Friday, March 25, 2011

Business Briefs

Builders hold March meeting

Writers thank community and writers
Saturday, March 12, Central Peninsula Writers Group, in conjunction with the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Kenai Visitor's and Cultural Center, hosted the 14th Annual Writers Present. A doezn writers were selected as "best" by a jury of 28 of their peers, and 44 total pieces of writing, and read their winning selections to an appreciative audience of around 50 people. Three of the juried best writings were by Central Peninsula High School students, Rylee DeVito, Salena Pena and Annamarie Johnson. The other nine were by varied writers from fishermen to newspaper editors, and included Carl Kincaid, Barbara Waters, Jenny Neyman, Carol Ford, David Thompson, Gunnar Bergstrom, Steve Schoonmaker, Marilyn Wheeless and Brent Johnson. Door prizes were provided by River City Books, Pye Wackers, Already Read Books, Funky Monkey and Veronicas. Laura Faeo and LaVerne Silcott collected the door prizes, and Laura drew the winning tickets at the event. Allen Auxier of KDLL Radio acted as MC, introducing each writer with a brief bio.

Coal mining bad even a century ago
Our salmon runs in the Chuitna River are more important to us than a Delaware Corporation mining coal in Alaska to send to China. Would we allow PacRim Coal state and federal permits to mine to bring jobs to Alaska? Don't we care about anything but our wallets? Are we not going down the same old road of 100 years ago? Are we planning to allow exploitation of a natural resource that could ruin the beauty and productivity of another natural resource, salmon?

Sterling fundraiser thanks many for success
Sterling Head Start, and Sterling Community Club would like to thank our community for the tremendous support that was shown for our annual fundraiser on Feb. 26. Chef Michael Even and his son Michael Paul Even donated their time and made a superb Mexican dinner. The Skyview Mock Trial Team did a grand job serving the meal. We also want to thank the entertainers, our MC Vonnie Pierce, Norm and Barb Blakely for doing the auction, the Sterling Senior Center, Alaska Wedding Brokers for the use of their beautiful gowns and the Head Start staff and parents for all the effort put into making the evening a success. We especially want to thank the following local business and individuals that donated items and services for the auction: Acapulco Mexican Restaurant; ACS; Alaska Fishing, with Mark Glassmaker; Alaska Railroad; Alaska Redfish Lodge; Alaska Sea Life Center; Alyeska Sales & Service; Angela Joy; Arby's; Arctic Frog Services, Amanda Larby; B & D Auto Denny's Auto Body; Bath & Body Boutique; Beemuns; Big Daddy's Pizza; Bing Browns; Blockbuster Video; Brenda Trefon; Buckets Sports Grill; Burger Bus; Candy Bouquet; CBC Rental and Supply, LLC; Central Peninsula Hospital; Clark's Espresso; Coffee Roasters; Cohoe Creations, Cindy Smalley; Cook Inlet RCAC; Cook's Corner; Cornerstone Books & Supplies; Credit Union 1; Curves; Davis Block; Dennis and Mary Wilt; Dillon and Jean Kimple; Dr. Hu; Ed's Auto Detailing; Enstar; Etc. by Su; First National Bank; Four D Carpet One; Frames & Things; Fred Meyer; Fred Meyer Jewelers; Grand Burrito Restaurant; Grant Aviation; Greenwood Studios, Janice Smith; Jennifer Waller; Jersey Subs; Jitters Espresso; JoAnn Crow-Epps; Kambi Theater; Karen the Cake Lady; Karlene's Acupuncture & Day Spa; Kenai River Brewing; Kenai River Sport fishing Guide Association; Kenai Subway Stores; King Salmon; Kiska Metals Corporation; Lindsay; Log Gift; Mary's Hairstyling; Merkes Enterprises, Leon Merkes; Michael Even; Michael Paul Even; Michaele and Robert Yard; Midas; Mike's Welding; Mugs and Arm Candy; Mykel's Soldotna Inn; Northland Wildlife Studio; Northwest Customs; Orca Theater; Papa Murphy's; Passions Too; Paula's Nails; Peninsula Martial Arts; Peninsula Oilers Baseball; Peninsula Overhead Doors; Peninsula Scrub Shoppe; Radio Shack, Peninsula Electronics; River City Books; River City Salon; Ronald Martinelli; Saddlers; Safeway; Sal's Klondike Diner; Sarah Michael; Sarah Waller; Save U More; Sedona Florist; Soldotna Professional Pharmacy; Spenard Builders Supply; Sport Fishing Guide Association; Stanley Ford Inc.; Sterling Auto & Hardware; Sterling Brotherhood, Froggy; Sterling Senior Crafty Ladies; Sterling Tool Rental; Sugar Magnolias; Sweeney's Clothing Mike Sweeney's; Taco Bell; Terry Buffo; Tesoro; The Candle Lady PartyLite, Brenda; Top Video; Vicki Nelso; Wal-Mart; Wash Out Laundromat; Wells Fargo, Kathy Gensel; Whitey's Music Shoppe; Xavier's Aunt Ellen; Xavier's Grammy Anita; Xavier's Omi (great grandmother) Ursula Niedzialek; Xavier's Parents Robert and Brandi West.

Store and shoppers contribute greatly
Central Peninsula Health Foundation would like to thank Soldotna Fred Meyer customers and associates for donating $3,492.61 in support of local cancer patients. The Soldotna Fred Meyer store accepted donations at check stand collection boxes from Aug. 14 through Nov. 5, 2010. The Foundation coordinates with the Central Peninsula Hospital Oncology department to distribute the money to oncology patients in need. These funds will help provide direct support and treatment for local Kenai Peninsula cancer patients.

Thanks for making One-Stop a success
The Peninsula One-Stop Training Academy was the place to be last Wednesday and Thursday at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. With over 120 participants during the two days, educators, employers, community support providers, state employees and local government met collectively to discuss key issues such as community support, education and career progress, and employer support that directly impacts our community.

Rate debate has new player: Land's End allowed to intervene in HEA hearings
Although hearings for Homer Electric Association's proposed rate restructuring are still many months out, state regulators have introduced two game-changers to the process.

Long distance learning: Kenai student attends class throughout cancer treatment
In Gregory Zorbas' world history class at Kenai Central High School, some big thinkers were the topics of student Powerpoint presentations this week.

State promotes emergency prep
While Japan's nuclear disaster doesn't appear likely to affect Alaska, the state's top emergency officials are saying the earthquake that triggered a tsunami and the nuclear emergency highlight the need for ongoing emergency preparedness.

Video: Suzanne Strickland, Soldotna's own dancing Statue of Liberty
Suzanne Strickland, Soldotna's own dancing Statue of Liberty

Community banks concerned: Alaska banks say new regulations could hurt
Alaska bankers expressed their dismay with the regulation-writing process for the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill passed by Congress last August. The bill, totaling more than 2,000 pages, aims to prevent the conditions that led to the 2008 financial crisis.

Council eases parking space requirements
Less empty concrete and more beautified businesses are the goals of an ordinance passed by the Soldotna City Council Wednesday night to reduce the number of off-street parking spaces stores, offices and other establishments are required to provide. The hope is that the change will have a positive effect on the city's environment and aesthetics.

State reps hold town hall meeting
House Speaker Mike Chenault and Rep. Kurt Olson host a town hall meeting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly room. Talk with your representatives in Juneau over coffee and cookies and find out what's happening in the state's capital. For more information call 283-7223.

Soldotna chamber to move?: City council considers concept for new location
As it stands, Soldotna's visitor center could do with some improvement. Smallish, largely hidden, and positioned in a way that necessitates the most frustrating of turning maneuvers, it isn't terribly resident- or tourist-friendly.

Council pitches in for Mock Trial team
Soldotna's city council had an "anything you can do, I can do better" moment during Wednesday night's meeting. Councilmember Regina Daniels moved to donate $250 to Skyview High School's Mock Trial team after learning that the Kenai City Council had donated $225.

Photo feature: A quick bite to eat
A cow moose dines Thursday afternoon in Kenai. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the commonly seen animals range in size from 800 pounds for a small adult female to 1,600 pounds for a large male.

Joanne Ray Cook
Kenai resident Joanne Ray Cook, 52, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at The Alaska Native Medical Center, in Anchorage, with her family by her side.

Viola Elizabeth Davis
Viola Elizabeth Davis, 91, died March 22, 2011, at her home in Soldotna with her family by her side.

Hope resides in multiple energy sources
A few stories in the news this week provided a good example of a topic we've already touched on so far this year -- where our energy is going to come from.

Ignorance is not bliss
The saying "What you don't know won't hurt you" may apply to a few social issues. Let's say a guy cheats once on his spouse and doesn't tell her, to spare her the pain of knowing. She might be happier in ignorance. But what you don't know can hurt you when it's happening to the place where you live, whether we're talking about your back yard or Earth.

Helping fish on the Kenai through the National Fish Habitat Action Plan
Here in North America we are blessed with what many scientists believe is the greatest freshwater biodiversity on the planet. Most of this biodiversity is made up of aquatic invertebrates and fishes. Unfortunately, the news is not all good. We also have an alarming number of fish species in jeopardy. Across the country our fisheries are facing a conservation crisis with 700 North American species of fish considered imperiled, and mare than half of this group is federally listed as threatened or endangered. Habitat degradation is the main culprit in the demise of these fish species and is the driving force in the establishment of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP; http://fishhabitat.org/).

Harding Icefield: A find in Southcentral Alaska
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK -- The first thing I noticed was the feeling of an ice-cream headache. It meant we were getting close.

Around the Peninsula

Indian education parent advisory committee meets

Around the Peninsula

Sterling seniors hold garage sale

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'The Fighter' has shining script, direction
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Triumvirate Theatre presents - A fishy western - "The Magnificent Salmon"
What do an ulu, sombreros, plastic light sabers, cowboy boots and a stuffed salmon called Whappy have in common?

Freedom from guilt: Doubt your doubts, believe your beliefs
A grandmother, tormented by feelings of guilt, wrote to a television minister asking how she could be forgiven for an unnamed sin in her past. This woman of faith had lived an exemplary life and had raised her children on the principles of faith given in the Bible. Now she was doing her best to pass this wonderful gift on to her grandchildren.

Church Briefs

Overheard: Conversations by the Cross

Brown Bears set for final home series
With the playoffs less than two weeks away and a first-round opponent already determined, the Kenai River Brown Bears insist they aren't looking ahead.

Broomball tourney to be held in Homer
The fourth annual Alaska Statewide Broomball Tournament (Co-ed Adult) will be held on April 2, starting at 11 a.m., at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena in Homer.

Rage topple Brown Bears
For the fourth time in as many tries, the Kenai River Brown Bears went to overtime against their Canadian counterparts only to fall short.

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