Friday, June 19, 2009

Fishing frenzy hits Russian River
The Russian is running red.

It's not the size of the salmon in the fight ...
Size is a relative thing when it comes to fish. My eye sockets still haven't recovered from the first time I saw a powerful early run Kenai king last spring, a sight that redefined the term "big fish" for me.

Support for poppy program blossoms
Sincere thanks to the local businesses and people in our community who supported the annual Buddy Poppy drive last month. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Post No. 10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary received donations of over $2,900, which will be used to support local veterans and their families.

Support bringing goal closer to reality
The Soldotna Community Playground Committee would like to express a sincere thank-you to the community in helping create a successful "Fun Day at the Park," which was held at Soldotna Creek Park in May. To the children, parents, grandparents and community members, we thoroughly appreciate the enthusiasm that the community is demonstrating to have an opportunity to create an incredible playground for its children.

Volunteers help Scouts learn plenty at day camp
A hearty thank-you to the volunteers, parents and kids that attended the 2009 Tustumena District Cub Scout Day Camp. This year we had the joy of having Nancy Veal and her 4-H folks come and give a worthwhile talk on nutrition, healthy living and predator and prey relations. We also had Jack Ransom instill smart boat and water safety skills with our Scouts. Roy Smith and Charlie Black, in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Safari Club, taught Scouts archery and BB gun safety while letting the kids have a chance to practice those lessons.

'A sense of community': Students build track shack, ski shed for KCHS
Thanks to the hard work of two dozen local youths, the Kenai Central High School track and field and cross-country ski teams will have new equipment facilities for the upcoming seasons.

Up for debate: Assembly discusses manager; mayor's veto stands
After much discussion surrounding the proposed multi-use facility and changing to a manager form of government, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to put both topics on hold until its next meeting.

Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough products recalled
JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is notifying the public of a product recall. Manufacturer Nestle USA has voluntarily recalled all varieties of prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House cookie dough due to a risk of contamination with E. coli O157:H7.

Anchor Point man caught taking goat out of season
Some temptations are hard to resist, but a hunter from Homer may be wishing he tried harder when he saw the wrong species enter the cross-hairs of his rifle scope on May 9.

Richard 'Dick' D. Boling
Longtime Alaska and Nikiski resident Richard "Dick" D. Boling died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at his home. He was 66.

Shane Lee Franke
Longtime Kenai resident Shane Lee Franke died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at his home with his family by his side. He was 49.

June Inez Babbitt Cissell
Billings, Mont., resident June Inez Babbitt Cissell died Monday, June 15, 2009, of natural causes in Ponderosa Pines Health Care. She was 91.

Richard 'Dick' Baldwin
Alaska pioneer Richard "Dick" Baldwin died Wednesday, May 20, 2009. He was 78.

Michael Eugene Kardatzke
Longtime Soldotna resident Michael Eugene Kardatzke died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 55.

David Fletcher Gibbons
Lifelong Alaska and Soldotna resident David Fletcher Gibbons died Saturday, June 13, 2009, of natural causes on the coast of the Katmai National Park near Kodiak while operating a bear viewing charter vessel. He was 66.

A look at books about movies
'The Film Club'

What's Happening

Best Bets

Art Briefs

Art winners announced

For my Dad
How do I tell you

Oilers drop finale: Monarchs storm back with 6-run 8th
The Lake Erie Monarchs used a six-run eighth inning to defeat the Peninsula Oilers 8-5 on Wednesday in nonleague action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Nostalgia abounds at course
There has been a lot of nostalgia around the golf course for me these past few weeks. Last week was the Junior Golf Clinic. An amazing 43 juniors turned out to learn from the pros - Tom Walsh, Bill Engberg and Nolan Rose - and pick up some pointers. On Friday I watched the parents as they observed and walked with their junior golfers. It brought back fond memories of the times when I accompanied my junior golfer around the course as he played in various tournaments.

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