Health believes the country could have a pandemic soon.

Assembly backs ideas for gas line
State lawmakers’ failure Thursday to agree on a petroleum profits tax rate could lead Gov. Frank Murkowski to call the Legislature back for another special session.

Trail would enhance, market peninsula’s wildlife viewing
From the grazing caribou, chirping shorebirds and honking waterfowl that arrive in spring, to the thousands of gulls that nest in summer, to the beluga whales and harbor seals that swim by in fall, the Kenai River flats and public boat launch area are a wonderful place to view wildlife.

Baiting early run interest
On Saturday, fishing for early run king salmon got a little easier. Due to adequate fish runs and low harvest levels, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order Friday allowing fishermen to use bait from the mouth of the river to 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Moose and Kenai Rivers. The order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Fishermen, dog OK following nearly half hour in inlet water
Fifty-year-old Rodney Seaman has been in blizzards and been out in the cold of winter before, but he’s never been as cold as he was for the 20-30 minutes he spent in Cook Inlet wondering if he would be rescued.

Man dies in crash on Kenai highway
A 63-year-old Kenai man died after a car accident on the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday.

River festival entertains, educates to benefit river
The Kenai River is the flowing life-blood of the Kenai Peninsula’s beating heart and at no time is this more obvious than during the annual Kenai River Festival.

Help wanted — Area retailers, restaurants short summer hires
On Thursday afternoon, there were at least a dozen RVs parked at Fred Meyer in Soldotna. Several had Alaska license plates. One had Colorado plates, another originated in Louisiana.

Shot bruin was trophy-sized
The behemoth of a brown bear killed in defense of life and property (DLP) by two Soldotna hunters last weekend has turned out to be even bigger than first speculated.

Joey Ward
Soldotna resident Joey Ward died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 43.

James Olaf Russell
Former Clam Gulch resident James Olaf Russell died Thursday, May 18, 2006, in Billings, Mont. He was 88.

Terri Renay Allain
Kasilof resident Terri Renay Allain died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 38.

Edgar Lewis Jackson
Longtime Alaskan Edgar Lewis Jackson died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 87.

United Way campaign shows area is wealthy in community spirit
Festival attendance is a good way to measure community spirit. Another is how generous members of the community are in supporting neighbors who are less fortunate than themselves.

Festival is chance to give support to the Kenai River
You don’t have to be a fisherman to be tied to the Kenai River. Whether it’s appreciated for its scenic beauty, recreation opportunities or the economic benefits it brings to the central Kenai Peninsula, the river has hooked a place in many hearts.

10 years and counting: Times, locations have changed, but being smitten hasn’t
Yesterday I was sitting at my desk in front of a large window, staring down Main Street wondering what to write my column about.

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean’s lists Area students awarded scholarships Area students graduate Bethune top volunteer Gilman attends leadership conference Juliussen moving up in rank

Around the Peninsula
Golf tourney fundraiser set Hawaiian luau fundraiser planned Golf tourney slated Art, music festival set

· Ashley Demoss and David O. Doremire III of Sterling announce the birth of their son, David O. Doremire IV, at 7:58 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Going buggy
Every year salmon swim up the Kenai River to spawn and their ocean-fattened bodies die, delivering a bounty of nutrients to life in the Kenai River. But the salmon would not feed the river if the river did not first feed the salmon.

Bingham, Lucente marry in Oregon Bossert, Weber plan wedding Larson, Parrish announce engagement Musgrove, Titus marry in Kenai Grosgebauer, Parrish plan July wedding

Peninsula Reflections
John Potts “Jack” Lean was my friend and it was through him that Cooper Landing and Alaska history came alive. The first time I saw a picture of author Tony Hillerman, I thought of Jack. He was a smiling, white haired, slightly rounded figure, standing with his hands in his pockets. Jack was still living in one of the cabins at his place on the Kenai River, although he sold the property in 1954 to Leo and Edna Gleason, who then sold it to Betty J. Fuller before 1960. Jack loved his long-haired calico cats and good music. “Sunshine Of Your Smile,” “Somewhere a Voice Is Calling,” and “La Paloma,” are listed in one of his journals.

Community News
The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula Homer, Kenai and Nikiski club houses are participating in the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Summer Food Program.

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Sports Briefs
The American Legion Twins split with Dimond Sunday in Anchorage.

Oilers pitch shutout
The Peninsula Oilers did what it too to win Saturday, getting solid pitching and timely hitting to beat the visiting Stockton, Calif., Senators 3-0 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs
The American Legion Twins fell to 2-4 on the season after dropping two games Saturday to Chugiak in Anchorage.

Showing ’em how it’s done
Thad Johnson is in his third season as a coach with the Peninsula Oilers, his first as head coach. In each of the past three years, the Oilers have found themselves a bit short-staffed to start the season and coaches have stepped in to fill holes in the lineup until a few more players arrive.

Oilers top Senators
The Peninsula Oilers ended up a long day by completing a three-game sweep over the Stockton, Calif., Senators on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Field of 58 runs for Kenai River
Tommy Honer and Elisabeth Habermann were the overall individual winners Saturday at the Run for the River in Kenai.

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