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The Snow geese have arrived and the Sandhill cranes are getting settled in. Migratory birds are making their way back to the Kenai Peninsula. And the birders are not far behind. Each year, thousands of birds return to the Kenai Peninsula. Not long after, hundreds of birders flock to the peninsula fo...

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 10:41am

Things are different today at the Soldotna Post Office. The colorful Tie Guy, who transitioned to Suspenderman in 2005 when his ties were found to not conform to official Postal uniform criteria. "There were no regulations on suspenders, so I started collecting and wearing colorful suspender sets," ...

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 10:34am

It was no surprise when Steve England of Kenai Catering and his intern from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Jeremy Hale received 1st Place in the first Chef’s of the Night competition held as a benefit for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Le Cordon Bleu is a world renowned ne...

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 10:31am

After a long snow chocked winter the 33rd Kenai Peninsula Builders Assoc. (KPBA) Home Show was enthusiastically greeted by thousands of visitors last week at the Soldotna Sports Center. According to KPBA executive officer Cindy Rombach attendance was extremely strong this year, "The show was a great...

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 10:26am

Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but the Bard had never smelt a Rotary Rose which by any other name could never smell as sweet, because the fragrance remains with the recipient who is helping high school seniors further their education.  Rotary Scholarships ...

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 10:57am

They say it's the most important meal of the day, so Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and her husband Larry wanted to be sure our local National Guardsmen had a good breakfast at Louie's in Kenai before they began their National Guard weekend. "It's an honor to have some time with these soldiers, we don't see...

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 10:55am

As property gets cleared the first stage of a 48-year-old dream of student housing at Kenai Peninsula Colleges (KPC) Kenai River Campus is underway.  KPC director Gary Turner reflected on site recently for the Dispatch, "These efforts started some 48 years ago when Clayton Brockel founded the c...

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 10:50am

With a plan to turn glass trash into fashion jewelry Jenna Hansen of Nikiski won top honors and $1,600 dollars cash at the Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness competition last night. "I didn't enter CFK because it was a class assignment, I entered because my mom told me to, and I am r...

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 8:00am

It started back in 1988 when a few folks saw the need to start a Boys and Girls Club on the Peninsula. The first club had 40 members, the second year membership grew to over 400 and today there are 6 clubs on Peninsula serving 4,500 kids from Homer to Seward and a Teen Center in Kenai providing a po...

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 8:00am

What transpires when the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) hires a teacher who is blind for two students who are also blind, two aides, an itinerant vision teacher, and designates space for a vision room at Kenai Middle School? "Magic and transformational learning," says Pegge Erkeneff...

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 8:00am

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