Thursday, March 20, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Sleep apnea to be discussed Realtors to meet CITS training offered Business workshops offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Big Trout small Pike and lots of Derby winners
This year’s Soldotna Trustworthy Ice Fishing Derby had some very interesting results: More participants, record number of fish caught, first ever woman to complete a Derby Flush, more winners, more prizes, larger trout, and smaller pike, “Fish & Game has been doing a great job with their nets reducing the pike population and of course our derby fishers have been targeting hard as well, but they were smaller and harder to get this year and we are happy to see that because we saw an increase in the size and number of lake trout, rainbows, and dollys, we even had some dollies brought in from some of those pike lakes and that’s significant. Over all this was a huge year for big fish,” said Scott Miller of Soldotna Hardware who has been putting on the annual event for the last 12 years.

Students from Bremen, Germany go from Kenai to Mars
This is the second exchange Dimond High School in Anchorage has had with the Oekumenisches Gymnasium school in Bremen, Germany according to Dean Ball, foreign language teacher at Dimond High, “This year we have 11 students from Germany with us, 8 girls and 3 boys who are visiting us along with their teacher Carola Bolte for 3 weeks and we have been doing our best to show them Alaska and this week being our spring break we took them to Mars via the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and were also able to spend the night here at the Center and show them much of the Peninsula as well,” Ball told the Dispatch.

Honrud Dinner/Auction features new Polaris ATV
According to Shanon Hamrick, of the KPTMC, this Saturday March 22nd a Dinner/Auction Fundraiser is being held to help Cody Honrud’s familiy at the Soldotna Sports Center with doors opening at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm and the auction to start at 7:00pm.

Phi Theta Kappa inductees honored at KPC
Students who strive for academic excellence were honored last week at the Alpha Omega Omicron Kenai Peninsula College induction ceremony for the Phi Theta Kappa (KPT) Honor Society. According to Chapter Advisor Diane Taylor, “Phi Theta Kappa was by established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918 and the International Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1,100 chapters located throughout the 50 United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Germany, and Japan. In 1929 the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges,” stated Taylor at the Kenai River Campus ceremony.

Choices are up to us
A month ago Brittany West's column (Clarion Schools, Feb. 12) told of a future life as a result of decisions that where made and not made. I am thankful this young woman didn't abort her baby like 5,000 women/girls do each day because of bad sex. We all are faced with decisions daily that will affect our lives and others. Some are for good, some not.

Two women, different endings
Two 22-year-old women are in the news these days. One was a pretty blonde student body president at the University of North Carolina, the daughter of a wealthy second-generation Athens, Ga., financial planner and his college professor wife. She was the valedictorian at her local high school.

Talent show disappointing
It's quite appalling to me that several very talented acts at the community talent show March 12 at Kenai Central High School were surpassed for first place by an act in which a group of high school senior males tried to copy a Chippendale strip show performance, especially when one of the senior males decided to "strip to the G-string" fiasco at the end.

Suggested Fish and Game move sounds a little too fishy
An article in the March 11 Anchorage Daily News called, "Salmon politics may uproot managers," stated new language being discussed that would "close the commercial and sportfishing offices in Soldotna," moving the managers from Soldotna to Anchorage.

Student dinner earns high grade
The AFS-USA Student Exchange Program of Kenai/Soldotna/Nikiski thanks the many businesses for their donations to our international fundraiser dinner held March 2. These businesses include Arby's, Country Foods, Safeway of Kenai and Soldotna, Fred Meyer, Charlotte's, Louie's Restaurant, Sal's, Don Jose's in Kenai, Paradisos Restaurant, Kenai Vision Center, Country Liquor, 4-H Livestock Association, Jersey Subs, Gourmet Garden Market & Deli, Joe's Laundry, McDonald's and Kaladi Brothers.

Council: Paint job may be required for Conex boxes
When rumor raced through the airwaves of Kenai a couple months ago saying the city planned to give all Conex-type storage boxes the boot, several people showed up at the next scheduled city council meeting ready to object.

Fire that killed 4 ruled accidental
Investigators have determined that Saturday's trailer fire that caused the deaths of a Kenai woman and her three children was accidental.

Photo feature: White in the moon the long road lies ...
A daytime moon skirts a ridge in the Kenai Mountains earlier this week. The central peninsula's days are now longer than its nights as summer approaches.

Ionia revisits wood as fuel
While skyrocketing oil prices are driving many to renewable energy options such as solar, wind and even tidal power, a group of families living a communal lifestyle in Kasilof seems to have taken a step back, revisiting the use of wood for heat and hot water.

Big goals laid out
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska estimates there is between 30 million and 50 million barrels of oil waiting to be tapped as part of the Cosmopolitan Project.

Head Start director chosen for panel
The director of the Kenaitze Head Start has been chosen to participate in a national panel concerning new Head Start policies.

Domestic violence workshop planned
For the last 28 years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has ranked Alaska among the top five states in the United States with the highest numbers of forcible rape, according to the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's 2007 annual report.

Robert Johnston Sr.
Anchorage resident George Robert Johnston Sr. died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at home. He was 82.

Dolores Elizabeth Whaley
Longtime Chugiak resident Dolores Elizabeth Whaley died Thursday, March 6, 2008.

Christina Hunt, Judy Jones, Frank Hunt Jr., Ryan Hunt
Kenai residents Christina Hunt, Judy Jones, Frank Hunt Jr., and Ryan Hunt died Saturday, March 15, 2008, in a fire at their residence at the corner of Beaver Loop Road and the Kenai Spur Highway. They were 31, 13, 7 and 4, respectively.

Marie Therese Niemiec
Anchorage resident Marie Therese Niemiec died Monday, March 10, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center surrounded by family. She was 46.

Giving it the old college try: Legislature must address lack of need-based aid for students
There is a well-known aphorism, often attributed to Mark Twain: "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session." While the issues currently before the Alaska Legislature are, perhaps, not quite so threatening, there is one issue before them of great significance to those citizens who try to take the long view regarding the future economic health of our great state. That issue is need-based financial aid to Alaska college students. Or, I should say, the lack of such aid.

Using the education carrot: Youth could benefit from innovation, changes in system
Throughout history, Alaska has sparked dreams and possibilities. In sharp contrast, today's opportunity is snuffed out when nearly 40 percent of Alaska's youth do not complete high school in four years and where two-thirds of incoming students at the University of Alaska require remedial coursework.

Decorated Party Cupcake Baskets
1 (18.5-ounce) box white cake mix, baked according to package

Fruit Dip
Recipe source used with permission from,

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meet Fisherman's fund meeting today Community egg hunt set CPCS board meeting planned Youth court offered LeeShore board meeting slated Red Cross offers disaster training Health center plans closure, training Garden club set to bloom Sexual assault awareness workshop available Alzheimer's to be discussed

Spring tea with style, good manners and a little PB and J
Some girls really know how to spring a party for their friends. When 5-year-old Kate Holland told her mother that she'd like to have a party, the timing couldn't have been better. With Easter just days away, Kate thought a spring tea party, culminating with an outdoor Easter egg hunt, would be just the thing, and her mother agreed.

Ham and Cheese Mini Drop Biscuits
2 cups self-rising flour

Vanilla Confectioners' Sugar Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

Around the Peninsula
Dinner, auction fundraiser set PenDOG plans Canine Good Citizen test FASD training offered Holocaust to be discussed Kids reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel

Reader submitted recipe
The mysterious ingredient called Filo (phyllo) dough would make me cringe when my mother-in-law would say to me, "Let's make a large pan of Spanakopeta." It took some time to relax when I had to pick up one pastry sheet at a time and hope that it wouldn't fall apart before laying it into the baking pan. Below is one of several Grecian creations my family looks forward to me preparing. A key ingredient to the success of a dish or dessert made with filo is to relax while handling the paper thin sheets as you layer them. Sherry Karnikis, Kasilof

CIA girls fall to Yakutat
Esther Esbenshade collected a game-high 15 points, Rose Fraker added 11 and defending Class 2A state champion Yakutat overcame a lackluster first half to defeat Cook Inlet Academy, 43-27, on Tuesday in the opening round of the 2A state basketball championships at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Galena defeats Otters in semis
Listed generously at 6-foot-6, Seldovia's Levi Harkness rarely has anybody who can guard him inside.

Eagles advance to 4th-place game
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team turned its second-half woes to second-half wows and defeated Galena 43-32 at the Class 2A state tournament on Wednesday at Sullivan Arena.

Ninilchik wins
Ashley Bartolowits scored a team-high 16 points and Lindsay Schnabl and Grace Ehlers each added 13 in leading Ninilchik past Northway, 54-42, on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball championships at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Harkness monster
Immediately following Seldovia's second-place finish in the Peninsula Conference tournament 10 days ago, Levi Harkness said advancing to state has been the ultimate goal since his freshman year.

Ninilchik returns to finals
Recalling her experience as a freshman on Ninilchik's 2006 Class 2A state championship team the last Wolverines squad to achieve that milestone Grace Ehlers said she celebrated as if she had played the entire game.

'Job' does what it's hired to do
"The Bank Job"

The shape of things to come
A new crop of clay artists is budding at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. As of last Friday, the Kenai Potters Guild began its most recent eight-week pottery course for artists of all levels.

Art Briefs
Artists sought Kenai Performers seek members Kids' reading program ongoing

Poet's Corner
She entered the ballroom in grace

Sports Brief
The Cross Country Alaska Championship Race will take place on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails, although there are several modifications to the original format.

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