Monday, July 5, 2010

Rain doesn't dampen festival
There is a saying, "it will rain on the just and the unjust." There is a song, "Rain is a Good Thing." It rained on the ninth annual Summer Solstice Music Festival June 19 at the Diamond M Ranch. However, the spirits of the dedicated volunteers who organized the event could not be dampened because of the good feelings about the effort extended. The crowd was smaller than desired but they had a good time eating, drinking, contra dancing and listening to super music and winning fantastic door prizes.

Cab drivers keep public moving
I wrote a letter a few weeks ago about the cab drivers requesting a extra token, from the people using the red tokens, for a tip. This extra token s a $5 tip, so they are requesting from the people taking a discounted ride a $5 tip to assist them with their groceries. I don't tip $5 even when I pay cash.

Beware of door-to-door salesmen
Beware of door-to-door salesmen. They are from out of state, and after you sign on the dotted line, they are gone.

Oil industry review under way
The state of Alaska is reviewing its rules on offshore and "ultra-extended reach" drilling and may impose new requirements for relief wells on certain wells.

Bears shot in Kenai: Sow, cubs killed after pulling trash from home
Kenai police shot a sow brown bear and two cubs early Saturday morning after the sow repeatedly entered a residence in the Linwood Lane area.

Soldotna plots future: City residents take opportunity to critique comprehensive plan
Soldotna residents had another chance to comment on the Envision Soldotna 2030 comprehensive plan last Thursday.

Local Independence Day festivities carry different significance for many
Melita Efta turned 7 yesterday, so you'll have to excuse her if she was unimpressed that Kenai celebrated its 50th year or that July 4, 2010, marked America's 234th birthday.

Bear activity closes forested area next to Russian River Ferry
The forested area between the Russian River Ferry entrance, the Kenai River and the Sterling Highway has been closed to public entry to reduce the risk of human-bear encounters.

Workers sign up for credit protection services after identity crises
More than 25,000 anxious public employees and retirees have signed up for credit protection services after a state contractor last year lost personal data on 77,000 current and former state, municipal and school employees, state officials say.

Charles M. Worster
Kenai resident Charles M. Worster died Thursday, July 1, 2010 at his home in Kenai. He was 44.

Gregory Don Graves
Gregory Don Graves died Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with his family by his side. He was 58.

Janett C. Garrett
Soldotna resident Janett C. Garrett died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Marshall Everett Bodle Sr.
Soldotna resident Marshall Everett Bodle Sr. died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna with his wife by his side. He was 77.

Carleton Walter Mallett
Longtime Sterling resident Carleton Walter Mallett died Monday, June 28, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 90.

Declaration speaks to us after 234 years
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Around the Peninsula

Youth grief camp slated

I mentioned last time that I grew up on a farm. Many of my Fourth of Julys were spent in some aspect of bringing in hay. I understood the literal meaning of "make hay while the sun shines" long before I ever knew about figurative language.

Focus on Fitness: Broaden your exercise horizons by lifting weights
Weight lifting is an effective -- if often overlooked -- exercise for achieving a number of different fitness objectives. It can help you lose weight, build endurance and strength, or serve as an aerobic workout.


Car seat check-ups set

Oilers have 3 twin bills in next 4 days
It's time for the Oilers to call on their inner Ernie Banks.

Twins win 2 in 1 day for 1st time all year
The American Legion Twins swept a doubleheader from Eagle River on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. This was the first sweep of a doubleheader for the Twins (7-7, 10-18) this season.

Twins split twin bill
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with Bartlett on Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Sports Briefs

Ostrander wins at Mount Marathon

Oilers beat Fire, lose to Panners
The Peninsula Oilers split an Alaska Baseball League doubleheader on Sunday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks, falling to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-2 before beating the Athletes in Action Fire 9-1.

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