Wednesday, March 4, 2009

KCHS Job Shadows visit real world
Businesses and organizations opened their inner doors last week to Kenai Central High School juniors participating in the 15th Annual Job Shadow Day. Since its inception the program has offered a unique opportunity for local youth starting to plan their futures to see what career opportunities are available in the local area and to experience what is required for those careers on a daily basis.

Community gathers to honor "Honest Abe's" 200th Birthday
The Kenai Peninsula Republican Women's Club combined Alaska's Golden Anniversary of Statehood with Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday as an occasion to celebrate and honor local elected officials, Territorial families, and Homesteaders last week. State Senator Tom Wagoner was selected to receive the groups 2009 Republican of the Year award which was presented by John Torgerson, "Those of you who have visited my office in Juneau know that I don't like to have much on the walls of my office, but this is a true honor, I'm actually speechless but I can promise you that the next time you visit me in Juneau, you'll see this plaque on my office wall. Thank you very much," said Wagoner.

Outdoors
During the winter months, I have always spent a lot of time out on the ice, fishing. But now it seems that there are other things that my children are interested in besides just fishing. So since I am the father of five wonderful (most of the time) children, plus the foster parent of two more boys, I find myself spending more and more time at the gym in the wintertime watching basketball as well as soccer games.

Staying balanced on Alaskan roads
Mike Arnold of Soldotna is an innovative type of guy who powers his pick-up with used french fry oil and has recently taken over the statewide distributorship for a unique product that saves you money while keeping your wheels in balance whenever or wherever you roll them. "I'm always trying to save a buck here and there so last fall when I was changing my tires out and paying $15 bucks a wheel to have them balanced I started looking for a way to do it myself. When I went online I found that a balancing machine would cost me about $4,000 - $5,000 thousand dollars and that made $15 bucks seem cheap. But then I ran across the 'Centramatic' website and their 'On board' balancing system and I got excited," Arnold told the Dispatch.

Women of Science workshop gives girls "hands on" experience
Over 110 girls plus their adult companions gathered last week at Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) to meet local women working in science related fields and rotate through workshops that included hands-on activities. Terry Gryting and Joyce Cox of the Girl Scouts Susitna Council organized the event that was sponsored by BP, UAA, and KPC. "The idea was to introduce girls to women who are passionate about their jobs and are successfully working in science related fields. Additionally it was an opportunity for the girls to have a hands-on science experience in three different workshops," Gryting told the Dispatch.

Sauteed teriyaki chicken livers with mushrooms
2 pounds trimmed chicken livers, drained

Sauteed mushrooms
12-ounces fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

Long-range food forecast: Smart shopping, cheaper cuts, economical fare
The dinner table of America has been shifting for a long time, but for most of us, cooking low cost meals and finding ways to stretch food dollars has taken on a new sense of urgency.

Venetian calf's liver
1 pound sliced calf's liver, membrane removed

Kenai to debate smoking ban law
Running nip and tuck with its sister city upriver, Kenai is slated to introduce a ban on smoking in all public places at the city council meeting tonight.

Kenai dentist sentenced to 5 years for tax evasion
Kenai dentist Glenn Lockwood, 61, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison along with $52,000 in fines -- a $10,000 criminal fine and $42,000 for the cost of prosecution -- after being convicted on four counts of tax evasion.

Superintendent search picks up momentum: School board to interview candidates on March 11
The push to find a replacement for Donna Peterson, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, picked up speed Monday. In January, Peterson announced she would be leaving the district after 10 years in the top administrative spot. Her last day will be June 30.

Photo feature: Snow patrol
Will Walton, his wife Kristy (partially obscured), Liz Leduc and Andy Pevehouse march single file down the Russian River trail on the way to the falls last weekend. The route, with its trailhead at the Russian River campground entrance, is a popular winter trek.

Andrea Jean Wohlers
Longtime Kenai resident Andrea Jean Wohlers died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, with her family by her side at home. She was 55.

Reader: It's time for change
In the words of U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (1986), "The right of smokers to smoke ends where their behavior affects the health and well-being of others; furthermore, it is the smokers' responsibility to ensure that they do not expose nonsmokers to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke."

Peninsula Life section will be missed
We were sad to see the announcement in today's paper, Feb. 21, about the plan to discontinue the Peninsula Life section. These are tough economic times for everyone, and we do understand how we all need to cut back. At the same time, the Peninsula Life section has always been one of our favorite parts of the Sunday paper, and it is just one of the many things that makes living in a small town so great.

Kenai zoning: What's the point?
Zoning, what is it good for? The Kenai City Council is determined to make it mean nothing. Instead of working to fill empty buildings or vacant lots in the downtown business area, they are promoting a new commercial project in the middle of an established residential community.

Around the Peninsula

Recycling group to meet

Anyone's game: Peninsula Conference tourney begins today
A couple of first-year coaches with big shoes to fill put today's Peninsula Conference tournament at Lumen Christi High School in perspective.

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