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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shanta Creek fire slows
Fire crews Friday and Saturday continued their work to keep the Shantatalik Creek fire contained in the limited suppression area on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

'You wish it was you: 2-year-old battles serious brain condition
When Marcia Jacobs' 2-year-old daughter Emily began having bouts of intermittent, uncontrollable vomiting in the middle of the night six months ago, she couldn't help but think of her other child, Anjuli, who died from brain stem cancer eight years ago at the age of 4.

Bear DLPs down: 3 shootings reported this year -- so far
It may be because people are finally starting to act more responsibly with bear attractants, or possibly last year so many bruins -- many of them sows with cubs -- were killed by people not acting responsibly, but one thing is clear this summer: negative interactions between bears and humans are way down.

Future of state's LNG plant to flame out?
The liquefied natural gas plant in Nikiski has faithfully chilled Cook Inlet natural gas to liquid form and shipped it to Japan for 40 years, never missing a shipment.

Grady A. Driver
Former Soldotna/Kenai resident Grady A. Driver died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Seattle, from cancer. He was 48.

Rodney Wayne Shamburger
Longtime Sterling resident Rodney Wayne Shamburger died Saturday, July 11, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

Dedication helps Kenai library grow with community
The quality of a community in many ways can be judged by the quality of its library. Here in Kenai, we are fortunate to have a wonderful public library, and we would like to take a moment to offer our thanks and gratitude to the person who was the driving force behind the library for four decades, Emily DeForest -- better known as Ms. Emily to generations of Kenai Community Library patrons.

What happened to chivalry?: Lack of common decency leaves writer feeling disgusted
Chivalry is dead.

Around the Peninsula

Swim lessons set to make a splash

Field tripping
Raise your right hand if you wish summer would last forever.

Twins earn split in Anchorage: Local 9 wins 2nd game against South
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with South on Saturday in Anchorage.

After 68 years, Fry wins Grainge
Al Fry had never won an individual stroke-play golf tournament in his life.

Watkins takes 10-miler: Kenai Central graduate wins at long distance on 1st try
Molly Watkins had run five kilometers before, even 10.

Slaught machine: Peninsula pitcher keys Oilers staff
Only a freshman, University of California, Irvine pitcher Crosby Slaught inherited two runners when he took the mound with two outs in the fifth inning of the third and decisive game of the 2008 Baton Rouge Super Regional at Louisiana State University.

Struggles continue for Oilers: Miners win 1 game on Friday, 2 on Saturday
The Mat-Su Miners took a Friday game and two Saturday games from the Peninsula Oilers at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Alaska Baseball League play.

Rea, Shinn announce nuptials
Katie Jean Rea of Soldotna and Adam Shinn of Saint Helens, Ore., plan to marry Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in Forest Grove, Ore.

Hoekemas celebrate 60 years together
Patti and Roy Hoekema were married June 25, 1949, in Spokane, Wash. After 50 years together in Washington state, raising their children and making lifelong friends, they moved to Kasilof 10 years ago, where they built themselves a retirement home that they call "The Hoekema Retreat."

Spragg, Begins marry in Oregon
Amy Leigh Spragg and Paul Nathan Begins were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 6, 2009, in the beautiful outdoor setting of Whisper-N-Oaks in Junction City, Ore. Manon Veilleux, the bride's aunt, officiated.

Cunningham, Stillens-Vin Zant tie the knot
Amanda June Cunningham and Dustin James Stillens-Vin Zant of Soldotna were married in an afternoon ceremony Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the home of the bride's father.

Parker, Dorman marry in Kenai
Jennipher Parker and Kendall Dorman of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 13, 2009, at the Funky Monkey in Kenai.

Mellberg, Meyer marry in Texas
Alexis Anne Mellberg and Daniel Shane Meyer of Texas were married Saturday, June 13, 2009, in Witchita Falls, Texas, were Daniel is stationed with the United States Air Force.

Archer-Benner, Olson marry in Soldotna
Katie Idalia Archer-Benner and Casey Scott Olson of Soldotna were married Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

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