Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A sweet celebration: A cake from every state for the Fourth of July
Lawyer-turned-baker Warren Brown's newest cake cookbook, "United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State," has a lot to offer.

Move over fruit, meat-flavored vodkas moving in
WASILLA -- Prepare your palate for carnivorous cocktails.

Class of 2010 appreciates community support
The Skyview class of 2010 Graduates and After grad party committee would like to give thanks to the wonderful and generous community we live in. Through your generosity every attending senior received a goodie bag with an approximant $50 value. Then at the end of a pirate themed event with food, drinks, games, swimming, gold coin giveaways, and 27 door prizes we were able to end the evening with two prize chest each containing $500 cash.

Marathon partnership connects schools, industry
During these past two weeks I have had the pleasure of working with Marathon Oil as a part of an Externship placing Educators with Industry in hopes of better connecting our school with business and industry. Our number one goal of the externship program is to help schools better prepare our students for the world of work. My experience was far beyond my expectations thanks to Wally Ward (Marathon engineer and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District graduate) and Brent Senette (Marathon engineer and Construction Superintendent for Marathon Oil) who helped me see and understand Marathon's vast operation on the Kenai Peninsula.

Help on the grill makes for great days
Peninsula Moose Family Center No. 1942 would like to thank the following for helping the Lodge put on hot dog barbecues at Kaleidoscope School on May 19 and Mountainview end of the year.

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

BP works to reassure Alaska
John Minge is spending a lot of time these days talking to BP's Alaska employees about the Gulf of Mexico tragedy, reassuring them that the company, as beset as it is, still has a solid business in Alaska.

Dispute leads to death, charges
A Kenai man became so angry with his mother's and his mother's boyfriend's drunkenness on June 18 that he allegedly started a fight with the boyfriend -- a fight resulting in the boyfriend's death.

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.

Eyes to the future: Open house, work session slated for Envision Soldotna plan
The City of Soldotna is hosting a final workshop to solicit public input for its comprehensive plan -- Envision Soldotna 2030 -- this Thursday.

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.

Soldotna couple faces meth and other charges
Cooking up meth was only one piece of a Soldotna couple's alleged offenses.

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.

Photo Feature: Stars, stripes and brow tines
A light breeze mixes American and Alaskan icons on the front of the Stasek residence in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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

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.

Patrick 'Pat' Mark Luzzo
Kenai resident Patrick "Pat" Mark Luzzo, 51, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at his home in Kenai due to natural causes.

Around the Peninsula

Public health plans one day closure

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."

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.

Kenai Golf Report: Brown Bears Tourney, actual brown bear hit Kenai Golf Course
My better half and I spent a wonderful Monday evening walking our clubs around the back nine at the Kenai Golf Course. I was very pleased to run across a friend I had not seen in a while, Jeremy Selfridge, who was out enjoying the scenery and weather. A big shout out to all my Schlumberger buddies, I miss you guys! Karen Shier, good luck keeping them in line.

Oilers, Miners play a lot of baseball
The Oilers defeated the Mat-Su Miners 3-2 in nine innings in the opening game of a doubleheader that was scheduled for two seven-inning games at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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