Friday, June 27, 2008

The fur flies for groomer in Soldotna
For a place that caters to four-legged furry animals, Waggin' Tails was strangely quiet on the morning of June 12. Barking dogs could be heard over the hum of clippers, but for the most part they were just waiting their turn at the table where Robin Hogness clipped Rufus the schnauzer.

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Unsung hero gets recognition
An unsung hero in our community should be recognized for all the work she has done for the Kenai River Festival and many other activities in our area. Since its inception 18 years ago, Peggy Mullen has been a behind-the-scenes, tireless worker to make the Kenai River Festival the success it is today.

Sponsors a hit with team
The Soldotna High School softball team wishes to thank the following sponsors for making our program possible: Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, Arby's, Peninsula Internal Medicine, Uptown Motel, Tyler Distributing, Samadhi Center, Wells Fargo Bank, Spenard Builders Supply, Soldotna Elks, Tammy's Flowers, R & S Enterprises, Sundog, Hutchings Chevrolet, Soldotna Chevron and Phone Lining, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Soldotna Towing, Central Peninsula Hospital, Alaska Road Builders, Quality Electric, Kelly Electric, Lambe, Tuter & Wagner and Fat Teddy's.

Fundraiser comes together, thanks to many
The family and friends of Nancy Black would like to thank everyone who helped make this fundraiser a huge success by donating prizes, gifts and attending the fundraiser May 26 at the VFW in Soldotna. All your generosity greatly helped toward meeting the needs for Nancy's medical bills and treatment expenses.

Cub Scout day makes impact on participants
It's always a wonderful feeling when a community comes together to help put on a quality program for our youth. I would like to extend my warmest thanks to the following people and businesses that supported our 2008 Cub Scout Day Camp: Kyle from Home Depot, Kathy East from the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Mary Bell from the Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center, Ben Langham from the Kenai Police Department, the Kenai Fire Department, Larry Hull, Travis from the Impact Area, Save-U-More and the Peninsula Archery Association.

Support for annual walk appreciated
Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group wishes to thank our great community for the support of the 12th annual brain awareness walk and barbecue held May 31.

Time and money making a difference
We at Friendship Mission want to thank ConocoPhillips for the help it has given the mission in the last year. The first donation was last summer when they gave $3,000 to help replace the roof on the main building. Then in May, they gave us $3,000 to help pay for the flooring for the bedrooms upstairs. In addition, five of their employees have volunteered their time to help install the flooring -- Dave Knudsen, Greg Beiser, Brent Blumentritt, Jesse Vinson and Jay McKee. We appreciate all that ConocoPhillips and these employees have done to help get our main building ready for occupancy.

Ceremony great, turnout not so much
I want to thank the American soldier defender of freedom and the greater Kenai Peninsula community for presenting the Freedom Salute Ceremony, which was presented April 14 at Soldotna High School.

Spring really has been cooler than average
As many Kenai Peninsula residents know, for the past month, a cool weather pattern has found a home over the peninsula and doesn't appear to be leaving any time soon.

Council works on to do list
The Soldotna City Council touched on a diversity of matters this week.

TransCanada makes its pitch
The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act legislative road show made a stop in Soldotna on Thursday, where peninsula residents had the opportunity to hear first-hand from the governor's administration and the applicant it supports to build a pipeline to deliver Alaska gas to market.

Russian River sanctuary opens
Anglers finding sockeye fishing on the upper Kenai River a little too crowded will be able to spread out a bit more starting today. The Russian River sanctuary opens to sport fishing at 8 a.m. this morning.

Tesoro, watershed forum team up for creek restoration
Tesoro employee Peter Ribbens stood in ankle-deep water snipping the twine on bunches of willow branches. A few feet away from him, several of his colleagues scooped out dirt and debris while others used sod rolls to rebuild the stream bank.

Supreme Court slashes Valdez damage award
The morning of March 24, 1989, is a date Alaskans remember.

Photo feature: In stitches
Amy Peterson and Judy Meinhardt admire some of the nearly 200 quilts on display at Cook Inlet Academy through this weekend during the annual Quilting on the Kenai show. For a schedule of events today and Saturday, contact Robin Place Fabrics or visit their Web site at http://www.robinplacefabrics.com.

The day justice was not served
In the wake of Wednesday's Supreme Court decision reducing punitive damages in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill from $2.5 billion to $507.5 million, lots of Alaskans were expressing their outrage in words that just can't be printed in a family newspaper.

Fish there -- just have to work for it
King salmon fishing on the lower Kenai River has dropped off a bit this past week, but the upper river remains solid for sockeye, and the Kasilof River isn't too bad for both species.

New deputy refuge manager enjoying the Kenai
In early June of this year, I moved to the Kenai Refuge as the new deputy manager, coming from Bethel and the 19-million-acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Soldotna man gets big 'but
Tim Berg, of Tim Berg's Alaskan Fishing Adventures, has seen a lot of halibut caught while guiding fishing charter for the past 31 years, but he was amazed by his own catch Tuesday, and even more surprised that he caught it on light tackle.

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

Around the Peninsula

Spit run Saturday

Around the Peninsula

UCIDA meeting slated

Comedy offers 'Smart' entertainment
"Get Smart"

What's Happening

Best Bets

Art Briefs

Fair guide ready

Church Briefs

God, Country rally Sunday

Lessons in not looking on past slights, sins
Satchel Paige, the winning pitcher and baseball diamond philosopher, gained a national reputation for his widely circulated rules for successful living. The most remembered of these was "Don't look back. Something may be gaining on you."

Oilers kick Bucs to side
After catching Kenny Bartz looking at 72 mph curveball on the outside corner for the second out of the eighth inning, Peninsula Oilers reliever Erik Draxton heard the announcement that a pinch hitter was approaching the plate.

Miners edge Oilers again
Peninsula Oilers manager Tom Myers isn't discouraged.

Twins sweep Bartlett
The American Legion Twins continued to shake off their slow start by sweeping Bartlett on Wednesday in Anchorage.

Barrel horses ride again
The National Barrel Horse Association Alaska 01 district held its weekly competition at the Soldotna Equestrian Arena on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Wednesday. Riders were in search of points that qualify them for year-end awards. The competitions, which are held Wednesday at 7 p.m., can be attended for free. The results of Wednesday's event follow:

Birch Ridge Golf Report: What an awesome community
I'm sure you already know that we live in an awesome community with a generous spirit surpassed by none. That was evident again this past weekend at the Birch Ridge Golf Course. I usually try to instill a little lightheartedness in my weekly reports and although I write these words with a smile on my face, I feel compelled to use this limited space to instead brag on this wonderful community we live in.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Weather toughens golfers
Summer is in full swing now! Not that the weather is proving it so much, however, we just keep in mind that is why we Alaskans are such a tough bunch of people. A little cool, but not enough to stop us from a great round of golf.

Fun Run Results announced
The Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Run, held in Nikiski on Saturday, had four winners in the two different races.

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