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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Weenies walk worth the wait
The Weenies on Parade group in this year's Progress Days Parade turned out to be the most Weenies we have ever had participate. More than 80 little tail-wagging, short-legged dogs marched with pride this year, to the cheers of our followers. We would like to thank every single human who brought their dogs (weenies) and even with the bad weather stayed for the races and all the fun we had at the park.

Now's the time to contact Congress reps
If you want to understand the role of insurance companies in our nation's health-care melodrama, think of them as pimps. And like true pimps, they use lies, pay-offs and hired political muscle to guarantee their 30 percent cut of our health-care dollars.

Ending health insurance scams
Opinion poll company InsiderAdvantage recently queried 636 people to find out how "Americans" feel about Obama's health-care proposal. On that basis, company president Matt Towery (Clarion Opinion, July 21) claims that most of us are opposed -- that we distrust the feds to "provide and administer an efficient and effective health-care program."

Contributions make a difference
The Funny River Quilters would like to thank the following merchants and contributors for making our annual fundraiser golf tournament such a success.

Former librarian mourned
The Alaska library community suffered a huge loss with the death of Emily H. DeForest, the feisty librarian of Kenai Community Library from 1971 to 1999. Under her leadership, the library evolved to become the award-winning library it is today. Emily was a visible library supporter, even in retirement, who attended Kenai City Council meetings, chamber of commerce luncheons and numerous local benefits. Library staff members and volunteers mourn her loss. We will miss her wit, her wisdom and leadership.

Where's the caretakers?
I am appalled that the state or the borough or whoever owns Tom Young's old house and property on Kasilof Beach Road is letting it be destroyed.

Kenai refuge manager headed to new job: West leaving state after 31 years in Alaska
To some he is the manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, others know him as a fellow hunter, and many others consider him a friend, but regardless of how people know Robin West, they will soon be saying goodbye to him.

Borough responds to flooding: Crews work to repair Box Canyon levee in Seward
The levee broke, but people have a place to stay.

Earthquake rattles Kenai Peninsula
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook the Kenai Peninsula at 2:39 p.m. Thursday.

Palin allies step down: Bailey, Perry pursue other opportunities
Two close allies of former Gov. Sarah Palin are leaving state employment.

Watershed forum staffer ready for African adventure
There's leaving a job to move on to greener pastures, then there is what Jennifer McCard is moving on to, which is more like lush green jungles filled with exotic wildlife.

Photo feature: Changing seasons
A dipnet fisherman is dwarfed by a field of fireweed as he make his way up a path into Old Town Kenai on Thursday evening. Today is the last day for dipnetting on the Kenai River. The Kasilof River mouth remains open to dipnetting until Aug. 7.

Gene Bloodworth
Longtime Sterling resident Harold Gene Bloodworth died Friday, July 17, 2009, from cancer at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 73.

Johnny King
Portales, N.M., resident Johnny King died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at home. He was 77.

Roadways are only as safe as we make them
Anyone driving on the Kenai Penin-sula this summer has, no doubt, run into a slowdown. Be it from construction, tourists, fishing or an accident, there's been plenty of stop-and-go traffic of late.

The fight against pike: Species invasive on the Kenai Peninsula
Since arriving from Tennessee about a month ago, I have learned a lot about some of the invasive species threatening the harmonious balance of Alaska's different ecosystems.

Fish need not taste fishy
When I hear people say they don't like fish because it tastes "fishy," I raise an eyebrow. If fish receives proper care from the time it's taken from the water, it shouldn't taste or smell fishy on a dinner plate.

Around the Peninsula

Disc golf tourney slated

Church Briefs

VBS planned

'We all practice contradictory behavior'
Contradictory behavior abounds. What do I mean by contradictory behavior?

Oilers game postponed: Bucs hold big advantage when game resumes today at 5 p.m.
The result of Thursday night's Alaska Baseball League contest between the Anchorage Bucs and Peninsula Oilers was left hanging in the balance when a heavy curtain of rain hampered play after six innings, resulting in the game being suspended until 5 p.m. today when the Bucs will resume their dominating 9-1 performance at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs

Skyview cross country set to start

Kings depart, golfing remains
Another July is rapidly coming to a close. It is always hard saying our goodbyes to the kings that "got away," just think of the stories they have left behind for time around the fireplace this coming winter! OK! Now it's time to concentrate on some GOOD Golf! Which I may add also creates some great stories, so come on out and fulfill your spot in the history books.

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