Monday, July 10, 2006

School murals were lesson in volunteer support
Sears Elementary and Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science would like to extend a special thanks to local clay artist, Ann Wilson, for her Artist Residency this past spring. Because of her hard work and hours of unpaid commitment, we have three wonderful tile murals in our schools. She worked tirelessly with students, who all had a part in our “A River Runs Through It” mural installations.

Grouch contest makes for happy community
The Cook Inlet Lions wish a big thank you to our neighbors, for their awesome support of this year’s “Nikiski Grouch” contest.

Aerial wolf hunt program should be shot down
As an Alaskan who has recently returned after many years in the lower 48, I am appalled at the current administration’s arrogance and complete lack of regard for the will of the majority of Alaskans. In spite of the fact that Alaskans twice voted to ban aerial hunting of wolves, the governor and his Alaska Outdoor Council controlled Board of Game continue their anti-science predator management programs. They are the predators who need to be eliminated.

Support helped food bank dole out a feast
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank Lindsey Clark and ConocoPhillips for the opportunity to distribute 14 USDA Commodity boxes to the elders of Tyonek last month. We were able to distribute bananas, marshmallows and brown sugar to the residents as well. One resident was so pleased to have fresh fruit he insisted on eating the banana prior to filling out any paperwork.

Candidates: Ready, set, file
Candidates hoping to win seats in the Oct. 3 municipal election can start running in earnest.

State drops all charges in gravel pit lawsuit
Charges leveled last year against an Anchor Point gravel pit operator have been dropped.

Teen dies in ATV crash in Kenai
A 16-year-old died Friday after his all-terrain vehicle crashed into a large gate blocking road access.

Soldiers deploy family support
Chuck Garrison usually didn’t share meals with his family. Over the past few months, however, he made it a point to spend more time around the table with his father, Greg, sister, Jenny, and mother, Susan Stockton.

Kasilof River open for more red fishing
User groups calling the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to complain they’re not getting enough opportunities to fish for the large number of sockeye salmon storming the Kasilof River can put down their phones and pick up their rods and dipnets.

State protects private property
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill Wednesday clarifying and restricting how Alaska governments may use the power of eminent domain.

City manager fishing, just not for fish
Fishing is on the minds of many this time of year, but the kind of fishing the Kenai city manager is up to has little to do with hooks or nets.

Hail to Alaska’s rodeo queen
Since she was 9 years old, Shelby Loop of Anchor Point has been interested in riding horses.

Jefferson D. 'Jeff' Church
Kenai resident Jefferson D. “Jeff” Church died unexpectedly Friday, July 7, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 56.

Kirk Russell Evans
Sterling resident Kirk Russell Evans died Monday, June 12, 2006, at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 53.

Holden Hollenberg
Holden Hollenberg of Soldotna died Friday, July 7, 2006, from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Kenai. He was 16.

Snowbirds feather nets at expense of area’s residents
Snowbirds, beware.

Reeling in a good time: Customer service on fishing trip nets more than a limit of halibut
To borrow from a great bumper sticker I saw in Soldotna, I recently had the pleasure to meet a couple guys who are the kind of people my dog thinks I am.

Around the Peninsula
Progress Days gearing up Kasilof parenting classes offered Swim lessons to make a splash Library seeks for pet photos Legion holds fundraiser Volunteers needed for run Soldotna grads to get together

Around the Peninsula
Coal project hearings scheduled Genealogy classes offered Legion holds fundraiser Progress Days gearing up Paddle, bike, run for Chugach Forest Volunteers needed for run KPBSD plans Title Vll meeting Safe Sitter courses offered Self-defense class offered

Henry, Kolesar plan July wedding
Jessie Elizabeth Henry of Anchorage and Isaac Paul Kolesar of Fort Rich-ardson announce their plans to be married Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Henry’s parents’ home in Sterling.

Hawkins, Gurel marry in Anchorage
Chandra Marie Hawkins of Soldotna and Samuel Eli Gurel of Arkansas were married Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Anchorage. Tom Hansen officiated.

Destructive Hidden Creek Fire sparks ecological diversity in Skilak region
Above the cold, clear water of Skilak Lake, a narrow path known as the Vista Trail winds through a lush thicket of brushy green vegetation and up a hillside where it rewards hikers with panoramic views of the lake and Upper Skilak Lake Campground. A little over 10 years ago, however, hikers would have struggled to find wide-open views on the same hillside.

Pets could mean prizes in Soldotna library’s youth photography contest
Are you a youngster who’s taken a photograph of your dog Fido frolicking, your kitty cavorting or your pet rat roughhousing?

Community Events
Class reunions set Host families sought Center offers free, reduced meals Parenting class set

Peninsula People
Beeman graduates Church graduates Area students named to dean’s lists Galics host exchange student Alaskan selected for ‘Dream Team’

· Kristen Bush and Peter (Skip) Bush Jr. of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Logan Andrea Bush, at 7:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

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Unity Run draws big crowd
A few years ago, Steve Stenga, a runner and a member of the Soldotna Rotary Club, thought it might be a neat idea to have a race from Kenai to Soldotna — something that would bring the two communities together.

Oilers put wraps on 10-1 homestand
The Oilers’ slumbering bats awoke just in time to give relief pitcher Ricky Heines a present for his 21st birthday on Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Birch Ridge leads Kenai at Walker Cup
Birch Ridge had a 7 1/2 to 4 1/2 lead over Kenai Golf Course entering today’s final matches in the Twin Cities Walker Cup at Kenai Golf Course.

Lady Kings kick it up a notch
The Lady Kings competitive softball team, a 14-and-under girls team, was formed this year to give players a chance to play the sport at a level higher than what Little League could offer. The Kings will get a chance to see just how far they’ve come when they travel to Fairbanks next weekend for the state tournament.

Visitors take Kenai by storm
Some say that tying is like kissing your sister, but Birch Ridge captain Dave Stein was not one of those people heading into this year’s Twin Cities Walker Cup.

New fielders help Oilers
A week ago, Erik Hagstrom was getting ready to join the real world, going to work in Los Angeles. Then the Peninsula Oilers came calling with a better offer.

Pilots pitchers turn out lights on Oilers
The Anchorage Glacier Pilots defeated the Peninsula Oilers 1-0 Saturday in Alaska Baseball League action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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