Wednesday, July 19, 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.”

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.

Gov stumps for gas line
The construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48 is the best way for Alaskans to be sure their children can enjoy the same quality of life they can now.

Fish and Game calls for closures
Kenai River personal-use and commercial fisheries are being closed and sport fishing restricted, due to a weaker than expected return of sockeye.

Chay to pursue family interests
Dan Chay is stepping down.

Lunch will be served
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is responding to complaints from parents in Moose Pass that a proposal to take away two rural school lunch programs would widen the inequalities between rural and urban schools.

Kasilof fire station project advances
A Kenai-based architectural firm has won a contract to provide professional and design services on the new Kasilof fire station.

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.

Esther Marie Taylor
Longtime Ninilchik resident Esther Marie Taylor died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 81.

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.

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
DAV meeting canceled Community run slated Swim lessons to make a splash Horses’ role in treatments discussed CPCS board of directors to meet Friends have book sale covered Sterling seniors counting on good fundraiser

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

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.

Progress days event schedule
Friday, July 21

Historical Highlights
As Soldotna and Alaska race into the new century, people are focused on the future. But it is interesting — and instructive — to look back at events that helped shape the community:

Soldotna a living, thriving legacy
The Progress Days parade, at age 46, is billed as the longest-running annual event in Soldotna, a city of 4,000 founded in 1947.

Barb, Norm Blakeley honored as Soldotna's royal residents
When asked what they thought when they learned they had been selected as queen and king of this year’s Progress Days, Barb and Norm Blakeley brimmed with modesty and light humor.

Boedeker tapped as grand marshal for Progress Days
Tom Boedeker likes to golf, but doesn’t have quite as much time for it as he’d like.

Who's who at the Soldotna Chamber:
Members of the 2006 Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Progress Days: Celebrating 46 years of Soldotna's growth
Welcome to Soldotna Progress Days 2006. Our theme this year, “Building Legacies”, is especially appropriate as we continue to enjoy the memories from being a host for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, as we look forward toward years of efficient driving on the new five-lane David Douthit Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, and as the Central Peninsula General Hospital renovation reaches to the sky. The legacies from these three human endeavors continue to serve our children and culture, our tourists and neighboring communities and the health and welfare of us all.

Hot rods shift into high gear
Do you like cars? Than get your motor running for this weekend’s Bill Banta Memorial Show and Shine.

Life is good
What a great week this has been — on vacation, visiting with friends, playing lots of golf — I love my life!

Oilers split a pair with Miners
The Peninsula Oilers maintained a one-game lead in the Alaska Baseball league standings, splitting a double-header with the Mat-Su Miners Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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