Wednesday, March 18, 2009

There I was sitting in that classroom as a freshman in high school, it's what seems to be almost 100 years ago. The sun was shining brightly and that old stone and concrete school house was hot and stuffy. The old windows were open to let in a little fresh air and whatever else chose to fly in as none of the windows had any screens on them. I don't even think window screens were even invented yet. As I sat there, my thoughts were not of sitting in that school, but on figuring how I could escape and be free to run along the creek bank or just take a hike through the woods.

Borough Mayor proclaims Health Care Heroes Day
The first Friday of March was officially proclaimed "Health care Heroes Day" by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor David Carey. "In our community as a whole health care is a major source of nurturing and compassion as well as being a very important economic engine and literally from our first breath to our last health care providers are the conduit that connect us to life so I felt this was an appropriate time to herald those care providers for the great work they do," Carey told the Dispatch. Carey said he plans to take have a similar event in Homer in a few months for the folks at South Peninsula Hospital. Carey pointed out that while the recent shooting incident pointed out many heroic acts of individuals, health care heroes include those who go unnoticed but carry out consistent acts of heroism on a daily basis.

Celebrating Alaska's Golden Statehood Anniversary on the Peninsula
A little over a year ago an AK50 on the Kenai committee was appointed to organize and coordinate the Peninsula's celebration of Alaska's 50th year as the 49th star on Old Glory's field of blue. Recently Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey announced an exciting line-up of activities to take place during 2009 on the Kenai Peninsula.

12.18 Pound Lake Trout tops Ice Fishing Derby
Landing a twelve pound lake trout is a challenging experience in the middle of the summer in Alaska, but bringing up a monster trout of that size through an 8 inch hole in the ice in the middle of winter is a fish tale indeed. And it's the story of Jeannie Blakley who caught the biggest fish in this year's Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware's 12th Annual Ice Fishing Derby, "She caught it on a regular little ice fishing rod and you know it was a job getting that fish through that hole, but brought in quite a few big fish this year and this is the second largest fish ever caught in the history of our derby," said Scott Miller, of Soldotna Hardware & Fishing. The Miller family started the derby to encourage families and kids to get out and experience the local wonders of winter in Alaska and the event has grown each year with nearly 1,000 ice fishers participating and registering their catches. "We had quite a derby. The numbers were incredible with just under 1,000 people signing up with about 300 to 400 of those being kids which really pleased us and they brought about 400 fish with a pretty even split between the kids and the adults and nice big fish this year in all categories which made just a great derby," said Miller.

KPC holds special showcase at Kenai River Campus
The Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) Kenai River Campus held a gala Showcase last week complete with red carpet runway and cocktail attire. "We wanted to make an opportunity for folks who normally may not have a reason or excuse to come to the Kenai River Campus a reason to come here and see what is going on. So we invited folks who in some manner have supported the college in the past and created a gala showcase event where they would have incentive to go from one end of the building to the other, upstairs and across the new walkway and highlighting the tip of the ice berg of some of the wonderful classes we have to offer here at KPC," explained Suzie Kendrick with the KPC Resource Development Team. "We believe that if we can show the public exactly what is going on in their college they will embrace our mission and work together with us, faculty, students, and community so that we can continue to meet our potential," said Kendrick.

Creamy Fresh Mint: Dressing for Coleslaw, Salads
1/2 cup mayonnaise, low fat or regular

Going GREEN: St. Patty's Day spring recipes bid winter farewell
Perhaps everything looks a little greener because it is March, the month that not only celebrates St. Patrick's Day, but also ushers in the beginning of the spring season.

Brownie Muffins with Green Mint Chips: Adapted from a recipe by Guittard Chocolate Company
1 (12-ounce) bag Guittard semisweet chocolate chips

Cabbage Rolls with Bay Leaf
1 medium head green cabbage, core removed and tough outer leaves discarded

Letter doesn't sit well with reader
Speaking of a diatribe, Richard Hahn is dead wrong (Clarion letter, Feb. 24). For a hot second let's assume that R. Hahn's lone wishes have been achieved. No more killing of R. Hahn's creatures. Has R. Hahn ever killed a fly, a mosquito or dreaded white sock and, may God forgive him, a mouse? Did he feel pleasure if he got the bugger or remorse?

Support helps team ride on
The team of the Wilder Hoggs would like to thank the following organizations, businesses and individuals for supporting us to help make the 2009 Kenai Peninsula WOW Ride the success that it was: Richard Beeler, Michael Arnold, Cook Inlet Lions, Fraternal Order of Eagles, James Milburn, Richard and Heidi Dominick, Jody Hatt, Valerie Hudson, Bob Dolan, Margaret Dolchok, Mary Lou Bottorff, Jim Segura, Vernon Stanford, Loyal Order of Moose, Bill Soares, Gary Korpi, Bret McDonald, Jim Hakkinen, Petroleum Equipment and Service Inc., Jim and Diana Zirul, George Tweedy, Daniel Lynch, Ed Greenbaugh, Roberta Ivanoff, Tom O'Connell, Leo and Evelyn Boulette, Ken Diamond, Nick McGahan, Keith Gerke, Steve Winch, American Legion Auxiliary, Robert and Rosie Tepp, NANA WorleyParsons Colt Engineering and those fabulous anonymous donors in the Tesoro Fab Shop.

Anonymous donation, message appreciated
I would like to thank the anonymous donor, who after attending our March 3 concert, sent flowers, a card with a beautiful message, and a generous donation to the Kenai Middle School Choir Program.

Building valuable skills: Construction academy grads ready for work force
Working as a contractor and being involved in the Kenia Peninsula Builders Association and the Alaska Homerbuilders Association, Bob Hammer has noticed a lack of new youth entering the business. To reverse this trend, last year Hammer helped start the Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy, a program that teaches basic construction skills in the areas of plumbing, electrical, welding and carpentry.

'We won't miss a beat': Atwater eager to begin new position
Like many Alaskans, Dr. Steve Atwater moved to the great white north at a young age to lead a more adventurous life and make a buck.

Photo feature: The circus is in town
Alex Arestov and his wife Elena rehearse an act for Wednesday night’s International All-Star Circus at the Soldotna Sports Center. Wednesday is the only day the circus will be on the peninsula. Tickets are still available for the two shows scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m.

Kenai could take up rezone: Council to consider Spur Highway zoning changes
A controversial rezone proposal that failed to get the support of the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission, is slated to come before the city council for consideration at its meeting tonight.

Erin Go Braugh!: Irish eyes are smiling
Braden Lemm and other first-graders from Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School walk Tuesday in the St. Patrick's Day parade down the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. The annual event was followed by a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage at the Soldotna Senior Center.

Rosemary Kime
Longtime Soldotna resident Rosemary Kime died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at her home. She was 75.

Shirley May Johnson
Longtime Alaskan Shirley May Johnson died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center with family members at her side. She was 73.

Lyle T. Grove
Minnesota and former Soldotna resident Lyle T. Grove died Tuesday, March 17, 2009. He was 81.

Police looking for help in attack
On March 10, the Seward Police Department responded to a report of a felony assault near the Seward Post Office.

Around the Peninsula

Spring break day camp slated

CIA boys fall in semifinals: Cook Inlet Academy, Ninilchik girls both lose, ending seasons
Senior Ryan Rock netted a game-high 33 points, 18 coming in the first half, junior Ebruilik Frankson added 17 and Point Hope sank eight 3-pointers in advancing to today's Class 2A boys state championship game with a 74-63 win over Cook Inlet Academy on Tuesday night at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

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