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Sunday, July 8, 2007

'Loud and clear'
The International Space Station zipped over the southern Aleutians at 17,500 miles per hour, coming within range of the Challenger Learning Center's radio antenna at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Dale Hershberger tracked the station's orbit on his laptop and began transmitting his message as the spacecraft inched closer to Kenai.

Tale of the tape
From time to time some fishermen embellish tales of lunkers they have landed, but 29 pounds over the actual weight is more than a little discrepancy.

Hazel May Clark
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Hazel May Clark died Friday, July 6, 2007, in Soldotna. She was 95.

Budget cuts reflect Palin's intent to save
It's disappointing that several Kenai Peninsula projects were cut from the state capital budget by Gov. Sarah Palin. It's particularly frustrating that 60 percent — $19.8 million — of the $33.6 million allocated by the Legislature for the peninsula was vetoed by the governor.

Hiking bear free in Utah?: Caves are educational, but watch out for rattlesnakes
It didn't take too long to decide on a course of action after reading the warning sign in American Fork Canyon: Stay on Trail — Rattlesnake Habitat.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview gears up for dogs Watershed plans events CPHC board meeting set Refuge plans July activities

Row. Row. Row.
Ask any member of the Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association why they row and long lists of reasons abound. Common to everyone's list, though, is camaraderie.

Ballplayers warm up for another cool season
It is ironic that in a land where visitors only equate summer to fishing, there live some of the most devoted baseball fans to be found? We don't have stands that are packed to overflowing. The roar of the crowd doesn't carry for miles. There are no traffic jams that stretch endlessly as people try to get to the game, and people don't forfeit the last inning in an effort to avoid traffic snarls when leaving.

Unity Run gets 140 runners
Halfway into the 10-mile race at Saturday's Kenai-Soldotna Unity Run, both Tommy Honer and Ari Goldstein had a comfortable lead in the men's and women's races, but their racing had just begun.

Good to be home
A couple of friendly bounces, 18 hits and a pinch-hit home run — the Peninsula Oilers must be home.

Peninsula holds big lead Saturday
After their 12-run outburst on Friday night, the Peninsula Oilers are averaging nearly seven runs a contest through their first 13 home games.

A need for speed
One call to Steve Cook's cell phone says it all.

Francisco, Christian plan nuptials
Kerra Joy Francisco of Minneapolis and James "Fritz" Christian of Maple Grove, Minn., plan to marry June 7, 2008, in Maple Grove.

Maxwell, Shanahan marry at Mackey Lake
Barbara Maxwell and Thomas Shanahan of Soldotna were married in an evening ceremony on Saturday, June 30, 2007, at West Mackey Lake. Alan Helfer officiated.

Adamses celebrate 50th anniversary
Samuel Dempsey Adams Sr. and Anita Louise Willhite' Adams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and renewed their wedding vows Monday, June 11, 2007, at Mountain Baptist Church in Nikiski. Pastor Lee Moore officiated.

Northcutt, Vester marry in Anchorage
Jessica Northcutt and Dash Vester of Soldotna were married in an afternoon ceremony Friday, June 15, 2007, in Anchorage.

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