Monday, July 30, 2007

Contributions make for sweet success
Thanks to everyone who supported the Kenai Peninsula College's literacy program fundraising efforts at the Kenai River Festival on June 9 and 10.

Grateful for help for seniors
This may sound trite, but it is heartfelt.

Luau makes for sweet fundraiser
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all of the fantastic donors and volunteers in support of the center's Hawaiian luau fundraiser. A very special thank you to Kenai Fjords Tours for their donation of the grand door prize. A big thank you to Hawaiian Vacations; Safeway Stores; Poppy Lane Flowers; Odie's Bead-It; Mary Lane; Abel's Restaurant; River City Books; Frames and Things Gallery West; Pearl Burton; D&M Gifts; Billie Gillilan; Jersey Subs; Alaska Hairlines; Hobbies, Crafts and Games; Dody Tachick; Donna's Victorian Gifts; Maureen Bridge; Charlottes' Thompson Log Gifts; and Kaladi Brothers for the outstanding door prizes.

Support keeps program afloat
The Triumvirate Theatre would like to thank the Kenai River Sportfishing Association for supporting our show "Fish On!" an educational program about the preservation of the Kenai River.

School funding takes time
Alaska's problematic foundation formula used to determine how much funding is appropriated to education each year is in need of a thorough review, but that isn't likely to be the result of this summer's analysis by the Joint Legislative Education Task Force, said one of its members.

Bikers lose in bear near-collision
Traffic was bumper to bruin on at least two occasions near Cooper Landing this week.

Making progress is fun work
Not even the Grinch could steal the fun at the 47th annual Soldotna Progress Days parade, although the green-skinned grouch was in attendance Saturday. He was one of many characters of the roughly 100 groups that took part in the festivities.

Plan pits mayor against hospital service area board
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams is clear about how the upcoming negotiations for South Peninsula Hospital's sublease and operating agreement should be run.

Borough reviews term-limit ballot issue signatures
Calling it the most challenging petition the group has ever attempted, the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers submitted petition signatures to the borough clerk Wednesday seeking a ballot measure this fall that would limit assembly and school board officials to two terms.

New look, old church
The blue minarets of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church will be much brighter against the backdrop of faded cabins in Old Town Kenai. Thanks to parishioner Ernie Jordan, the 112 year-old symbol of Kenai's heritage sports a brand new paint job, wood paneling and a new cross.

Mayor seeks changes in borough, service area board relationship
Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to relieve him of an authority he says he doesn't need.

Carl Fredrick Baker
Nevada resident Carl Fredrick Baker died Tuesday, July 17, 2007, after a short illness in Anchorage with his family by his side. He was 71.

Elizabeth Jane Rusk
Longtime Soldotna resident Elizabeth Jane Rusk died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 85.

Clifford Allyn Massie
Longtime Kenai resident Clifford Allyn Massie died Monday, July 23, 2007, from pancreatic cancer and a pulmonary embolism at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Don't quote us on that, please
We've asked and you've answered.

Prescription for hospital not healthy
Is it broken? That's the question Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members need to ask before they consider an ordinance that would rescind powers previously delegated by the assembly to the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, aligning the provisions that govern the board with those of the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board.

There's never enough time: Hectic summers cause longing for winter's lower expectations
On Wednesday, I started my day with a jog at Tsalteshi Trails. Next, I went dipnetting at the mouth of the Kenai River, got nine reds, filleted them and put them in the freezer to prepare for vacuum packing. After a quick and late salmon dinner, I then spent the night vacuum packing my reds and smoking a king salmon that I had caught on "Super Tuesday."

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
Remember thy mother and keep her carpet holy. Make no graven Playdough images while you are on or near the carpeting, upholstery or any person, place or thing that requires dry cleaning. Neither shall you track any uncleanliness onto Her freshly mopped kitchen floor. Though the ground be covered with the snow of winter, the muddiness of spring or the hard-to-remove grass stains of summer, removeth thy footwear before entering thy abode. And shut the door! Were thou born in a shed?

Nikiski Community News
Happy Monday to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Ninilchik Community News
Can you believe that the month of July is already gone? The Kenai Peninsula State Fair is less than three weeks away and I hope you are planing to enter produce, quilts, baked goods, canned goods, crafts, artwork, photography or whatever project you worked hard on since the fair last August.

Kenai Community News
Don't look now, but August is almost upon us. Seems like summer just got here, and now it's almost dark at midnight and the fireweed is starting to bloom. We had better kick it up a notch if we're going to get those fish caught and still have that garage sale we vowed we'd have this summer.

Senator supports reading
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, left, is shown July 6 being greeted by Jan Hanrahan, center, as Joyce K. Carver Soldotna Public Library Director Margaret Hawkinson watches. Stevens visited the library and with guests for more than an hour. He spoke about the importance of reading, education and family on the nurturing of children. "Jan Hanrahan is an icon in our community who has devoted most of her life to teaching children how to learn and love reading. She worked for the school district for many years as a reading teacher and in her retirement continues as a volunteer to read to children on a weekly basis at a local school," Hawkinson said.

Kasilof Community News
This is an election year for the Kasilof seat on the borough assembly. People interested in seeking that seat can pick up information packets at the Borough Building through Johni Blankenship at 714-2160. The filing period is Aug. 1-15.

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club deadline looms Kids reading program continues Nikiski to celebrate summer Horse show, class slated Tribal community gathering set Community directory available USDA food program offered Women's run seeks volunteers

Peninsula Reflections
Gordon Spaulding, a World War II Navy veteran trained in underwater mine demolition, working as a surveyor with the Oregon State Highway Department, met me, Pauline Spaulding. I was a bank teller, and we were married in Salem, Ore., in November 1949.

Sterling Community News
Hope Hunt sent me the following information about her daughter's wedding:

Soldotna Community News
In our home this past week the smells, sounds and tastes announce summer is really here. Rhubarb strawberry jam bubbling in the kitchen, giggling, visiting cousins and the highlight of all, devouring tasty, succulent, fresh-caught red salmon.

Good old times
The court assembled before their majesties Cyrus and Caitriona, prince and princess of Oertha. The sun glimmered on the backs of the lords and their ladies with a warmth rare in this land far to the north as two by two the citizenry stepped forward to receive accolades and huzzahs for their services to the principality.

Pet Photo
Pippin the 17-pound shih tzu and Kramer the 22-pound cat cuddle up when they think no one is looking. They belong to Terry and Sally Kaas, of Kenai.

Sports Briefs
The cross country season for Kenai Central High School will start Monday with a 6 p.m. practice in the Little Theatre. There will be an informational meeting and time to fill out paperwork. All runners need to have a school physical before they can begin running. Those with a physical will do a short run on Monday night. For more information, contact Sandra Lewis at 283-3870.

Oilers headed to NBC
The Peninsula Oilers failed to take advantage of a second chance in Saturday's 8-6, 12-inning loss to the Mat-Su Miners at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. It remains to be seen whether the Oilers will take advantage of a second chance when it comes to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

King, queen of hills
With summer still in full swing, there's not too many kids on the Kenai Peninsula wanting to think about school yet. Skyview High School senior Tommy Honer showed on Friday at Tsalteshi Trails that he's ready for at least one aspect of school to start — cross country running.

Oilers' Fleming tosses 1-hit shutout
The moment that defined Sunday's game between the Peninsula Oilers and Athletes in Action Fire at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai came in the ninth inning, when Oilers starter Tyler Fleming struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis, leading the Fire with a .355 average, for the third time of the game and Nieuwenhuis slammed the barrel of his bat on the dirt, breaking the lumber off at the handle.

Plate, Hayden marry in Nikiski
Cessna R. Plate of Soldotna and John R. Hayden of Kenai were married in an outdoor ceremony Friday, July 20, 2007, in Nikiski.

Driskell, Saltzgiver marry in Las Vegas
Callie Driskell and Ryan Saltzgiver of Logan, Utah, were married Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Las Vegas.

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