Thursday, February 17, 2011

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors takes on Kenai Sport Rec & Trade Show
What does selling your home or buying a new one have in common with the latest in recreational toys or catching a fish at the ADF&G portable Trout Pond? The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors (KPAR) that's what. As an organization that has been known for sponsoring a variety of events to support local organizations including Hospice, KPAR has recently stepped up to take on the annual Kenai Sport Rec & Trade Show coordination. Now in its 26th year, the annual spring event that gathers vendors from throughout Alaska was in jeopardy of closing when the show's promoter, Terry Coval, left Alaska last year. "It'll be a lot of work, but its something that will allow us to continue to raise funds for Hospice and Habitat for Humanity on the Kenai Peninsula, while continuing a popular spring community event and growing the show with new ideas and more vendors," said KPAR chief executive officer Kari Butler.

Neverland comes to Kenai this weekend
Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Lost Boys, Capt. Hook and a full cast of Neverland characters take center stage of the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS this weekend for the Kenai Performers opening of Piers Robinson's Peter Pan Musical. And just as Mary Martin did in the original Broadway production of the musical, Peter will soar through the atmosphere in the local performance of this enchanting tale. "We've contracted with a professional company, ZFX Flying Effects, out of California to come up and train us to fly. He says he does 450 flying shows a year and has lots of fairy dust and happy thoughts, so expect to see a show like nothing ever seen before in Kenai," said director Phil Morin. Peter Pan, who is portrayed by 15-year-old Annaleah Ernst, says she is more than ready. "It's who I am! I've always wanted to do stuff like this and never get old. I always want to be a little kid and never grow up - just like Peter," Ernst told the Dispatch during a rehearsal interview.

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Lu Li visits River City Cheer
World famous 1992 Barcelona Olympics Gold Metal Gymnast Lu Li of China came to Alaska last week to lead a training clinic at River City Cheer. At only 15 years of age, Li Lu was the first female gymnast to have all of the judges score her with a perfect score of tens on the uneven bars during a competition. Lu made the Chinese national team in late 1991. However, liver illness almost prevented her from competing in the Olympics. In April 1992, just a few months before the Barcelona Games, she made her international debut at the World Championships in Paris, where her highly innovative uneven bars routine caught the attention of the gymnastics world. In 2000, Lu Li moved to California and became a gymnastics coach there. She later moved to Washington State with her husband and son where she currently lives and works as a coach at Emerald City Gymnastics in Redmond.

Photos: Ice Fishing
The folks at Trustworthy Hardware shared these photos from their annual ice fishing derby, which runs through the end of the month.

Tight Lines: And now for something completely different
Find yourself in the Kenai fishing rut? Every year it's the same thing -- stalking Russian River reds in June, backtrolling kings and flipping for reds on the Kenai in July, jigging for Cook Inlet halibut when you get a chance.

In the bag, Cooking en Papillote
'En papillote (in paper),' French words for a method of cooking foods in waterproof, greaseproof, non-stick parchment paper, is not only a very simple way to prepare a variety of foods but also helps cut back on calories, cooking time and clean up. Many foods, including chicken, seafood, vegetables and fruits are particularly suited to this method of cooking, where food is baked with steam inside a folded pouch of parchment paper with very little to no added fat. Along with the food itself, herbs, stock, juice or wine are typically added to the pouch, along with spices complementary to the particular foods being cooked. As long as food is enclosed securely in a sheet of parchment paper large enough to give the food sufficient air space during the cooking process, wrapping food the same as you would a delicatessen-style sandwich is an efficient way to cook en papillote. Parchment paper is primarily used for lining baking pans and eliminates the need for greasing pans, so whatever parchment paper is not used for cooking en papillote may be used for baking cookies, brownies and cakes another time. Use parchment paper in the freezer, microwave oven and safely in a conventional oven heated up to 400 degrees. Look for rolls of parchment paper in the supermarket alongside the aluminum foil, plastic wrap and other wrapping materials.

Grateful for EPA oversight
After three years of attending rallies, writing letters and flying anti-PebbleCreek flags I was beginning to believe that nobody was listening to the hordes of people who are opposed to the development of Pebble Creek Mine at the headwaters to Bristol Bay. I am overjoyed to be wrong about this.

Federal government is the Land of Oz
The feds have become the Great Oz, before whom Alaskans are obliged to beg and grovel. When the EPA thunders its "No! Go away," Alaskans tremble in fear. Even the Governor is afraid to lift the gas tax for fear of angering the Great Oz.

School district is excellent
In the game of Blackjack the "Perfect Hand" is 21. As I reflect back on my children's education over the past 21 years and with the youngest in the family scheduled to graduate in May, my three children have truly been dealt the "Perfect Hand" by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

KPC students aren't happy with proposed cuts
Dear Mayor Carey,

LNG plant closure talked over in Juneau
Legislators sat down with labor, industry and regulatory representatives on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming closure of the Liquified Natural Gas plant in Nikiski and what it means for Alaska.

Lifelong learning: Older students' experience adds to classroom
When students returned to Kenai Peninsula College last month, the corridors were more crowded than any prior semester.

Joys and pains: Kenai council discusses annual dipnet fishery
Kenai's love-hate relationship with the annual personal-use dipnet fishery dominated discussion at the city council work session Tuesday.

Nets set for fish board: Commercial fishermen have eye on process, proposals
Editor's note: This is the first part in a three-part series leading up to the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet finfish issues Sunday. The purpose of the series is to examine the three distinct user groups, the people that constitute them, and what issues matter to them the most.

College staff, students protest cuts
About 30 students and staff members from Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai RiverCampus waved signs outside the Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration Building in Soldotna Tuesday afternoon in protest of borough Mayor Dave Carey's proposed budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year.

In-state pipeline draws criticism
The federal natural gas pipeline coordinator said Monday only a large pipeline to ship Alaska natural gas out of state will serve the state's needs, not the in-state line some have been advocating.

Buildings dedicated to former borough mayors
Two former mayors of the Kenai Peninsula Borough were honored Tuesday when two government buildings were officially dedicated to them.

Linda S. Brower-Guffy
Longtime Kenai resident Linda S. Brower-Guffy, 59, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, after a long battle with cancer.

Patricia Ann Northup
Kasilof resident Patricia Ann Northup died peacefully, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at home after a 4-year battle with mesothelioma. She was 54.

What is gas line worth to state?
A natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to serve Alaskans and Lower 48 markets is possible, but to turn that into probable will take the right market conditions, investors willing to risk tens of billions of dollars and state involvement.

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Reeling It In: Now showing on the small screen ...
"Let Me In"

Think of a wonderful thing: Kenai Performers hit high note with 'Peter Pan'
When you go to see Kenai Performer's "Peter Pan," don't expect to see Disney-type characters running and flying around the stage fighting pirates. But do expect to see children and adults in hand-made costumes singing, flying, and dancing around the stage. This "Peter Pan" is not a play, but a full production musical.

Poet's Corner

Optimism

SkyHi girls, Homer boys get victories
With less than 10 seconds to play and his team holding a three-point lead, Devon Kennelty had one thought.

Sports Brief: Nikolaevsk girls earn victory over Kalskag
Naniella Dorvall scored a game-high 17 points and Sophia Kalugin added 11 as the Nikolaevsk girls basketball team defeated Kalskag 42-28 at home Wednesday.

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