Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sterling movie makers head to Hollywood
It started out as an idea to make a home movie in the small town of Sterling and now the kids and producers involved with the project are on their way to Hollywood to walk the red carpet at the International Family Film Festival. "It was actually the idea of our executive producer David and Verssa Walber. It was going to be an end of the school year project so we were looking for something new that wouldn't be re-doing another play or somebody else's script, but we wanted something that would capture the essence of the youth in Alaska, so we created a story about six teenagers and an Alaskan experience that turned their comfortable, self centered lives into a life threatening lesson of survival as an ill-prepared afternoon snowboarding trip turns tragic with injury and sub-zero temperatures. Thus the title '48 Below!" said Tina Wegner who wrote the screenplay.

Spring Cleaning is always green at Summit Cleaners
Next week may mark the official beginning of spring, but here in Alaska it will still be a month or so before we start seeing green. However, you can swing into spring right now and get a head start on your spring cleaning by starting with your wardrobe at the environmentally friendly Summit Cleaners in Soldotna, "We were the first earth friendly dry cleaners and now we have expanded to earth friendly laundry services as well and we even are recycling hangers," says Jeff and Theresa Graves, owners and operators of Summit Cleaners. "We actually use soap and not detergents and we are using half the energy with our new earth friendly systems the products we use called Eco-Sol has been approved even by the most strict regulations as non-hazardous," explained Graves.

Women and Children First in 14th Soldotna Hardware Ice Fishing Derby
A couple hundred ice fishers turned out for the awards presentation at Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing Friday. According to Scott Miller and his family who started the areas first Ice Fishing Derby 14 years ago it was a bit chilly but the best derby ever, "It was truly a great derby with over 1,000 participants and lot more kids than we usually have and that's just great, that's been our goal from the beginning and we are happy to see the kids coming in with their fish and families and getting outdoors in the winter," said Miller.

Stanley Ford hosts the "Playoff ready" Kenai River Brown Bears
It was a big day last week for the Kenai River Brown Bears and their fans. The team needed one more win to cinch a playoff berth in the Junior A Hockey Regional Championships, spirits were running high and Kevin Lauver, sales manager for Stanley Ford in Kenai felt it would be a great time to host a community "pep-rally" for the team at their new show room. "We are major Brown Bear sponsors and we felt it was a good time to get folks inspired about what these guys have been doing on the ice," said Lauver, "So we brought over Griz the mascot and a lot of the players to give away autographed photos and some game tickets and to get folks fired up. It was a great day, bright and sunny and about 50 to 100 people turned out to show their support, the enthusiasm really caught on and we sold 7 vehicles that afternoon," he said.

Pioneer Potluck
The series is written by a 44 year resident of Alaska, Ann Berg of Nikiski. Ann shares her collections of recipes from family and friends. She has gathered recipes for more that 50 years. Some are her own creation. Her love of recipes and food came from her Mother, a self taught wonderful cook.

Annie's Salsa
This is my recipe for Tomato Salsa. I made big batches of this to be sold when I worked at M&M for Curt Morris. He was the BEST boss and we miss him. I had frequent requests for this after I retired. This can be used as fresh or put in a crockpot and cook slowly for 6 to 8 hours, put in pint jars then hot water bath to seal the jars.

Chains take a bite out of mini-dessert trend
Small is big when it comes to dessert trends.

King bycatch in the Gulf is huge
With all the hub-bub about our general lack of king salmon in Cook Inlet, you would think we would be hearing all kinds of theoretical solutions from our many fisheries users groups, but I haven't been hearing any. Some will reference the growing commercial king salmon bycatch problems down south in the Alaska Gulf and Kodiak area but most just assume king salmon sport fishing happens to be down right now.

Photo: First hike of the season

Another glitch for Chukchi Sea offshore exploration
Yet another glitch has surfaced in plans for oil and gas exploration in the Chukchi Sea, considered one of the most promising areas for major new U.S. oil discoveries.

Borough seeks aid for Japanese sister city
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has established a tax-exempt fund for donations to assist Akita, Japan, and the tsunami relief work. For a decade, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has had a "Sister City" relationship with Akita. The borough learned Monday that while there is significant earthquake damage to the city, residents are dealing with that as well as supporting efforts to assist those impacted by the tsunami. Akita is in the north of Honshu Island on the west coast. The earthquake and tsunamis were centered on the east coast of Honshu.

Talking it out: Lawmakers say public needs to weigh in on residential sprinkler requirements
A bill requiring extra public hearings before a local government can make law requiring sprinklers as part of a new residential building code is making its way through the Alaska Legislature.

Archiving area histories: Visitors center inventories 3,000 object collection
The back room at Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is a frenzy of found objects and their stories.

Lawmakers considering dam
Plans for a large hydroelectric project on the upper Susitna River, a potentially a $4 billion-plus project, are moving along, although things are at a very early stage.

Parnell, legislators point fingers; Claims of 'fiscal conservatism' at stake as Alaska spends
Gov. Sean Parnell is predicting lawmakers will expand the budget he sent them, while House leaders who passed a $5.7 billion general fund budget last week are claiming they "tamped down" the governor's spending plans.

Nuclear power?: State energy expert says questions remain
A nuclear disaster in Japan may have some in Alaska rethinking the state's own extremely tentative plans to bring the industry to Alaska.

Daniel Dayton Brookshire
Nikiski resident Daniel Dayton Brookshire, 48, passed away on March 10, 2011, surrounded by loved ones at his sister's home in Wasilla.

Steve Bellm
Anchorage resident Steve Bellm passed away suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, while visiting family in Arizona. He was 63.

Around the Peninsula

Cancer support group meets

Around the Peninsula

Little League clinic schedule change

Pet Photo: Best Friends

Cook Inlet girls blow past Togiak
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team defeated Togiak 57-23 on Monday in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Sullivan Arena.

Sports Brief: Davis finishes 2nd in snocross event
Soldotna's Carly Davis finished second in an International Series of Champions AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series event on Saturday and Sunday in Elko, Minn.

Skagway drops CIA
Same opponent. Same arena.

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