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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Reader not pleased with senator's performance
After seeing letters thanking Sen. Begich for his health care vote, I too want to thank him.

Campgrounds, parks important to Alaskans
When I was young, my father tried to teach me that if I were going to pound nails in a tree, to make sure there were no limbs in the way of the hammer swing otherwise, it might cause a severely bruised thumb or finger.

Study gets hairy: Bear census results due at year's end
The Kenai Wildlife Refuge's brown bear census comes to a close at the end of this month, and the project's leader believes its work will keep scientists busy.

Mechanic pulls man from Mackey muck
Robert Booth thought he saw three feet of clear water, but he needed Jim Hardin to pull him from "endless" depths of Mackey Lake muck this past Wednesday.

First 2 Hoka Hey challengers finish; Homer man finishes race unofficially
After 8,482 miles from Key West, Fla., to Homer for the Hoka Hey Challenge, two men who'd only met on the road made a pact in Fairbanks when they left the last checkpoint about 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon: they'd finish first together. At 4:20 a.m. Monday morning, 190 hours and 20 minutes after leaving on June 20, Frank Kelly of Prosperity, S.C., and Will Barclay of Highland, Fla., did just that, crossing at the same time under the finish banner at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Homer Spit and becoming the first of 500 riders to end the grueling trip.

Officials grapple with new federal health care rules
State officials are grappling with hundreds of pages of new federal regulations as the new health care reform bill moves from political hot button in Congress to reality.

Photo Feature: Summer training

Motor home crashes, catches fire
A motor home went off the shoulder of the Sterling Highway about Mile 104 and burst into flames late Monday afternoon, sending its lone occupant to the hospital with non-threatening injuries.

'I love living here': Kenai named among best for outdoor lovers
Christine Cunningham already knows the Kenai Peninsula is a great place to live.

Jeanie Sadler
Longtime Kenai resident Mrs. Jeanie Sadler, 84, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital following a stroke.

Patrick Luzzo
Kenai resident Mr. Patrick Luzzo died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at his home.

Othella Bea (Hampton) Jackson
Longtime Soldotna resident Mrs. Othella Bea (Hampton) Jackson, 68, died Friday, June 25, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family after a brave battle with cancer.

Dirk Henry Dykstra
Longtime Nikiski resident Dirk Henry Dykstra Sr., 81, died of natural causes Thursday, June 25, 2010 at his home with his wife by his side.

Ben Joe Day
Soldotna resident Ben Joe Day, 79, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Tony Cobb
Kenai resident Tony Allen Cobb, 49, died Friday, June 25, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Photo Feature: Best Friends
Brian and Desi Baker wrote, "Hi. We are the Baker family and this picture was (taken) a few weeks ago, we were climbing Skyline Trail. This is our new puppy Bo, he is a blue weimaraner and is 12-weeks-old. On the right is my 7-year-old, his name is Sammy and next to him is my 5-year-old, Thomas."

Sports Briefs

Oilers-Miners games postponed

Orozco notches no-hitter vs. Miners: Doubleheader sweep of Mat-Su also includes grand slam by Popick, home run by Wisdom
In his first start for the Peninsula Oilers, Eddie Orozco pitched a seven-inning no-hitter in a 3-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader against the Mat-Su Miners on Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Oilers won the first game 8-1.

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