Monday, June 30, 2008

Hi Neighbors.

Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. This is my last Neighbors column. I have enjoyed sharing with you the news and special occasions of our great little town. I have also been lucky enough to have been stopped by many of you, just to comment on things or to tell me they read what I wrote each week. Thank you to all of you and have a great summer.

Very late at night, nearly every Wednesday for the past 17 years, I have written the lead for this column. Putting fingers and thoughts to computer keyboard has always been preceded by communication with many individuals and organizations in and around our fair city through the years. I've put a zillion miles on my car just looking around town for new changes to tell you about. You have been generous with your phone calls, e-mails, newsletters and chats in public places. While I have gathered items I hoped would be of interest to all of you, we have become friends and you helped to make this home to me and my family.

Even though the calendar says it's summer, there have been precious few summer --like days so far this year. I have been enjoying the snatches of sunshine that have occasionally popped up, I am hoping for some 70 degree days soon.

This Fourth of July week will include many cookouts and gatherings of friends and families celebrating the birth of our country. May we all appreciate the freedom that we enjoy as a result of the sacrifice and wisdom of our forefathers.

Kiss me, Kasilof,

Nikiski residents protest restricted access to Nikishka Beach Road
Since before statehood, Karen McGahan has frequented Nikishka Beach every summer. She's watched five generations of her family search for agates, fly kites and roast marshmallows on the beach.

Cohoe residents get new address signs
Membership has its privileges and Cohoe residents are finding this out firsthand as they are in the process of receiving free address signs.

Public demands in-state gas now
Most members of the public who testified during the second half of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act legislative road show in Soldotna on Thursday argued that Alaska gas should benefit Alaskans first, but Soldotna resident Greg Dyer thought differently.

Search for man ongoing
The search for a 56-year-old Anchorage man who was thrown from his boat about two miles upstream from Skilak Lake on Saturday afternoon continues.

Exxon plaintiffs updated
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this week, local stakeholders received information in Kenai on Saturday regarding the status of the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation. Brian O'Neill, a Minneapolis, Minn., attorney with the firm Faegre and Benson, spoke candidly to the plaintiffs he represented.

Volunteers spend time teaching anglers
Shouts echoed through the spruce forest surrounding Rainbow Trout Loop at the Russian River Campground on Friday. Joan Boltz, Jenny Rasche and Roger and Sandy Harkins stood nearby watching the activity when a gunshot echoed through the trees.

Galvin: Don't get 'cute' with AGIA
The governor's commissioner of revenue told legislators Thursday not to get "cute" about the possibility of issuing a natural gas pipeline license to TransCanada, then trying to support a competing project.

Photo feature: High and dry
A man who would only identify himself as Harry observes as his boat gets lifted from the asphalt near the corner of Bridge Access Road and Beaver Loop on Thursday afternoon. He said "I was changing it from trailer to trailer and didn't have a tie down system when it just slipped off." As upset as he was, he added "At least it didn't happen in the middle of the highway."

Ruth Braden
Soldotna resident Ruth Braden died Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Central Peninsula Hospital with her family at her side. She was 77.

Mathias 'Matt' Walter Johnson
Longtime Kasilof resident Mathias "Matt" Walter Johnson died unexpectedly Monday, June 23, 2008 from a heart attack while he was in his favorite chair at home. He was 64.

Kids' help with tree house construction may take some time
Get the kids involved by giving them a job. Make them feel like they're a part of the project.

Making changes and saying goodbye to friends
We have always prided ourselves on being your community paper, and that will never change. However, sometimes the way we go about bringing you the news has to.

Governor's proposal best one -- so far
If somebody's got a better idea, let's hear it now.

Around the Peninsula

Day camps offered

Peninsula Reflections
Ninilchik, Kasilof and Kenai have related roots, each was founded by Russian fur traders, with Kasilof first, in 1786. On the peninsula, only Nanwalek was settled earlier but by no more than a year. Nanwalek was an outpost of the Russian-American Company (RAC) while Kasilof was a Lebedev-Lastochkin Company (LLC) post. These companies competed lawlessly their motto was "God is in Heaven and the Czar is far away."

Students' access to world wide Web made faster
When students or staff at Kachemak Selo or Razdolna schools log on to the Internet next school year, their route to the World Wide Web will go from the schools at the head of Kachemak Bay, across the water to Homer Electric Association's Bradley Lake power station, back across the bay to nearby Voznesenka School, and continue on to cyberspace from there.

Around the Peninsula

God, country rally planned

2 forfeit wins keep Twins on the rise
The American Legion Twins continued to pile up wins Saturday when East forfeited both of the games that were supposed to be played at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Twins pick up sweep of West
The Twins continued to recover from a slow start to the season, sweeping West on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park to move their record to 4-4 in the conference and 7-9 overall. This comes after an 0-4 and 0-8 start to the season for the Twins.

Aliotti acclimates to swinging lumber
As strange as it sounds, Anthony Aliotti had never before handled a wood bat.

Oilers lock down Bucs
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 1-0 in 12 innings on Sunday in Alaska Baseball League play at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Ischi displays new confidence
Butterflies don't go far enough in describing the way Soldotna's Pete Ischi used to feel before racing a sprint car.

2008: A Spaceman Odyssey
"Hey, Mr. Spaceman, won't you please take me along for a ride." -- The Byrds

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