KeyBank's Alaska Team earns nationwide "District of the Year!"
Despite a challenging economy, KeyBank's Alaska District has been named the 2010 District of the Year among KeyBank's 21 districts nationwide. According to Soldotna branch manager Lisa Roberts, the award recognizes the highest ranking district based on overall financial performance, service to clients and commitment to community, "We have been in the top 5% nationally twice so we are very excited to have been number one in 2010," said Roberts in an interview with the Dispatch. In a news release Brian Nerland, president of KeyBank's Alaska District said, "Our bankers work as a team to provide strong financial solutions and advice, and we are grateful to those Alaskan consumers, businesses, non-profits and public entities that have rewarded us with their business."
KCHS Juniors shadow their futures
For nearly twenty years the Kenai Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the faculty of Kenai Central High School (KCHS) to provide an opportunity for juniors to take a day out of the classroom and have a glimpse at what their future career might look like. For some like Dr. Jerry Hu D.D.S. who practices family dentistry in Soldotna and proudly proclaims in his ads "Raised in Alaska-Serving Alaskans!" it was the day he decided dentistry would be his future. For others like Wally Ward it was the day he decided he really wasn't interested in becoming a doctor and pursued an education in chemical engineering and today works on the Peninsula for Marathon Oil Co.
Father & Son Davis team take 3rd in 2011 Iron Dog
It's the World's longest, toughest snowmobile race over the planets most extreme conditions, and the man who has won the internationally famous "Iron Dog" more times than any other sled racer in history lives and works right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Since its inception in 1984 Scott Davis, of Davis Block Co. in Soldotna, has claimed the title of "Iron Dog Champion" seven times. He has run in all but two of the 27 Iron Dog races and this year set another historical Iron Dog mark being the first father and son team to finish the grueling test of man and machine. "I didn't really know what to expect from Cory. We didn't get a chance to ride a lot together, his forte has been snow cross and free style and has had very little time on this chassis, but we knew it would be fun and that it was just snow and a snowmobile and I knew he'd figure out. We had a pretty conservative pace but we were right in there and were happy to finish third overall," said Scott.
Gusher honors inductees to Oiler's Hall of Fame
The Oilers Gusher came back with a bang last year and the beginning of the Oiler's Hall of Fame, something that was long overdue for baseball lovers in the land of the midnight sun. "There are many community members, players, and coaches who have contributed to the success of the Peninsula Oilers. Through contributions of time, money, playing abilities, baseball knowledge, patience, and sense of humor, the Oilers have become one of the finest summer baseball programs in the nation. Because of these reasons in 2010, the Oilers Board of Directors instituted the Oiler's Hall of Fame as a way to show their appreciation to those individuals and new members will be elected every year," said Shawn Maltby, Oiler general manager.
She Can Ski organizers say thanks
The Tsalteshi Trails Association would like to thank all the participants of the Seventh Annual She Can Ski event. This year's race started with beautiful weather, festive participants and perfect trail conditions and ended with smiles, a good ski and some great prizes. We would like to thank everyone who took time on a busy day to ski, and to those creative folks who came up with some great costumes. We would also like to thank our wonderful crew of volunteers who help out every year to make this such a fun event. Proceeds from this race will benefit LeeShore, providing services for victims of domestic violence in our community; and the Tsalteshi Trails Association.
Kenai Middle School thanks city
Kenai Middle School and their Shinny Hockey Club would like to thank Rick Koch, Bob Frates, Dave Essert and the City of Kenai for their continued support and use of the skating rink. Each year during the dark of winter, Kenai Middle School offers many unique club opportunities to their students. For six Fridays during third quarter, students are able to choose from a menu of club offerings. The menu includes the following: hockey, rock wall climbing, arts/crafts, robotics, dodge ball and many other interesting offerings.
Redrawing the boundaries: Central Peninsula unlikely to be affected by redistricting process
Alaska's redistricting board is preparing to recreate the puzzle of Alaska's legislative districts, and preliminary estimates show that local districts shouldn't see any major changes.
Repeat offender charged: Police obtain arrest warrant for Jan. 8 DUI crash
Kenneth Whitehead, the man referenced in a February Peninsula Clarion report on repeat DUI offenders, has been charged in the Jan. 8 car accident that injured a Sterling man and killed his dog.
Charter groups urge Parnell to address halibut limits
The Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO) and Alaska Charter Association (ACA) are pleading for the state to get more involved with the new 37-inch halibut limit for Southeast Alaska set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).
Bagley to vie for borough mayor's seat
Current Soldotna City Council member and former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley announced Tuesday that he will put his name on the ballot for the borough's top seat again.
Mayor tweaks budget pitch: KPC to be funded; bonds on the table for Homer facility
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey recently put forth some ideas that change the game for the fiscal year 2012 budget process.
HEA rates to jump in April
Homer Electric Association customers around the Kenai Peninsula will most likely see an increase on their April bills.
Attempted murder suspect turns herself in to troopers
An Anchor Point woman charged with the attempted murder of her girlfriend turned herself in to Alaska State Troopers Monday.
Assembly continues Seward flood protection effort
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took action at its meeting last week to help with flood protection efforts near Seward at its Tuesday meeting.
Thelma Jean Stahly
Kenai resident Thelma Jean Stahly died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Paradise, Calif. She was 84.
Timothy Wayne Linngren
Longtime Kenai resident, Timothy Wayne Linngren, 53, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at his home in Kenai after a long battle with cancer.
Michael Scott Beauchamp
Former Kenai resident Michael Scott Beauchamp died Monday, March 7, 2011, of natural causes, in Palmer. He was 48.
ACES is crippling oil industry
The State of Alaska faces a critical challenge. Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) tax regime is severely crippling Alaska's oil and gas industry. This imperils much needed jobs for Alaskans at a time when our nation's economy is the weakest it has been in decades.
Reeling It In: Film has no need for adjustment
"The Adjustment Bureau"
Sports Brief: Muchas compete at Junior Olympics
The Cross Country Junior Nationals, the national championships for skiers ages 15 to 20, continued Wednesday in Minneapolis with the classic mass start races. The Kenai Peninsula is being represented by Bree Mucha of Soldotna High School and Kenai Central graduate and current University of Wisconsin - Green Bay skier Kailey Mucha.
Brown Bears clinch despite OT loss
Not even an overtime loss could dampen the mood Tuesday in the Kenai River Brown Bears' locker room.
Dahlstrom's 40 saves lift Bears; Kenai River tops Wenatchee 3-1 to move 3 points from second-place tie in West
The Kenai River Brown Bears used strong goaltending and special teams to defeat the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild 3-1 on Wednesday in North American Hockey League action at the Soldotna Sports Center.
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