Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sammy Cole Roderick puts in her last day at Southcentral Title Agency
For nearly 22 years, Sammy Cole Roderick has been a key employee at Southcentral Title Agency and last week amongst laughter and tears, hugs and cheers for best wishes - Sammy entered the joyful ranks of the retired. Over the last two decades, Sammy has been seen at nearly every community event, parade, and benefit. She has served multiple terms as president of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, as the chairman of the organization's scholarship committee, a parade judge, a volunteer for the Kenai River Classic, and in so many capacities that one well wisher stated: "I worked with Sammy for years at events of all kinds and never really did know what she did for a living. Then I bought a piece of property in town and when I went in for the closing was surprised to find out she was Joe Rogers's boss at Southcentral."

PFD Application option offers benefits to community: ..Pick, Click, & Give
Project organizers say early 2011 Pick Click Give participation figures are extremely encouraging. As of January 5th, 81,805 Permanent Fund Dividend applications have been filed online with 2,975 individuals making 4,414 pledges for a total of $224,475.00. The partnership promoting the program reports that they hope Alaskans will share $1.5 million of their Permanent Fund Dividend with nonprofits when they file online this year. "A generous formula I've come up with is 9 for me 1 for you," said Ricky Gease, executive director Kenai River Sportfishing Association. "In other words I keep 9 of every ten dollars of my PFD and give one to my favorite cause. And if we all did that, the results would be truly amazing and make a measurable difference in improving the quality of life for all Alaskans," Gease said.

Dr. Todd Wortham, DDS now offers Botox treatment at River City Dental
As a 1995 graduate from Kenai Central High School, Todd Wortham did exactly what scholarship committees always hope will happen. After attending college, he returned to Alaska to establish his business in our community. Wortham not only built a successful dental practice in Kenai, he has expanded his portfolio and is now offering a new service at River City Dental Clinic.

Stanley Ford moves to new Kenai location to better serve you
As of last week, Stanley Ford and Stanley Chrysler have officially switched locations. "We are proud to have the renovations completed in and to be up and running," said Eric Stanley in an interview with the Dispatch. "The main reason for the move was to be better able to serve our customers and that's our bottom line and focal point of our business - to provide the highest caliber of service possible for our clients," he said. According to Mr. Stanley even though the Chrysler and Ford dealership locations have officially changed places, they will make every effort to be sure it doesn't inconvenience any of their customers. "If you do own a Ford and you need an oil change during your lunch hour and it's hard for you to get over to Kenai, then we'll take care of you in Soldotna. It's just a matter of the Stanley family of auto dealerships doing everything we can to take care of our friends and customers," he added.

Quick, Easy and Ready to Go: Hot Breakfast Cups
Don't wait until the weekend to try one of these delicious hot breakfast cups. They're easy to make, require few ingredients and are immensely satisfying. The baked cups, contrary to what you might think, pop right out of the tin used to bake them and keep their shape well. And, if you're watching your cholesterol, two of the breakfast cup recipes can be made with an egg substitute or modified to include turkey as alternatives to sausage and bacon.

Is anyone listening to coal opposition?
I begin my comment with this pleading question because, when it comes to the issues surrounding development of the Chuitna Coal Project by Pac Rim, the decision makers do not want to acknowledge the facts.

Leave the coal -- and salmon -- alone
Coal under the Chuitna River? Let's see -- they want to jeopardize the wellbeing of one of our natural renewable resources (salmon) so they can sell coal to a foreign country? A few people making a profit and a foreign country getting affordable energy. How about somebody finding an affordable energy for us folks here on the Kenai to heat our homes that won't endanger our environment?

Ode to the school district lunch ladies
After retiring from the Kenai Peninsula School District last May, I decided I was not ready to just sit in a rocking chair yet. Wanting a new experience, and having a hard time cutting the apron strings after 38 years, I signed up to be a lunch room substitute. What an eye opening experience this has been. After two weeks of training, I am convinced that these ladies are the "unsung heroes "of the school district.

Price gouging on gasoline
I would like to know why the Peninsula residents are paying almost $4 a gallon for gas. We were paying this much when oil was $140 a barrel it is now just over $80. It's gouging or its price fixing by all the stations. This story about gas being trucked down from Anchorage just don't fly for a number of reasons. Every time gas prices are investigated this is the story that's told the reason for the high price and the investigation is closed, how convenient!

Mission group gives thanks
As we begin a new year we would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who donated their time, money and gifts to the mission of En La Gloria. We are a non-profit Christian organization with a mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ through evangelizing and serving. Through village evangelism, bible studies, feeding and clothing programs and ministering to hurting individuals our teams have a heart to share the hope and love that can be found in knowing Jesus.

Christmas in Bethlehem appreciated
We would like to thank the congregation of College Heights Baptist Church for their wonderful rendition of Bethlehem Revisited. The shops were so authentic and the children, shepherds and animals walking the streets made it seem so real. Everyone played their part perfectly. The angels singing behind the manger made an awesome sight which created a wonderfully spectacular atmosphere. There was a lot of work that went into that production and for the men, women and children to withstand the cold so we, the community, could get a glimmer of what that holy night might have been like is very humbling. I have spoken to many people and all were truly blown away. Thanks again, you really do deserve an applause.

Troopers: know what makes Alaskans tick
I've been watching the National Geographic episodes of "Alaska State Troopers." I must say that I am impressed at the overall professional behavior of the Troopers when confronted by the myriad situations they find themselves faced with.

Thanks for the field trip
The fourth graders at Soldotna Elementary School would like to sincerely thank The Rasmuson Foundation for funding their Dec. 7 trip to Anchorage to experience the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and explore the Alaska History Gallery through docent-led tours.

Political bile blamed for shooting
I simply can't find the words to express my disgust with Sarah Palin and her pals at Fox News; their evil artistry of blended truth, lies and bile seems to have set the stage for the horrific assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Fish Board to consider ignoring protection
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider an emergency petition from the city of Adak to partially disregard fishing closures in state waters. The federal government proposed the closures to protect food sources for Steller sea lions in the central Aleutian Islands.

Board says no to drug tests: Schools to look at other prevention measures
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education said no to drugs, and testing student-athletes for them, at its meeting Monday night.

Photo: Fast fairways

Share your dividend? Local non-profits hoping givers pick their cause while filing 2011 permanent fund applications
The state started accepting applications for 2011 permanent fund dividends on Jan. 1, and for the third year, applicants can pledge a portion of their dividend to one of more than 300 eligible non-profit organizations -- including more than a dozen in the central Peninsula area.

Photo: Waiting for his favorite show

Gov.'s budget includes $10.5M toward roads to resources
Gov. Sean Parnell's promise to bring "roads to resources" into greater focus during his administration has materialized, in the recently released fiscal year 2012 draft budget, in the form of $10.5 million in allocations to various phases of planning and engineering on three projects.

RCA asks HEA for more information: Regulatory body has questions on proposed rate structure
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has asked Homer Electric Association to provide more information about their proposed rate changes before the commission will make a decision.

Larry Rodgers
Former Kenai resident Larry Rodgers passed away at his home in Henderson, Nev., Dec. 21, 2010. He was 45.

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Sports Briefs

Kenai hockey tops Homer

Kenai hoops teams sweep Nikiski
Round 2 between the Kenai Central and Nikiski boys basketball teams went to the home team -- sort of.

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