Thursday, March 29, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Era Aviation wins safety award Youth cooking classes Crimestoppers seek support Food bank fundraiser set to build Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought Kapp moves Edward Jones office Business owners receive dividends Bones for Life seminar offered

In May of 1995 I flew to Alaska from Wisconsin to find a place to live and then fly back and began packing for our move here. I remember driving on Turnagain arm and seeing the many cars parked by the many streams that empty into the ocean from the mountains. I stopped and observed people of all ages and all races dip netting hooligan along streams. Some of the people had small fires burning and many were sharing the same fires from time to time. I visited with many of these people and was even offered a bucket of smelt by an elderly black man who almost insisted I just needed to try these ocean fresh hooligan on my table in Wisconsin.

Era Kenai Station wins safety award
The Era Aviation Safety Department presented their Kenai Airport Station with the “2006 Most Improved Station” Safety Award on Friday March 16th. The award is given annually to the station with the best safety record, “We look at the overall safety performance, employee injuries, equipment damage, and most importantly safety attitudes that embodies the safety culture, including identification of hazards in the workplace, and proactive in the involvement in finding solutions and corrective actions to make the workplace safer for our customers and employees,” said Michelle Fabry, director of safety for Era Aviation.

Final 12 selected for 17th Caring for the Kenai competition
From more than 450 entries submitted in this year’s Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental and disaster preparedness contest, a panel of eight judges from the professional community has selected twelve Kenai Peninsula Borough high school students to compete for over $26,000 in cash awards in the oral presentation phase of the CFK program sponsored by Agrium and Chevron.

A Grand Day for the Irish in Soldotna
It was 16 years ago that Soldotna entrepreneur and Irishman Michael Sweeney thought the Peninsula should have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So he and a couple of friends got their trucks washed up and some shamrocks and green ribbons and drove south from the “Y” in Soldotna to the Bridge. Spectators were few the first year and the parade didn’t even stop traffic according to Sweeney. “A St. Patrick’s Day Parade just seemed to fit the theme of my store so I got the media and the Soldotna Chamber involved and it started growing from there. I think we’re the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alaska if not the only one,” said Sweeney.

A New Day for Chevron in Alaska
Members of the Kenai Chapter of the Support Industry Alliance filled the meeting room at the Paradisos restaurant in Kenai to hear Chevron’s Alaska Asset Development Manager Stephen Wright present Chevron’s vision for their corporate investment in Alaska. “This was one of our best turn outs in recent months and I think the people here today were happy with what they heard and excited about Chevron’s future investments in the Cook Inlet,” said Dan Grove, chairman of the Kenai Chapter Alliance.

Green a nice color for Soldotna
The 16th Annual Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by the community.

Assembly violating law with sales tax increase
In October of 2005, the Voters of the Kenai Peninsula Borough passed a citizens initiative capping the sales tax at a rate of 2 percent and requiring a 60 percent majority vote to increase the rate. However, our Assembly is now considering an ordinance that would increase the sales tax rate to 3 percent effective January 1, 2008. Can’t the assembly members read?

Exchange of help made dinner a success
The Kenai/Soldotna AFS/USA Chapter of the Student Exchange Program wishes to thank all those who supported our recent fund-raiser dinner. Specifically, we thank all the attendees and those who gave of their time and services.

Coal mine would add to climate change
Coal pollutes water and air, depletes fisheries, and causes lung disease. Most of all, coal accelerates climate change.

State’s priority should be education, not sports
How come the State of Alaska cannot afford a quality academic or vocational education for our K-12 students but it can afford the inordinate costs of sponsoring almost every interscholastic sport known to man, all over the State, except tiddly winks, AND it can afford to pay for the aviation gas for hunters to kill wolves from their airplanes plus $150 bounty on each wolf taken?

Banquet volunteers showed true colors
On behalf of Cub Scout Pack 672, I would like to sincerely thank Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Dave Caswell and the Soldotna Elks Club for their support of the recent Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet. Mayor Carey was outstanding in his inspirational talk to the Scouts about patriotism, the armed forces and what it means to be a good citizen. He captured the attention of every child (and parent) in attendance through his wonderful humor and passion for our great country. Thanks also to the parents and Scouts who baked deserts for the auction to raise money for our Pack. A fun time was had by all and Dave Caswell also deserves a round of applause for his auctioneering talent!

Brooks’ actions hurt Iditarod
All I know is how I feel about this outrageous act that has taken place on the trail of the worlds greatest, toughest and most historic race.

Sign ordinance may get green light tonight
A highly unusual fourth public hearing will be conducted tonight to hear from business owners on a proposed changes in the Soldotna municipal code governing free-standing signs in the commercial district.

Concern for bears doesn’t end with hunt
Bear-viewing advocates s ay they dodged a bullet at a recent Board of Game meeting two weeks ago in Anchorage, but something still needs to be done to fix a recent trend of declining brown bear populations around McNeil River and the Katmai National Preserve.

Police arrest bookkeeper
A 36-year-old bookkeeper for Salamatof Seafoods Inc. was arraigned Tuesday on charges she embezzled at least $67,000 from the company and two other firms for which she kept books.

Have resume, will travel
Those looking for work and those looking for workers will come together today in attempt to find each other during the annual Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair.

Coalition takes on hydrocarbons
Local government partnered up this week seeking a solution to Kenai River hydrocarbon pollution that so far has stymied many a state agency.

Bertha M. Willis
Kenai resident Bertha M. Willis died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.

Kristin Judith Cronin
Soldotna resident Kristin Judith Cronin died unexpectedly Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 14.

Rita M. McBride
Anchor Point resident R ita M. McBride died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 78.

Tax oil, don’t touch PFD: Permanent fund isn’t an out to avoid extracting fair price for oil
Seems lots of heavy hitters want to take one more run at persuading our legislators to tap our Permanent Fund. ...

Indiscriminate wolf killing : Governor should find a scientifically credible predator control program
Alaska’s promising new Governor, via the Department of Fish and Game, is now offering airborne wolf hunters $150 for the left front leg of shotgunned wolves, but nothing for the wounded wolves that got away. This “management” is supposed to be from any of five areas of “intensive management” stretching across about 60,000 square miles of wild Alaska; but our guess is that it’s pretty hard to tell where a leg came from just by looking at it? We know from court convictions that these airborne shooters wander far outside their prescribed areas. It was pure luck that two of them got caught a couple of years ago.

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale planned CPGH Inc. board members to meet Peaceful people to meet Play auditions set Cheerleading registration continues ACT event set Family ski event slated Kasilof book fair planned

Around the Peninsula
CPH spring bazaar set Soccer players, coaches sought KPFA meeting slated Beekeepers all a buzz Food bank plans one-day closure Gardening club seeks members Health fair ready to pump you up

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

‘Out on a Limbo’
Saturday afternoon in the Renee Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School — whispers and giggles from behind the curtains at the side of the stage.

Straight ‘Shooter’: Movie hits the mark
TBS used to have a Saturday film series called “Movies for Guys Who Like Movies.” They’d re-run “Rambo” or “Commando” or, if you were really lucky, one of the older Clint Eastwoods like “The Gauntlet” or “Escape from Alcatraz” -- before he got all respectable. Those were fun movies that didn’t require a lot of set-up beyond the traditional “they trained him, they betrayed him, and now they’re going to get their butts kicked.”

Art Briefs
Writers meet tonight Play auditions this weekend Chorus set to sing Kids’ art wanted Humanities forum offers historic grants Lower fees continue for artists in schools Art show proposals being accepted Beading classes offered Kids’ reading program ongoing

Celebrity waiters hold up the sky By McKibben Jackinsky
Chicken Little was right -- the sky is falling. At least that’s how it looks at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair, where the ceiling of the 4,800-square-foot Carol Bock Hall is in desperate need of repair. At the Ninilchik fairgrounds Saturday night, the fair’s biggest fund-raising event of the year will help raise money to keep the sky, or rather the ceiling, from crashing down.

Poet’s Corner
Dancing in the morning dew,

Around the District
Optional high school to be discussed Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Home-school Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Redoubt Elementary Nikiski Middle- High Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Tebughna Tustumena Elementary School News Wings Christian Academy Peninsula DDF results Forensics meet results

Thought of school uniforms makes writer cringe
I recently heard that the Legislature is considering passing a bill that will require elementary and middle school students to start wearing uniforms, and require high school students start wearing them later as well.

Engineering inspiration
Students at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai learned what engineering was all about with a visit from the University of Alaska Fairbanks chapter of the Society of Women Engineers earlier this month.

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Davis claims WPA semi-pro title
Riding snowmachines since the tender age of 3, Soldotna’s Cory Davis was born into the sport.

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