Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Oiler Gusher returns500 fans induct 1st Hall of Famers
Like the return of salmon to the waters where they were born, the Peninsula Oilers have returned to their annual Gusher, an event that for years promised the coming of summer and Alaska League Baseball for the Kenai. The popular event, once held at the Kenai National Guard Armory, was discontinued after nine eleven when the Armory was closed to public events. "I am thrilled with tonight's success after nearly a decade absence of the celebrity Gusher. One of the things that have been a goal of mine since arriving in 2006 was to bring the Gusher back, and when the Oilers Board of Directors met to discuss this, I said lets take it a step further and add the 1st annual Hall of Fame induction to the event," said Shawn Maltby, Oiler General Manager. "There are so many pioneers that started the Oiler program here and brought it to where it is today, that we thought it was time to recognize them and some of the great ball players that have come through here and had successful careers on and off the field. The Oiler Hall of Fame was certainly long overdue and there will be no shortage of inductees in the future, as we have had some well known major leaguers play and coach for the Oilers," added Maltby. First inductees to the Oiler Hall of Fame for their organizational support were Dick Morgan, Dwain Gibson, and Judy Buffington.

I never had the opportunity to do much canoeing as a young man, mainly because we never owned one. My father loved fishing but since he could not swim, he wanted no part of climbing into a canoe. He did however make sure that us kids all went to swimming lessons each summer. Unfortunately for me, it was while attending those swimming lessons that I can the closest to drowning in my life!

Redoubt Readers Hear a Who on Dr. Seuss's 106th Birthday
Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, may have passed away in 1991, but his birthdays are more popular today than green eggs and ham, especially at Redoubt Elementary School where for the last six years or so Sharon Hale has coordinated a school wide celebration of the favorite author of children's books. The idea is not just to honor the famous author, but to further one of his life time goals of teaching children to love reading. "It's actually become part of a national campaign sponsored by the NEA known as Read Across America, but for me it's because I love Dr. Seuss and doing crazy things like this that brings community members in to read to the kids," said Hale. Again a theme that is said to have inspired Dr. Seuss's writing because he wasn't happy with the limited books that were written for children or suited for adults to read to children.

Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy graduates ready to work
Training Alaska's future work force and providing skills for those in need of jobs is a challenge taken on by Bob Hammer and the instructors of the Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy. Last week Hammer and company officiated over the Academy's graduation celebration and pizza party. "This is the third year we've had classes through the Construction Academy where we've been able to give basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and welding classes. Our student turn out was really good this year and our goal, as always, is to not only teach them a skill, but to help get them all employed. We've had some good partners again this year with the Department of Labor, the AGC, and the Construction Education Foundation of the State of Alaska," said Hammer. Hammer says that while the job market in Alaska as in the lower 48 is in somewhat of a slum, he believes that a major construction project such as a gas pipeline will happen eventually. When it does, their goal is to have Alaskans ready to fill those good paying jobs so that they won't have to go workers outside of the state.

KCHS Juniors get up close to careers during Job Shadow day
Last Wednesday was Job Shadow day for juniors at Kenai Central High School (KCHS). Sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Kenai Rotary Club and a myriad of local business hosts and supporters, the Job Shadow program is now in its 16th year. According to Tina Baldridge, Kenai Chamber executive director, there were over 100 student participants in this year's Job Shadow who spent half a day experiencing the real world in a career which was of interest to them. "We had 13 students shadow different departments at the Central Peninsula Hospital, five students at the Kenai Police Department and about 15 students in the oil & gas field with various companies such as Tesoro and Marathon. Other students selected broadcasting, journalism, and cosmetology," said Baldridge.

Random act of kindness appreciated
My name is Alyssa Rosin I am a senior at Soldotna High School and have lived in this town my entire life. On the date of Feb. 25 I absent mindedly left my wallet in Soldotna's Fred Meyer parking lot. It takes an honest person with good morals to return a wallet full of money such as mine, and someone in this community did! Thank you very much for being such a model citizen and it's good to be reminded just how great the people in this small community are. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that all my money, identification and blank checks were still in place, it truly was a blessing. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I very much respect a person such as yourself.

A rally for disability services: Community members participate in statewide promotion
Amidst falling snow and lunch-break traffic, more than 30 people came together and rallied in support of people who live with disabilities last Wednesday.

Aide off the hook?: Assembly to re-examine Chumley legislation
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly expects to drop the pending legislation against the mayor's former chief of staff at its next meeting.

Going heavy: Oil type could be king in future
Alaskans have spent decades looking forward to the prospect of a natural gas pipeline to support the economy as Prudhoe Bay, North America's largest oil field, continues its decline.

'Snailpapers' term of endearment for newspapers
I want to introduce you today to the word "snailpapers." What's a snailpaper, you ask? These are the newspapers we read every day with news that is often 12 hours old by the time it reaches us. Inside, the news is even older.

Around the Peninsula

Little League Clinics switch nights

Kenai Peninsula College

New art show begins

Around the District

Connections home-school program

Quandary: To be or not to be? Is this right the question?
To be or not to be; Is this right the question?

In their shadow
Samantha Little, a junior at Kenai Central High School, spent last Wednesday with Dale Lawyer of Central Emergency Services and Ares the CES search and rescue dog, as part of the 2010 Kenai Peninsula Job Shadow program. The program offers students an opportunity to plan their futures and to get a feel of what career opportunities are available. Students also get experience in what is required to do those careers on a daily basis. It was the program's 16th year.

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Davis competes in snocross

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