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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Sun didn't shine but the Nikiski Fun was fine
It may not have been a day for shorts and tank tops at this year's Family Fun in the Midnight Sun celebration at the North Peninsula Recreation Center, but for those hardy Alaskans and visitors who turned out, it was a day filled with wet and wild activities.

Getting the Next Generation hooked on Golf
Thanks to the members of the Birch Ridge Golf Association, a group of 16 youngsters are officially "Hooked on Golf." Part of a national effort to get the next generation as interested in getting on the lynx as they are in video games, the Hooked on Golf program offers youngsters who have never played the game a unique opportunity to have a positive experience on the greens.

Tie Guy gets tied-off in Postal regulations
Long time Soldotna Postal Clerk Steve Adams may have to re-make his license plate to read "X-TIEGUY." As of June 6th, Adams received an official communiqu that states "Ties must be navy with red dots or red, white, and blue stars and stripes. NO OTHER TIES OR NECKWEAR ARE PERMITTED."

Seeing the "Hot" spots with infrared mapping
Yesterday's science fiction has become today's new business opportunity. The many uses of infrared images have inspired Judy Reese and Ken Deyoe to start a local airborne infrared mapping business known as Raven Technical Resources Inc.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
At 8 PM on June 12th two 19 year old young men from Texas were returning a boat to John Everitt just down the beach from the Shirleyville camp on the west side of Cook Inlet, where they work. Alex Pfoff who has worked here the past four years and his friend Mike Wright who has just started his first year of working here in Alaska decided to run out to the Granite Point Platform to take some pictures before returning the boat.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. The first time I wrote that phrase was in November 1991. Little did I know what I was getting into. I more or less inherited this column from Marian Nelson, with encouragement from Mavis Blazy, when I had only been in Alaska for a mere two years.

Nikiski
Good morning. A thought to get you through the rest of the year: "A friend indeed ... We discover in each other and ourselves worlds, galaxies, a universe." — Anna Rivers Siddons

Soldotna
Thank you for your service and enjoy retirement. Recently Lt. Charles Bartolini retired from the Alaska State Troopers retired after 28-plus years with the department. That's a long career.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. If you are a quilter, and I know many of you are experts, a lady by the name of Peggy Waguespack who lives in North Kenai is looking for a pattern that is no longer in print. The pattern is by Cari Connelly of Far North designs. If you happen to have some old copies of patterns and wish to share them, call Peggy at 776-8630.

Ninilchik
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.

Cooper Landing
Duane and Mayme Ohnemus hosted a wedding reception party June 18 at the community hall for son, Iver, and his bride, Amber. Iver and Amber Mullican were married Jan. 30 in Las Vegas.

Skilak Lake area fire burns 1,000 acres
A wildfire near the southwest corner of the Skilak Lake area has burned 1,000 acres of land within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, the King County Creek fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike and was reported to fire managers Sunday.

Grant to fund study of migration of clans
JUNEAU (AP) — The migration of eight Southeast Alaska clans will be documented through a federally funded project planned by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Tax cap initiative petition OK'd
If enough people sign initiative petitions, Kenai Peninsula Borough residents could vote this fall on a proposal to limit the municipality's ability to tax sales and require super majority support at the ballot box for any future sales tax increases.

Ninilchik man celebrates 50 years as priest
Amid the warm glow of flickering candles and within the walls of the 100-year-old Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik, Father Marcarius Targonsky celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination Monday.

Coalition seeks more voice
Rallying around three key issues, one of the central Kenai Peninsula's largest communities is getting its stuff together with the recent formation of the Sterling Community Coalition Group. The environment, land-development access and substance abuse have brought together 11 interest groups, each with its own director, in hopes of presenting a unified voice to achieve better representation from government.

Gas authority sticks with spur pipeline proposal
The question was raised at an Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority meeting about whether a direct pipeline from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska, called a bullet line, should become the group's primary focus.

Years of oil, gas activity still left
ANCHORAGE — There are at least 50 years ahead of the oil and gas industry in Alaska, according Steve Marshall, president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. But the next year in Alaska will be enormously influential in deciding the future of resource development in Alaska, he said.

Rare thunderstorm rumbles through central peninsula
Hot air and plenty of available moisture combined to produce the rare thunderstorm that swept across the central Kenai Peninsula on Monday afternoon.

Alaska oil producers reap $5 billion
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Oil producers made $5 billion in Alaska and the state collected $3.19 billion in taxes from the industry during the 2005 fiscal year, according to the Alaska Department of Revenue.

Wildfire suppression to begin
The wildfire near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula has burned more than 2,800 acres of mostly spruce trees and lowland bog vegetation.

Homer may move dispatch services
The city of Homer is exploring an option to move fire and police dispatch services to the new Emergency Operations Center in Soldotna.

Program a real page turner
Unbeknownst to them, hundreds of central Kenai Peninsula kids are doing something this summer they would probably say they'd rather avoid outside of school: learning.

Joanne Lorene Hartley
Longtime Alaska and former Kenai resident Joanne Lorene Hartley died Sunday, June, 12, 2005, at Valley Hospital in Palmer after an extended illness. She was 74.

John A. Yeager
Kenai resident John A. Yeager died Saturday, June 25, 2005, in his sleep at the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, where he was working. He was 55.

Better system of public safety needed in Bush
Since last fall, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Tim Burgess has gotten an education about the desperate need for better law enforcement and justice in the state's rural communities.

Voices of the Clarion: A measure of our community
A community can be measured using a multitude of criteria. These may include things as simple as the number of residents within a given area, or the style and type of housing those residents live in. It may be measured by the area in which it lies. Sometimes the business and employment opportunities that exist are an indicator of community.

More action needed on drunk driving offenses
The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has it right when she says, as she did last week, that the country can't continue to have about 17,000 of its people dying year after year in vehicle accidents involving alcohol. Since 1995, she notes, there has been scant change in the numbers.

Around the Peninsula
Toddler hour set>Nutrition classes continue Yard sale fund-raiser setRaffel fund-raiser, golf tourney set Parade applications available Temporary shelter available Volksmarch 10K set

Around the Peninsula
Fish fry, auction fund-raiser set KWF goes buggy Fly-in set for takeoff Homer Fourth of July celebration planned Toyz for Totz poker run scheduled Instructional shooting clinic on target Social Security reps to visit area

Senior Briefs
Seniors moving to Community Homer senior, Friendship centers Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Armstrong looks to the mountains for victory
  Overall leader and five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Bourd-d'Oisans and Le Grand Bornand, French Alps, in this July 22, 2004 photo. All eyes will be on the 33-year-old Texan for his final lap around France that ends an illustrious _ some would say miraculous _ career in a sport that will bear his mark for years to come. Will he go out on a high note, or will rivals long eager to dethrone him have the last word? AP Photo/Laurent Rebours PARIS — Lance Armstrong is ready to make a prediction for the last race of his career. ''This year, the Tour will be won in the mountains,'' he said.

Annika stumbles on her way to the slam
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Her dream of a Grand Slam having dissipated in the mile-high air, Annika Sorenstam stuck around Cherry Hills long enough to watch the final act of a U.S. Women's Open that kept everyone in suspense to the very end.

Orioles beat Yankees to snap six-game losing streak
BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts homered on Mike Stanton's first pitch in the 10th inning and Rafael Palmeiro hit a milestone shot for the Baltimore Orioles, who snapped a six-game skid by beating the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
East sweeps Twins Miners sweep Oilers

Michelin offers ticket refunds for U.S. Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS — Tire manufacturer Michelin offered Tuesday to refund money to those who bought tickets for the U.S. Grand Prix, which was boycotted by seven Formula One teams after the company decided its tires were unsafe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Homestead Report: Activities hopping at course
Due to busy schedules, not many women were able to play last Monday's Ladies Night. Those that did had a great time. Join us every Monday at 6:30 p.m. for Ladies Night.

Sports Briefs
Knight, Smith fastest on Spit

Williams, Sharapova to meet in semifinals
WIMBLEDON, England — The record book shows her Wimbledon showdown with Maria Sharapova will be Venus Williams' first major semifinal in two years. There's no official accounting of how long it's been since Williams has shown unbridled joy on the court.

Hockey players get chance to shine
With temperatures soaring into the 70s under sunny skies and the National Hockey League in labor turmoil, hockey is the furthest thing from a lot of people's minds right now.

Yankees appease The Boss
BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees found an appropriate response to a verbal bashing from The Boss.

Kenai Golf Report: Junior golfers make good impression
Our junior golfers on the Kenai Peninsula are presenting themselves very well. My husband and I were golfing on Sunday and on the third hole, Dean, a junior golfer, joined us. He was most enjoyable to play with, as he was polite, knew the rules and even offered some helpful advice to me when I asked for some. He is a credit to our young people.

Venus exacts family revenge
WIMBLEDON, England — The second Monday at Wimbledon offers the rare treat of all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches, and on this particular afternoon there was the even rarer sight of Venus Williams playing confident, mistake-free tennis.

Bogut taken first overall in NBA draft
NEW YORK — It sure was a g'day for Andrew Bogut. And not a bad night for the NCAA champions from North Carolina.

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