Sunday, August 5, 2007

Funny weather for a festival
Not even wet weather could dampen the spirits of the scores of people who took part in the 2007 Funny River Festival on Saturday.

Kenai fills up judge positions
The Kenai Courthouse will soon have a full bench, thanks to the appointment of Carl Bauman to fill the Superior Court judgeship vacated with the retirement of Judge Harold Brown.

Blaze kills pet, ruins trailer
An early morning fire off of Skyline drive sent firefighters from Central Emergency Services into action Saturday, but the mobile home and one animal occupant were not saved.

Foster Avenue is family affair
Nearly half a century ago, Charlie Foster carved a couple of miles of dirt road through stands of dead timber and areas scorched by the 1947 burn to access his homestead east of Soldotna.

Ronald L. Trux Jr.
Longtime Alaska and Kenai resident Ronald L. Trux Jr., died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at home. He was 44.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Ann McCurdy
Kenai resident Elizabeth "Betty" Ann McCurdy died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, from a terminal illness at her home in Kenai. She was 51.

Lorraine Clark Queen
Longtime Kenai resident Lorraine Clark Queen died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, after a long illness at her home in Kenai. She was 85.

PPT session needs to stay in Juneau
It's great that Gov. Sarah Palin has called a special session to address the state's petroleum profits tax, or PPT. Addressing the tax formula, which is reportedly coming up short of projections, should get the attention of all Alaskans, especially since it came under scrutiny when three former legislators were indicted on bribery and extortion charges in connection with the tax law.

Putting up a good fight: Punishment should fit the crime for breeding animal cruelty
The ongoing case of animal cruelty involving NFL Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick should be deeply concerning to more people than just dog lovers.

A shore eyesore
In the rain forest of the Gore Point peninsula isthmus, olive-green moss covers spruce trees, turning them into a topiary garden. Lupines, irises and chocolate lilies bloom in a meadow hiding prehistoric house pits.

What bugs me about the Lower 48 is ...
With summer half over, we're nearing the point where Alaska's state motto can go back to being "The Great Land," or "The Last Frontier" (or is it "North to the Future?" I can never remember), rather than "It's nice to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."

Oilers win at NBC
Coming off a dramatic 16 1/2 inning loss in their regular season finale Tuesday night, the Peninsula Oilers headed to Wichita, Kas. the following day for the start of the 2007 National Baseball Congress World Series.

Sports Brief
Beau Forrest leads the Kenai Open at the Kenai Golf Course with a gross total of 75 after the first day of play on Saturday.

Twins fall to Dimond
Logan Strid went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, Arnie Krogh hit a solo home run and Dimond roughed up American Legion Twins' starter Steven Mabeus in beating the Twins, 10-2, in seven innings on Friday in the opening round of the American Legion Alaska state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Seaman, Hemphill marry in Kenai
Leslie M. Seaman and Ralph R. Hemphill III were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, July 7, 2007, at Spirit Lake in Kenai. The groom's brother, Jeremiah Hemphill, officiated.

Massey, Leach have Bermuda wedding
Elizabeth Massey and Ian Ray Leach were married Wednesday, June 20, 2007, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Massey, Glidden celebrate nuptials
Kimberly Ann Massey and Troy Richard Glidden, of Soldotna, were married Saturday, July 14, 2007, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. The ceremony was performed by Norm Blakely.

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