Monday, July 12, 2010

Clean-up effort appreciated
We were glad to read the article about Steve Meyer who had taken on the clean-up of trash along Marathon Road. The community benefits so much from these (usually) unsung heroes of all kinds who do good things without waiting for pay or recognition. Thank you for helping make our community a better place.

Festival suggestion: patriotic songs in, dogs out
The July 4th celebration in Kenai was wonderful! Lots of good food and entertainment, but I have two issues I think would make it even better, next year.

Fourth celebration brings interesting discussion
I spent the July 4th celebration at the Alaskan Independence Party table/booth in Kenai. I was passing out my campaign brochure and discussing the issues with the people.

Mechanics keep senior center up and running
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank Ace Automotive for taking excellent care of one of the Center's service vehicles that was in need of repair. We greatly appreciate your hard work, parts and service, all donated, to keep the vehicle in excellent condition and service ready. Again, thank you for your generosity and support of Soldotna area seniors.

Photo Feature: Dipnetting begins

Kenai adopts sustainability resolution
The Kenai City Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday supporting the development of wind and alternative energies, energy efficient projects within the city and open meetings with other local governments on the Peninsula.

Assembly move shows governance flaws
As the Central Peninsula Hospital governance structure issue progresses, some residents have been questioning why the discussion is even happening.

Ulmer, panel ponder BP spill
University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer returned to Juneau on Thursday for a panel discussion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, and its future effects on Alaska.

World Series event provides cheers, community awareness
If you were at the Soldotna Little League baseball complex Saturday afternoon, you would've heard cheering and clapping, the chatter of players, the pop of the ball in a glove and the ping of a the ball coming off the bat. You would've caught the smells of salmon, hamburgers and hot dogs wafting from the grill. You would've seen the enthusiasm of nearly 70 athletes as they took the field to enjoy America's pastime.

Gloomy weather? 'It's Alaska. We just go for it.'
While the East Coast is having a heat wave, Alaska residents are experiencing a typical rainy summer.

Labor Department wants employers to target Alaskans
At the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon June 28, state Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop asked a room full of employers how many of them were committed to hiring Alaskans.

State: Bullet line won't be cheap
A state technical team has completed a first-phase cost estimate for a 24-inch natural gas pipeline that could be built from the North Slope to the state's larger cities in Interior and southern Alaska.

Better numbers lead to better management
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game last week announced changes in its methodology for estimating salmon escapement on the Kenai River.

Hutchinson, Struck tie the knot
Samantha Hutchinson and Craig Struck were married in an afternoon ceremony June 10, 2010, at the Chapel of the Flowers, in Las Vegas. Rev. Douglas Gilbert officiated.

Exercise: The proper prescription
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

From the vuvuzela to the barbecue
I was getting ready to unload this week on something that was really getting on my nerves. My goal was to launch a Pulitzer-Prize-worthy rant regarding the incessant killer bee buzzing of those insidious vuvuzela horns at the World Soccer Cup matches in South Africa.

Baun, Bishop tie the knot
Kynde Marie Baun and Kenneth Alan Bishop were married in an afternoon ceremony June 10, 2010, in Kenai. Ward Bishop officiated.

Around the Peninsula

Family planning services appointments extended

Bingham, Edwards announce nuptials
Heather Lynn Bingham and Micah Paul Edwards were married in a private ceremony Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Mesquite, Nev.

Kvasnikoffs clebrate
Dean and Lynda Kvasnikoff of Ninilchik will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 18 at the Ninilchik Fair grounds at 2 p.m.

Peek, Wheeler to marry
Shalene Peek and Jonathan Wheeler plan to marry July 24, 2010, at the Lighthouse Community Church. Harold Lewis will officiate.

Community
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

Around the Peninsula

Football camp set

Oilers edge out Bucs at home
How toilsome was the Oilers' 10-game, seven-day road trip to Fairbanks, which ended on Wednesday?

Sports Brief: Twins split with Eagle River
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with host Eagle River on Sunday, winning the conference game 9-4 before losing the nonconference game 13-2 in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule. The Twins are now 9-7 in the conference and 14-22 overall after completing a stretch of 12 games in nine days.

Oilers beat Bucs
The Peninsula Oilers improved to 18-11 in the Alaska Baseball League with a 5-3 win over the visiting Anchorage Bucs on Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Oilers host the Bucs today at 2 p.m.

Oilers complete sweep of Bucs
It doesn't always work for the Peninsula Oilers like it did in Sunday's 3-0 victory over the Anchorage Bucs at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Twins earn split with Bartlett on the road
The American Legion Twins had an abridged batting practice prior to their doubleheader against Bartlett on Saturday. However, it didn't matter.

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