Monday, August 21, 2006

Panthers plan to ride Bosick
It’s no secret that the Skyview football team plans to give the majority of the carries this year to Greg Bosick, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior.

Kenai Central Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Dalton Chappell, Billy Kiefer, Nick Rouswell, Kenny Kitchen, Jeff Narlock, Anon Nammoon, Chris Coupchiak, Randy Jackson, Brandon Jones, Donny Dormady, Zachary Burrell, Truckee Lemay, Larry Starkloff, Adam Creighton, Levi Lacey.

Nikiski comes with quality, not quantity
The parking lot at Nikiski Middle/High School is almost empty on a mid-August afternoon. Out on the football practice field, a small group of teenagers jogs about, running through drills and tossing footballs through the crisp air. Including water girls, little kids and coaches, there are nearly as many people out of uniform as in pads.

Soldotna Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Dylon Story, Jake Jensen, Chris Nolden, Chase Jenson, Ian Buffington, Tyler Carroll, Nathan Streiby, Jake King, Robbie Anderson.

Kardinals have many big shoes to fill
Six all-state first-teamers. The state’s small-schools offensive and defensive players of the year. The state’s lineman of the year. 2,184 yards of total offense. 195 points.

Stars bank on talented senior class
The Soldotna football team has about 16 seniors that are entering their fourth year in the program. The Stars also lost just three seniors from last year’s team.

Skyview Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Scott Barker, Jeremiah Berzanske, Brandon Jones, Lance Kitchen, Steven Lawson, Fred Pollard.

Nikiski Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Bo Wheeler, Brando Wik, Jordan Harrison, Chris Ward, Chase Amador, Andy Cook.

Mariners have big plans
A strong group of seniors and one of the biggest lines in the Northern Lights Conference has Mariners football coaches excited about the upcoming season.

Idea a good one, but ...
Once again it is that time of year to hear from the perennial prophet Kenai River Guide Don Johnson. (Peninsula Clarion July 28, ‘Fish management backwards’).

Many hands benefit center
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all of the volunteers that worked tirelessly during the center’s summer bazaar, bake sale, Endowment Fund barbecue and areawide quilt show. The bazaar, bake sale and barbecue were a great success.

Volunteers help make golf tourney a swinging success
Over the past weekend (Aug. 6), the Kenai Chrysler Golf Tournament was in full swing and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce rallied volunteers to help with spotting golf balls on the course. We could not have done this without the volunteers, and as luck would have it, it was a beautiful day to be out on the Kenai Golf Course.

Gardening efforts sprout thanks from Soldotna resident
I have been meaning to do this all summer. I just wanted to thank the people who tend to the flowers at the various intersections in Soldotna. The flowers look wonderful. Thank you for putting your time and your hearts into making our town look beautiful. I just wanted you all to know that you are appreciated. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Postmark bill needed to protect consumers
Talk about loan sharks. Beware!

Group effort to thank for self-defense class
I am writing this letter to express my personal thanks to the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna, the Peninsula Clarion, Kath Carlson, Millie Carlson, and everyone else who made the recent RAD women’s self defense course possible.

Generosity comes through loud and clear
We want to thank Radio Shack for once again their generosity to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. The new cordless microphone is just what we needed for our upcoming forums. Our forum moderator Merrill Sikorski is also pleased. Another big round of applause for Mike and Tim Navarre of Radio Shack. Thank you.

Butcher stood out as willing to acknowledge dog cruelty
With the death of Iditaroder Susan Butcher, the race has lost its lone honest voice. Although she ran the race many times, Butcher was forthright about the cruel conditions for the dogs who are forced to participate in this grueling event. At a 1991 mushers’ conference, Butcher admitted, “There’s a lot of bad stuff going on in mushing. We wouldn’t, as a group, pass anybody’s idea of humane treatment of animals. As a group, we don’t pass my standards of humane treatment of animals.” Shortly after one of her dogs died from exertional myopathy (exhaustion) during the 1994 race, a disheartened Butcher conceded she was ready to move on.

Site made ready for Kasilof station
Work is under way again at the site of the future fire station in Kasilof.

Bridge project could be test to voter-approved cost limitation
A dozen borough roads due for upgrade or rebuilding will share $1.8 million in state dollars accepted Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, including one project whose estimated cost exceeds the $1 million cost limit imposed by voters last fall.

Group effort saves 3 from river
Three canoers had the misfortune to capsize in the Kenai River without life jackets Sunday, but were fortunate enough to do it near the home of a former fishing guide who happened to have his boat in the water.

Gov. supports Kenai gas line
Saying he favors the state’s help in getting natural gas to industrial users in Nikiski, Gov. Frank Murkowski told about 16 people at a Soldotna town hall meeting Friday his administration is committed to keeping the plants open.

Group raises funds to send kids with cancer to special camps
A drive to raise funds for children to attend cancer camps and also to show children what can be accomplished by cancer survivors teed off Saturday with a tournament at the Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course.

Wet weather turning stagnant
For those who are tiring of all the recent rainy weather, the news coming out of the National Weather Service Anchorage Forecast Office isn’t good.

Melinda ‘Starlene’ Goff
Longtime Nikiski resident Melinda “Starlene” Goff died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at her home in Nikiski. She was 54.

Michael H. Rowden
Kenai resident Michael H. Rowden died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, of complications due to heart problems and diabetes in Anchorage. He was 63.

Sockeye fishing has last gasp
Don’t pack away those sockeye flies yet, unless, that is, you prefer to fish for sockeye using lures.

Patience pays off for young hunter
Troy Stroer wasn’t about to come home from his first caribou hunt with anything less than a trophy mount. At only 10 years of age Troy, of Soldotna, had already passed up his first chance to shoot a caribou two days earlier and was patiently waiting in the bushes with his mother and father when he finally spotted what he was after.

Frustration flying high
At what point do safety measures meant to protect air travelers create more risks by frustrating normal people to the point of violence?

Around the Peninsula
Meditative walking path availableCar seat checkups setGala auction fundraiser slatedEMS benefit dinner plannedHospice training scheduled

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Race set for today KPC offers art, pottery, food Play auditions set LeeShore board meeting slated Ninilchik Native parents to meet Radiothon set to go

Bostwick, Tuttle plan fall wedding
Holly Bostwick and Jon Tuttle of Kenai plan to be married Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at the Soldotna Church of God.

Heavy metal love — couple gets hitched at the scrapyard
CONWAY, Ark. — Who needs horse-drawn carriages or white stretch limousines? For a truly unique wedding, heavy equipment is the way to go.

Fair off to a soggy start
“Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen,” Kenai Peninsula State Fair Manager Lara McGinnis shouted to the crowd minutes before the Kenai Peninsula racing pigs made their debut at the opening day of the state’s “biggest little fair.”

Kodiak shows it is a force to be reckoned with by topping Skyview
Kodiak’s football team sent a big-time message to the Northern Lights Conference on Saturday afternoon.

Seahawks, Eagles win Seward meet
The Seward girls and Heritage Christian boys cross country teams won titles on Saturday at the Seward Invitational.

Crunch time heroics
The Soldotna offense, short-circuited by penalties, turnovers and broken plays, had gotten just six first downs all game when the Stars received the ball on their own 46 trailing 7-2 with 4:19 left in a nonconference game against Palmer at Justin Maile Field.

Kenai boats Kings
Kenai Central received five touchdowns and 175 rushing yards from Bill Chimphalee on Saturday in defeating visiting Ketchikan 68-0 in the Northern Lights Conference opener for both teams.

Sports Briefs
SoHi second at Homer JamboreeResults posted from Seward Invite

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