Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Other Rotary Unity Run results included:
Men's 10-mile

Happy Space Campers get Coast Guard visit
To the enthusiastic delight of summer campers at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska a U.S. Coast Guard Blackhawk Rescue helicopter touched down in their parking lot last week. According to camp director Summer Lazenby the idea for the landing started about a month ago at the Aviation Flight Show in Kenai, "Someone remarked that it would be great to have a Rescue chopper land at the Learning Center, so I went over and talked with one of the pilots and he said actually it could happen with a phone call and explained that they treat it as a training mission, so we coordinated times and dates and here they are," said Lazenby.

There I was, motoring down the Kenai River, with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the handle of my 5 ft. dip net. The first fish hits hard, and I quickly shift the motor into neutral and start pulling in my prize; a beautiful large red salmon.

Saw Fest 2009 Artists carve out Alaskan humor
Nine chainsaw artists sharpened their blades and imaginations last week to compete in Saw Fest 2009, the third annual invitation chainsaw carving contest held at the Town of Living Trees in Soldotna. Internationally renowned carver Scott Hanson started the four day festival in 2007 but until this year had been unable to place at his own contest, "The competition is steep and I was very pleased to get second this year, but while we are all competitive we are also good friends and help each other to do our best on each piece so in a way we all share in the winning and most of all in the pleasure the pieces bring to our visitors," said Hanson. Judging this year's event were a group of businessmen that included Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche and Kenaitze tribe member and recording artist Bunny Swan. "This was my first time as a judge and it was tough because I truly liked them all, there was some real talent represented here today," said Micciche. Taking 1st Place honors from the judges as well as the "Peoples Choice" was the masterpiece created by Derrick Stanton called "Giddy-up" which depicted a cowboy riding a king salmon. In third place was the carving by Eric Berson called "Sly Fishing" with foxes watching an eagle soar with a fish in its talons.

Paul Moses of SBSRetiring?
Five hundred some long time friends of Paul Moses turned out under rainy skies Sunday to show their appreciation for his forty some years of friendship and service to the local community. Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) branch manager Jeff Warton rather than presenting Paul with a gold watch, presented him with a hand crafted sign that read "Paul Moses for Governor!" "I thought he would need something to do with this time once he retired," said Warton. Some folks laughed taking the intended joke, but others could be heard saying, "You know he'd make a great governor," and "I can't think of anyone I'd trust more to lead the State, maybe we should make this the official launching of his campaign for real." During an interview the former Soldotna City Councilman made a few tongue in cheek remarks like, "I plan to run on the Fence Rider ticket, that's the Democrats & Republicans so how can I lose with a platform like that? And if elected I won't necessarily finish my term because when your work is done here your work is done here," said the SBS Prophet. That's a nickname he picked up at the annual spring Builders Show when he would analyze the attendance and participation factors at the show and divide by his original fireweed coefficient formula to predict the coming summer economy for the Peninsula, and his more than 30 years of predictions have never been wrong, "There's no question that its been an avenue that's driven everyone to success in this area, and we all have to do our part to keep the economy going," laughed Moses, adding that even though he is retiring from SBS at the end of July he'll continue to make his annual predictions at the Builders Show.

Rotary Unity Run challenges all ages
Once again runners of all ages, abilities and experience signed up to take the Rotary Unity Run Challenge, a choice of a 10 mile or 5 Kilometer race to the finish line at Soldotna High School. Sponsored by the Soldotna, Kenai and Kenai River Rotary Clubs, this years Unity Run drew a record number of 171 runners that ranged in age from 7 to 72. Cook Inlet Academy graduate breezed to a first place finish in the 10 mile run with a time of 1 hour 4 minutes and 39.9 seconds followed by Bill Coghill who placed second for the second year in a row with a time of 1 hour 7 minutes, 27.4 seconds and at least twice Arneson's age. The big surprise in the 10 mile run was Molly Watkins, a very successful runner at shorter distances, decided to make her first attempt to run 10 miles and ended up winning. "I thought the 10 mile is the main event of the Rotary Unity Run and I wanted to give it a try to support the unity of our communities. I was a little disoriented the last couple of miles, but feel I really pushed myself and was proud to keep the pace," said Watkins who won the women's 10 mile at a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 26.9 seconds.

Lodge 'Classic' hits a hole-in-one
The Peninsula Moose Lodge wants to thank everyone for making our 14th annual Scholarship Golf Classic on July 18 at Bird Homestead Golf Course such a success. A special thank you to all the great golfers who came out to play. Another special thank you to our volunteers Dana Bassel and Clif Vaught for running the tournament; Lynne and Bill Wheller for driving the coffee and cold sodas cart; and Doug and Sonya Schnider for cooking burgers and hot dogs. I was told they were great. Also, thank you to Dennie Fanning for watch the insured hole.

Research facts before jumping to conclusions
In response to the column penned by Matthew Carroll on chivalry (Clarion, July 19), I would like remind him that researching the facts before jumping is usually best.

Friends disappointed
The Friends of Cooper Landing are very disappointed that Kenai Hydro LLC, Homer Electric Association and CIRI have announced the intention to proceed with plans to dam, divert and otherwise develop Grant Lake and creek and Falls Creek. These are two of five miniscule, seasonal hydropower projects proposed on tributaries of the Kenai River.

Joint effort saves 5 from potential tragedy
As the water of the Kenai River continues to rise from the Skilak glacial dam outburst, the rising water almost claimed its first five victims on Saturday afternoon.

Commercial fishing halted: Low escapement numbers on Kenai River force Fish and Game to act
Dwindling sockeye salmon escapement numbers in the Kenai River over the past few days forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to close some commercial fisheries Monday, leaving Thursday's fishing prospect uncertain.

Kasilof consumes car: Observer gives firsthand account; no injuries were reported
Dipnetters at the mouth of the Kasilof River sprang into action on Thursday afternoon to help one of their own, but not in time to keep a pickup truck mired in the mud on the north side of the river from being swamped by the incoming tide.

Stupefying soaring stallions: World Famous horse show slated for tonight
The World Famous Lippizzaner Stallions -- a rare breed of white or gray horses trained in gravity-defying moves and fancy footwork -- will perform a family themed show at the Soldotna Sports Center today. And one rider among them may be a familiar face to central Kenai Peninsula residents.

Going nowhere: Kasilof River bridge construction creates congestion over weekend
Some people missed their fishing charter, others late for wedding festivities, and others were just mad they had to spend a day off sitting in their car for hours due to construction related to Kasilof River bridge upgrades, as traffic ground to a halt for several hours Saturday.

Soldotna manager eyes borough roads money
Soldotna's chief administrator is championing an effort to direct a share of borough roads funding to municipalities on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fatal week: 3 highway fatalities occur in 1 week; 2 children killed
This past week has been a dangerous one on several Kenai Peninsula highways, as three vehicular fatalities have occurred, two of which were children.

Esther Paula Segura
Lifelong Kenai resident and Alaska Native Esther Paula Segura died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage with her family by her side. She was 57.

Esther Paula Segura
Lifelong Kenai resident and Alaska Native Esther Paula Segura died Friday, July 24, 2009 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage with her family by her side. She was 57.

Richard 'Rick' Lee Doyle-Collins
Fort Worth, Texas, resident Richard "Rick" Lee Doyle-Collins died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home. He was 54.

The illusion of a plan: Health-care bill could hit small businesses pretty hard
According to a 2006 study by the Frasier Institute on the state of medical care in Canada, the total wait time for care averages 18 weeks. Patients referred to a neurosurgeon wait, on average, 21 weeks for an appointment, followed up by another average wait of almost 11 weeks to receive care.

Around the Peninsula

Caregivers to meet

Around the Peninsula

Referees sought

Pet photo
Donna Weeks of Soldotna says her Yoda is "Ready for the snow at 30 below!" The chihuahua weighs 5.75 pounds. Yoda certainly is one stylin' pooch!

Birch Ridge holds onto Walker Cup
Birch Ridge Golf Course defeated Kenai Golf Course 7-5 in the singles matches on Sunday at Birch Ridge Golf Course to win the fifth annual Twin Cities Walker Cup, 14-10.

Oilers, Fire split twin bill doubleheader
The Peninsula Oilers and the Athletes in Action Fire split a doubleheader on Monday in Alaska Baseball League action at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Fire get past Oilers
The Athletes in Action defeated the Peninsula Oilers 6-3 on Sunday in Alaska Baseball League action at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Lynx defeat Twins: Local 9 ousted from state tourney
The American Legion Twins ended their season with a 10-2 loss to Dimond on Sunday in the American Legion state tournament at Oberg Field in Eagle River.

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