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Community tips its hat to Industry as thousands attend appreciation celebration

Posted: September 3, 2014 - 1:04pm
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For the last two decades the Kenai Peninsula community has chosen a Saturday in August to say thank you to the industries that provide the tax base that build our schools, pay our teachers and safety personnel, pave our roads and build our ports and harbors. The original idea of Jack Brown and the late Aaron Goforth, the totally free event, not even vendors can sell anything, draws a crowd of thousands annually to honor leaders among the industries that fuel the Peninsula’s economic engine. “I make it a point to be on the Peninsula for Industry Appreciation Day, it’s a special community that comes out to say ‘We value those who are creating jobs in the oil & gas, fishing & tourism industry’ and I love representing such thankfulness in D.C.” said U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski who presented the awards to the outstanding individuals and businesses in the oil & gas industry.

Governor Sean Parnell returned to the Peninsula for Industry Appreciation Day especially to present the prestigious Don Gilman Service to Community Award. “This award was created in honor of the legendary service of former senator and borough mayor Don Gilman, but isn’t given every year, but only when an individual has exemplified the service to the community of the late Don Gilman,” said Michelle Glaves, committee member. “It was an honor to be able to be here to honor a member of the small business community who has exemplified the community spirit of Don Gilman and appropriate that it is man who has outfitted the working men and women in our industries, Mike Sweeney as well as his individual commitment to serve his community through the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and so many other ways. Mike speaks to the spirit of Alaskans that make this such a great state,” said Governor Parnell.

Other recipients of award at this year’s Industry Appreciation Day included Jim Udelhoven for the Outstanding Individual in the oil & gas industry, Peak Oilfield Services, Outstanding Support Business and SAE Exploration as the Outstanding Business in the oil & gas industry. In commercial fishing industry Pacific Star Seafood’s was recognized as the Outstanding Commercial Fish Processor, Resources for All Alaskans (RFAA) for their Outstanding Support for Commercial Fishing and the Barnes family as Outstanding Individuals in Commercial Fishing. For the tourism industry the award for Outstanding Business went to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Stream Watch administered through the Kenai Watershed Forum won Outstanding Support Business and the Outstanding Individual in tourism was Bryan Zak. It was estimated that some 1,500 lbs of watermelons were sliced and given away in addition to two complete hogs that were barbequed by Carrol Martin, more than 500 lbs of fresh salmon and nearly 2,000 hamburgers and hotdogs were served up by volunteers. Attendees also got their first look at the new Kenai River Brown Bears Hockey team as they were on hand to volunteer and sing the National Anthem. Dozens of new bicycles were also given away to net pull winners and frozen t-shirt winners in addition to a myriad of other prizes that were given away by drawing to kids present.

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KenaiKardinal88 09/06/14 - 07:08 am
Navarre Is Anti-Oil

When Mike Navarre was the Democrat Representative, he was very rude and negative when constituents would visit him.

He had an established voting record and it was anti-oil.

He let his pro-commercial fishing views get in the way of representing the average Peninsula resident on a number of occasions.

kearbear 09/06/14 - 08:21 am
Navarre is Anti-Voters and Anti-Seniors

"With the increased residential property tax exemption from $20,000 to $50,000 approved by voters, Navarre said that impacts the borough by taking away about $1.3 annually in revenues."

Mike Navarre said he doesn’t have a solution of how to deal with the "funding loss", but as the borough works through the budget process for fiscal year 2015, he expects to find an answer. He found his answer. Not allow Seniors the property exemption they worked hard to pass and that all property owners are entitled to.

Mike Navarre proposed that the borough not allow the $50,000 residential tax exemption be allowed to Seniors, the result being a tax raise on Seniors who always received the residential tax exemption.

jford 09/06/14 - 08:41 am
Industry on any day but 'appreciation day'.

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Thursday that oil giant BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout, which killed 11 workers and resulted in the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Settlement with Alaska Gold near Nome, Alaska for Improperly Managing Hazardous Waste

Exxon fined $2.7 million in oil spill

British Petroleum/Amoco Admits to Dumping Toxic Waste

Grandeur of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Nordic Empress, Nordic Prince, Song of America, Song of Norway, Sovereign of the Seas, Sun Viking
The company pled guilty in six jurisdictions to charges of fleet wide practices of discharging oil-contaminated waste, regularly and routinely discharging without a permit wastewater contaminated by pollutants through its ships' gray water systems, and making false material statements to the Coast Guard.

Pollution in Alaska: Trash overboard

BP's trail of accidents, scandals stretches to Alaska

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Oil plagues sound 20 years after Exxon Valdez

Oil and gas wastewater pits draw fine for toxic releases

Apache Corp Spills Toxic Waste


Red Dog Mine creates more toxic waste than any other operation in the United States

Tesoro Alaska and Seabulk Tankers settle claims stemming from grounding and gasoline spill in Cook Inlet

The Dirty Alaskan Cruise Industry Just Got Dirtier

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Suss 09/06/14 - 09:09 am
Bearup & Zuyus' Anti-Common Sense

kearbear, aka Mrs. Z as part of the Beaup campaign of Anti-

Common sense.

Try to explain the fiscal policy that Bearup showed

the Bankruptcy Court Judge.

Zuyus' need to remember how much they paid

In Florida property taxes.

Tea drinking, carpetbagger lie spewing tourist cheechakoes.

cheapersmokes 09/12/14 - 08:08 am
Industry Appreciation Day according to JFord

Lets be honest here. If JFord and his ilk were in charge of the USA from it's inception were would be communicating with smoke signals and looking for someone to sue due to the smoke inhalation. The US would have a population of about 10,000 people and of course non of them would pay any taxes but they would all be looking for a government check to support them. The language spoken would be either German, Japanese or Italian but the people like JFord would be hung from a light pole minus their heads! But he would have a state mandated job in accordance with his skills as either a newspaper delivery man or making fried in a fast food shop and he could look forward to maybe making $50 a week after about 10 years. Are you trying to tell us that non of those companies you mentioned has any liberal idiots in a position of authority? Why don't you tell us about your history so we can do some research into your illustrious life? What do you have to hide?

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