Monday, July 24, 2006

Story didn’t capture true meaning of the holiday
I don’t know if the reporter simply takes our country for granted, or if I was just lucky enough to be standing at a place where the Real American’s were located, but from my perspective, the reporter left out the most important part of the parade in her article appearing of the front page of The Clarion on (July 5). Perhaps, because the only “action” picture she had was of a child on a pogo stick, taken either before or after the parade, when the farmers in the background were standing next to their tractors, she didn’t actually see the parade — I will give her the benefit of the doubt.

Parade should be about celebration, not politics
After watching the Fourth of July Parade held in Kenai, please express my gratitude to all who made it possible. To all serving and whom served this great Nation and make it possible for us to enjoy this day, the parade organizers, and all participants that put on a great show.

Villages oppose Pebble water plans
Tribal governments from Ekwok and Nondalton are asking the state of Alaska to reject Northern Dynasty Mines Inc.’s request to remove water from parts of the Bristol Bay watershed.

Area carver chisels out a distinction
For nearly a decade, Sterling chain saw artist Scott Hanson has created memorable pieces of wooden Alaskana for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Meals will cost extra on Alaska flights
Passengers aboard Alaska Airlines will either need to bring $5 or a sack lunch if they want to eat a meal on most flights longer than three hours.

Sockeye fishing further restricted
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced further restrictions of Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing, due to a poor run forecast.

Russian visitors are more than just tourists
They marveled at glaciers and active volcanoes during a flight-seeing tour.

Kenai council members don’t have to miss meetings
Starting in August, Kenai City Council members who are ill or attending to an immediate family member who is ill can leave their seats empty for up to four months per year — as long as they dial in.

Making big Progress
Everyone loves a parade, and on Saturday there was a lot to love at the 46th annual Progress Days Parade.

Fish and Game’s many ways to track sockeyes all add up to weak run forecast
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining how restrictions of Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing affect diverse user groups.

Melanie Crystal Fales
Kasilof resident Melanie Crystal Fales died Friday, July 21, 2006, at her home near Kasilof. She was 25.

Always finish the song: Karaoke DJ can forgive any singing sins except bailing on a tune
The song is called “Picture,” and no, I don’t want to sing it with you.

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board meeting slated Seniors salmon count fundraiser continues Friends have book sale covered Teen center hosts summer camp Vendors, bands sought for summer festival Golf tourney set to swing VBS set for Sterling

Regrets keep on coming
June’s column was a recount of the difficulties Mrs. Poynor and I experienced over the Memorial Day weekend in getting to our newly acquired cabin. A month had passed — time aplenty to heal our mental and physical wounds — so a visit to the cabin over the long Fourth of July weekend seemed like a good idea.

Peninsula Reflections
Independence is important in Alaska and Kasilof, in particular, has made a heyday of past Fourth of July celebrations. Kasilof was first settled by Russians in 1786, just three years after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War.

Weddings
French, Hibberd announce engagement Gossman, Anderson to marry in Kenai Hibberd, Sansotta to marry in Kenai Richardson, Warren marry in California Miller, Sumetz marry in Oregon

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Fishing for action
Generally, there is plenty to do during a trip to the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River after July 10. Keeping fully occupied requires nothing more than donning the suitable waterproof attire (which will quickly fill with water), grabbing your dipnet and wading into the water to snatch reds out of the current. The effort keeps most folks busy either working their nets or cleaning fish. The effort involved in dipnetting and taking care of the catch makes finding a way to spend slack time unnecessary; at least that’s the case during a normal year.

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Peninsula People
State champs Ralston, Vroman join the Air Force

Community Events
The following organizations are seeking host families for the 2006-07 school year. Students stay with families for five to 10 months. Students arrive in August, speak English, attend area high schools, have their own spending money and medical insurance.

Around the Peninsula
Rodeo rides into the sunset Swim lessons to make a splash Agrium continues live fire training CPCS board of directors to meet Native cultural event slated KPBSD plans Title Vll meeting

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Oilers split with Panners
The Peninsula Oilers rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 5-4 in the second game of a double-header Sunday, salvaging a split and maintaining their position atop the Alaska Baseball League Standings.

Racing with the best
Nobody can ever accuse Kenai’s Cameron McGahan, 20, of not dreaming big.

Twins take two from Wolverines
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins took a couple innings to get going Saturday, but rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat visiting South Anchorage 7-5 in the first game of a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers defeat Goldpanners
The Peninsula Oilers have had nightmares in Fairbanks that have cost them championships in previous seasons, but the squad got its trip started with an 8-3 victory over the Alaska Goldpanners on Saturday.

Twins thump West in Legion play
Jake Simpson pitched a no-hitter, and the Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins swept a doubleheader with West Anchorage Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Local Sports Briefs
Liedes takes Senior Amateur Dorean, McClintock take Red Run

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