Sunday, July 22, 2007

Rapid rescue
Anglers hoping to snag a passing red salmon near Naptowne Rapids had to reel in their lines or risk hooking members of Central Emergency Services' swiftwater rescue team Thursday. Clad in red dry suits and yellow helmets, full-time and volunteer swiftwater staff demonstrated the techniques they use to get someone out of the 40-degree water of the Kenai River.

No bull: Riding is tough task
With names such as "Hitman" and "Grim Reaper" it's clear the bulls waiting to be ridden during the Peninsula Cowboy Round-Up Series Family Rodeo this weekend are no joke, and these two aren't even the most challenging of the bunch.

Wildfire starter gets hotshot lawyer
Soldotna attorney Chuck Robinson entered a formal appearance as legal counsel in Kenai District Court on Friday for the California man charged in the Caribou Hills wildfire that blackened more than 55,000 acres a month ago and destroyed at least 53 cabins.

Kenai Fishing academy offers brush with artist
Some fishermen don't like bumping elbows with other anglers, but students in an upcoming Kenai Fishing Academy course may not mind sharing the water with one of their own.

Leland Ford Taylor
Soldotna resident Leland Ford Taylor died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at his home in Kasilof with his family by his side. He was 73.

Bernard Lee McCarthy
Kenai resident Bernard Lee McCarthy died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, surrounded by his family at his home from complication of diabetes. He was 66.

Give school decision a chance
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education did what it should have at its meeting Monday — moved on.

Making a clean getaway: Pondering ways to rid Kenai beaches of summer debris
The Kenai City Council recently debated a measure that would have allowed residents of Kenai to park for free to access the personal-use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River.

Old growth
America's northernmost national temperate rainforest turns 100 years old Monday.

Around the Peninsula
Football officials to meet LeeShore board meeting planned Funny River festival slated School registration begins

Unhinged Alaska
Last weekend an old buddy turned up that I hadn't seen for a few years. He and I spent many years working together along the high arctic Haul Road. Needless to say, after a few adult beverages around his campfire, we started reminiscing about some of the bizarre events that we encountered while rambling around up there.

Pet Photo
April and Kyle Heffner enjoy camping with their new puppy, Tucker, at Skilak Lake earlier this summer. Tucker was 13 weeks old in this photo.

Sizemore wins Senior Tourney
Parked at a picnic table at Birch Ridge Golf Course awaiting the winners of the Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament to be announced, Gary Stackhouse sat patiently, not a nerve in his body.

Little racers, big dreams
Sporting a cream-colored jumpsuit, complete with patches and grease stains, Annita Braun watches anxiously as her father, Kurt, works tirelessly on her car.

Oilers can't put out Fire
The Peninsula Oilers dropped a 5-3 decision to the first-place Athletes in Action Fire on Saturday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Frank, Evans marry in Sterling
Malissa Frank and Charlie Evans of Sterling were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the bride's parents' home in Sterling. Jack Evans officiated.

Zindel, Strong announce nuptials
Miranda Zindel of Kenai and James Strong of Anchorage plane to marry Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna with a reception at the Soldotna Airport at the home/hanger of the bride's uncle and aunt, Gary and Nancy Eoff.

Ford-Reger, Braswell to marry
Shirley May Ford-Reger of Kasilof and Scott Wade Braswell Sr. of Nikiski plan to marry at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at Captain Cook State Park. Family friend Tony Helms will officiate.

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