Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Parade marches on because of many
We would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered and worked the Fourth of July Parade this year. We can proudly say we have the biggest little parade on the peninsula, but it takes a whole community to achieve this success. Thanks to our sponsors: Tesoro, XTO Energy, Udelhoven Oilfield Services, Peak Oilfield Services, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Liquidation Sales, Lynden Transport Inc., Peninsula Tent and Party Rental, Marathon Oil Co., The Phone Directories, Kenai Montessori School, HEA and ACS.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 proposes coffee-table book about borough
Mayor John Williams has proposed spending $40,000 to produce 1,000 copies of a coffee table book presenting the history of the Kenai Peninsula Borough as the borough's contribution to the statewide celebration of Alaska statehood scheduled for 2009.

Terminally ill boy swinging through time he has left
After a lifetime of hospitals and doctor's visits, Landon Rogers' remaining months will be spent doing the things he's missed out on. Given only three months left to live, Landon's family is planning motor home excursions, trips to Homer and Seward and a trip to the zoo.

Photo feature: Last chance
Jeremy Malloy of Sterling motors his boat out of the Kenai City Dock on Saturday in the hope of dipnetting sockeye salmon. The personal-use dipnet fishery for the Kenai River closes for the season today at 11:59 p.m.

Duane Batty
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Duane Curtis Batty died Sunday, July 29, 2007, at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 35.

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club deadline looms Class of '67 members sought Safe Sitter course offered Library book sale a real page turner KCHS class of 1972 reunion set Caregiver support meetings slated

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.

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.

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.

Nikiski Community News
Happy Monday to all my Nikiski neighbors.

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

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.

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

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.

Oilers top Fire to tighten ABL race
The Peninsula Oilers manufactured runs to defeat the Athletes in Action Fire 6-5 on Monday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park and throw some serious suspense into the chase for the Alaska Baseball League title.

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.

Sports Briefs
Kenai volleyball to have parents meeting Nikiski volleyball to hold tryouts Soldotna to hold volleyball tryouts

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