Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A few days ago I stepped out of my room at the camp on Doyon Rig 141 and walked across the hall into the bathroom. As I walked through the door I turned briefly towards the mirror that is mounted on the wall above the sink to my right. About the time my eyes began to focus on the half asleep object that was being displayed on the mirror in the brightly lighted room I noticed a few shiny gray hairs shining proudly above my left ear!

Peninsula Clarion honored with Paul Harris Fellowship
New Soldotna Rotary Club receives Charter and donates $1,000 to the Roatary Foundation in the name of the Clarion

Treadle Queen of sewing crowned
Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of a treadle sewing machine race, according to reliable sources the only one in existence may be right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Treadle racing was the innovation of Jess Tubbs of J&H Sewing & Vacuum in Soldotna nine years ago who says he could be the world’s fastest treadle racer of record and for that reason he doesn’t compete in the local annual event, “A treadle sewing machine was my toy growing up and I really don’t have any competition, but my goal was to sponsor a unique event as part of the Quilting on the Kenai show that would be fun and create an interest and understanding of the treadle machine,” explained Tubbs. Tubbs supplies the machines for contestants, one of which is believed to be the only commercial grade treadle machine outside of a museum. Tubbs also donates the prize for the winner which was a brand new Pfaff sewing machine.

Community flag walk crosses new Soldotna bridge
The third bridge to be built across the Kenai River in Soldotna is now opened to four lanes of traffic. Department of Transportation officials announced the opening for 5:00 am Sunday June 24th, at the Tuesday Soldotna Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon. It wasn’t to be an official opening because placards and other items had yet to be completed, but traffic would no longer be routed to the temporary bridge. Within 5 minutes Soldotna Mayor David Carey announced a secret community crossing to be held at 6:00pm Sunday, “We’re inviting everyone to come to this secret community celebration and flag walk in honor of the opening of the David Douthit Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, an official opening may come later, but this will be the first walk across our new bridge,” Carey told Chamber members.

Local artists shine at Art to Wear fashion show
The Annual Quilting on the Kenai show drew quilters and visitors from all over Alaska, but in the end the talent of local quilters once again proved to be too good to beat. “I think there are more talented quilters per capita on the Kenai Peninsula probably than anywhere in the country if not the whole world, many of which have received international acclaim,” said Jess Tubbs, of J&H Sewing & Vacuum. Tubbs is an industrial sewing machine specialist with a lifetime of experience in the industry. Pat Reese of Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna has also been aware of the local talent for a long time and that was why she created the first Quilting on the Kenai show and competition 13 years ago. “It was a wonderful show this year we added some new events that proved very popular. We had a presentation of antique quilts and appraisals this year; we had a quilt doll designer teach for the first time, and a variety of demonstrations going on everyday. Overall comments on the show have been extremely positive and encouraging,” commented Reese.

Fire winds down; Oilwell Road open
The Division of Forestry wound up their service in Ninil-chik Monday as a remnant of the Caribou Hills fire burns in the eastern corner of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Forestry also opened Oilwell Road to residents permanently and lifted the air restriction.

Fourth of July on the march
Ever wanted to enter a parade but lacked the hand-eye coordination baton twirling requires? Is the concept "left-right-left" foreign to you but you want to march anyway? Then stop by KDLL's truck on Wednesday with a lawn chair and your sense of humor and join the ranks.

Photo feature: Dinner on the fly
Robin chicks eagerly take a meal from a parent visiting their nest recently. Birds are busy raising their young at the peak of the summer.

Photo feature: Get set
Chad Finley, up from Michigan to work as a member of Clam Gulch commercial fisherman Will Faulkner's setnet crew, ties a buoy to a line Saturday morning during low tide.

Plane crashes in gravel pit
Drivers on the Sterling Highway near the State Forestry office watched as a Soldotna man made an emergency landing in a gravel pit Monday afternoon.

Wildlife guide highlights peninsula
A breeze tickles alder and willow thickets along the shore, raises goose pimples on the surface of the lake and nibbles your cheek. Fog cloaks dall sheep and goats foraging on the mountain tops and veils stands of white spruce. Somewhere on the other side of the lake the wail of a common loon shatters the silence while the white neck of a trumpeter swan glides by.

King for a day
Pete Baldwin has a lot of experience fishing and hunting, but Tuesday's king salmon trip on the Kenai River is one he'll remember for the rest of his life.

Peninsula projects slashed
Funds for various projects across the Kenai Peninsula fell victim to Gov. Sarah Palin's veto pen when she cut $231 million from the state capital budget she signed into law last week.

Shayna Marie Pritchard
Former Nikiski resident Shayna Marie Pritchard died Friday, June 15, 2007, in Colorado. She was 18.

Leslie I. 'Les' Crane
Longtime Homer resident Leslie I. "Les" Crane died Monday, June 25, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer in his sleep with his son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Sandy Crane, at his bedside. He was 90.

David Alan Wise
Longtime Kenai resident David Alan Wise died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 44.

Around the 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

Around the Peninsula
Steak dinner fundraiser set Historical society to meet Challenger center seeks volunteers Skyview gears up for dogs Craft sale set

Oilers drop 7th straight
The Peninsula Oilers dropped an 8-2 decision to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Monday in Fairbanks. It is the seventh loss in a row for the Oilers, who are now 11-7 overall and 3-7 in the Alaska Baseball League.

Kohler leads Twins to tourney victory
With four hitless innings already under his belt, American Legion Twins hurler Larsen Kohler knew a visit from manager John Butler was imminent after allowing three walks and one run while committing a balk to open the fifth.

Twins win Big Fish Tourney opener
The American Legion Twins use wood bats in batting practice and in the batting cage to save their expensive aluminum for the game. This week, all that time with wood could pay off for the Twins.

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, Golfers. Happy Fourth of July to all of us very blessed Americans. How great is it and how lucky are we to live in the most wonderful country in the world? We take all of our advantages and freedoms for granted, but let's not forget the service men and women who ensure our continued safety and the enjoyment of those advantages and freedoms and all of those who have gone before.

Sports Briefs
Barrel Horse Association has weekly event Firefighters to hold golf tournament Saturday Unity Run set for Saturday

Oilers losing streak hits 8
Sean Bard homered and Kevin Camacho pitched eight innings of three-hit ball in sending the Peninsula Oilers to their eighth consecutive loss, a 7-4 defeat Tuesday night in Fairbanks.

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