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Monday, July 26, 2010

Golfers rally through the rain
On June 27 more than 80 women participated in the Pink Ribbon Rally at Birch Ridge Golf Course to join the fight against breast cancer. These enthusiastic golfers played through the rain to support women on the Kenai Peninsula who cannot afford the cost of annual screenings or who will find themselves on the journey from diagnosis through treatment to recovery this year.

Thanks to community, cabins repaired
On behalf of the Kenai Historical Society, Mary and I wish to express our appreciation to our community in helping to repair the five Kenai historic log cabins, moving them to the new site in Old Town and in providing period furnishings.

Moose Lodge, golf tournament a good mix
The 15th Annual Golf Scholarship by Kenai Moose Family Center 1942 Held at Bird Homestead Golf course was a great success on July 10.

Refuge man aids BP cleanup
Kenai Refuge Fire Management Officer Doug Newbould traveled to northwest Florida to help the response to the BP oil disaster last month.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo Feature: Hanging out

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.

A job 'that's very unusual': Teacher talks working with young criminals
Unlike many Alaska students, all of Joe Mooney's students live in the building where they learn. Some stay indoors and strum guitar, while others play basketball or grow cabbage and cale in the garden.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Voices of Alaska: Gas line milestones being met
Alaska's natural gas development is in an unparalleled era of progress, with many key milestones already met in 2010.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Sports Briefs

KCHS swimming starts Aug. 9

Oilers top Pilots for 7th straight win
The Peninsula Oilers completed their home schedule by defeating the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 3-0 on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Alaska Baseball League play.

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.

Kenai takes Walker Cup
Kenai Golf Course won the Walker Cup on Sunday in Kenai by defeating Birch Ridge 14 1-2 to 9 1-2.

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.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Golfers compete at Food Bank Tournament despite showers
Bird Homestead Golf Course had an exceptional weekend, considering the weather. We hosted the fourth annual Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tournament sponsored by Stanley Ford on July 17. There were 17 teams of all kinds of golfers. What a great turnout for such a wet day. They golfed all 18 holes in the rain and all had a great time and great attitude.

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.

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