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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Mild weather a boon for ice fishing tourney
Warm weather and low snowfall this winter is helping to make this one of the best years for ice fishing seen here a while.

It's fun to play with food
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

Sausage and Peppers
1/3 cup olive oil

Polenta
2 cups milk

Support helps in battle with cancer
On Feb. 4, I was honored to be recognized by many in this community in my battle against breast cancer. I want to extend a special thanks from my heart to all the people and businesses (Country Foods, AK Custom Meats, Froso's, Peninsula Christian Center, Coke, Kaladi's, SMS staff, SOHI staff, Three Bears, Central Peninsula Hospital and Kenai Safeway) who contributed to a wonderful spaghetti dinner. It was a great time to meet many of those who have touched my life over the 27 years I have lived in Soldotna and my 21 years of teaching at Soldotna High School.

Schools to share course load: KPBSD plans to keep Skyview, Soldotna high schools viable
Two Soldotna area high schools that have been long time rivals will have to begin sharing their offerings in coming years if they both want to remain viable.

Cemetery land deal reached
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday evening finally put to rest the seemingly eternal Soldotna cemetery land conveyance issue.

Gas producer looks to expand west side holding
The comment period has opened on a proposal by Anchorage-based Aurora Gas, LLC to expand the Nicolai Creek Unit on the West Side of Cook Inlet.

'The smell of blood and alcohol': Witness testifies against Jimmy Eacker
During emotional testimony at the Jimmy Eacker murder trial Tuesday, a woman who was 8 years old at the time Toni Lister was reported missing recalled her memory of watching Eacker wash blood off himself on March 6, 1982.

Eacker trial ongoing
Stabbing someone five times through the heart with a screwdriver would not likely produce geysers of blood, the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy of Toni Lister's body testified Wednesday.

Photo feature: Ahhhhh!
Chip Spangler receives a massage from Dr. Evan Frisk of the Peninsula Health Center on Wednesday afternoon during a health fair at Kenai Peninsula College. In addition to various health tests, participants were able to peruse vendor booths and learn about healthy lifestyles.

Raymond Encelewski
Anchorage resident Ned Raymond Encelewski, 81, died from health complications, February 12, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Economic State of the Kenai Peninsula
In today's Peninsula Clarion you will find this year's annual section called Transitions.

Around the Peninsula

Cancer support group to meet

Juneau crafters create wearable art
JUNEAU -- In an aim to go above and beyond the call of duty of most recyclers, several Juneau artists have taken various materials and creatively transformed them into pieces of art.

'Wolfman' wins points for style
'The Wolfman'

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Best Bets

'Grease' is the word
Backstage before a Kenai Performers' dress rehearsal for "Grease," director Terri Zopf-Schoessler is tweaking the "Greased Lightnin'" convertible.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Arctic Winter Games fail to introduce new sports

Cook Inlet commercial fishermen must be resilient to stay afloat
Commercial fishermen live their lives by the ebb and flow of the tide, and in more ways than one. From season to season the price per pound paid for their catches waxes and wanes like the Cook Inlet waters that bring the salmon into their nets.

Hospital initiative brings more specialists to central Kenai Peninsula
When he walks around Central Peninsula Hospital, Dr. Gregg Motonaga doesn't feel like he's in Soldotna. He feels more like he's in a big city, perhaps Boston, where he earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Returning Kenai Peninsula graduates bring expertise, economic boost to community
The majestic beauty of the Kenai Peninsula is a lure to thousands of summer tourists, infusing the area with seasonal dollars. Finding a way to keep a year round influx of cash is a balance long sought by local leaders.

Medical field shows potential for growth
Alaska was slightly spared the brunt of the recession that put 15.4 million Americans out of work, but no industry or occupation was spared from some form of layoffs, hiring freezes, benefit cuts and general anxiety. As such, many unemployed workers and college students are looking at where the jobs will be in the coming years.

Commercial fishery harvest projected at 700,000 fish
For those who fish commercially on the Kenai River, this summer might be an ideal time to relocate.

In-state gas demand may overtake contract
Natural gas demand for space heating and power generation over the next decade or so appear to fit comfortably within a 500 million cubic feet-per-day limit the state of Alaska has accepted for gas for Alaska communities from a gas pipeline built by TransCanada Corp., according to a study of in-state gas demand commissioned by TransCaanda.

Photo feature: In their blood
For a family portrait taken several years ago, Liz Chase and her family chose to pose in their fishing gear. "The '40's look just wasn't us," Liz Chase said. Pictured are Chase's children and husband: front row, Aaron and Caleb; middle row, Hannah and Mike; and back row, Chase's husband, Brian, and Chase.

Gloom, bright spots in oil, gas
Crude oil production on the west side of Cook Inlet was hit with the wrong kind of boom this year, one that emanated from a belching volcano and was anything but a boom for the companies operating in the region.

Community anxious, excited over arrival of retailer
When the Kenai Walmart opens at the end of March, it might feel something like Fred Meyer on Black Friday. Throngs of eager shoppers may line up outside in the wee hours of March 31, eagerly waiting to bust through the doors.

Change: State's economy downshifts heading into 2010
Alaska's economy is slowly downshifting. Some of this is being driven by real reductions in dollars coming into Alaska -- fewer tourists, fewer oil wells being drilled, lower payments to fish harvesters this year -- but some of the slowdown is also being driven by psychology -- weak consumer confidence, and more caution by investors and borrowers.

More Kenai Peninsula visitors looking for natural experience
While there are no shortages of folks who come to Alaska for fishing in summer, there are also a growing number of visitors who see this state as a prime year-round destination for a more personal connection with nature.

Photo feature: Vacation with a view
The Adler family of Delray Beach, Fla., hikes along the shoreline of Grewingk Glacier Lake last July. Fish are not the only draw for tourists on the Kenai Peninsula.

Definition of success changes with the times
It can be difficult to predict which is the most successful career path to take, but according to several degree-seeking students at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, how you define success can help with the decision.

After weak 2009 season, industry operators look for steadier future
Operators of Kenai Peninsula businesses that rely on summer tourist dollars are hoping to hold the line following a weak 2009 season.

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