Monday, August 13, 2007

Many helped Progress along
On behalf of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff, we appreciate everyone who volunteered their time, sponsored the event, entered the parade, the patience of those who live and work along the parade route and all who came to join in on the festivities.

Man flown to hospital after falling off horse in Mystery Creek area
A man who fell from his horse in a remote area east of Sterling had to be flown out by helicopter Friday evening.

2 arrested at Kenai bar after woman collapses
Police arrested 42-year-old Darrin Marion and Debra Pearce, 52, both of Kenai, after a woman collapsed at the Rainbow Bar in Kenai at 2:15 a.m. Aug. 1.

Time nearly out to take a seat
People interested in representing Kenai and Soldotna as elected officials have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to declare their candidacy.

Homer man seeks to float elaborate maritime museum
A central location at which to tell the story of Alaska's rich maritime heritage could soon become more than just a dream for a Homer shipwright, filmmaker and historian.

Assembly OKs ballot measure for Bear Creek
Bear Creek Fire Service Area residents will vote this fall whether to approve a one-mill hike in property taxes to cover the cost of a proposed $1.4 million bond issue, part of the funding necessary to build a new fire and emergency services facility.

Heat is off Cohoe woman
Pending receipt of the money, the state has agreed to drop all criminal charges against the woman accused of starting a wildfire off Cohoe Loop last year.

Photo feature: Get it started
Participants high-five each other Saturday morning while doing warm-up exercise prior to the start of the Kenai Peninsula Run For Women in Kenai.

Riders learn horse sense, sensibility
Equine enthusiasts saddled up for some good times Saturday morning during the Kenai Invitational and 4-H Horse Show at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik.

Fred Pope
Longtime Alaskan Fred A. Pope died July 15, 2007, at his home in Soldotna. He was 89.

Raymond Greenhalgh
Ninilchik resident Raymond Greenhalgh died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, of lung cancer in Anchorage. He was 59.

Jim B. Olson
Longtime Kenai resident Jim B. Olson died Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 39.

Looking for a hero? Check the backyard
For anyone out there reading the headlines about Michael Vick's dog fighting charges or Barry Bonds' drug allegations and wondering where all the heros have gone, we have an answer:

Tough summer for schools: Fight for more education funding dealt blow from the court
Those of us who advocate for schools and children have had a troubling summer. It started with a legal setback in the school funding lawsuit. This was followed by legislative hearings that prompted a chorus of passionate voices that rebutted the judge's ruling. Rarely has the disconnect between the courts and the real world been displayed so dramatically.

Photo feature: Grateful governor
Sgt. Paul Grimsley, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Kerr and Capt. Martin Hansen shake hands with Gov. Sarah Palin during her recent trip to Kuwait to visit Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers. Grimsley, Kerr and Hansen are members of the Headquarter, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry. The 3rd Battalion has been deployed for more than a year and the soldiers hope to return home in about three months.

Hero of the Week
I would like to say a special thank you to Amy Milburn and Rob Pigg of the Kenai branch of the USDA Alaska Rural Development; Lori Tice, Palmer branch of Alaska Community Development Corp.; Denver Copeland of the Lighthouse Community Church in Nikiski; and the wonderful people of World Changers for helping me with the roof, deck, and senior access projects on my house this summer.

1 trip to D.C. not enough for intern
An earlier trip to Washington, D.C., was enough to whet Peter Walsworth's appetite. The opportunity to return to the nation's capital this summer as an intern for Sen. Ted Stevens was just what he was looking for.

Nikiski Community News
Good morning to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Kenai Community News
When I came to Kenai 18 years ago this month, yard work didn't seem to be a priority to a whole lot of people. I wondered if a nice lawn would even grow in this weather zone. Since that time, there has been a very nice change here. People seem to have greatly increased their civic and neighborhood pride, and the town is beautifully tended. Much of the credit for the city flower beds goes to the Parks and Recreation Department, and also to hard working volunteers. I had to chuckle when I saw one of the Kenai city employees dressed in a hooded slicker watering the plants in the rain a couple of weeks ago. Thanks, you guys. Guess that's what it takes to make a city bloom.

Of Moose and Men
Alaskans feel summer has just started hitting its stride in the middle of August, but know in just a matter of a few weeks the morning's dew will be frozen. It's a bittersweet time, and the starting topic of discussion at the most recent NoRSMen meeting held in Blizzard Bob's (B.B.) garage. (NoRSMen: North Road Supportive Men, a benevolent men's social group dedicated to fuller appreciation of the passing of seasons, bargain-brand beer and cigars made by folks who couldn't even find Cuba on a map.)

Skyview graduate takes turn at being a D.C. intern
Little did she know when she was selected to be an intern for one of Alaska's U.S. senators, Tashina Wortham-Turnbull was about to be privileged to a bit of inner D.C. beltway lore shared only by a select few Americans namely: Who is Walter?

Around the Peninsula
Golf tourney sponsors needed Old-timers to gather Senior center to hold steak dinner Salmon munch swims to Sterling Parent advisory committee meeting to be held Recovery Rendezvous ready to go Cameras, photo printers sought Watercolors looking for homes

Peninsula Reflections
Early homesteader Nina Robinson remembers the 1957 oil discovery in the Swanson River oil field.

Sterling Community News
Believe it or not, the 2007-08 school year is just around the corner. The classroom placement lists and supply lists are posted at Sterling Elementary School. The supply lists also are available online at and at area stores.

Kasilof Community News
\Repairs are needed for the old Dragnet dock, which is located on the south side of Kasilof River. It was damaged by ice last winter and must be fixed before ice gets a chance at it again. Plans to do just that are in the works. The dock and 30 acres near by are owned by the Cherrier family, and the property is for sale. Jay Cherrier is a primary owner, doing business as Port of Kenai, Llc. Jim Johnson (830-4820) is his manager. Ocean Beauty Seafoods inquired about leasing it for the 2007 salmon season but backed off when the damage was discovered. This is the second time in about ten years that ice has damaged this dock.

Soldotna Community News
This week I want to wish a very special happy birthday Aug. 14 to Frank Kraxberger, who turns 80! He's been an Alaska resident for over 50 years. His daughter Cindy gives him this tribute, "He's wonderful, the most perfect Dad in the world!" A surprise party and barbeque was held at her home Sunday. His wife, Betty; sons, Randy, Rick and Scott; daughter, Cindy Miller; and grandchildren, Azure and Amber Kraxberger, Logarn, Brandon, Brice, Mariya, Michelle and Kiara Miller, joined in wishing him a wonderful birthday. He has owned and operated Kraxberger Drilling for more than 40 years and is still working setting pumps.

Ninilchik Community News
August has always been a month of anticipation for me. It is the final month of summer and I always want it to last forever. The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will be held Friday through Sunday and seems to be the climax of the month, but this year the fair is bittersweet for me. This is the last article I will write until next summer because two days after the fair I will leave for South Carolina, where I will attend Bob Jones University. The fair brings other chapters of my life to a close, as well. My steer, Tuition, will be the last animal I sell at the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction on Saturday during the fair and this will be the last fair I attend as a 4-Her. The conclusion of the fair means the turning of a page and the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I will miss Ninilchik, my neighbors, and especially my family this winter, but I will be back. Although I don't want August to end, I am looking forward to this next step in my journey, a feeling others may be experiencing as well.

Around the Peninsula
USDA food program offered Immunization clinic schedule AARP to hold driver safety program Boys and Girls Club plans closure Pregnancy class offered Family fun run set to take off

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Duke, a new puppy recently brought home from the Kenai Animal Shelter, takes his new big brother, Max, for a walk. Duke and Max belong to Cara Davidson, of Kenai.

So high scoring
Soldotna High School jumped into a new football season with plenty of changes, but one game hasn't spoiled any consistencies from a year ago.

Kenai pounds Houston
One thing about posting shutouts no matter what else you did, there's always a solid positive.

Skyview handles Nikiski
If Friday night was Eddie Buffington's welcome back party, the Skyview senior sure knows how to make a grand entrance.

Motocross madness
Perched atop his training wheels-equipped motorbike waiting for the race to begin, 5-year-old Luke Rewis is all business.

Run for Women a success
Having already run a marathon in 16 different states, her goal being to complete the 26.2-mile excursion in the remaining 34, Anchorage resident Debbie Cropper is more than prepared for a 10-kilometer run.

Homer blanks Seward
Matt Tyrrell rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries, Corey Sutherland scored three touchdowns and Homer cruised to a 36-0 victory over the visiting Seward Seahawks on Saturday in a non-conference season opener.

Melvin, Whitmore tie the knot in Soldotna
Tosha Melvin and Sean Whitmore of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. Commissioner Scott Swett officiated.

Wells, Keith marry in Kenai
Sheena Wells and Ray Keith of Hawaii and Alaska were married in an evening ceremony Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. The bride's grandfather, Dan Clausen, officiated.

Tobin, Leadens marry in Soldotna
Jenna Tobin and Matthew Leadens of Soldotna were married in an afternoon ceremony, Saturday, July 28, 2007, at the home of the bride's parents in Soldotna. The bride's brother, Lee Bear Tobin, officiated.

Kolipano, Butler marry in Homer
Shana Lorraine Kolipano and Stephen Hudson Butler of Nikiski were married Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in a seaside ceremony at Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge across Kachemak Bay from Homer. At the reception the couple ate fresh-caught halibut and a four-layer chocolate cherry wedding cake.

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