Monday, February 26, 2007

Thanks for the memory
This is an open letter to a handsome young man, probably in his 30s: I don’t know who you are, but I want to thank you for providing me with a good laugh every time I recall our chance encounter in the Kenai Fabric Store sometime in the 80s. As I was preparing to shop, I walked past the play area when you popped your head out from behind the play counter area and said brightly, “Do you want an ice cream cone?” I was amused and thought, “Sure, I’ll play store with you,” so I said, “Why yes, I would like one scoop of vanilla.” You took my order turned around to pretend to scoop up the ice cream. I saw you look over your inventory, turn around and in your full-service demeanor say, “I’m sorry, but we’re out of vanilla. Would chocolate do instead?” You then proceeded to turn around, scoop up the pretend chocolate cone, hand it to me, and I in turn pretended to give you some money. You thanked me.

Kenai two-stroke ban targets one group of river users
Kenai City Coucilman Joe Moore, as a resident and property owner in the city of Kenai, and having been one for almost 12 years, I’ve got to ask if you, have lost your better senses? Unless you have some kind of personal agenda, then why do you wish to waste the council’s time, alienate local supporters, and turn away city revenue, when all your actions will do nothing to help the water quality in the Kenai River?

Thanks for spaghetti feed
Soldotna High School would like to send a special thank you to the Soldotna Elks Lodge 2706 for setting up and running the spaghetti feed held on Feb.10. Soldotna High School athletics was able to raise over $2,000 during this fundraiser. The money will be used to help purchase a new weight machine for Soldotna High School. We would also like to thank the many parents, relatives, friends and businesses that purchased spaghetti feed tickets.

Dipnetting is not recreation
I recently read an article regarding Mr. Vanek’s proposal for a daily bag limit for dipnetters. Mr. Vanek is quoted saying. “Dipnetting is a recreational activity and not a subsistence fishery... .” The people of this state who take part in dipnetting use it as a quick method to fill the freezers. Dipnetters are allowed a small window, and hope to hit that one big run. You hope to hit that run, because otherwise, you stand for hours for a few fish as your reward. Standing neck deep in the surf, waiting, hoping, praying a fish will swim into this one net among hundreds is not fun. Cutting this limit practically encourages poaching of salmon. Not everyone enjoys fishing with a rod, which would be considered recreational to most.

Cons outweigh pros in Pebble
As an avid Alaskan flyfisherman of over 20 years, I have fished the pristine waters of the Newhalen, smaller Lake Clark streams, and the Naknek for the past decade. I am hopelessly obsessed with fishing rivers where the only other warm-blooded animals are my best buddies and bears. The anticipation of knowing that each cast holds the potential for a never before caught trophy rainbow is an unforgettable experience. The actual feeling of catching and releasing a 30 plus inch beauty is indescribable.

Cold events warmed up by volunteers’ help
Only in Alaska do you spend a cold morning all bundled up to clutch sled dogs, load kids in sleds and serve hot cocoa for the Kenai Chrysler Tustumena 200 Ceremonial Start before heading over to the Peninsula Winter Games to man the Ice Bowling Booth!

Support showed model of community spirit
We came to school one day and our teacher said that she thought it would be interesting for us to learn about the United Nations. She told us that we could learn about any country in the world that was a member of the United Nations. We thought that was cool and so we started researching. The next thing you know, she is telling us that she entered us into a program for a Model United Nations program and we were chosen!

Photo feature: Big race for little mushers
Daniel Osmar, 14, from Ninilchik leaves the starting chute in last month’s Junior T sled dog race in Kasilof. Osmar is one of three local mushers running this year’s Junior Iditarod, which started Saturday in Willow. Follow the racers’ progress at www.jriditarod.com.

Kenai refloats river cleanup idea
Efforts by the city of Kenai to curb hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River appeared to have hit bottom last month, but following a special work session Wednesday, the city council weighed anchor and once again refloated an idea.

Flu shots catch on late
The influenza season appears to be arriving a little late, but there’s still time to get that flu shot and ward it off, says the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Sowards hid behind bar during culmination of confrontation
Jurors in the Shawn Rogers murder trial in Kenai learned Friday the trial is likely to continue into March.

Local subsistence committee reaches consensus about not meeting again
Much like the fish they were there to discuss, the Kenai Subsistence Subcommittee again became entangled, but this time the group did find consensus on a few issues — including not to meet again in the near future.

Assembly doles out bond money to schools projects
Bond proceeds amounting to nearly $2.6 million authorized by voters last fall were divided among various school capital projects under terms of an ordinance approved Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Senator plans bill to start impeachment of university’s Hayes
Sen. Tom Wagoner said Friday that he would introduce a resolution today directing the Alaska House to begin an impeachment trial to remove indicted University of Alaska Regent James C. Hayes.

Lloyd Mack Tappana
Sterling resident Lloyd Mack Tappana died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at home. He was 64.

Edwin ‘Mr. Ed’ Englestad Sr.
North Kenai resident and Alaska Native Edwin “Mr. Ed” Englestad Sr. died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage. He was 80.

Randall James Hoff
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Randall James Hoff died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Bismarck. N.D. He was 48.

Dan Paul Rumley
Sterling resident Dan Paul Rumley died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, with his family by his side at his home. He was 31.

Kids’ education needs should come before money matters
Kenai parents of young school-age kids may not like the school board’s decision to consolidate Sears and Mountain View elementary schools next year, but they can’t fault the process taken to reach that decision.

Couch potato blues
I suffered with the “Kenai crud” for several days during the holidays. When I was finally able to focus on something other than a wad of tissue and a handful of cough drops, I watched TV

Farming wasn’t Scouting, but it was close, if harder
The Boy Scouts are celebrating their centennial, and on a recent Sunday everyone in our church who has been involved in Scouting was asked to stand and be recognized.

Around the Peninsula
Kenaitze Head Start plans events KCHS after-prom committee to meet Bike raffle begins Nikiski seniors host open house Quilters set to sew AFS fundraiser set to dish Crafters sought

Newbie skier becomes coach, marathoner all in good time
Kent Peterson never set out to be a renowned ski coach, or even a competitor on skis.

Community News
Book club activity set New Rotary club to meet HEA to upgrade metersS Snowmachine fundraiser set Safari international activities set Food bank fundraiser set to build

Volunteers Sought
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in lending a helping hand.

Around the Peninsula
ACT meeting setIditarod team fundraiser set to howlCPHC board meeting slatedLittle League registration beginCPCS board to meetYouth court offeredSoHi after-prom committee to meetInfluenza, pandemic response to be discussedFish and Game meeting slatedKenaitze Head Start plans events

Sports Briefs
Cook Inlet Academy boys top Tok

Soldotna girls, boys handle Nikiski
For the first time in four years, Soldotna High School owns a girls basketball victory over Nikiski.

SoHi’s Mucha places 5th at state
Prior to every race this season, Soldotna's Kailey Mucha eats a homemade English muffin for breakfast.

Seldovia girls capture Lumen tourney title
The Seldovia girls claimed the Lumen Christi Invitational title on Saturday by defeating Nikolaevsk, 40-23.

Werner, Vasilie announce engagement
Bethany Werner of West Allis Wis., and Michael R. Vasilie of Soldotna plan to be married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Milwaukee, Wis.

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