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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sale will encourage patriotism
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary would like to express sincere appreciation to all who made donations to the Garage/Craft/Bake Sale held June 29 and 30.

FDA overwhelmed
This week, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her colleagues on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will discuss legislation that will give the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products. This bill, S. 625, could have a deadly impact on the Food and Drug Administration, who, based on its recent performance, isn't capable of managing its current responsibilities.

Farm Bill needs changing
This summer, while you're hopefully enjoying some much needed vacation time and hitting the pool or a barbecue with friends, Congress is considering the Farm Bill. I'm pretty sure we have the better deal.

Bike rider doesn't understand distress
I, like many of you, frequently use the bike trail along Kalifornsky Beach and the Spur Highway. This trail has been a wonderful addition to our communities.

Kenai bonds up to voters
In addition to voting for mayor and to fill two city council seats in October, Kenai voters will be asked whether the city should issue $2 million in general obligation bonds to help fund Kenai River bluff erosion controls and $2 million toward expanding the city library.

Attacks on outdoor freezers leave 1 bear on ice
The number of bears killed in defense of life and property in the central Kenai Peninsula keeps climbing, as another week has passed and another brown bear was shot.

New stores, hotel making progress
During his city manager's report Wednesday night, Rick Koch told the Kenai City Council he expects to bring an amended purchase agreement with Lowe's Home Improvement Centers to the next council meeting.

Fishing for a sample
Julianne Pettey kneels down in the stern of Ryan Rosenbaum's Big T guide boat. She stretches a tape measure across a gleaming king salmon, carefully measuring its length in millimeters from eyeball to fork of the tail.

George Robertson
Kenai resident George Randall Robertson died Oct. 1, 2006, at his home with his family by his side. He was 85.

Charles E. O'Dell
Soldotna resident Charles E. O'Dell died Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 60.

Projects help build stronger future for world
When the weather warms up on the Kenai, things start to get hectic. There's fishing, soccer, gardening, hiking, camping, baseball, outdoor markets, garage sales — the list goes on.

Kids Don't Float: The program works
The recent drowning on the Kenai River at Naptowne rapids and other unfortunate drowning-related fatalities brought back memories and somber reflections of similar incidents on the numerous lakes and rivers throughout the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Weekly Weeder: Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
This perennial showy daisy spreads by rhizomes and seeds. Easily recognized along many roadsides and disturbed areas, many folks think this is a native plant. This introduced plant is often a component of wildflower seed mixes. While planted for its beauty, it frequently forms dense colonies that are unpalatable to grazing animals and insects along with being a host for several plant viruses. Heavy infestations can cause soil erosion.

Big kings caught, can reds be far behind?
LaDonna Camina of Washougal, Wash., wasn't chewing cinnamon-flavored gum last Saturday, but she still experienced "big red" for the first time when she reeled in a colossal Kenai River king salmon nearly in full spawning color.

New book shares tips on watching bears safely
Between brown bears, black bears and polar bears, Alaskans and tourists to the 49th state don't have to look far to see wild bruins in their natural habitat. Knowing when, where and how to observe them safely can be a little more complex, but a local biologist has written a new book, "Bear Viewing In Alaska: Expert Techniques for a Great Adventure," that he hopes will lend insight to this subject.

Russian River weir hike planned
Patti Berkhahn, a fishery biologist and project leader for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Soldotna, will lead a hike to Russian River Falls and remote field camp at the Russian River weir on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Building on God's word
Work on the 3,100 square foot addition to Grace Lutheran Church and School is shown in this undated photo. More than 30 volunteers, including church members and Builders for Christ, a traveling group of volunteers, are shooting for a mid-August completion date. The extension will give the 40 children attending school learning and growing room. The school uses a Christ-centered curriculum for children ages pre-school through grade eight. School begins Aug. 20. For more information, call 283-9551. "The craftsmanship is outstanding. It's a labor of love by the Builders for Christ a group of volunteers who build churches, parsonages, and schools for the Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod," said Pastor Tom Schmidt.

Pioneer's life likened to Progress Days parade
She was parade-ready in her seat supported by two great-granddaughters. Their position across from the Kenai Peninsula Borough building had been staked out early.

Girls become children of God
Peninsula Grace Brethren Church members back row, Brian Heath, left, and Pastor Keith Randall; front row, left to right, Devon and Fiona Heath are shown praying after the girls baptism, by their father, during the church's All Church Picnic held July 15 at Tesoro Oil company's picnic grounds in Nikiski. More than 125 people from the church attended. Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, Frisbee, football and volleyball were some of the planned activities. Some unplanned activities included sitting, sunning and snoring. The Unity Drummers played and sang Native Alaska songs. After a dinner of hamburgers and ho dogs, side-dishes and desserts, the drummers led the church in singing "Jesus, Purify us." The congregation held a feet-washing ceremony as a portion of its Communion service. Following the Eucharist and singing "We Are One in the Spirit, We Are One in the Lord," the congregation moved to the lake front for baptisms. "Then back home again. Back to a normal week? No way! We entered the week with a renewed sense of what it means to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ, including being a portion of the clan called Grace Brethren, as well as the Peninsula Grace family. A picnic, Alaskan style, now that's the way to do it," said Chuck Thornton, pastor at-large.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Oilers top Bucs despite 4 errors
The Peninsula Oilers overcame four errors to defeat the Anchorage Bucs 4-3 on Thursday in Alaska Baseball League action at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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