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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Soldotna
Hi Neighbors.

Kenai
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.

Ninilchik
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.

Nikiski
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.

Sterling
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.

Kasilof
Kiss me, Kasilof,

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.

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.

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.

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."

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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