Monday, August 28, 2006

Smart pigs, other technologies help protect integrity of inlet pipelines
Chevron Corp., which merged with Unocal in 2005, maintains approximately 60 miles of offshore pipelines, and all get routine cleaning and periodic inspections using various technologies, said Chevron Operations Manager Dale Haines.

Too many books, not enough shelves
With the growing number of patrons now exceeding three times Soldotna’s total population, the city’s public library is looking to expand.

Spilling safety details
The revelation by BP earlier this month that it had neglected pipeline safety on the North Slope, resulting in a partial shutdown of its pipeline delivery facilities, has increased interest in the condition of the roughly 160 miles of aging pipe comprising the far older Cook Inlet pipeline system. Some of that system is more than 40 years old.

Industrious festivities
Work can seem like a thankless job at times, but for employees of the Kenai Peninsula’s biggest industries — oil and gas, commercial fishing and tourism — there is at least one day a year they can feel appreciated.

Inlet oil pipeline safety showing improvement; but issues remain
Recent analyses of Cook Inlet’s oil pipeline system done by Cook Inlet Keeper show favorable trends, including a downturn in the rate of spills

Hunters shooting for access
A pair of bird hunters and some oil field workers were confounded Wednesday afternoon when they discovered their route over Marathon Road had been blocked. The oil field workers were trapped from exiting the road and hunters blocked from entering it.

Voters to pick from familiar faces
A few candidates waited until the last possible moment before filing to run for municipal offices in the Oct. 3 election, turning some open seat races into real contests.

Paret tasked with keeping hospital’s financial health
A new chief financial officer has made himself at home at Central Peninsula General Hospital after the former CFO was hired on as the new chief executive officer, leaving the seat vacant.

Allan Cecil 'Bud' Newcomb
Former Kenai resident Allan Cecil “Bud” Newcomb died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was 78.

Eva L. Perry
Former Kasilof resident Eva L. Perry died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Anchorage. She was 94.

Roger Lee Chuitt
Lifelong Tyonek resident Roger Lee Chuitt died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Tyonek. He was 41.

Wade T. Seward
Longtime Soldotna resident Wade T. Seward died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at Pioneer Valley Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, while traveling with his wife, Altie. He was 79.

Jay Nelle ‘Sissy’ Wright
Jay Nelle “Sissy” Wright died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Homer. She was living at Fernridge TLC assisted-living home in Homer since January. She was 73.

Letting your guard down: Husband still has a ways to go before he’s a sourdough
It’s really just a fine line between being a sourdough and a cheechako.

The anti-cancer campaign: Now’s the time to help American Cancer Society achieve goals
In this time of elections and partisan politics, I’d like to take this opportunity to address a subject that crosses not only party lines, but those of election districts, gender, ethnicity, income and age. While we can’t vote it in or out, I suspect that most of us can endorse this campaign without reservation.

Measure 1 message comes in loud and clear
There’s no better indicator that voters are tired, really tired, of politics as usual than the results of Tuesday’s Ballot Measure 1. The measure sets campaign contribution limits, places limits on lobbying and requires legislators to disclose outside income sources greater than $1,000.

Peninsula Reflections
Amanda “Mandy” Walker came to Kenai in 1950 to marry Delta Calvin “Pappy” Walker who, in her words, was “an old fossil” who had been calling her honey and pet for years.

Don’t let flu worries ruffle your feathers
Has the summer’s news about avian flu got your feathers a little ruffled?

Anniversaries
Herricks mark 50 years

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Around the Peninsula
SMS plans open house Agrium continues live fire training U.S. occupation in Iraq to be discussed Community coalition meeting set Gala auction fundraiser slated Girl Scout roundup slated EMS benefit dinner planned

Community News
Little People’s Learning World announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low-income families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Back to school: Supply and demand
With quite possibly the happiest smile on the Kenai Peninsula last week, 7-year-old Haley Knott exited the Soldotna Fred Meyer store with a brand new American Princess school backpack.

Peninsula People
Safari Club awards scholarship McLane graduates Moerlein excels academically Area students solve problems

Pity for the pukee
Bouncing around in a boat, with nothing but miles of water to be seen, has never been my favorite way to pass the time. However, hosting visitors from Outside makes it impossible to avoid all contact with Cook Inlet or Resurrection Bay. Tours by boat and/or fishing charters are inevitable.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital plans board meeting Soldotna library hosts open house Historical board to meet Rec center has ways for kids to burn energy Challenger Center hosts open house Hospice training scheduled Library issues toy warning

My best friend
Wishbone, a red Australian heeler, and Oscar, a miniature poodle, wait patiently for the sound of the can opener. They are owned by James Kufhta and Curtis Nyquist of Kenai.

Stars stop Kodiak
The Soldotna football team notched a 14-13 comeback victory over Kodiak on Saturday in Kodiak.

Keegan, Dunbar take Skyview Invite
West High’s Shoshana Keegan and Kodiak’s Trevor Dunbar each put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field to win the individual tiles at the Skyview Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday on Tsalteshi Trails.

SoHi netters drop a pair to Bears
The Kodiak volleyball team swept a pair of matches from Soldotna on Friday and Saturday in Kodiak.

Warriors get past Skyview
Skyview tested Wasilla by posting a 10-7 lead at halftime in the Friday nonconference game at Skyview High School. The Warriors aced the test.

Kenai, SoHi swim to split
The Kenai and Soldotna swimming teams split a dual meet Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Hawks edge Bulldogs
In high school sports, there are many great moments, many of which have nothing to do with winning.

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Eskelin, Brehm win Morgan Memorial
Todd Eskelin avoided blowup holes to win his second straight Donald R. Morgan Memorial Kenai Golf Association Annual Championship on Sunday at Kenai Golf Course.

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