Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sockeye bag limit on Russian, upper Kenai rivers raised
The bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon on the upper Kenai River and Russian River have been raised by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

People, businesses help league strike success
The Peninsula Striker Youth Bowling league would like to thank the following amazing people and businesses that helped make the end of the year awards ceremony and fun day a huge success. Thank you to Ken, Jo and Karl at AlaskaLanes, Melissa and Hawks Games, Taco Bell, Carl's Jr, Blockbuster-Kenai, Cold Stone Creamery, Holiday-Kenai, Dairy Queen, Charlie Yamada and Trace Daigle.

Reader: Focus on driving
To all of you who were immersed in your cell phone conversation, to those of you who believe it's OK to text and drive, to all of you who think you can apply makeup or reach that newspaper on the floor or whatever it was you were doing when you didn't notice that someone was stopped on the highway because they couldn't turn left just yet: Please stop it.

Grad festivities happen with the help of many
As parent coordinator for Nikiski High School class of 2009, I want to acknowledge the generous support received during the 2009 graduation festivities. Thank you, volunteers, for giving the gift of your time: Shonda Powell, Deb Falk, Bill and Sharon Thompson, Mike and Kristin Peek, Dan and Ann Krogseng, Ward and Denise Romans, Wayne and Maxine Carroll, Pete and Debbie McKay, Andie Alkire, Danita Parrish, Barbara Rolland, Shanette Wik, Renee Payment, Katy Bethune, Vicky Johnson, Robin Bennett, Patricia Rorrison, Karen Calderwood, Mary Ann Phillips, Brad Cason, Bill Carver, Linda Ralston, NMHS alumni Hannah Thompson and the many named anonymous.

Breathing a sigh of relief -- together: Asthma camp coming to peninsula
As the halcyon days of summer continue, many youngsters are preparing for brief stints at summer camps. But a new Kenai Peninsula camp will cater to kids with a chronic disorder of their airways.

Playgrounds abound: From volcano watching to disc golf, Kenai parks have it all
Editor's note: This is the second in a planned three-part series on Kenai and Soldotna city parks and what they offer to residents and visitors.

Gov. Palin to attend joint chamber luncheon Tuesday
Gov. Sarah Palin will sign five bills at a joint luncheon of the Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce at noon Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center. There also will be a legislative update from Reps. Kurt Olson, R-Soldotna, and Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai.

'Tis the season -- for wildfires: Division of Forestry, Borough to hold fire preparedness class
This summer has had no shortage of hot and dry days, and while this weather is good for recreational opportunities, it poses a severe risk, should a wildfire ignite.

Activity remains low
The 2009 eruption of Redoubt continues, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Seismic activity remains low, but is above background levels as of 8:30 p.m. Monday. Webcam images are largely obscured by clouds today.

John Anthony Damitz
Nikiski resident John Anthony Damitz died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his wife by his side. He was 71.

Lorraine Topping
Longtime Kenai resident Lorraine Topping died June 1, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. She was 77.

It is an economic must: Health reform will boost economy, address Alaska priorities
This is the summer of health reform and great opportunity. If Congress gets it right, Americans happy with their current health insurance and medical care will keep what they have, while everyone will have access to affordable, quality care.

Around the Peninsula

Day camp offered

Pet photo: Best Friends
This is quite a line-up. Is it suppertime or just time for the masters to come home? These "three amigos" belong to Jane Dullum and Dan Roby of Kenai. From left is Allie, Roo and Dreamer.

Oilers hold off fast-closing Monarchs: Peninsula leaves 13 runners on base, but Corrales slams door in 8th, 9th innings
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Lake Erie Monarchs 3-2 on Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai in nonleague action.

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