Friday, March 26, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Simple act makes community a better place
A few weeks ago while in River City Books, I saw daffodils growing in coffee cans. A sign said they were a gift for donating to the Alaskan Food Bank. They were grown by kindergarten students at Soldotna Elementary School. What a great thing for the teacher,the children and the book store owner to do in these hard times.

Students recognized for academic excellence
The Academic Recognition Banquet was held March 23 at KCHS. The Academic Recognition Program was started 15 years ago when a group of parents and school staff wanted to create an outlet which rewards students for their excellence in the classroom. It has flourished since that time. More than 160 students were honored for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 and above.

Playground draws plenty of support
The Soldotna Community Playground Volunteer Committee would like to thank everyone who made the recent Winter Wonderland Dinner and Auction fundraiser a tremendous success and helped raise nearly $40,000 that evening for the Playground. Proceeds from the wonderful event will help our community's amazing, one-of-a-kind playground to be built the week of May 3. It takes a great community to build a great playground and that was proven once more before and during our Winter Wonderland event!

State must do more for psychiatric patients
With great fanfare a new acute care state-run 74 bed psychiatric hospital opened its doors in 2005 - Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

Man sentenced for sex abuse of foster child
A Soldotna man was given a 34-month prison sentence Wednesday in superior court for sexually abusing a girl he had taken in as a foster child.

Felt waders banned
Anglers with felt-soled waders have two more years to spring a leak before they'll have to turn them in.

Troopers still sniffing for clues in pot bust
Alaska State Troopers are still investigating a large marijuana grow discovered off Tower Circle in Seward on March 20.

Kasilof dunes to get protection: Fencing project at river mouth modeled after similar effort in Kenai
While the Kasilof Regional Historical Association is better known for protecting pioneer sites, structures and other artifacts, they've recently taken up the charge to save the beach dunes at the mouth of the Kasilof River from further human-caused degradation.

Report: Volcano eruption response good with a chance of improvement
One year after Mount Redoubt erupted, the National Weather Service released a largely complimentary critique of their response to the disaster, but pointed to several things they could have done better.

Pebble, state officials: Mine isn't a done deal: If impact to environment, fisheries can't be minimized, project won't go forward
The predominantly anti-Pebble Mine crowd that attended Wednesday night's discussion at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center wanted to know if stopping the controversial project is even possible.

Pilot, passengers in Homer plane crash identified
On Tuesday at 2:25 p.m., troopers responded to a reported aircraft accident at the Homer Airport. Investigation revealed that the pilot, Zachariah Tappan, 37,of Homer, was operating a 1967 Cessna 206, owned by Homer Air. Tappan was flying a regularly scheduled flight to Nanwalek with two passengers, Tatianna Active, 42, of Nanwalek, and Natalie Kvasnikoff, 66, of Nanwalek.

At 80, still working for a living
JUNEAU (AP) -- Pinned to the wall of Martha Penrose's work desk is a quote by 1960s pastor Chuck Swindoll:

Everett W. Hewitt
Soldotna resident Mr. Everett W. Hewitt, 49, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna due to lung cancer with his family by his side.

Judith Yvonne "Judie" Everson
Kenai resident Judith Yvonne "Judie" Everson, 65, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Scrutiny part of the process
Homer Electric Association's interest in pursuing a plan to build and own power generation facilities is creating questions among some of our members. This is exactly what should be expected from a healthy and vibrant cooperative.

Purchase of LNG plant worth considering
The announcement last week that a natural gas supply cooperative and the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority have offered to purchase the North Kenai liquefied natural gas plant comes as interesting news here on the Peninsula, and is something worth serious consideration.

Winter King Salmon Tournament: Biggest fish: 38.5 pounds; biggest take: $55,501.25
Brenda Hays may not have caught the biggest king salmon with her 29.4-pound fish during Saturday's Winter King Salmon Tournament, but she definitely reeled in the most money: $45,986.25 in side bets in addition to the $9,515 she won for taking third place in the tournament.

Heating with wood
Call me a dinosaur, but I heat my house with wood. What's more, I do so out of desire, not out of necessity.

Don't fence me in -- but is there a better solution?
Like many Alaskans, I'm no fan of more rules or red tape than what we already have on the books, which is why I have mixed feelings about the developing plan to protect the degrading beach dunes at the mouth of the Kasilof River.

A winter day in the outdoors yields simple pleasures for family
Last year in March our family decided to take a daylong outing to Seward to look for winter birds and explore the shoreline of Resurrection Bay. We packed our van the night before and laid out all of the childrens' winter clothes. We woke the children at 5:30 a.m. and assisted the younger ones with dressing. We departed in the darkness of early morning and fed the children a packed breakfast as we drove.

Around the Peninsula

Immunization clinic hours extended

Around the Peninsula

Bingo fundraiser Saturday

Mike's call: 3 refs should be used for every basketball game at state
During my six days courtside at the state basketball tournament in Anchorage, I covered two Class 4A schools and four 2A schools. One major difference that jumped out at me -- besides the number of subs on the bench -- was the number of referees.

Poet's Corner

Broken Morning

Arts Briefs

Youth art show seeks entries

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

SoHi teacher's original show playing this weekend
When Mike Druce wants to put on a show he just writes a script.

'Bounty Hunter' skips bail
I had assumed that Kevin Smith, in his debacle "Cop Out" of a couple of weeks ago, was unique in his misguided desire to return to the glory of 1980's action comedies. Not so, apparently, as Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler proved this weekend with the completely predictable, completely pointless buddy/chick pic, "The Bounty Hunter." This movie worked in 1988 when it was called "Midnight Run" and starred Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin. Twenty-two years later, this current tale of a deadbeat ex-cop who is delighted at the chance to apprehend his oblivious ex-wife falls completely flat.

Church Briefs

Grace Lutheran Holy Week specials

Easter: after the Resurrection
Barry Boulware tells a great story:

Skinnars turns into point machine for Brown Bears
Just as the Los Angeles Lakers prefer to have Kobe Bryant at the free-throw line and the L.A. Galaxy look to David Beckham to bury penalty kicks, Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Oliver David said he relies on Johan Skinnars to operate the power play.

Ice Hawks win state title
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Bantam U-14 ice hockey team won the 2009-10 Alaska State Hockey Association Bantam Tier III State Championship on Monday.

Rumley inducted into Hall of Fame
Longtime bowler Donna Rumley was inducted into the Soldotna-Kenai Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the opening ceremonies of the 50th annual Women's State tournament, which was held at Alaskalanes.

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