Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Outdoors
On Thursday the 20th of January 2006 I drove several of my sons classmates to Sport Lake where they had an ice fishing, and skating field trip. January 20th is also the birthday celebration for some guy who was born in the lower 48 clear back in 1955. This guy grew up fishing and hunting at an early age in the upper Midwest. Any ideas? Gee thanks fellow readers...it was I John Perkovich! Ok so we don’t have a John Perkovich day! Anyway back to the story for this week!

Senator Stevens AWG event great success
Friday the 13th was a great night as the count down continued for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to be held on the Kenai Peninsula this March. In the face of volcanic eruptions, snow storms, fog banks, closed airports, and a full moon, the fundraiser for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games hosted by U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, was a “smashing success!” according to Bill Popp, revenue development chairman for the Host Society. “Over 200 people attended the event, the entire audience came to its feet to cheer on Senator Stevens as he promised to continue to fight for Alaska and the opening of ANWR,” said Popp.

Eater’s Digest
For how few restaurants there are on the Kenai Peninsula, we are fortunate to have several that offer exquisite Asian cuisine, and one more has been added to that list with the opening of Nikko Garden Buffet.

Kenai Chamber starts New Year with community awards
As the Kenai Chamber of Commerce looks forward to an exciting new year with great hopes for the future, it celebrated the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that were essential in making 2005 a great year at their annual awards banquet. Local community members and dignitaries gathered at the Challenger Learning Center to honor those selected for the traditional awards. Kenai Borough Mayor John Williams challenged the Chamber to work with City in the coming year to create a unique image for the City of Kenai that would cause Alaskans and people through out the country to make Kenai a destination for business and recreation.

Success breeds success for BP GTL plant in Nikiski
Underscoring the theme that “Success breeds success,” BP Gas to Liquids operations manager Paul Jacobson told the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance at their monthly luncheon meeting last week that the GTL plant which was originally planned to be dismantled in 2005, would remain in operation throughout 2006 and maybe beyond. “We’re convincing people that there really is so much we can learn in running the plant reliably and that was one of our challenges this year was to demonstrate that and in our last two months of operations we’ve only been down for two days while successfully operating for a month on either side so having 60 straight days of successful operation really gives confidence to our management that we can generate even more success and that creates purpose for us to continue,” said Jacobson.

Fishing for ice in Alaska
Six years ago Jerome Near, Norm Blakely and the Soldotna Rotary Club changed the meaning of ice fishing in Alaska. The idea was to add a new attraction to the Peninsula Winter Games which were started some 30 years ago by missionaries Al and Bernice York of Sterling. York’s idea was to have a community event to break up the long Alaskan winters and get kids and their families outdoors for some winter fun. Near and Blakely thought an ice carving competition would be in keeping with the theme and also generate some new interest in the Peninsula’s premier winter event, so they went about harvesting ice the first year from Arc Lake next to the Peninsula land fill. With a chain saw, some logging pews, and the help of a tow truck they managed to bring a new meaning to ice fishing in Alaska. Necessity being the mother of invention, Near says it became apparent that some innovations in the ice fishing process were indeed necessary. The following year Near had created the first Jerome Ice-cutting-mobile, a rig that mounted a chain saw on a steel jig and allowed for straight cuts with much less effort, “You just push it along like a baby buggy, and it cuts about 10 feet every 20 seconds,” said Near.

Reader invites critic to ACT meetings
Joseph Ross must be a politician since he adheres to the idea that all the citizenry are too stupid to pay attention (Clarion, Jan. 6).

Skyview team serves up thanks
The Skyview Panther volleyball team and coaches give a warm and heartfelt thank you to our sponsors. They truly make it happen.

Reader keeps eye on Williams
In the last election, Borough Mayor John Williams ran as a nonpartisan candidate.

ACS helps hospice make better connection
On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to ACS.

Kasilof youth starts mushing career with T-200
While some people may like to slowly wade into the waters of sled dog racing, 18-year-old Tobie Hansen of Kasilof is more of a cannonball-into-the-deep-end kind of guy.

T-200 action runs through race central
Sitting in a shack that’s not much bigger than a bathroom, staying up all night and answering hundreds of phone calls may not sound fun to most people, but some of the Tustumena 200 Race Association members think it is.

Native Youth Olympics joins 2 divisions for 1st time
Lynette Stettinger from Wasilla bowed her head so a medal could be draped around her neck. It was her fifth in two days as a member of the Chickaloon team.

Mom hits son in truck
A distraught mother rushed to her son’s aid after his snowmachine pulled out in front of her pickup at Mile 16.5 on the Hope Highway on Saturday.

Hester takes stand in trial
More than two years have passed since Betsy M. Hester allegedly shot her now deceased boyfriend, but she continues to have nightmares in which he chases her while stabbing into walls and furniture with a knife, Hester told jurors in a Kenai courtroom Tuesday.

Missing evidence in Hester murder trial recovered
Testimony in the murder trial of a Kasilof woman was cut short today due to the discovery of new evidence. On Jan. 11, the jury in the trial listened to a recording of a 911 call in which Betsy M. Hester was heard telling 911 dispatch she had just shot her boyfriend. The recording, however, was incomplete and the location of the second half of the recording apparently unknown. On Monday it was announced the recording had been found.

Photo Feature: Ice water

Bill targets retirement plan costs
Municipalities facing overwhelming employee retirement contribution costs may soon be able to finance those obligations with bonds, if a bill now before the Alaska House is adopted.

Reinstating revenue sharing tops priorities in legislative requests
The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s annual appeal for policy changes and capital-project financing has been sent to Juneau, where it is hoped a convergence of election-year politics and surplus oil revenue will combine to show them favor.

Bennie G. ‘Ben’ Tax
Kasilof resident Bennie G. “Ben” Tax died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 78.

Around the Peninsula
Special educations right to be discussed Teen night planned in Nikiski Kids craft fair set Wine tasting, auction slated Title Vll meeting slated

Around the Peninsula
SoHi after-grad meeting set Used book sale scheduled Historical society to meet Wrestling club seeks members Used book sale scheduled

Hutchison’s record in Alaska is unprecedented
Every time Skyview senior Eli Hutchison has stepped on the wrestling mat in Alaska during his middle school and high school careers, he has won.

Around the District
January Students of the Month announced Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Homeschool Program Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Quut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Wendover to discuss generational differences
Kenai Peninsula College is somewhat unique in the diversity in its student ages brings a variety of life experiences and perspectives into the classroom. However, this can be challenging for faculty who understand that there are complexities that arise due to the different learning styles as some grew up with a pen and paper, others were weaned on a keyboard and monitor.

Art in school enhances learning
Through his involvement with the Artists in Schools Program, Girdwood artist Jim Kaiser has had the opportunity to travel all over Alaska. This month, Kaiser is at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna, where he’s teaching students the art of working with stained glass.

Sports Brief
Area skiers competed in Besh Cup No. 4 Sunday at Chugiak High School. The six Besh Cup series are used to choose the Junior Nationals and Arctic Winter Games teams. Seniors and masters also use the event to get in some racing.

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