Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The 44th annual Ninilchik Rodeo will be Saturday and Sunday at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. The rodeo starts at noon both days. The queen contest judging takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday. This rodeo is the third in a series of five of the Cowboy Roundup Series. Contestants compete at the five rodeos to accumulate points for year-end awards.

This rodeo is a family-style rodeo, with several events for kids, such as the calf scramble, hide race, calf riding, sawdust money pile and three-legged sack race. Other events include team roping, barrel racing, steer daubing, ribbon roping, pole bending, keyhole and, of course, bull riding.

There also are several concession stands. Entries close at 11 a.m. Saturday or you can enter by calling Shirley Schollenberg at 567-3467.

The Trail Blazers 4-H club will run one of the concession stands at the rodeo and proceeds will help club members attend the National Stock Show in Denver in January.

I've noticed the setnet sites are now bustling with activity. At the Leman family setnet site, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman and his wife, Carolyn, are happy to have their son, Joseph, back from Colorado to help out for a few weeks.

In August, Joseph will go to St. Petersburg, Russia, for some intensive language training. Following that he will leave for pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, on Nov. 1.

James and Betsey Knox have enjoyed a visit from their daughter, Shahar, and her husband, Tom Freeman, and 1-year-old Noel Rose. The Freemans live in New Jersey, and since Noel is James and Betsey's first and only grandchild, it was a special treat to have her here for a couple weeks.

Ninilchik postal clerk Christy Drake shared with me the good news of how her nephew Michael Drake has been recovering from his ATV accident in March. Michael, 22, is the son of Andre and Diana Drake of Anchor Point. For several weeks after the accident he was in a doctor-induced coma, and two metal plates were inserted in his head.

To help with medical expenses, there was a benefit barbecue that brought in $12,000 and a raffle drawing for a trip to Mexico for two that raised $5,000. The family is grateful for all the support they received.

Christy said Michael has recovered his lost vision and is doing great.

Even though I've only been writing this column for a few weeks, I want to thank all you neighbors for your help in submitting information and for your encouragement along the way.

Have a great summer!

Vicky Daniels can be reached by phone at 567-4434 or by email at

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