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Thursday, March 5, 2009

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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.

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.

Sauteed mushrooms
12-ounces fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

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

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

Smoking decision lies with business owners
It is important we look at the proposed smoking ban. It is important that arguments concerning the smoking ban encompass more than one social issue.

Justice served?
"It's not a deterrent."

Rental dispute slated for Kenai Superior court
Less than a year after being evicted from her rental home in Anchor Point, a California woman is scheduled to appear in Kenai Superior Court on Friday, this time on the complainant side of a civil suit against another Kenai Peninsula landlady.

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.

Pre-K program draws skeptics: State funding, qualifications concern daycare owners
In the many of life's early lessons preschoolers learn, perhaps none is more important than that of friendship and learning to play with others.

Ladd lease voted down
After a brief executive session Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously voted down a five-year extension of the option to lease Ladd Landing between the borough and PacRim Coal, LLP.

T-200 student photography art opening to be held
The sled dog racing season may be nearing its end, but for the next few weeks, people will be able to sip a hot cup of java and enjoy a few of the highlights from the Kenai Peninsula's big race of the year -- the Tustumena 200.

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.

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.

Dudley Lee Abbott
Longtime Soldotna resident Dudley Lee Abbott died Monday, March 2, 2009, after a lengthy illness. He was 66.

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.

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.

Looking for more balance: What's missing with abundance-based game management?
An article entitled "Abundance-based fish, game management can benefit all," by Corey Rossi of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), provides an articulate explanation of ADF&G's current approach to conservation, emphasizing abundant big game harvests. But if conservation means looking at both sides of the equation (utilization vs. preservation), then some factors may be missing with respect to wildlife.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Recycling group to meet

Around the Peninsula

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Shining example: Seward coach uses trophy as motivation entering tournament
Seward coach Dan Krier couldn't recall the last time the Seahawks qualified for the Class 3A state tournament.

Rocky road: NLC tourney gets underway at Kodiak
The Soldotna boys and Kenai Central girls fought their way through a grueling Northern Lights Conference schedule this year in earning the top seeds from the Southern Division in today's NLC tournament.

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.

Ninilchik boys win
Senior Tylor Sutherland scored a game-high 24 points and Jefferson Klapak added 16 in guiding the Ninilchik boys to a 75-33 win in the first round of the Peninsula Conference tournament at Lumen Christi High School on Wednesday.

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'Taken'

On Rezoning
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