Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Unity Run draws honeymooners from Baltimore
When Soldotna Rotarian Steve Stenga came up with the idea for the Peninsula’s first marathon run utilizing the 26 mile Unity trail loop that connects the river cities of Kenai and Soldotna, he named the race to honor the completion of the trail and to encourage unity within the communities. When Michael and Michelle Albrecht of Baltimore, Maryland decided to tie the knot, they felt it very appropriate to plan their honeymoon making the 10 Mile Unity Run in honor of their marital union. “We met while running on Long Island actually and we’ve always wanted to come to Alaska, so when we planned our wedding a year ago we came across the Unity Run on the internet and planned our honeymoon to include it and we are very happy to be here and have made the 10 mile run today,” said Michael who finished the race along side his bride with a time of 1 hour 24 minutes. “It was a great race, a little hilly, but the air was wonderful, and the wildlife we saw was amazing, nothing like this in Long Island, my body is in shock from all the clean fresh air,” added Michelle.

I am not a fishing or hunting guide nor is it very likely that I will ever become one. But yet I seem to inherit plenty of different fishing partners each year here and in a lot of cases they are people I never met before. I have never charged anyone a dime to go fishing with me either as in most cases I would be out there anyway.

Everybody plays; everybody wins at FCS World Series of Baseball
Major League umpire Joe Malatesta came up with the idea to share the thrill of stepping up to the plate and playing America’s favorite pastime with those who rarely have a chance to get on base, he called it the World Series of Baseball for people with disabilities. So with the help of his friends, local business sponsors, and the people at Frontier Community Services (FCS) the first FCS World Series of Baseball was held in 2003. “It’s a great day for the Peninsula when so many people in the community step up to the plate to sponsor such a great event,” said Malatesta. All participants receive special recognition, “When you see the joy on the players faces when they receive their own glove, trophy or medal, you realize what baseball is really all about, and these are the things you treasure the rest of your life,” added Malatesta. The game also features a community picnic for the players and according to Malatesta some 300 are served annually thanks to folks like Leon Marcinkowski and his daughter who have barbequed Cook Inlet wild salmon each year. There was even some clowning around by professional balloon artist Laurie Netschert or T&L Entertainment who also got a chance to step up to the plate and run the bases.

For the love of the River and the fishing it
The thirteenth annual Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Kenai River Classic was another huge success, bringing together over 200 participants and dignitaries that included nine U.S. Senators and two members of President Bush’s cabinet who came from across the country in an effort to raise funds to sustain and protect the Kenai River for future generations. According to Ricky Gease, KRSA executive director once again this year the Classic generated over $1 million in revenue through participant fees, sponsorships and auction proceeds. “Over $350,000 went directly into the local economy through Classic expenses, such as accommodations, food, guides, tours and transportation,” commented Gease. Classic proceeds will assist KRSA program efforts and endowment fund in habitat rehabilitation, fishery conservation and public aquatic education.

Cabela's films TV show with Ninilchik Charters
Part of Fred Neal’s job as Cabela’s Director of Merchandising Fishing and Marine is making TV shows sponsored by the world famous maker of sporting goods and outdoor gear. Last week Neal and his family were on the Kenai Peninsula to film a segment for Americana Outdoors, “I’ve actually been coming here for the last nine or ten years to go fishing with Mike at Ninilchik Charters. Because part of my job is making TV shows, and I always have so much fun fishing with Mike, I thought I’d bring my family along with the TV crew this time and make this a working vacation,” said Neal, as the crew prepared to launch at the Pillars State Park on the Kenai River last week.

Cold Stone is Shakin’ Things up for National Ice Cream Month
Cold Stone Creamery is well known for offering innovative ice cream combinations of the highest quality served with enthusiasm. So this year, when it came to celebrating National Ice Cream Month with panache, Cold Stone Creamery has decided to shake things up in a big way.

Efforts come together for annual Kenai parade
Everyone loves a parade, and we must admit Kenai has the best parade! A parade and all the festivities for the Fourth of July takes the whole community pulling together to make it “the best.”

Angling for a better catch
After weeks of watching mostly slack fishing lines behind puttering boat motors, fishermen on the lower Kenai River raised their landing nets and greeted an all-year high of king salmon this weekend.

Neighbors note noise from Hooligan’s
Once the dust had settled at city hall following bridge closure remonstrances from affected Soldotna merchants, some residents aired complaints about urban noise.

KPC set to build on state money
Now that Kenai Peninsula College has a capital budget for the first time in 20 years, people with disabilities will find it easier to access faculty and everyone on campus should have no problem finding a good drink of water.

Cohoe slashes fire risk
Residents living along Cohoe Loop Road are fired up to know that their neighborhood will soon be less combustible.

K-Beach paving ready to roll
What: Road shoulders will be widened and road will be paved from the Sterling Highway intersection in Kasilof to the Bridge Access Road intersection in Kenai.

Bridge closure dates change again
A delay in a paving job near Seward has forced still another revision in the schedule of highway closure dates for the Kenai River bridge project.

Feeding a family costlier here than in Anchorage
It may be preferable to live here on the Kenai Peninsula than in the big city to the north, but it costs you.

Ashley J. 'Ace' Falgout
Kenai resident Ashley J. “Ace” Falgout died Saturday, June 10, 2006, in an automobile accident on the Kenai Spur Highway. He was 62.

Cherril L. Allen
Longtime Sterling resident Cherril L. Allen died Thursday, July 13, 2006, after a short illness at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 71.

Deedra Ann Barber
Former Alaska resident Deedra Ann Barber died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. She was 60.

Vicki Lynn LaFleur
Longtime Soldotna resident Vicki Lynn LaFleur died Saturday, July 15, 2006, at her home in Soldotna. She was 49.

Dorothy M. Jahnke
Longtime Kenai resident Dorothy M. Jahnke died Sunday, July 16, 2006, at her home. She was 73.

Around the Peninsula
Paddle, bike, run for Chugach Forest Self-defense class offered Volunteers sought to build

· Rachel Clark and John Arrigo of Helena, Mont., announce the birth of their twin boys, Talus Arrigo and Rowen Arrigo, Monday, June 5, 2006, in Helena.

Peninsula Reflections
One of the first residents to homestead in the Soldotna area was Loren Stewart. In 1946 he filed for land along the Kenai River near Mile 2 of the present Kenai Spur Highway. After homesteading, Stewart spent two years at the University of Washington in graduate school and later traveled out of Alaska to get married. As a journalist he worked as a managing editor for publications in Washington. When he was offered a job as publisher, he decided that he was ready to return to Alaska and publish his own paper.

Around the Peninsula
Gas pipeline forum visits Kenai today Agrium continues live fire training Volunteers sought to build new home Volleyball camp set Clock dedication slated Film targets fighting discussion CPCS board to meet

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean’s list Moerlein cited for excellence Skinner receives medal

Sports Brief
The Lady Kings competitive softball team, a 14-and-under girls team, finished third at the Alaska 2006 Amateur Softball Association State Tournament on Sunday in Fairbanks.

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Bucs trip up Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers begin a crucial five-game homestand tonight at 6 p.m. against the Mat-Su Miners.

Eskelin, Herring take Amateur crowns
Todd Eskelin is no Phil Mickelson. On most days, on most holes, that hurts him as a golfer. Sunday at Birch Ridge Golf Course on the 18th hole, it won him the 33rd annual Peninsula Amateur Golf Championship.

Oilers have sole possession of first
The Peninsula Oilers jumped into sole possession of first place in the Alaska Baseball League on Monday with a 5-1 victory over the Mat-Su Miners at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Twins split with East
The American Legion Twins split with East on Sunday in a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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