Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Getting with T.A.T.U. can help smokers kick it
T.A.T.U. doesn’t mean tattoo at Peninsula Smokefree Partnership, it means Teens Against Tobacco Use whether it’s tattooed on your midriff or silk screened on a sweat shirt. “It’s a tat parents are proud to have their kids wearing,” says Peninsula Smokefree project coordinator Jennifer Olendorff, “We have a lot going on, last year we developed our first teen group of area high-schoolers that are going into our middle school health classes and giving tobacco education presentations, we have also sponsored an Iditarod musher this year Bruce Linton of Kasilof who will be making the trek tobacco free as well as going into our elementary schools with tobacco facts and daily race updates, and then April 5th we will be at the community health fair at SoHi and in mid May at Soldotna Safety Days and we are also an official sponsor of a Relay for Life team that will be walking 24 hours May 30th and 31st.”.

Meet the Class of 2025
It was the idea of Anna Selanoff and her friend Coral Hoffman who were both expecting a baby last year to get the other babies born in 2007 together for a little reunion. “When I found out I was pregnant it seemed like all my friends and a lot of other women were expecting babies at the same time, so I wanted to see all their babies and I thought it would be fun to invite them all to bring their babies together for a lunch at Froso’s so the newborns could all meet each other for the first time,” Selanoff told the Dispatch. Anna graduated from KCHS in 2003, and Coral from SoHi, but there is no cross town rivalry yet between their babies Ashlyn and Stella.

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens named Republican of the Year
Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is a traditional time for Republican Party faithful to gather under the banner of “Honest Abe!” to extol the accomplishments of present day Republicans in office. On the Kenai Peninsula it’s the Republican Women’s Club who sponsors the event and according to Club president Carol Brenkel it’s an exciting time for Alaskan women of the Grand Old Party, “Republican women have a lot to be proud of in Alaska, we have a woman who is a U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski and we also have the most popular governor in the United States right here in Alaska who is also a woman, Governor Sarah Palin, so yes Republican Woman of Alaska have a lot to brag about,” Brenkel told the Dispatch. February 15th was also the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, “She was the woman credited with leading the battle to win the right for women to vote, so we feel it is very fitting to celebrate her birthday along side of Abraham Lincoln who is credited with freeing our nation from slavery,” said Brenkel.

Seamus Kennedy concert supports local literacy
Tuesday night’s Seamus Kennedy concert at the Crossing in Soldotna was a sell out for the Irishman who loves to return to Alaska because of people like Michael Sweeney who promotes his annual trip to the Peninsula, “It’s been about 18 years now and what I truly love about coming here is how friendly and outgoing the Alaskan people are especially in the dead of winter. Alaskans don’t let the weather get them down and you’ve got to admire that spirit. It’s probably due to the ice leprechaun in front of Mike Sweeney’s store, they’re good luck you know and actually here in the North your good luck fairy little people are really billycans, leprechauns are found in Ireland and they get frozen here in Alaska, but the billycans do quite nicely,” Kennedy told the Dispatch. When asked how to properly wish upon a frozen leprechaun when seen in Alaska Kennedy replied, “Well if its like the one in front of Sweeney’s of course you should fill his mug with beer and don’t pass it through your kidneys first!”

Reader: Enough is enough
What we know.

Teen writer encouraged to see life from a different side
I was saddened and angered by Brittany West's article on Feb 12. It appears most of her guidance comes from the media who promote a Hollywood lifestyle that is irresponsible, risky and unworkable.

Many make SEA season a success
The annual Soldotna Equestrian Association's Awards Event and Fundraiser was as huge success, as was our 2007 season.

What will it take to get dog ordinance?
This dog ordinance had not one thing to do with leash laws, vaccinations or owners responsibility. It had to do with the folks of this borough being able to walk down a road or any other property other than personal property with out being attacked.

DNR staff tout AGIA process
Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources came to the central peninsula to give residents an idea of the progress the state is making toward the construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Alberta, Canada, under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA).

Operating budget on tap
State lawmakers began parsing the details of Gov. Sarah Palin's Fiscal Year 2009 Operating Budget this week with public hearings before the House Finance Committee.

Advocacy group rallies in Soldotna
As an organization that helps people with disabilities, Hope Community Resources Incorporated wants to make sure its clients can live as normal a life as possible. But because of an increase in fuel and health care costs and a stagnant supply of state funding, many are without the care they they need.

Moose mitigation plan begins
For many Alaskans, winter driving means keeping a wary eye out for moose as they make their way onto highways where the walking is easier than wading through the deep powder of remote locations. However, the Alaska Moose Federation is working to make winter driving safer for humans and ungulates.

Dilley to repay money
The Kenai bookkeeper who is spending five years behind bars for embezzling from Salamatof Seafoods and other Kenai firms was ordered by the court to repay more than one-quarter million dollars to her victims.

District revises budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in the process of revising its revenue projection for the 2008-09 school year's budget.

Photo feature: Time to shine
J.C. Herbst washes the grime off his truck Tuesday afternoon at Auto Wash Express in Kenai. Colder weather and cleaner roads are driving many motorists to lather up.

DOT workers back on track after wet weather, avalanches
Maintenance workers with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities filled in their last pothole Friday after last week's warm spell spawned avalanches and dumped rain on Southcentral Alaska. Avalanche control work along the Seward and Sterling highways is finished as well and after several days of sporadic closures the roads are back to normal.

Calmer council meeting expected
With one of two highly contentious issues being all but resolved since the last meeting, the Soldotna City Council chamber Wednesday will likely not be filled to standing room only, as it was two weeks ago.

Leona Grace (Black) Hawkins
Sterling resident Leona Grace (Black) Hawkins died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, in Oregon. She was 97.

Clean green with lemons
Environmentalists and others deeply concerned with the future of our planet continue to urge folks to "think green" by choosing eco-friendly products that will make our world a safer place to live.

Tips for using fresh lemons in recipes
One medium-sized lemon will yield 2-3 tablespoons of juice.

Around the Peninsula
Counseling board meeting set Gas pipeline presentation canceled Book sale a real page turner Dinner, auction fundraiser set King and I production continues Star party planned Potatoes to be discussed CIRCAC to meet

Kitchen Ade's Creme Fraiche
Creme Fraiche (Pronounced krem fresh)

Sweet on lemons
Last week's food column mentioned that Moroccan cooks consider preserved lemons an essential ingredient in many dishes native to their country.

Around the Peninsula
Miners dig in Historical society to meet Child identification project slated AFS fundraiser dinner Sunday After-prom, after-grad meetings slated Charter school enrollment open Excellent teachers sought Canine Good Citizen test planned Counseling association to meet

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust
Be forewarned. These delectable lemon bars are positively addictive.

Breakfast Lemon Cake
Recipe, with permission, by John Doherty, Executive Chef Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y. Breakfast Lemon Cake is just one of 120 recipes featured in "The Waldorf-Astoria Cookbook," by John Doherty with John Harrison; publishers, Bulfinch Press, 2006.

Sports Brief
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team picked up a victory over the Soldotna junior varsity on Monday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Around the District
School board meetings slated School Web pages available Scholarships offered 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

Bibliophiles battle it out
Nikiski Middle School took home top honors at the state competition of the Battle of the Books.

War: A case of people misunderstanding people?
On New Year's Eve I was given a book from my friend. He'd been reading it and we'd talked about it a lot. It was a very philosophical book.

Thinking about college? Class offers survival skills: Kenai Peninsula College
In an effort to assist students succeed, Kenai Peninsula College will offer survival skills for college students as a short course in April. The course is so vital for people new to or recently returning to college, tuition and fees are being waived for the one-credit course and there is no text book to buy.

Skills for life
Kenai Peninsula Borough High School students were building more than sawhorses, flower arrangements and a good alfredo sauce at the 16th annual Career and Technical Student Organizations conference Friday at Kenai Peninsula College. They were building character, as well.

Sports Briefs
Garnet, Robertia claim titles at PSDRA races CIA boys top Lumen Christi Homer-Kodiak game times change Soldotna-Skyview to play Thursday

Brown Bears must act now to make playoffs
The time is now if the Kenai River Brown Bears want to make a late-season push to make the North American Hockey League playoffs.

Texas tops Brown Bears in overtime
Just as Kenai River and Texas appeared destined to be heading for a shootout, Tornado forward Sergei Korostin decided to start the party a little early.

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