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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Peninsula Reading Carnival draws hundreds in from the cold
The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council held its 5th Annual Reading Carnival at Soldotna High School last Saturday afternoon. Some 1,000 people from across the Kenai Peninsula attended and had the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities to promote awareness and enthusiasm for literacy. With temperatures reaching a high of -20 during the day plenty of people were happy for the indoor event and opportunity to get the kids out of the house for some fun. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to get the big red fire trucks outside. It was just too cold to park outdoors, but we had a lot going on inside for the kids,” said CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, “We have coloring and activity books that all relate to fire safety for the kids, so this is a great opportunity for us to get out in the community to promote safety as well as literacy.”

Citizen Cane “spoof” to highlight Dinner Theatre & Art Auction
Triumvirate Theatre will hold its 3rd annual dinner theatre and art auction this weekend at The Crossing Restaurant at the Soldotna Bridge. Keeping with the tradition of spoofing famous movies and centering the plot around fishing on the Kenai, the cast will perform “Citizen King,” written and directed by Carla Jenness. “We’ve had a ball spoofing famous movies in the past and of course this year we took off on the classic Citizen Cane, but not to panic if you’ve never seen the Orson Wells film it’s all about the local jokes and celebs like Sarah Palin, Frank Murkowski, and some of your other favorite characters including an actual cameo by Mayor Dave Carey,” said Carla. The cast includes Carla and Chris Jenness, Joe Rizzo, Jamie and Angie Nelson, Judy Shields, Mario Bird, Dan Adair, Jayton Rizzo and Justin Smith. “When Charles Foster King utters his final words, ‘Rosebud,’ the press goes to work trying to define the man that ruled the Kenai for decades. Just who was Rosebud? Was it King’s favorite Johnson 2 stroke outboard or perhaps his cherished rod and reel? You’ll have to find out for yourself, but I can tell you the plot is filled with familiar characters and lots of local jokes, the spoof will be a great night out for your Valentine's Day weekend,” promised Joe Rizzo of the Triumvirate Theatre.

Bright start for 11th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Sport Lake
As eagles soared and temperatures tried to rise above -10 at Sport Lake last weekend, hundreds turned out for the annual Kick-Off of the Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware Ice Fishing Derby. “It was a totally wonderful day with sunny blue skies sparkling through the crystal hoarfrost on the trees, it was just a delight to be out here, watching so many kids catch their first fish with eagles swooping around the lake, it was like being in a picture postcard. The winds were calm and we had plenty of hot chocolate, hot dogs, warming tents and a campfire to keep everyone warm,” said Kick-Off Coordinator Dawn Nushart. Dawn’s husband Keith co-chairs the event for Soldotna Hardware and drilled a live well where participants could keep their catches after they were measured and weighed in for the Derby, “Some went home to the frying pan and others were released to grow and be caught another day,” added Dawn. By about 2:00pm the holding pond had around 20 nice trout.

Chamber honors community members with awards
Friday night it was the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce’s turn to honor outstanding businesses and individuals of the community. As the gavel was officially passed from 2007 Chamber president Lisa Roberts, Key Bank, to incoming president Ryan Kapp, Edward Jones Investments, it was announced that once again this year the Chamber $1,000 Scholarships would be renewable for a second year, “That means that if a recipient stays in college for their second year they receive another $1,000 for that year as well,” said Sammy Cole, chairperson for the scholarship committee. Cole introduced this year’s scholarship winners as: Mallory Millay, Melissa Halama, Rosemary Houglum, Les Baker, Jacob Lucas Barkman, Taryn Bossert, and Kari Daly, “In 2002 a group of local community leaders in conjunction with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce established a scholarship that carries Vera Horwarth’s name. Vera was a charter member of the Soldotna Chamber and an inspiration to everyone that knew her. The scholarship is awarded each year to graduating seniors. In accordance with Vera's history of helping the Soldotna Community, one of the criteria of the scholarship is an emphasis on community involvement. Each year Vera made a pie to sell at our fund raising auction, and it was always a crowd favorite. Since her death, a volunteer now makes the "Vera" pie in her honor, and that pie is auctioned off at the end of this evening’s event. To date, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Vera Howarth Memorial Scholarship has raised in excess of $30,000. It is our hope that this special scholarship will one day become a four year award. I am pleased to announce that the winners of the Vera Howarth scholarship for 2008 are Les Baker and Kari Daly,” said Cole.

Love is in the air
When Christmas trees and Santas give way to hearts and cupids, there's no mistaking what holiday approaches.

Students send planes to N.Y.
Soldotna High School students spent last Wednesday and Thursday doing a different sort of project.

Annexation on council agenda
Residents in and around Soldotna will have another opportunity Wednesday to voice their opinions regarding the city's petition to annex four parcels of neighboring land into the city.

Early king regs passed
The Alaska Board of Fisheries passed four proposals Monday in Anchorage dealing with early-run king salmon on the Kenai River as amended by record copy 158.

Borough right on track with budget
December 31, 2007 marked the halfway point for the borough's fiscal year 2008 budget, and according to finance department figures, revenues are outstripping expenses.

Major jewelers oppose Pebble
Five of the nation's leading jewelry retailers are pledging to support permanent protection for Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale metal mining.

Fish board wraps up
The Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting adjourned Tuesday after carrying 42 of 286 proposals.

Photo feature: Be mine?
Two eagles share a perch recently at the borough landfill.

Raymond Elledge
Kenai resident Raymond Elledge died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 88.

Raymond Claude Elledge
Kenai resident Raymond Claude Elledge died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 88.

Louis L. Clark
Former peninsula resident Louis L. Clark died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, in Anchorage. He was 85.

Carla McComas
Portland, Ore., resident Carla McComas died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, in Portland. She was 66.

Shirley M. Mulligan
Kasilof resident Shirley M. Mulligan died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 82.

Grand Marnier Strawberries Over Country Biscuits
For the strawberries:

Healthy Bites
From the hot, sultry days of summer to the bone-chilling days of winter, your body needs water to maintain its normal temperature.

Choosing a special wine for your Valentine
"I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad," said Madame Bollinger, one of the grande dames of Champagne. "Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it unless I'm thirsty."

Grapes Rolled in Almonds and Ginger
1/2 cup whole almonds, toasted

Crisped Rosemary Chicken
1 brick

Sicilian Bruschetta with Artichokes
11/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Around the Peninsula
Senior service board to meet Anxiety to be discussed Teen dance slated Cancer fundraiser begins Babies born in '07 sought Child find screening offered

Food for lovers
There's not a lot of scientific data to prove that certain foods contain aphrodisiac qualities, but you can't ignore the impact some foods have on those of us who believe in their magic.

Soldotna boys, girls defeat Homer
Very little went wrong for the host Soldotna High School girls basketball team Tuesday night.

Lego maniacs
Composed of sixth- and eighth-grade Quest students from Nikiski North Star Elementary and Nikiski Middle School, the Nikiski "Snoopy Dawgs" team participated in the Anchorage state Lego League Robotics tournament Jan. 12, and were awarded the second place championship tournament research project award. Competing with almost 50 teams from around the state the team presented a variety of short and long term solutions for energy conservation and future alternative energy possibilities at Nikiski Middle/High School. Team members at the Anchorage tournament, pictured left to right, Nikiski Middle eighth-graders Sallee McClure and Serena Woodin and Nikiski North Star Elementary sixth-graders Hannah Tauriainen, Hannah Halliday and Levi Hansen. Not pictured, Jared W allis, Camron Lotti, and Cydney Spurgeon who also contributed to the team's success.

Around the District
School board meetings slated School Web pages available Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Opportunities for help with financial forms continue: Kenai Peninsula College
The annual February Fee Application for Federal Student Aid frenzy, a series of financial aid workshops, kicks off this week. Frenzy events are held across University of Alaska campuses. FAFSA Frenzy is designed to educate students about financial aid options and to encourage completion of the applications during the month.

Teen looks back on choices, worries about future
On Nov. 10, 2007, I became a teen mom. It has not been easy and now that birth control prices are being raised it will be harder. It could mean more pregnant teens.

Something to sing about
A Norwegian from Minnesota spent Feb. 4 and 5 teaching Alaska high school choir students to sing an African folk song and to enunciate in Spanish.

Sports Briefs
Semmens qualifies for Arctic Winter Games Iron Dog teams reach Kaltag

Sports Brief
Wasilla's Nick Olstad and Todd Minnick were the first team to reach Nome on Tuesday in the 1,971-mile Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race.

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