Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A personal way to say Happy Birthday U.S.A
It was a picture postcard perfect day for a parade in Kenai as Alaskans celebrated the 230th birthday and the freedoms of the United States of America. Several thousand residents and visitors lined both sides of the route as a greatly diversified array of parade participants made their way through the streets of Kenai. From the posting and parading of the Colors by the VFW, to the largest assembly of antique cars, tractors, and motorcycles ever in a Kenai parade everyone in their own way saluted the Red, White, and Blue of Old Glory. “It’s a great day for Kenai and America, there are people here from all walks of life and that is what America is all about, we have our military here as well as the peace activists, and having the freedom to express yourself whatever your opinion is what America and it’s 230 years is all about and that’s what stands out to me in this parade today,” said Bruce Passe as he enjoyed the parade with his wife and family. As her children ran to receive candy being passed out along the way, Zena a mom from Kenai said that the parade meant that her children would have the opportunity to grow up in free country.

It’s official the Borough owns a nursing home
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has added a Nursing Home to its publicly owned medical care facilities. At a recent contract signing ceremony Heritage Place Nursing Home was added to the Borough’s properties for the sum of just one dollar less than a million dollars. For the last twenty years Heritage Place has been owned by different privately held medical care providers, “It’s not unusual across the country to see borough or county governments enter into issues of health care and in our case, we already are in the health care business being the public owners of the Central Peninsula General Hospital and the South Peninsula Hospital, so Heritage Place falls in line with what we are doing and it will also be more economical for CPGH to run Heritage Place then it was as a stand alone facility because of shared costs, management and operations, and it becomes a financial asset to all of us as well,” said Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams.

Partyin' Place for a party any place
Want to add a creative touch to your next party, or find something that Uncle Harold is totally not expecting on his retirement day? You know longer need to plan a trip to Anchorage to find those special items, because Jackie Greene has opened the Partyin’ Place in Kenai behind the Wells Fargo Bank to meet all those special and unique party needs. “It started when we tried to do a hockey tournament party and the six hour round trip to Anchorage was out of realm of possibility so my husband and I felt the community needed a specialty place locally where we could find our party supplies, birthday balloons and unique fun items and that’s what birthed the idea and got us started in the party business,” said Greene.

Letter nails problem
Regarding Ken Tarbox’s letter of June 29, “Reader: Something’s not right with sonar,” my comment is, “Well, duh!”

Sustainability a worthy focus
It appears that marketing our peninsula is on the minds of those interested in attracting the world to the end of the road. Recent issues of your papers included articles on subjects as small town as horses, sustainable gardening, alternative energies, resource conservation, fishing-of course, greenhouses, farmer’s markets, all types of outdoor adventures. If marketing shapes who we declare ourselves to be, then a careful discernment of who we are in total is first appropriate, followed by a loquacious label of who we declare ourselves to be to the world at large.

Sustainable lifestyle should be peninsula’s signature
If we’re going to market our peninsula, let’s promote an environment in which we may live.

Sandler fan critical of critic’s review
Its 2006. Adam S. (Sandler) is funny actor and who ever gave this movie a D+ might want to keep watching “its a wonderful life” and other movies that were made in black in white. Maybe our movie critics should be a little bit younger to relate with the generations that are now growing. Not everyone was born in the 60’s.

‘We the people’ want best deal
Before the Legislature approves the gas line contract, they should be looking at separating the oil tax issue from the gas line contract to see if the state can get a better deal on both of these issues. What about having an all Alaska gas line?

Housekeeping holds sway over Soldotna city agenda
Although a proposal to close the Kenai River bridge for nine nights in July is expected to draw some heat, it is not the sole issue facing Soldotna civic leaders tonight.

Sterling — scenic but unsafe?
Thirty-one people died in traffic accidents on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna from 1977 to 2005.

Teens overturn in Kenai Canyon
Central Emergency Services responders rescued a cold, wet 17-year-old male from on top of a felled tree in the Kenai River on Monday, two hours after he fell out of a canoe and washed downstream.

Teen Center cookin’ now
Once a hot campaign issue in Kenai, the Teen Center on the upper floor of the Kenai Recreation Center will be getting $40,000 from Juneau to buy some new furniture and upgrade its snack bar equipment.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle crash
Mile 65.5 of the Sterling Highway was closed to through traffic for two hours Sunday after an Anchorage man riding a motorcycle hit a guardrail.

Bridge delays continue
“Just when we thought we could see the light at the end of the tunnel, someone poked us in the eye,” Matt Coullihan said of the construction delays to the Kenai River bridge in Soldotna.

Kenai River dipnet fishery off to slow start
A sockeye salmon thrashed wildly as Julia Ray worked to untangle it from a dipnet nearly as wide as she was tall.

Charles W. Quimby Sr.
Kenai Peninsula resident Charles W. Quimby Sr. died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at Fern Ridge TLC Assisted Living Home in Homer. He was 68.

Christopher Anthony Trumpler
Lifelong Alaskan and Kasilof resident Christopher Anthony Trumpler died Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Anchorage. He was 22.

Ronald T. Creasey
Kenai resident Ronald T. Creasey died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at his home in Kenai. He was 74.

Beverly 'Kay' Faulkner
Longtime Kenai resident Beverly “Kay” Faulkner died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at her home. She was 59.

Jefferson Davis 'Jeff' Church
Longtime Kenai resident Jefferson Davis “Jeff” Church III died Friday, July 7, 2006, from a pulmonary embolism. He was 56.

Around the Peninsula
Radio operators to ‘ham’ it up Native cultural event slated Basketball clinics set to shoot

Around the Peninsula
Progress Days gearing upPFLAG to meetCanner gauge testing availableHistorical society to meetVolunteers sought to buildMontessori holds open house

Sports Briefs
Twins split with South

Oilers battered by Bucs
The Anchorage Bucs defeated the Peninsula Oilers 8-3 on Monday night in Alaska Baseball League action at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Walsh, Anderson take Skins Game
Birch Ridge pro Tom Walsh and Moose Run pro Bryan Anderson teamed up to win the 10th annual Wells Fargo All-Alaskan Pro Skins Game on Monday at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Sports Briefs
Football camp starts Monday Twins beat Fairbanks squad

Oilers hang on for win
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 4-3 in 10 innings Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, moving to within 1/2 game of first place in the Alaska Baseball League standings.

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