Cooper Landing

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Congratulations to the TelAlaska team for capturing the 11th annual softball tournament trophy after two games June 5. Alaska Rivers Co. beat the previously unbeaten TelAlaska team in the first game that evening. It looked like it was going to be ARC all the way, but TelAlaska managed three runs to make the final score 4 to 3. TelAlaska caught fire the second game and closed the tournament with a score of 12 to 0.

One of the ARC players caught a fly ball while sliding on the ground. A ball hit by an ARC player ticked off third basemen Jim Carlson's glove to be caught by short stop Scot Leaders.

Throughout the tournament, the games were sparked by exciting plays and hard catches with an occasional collision. Jodi Painter, playing second base, was bowled over by an Avalanche Acres player, but her bruises didn't slow her down.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the tournament.

The playoff pancake supper June 5 netted almost $400 for the community club thanks to the efforts of Nancy Motley, Kemarrae Mlynarik, Roger and Gloria Whitaker from Soldotna, Steven Burlison and Marissa Moore from Sterling, Jan Mitchell, Jack and Carla Britton, Jo Cox, Jane McConnell, Martha Brewer and Kim and Koebryn Mlynarik who helped set up, cook and clean the kitchen and hall.

Cooper Landing Community Church is sponsoring a Bible school June 20 through 24. There will be music, crafts, snacks and other activities for students from preschool to high school. Festivities will get under way 9:30 a.m. each day at the Cooper Landing Community Hall. Call Robin Vorpahl at 595-4366 or Ladonna Herbert at 595-1556 for more information.

It's that time of the year again when bears are on the move. Not that I've heard of any in Cooper Landing yet, but we saw a black bear June 9 leaving the parking lot at Tito's Discovery Caf in Hope and heard about brown bear recently making the rounds in the Lawing area.

"Exciting Bear Hunt Gives Editor Rich Trophies and Thrills, Brown Bear on the Attack is Shot Down by Guide at Eighteen Feet," headlined a story in the June 17, 1939, Seward Gateway newspaper.

Frank Towle was the guide on the hunt around Juneau Lake and the hunter was Philip Rich, the publisher of the Midland Daily News in Michigan. They were at Towle's cabin on Juneau Lake, now the site of a U. S. Forest Service cabin, when Towle spotted a brown bear on the mountainside in mid-afternoon. They were climbing after it when Towle spotted a sow and two large cubs within half a mile.

"We were still puffing like a locomotive from our climb and were not really ready to shoot," says Rich, "but just then the bear raised up and it was time to do something." The bear ran into some alders and then came out directly above Towle and Rich.

The rest of the story next week.

Mona Painter can be reached by phone at 595-1248 or by email at

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