Tuesday, January 3, 2006

New Kenai Town Clock ticks in 2006...
As the year 2005 past into history last weekend, the new Kenai Town Clock ticked in the New Year at Leif Hanson Memorial Park with a design that inspires memories of a great fishing year and hopes for an even better one to come.

Our State insect is not the Mosquito! New Dragonfly Art Gallery is open in Soldotna
Chelline Larsen grew up in the house that sits behind Jersey Subs or the Thompson Corners complex in Soldotna, the new home of the Dragonfly Art Gallery. Larsen chose the name for the gallery in honor of the Alaskan State insect, “I personally think they are fascinating creatures, but also the Four Spot Skimmer dragon fly is our official State insect as voted in by children at every public school throughout Alaska in the school year 1993-94,” explains Larsen who opened the gallery with Adam Hoyt in October. “My mom moved into this house when I was about four years old in 1969, and she has owed it ever since, so I grew up here with my three siblings. I’d had a fantasy about having a gallery in here for a lot of years, so when Mom decided she wanted to sell it, we purchased it and renovated it for our gallery,” said Larsen. The remodel and complete renovation was done by Chelline’s business partner Adam Hoyt, “It turned out so nice and I like it here so well, I almost decided to move in,” commented Hoyt, the business manager for the Dragonfly gallery.

As we begin a another year full of hope and new resolutions that as usual finds us trying to break old habits as well as starting new and better ones many thoughts come to me. No matter what our own personal resolutions are this year or how well you do in keeping them. We have a lot to be thankful for here in Alaska perhaps way more then we realize. There are a large variety of things to do here on the Kenai Peninsula year round especially if you are an outdoor type person. If your not one who enjoys being out in the outdoors especially in the winter time there are several other useful and worth while projects you can do to prevent cabin fever or as Wendy Szymik calls it “Shack wacky!”

Local poet publishes collection of verse showing diversity of emotion...
After serving in the U.S. Navy for nearly six years Jerry Dourney decided to move to the Kenai Peninsula a year ago and concentrate on his love of writing. Now along with his brother Dan he has published his first collection of work expressing the diversity of emotion shown through verse, “Dark to Light Untitled.” “My brother and I have been writing poetry ever since we were very small; I have some from even before I was eight years old. It has been a dream of ours to be published poets for most of our lives,” said Dourney.

HEA seeks applicants for Youth Rally program...
Once again Homer Electric Association (HEA) is looking for high school students in their sophomore or junior year interested in representing Alaska at the national Youth Rally in Idaho, a program HEA has participated in since 1995. The program is financed by funds earned from the interest earned from uncollected HEA capital credits. According to Mary Ann Snowden, Membership advocate supervisor for HEA, the Youth Rally Program is a week long summer camp where students from across America learn about rural electrification history and cooperatives while developing leadership skills, “They learn the benefit of participating in a group and clear communication that draws out leadership skills and the benefits of what can be accomplished by working together,” said Snowden.

Eater’s Digest
You could describe Jersey Subs as just a sandwich shop, but that would be like calling the Mona Lisa just a painting.

Reader speaks out on cemetery
I believe Soldotna received property that they could place a cemetery on but refused to do so. Why should the rest of borough taxpayers give valuable property to Soldotna for anything less than fair market value, and that is more than $1, that is for sure.

New York Times not acting in country’s interest
It is an outrage that the Editors of the New York Times illegally leaked information about National Security Agency (NSA) warrant less wiretaps on the eve of the Senate vote on renewal of the Patriot Act. Those involved have committed treason, and have aided and abetted our enemies in the war on terrorism.

Donations warm children’s hearts, beds
The LeeShore Center would like to thank the Kenai Piecemakers quilting group for the time and love they put into making quilts for the children who reside with us. This year the group donated 101 quits and a quilted book. One quilter alone made 60.

Community support helps center help others
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the LeeShore Center, I would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the many community members, businesses and service agencies who generously donated their time and assistance to our agency during 2005.

New year will be pivotal
2006 will be a pivotal year for Alaska. Rising oil prices have created a surplus that is igniting a feeding frenzy. ANWR will not open to drilling. Local officials and businesses are in a gold fever mode pushing the opening of the Pebble Mine prospect without researching the disaster unregulated open pit gold mining is causing in Nevada.

Fire crews have little to do
As wildfires continue to plague a section of the country including Oklahoma and northern Texas, firefighters in the central Kenai Peninsula area are breathing somewhat easier, reporting a relatively safe holiday season here.

Roads host fewer moose deaths
The dark winter months are still dragging on and the number of moose-automobile accidents on the Kenai Peninsula is peaking, but like this year’s snowfall, winter accumulations remain below average.

Snowmachine sales hit brakes from lack of snow
The dismally thin snow blanket covering the Kenai Peninsula has left dealerships struggling to sell the latest and greatest in snowmachines this winter.

Money matters head agenda
Grant appropriations from state and federal sources will top the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agenda at its first meeting of 2006 today at the Borough building in Soldotna.

’06 sees 1st labor of love
A Soldotna family rang in the new year with new life and Texas tradition Sunday.

New year, new resolutions
The dawning of a new year always seems to be a time for looking forward, when many think about all the changes in life that may be wanted or needed.

Peninsula to contribute to 37 years of Arctic Winter Games tradition
When athletes take to the ice, slopes and a number of other venues for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula in March, they will be following in the footsteps (and ski tracks) of 18 years worth of Games participants.

Mushers howling over lack of snow
The start of January often a is peak time for sled dog training due to cold temperatures and a solid accumulation of snow that has been building since late October, but this season has been anything but favorable for mushers and their canine companions.

Betty Florence McGalliard
Soldotna resident Betty Florence McGalliard died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 76.

Myrtle ‘Dorothy’ (Foster) Wilson
Soldotna resident Myrtle “Dorothy” (Foster) Wilson died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 82.

Robert ‘Bob’ Dale Ingels
Sterling resident Robert “Bob” Dale Ingels died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, of natural causes on the Monopod platform, near Nikiski. He was 58.

Rights of Alaska halibut sport fishermen protected — for now
Gov. Murkowski and the (Alaska Department of Fish and Game) Commissioner McKie Campbell are due real big plaudits from all of us for their firm stand against the Charter Boat Individual Fishing Quotas at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting on Dec. 8. Their firm leadership led a watershed vote to rescind those predatory IFQs. The public won, we kept our halibut harvest rights.

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results Scholarship offered to high school seniors 4-H Club set to mush LeeShore community classes set

Around the Peninsula
Embroiderers sought for new club DEC gets cooking with food safety class KPC to host open house MDA seeks awards nominations

Peninsula People
Keating graduates from police academy Lassen competes at debate championship McBride graduates from TSU Rahlfs elected historian of debate club Williamson graduates from seafarer’s program Patriotic arts program winners on display VFW scholarship winners announced

Hunting for home hazards
It’s the time of year many well-intentioned and ambitious folks make their New Year’s resolutions. Here’s one to put on your list — this is the perfect time to do a home hazard hunt.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet Board to consider peninsula fishing Deadline for writers’ event nears Peninsula fair seeks members

· Earl and Christina Ellingson of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Earl James Ellingson V, at 7:35 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25,2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 21 inches.

Quilting for kids

Theater staff helped make outing first rate
It is nice to know there are still places of business where an employee strives to put customer service first.

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Area players help Valley City State Verhelst plays football for Augustana Hall completes 11th NFL season

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