Thursday, February 21, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Healing touch, laughter classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered

United Way pushes toward campaign goal
When something means a lot to you, you’ll go to any lengths to take care of it, but when that “something” is as big as a community, no one can do it alone. That’s where Kenai Peninsula United Way (KPUW) comes in with their annual fund raising campaign to help individuals and businesses contribute to local service agencies so that they can spend their time and resources providing the services they were created for. Last year’s 2006 KPUW campaign rose over $820,000, according to Executive Director Tina Marie Herford. “Current economic circumstances on the peninsula have made the 2007 campaign more challenging than those in previous years, but our community is so very generous. It seems as though people are digging even deeper this year to insure that we can continue to meet the needs of our peninsula communities,” said Herford.

AK Flying Network continues giving Alaskans wings
According to statistics Alaska has six times the number of pilots per capita than anywhere else in the country. One out of every fifty-eight Alaskan residents has a pilot’s license and probably the rest wish they did. It’s been said that this rugged state has two classes of people, “Those who fly and those who don’t!” Chip Versaw and the Alaska Flying Network can take credit for making a lot of those wannabe pilots’ dreams come true. For the last 25 years Alaska Flying Network and their team of flight instructors have been giving Alaskans wings, “We’ve been teaching private, instrument and commercial pilots for all that time, it’s our primary business teaching people to learn how to fly and then renting them planes so they can fly around on their own and explore the rest of the State that isn’t accessible from our limited road system,” says Versaw. He purchased the flight school in 1999 and has been the owner and chief flight instructor ever since. Alaska Flying Network recently moved to a new location in Kenai on Willow Street next to Ron’s Rent-It Center at the rear of the Kenai airfield.

New owners of Doors/Windows are no strangers to the business
For 38 years Doors/Windows on Kalifornsky Beach Rd. has become known nationally for their commercial and custom production of doors and windows. From special dimension windows for local log cabins to commercial office buildings in Seattle, Doors/Windows has earned the reputation as an outstanding manufacturer on the Kenai Peninsula. Formerly owned by Dick Swanson, Doors/Windows is continuing that reputation into the new century under the vision of partners John Straume and Kris Hill. John says after working for the Swansons for 22 years he’s excited to keep the company going and building for the future, “Dick came to Kris and I a year and a half ago and said it was time to retire and that meant either selling or closing the business down, so we formed a partnership to keep the business here and producing commercial and residential doors and windows for the future,” said Straume.

Bruin’s persistence scores one vs. bear resistant containers
Human encounters with bears even during their hibernation season seem to becoming more common on the Kenai Peninsula according to Alaska Department of Fish & Game Wildlife Technician Larry Lewis, “We’re seeing a lot more year round problems with bears, later in the season and earlier in the season and a lot of that activity is not due to bear behavior but human behavior,” says Lewis. Readily available food sources is what Lewis believes is responsible for keeping bears out and about rather then in their dens conserving their energy reserves, “I equate available garbage to bear cocaine, they become addicted to it, it’s an easy food source and they get a lot of bang for the buck so to speak or return for their effort and so there is no reason for them to go away when the food is readily accessible.”

Thanks to those who made history
The Democratic Caucus made history here, as well as everywhere with more people participating than ever. Thanks and great appreciation to Mary Toutonghi, Jean Kimple, Marge Hays, Maya Chay, Tim Evans, Rob Salo, Hal Smalley, John Landua, Marge Mullen, John Williams, Patti Truesdell, Dee Hubbard, Blake Johnson, Judy Salo, Heidi Chay, Susie Smalley, Linda Griffiths, Ross Kendall, Dick Waisanen, Anne Gentry, Rosie Johnson, Jesse Burnham, Kaladi Brothers, the staff at Soldotna Sports Center, Tim Navarre and Arby's.

Fish board meeting was fair
Like Jonah, who predicted too soon the demise of Ninevah, I must admit my own auguring of doom for commercial fishers has proven premature.

Is there something wrong with this picture?
OK, maybe it's just me, but does anyone else see the contradiction, dichotomy, insanity, lunacy (fill in your own term) in the facts that the U.S. Congress is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to hold hearings on baseball players (Roger Clemens being the latest) taking steroids (illegal drugs), while recording artists, advertising and television companies are making millions of dollars and giving awards (five Grammys) to openly illegal drug-addicted people (Amy Winehouse) for a song about not dealing with drug addiction?

We need the gas, too
The Lower 48 may need our gas, but Alaska needs it, also.

Area roads need work
As a commercial truck driver based out of the greater Kenai-Soldotna area, and a resident, I am absolutely amazed at the conditions of the roadways in the Kenai-Soldotna area. They are by far the worst on the peninsula. It is amazing to me to see communities like Homer and Anchor Point and communities north of here, as well, how good they keep there roadways and highways. They have this area beat hands down and should be commended for their efforts.

Hospice appreciates help
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. We deeply appreciate the waiver granted to us for DSL Internet and phone service for the calendar year 2008. The support ACS has provided helps us grow our services and better serve our community.

Reader tired of Bush's behavior
Bush and Cheney have committed numerous high crimes and misdemeanors and it is time for impeachment. We, the citizens of the United States, have to show the world that we will not put up with this behavior.

Photo feature: Straight shooter
Al Steele competes in a darts game at Hooligans Saloon on Wednesday morning during the fifth annual Kenai Peninsula Senior Olympics Games. Seniors age 55 or older are competing in an assortment of games and activities through Saturday. Contact any local senior center for information on remaining events.

Utilities probe unified power pact
In the interest of providing "reliable electric service at the lowest cost possible," Homer Electric announced Wednesday it is joining with other Railbelt utilities to look into forming a unified power system.

Wanted: Cook Inlet crude
A spokesman for Tesoro told industry support company leaders the petroleum refiner and marketer is dependent on them, and would love to see more Alaska crude oil available for processing.

Love INC to pitch Kenai shelter
After a failed attempt to build a homeless shelter in Soldotna, representatives with Love In the Name of Christ plan to pitch the idea to the Kenai City Council tonight.

Snow slide shuts Seward Highway
An avalanche that deposited 40 feet of snow on the Seward Highway late Tuesday night left the road impassable in both directions at Mile 21, between Seward and the Sterling Highway junction.

GMU 15A moose numbers fall
Poor habitat, predation and vehicle collisions have caused a decline in the moose population of Game Management Unit 15A.

Vicious dog ordinance put down
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down a controversial vicious dog control ordinance Tuesday night agreeing that it would be difficult and expensive to enforce.

Board looks at health, science
The school board spent two one-hour work sessions reviewing revised health and science curriculums before Monday's meeting.

Jared Dale Hein
Kenai resident Jared Dale Hein died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 26.

Preserved Lemons
10 organic, unwaxed lemons

Chicken Tagine with preserved Lemon, Green Olives and Thyme
Recipe courtesy of "Tagine," by Ghillie Basan Photography by Martin Brigdale

An Oscar-worthy dinner
The 80th Academy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday, with "Atonement," "Juno," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" competing for Best Picture.

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meet Builders meeting slated Moose host ball Open gym available Counseling board meeting set Strength training workshop set Gas pipeline presentation cancelled Book sale a real page turner Dinner, auction fundraiser set Steak dinner fundraiser in Sterling Caregiver meetings offered Potatoes to be discussed Rotary raffle offers hope Counseling association to meet March of Dimes walk planned

Dates Stuffed with Almond or Pistachio Paste
Recipe courtesy of "Arabesque, a Taste of Morocco, Turkey, & Lebanon," by Claudia Roden; published by Alfred A. Knopf

Zucchini Fritters
Recipe courtesy "Arabesque, a Taste of Morocco, Turkey, & Lebanon," by Claudia Roden; published by Alfred A. Knopf

Kick, glide at a premium
Coaches normally have a say in what their athletes can do to succeed.

Cook Inlet splits with Bristol Bay
Brooke Forsi collected a game-high 21 points and Holly Kopp added 16 in leading the Cook Inlet Academy girls to a 71-34 win over visiting Bristol Bay on Tuesday night.

Getting to know the King
n The Kenai Performers will present "The King and I" by Rogers and Hammerstein at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Feb. 29 and March 1 and at 3 p.m. Sunday and March 2 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The cost is $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Charlotte's and Halcyon Salon in Kenai, at River City Books and Sweeney's Clothing in Soldotna, at Whitey's Music Shop on Kalifornsky Beach Road, at M&M Market in Nikiski, or at the door.

Poet's Corner
Why don't I start with a simple question?

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