Thursday, March 17, 2011

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

ACS posts 4th quarter gains
Less was more in the fourth quarter for Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc.

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.

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.

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.

Get your winter king fishing on! Anglers readying for the Homer Winter King Tournament this weekend
The countdown to Saturday's 18th annual Winter King Salmon Tournament is underway and fishermen are on alert. Noses to the wind, they're sniffing out the weather. Eyes on tides, they're second-guessing the impact of strong currents. Recalling past success, they're considering lucky charms and side-bet strategies.

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.

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.

Thanking Scouts who helped the hungry
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank would like to sincerely thank District Executive Jodi Stuart, the Tustumena District of the Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America and all those involved for their outstanding work on the 2011 Scouting for Food Drive which concluded on Saturday, March 5. Boy Scout Troop 669 collected 55 pounds of food items, and Cub Scout Packs 151 and 562 raised $35 and collected 817 pounds of food items, all of which were delivered to our facility on Community College Drive in Soldotna. As it takes 1.5 pounds of food to comprise one meal, 581 meals were thus provided for Kenai Peninsula residents.

Not happy with rate increases
This is what happens every time a small town utility bites off more than it can chew. First off, what fuel rates are they talking about, gasoline for their vehicles or natural gas for their turbines? They are so vague. Natural gas prices nation wide have not risen. In fact there is a glut of methane fuel. HEA is feeding us a snow job due to their being a small utility and wanting to get off Chugach Electric's power supply. HEA is not ready for this yet, meaning they just do not have enough customer base to be spending $50 million to $100 million to build and maintain their own power supply. Chugach Electric has 400 megawatts of capacity and can produce power for HEA a lot cheaper than they can themselves.

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.

Water power: State explains proposed hydro projects at public hearing
The Alaska Energy Authority held an informational open house in Kenai this week about potential large hydropower projects that could power the Railbelt in coming decades.

Pebble stakeholders speak out
The prospect of the Pebble Mine is a looming figure for many in Bristol Bay.

Japanese exchange student in Homer learns family is OK
Since coming to Homer from her homeland in Japan in August, 17-year-old Eri Sugiyama has maintained contact with her family thorough Skype, a text, voice and video computer program. That connection proved vital recently after an 8.9 earthquake struck just off Japan's east coast.

Photo: Old Town Aurora

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.

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

Shirley J. Hill
Lifelong Alaskan, Shirley J. Hill, 76, died Monday, March 14, 2011, of natural causes, in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula

Little League clinic schedule change

Around the Peninsula

Ninilchik Senior Center events set for next week

Poet's Corner

Outside the Envelope

Art Briefs

Vendors wanted for Wednesday Market

Great FX, action makes 'Battle' win
"Battle: Los Angeles"

'It's for art': Kenai life drawing workshop seeks models, artists
The new workshop in the Old Town Kenai pottery studio and gallery space is seeking artists who want to draw from life and models who are willing to take their clothes off.

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Events and Exhibits

Skagway drops CIA
Same opponent. Same arena.

Eagles cruise to 3rd place: Seldovia takes 6th at state tourney
ANCHORAGE -- The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team concluded the Class 2A state tournament with a dominating performance, but walked off the court wondering: What if?

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