Thursday, January 10, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Business workshops set Aromatherapy classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

Northern Lights Archers
The ancient sport of archery is alive and well on the Kenai Peninsula at Northern Lights Archery off Kalifornsky Beach Rd. on Poppy Lane. Randy Hedman and his family recently opened the 14 lane, 20 yard archery range and full line pro shop “I’ve been shooting archery for about 19 years and use to work at an archery shop in Anchorage. I love teaching and working with people so when we moved down here I saw the need for a local archery facility and pro shop, so we took the opportunity to open Northern Lights Archery,” Hedman told the Dispatch.

“Wailin!” in the New Year
World Music for the Kenai (WMFTK), founded by Kasilof’s own Michael J. Morgan Ph.D. has promised since the organizations inception to present, “Some of the greatest artists you’ve never heard ofand will never forget.” With recent concerts that included Po’Girl and Antje Duvekot, Morgan is fulfilling his mission, “To bring world class, multi-cultural music and performing artists to the Central Kenai Peninsula.” Many of WMFTK’s memorable concerts have taken place in Morgan’s Moose Pasture located at mile 107.3 of the Sterling Highway, but has also included concerts at the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center, Old Town Playhouse, Soldotna Senior Center and Peninsula Grace Auditorium. Morgan is devoted to bringing music and joy into people’s lives through performing and teaching.

Central Peninsula Christmas Bird Count circle expands
Twenty two adults and three children officially participated in the 108th annual Christmas Bird Count in the Soldotna-Kenai area last week. The Central Peninsula has been participating in the unique international count that includes all of Canada and Mexico since 1983 with the center of the 15 mile diameter circle being the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The local count was discontinued in 1992 and restarted in 1999 as a result of the interest of Jack Sinclair, a local birder who coordinates the event in addition to his work as Supt. of Alaska Department of State Parks, “We’ve seen the interest and participation increase each year,” says Sinclair, “It’s probably one of the best programs you can get into as far as introducing yourself to birding and becoming acquainted with the wildlife that surrounds us in the winter and not getting lost in a crowd as is typical in other locations.”

Each fall I eagerly await just enough cold weather to get the lakes froze up so I can return to my favorite winter time activity, ice fishing. Several times in the past ten years I have really had my patience tested waiting for the lakes to freeze over. This year was no exception as the ice was slow to arrive and on several of my favorite lakes it still is not safe to fish on.

Enviromental lefts and rights
As pathways to the future go, sometimes we have to turn left or right to reach our goals. I believe Alaska has been led down the pathway going left on environmental issues. You know that old path that leads straight to the environmental or green votes. Our current policies concerning development seem to be predicated by where the most votes lay.

Donations make a difference
On behalf of the Redoubt Elementary School PTA, we would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their generous contributions to our Holiday Kindness Program: Professional Home IV, Tesoro Alaska, Dr. Carole Bucholz, Walters & Associates Insurance, Wells Fargo Bank, Soldotna Dental Clinic, Eric and Teresa Fiebelkorn, B. Diane Ireland, Rick and Bobbie Baldwin, Les and Malinda Crane, Greg and Savannah Smith, Sean and Lynn Dusek, Richard and Ann Fraser, Jim and Ruthann Truesdell and John and Sheilah-Margaret Pothast.

All about signs
An OSK sign on the state of Alaska highway on Nikiski Beach Road reads: Warning! Keep Out! Restricted Area! No unauthorized Persons Allowed! No trespassing! Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of our law. Entering this facility is deemed valid consent to screening and/or inspection.

Donation of start-up items gets school going
Peninsula Optional High School opened our doors this past fall with many start-up items in place except for an established student account. Thanks to Agrium, this crucial aspect of the school is now well taken care of.

Family event takes many to succeed
The Rotary Club - Kenai River, Soldotna wishes to express our gratitude to all who made the recent "From China with Fun" a wonderful fun-filled, family event. Funds raised from the evening will go toward literacy programs on the peninsula that include the Read to Your Baby Program, providing new moms and babies born at Central Peninsula Hospital with information on how to raise a reader and baby's first hardback book in a nice cloth book bag.

Best advice comes from those with nothing to gain
Recently, I read an article by Les Palmer. It made me upset. He seems concerned about allocation of fish, yet totally unaware or blind to survival or how proper fisheries management can sustain the maximum yield.

Assembly eases exemption rules
Senior homeowners who like to travel can now be gone from the Kenai Peninsula Borough for up to half a year while remaining eligible for the borough's senior property tax exemption.

Committee opposes subsistence hunt
For approximately three decades, trophy hunters have attempted to protect the moose population near Tustumena Lake by instituting hunts based on drawing permits only. Now a federal subsistence proposal would undermine their efforts by allowing subsistence hunters to take any bull moose regardless of antler size.

College invests in safety
In light of recent university tragedies across the nation, Kenai Peninsula College is implementing a system of campus-wide communication for emergency use called MIR3.

Wanted: Grandparents
It is no secret that elders are repositories of cultural knowledge, and a local organization is hoping to utilize the skills of the silver-haired sect of society to benefit youngsters.

State toughens refund order
State regulators have strengthened language of an order requiring Enstar Natural Gas to give refunds to all qualifying landlords who have apartment buildings served by a single gas meter.

Young: Corn won't solve crisis
After giving Kenai civic and business leaders a rundown of congressional votes he termed "wasted time," Alaska Congressman Don Young said 2007 was not a productive year for Congress.

Skipper takes NPFMC seat
Robert "Ed" Dersham's 8 1/2 years on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, his work with the Department of Fish and Game and his 23 years as a salmon and halibut charter operator out of Anchor Point fueled Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to nominate him to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez approved Palin's nomination on Monday; Dersham will take his seat at the first Anchorage council meeting on March 31.

Ludwig 'Babe' Osowiecki
Former Cooper Landing resident Ludwig "Babe" Osowiecki died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. He was 61.

Nadine Smith
Soldotna resident Nadine Smith died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 86.

Joseph Dale Denison
Lifelong Alaskan Joseph Dale Denison died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, from an aneurysm at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 37.

Joseph Dale Denison
Lifelong Alaskan Joseph Dale Denison died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, from an aneurysm at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 37.

Champagne Chicken with Mushrooms and Cream
6 boneless chicken breasts,

Healthy Bites
Add regular physical activity to your daily routine Antioxidants help you fight back against disease

Champagne Sabayon with Raspberries
6 large egg yolks

Around the Peninsula
Historical society meeting set Women voters to meet Mycological society to gather Parenting to be discussed Swim lessons available Winter games planned FCS board meeting planned

Champagne Risotto
2 tablespoons butter

Champagne is fantastic!
In the week or so since our New Year's Eve celebrations, some of us still have unfinished bottles of champagne taking up space in our refrigerators.Whether it still holds a bit of sparkle or has completely fallen flat, there's much life left in those bottles waiting to get out and take new shape in the form of dishes both savory and sweet.

Around the Peninsula
Learn about foster care and adoption Counseling association offers classes Caregiver meetings set Presidential caucus set FCS board meeting planned Soccer registration continues

Sports Brief
Knotted at one apiece, Soldotna's Tyler Best gave the Stars a 2-1 victory when he scored 52 seconds into overtime Tuesday night at the Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Lively music for violin and piano
The Performing Arts Society has added a concert to its 2007-08 season that harkens back to its inception. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, local pianist Maria Allison and violinist Linda Rosenthal will come together in a concert. Their collaboration also is the first concert the Performing Arts Society produced in 1999.

Poet's Corner
I'm over the hill and coasting to a stop.

Art Briefs
Genealogical Society event set Kenai Performers seek members Milestone moments sought Graphic art workshop planned Art donations sought UA video contest opens Writers group seeks entries

Rarefied Light
"Rarefied Light 2007," the Statewide Traveling Photography Exhibition sponsored by the Alaska Photographic Center, will open in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday with a reception for peninsula photographers showing in the exhibition.

Wilson's comedy hits a snag
In 1980, a minor Congressman from East Texas took it upon himself to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan and, consequently, end the cold war and bring about the downfall of the Soviet Union all this despite the fact that he was a lovable boozer, a womanizer, and had almost no power beyond a few convenient committee memberships.

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