Monday, June 19, 2006

Reception a success, thanks to help
Approximately 50 people enjoyed the opportunity to meet and welcome Rick Koch, city manager, and Mary Jo Joiner, library director, at a reception in their honor on May 24 at Kenai Community Library.

Hooked on Fishing says thanks
On June 10 at the Kenai River Festival, we had the pleasure through the Hooked on Fishing program of giving 150 rods and reels to local boys and girls. In its fifth year, the program is a joint effort between Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.

Challenge meets with success
This year our generous community raised in excess of $72,000 for the American Cancer Society. A special thank you to the following dental professionals who participated in my friendly local challenge: Dr. Ron Martinelli and Dr. Dan Pitts — who set the bar — Dr. Jim Julien, Dr. Jerry Hu, Carmen Stephl and Dr. Bob Bauder.

Participation made Relay a formidable movement
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The only way to begin is by remarking on the awesome generous community in which we live. While in February we may be asking ourselves, “Now why am I here?,” the answer is available all year long. The most recent moment to celebrate being a part of this community/peninsula is the response to the American Cancer Society’s 2006 Relay For Life.

Inlet pollution nets outcry
A draft permit that would allow greater oil and grease discharges into Cook Inlet is drawing concerns from fishermen and resource management agencies.

Cow crossed road 85 times in January
A project devoted to reducing moose-vehicle collisions was recently hit with bad news when one of the 30 cow moose in the study was struck by a vehicle in the research area along the Sterling Highway.

Council mulls $400,000 price tag for paving
Why is it that a private developer can get a street paved for $38,000 when it costs the city of Soldotna $400,000?

Gov. hopeful out to halt fisheries rationalization
Rep. Eric Croft, Democratic candidate for governor, on Tuesday called for a moratorium on further fisheries rationalization in Alaska, and asked the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to conduct a study of the effects of the current programs.

Cruise ship tax, campaign finance face primary vote
Voters in Alaska’s Aug. 22 primary election will be asked to consider two propositions, one concerning political contributions; the other taxing cruise ships.

Kasilof fire station a vote away
An ordinance granting $2.5 million to build a new fire station in Kasilof and renovate an existing station in Funny River will get a public hearing at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Soldotna police talk local man into signing up
Outstanding character and deep community roots trumped inexperience when the Soldotna Police Department hired one of its latest recruits, said Chief John Lucking.

Nikiski solstice event all about family activity
Summer solstice means many things. The sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer, the days are the longest of the year and summer has officially begun. In Nikiski, it means one more thing: fun.

Musher keeps Iditarod dream alive — in June
Kasilof musher Lance Mackey is back again, stiff from being days away from a good meal, hot shower and restful night sleep in his own bed. But he is steadfast in his determination and, as usual, many eyes are watching his every move.

Wilma Ailene Lind
Seward resident Wilma Ailene Lind died at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 7, 2006. She was 96.

Victor A. Segura Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident Victor A. Segura Sr. died Friday, June 16, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 64.

Adam Wesley Summers
Adam Wesley Summers of Evans, Colo., died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at his home. He was 32.

Charles David ‘Chip’ Mansfield
Longtime Soldotna resident Charles David “Chip” Mansfield died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 34.

Robert Craig Shultz
Soldotna resident Robert Craig Shultz died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at his home. He was 56.

Peninsula needs brand name
In an effort to provide focus for the Kenai Peninsula’s diverse marketing and economic development endeavors, the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council is launching its Branding the Kenai Peninsula project.

Take the higher ground: Sometimes desire for achievement overshadows being human
“Why did you go up there to die?” the man asked of the rescued mountain climber. “I didn’t go up there to die, I went up there to live,” he replied.

Laughter is the best medicine for life in Alaska
Alaska is ripe for humor. In a place where we eat our roadkill and breakup is an entire season, not just something you suffer through once in a while following a misguided comment about the futility of diet ice cream, you have to be able to laugh at life. Either that, or go insane.

Cookbook caters to McDonald’s, KFC cravings
AMARILLO, Texas — If you get a hankering for fries from McDonald’s, want to pick up some KFC for picnics or stop by Starbucks for a Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee on Monday mornings, you might like a cookbook that helps you do it yourself.

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Around the Peninsula
Are you curious? Counseling service offers education Health Centers board meets today Smolt ID workshop set

Peninsula People
Students earn academic accolades Students earn degrees

Around the Peninsula
Clarion looking for barbecuers Smolt ID workshop set Kenai swim times scheduled Quilting on the Kenai coming up Sterling seniors cook up good time Red Cross golf tourney set

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Nikiski grandpa has no end of tales to tell
Grandpas always seem to have big, strong hands that kind of swallow up those of their little grandchildren. There’s no limit to the amount of time they have for their kids and grandkids, and no shortage of adventure stories from “back in the old days.”

Peninsula Reflections
A recent visitor to the Soldotna Historical Homestead Museum was early Soldotna homesteader, Richard (Dick) Gerhart with several family members. They had come to see Gerhart’s homestead cabin, now located at the museum.

Weddings: Howatt, Spoonts marry in Homer
Cheyenne Gail Howatt of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada and Kelly Jack Spoonts of North Kenai were married Friday, June 2, 2006 in Homer.

Heroes of the Week
Residents lucky to have medical care Family grateful for support

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Sports Brief
The Peninsula Lady Kings Under-14 fast-pitch softball team dropped a pair of games to Arctic Heat Under-14 on Saturday in Kenai.

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Oilers hold on for victory over Monarchs
Yes, the Peninsula Oilers’ 6-5 victory against the Lake Erie Monarchs on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai had its rough moments.

Midnight Sun hosts regatta on lake in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
The Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association picked a pretty good venue for its first race, hosting the Anchorage Rowing Association and Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club for the Icebreaker Regatta Saturday on Hidden Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Rain can’t stop Oilers
Somewhere in between, around and through Friday’s showers, the Peninsula Oilers managed to get in a pair of games with the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins.

Motocross decides to ride in reverse
The wrong way is now the right way at the motocross track at Twin Cities Raceway.

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