Friday, June 20, 2008

Many contribute to military tribute
I would like to thank all who helped with putting on the Veterans Freedom Flag Day Parade in Soldotna on Saturday, and if I have missed anyone, I'm truly sorry: Herb Stettler-VFW; Will Schwenke-National Guard; Pastor Allen Humphries; mayors Pat Porter, Dave Carey and John Williams; vehicle drivers Doug Howlett, Ron Walden, Saylor Rehm, Tommy Hansen, Mary K and Huch Huckabay; Central Emergency Services; Nikiski Fire Department; city of Soldotna; Soldotna Police Department; KSRM; Peninsula Clarion; Al Schadle-Flyover; Triumvirate Theatre; Lynden Transport; King Salmon Hotel; Sweeney's; Kenai Peninsula Borough; Hutchings Chevrolet for vehicles; Gagnon & Sons for port-a-potties; Merrill Sikorski; the Young Marines; Tim Wisniewski for playing Taps; Pet Man; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce; KDLL; Racheal Hanke for the national anthem; Tim Navarre; Lore Weimer, Mavis Lancaster; Jennifer Jackson; Kayla Hanson; and Rebecca Hanson.

Law should just be common sense
Another piece of knee-jerk legislation -- no texting or watching DVDs while driving. Brilliant! Another law that should totally be common sense and is completely unenforceable (see acquittal of the only person that could possibly have been this stupid to do so).

Question a troublemaker
By putting the poll (Clarion Question) about "consolidating" Skyview and SoHi you are just causing more unnecessary trouble. It is not going to happen anytime soon. We all need to forget about it until the numbers actually change and we have to thank about it.

Party a success
The parents of the Nikiski High School class of 2008 would like to thank the following businesses for their support of the after-grad party. We had an amazing turnout with 85 percent of the class and their guests in attendance until the end. We would not have been able to provide this fun, safe, drug- and alcohol-free party without the generous support of many wonderful businesses.

Special session comes to town
Alaska's natural gas pipeline legislative road show makes a stop next week on the Kenai Peninsula.

Wildfire settlement reached
The state Attorney General's office reached an out-of-court settlement Wednesday in the Caribou Hills wildfire incident that blackened more than 55,000 acres and burned 53 cabins last summer.

Photo feature: Paint the town
Alycia Bowden, Morgan Tschida, Sarah Hall, Liz Baker and Taylor Calderwood work to paint a fire hydrant in Kenai earlier this week during a Kenai Peninsula 4H Association community service event. About a dozen kids fanned out across the city to spruce up the hydrants.

Bernard P. Strahmann
Sterling resident Bernard P. Strahmann died Sunday, June 15, 2008, in Shreveport, La., after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Mary Agnes Miller
Longtime Soldotna resident Mary Agnes Miller died Monday, June 16, 2008, at Agape' Care Center in Soldotna. She was 89.

Make a point to speak your mind on AGIA
Thursday provides a great opportunity to hear what our legislators have to say about the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, more commonly known as AGIA.

It's time for fun in the sun on the peninsula
Although we're not quite sure if summer has arrived yet weather-wise, it still becomes official at 11:59 tonight.

Refuge activities set
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center activities for June are:

Submerged gillnet snags fish, wildlife
When Funny River resident David Haeg went fishing last month he hoped to land a lunker, and while he didn't pull in what he wanted, he did pull up something huge that should ensure others will more catch fish.

Grizzly 1915 death reminds author of his own narrow escape
The sudden appearance of a large grizzly and her newborn cub turned an early summer hike into a hike for survival. It all started one cloudy day, June 13, 2001. As a reward for a long day of working on my cabin at Twin Lakes across Cook Inlet, my companion and I were enjoying a day of hiking and watching Dall sheep. The climb up the mountain behind the cabin, started on an old hunting trail now seldom used by hunters but mostly traveled by game animals, was uneventful.

More kings in the cards?
After the water boiled last weekend, the fishing has started to simmer down a bit this week as big tides have moved back in and the early run of king salmon on the Kenai River may be moving slightly past its peak.

Youth camp performers put on a show
Kenai Performer's Summer in the Playhouse drama camp students will perform the "The Dragonslayers" a medieval tale with fantasy characters at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; and the "Rosies: Women and WWII," an upbeat look at era with big band music at 7 p.m. June 27, 28 and at 3 p.m. June 29.

Casting our cares doesn't mean not caring
Hammock. The word brings to mind lazy afternoons, relaxation and simple pleasure. It signifies the abandonment of one's burdens if only for a moment to bask in the luxury of swinging side to side between two trees, the sun warming one's face, the leaves whispering soothingly above and an occasional bird's call beckoning to a mate far away. Ahhhh, a hammock.

Church Briefs

Volunteer mission teams visit continues

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Golfers working on tans
Can you believe this weather? I am actually seeing some tan skin, and not fake and bake tans. It's so nice to be out and enjoying the nice weather.

Oilers, Miners tied after 15 innings
The Peninsula Oilers and the Mat-Su Miners played 15 innings of 1-1 baseball at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer and were still playing when the Clarion went to press.

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