Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dragon flies delight
July 9 and 1, the Kenai Peninsula 4-H, Central Peninsula Master Gardeners and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hosted the authors of "Dragon Flies of Alaska," John Hudson and Bob Armstrong. The workshops at the Refuge and the North Peninsula Recreation Area were well attended by almost 275 curious folks. We had lots of fun learning about Alaska's State Insect and exploring habitat and nature photography. I would like to say a big thank you to the North Peninsula Rec Board for the room use, the Wildlife Refuge for lodging our guests, the Central Peninsula MGs for air fare, the Kenai Peninsula 4-H for air fare, books, and sharing the joy of learining by doing with all that participated. We have a great community here on the Kenai and lots of Dragon Flies to learn about! Thank you all who attended, organized, supported and taught others, hopefully we can work together again to bring educational opportunities to our community.

Energy rebate a great benefit
We encourage our neighbors on the Kenai Peninsula to undertake the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's (AHFC) energy rebate program. We just completed the process, and are huge fans.

Drug testing not a good use of school funding
Why is the KPBSD considering drug tests for students? It seems like every year more teachers are cut, and budgets are cut from the arts and sports programs at the schools. Drug testing students doesn't seem like a useful or beneficial use of the district's resources to me. Students suspected of abusing drugs should always be referred to local authorities; defraying the cost away from our extremely budgeted district.

July 4 holiday well celebrated
Your Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kenai, as well as, ConocoPhillips, Tesoro Alaska, and XTO Energy Inc. would like to thank the following people and organizations for partnering with us in presenting the July 4 parade and festivities "Celebrate Kenai 1960-2010": Brown Agency, CBC Rental & Supply, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Beacon OHSS, First American Title, KSRM Radio Group, Molloy & Schmidt LLC Attorneys at Law, KDLL 91.9 FM, Metal Magic Inc., Marathon Oil Company, Waddell & Reed, Homer Electric Association, Wells Fargo, Lynden Transport, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Summit Dry Cleaners, Stewart Title, Dick & Shirley Morgan, American Legion Post 20, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Kenai Elks Lodge, Kenai Golf Course, Kenai Visitor's Center, Spenard Builders Supply, Peninsula Pumping Inc., First National Bank Alaska, The Smith Family Band, AK Free Fuel, Na Manu Olu Dance Troupe, TUFFeNUFF, Scout Paret & Family, Kelly and Lilly Reisig, Tim Navarre, Daniel Kartchner, Jay Ramras, Kyle Fisher, Brendyn Shiflea, Nancy Dolezilek, Cheryl Bridge, Jason Carroll, Mike Spangler, Penny Furnish, Neal DuPerron, Merrill Sikorski, Rick Cupp & the Kenai Fellowship Church, Joe Halstead & The River Covenant Church, Angela Thiele, Bill Grimm, Duane Bannock, Charlie Pierce, Travis Pierce, Graham Hanlin, Bill Sadler, Kate Jefferson, Anna Fisher, Markie Johnson, Rachael Bethune, and all those who entered the Parade and hosted vendor booths. Each of you represents the "UNITY" in commUNITY.

World Series a blast
On July 10, Frontier Community Services in conjunction with the Soldotna Little League held the 7th Annual World Series of Baseball played by individuals who experience a disability. It was a truly inspirational day that clearly demonstrated the sense of community that we have here on the Peninsula. There were over 70 players and over 200 people cheering them on.

Bacteria found in water: Kenai beach contamination may cause illness
The Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring water at North Kenai Beach at the end of Spruce Street because of high levels of enterococci bacteria found in recent water samples that may cause diarrhea, stomach aches, or ear, eye and skin infections.

The Beaten Path: Change in community habits follows Unity Trail
Since its completion, the Unity Trail has sparked an increase in health awareness and proved a boon for some local businesses.

Document shredding event planned for Soldotna
The Better Business Bureau of Alaska will host a document shred-a-thon this Saturday at Wells Fargo Bank.

Police search for shooter in suspected Soldotna homicide
State Troopers are investigating a reported shooting in Soldotna on K-Beach Road and Andrews Avenue.

Two dead in Johnson Lake canoe accident
Two men died after their canoe capsized on Johnson Lake while fishing Saturday afternoon.

Adolph 'Rudy' Corona
Kenai resident Adolph "Rudy" Corona died Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at his home in Kenai with his family by his side. He was 78.

Janet L. Brown
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Janet L. Brown died Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at Our House II in Soldotna. She was 78.

World Series event hits it out of the park
Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell last weekend threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Frontier Community Services' World Series baseball event.

Refuge Notebook: Kenai Peninsula soundscape: Stop to hear the decibels
One day in June, I sat at the bottom of a valley at the foot of a glacier in the Kenai Mountains. The wind blew steadily, rustling the leaves of small, stunted aspens, a river roared next to me, and off to my left, a waterfall, 500 feet tall, cascaded with a magnificent boom. I called to my colleague at the top of my lungs, "What a beautiful place!" Although he could barely hear me, he nodded with a smile. The sound surrounding us was almost deafening. Despite this, I felt the power of nature in all its wonderful glory. A few days later, driving on the Sterling Highway with my wife and kids in downtown Soldotna, I rolled down the window. The wind blew steadily and the traffic roared by with engines and music booming. The sounds were deafening. I could barely hear my own voice when I commented to my wife of how loud everything was. We were surrounded by noise.

An Outdoor View: Sockeye fishing
Catching sockeye salmon -- "reds" -- on hook and line is seldom easy. Even when the water is thick with them, these strong fish will test your tackle, strength and patience.

On the path: Unity Trail connects communities, people
Biking, jogging, skate skiing, rollerblading, or simply strolling, the Unity Trail offers central Kenai Peninsula residents plenty of recreation opportunities.

Around the Peninsula

Unity Run Saturday

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

Voices of Religion: Lessons learned from watching a robin's nest
A robin's nest was low in a tree right on the edge of the driveway. I saw the adult first warming the eggs and then gathering food for the hatched chicks. Soon, three young robins were sitting on the edge of the nest. They weren't able to fly when they left the nest, and I saw one adolescent chick racing along in the undergrowth, it's mother flitting along and calling to it. Just a few days later, I saw the fledgling robins with their unique color pattern for camouflage flying around the yard.

Sports Briefs

KCHS cheerleading camp starts Wednesday

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Real Alaskans don't let a little rain interrupt golfing
We have seen another week of our beautiful summer pass. The weather cannot dictate what we do, we live in Alaska. We have seen more business this week than we have all summer. As I sit here writing this tonight the golf course is full of people playing for fun or doing match plays for the Bird Homestead Golf Association Cup. What a beautiful night and perfect golfing weather.

Bucs snap Oilers' streak
The Peninsula Oilers lost to the Anchorage Bucs 8-0 on Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Twins, Wasilla split twin bill
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with the visiting Wasilla Road Warriors on Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. After losing the conference game 8-7, the Twins won the nonconference game 11-8. The Twins are now 10-8 in the league and 16-23 overall. Wasilla is now 10-6 and 13-12.

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