Sunday, July 15, 2007

Charter boat sinks near Homer
The 32-foot Fat Cat, a charter vessel owned by Mike Huff of Capt. Mike's Charters in Homer, sank in Cook Inlet on Thursday. The Silver Fox I, a nearby charter vessel, rescued the six passengers, captain and deckhand before any of the individuals were forced into the cold water.

Dog days
When Deborah Luper came across her first Shetland sheepdog, she spent half a month's salary for it. It was 1979, she was 18 years old and making $800 a month.

Moose poachers caught after killing trophy bulls
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has some advice for would-be wildlife poachers: don't even think about it. Two men and a juvenile learned that hard way after being turned in by other hunters for illegally shooting moose in the "Tustumena bench" area.

Aspens not safe from infestations
Many Kenai Peninsula property owners have felt somewhat at ease having birch and aspen trees on their lots as the spruce bark beetle feasted wildly, bringing death to most of their evergreens.

Delma Rosie Moore
Longtime Nikiski resident Delma Rosie Moore died Friday, July 13, 2007, at her home in Nikiski. She was 79.

Stephen Ray Boyer
Soldotna and Fairplay, Calif., resident Stephen Ray Boyer died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, from injuries sustained while canoeing in the Kenai River near Soldotna. He was 57.

Palin's vetoes shouldn't be end of worthy projects
Each stroke of Gov. Sarah Palin's veto pen crossing out an item in the state's capital budget brought a cry of protest from somewhere in the state.

On the sourdough express: Reporter adjusting to light, emerging history after whirlwind trip to Alaska
When the plane touched down at Ted Stevens International Airport at 2 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, my first thought as I looked out the window was: "Wow, it's actually dark!" My second thought was, "Oh crap, I'm here!"

Don't wait — knowledge provides power for weight loss
A wide range of resources are available for people looking for help losing weight and eating healthier. Local gyms and fitness clubs employ personal trainers; meeting times for weight-loss groups such as TOPS and Weight Watchers are posted in the Clarion's Community Calendar.

Around the Peninsula
Football camp planned Referees meeting slated Fair exhibit guides available KPC council seeks members Classes set to reunite

Tackling weight loss
Regular fans of Soldotna High School football scanning the sidelines this fall will recognize the Superman T-shirt, but they might not recognize the man wearing it.

Go ahead, eat and swim; summertime myths debunked
Your mother was wrong — you probably won't drown if you don't wait half an hour to go swimming after you eat. And though many people think garlic repels mosquitoes, it actually attracts a common species, as do many other things.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
As you read this, I am prepared to endure one of the great "passages" of life. I will be attending not one but TWO high school class reunions. I went to a small school in eastern Washington for the first seven years of elementary school, then my family moved 20 miles east and I changed schools. Not only did I have to be the new kid in junior high, that school was the absolute rival of the school I had just left so I also had the humiliation of joining the enemy. However, kids being kids, I survived. Because we have family ties in the first town, and because I found great friends in the second town, I have been "blessed" with two groups of school buddies. And 20 miles isn't that far, as my parents kept telling me those first days after they announced we were moving.

Pet Photo
Madilyn Barkman's cat Sunset loves to sleep in the sink. She also drinks from the faucet. The Barkmans live in Soldotna.

Oilers taste success away from home
Somehow, some way, the Peninsula Oilers continue to find ways to win.

Twins hold on for sweep of West
John Butler's pitching blueprint for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader was vastly different from that of the first game.

Former Soldotna resident Jill Jensen and Willard Thrash III of Chattanooga, Tenn., are planning a 2008 fall wedding in Chattanooga.

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