Thursday, January 13, 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."

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.

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.

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.

New charter rules should be no surprise
I read the article in the Monday, Jan. 10, Clarion (Charters grapple with permit issues) and thought it might be interesting to give insight to some facts about the issue.

Legislation that makes sense
This Congress has the power to determine the course of our republic. Will it super size or downsize the federal government? Here are three common sensible bills about to be introduced by a few brave statesmen:

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.

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.

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.

Looking for father's boat
I have been trying to find information on the foundering of the fishing boat Winabob on July 10, 1954. This is the first boat built by my dad, Ad Cummings. She was lost southwest of Kalgin Island, Cook Inlet. I would appreciate any information you might have. Thank you.

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?

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.

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Road work ahead: Ice road provides access to drilling site on Refuge
Employment in the central Kenai Peninsula has received a temporary spike as the result of an ice road currently under construction at the end of the Kenai Spur Highway, beginning at Captain Cook State Park.

Legislature to take up fishery issues: Bills address personal-use licensing, guide qualifications, management goals
When the Alaska Legislature starts its session on Jan. 18, they'll begin to discuss a number of bills already filed that could affect residents and visitors on the Kenai Peninsula.

Business robbed at gunpoint: Less than $500 taken from Soldotna Subway sandwich shop
A Soldotna Subway sandwich shop was robbed early Wednesday morning.

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.

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.

Photo: Fast fairways

Katherine E. Shaw
Katherine E. Shaw died Dec. 19, 2010, in Juneau. She was 101.

Charles 'Sailor' Ellison
Nikiski resident, Charles "Sailor" Ellison, 71, died Jan. 10, 2011, at his home in Nikiski.

Voices of Alaska: Oil tax needs to be competitive
I recently wrote an article describing why ACES, Alaska's oil tax system, needs to be adjusted sufficiently to cause the producers to again invest in Alaska's North Slope fields and to promote an aggressive exploration program. Oil taxes now supply 90 percent of our state revenue -- the highest ever. The rate of decline in oil flow through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is increasing. Producer investment in Alaska is decreasing -- and no wonder.

Around the Peninsula

Polar Plunge this Saturday

Around the Peninsula

Candle-making for Valentine's Day

Off to see the Wizard: Triumvirate's Class Act opens popular musical
A Monday night dress rehearsal of Triumvirate Theatre's "The Wizard of Oz," was typical chaos for the children's theater group.

Poet's Corner: Another Year - With Me!
Bunny Chong, Soldotna

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Art Briefs

Call for metal and wood artists

Reeling It In: The best of films, the worst of films
2010 had kind of a rough start, movie-wise. With a few exceptions, things looked pretty dismal going into the summer, but then "Iron Man 2" perked things up a bit, and "Toy Story" roused us out of our stupor enough for "Inception" to blow our minds.

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

Sports Briefs

Kenai hockey tops Homer

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