Saturday, June 28, 2008

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Spit run Saturday

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."

Church Briefs

God, Country rally Sunday

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.

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.

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:

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