Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cook-Off Winners Grilling Way to Big Apple
Soaring temperatures and new gas grills, purchased with some funds donated by The Home Depot, were only some of the things heating up at Saturday's Southeast Regional 2010 Family PLUS Cook-Off, held at the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton.

Nursery felt like old friend
I feel like I lost an old friend last Thursday. I hadn't planned to go to the auction at the old Kenai River Nursery , I didn't want to buy anything, but at the last minute I decided I had to go to say goodbye.

Kenai Seniors say thank you
Kenai Senior Connection Inc. would like to send a big thank you to all involved with our Fourth of July fundraiser in support of the Kenai Senior Center. It was great success.

Parnell shows progress where other candidates don't
This election, if we are to have a straightforward conversation about building a gasline and taking real steps to secure Alaska's economic future, we need to start with facts and then take a long and hard look at the promises being made by candidates running for Alaska's highest office.

Hospital board needs public oversight
In April 2009 I spoke before the Kenai Borough Assembly as a "whistleblower" at Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH). I continue in that role. Today, my employment is threatened by continuing to expose the management style at the hospital.

Troopers: No more information on McGee homicide in Soldotna
Alaska State Troopers continued their investigation into the shooting of 23-year-old Brendan McGee in Soldotna last Friday, but released no more information Monday.

Gas line slow going: Prospects may be unknown for months
JUNEAU -- The federal coordinator for Alaska natural gas projects said Tuesday it could be be late this year, or early next, before Alaskans know whether they're closer to securing a major natural gas pipeline.

Shooting victim 'fell into the wrong hands'
Brendan McGee moved quickly through the ranks as an employee at Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge.

Bees in the city: Beekeeping residents to ask council to look at zoning code
Sarah Sounders keeps bees to make her own honey, soap, lotion, lip balm and beeswax candles for her family and home business in Kenai.

Trip of a lifetime: Dentist to cycle portion of Tour de France route
Last week, Dr. Todd Wortham was waking up almost every day at 4:30 a.m. just to check Lance Armstrong's standing on the Tour de France website.

Jennifer Catherine Larned
Former Soldotna resident Jennifer (Jen) C. Larned died Wednesday June 23, 2010, at her home in Huntington Station, N.Y,. surrounded by several family members, after a 12-year battle with breast cancer. She was 40.

June M. Mallette
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna area resident June M. Mallette, 76, died Sunday, July 18, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Leitha J. Smith
Former Kenai and Funny River Road resident Leitha J. Smith, 85, died June 27,2010, at her home in Seatac, Wash.

Ray R. Barnes
Longtime Alaska resident and beloved husband, Ray R. Barnes died suddenly on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Pittsburgh, PA . He was 52 years old. The family will hold a celebration of his life on Tuesday, July 20 at Kenai Landing at 1 p.m.

HEA rates intended to make it fair, promote conservation
One of the most important decisions that can be made by a Cooperative is the design of the electric rates. That's why Homer Electric Association (HEA) is making every effort to get it right the first time during our current rate design review process.

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Oilers top Bucs in 12 innings
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 4-3 in 12 innings on Monday night in Alaska Baseball League action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Sports Brief: Football officials to meet
The Kenai Peninsula Football Officials Association will hold a meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Kenai Central High School at the main door entrance. Anyone interested in officiating high school or Pop Warner is encouraged to attend. Call Joe at 398-7533 if you have any questions.

Twins finish with victory
The American Legion Twins defeated South 5-3 on Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The Twins finish the regular season 11-9 in the conference and 17-25 overall.

Kenai Golf Report: Good friends, laughter leads to personal best round at Kenai Golf Course
Welcome back, golfers. It was a hectic week -- making time for golfing and yard work and other important things in between the rain showers. While playing the front nine this past week, my better half and I were joined on hole No. 3 by Bill Paxson. We really enjoyed his company during the round. Dave shot his personal best of 40 on the front, and while the back was not quite as good, he still managed to break 90 for the first time in a couple of years. Bill matched his personal best of 41 on the front. We won't talk about what I shot that day.

Sports Brief: Oilers game cancelled
The Peninsula Oilers game against the Anchorage Bucs was cancelled Tuesday due to rain. The makeup time is to be determined.

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