Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fish thoughts: Life is hard
The life of a coho salmon isn't easy. I should know. I am one.

Talent showcased well
I'd like to thank all the participants and audience members who helped make the library's Community Talent Showcase a huge success. Thank you also to the Friends of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Public Library who helped sponsor the event, along with Soldotna Mayor Peter A. Micciche, Sherril Miller and Laura Forbes, who had the difficult job of judging the performers.

Deliberate omissions
The John Nelson letter (July 20) reeks of the truth, and I thank him for it. On the other hand, there is Ricky Gease who called Soldotna "too dangerous for a fish board meeting," wanted the local Fish and Game office closed and said the commercial fishery takes in 95 percent of the fish.

Quit it and get back to work
Where does the line between campaigning and sedition begin? Years ago I heard a speech on the radio. It was John McCain, speaking in Arizona, urging the people to rise up against then President Clinton for his alleged grievous crimes. I thought, hey, I think there's a word for that, sedition, and I think it's one of those high crimes like treason.

Free physicals event results in healthy success
On July 18, Soldotna High School held its annual free physical day for students participating in athletic activities. Local physicians and nurses donated their time to make this event a huge success.

6 injured, 4 critical in Nikiski collision
Six people were injured, four critically, Wednesday night in a high-speed, head-on collision near Mile 19.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski.

Story of lost dog ends well: 'Sketcher' found under North Cohoe porch
Sometimes all it takes is time and a little bit of luck, and fortunately for Hollyn Smith of Homer, both were on her side this past week, as she has been reunited with her lost dog Sketcher.

Soldotna wrestles with ethics rules: City council looks at financial reporting requirements for public officials
While some Soldotna leaders wrestled with the distinction between conflict of interest and financial disclosure, others took issue with ethics reporting requirements that hit a bit too close to home.

Homer resident missing since July 15
The mother of 53-year-old Stephen "Steve" Engle is asking for help locating her son, who was last reported seen leaving the Homer Police Department July 15.

Photo feature: Point taken
A porcupine comes to a stop on a trail in the Kenai Mountains after realizing it had company recently. The animals, which are often seen dead on local roads, have excellent senses of hearing, smell and taste, but poor eyesight, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game Web site.

Larry Dean Gillum
Soldotna resident Larry Dean Gillum died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at his home with his wife by his side. He was 65.

Charles C. Foster
Former Soldotna resident Charles C. Foster died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, peacefully at his home in Lakeside, Calif., with his family by his side. He was 90.

Pat 'Patsy' Hartley
Longtime Homer resident Pat "Patsy" Hartley died Sunday, July l9, 2009 surrounded by family at her home. She was 63.

Charles L. 'Lindy' Hammond
Former Nikiski resident Charles L. "Lindy" Hammond died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at home in Palmer. He was 81.

Stanley G. Rydberg
Soldotna resident and longtime Alaskan Stanley G. Rydberg died Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz., of cancer. He was 80.

Sarah L. Pfeifer
Soldotna resident Sarah L. Pfeifer died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Heritage Place. She was 94.

Possible disaster turns into lesson of safety on river
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Four Anchorage men found out the hard way that if you capsize your boat on the Kenai River, it's best to do it where help can get to you in a hurry.

Using forecasts to map the future on the Kenai Peninsula
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a climate change bill. If enacted by the Senate, the bill will seek to reduce greenhouse emissions from current levels by 17 percent by 2020 and over 80 percent by 2050. Undoubtedly, there will be more lively debate about the costs, methods, and timeline of climate change mitigation.

Fish from the past
When we Alaskans go fishing, we pretty much assume we'll catch fish. Though it may not be a bag limit, and it may be a couple of small halibut instead of a large king salmon, we usually bring home something. But even fishing in Alaska can be poor at times. What keeps us going then?

High-tech gadgets track hikers
JUNEAU -- The Airport Dike Trail may be a great place for spotting rare migratory birds or dog breeds, but it isn't the trail for getting away from people.

Progress events set to entertain, celebrate

Friday July 24:

Wild for weenie dogs: Parade favorite to participate in its 15th Progress Days event
If you mention "Weenies on Parade" in the Soldotna area, undoubtedly almost everyone will know what you're talking about. For dog owners and non-owners alike, the mob of dachshunds is one of the highlights of the city's annual Progress Days parade.

Marshaling in progress: Longtime Soldotna residents to oversee parade festivities
It was the draw of opportunities to raise their family in a close knit town and succeed at whatever they wanted to try that brought Pat and Myrna Cowan to Soldotna.

Mayor: Soldotna at a crossroads
Progress is seen as being at a crossroads in Soldotna by the city's mayor.

Around the Peninsula

Nikiski reunion Saturday

'Progress should be what we, the people of Soldotna, believe is best ...': Mayor recaps past achievements and looks forward to city's future
Dear Soldotna friends and central peninsula neighbors,

'Faith takes action. It needs an activity'
I recently was meditating on the subject of faith and was reminded of these action points: faith waits, trusts, acts, believes and stands. This list is by no means exclusive. In another series of the statements of Jesus, He found people with no faith, little faith and great faith.

Church Briefs

VBS planned

Big lead: Birch Ridge leads Kenai in Walker Cup
Birch Ridge golfers put themselves in a comfortable position to defend their crown with a strong showing on the opening day of the Fifth Annual Twin Cities Walker Cup.

Twins look to peak at Legion state tournament again
A handful of American Legion Twins players were only 15 years old last summer when they were inserted into the Alaska American Legion state tournament.

Oilers earn split
After Wednesday's game was postponed due to smoke in the air from area wildfires, the visiting Peninsula Oilers split a doubleheader with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Thursday at Growden Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs

Gilliland takes 22nd in 5th stage of Sadler's

Enough with rain already!
Just as everyone else, we are truly thankful for the rain. The courses are all looking better because of the moisture. I also hope it is helping to knock down some of the fires. But enough now, a little sunshine would be very nice. That is also good for the growth, right?

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