Ninilchik Community News

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2007

Congratulations to our neighbors who entered exhibits, successfully sold livestock at the Junior Market Livestock Auction and won ribbons at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair!

Aug. 10 marked the opening for caribou hunting season and I heard some Ninilchik neighbors were quite successful in harvesting bulls and cows. Our annual family hunt was particularly exciting because my mother, Marlene Blough, former writer for this column and soon to be 70, went on the hunt for the first time and shot her first caribou. Besides my kids, Caleb and Joanna Daniels, and myself, the hunting party included my dad, Ron Blough of Hoonah, Carey Blough of Ninilchik, Judson and Maria (Knox) Blough with their 3-month-old son, Tucker, of Anchorage. In all, six caribou were harvested and have stocked our freezers with meat for the winter.

Jeriah and Erin Knox had some out-of-town guests join them on their hunting trip and they returned with four caribou. One of them was Erin's first successful harvest. Erin's brothers, Shawn MacDonald of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Craig MacDonald of Buckfield, Maine, and friend Jon Hilton of Gardiner, Maine, were happy to experience Alaska's great outdoors together.

Krista Leman, daughter of Dan and Jamie Leman, is heading for the University of Alaska Anchorage, which begins Aug. 31. She graduated from Ninilchik High School in May and was salutatorian of her class. During her years at Ninilchik she was involved in student council, yearbook, volleyball, basketball and cross country running.

She especially loved basketball and earned numerous awards and honors, including most valuable player of the district tourney her senior year, and player of the game at the state tourney two of three games.

She was also selected for all-tourney and first team all-state. She plans to play ball for the Seawolves this year. She published a book of poetry last year entitled "Teen Angst" which is available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Forbes Books and She said she is looking forward to the next exciting phase of her life and plans to major in journalism and communications. Eventually, her goal is to become a sports broadcaster.

The 10th annual Ninilchik Native Descendants Golf Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Coach Dan Leman organized this event to raise funds to support academic and athletic programs for Ninilchik School. Last year, they were able to give two $500 scholarships to Ninilchik School grads and supported Ninilchik School's athletic program. For more information, call Dan Leman at 567-3361.

Happy birthday to Shirley Chihuly, Freidon Monson and Ernest Wentworth today, Aug. 20; June Garroutte and Danielle Self on Aug. 21; Kaitlyn Knuth on Aug. 22; Lars Kruzick on Aug. 23; Isabella Ehlers on Aug. 24; and Cole Sallee and Jim Boyd on Aug. 25.

Happy anniversary wishes go to Mr. and Mrs. George Chamberlain on Aug. 21; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Chihuly on Aug. 24; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Self on Aug. 26; and Rob and Darla Peterson on Aug. 26.

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