Monday, June 25, 2007

Fire hydrants remind us of those who serve
Volunteerism is one of the primary indicators of a healthy community. The Kenai Peninsula’s people and organizations have an outstanding record of rallying to the needs of individuals and groups. Illnesses, natural disasters and tragedies bring out the best in those loving family and community members that want to be part of something bigger and better.

Reader defends her dogs
This is in response to Kara Steele’s letter (dated June 7) and Charlie Disney’s letter (dated June 6). First, my dogs are not dead, one is now missing a leg and the other is fine, but traumatized after being shot at point blank range right in the neck.

Council seeks residents who harbor an interest
Kenai’s Harbor Commission lives another day ... or at least until the city council meets again in July.

Trash talk at Kasilof fishery
While many look forward to the personal-use fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River, some who live in the area dread the annual occurrence due to the damage done to the environment and the debris that will be left behind.

Now’s the time to protect property
For Kenai Peninsula residents who have yet to make their property “FireWise,” the wildfire burning in the Caribou Hills, as well as recent fires in Anchor Point, should serve as a wake-up call to do so.

Firefighters make some progress
Firefighters took advantage of damp air Sunday to build a line along the west and northwest flanks of the 52,000-acre Caribou Hills fire, but crews are bracing for the weather to change today.

Kenai backs public review of Pebble mine project
A resolution supporting Northern Dynasty’s Pebble Mine project drew opposition from a half dozen people attending Wednesday’s Kenai City Council meeting, causing the council to tweak the wording a bit before passing the measure.

Ice disappears, damage doesn’t
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining the lasting impact of Kenai River flooding and ice jams this winter. Tomorrow’s story is on the process of rebuilding damaged river structures.

Caribou Hills fire rages on despite more air support, firefighters
Tim Osmar raced from an artesian pool to his cabins outside Ninilchik with five-gallon buckets of water in a desperate bid to keep the flames at bay when he crashed his four-wheeler. Battling the blaze since 11 p.m. Thursday night, he shattered his ankle and broke his leg and had to wait until 4 p.m. Friday when his parents were able to get him out of there.

Shayna Marie Pritchard
Former Nikiski resident Shayna Marie Pritchard died Friday, June 15, 2007, in Colorado. She was 18.

Standing on top of the world: Denali climb worrisome, but quite an accomplishment
Even though June isn’t over, it has been an extraordinary month.

Bridge woes: Time has come to drive forward
Motorists have been approaching Monday’s scheduled opening of the new Kenai River bridge in Soldotna as they’ve been approaching the bridge construction site itself — warily.

Peninsula Reflections
The first Kasilof-Cohoe area telephone system was an innovative affair. The system serviced both sides of the river and the immediate area. The wire was strung from house to house via trees and occasional pole tripods. The Kasilof community was not a village, Joan McLane Lahndt reminisced, and some of the houses were long distances apart. The lines ran close to the road, and the volunteer linemen only cut poles where they had to. The road at that time ran from the cannery at the mouth of the river to Perry Cole’s, which is now George Pollard’s home.

Around the Peninsula
Parent education continues Swim lessons make a splash Craft sale set Fair exhibit guides available

Around the Peninsula
4-H club seeks members Fair exhibit guides available Swim lessons make a splash Craft sale set

Hero of the Week
My son, Jon Knight, returned from Afghanistan to marry his sweetheart, Melita, and visit their families here in Soldotna.

Program encourages children to keep reading
Kids are invited to join the Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program. Upon signing up, kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Motherfessions Tales from the ’Hood
Disclaimer: Jacki Michels says that her husband truly has a heart of gold and she is sure he would rescue her from any bear, be it brown or be it black. She further asserts that any heart failures caused by the discovery of unusually large nuggets in the Kenai/Anchorage area are indeed not her fault.

Community News
Students compete in Sterling poster contest Volunteers needed Ninilchik fair seeks sponsors, gardeners Refuge plans June activities Everything under the sun fundraiser set Fair exhibit guides available Military reunion planned Alzheimer’s info available Cameras, photo printers sought Social Security reps visit peninsula

Leslie Seaman and Ralph Hemphill III of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, James Paul Hemphill, at 11:11 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 9 pounds, 15.6 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.

Peninsula People
Young leaders A matter of principal Catlin aims high Students make dean’s list Kraxberger graduates Parker earns bachelor’s Matarrese received M.D.

Fighting for control
A thunderhead of thick smoke loomed over Caribou Hills on Friday. Firefighters clad in green and yellow nomex and hardhats waited at the staging area off Oil Well Road to be called into action. Red and yellow Canadian Duck planes dipped below the trees, scooped up Deep Creek water and soared back to the fire. Not a mile distant flames torched a dead spruce in a flash of orange and a plume of black smoke.

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Twins tie, lose to Chugiak
The American Legion Twins lost a 9-2 decision to host Chugiak before ending up in a 5-all tie due to rain on Sunday.

Oilers remain unbeaten
With the grueling road trips of the Alaska Baseball League, a sterling home record is nearly a must for league champions. The Peninsula Oilers staged a textbook defense of Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Sunday in a 3-1 league victory over the Anchorage Bucs.

Twins split with South
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with South Anchorage on Saturday in Anchorage, losing the first game 10-2 while winning the second game 5-3.

Oilers push streak to 10
There’s no rocket science involved, just simple chemistry.

Blakeley, Poland marry in Sterling
Molly Blakeley and Aaron Poland of Sterling were married in an evening ceremony Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the bride’s father’s home in Sterling. The father of bride, Norm Blakeley, conducted the service.

Marler, Peterson wed in California
Kari Marler and Michael Peterson of San Diego were married Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints San Diego Temple. The couple was sealed by Kari’s grandfather, Don Marler.

Every, Roberts marry in ice hotel
Amanda Marie Every and Kenneth Ray Roberts Jr. were married Saturday, April 7, 2007, in a noon ceremony at the ice museum at Chena Hot Springs Resort. George Root officiated.

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