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Monday, July 20, 2009

KRSA comments miss the mark
In a recent three-part KTUU-TV feature on Cook Inlet's salmon wars, Kenai River Sportfishing Association's Ricky Gease said, "Not that the commercial industry here isn't important but it's in the shadow of a giant here." Well, that's just not so. KRSA's relentless, well-funded, politicized push for more salmon into the Kenai and other Cook Inlet rivers at the expense of Cook Inlet's gill-net industry is misguided at best, disingenuous at worst.

Food Bank appreciates support
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank would like to thank MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger for their continued support in funding our programs. For the past 10 years, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has applied for and received grant money from this generous organization. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is the only American Jewish organization whose sole focus is combating hunger. MAZON (Hebrew for "food") is dedicated to inspiring, educating and mobilizing American Jews in support of ending hunger wherever it exists, strengthening the impact of domestic and international hunger relief programs through grant making and advocating for public policy that values and promotes self-reliance.

City of Kenai gets future view lots for $7,000
The city of Kenai may soon own some of the best view lots on Cook Inlet -- and for the low, low price of $7,299.

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.

'Get outside and get dirty': Kenai National Wildlife Refuge summer camp begins today
For many kids, summer is a time to take part in camps to explore the outdoors, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has two sessions of a summer camp geared toward not only just getting kids interested nature, but also teaching them about it.

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.

Let it rain: Wet weather keeps Shanta Creek fire from growing
Thanks in large part to the recent rainy weather, the Shantatalik Creek fire hasn't grown in the past 72 hours, remaining at 13,151 acres.

'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.

Four rescued from capsized boat
A close call doesn't begin to describe the experience four men from Anchorage faced Monday morning when their boat capsized while they were dipnetting on the Kenai River.

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.

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

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

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

Mayor, manager or both?: Former deputy borough attorney has another solution
I have been a supporter of having some form of borough manager for many years. I worked at the Kenai Peninsula Borough 1984-1994, and by the end of my tenure, it was evident to me that the borough had grown too big to be managed by a single elected official, especially by one who had little to no experience in running a very large company, like the borough.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Swim lessons set to make a splash

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

Around the Peninsula

FASD workshop today

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.

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.

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

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

Oilers top Miners, snap 6-game skid
The Peninsula Oilers snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating the Mat-Su Miners 3-2 on Sunday in Alaska Baseball League action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

Twins take 2 on road
The American Legion Twins took a pair of conference games on Sunday in Anchorage to give them a shot of confidence as they prepare to try and equal or better their runner-up performance of a year ago at the state tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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