A very successful fun run took place at Tustumena Elementary School on Sept. 16. The school parking lot was bustling with parked cars and busy people. The run or walk was a benefit for the schools's parent teacher organization (PTO) and cleverly held under dazzling skies wedged between days of abominable autumnal weather. The course wound over local roads such as Johnson Lake, Cabin, and Tustumena lakes. Dashing sprinters led the way in marathon style while many participants backpacked to enjoy a more leisurely pace and chat with companions. Times were kept and winners declared, though healthwise, everyone prevailed by a slim margin. Suzanne Fisler and Kiana Johnson shepherded some special needs children. Principal Ken Halverson was accompanied by his charming wife, Jan, and they completed the 3.15 mile (5K) course. Ken even claimed first place for his age group. Several dogs went the distance, most likely to scout competition with plans to enter next year's event. Linda McLane and Kris Williams provided trail sweeper services to make sure nobody was left in the woods. Judy Odhner of Moose Pass came by invitation of race organizer Carolyn Roush. Odhner donated delicious cookies. The PTO netted a $700 profit.
Construction between the post office and Sterling Highway has been under direction of Enstar Natural Gas. They bored under the road with a directional drill so the post office can get gas. Now Carol and Carol won't have to stamp their feet to keep warm! Meanwhile, Marathon Oil Company is looking for more gas. They hired Veritas DGC Land of Anchorage to conduct seismic studies in the Falls Creek Gas Field area of Clam Gulch / Ninilchik. "Veritas," by the way, means "knowledge" in Latin. Veritas is using Prism Helicopters of Wasilla, who have several choppers on the job. The surveying phase should be closing and the drilling phase turning on. Veritas will drill three inch holes 25 feet deep and about 330 feet apart on specific lines. Drills will be slung below helicopters and 2.2 milligram (just less than half pound) charges will be detonated at the bottom of each hole. The drilling detonation phase will take place in mid October. Simultaneously, the 90 foot Peregrine Falcon and four or five support vessels will conduct seismic work offshore. Several of the support vessels are drift gillnetters and one saltwater guide boat will be used. About 60 workers will be employed by these studies with most non-locals housed in the Ninilchik area.
Pinochle winter league sign up is under way at the J-B Restaurant and Lounge. Play starts in October. Call Judy Davalos at 260-3655 for more information.
The memorial Web site for Jamie Leamon is finally active at www.JamieLynnLeamon.com. Jamie was just 30 when she lost her life to cervical cancer.
Don't forget Thursday is Per Osmar's 90th birthday party at the Que'Ana Bar at 5 p.m. and, that same evening at 7 p.m. there is a meet the candidate forum for Paul Fischer and Bill Holt at Tustumena Elementary School.
Other Kasilof news
Randas become grandparents
Denee (Randa) Zah announces the birth of her son, Kynan Valo Magnus Randa Zah, at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday June 19, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.
He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 20 inches.
His grandparents are Dennis and Janet Randa of Kasilof and Clam Gulch, Jill Zah of Yakima, Wash., and Johanna Purvis of New Rochelle, N.Y.
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