Monday, August 6, 2007

Fire service areas set to get grants
A small host of state grants set to be addressed this week by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will help fund the ongoing activities of borough fire service areas.

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.

Grave issue
When Don and Mary Reid of Soldotna laid their son, Elliot Reid Sr., to rest five years ago, they planted flowers and left mementos at his grave. Instead of returning to find everything as they left it, the flowers were uprooted and the pots they were in lay in pieces.

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.

Tug to assist Tesoro tankers year-round
To assist petroleum tankers arriving and departing from the Tesoro refinery dock in Nikiski, the company will position a tractor tug at the plant year-round.

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.

Dipnetting busier than ever
Kenai's expenditures for this year's dipnet fishery are not yet totaled, but revenues tallied after the closing Tuesday night surpassed $220,000 for the first time.

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.

Kenai wants end to water woes
Kenai drinking water was once again on the lips of city officials Wednesday night, if not in actuality, at least in word, as the city council approved ranking new municipal wells and arsenic removal as top priorities for state grants.

Jack P. LaCross
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Jack P. LaCross died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 93.

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

Heros of the Week
I see many groups, organizations and businesses receiving special thanks for the various community services they provide and fully support their efforts, but I want to recognize a community service I don't see mentioned very often. I want to say a special thanks to a very dedicated group of employees that perform a very necessary community service.

Kenai Community News
Limon graduates Peck goes on guard Kenai residents graduate Library plans events

Soldotna Community News
Soldotna's newest residents debut Hepner named to president's list Shoemaker named to dean's list Wyatt named as merit scholar USDA food program offered Lions club raffle picks winners Progress Days parade winners Car show awards given out Donations for soldiers wanted KPC council seeks members

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.

Ninilchik Community News
You may have heard melodic sounds coming from the Community Hall at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds lately. Area musicians from all over the peninsula are coming together to practice with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra conducted by Mark Robinson for the Summer Music Festival. Musicians from Ninilchik and Anchor Point areas are Nancy Chambers, Virginia Cuffe, Aurora Firth, Melanie Firth, Sarah Firth, JulieAnn Smith, and Betsy Vanek. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform Friday at the Kenai Central High School at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Homer High School. For reservations, call 235-7579. You may want to check it out to see our local neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview sports begins KCHS swim team practice to begin La Leche sponsors picnic Social Security reps to visit peninsula Safe Sitter course offered Library book sale bound to be good KCHS class of 1972 reunion set Horse show, class slated Tribal community gathering set

Nikiski Community News
Bergonzini boys get brother Krogseng fights smoking

Photo feature: All-Star effort
Shown in this undated photo are the 2007 Soldotna Little League All-Star members. Top row, left to right: manager Jason Feucht, Colton Young, James Feucht, Jake Daniel, Mitchel Daugherty, Dusty Poole and Shayne Miller. Bottom row, left to right: Luke Short, Max Conradi, Michael Keener, Travis Perkovich, Jared Tovoli and Cody Warren. Not pictured, coach Chris Desormeaux. This group of athletes was chosen from four of the league's boys "majors" teams from regular season play. From those teams, 12 players are chosen for the All-Star team. All-star tournament play was held July 7-11 in Homer against Kenai, Seward and Homer teams. Soldotna finished tournament play with two wins and three losses.

Kasilof Community News
The new telephone number for the Cohoe/Kasilof Firewise Slashsite is 830-4954.

Sterling Community News
Samantha Penner, daughter of Denise and Michael Penner, of Sterling, received a high honor this summer. At her graduation from Western Washington University she was honored as one of the outstanding graduates for the 2006-07 academic year. She was selected for this award based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community and promise for the future. Faculty members from each academic department select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

Other Community News
Douthits celebrate new addition Carew joins the Navy HEA student reps awarded scholarships

Peninsula Reflections
Through the petitioning efforts of Fran and Per Osmar and fellow homesteaders, the first Clam Gulch Post Office was opened in the Osmar homestead house with Fran Osmar as the first postmaster.

Twins lose
Collin Cloud threw a complete-game three-hitter in leading Bartlett to a 6-5 victory over the American Legion Twins Sunday in the American Legion Alaska state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The loss in the double-elimination tournament ends the Twins' (24-21) season. Jake Lamphier started for the Twins and surrendered four runs (three earned) on two hits, six walks and three hit batters through five innings. Larsen Kohler then pitched the final four innings, scattering two runs on four hits and two walks.

Forrest claims Kenai Open title
With a steady stream of rain falling on both Saturday and Sunday, it would be difficult to differentiate between the conditions of the Kenai Golf Course during both days of play at the Kenai Open.

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.

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.

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.

Oilers fall in tourney
The Peninsula Oilers run at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kas. came to an end Sunday afternoon as the Oilers lost, 2-0, to the Vienna (Va.) Senators in an elimination game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Oilers' starter Tyler Fleming suffered the loss, having allowed both runs on back-to-back doubles in the fourth and a home run in the seventh.

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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