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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Progress on Parade: Soldotna celebrates 49 years of moving forward
Spirits were high and laughs were plentiful Saturday as the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and a bevy of busy volunteers directed, organized and downright wrangled, horses, dogs, kids, parents and vehicles into the annual celebration residents have come to rely on for the past 49 years -- the Progress Days parade.

Names of crash victims released
Alaska State Troopers on Friday night released the names of six people injured in a motor vehicle collision Wednesday in Nikiski.

Flood advisory issued
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a flood advisory for areas along the Kenai River below Skilak Lake. The advisory will remain in effect until Friday evening.

Bears draw council notice
Some good news and some bad news for bears came out of the Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday.

Recession may stem Alaska migration
Alaska generally bucks national economic trends. When the Lower 48 is immersed in a recession, people tend to migrate north to Alaska.

Mardi K. Hutchens
Kenai resident Mardi K. Hutchens died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from cancer at his home. He was 59.

Joyce 'Nikki' Gilman
Kenai resident Joyce "Nikki" Gilman died Tuesday, July 21 at Pathway's Assisted Living in North Kenai. She was 75.

Emily H. DeForest
Longtime Kenai resident Emily H. DeForest died Friday, June 19, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 88.

Mae Alice Batt
Lifelong Alaskan and longtime Kenai resident Mae Alice Batt died Sunday, July 19, 2009, surrounded by family and loved ones at home. She was 87.

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

Esther Segura
Longtime Kenai resident Esther Segura died Friday, July 24, 2009 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 57.

Lost can be found again: Steps may help get missing pets back home to you
Few things are as frightening to a pet owner as having an animal run away or get lost. It can be a terrifying experience wondering if you'll ever get your canine companion or feline friend back. And the sad truth is not everyone does get their pet back.

So long, Sarah. We're certain this isn't the end
If there's one thing that can be said about Gov. Sarah Palin, who leaves office today, it's that there's always something that can be said about Sarah Palin.

Around the Peninsula

Waterfowl education planned

Alaska cabins: Home is where the hovel is
Alaskans refer to any small, secondary dwelling located off the beaten path as a cabin.

Community News

Senior centers activities on tap

Collegiate runners dash to wins in Everything but Red Run
A pair of college track athletes won the ninth annual Everything but the Red Run on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

Twins fall to Chugiak: Local 9 still alive at state after Friday win
Staff report

Young guns fire back: Kenai cuts into Birch Ridge's lead in Twin Cities Walker Cup
Kenai Golf Course fired back with a pair of young guns of its own on Friday in the second day of the three-day, fifth annual Twin Cities Walker Cup at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna.

Oilers take 2 of 3 games
Kyle Barraclough allowed just one hit in eight innings and Michael Miller went 3-for-4 with a double and triple in leading the visiting Oilers to a 5-1 win over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Saturday at Growden Memorial Park.

Big bullies: Riders test their skills at local rodeo
A student at Kenai Middle School, Bill Ashwell is 13 years old.

Sports Briefs

Motocross results posted

Edelman, Brown announce nuptials
Erika Lynn Edelman, of Lafayette, La., formerly of Nikiski, and Rickey James Brown Jr., of Kaplan, La., plan to marry April 17, 2010, at Houmas House in Darrow, La.

Winters, Luck marry on the beach
Morgan Winters and David Luck of Soldotna were married in an evening ceremony on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the Kenai beach. Terri Pate officiated.

Bordelon, Edelman plan to wed
Layne Michael Bordelon and Steven Scott Edelman, of Lafayette, La., formerly of Nikiski, plan to marry June 24, 2011, in Oahu, Hawaii.

Michel, Tegerdine plan to marry
Charley Danielle Michel of Sterling and Matthew Aaron Tegerdine of Anchorage plan to marry Jan. 2, 2010, at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

Udovich, Johnson to marry
Jessica Udovich and Brian Johnson of Kenai plan to marry Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

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