Saturday, September 1, 2007

Sponsors' donations a home run
Peninsula Poison, the girls 16U fast pitch softball team, would like to thank all of our sponsors Off Shores Systems Kenai (OSK), Tesoro, Agrium, the Cadwell family, Women's Bowling Association, Men's Bowling Association, Davis Block, North Peninsula Recreation, Lady Eagles, ConocoPhillips and ASRC Energy Services for the help and support they have given to our team.

Thank God for North-Roaders
Last year during a wind storm, a huge tree came down across Halbouty. We were on our way home and saw about six other vehicles stopped. Everyone was out of their vehicles. One man was holding a chain saw that had ran out of gas. We got out of our truck and my husband got his log chain out and with the help of everyone, the tree was moved off the road. A woman in her car behind us stopped and said to me, "Thank God for North-Roaders." I smiled and agreed.

Safety training can never be underestimated
The recent article regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District staff finding and safely extinguishing the fire at the Alternative School in Kenai was much appreciated.

Reader: Limiting local terms doesn't make sense
We will soon have the opportunity to vote on the issue of term limits for borough assembly and school board members. Why would we ever want term limits that would force out members of these two bodies who are doing a good job and who are accumulating experience that will enable them to do an even better job in the future? This makes no sense at all.

Road money on the way
Four borough road improvement projects will share more than $1 million in state capital funds once an ordinance accepting and appropriating the money winds its way through the borough legislative process.

Missing canoeist located
An Alaska Wildlife Trooper found Ray Tranpiar of Michigan on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. after he was separated from his party on the Swanson River.

Photo feature: Somewhere
A rainbow sits at the edge of a passing storm over the central peninsula as seen from Marathon Road recently. Forecasters are calling for cloudy weather over the weekend.

Soup-er: Event raises $50,000 for food bank
Hundreds of people turned out for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's annual soup supper Saturday in Kenai, an event that raised more than $50,000, said Executive Director Linda Swarner.

CES works on flow
Would you be able to gather enough water to maintain a flow of 250 gallons per minute for two hours? Firefighters at Central Emergency Services (CES) must in order for the Soldotna station to maintain its number three Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating and for the outlying stations to maintain their number seven rating.

CES fills the boot for muscular distrophy
If you're driving through the Y in Soldotna today and Saturday, don't forget to drop a few coins or a dollar bill into the firemen's boot as you pass. Firefighters for Central Emergency Services (CES) are hoping to out-do last year's fundraiser by collecting more than $18,000 from passers-by to fight muscular distrophy.

Will it be task force to the rescue?
Could it be true? Is there good news on the horizon?

Don't panic: Yellow spruce needle rust looks bad, but usually not fatal
I have been seeing lots of bright yellow foliage on spruce trees this summer. The yellow color is due to spores of the spruce needle rust (Chrysomyxa ledicola), a fungus which infects spruce needles. We have outbreaks of this showy fungus every few years.

Ripe for the picking
While summer still has a few weeks left, fall colors are already starting to show, the first of which are the ripening fruits of the various species of raspberry plants found around the Kenai Peninsula.

Silver fishing still slow on Kenai
The end of August on the Kenai River usually means silver salmon action that's red hot, but this past week, the fishing hasn't even been lukewarm, according to several fishermen.

Narrow-leaved Hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)
This member of the aster family is often confused with narrow leaf hawks-beard.

Around the Peninsula
Butchering demonstration today

Volleyball squads bounce back
Since success in volleyball depends so much on team-bonding and experience, losing a bunch of seniors can often make for a tough season the following year.

Kenai, Nikiski glad to be close to home
Sure, this is Kenai's third straight road game, but at least this week the Kardinals get to take an actual road trip.

God a combination of goodness and mercy
Combinations: Summer time makes for a lot of them. Picnics and good food. Fishing and fun. Good weather and gardening. Sunshine and barbecues. The list goes on.

Church Briefs
After-school children's group planned

Coyote, golf not done yet
Just when I thought Mr. Coyote had packed up and moved south, we met again this morning as I was on my way to Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.

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