Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kenai River fisheries liberalized
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday issued a pair of emergency orders liberalizing fishing for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River.

Bright spot: Alaska leads nation in job creation
Alaska has led the nation in job creation over the last year, according to new data from the non-profit Rockefeller Institute.

Kenai River sockeye fisheries liberalized
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a pair of emergency orders liberalizing fishing for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River.

Making progress: Soldotna celebrates community's past, present and future
Soldotna Creek Park smelled of kettle corn, cooked fish, and charcoal briquettes during Saturday's Progress Days festivities. And to Nels Anderson, that smelled exactly like what the event is all about -- progress.

City maps storm flow
The Kenai Watershed Forum hopes to chart the flow of Soldotna's storm water.

Search for missing man continues
Alaska State Troopers say they have identified an area of interest in the Kenai River during a Saturday search for a man who disappeared into the river Wednesday near The Pillars boat launch.

Oddny 'Didi' R. Sigurdsson
Longtime Alaskan resident Oddny "Didi" R. Sigurdsson died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 74.

Brendan James McGee
Kenai resident Brendan James McGee died Friday, July 16, 2010 in Soldotna from a gunshot wound to the head. He was 22.

James M. 'Mick' Eatherly
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident James M. "Mick" Eatherly died Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Sunrise Mountain Assisted Living in Sterling. He was 65.

James R. 'Jim' Starr
Former Peninsula resident James R. "Jim" Starr of Fairbanks died on Saturday, June 26, 2010 in Fairbanks. He was 43.

Etta Anna Frizzell
Kenai resident Etta Anna Frizzell died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her husband, R.E. and friends by her side. She was 66.

A 'Rosa Parks' for our generation
Anyone who's kept up with the news in the past week knows about Shirley Sherrod. This African American woman lost her job with the USDA Monday after a TV network showed video of her describing how she discriminated against a Caucasian farm owner.

McFarlands celebrate 50 years together
Lee McFarland and Myla Moore McFarland met on the Moose River in 1959. Myla was going to Kenai High School with Lee's sister Velma. Lee got pretty excited when Velma told him there was a new girl in town and she lived on Moose Rivera where her parents, Cotton and Lorrayne Moore and her three brothers were homesteading 160 acres. They eventually started dating; Now dating as homesteader's children in the 50's was a little more challenging. Especially when you live two miles up the Moose River with no road and two swamps to cross. However love overcomes all things, so they dated by boat or walked in and out the two miles crossing the swamps. Sometimes Lee would drop Myla a note tied to a rock out of his airplane that would say, "I'll pick you up by boat at 6:00". Those were the good old days.

Olson, Hall announce nuptials
Jerikah Olson and Jacob Hall were married June 23, 201o, in Minot, N.D.

4-H: More than cows, cooking
You have probably heard that "4-H is more than cows and cookin'." It is!

Gachupin, Ciufo tie the knot
Cynthia Gachupin and Luke Ciufo were married in an afternoon ceremony June 26, 2010, in Soldotna. Mike Misner officiated.

Taking pleasure in small victories
Range vent fan over the oven doesn't work. No problem. Get the voltmeter and check continuity. If that's good, test the motor. Swap out a new motor for the bad one. Easy.

Gaines, Honer triumph at Red Run : 10 extra miles can't slow down women's champion at Tsalteshi Trails
Even after running 10 miles prior to Saturday's 10th annual Everything But the Red Run at Tsalteshi Trails, Heather Gaines still had enough energy to win the women's five-kilometer race. With a time of 24 minutes, 59 seconds, Gaines came in two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Teri Ostrander and six seconds ahead of Alisa Kincaid in third.

Oilers move half game from 1st
The Peninsula Oilers moved within a half a game of first place in the Alaska Baseball League with a 6-4 win over the visiting Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Oilers improve to 27-12.

Sports Briefs

KCHS swimming starts Aug. 9

Kenai leads Walker Cup
Kenai Golf Course put itself in an advantageous position to reclaim the Walker Cup from Birch Ridge's mantel. Just before flashlights would have been needed to find the ball, Kenai closed out its two final matches of a best-ball format to win 5-1 on Friday at Kenai Golf Course. Kenai holds an 8-4 lead going into the final round, which will be match play starting today at 1 p.m. at Kenai.

Twins take 2 at state
The American Legion Twins won their first two games at the American Legion state baseball tournament Friday and Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Big rally downs Pilots
For a split second, the Peninsula Oilers appeared to be set down 1-2-3 in the fourth inning when, with two outs, Tyler Grimes was thrown off-balance and grounded weakly to shortstop with a one-handed swing.

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