Monday, July 2, 2007

Law should be changed
I think I’ve read every letter that’s been published, concerning Pamela Parson and her dogs that were shot, and I want to say to Ms. Steele and Mr. Disney and the rest of those who attacked her; you are disgusting.

Fire affects animals, too
I have been reading recently about more bear activity in the lower peninsula, and as a life-long Alaska resident would like to see people take their surroundings into consideration when it comes to wildlife.

Illegal act must stop
Vote caging is an illegal act. This all needs to stop now.

Changing their world
When Maria Woolard volunteered with World Changers for the first time, she knew how to paint a little, but that’s it. Now in her third year, she knelt down outside Janice Patrick’s Kenai home Thursday holding a board in place while a friend pounded a nail in.

Kenai River emerges unscathed by ice jams
Editor’s note: This is the final in a series of stories examining the lasting impact of Kenai River flooding and ice jams this winter.

Kasilof history shared on film
As the saying goes, there’s more than one side to every story, and a local television producer hopes to show the many sides of the history of the Kasilof area with his new documentary.

Legislators’ opinions vary on senior benefit program
Opinions about the senior benefit program approved this week by the state Legislature vary widely among central Kenai Peninsula legislators.

Hot bats: Oilers seek stolen gear
Approximately 70 baseballs and 30 bats were stolen from Coral Seymour Memorial Ballpark, and the Peninsula Oilers are offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Kasilof dipnetting off to slow start
The Kasilof River personal-use dipnet fishery opened almost a week ago but few fishermen have caught any salmon, and the situation wasn’t any better Saturday.

Borough, hospital agree on contract
A new 10-year lease and operating agreement between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the corporation that runs Central Peninsula Hospital got a stamp of approval from the borough assembly June 18.

Condos draw complaints
Now that the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna is open to traffic, one Soldotna City Council member said it is time for people to stop griping.

Virginia Ann Bell-Warner
Clarkston, Wash., resident Virginia Ann Bell-Warner died Thursday, June 21, 2007, of respiratory failure at her home with her husband by her side. She was 60.

David Randall Jackson
Former Soldotna resident David Randall Jackson died Monday, June 25, 2007, in Auburn, Wash. He was 43.

Bonding at the ballpark: Home-run record chase fun to watch, whether you’re a fan or not fan
The chants reverberated throughout the stadium.

Much can be learned just by asking questions
People like to talk, and these days there’s plenty to talk about — war, politics, global warming, Paris Hilton.

Nikiski Community News
I spent more than a year introducing a different resident each week. Today my format has changed, and I will share with readers the important events that make up the daily routine of those in Nikiski.

Kasilof Community News
Per Osmar was honored in the afternoon of June 24 by dedication of a dock on the lower Kasilof River. Vince Goddard of Inlet Fisheries owns the dock and had drift fisherman Greg Tikka install a brass plaque inscribed “Per Osmar Dock” on a concrete monument. Per built the dock years ago when he was involved in the fish processing industry. I asked individuals in the crowd when the dock was built.

HEA powers the next generation
I recently visited Homer Electric Association to present a plaque from Alaska Power Association to Christopher Hall, a young man from Nikiski, who is representing Alaska on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Leadership Council. Alaska Power Association is the statewide trade association for electric utilities.

Kenai climbers set sights on Mount McKinley
Firefighters, being strong in both body and mind, are used to tackling tough situations, but three local firemen recently faced a self-imposed challenge, and came out on top.

Around the Peninsula
Donations sought for military personal Garden club to meet Classes set to reunite Ninilchik fair seeks sponsors, gardeners Fair exhibit guides available

Sterling Community News
My grandmother had a saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Soldotna Community News
Greetings! I’m Marlene Walther Lewis, your new Soldotna Neighbor. I’m a lifelong Alaskan and our family loves the peninsula. Please let me know, preferably by e-mai of the items you’d like to share.

Peninsula Reflections
Forty years ago anyone from Kenai walking into Kenai Supply (now The Salvation Army Store) would know the woman working there was Cleone Wells.

Kenai Community News
Readers, you got what you wanted. After listening to comments like, “I don’t like the new format” and “I liked the old columns better,” the Clarion has decided to combine the old with the new, and we would appreciate your suggestions and recommendations. We will be allowed to talk about community events more.

Around the Peninsula
Library begins Sunday closures God and Country Rally today Social Security to visit peninsula Public health plans closure Steak dinner fundraiser set Unity Run set to start Walk for Hope fundraiser planned Swim lessons make a splash Watershed plans events

A View Askew
The feminist movement has secured women many important rights over the years: the right to vote, be independent, have educations, play sports and work the same soul-crushing, back-breaking, time-sucking jobs as men (gee, thanks Rosie the Riveter).

Ninilchik Community News
Happy birthday to Frank Miller on July 5; Marilyn Morris on July 6; Anna Sutton and Carol Jones on July 7; and Muriel Mead on July 8.

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Oilers keep on sliding
The Peninsula Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Athletes in Action Fire on Sunday in Fairbanks. The loss was the sixth in a row for the Oilers, who fall to 11-6 overall and 3-6 in the Alaska Baseball League.

Kenai leads in Walker Cup
Birch Ridge Golf Course will have to overcome a 7 1/2 to 4 1/2 deficit today at 2 p.m. at Birch Ridge if it wants to defend the Twin Cities Walker Cup from Kenai Golf Course.

McGahan recovers from crash
Kenai’s Cameron McGahan came back from a crash in Heat 1 to win the Main Event on Friday at the Sprint Car Challenge at Twin Cities Raceway.

Kenai claims Twin Cities Walker Cup
For the first time, the Twin Cities Walker Cup will be located at the Kenai Golf Course clubhouse for a year.

Oilers drop 5th straight
The Peninsula Oilers probably can’t wait to get home.

Twins, East split a pair
The American Legion Twins turned a season-high three double plays against East on Saturday.

Weddings
Gina Marie Joyce and Raymond Paul DeBardelaben were married in an outdoor evening ceremony Saturday, June 2, 2007, on the banks of the Kenai River at Rueben and Kelly Hanke’s Harry Gaines Fish Camp. Steve DeBardelaben, the groom’s uncle of Coral Gables, Fla., performed the commitment ceremony.

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