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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Caring for the Kenai
From the nearly 400 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 entries from 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.

Coast Guard Hero honored at Kenai Rotary
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Bering Sea is one of the most unforgiving, harsh and dangerous places in the world. Although the risk is high, many mariners and fishermen depend on it for their livelihood. But in the dark winter months, when things can quickly go from bad to worse, as evidenced by the recent sinking of the Alaska Ranger, they rely on the Coast Guard to be there. For Petty Officer 1st Class Wil Milam an aviation survival technician, better known as a rescue swimmer, his lifesaving actions in the midst of a brutal winter storm in February 2007, earned him a prestigious award and public recognition for heroic achievement.

7th Annual Job Fair draws record numbers
Record number of job seekers as well as a record number of vendors looking for workers turned out at the annual Job Fair last week sponsored by the Peninsula Job Center, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, and the Peninsula Clarion. “By noon we had over 400 people come to the Fair which is a record for us,” Marie English, with the Peninsula Job Center, told the Dispatch. By the end of the day at 4:00pm some 800 people had been through the Fair at the Soldotna Sports Center, “The purpose of our Job Fair is to get all the businesses in the community that are looking for employees or gearing up for their summer workforce to come into one location and meet with a good portion of the job seekers in the community and give them a good opportunity to see who is out there looking and the event has grown tremendously with this being our most popular year ever,” said English.

Outdoors
There I was sitting on a stump along Swanson River Road waiting for my hunting partners Damian Collum and my son Travis to show up along the ridge I was watching. I had dropped them and my daughter’s dog Lily off along the road and then drove on ahead so the truck would be there once they walked that far.

Audience to decide how the old ‘slaying’ goes
Murder mystery takes center stage this weekend at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall, as Angie Nelson directs Michal Jacot’s “You Know the Old Slaying.” As in most mysteries the appeal and challenge is to figure out the guilty party without being fooled by the author, but in this mystery stage play the out come is up to you and the audience, “It’s actually an audience participation show where the audience votes as to who dun it at the end of the show, so we have 5 different endings depending on whom the audience chooses as the guilty one,” Nelson told the Dispatch.

Community effort helps kids succeed in DARE
The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 15 years to teach fifth-grade students the DARE program at the Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai.

Dance for charity is really no big deal
You know I saw four guys with the guts to perform in front of people for a good cause, nothing more (Clarion March 28, page A1). Wes Quade was wearing nothing less than you would see on a beach anywhere in America.

Businesses, individuals score with hockey tourney support
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Bantam Tier IV team recently hosted the Alaska State Bantam Tier IV hockey tournament March 14-16 at Soldotna Sports Center. We would like to thank the following local businesses for their sponsorship and donations: Dr. Robert Thompson, Dr. Jerry Hu, Dukowitz Machine, Airland Transport, Our Best Friends, Sharilyn Erickson, Silvertip Lodge, Trustworthy Hardware, city of Soldotna and Kaladi Brothers.

Assessor shouldn't get paid twice for doing job
I see a lot of dissatisfaction about the increase in assessment of taxes.

Reader calls it like he sees it
Sanitation isn't free. Good citizens, lay and corporate, pay their sanitation costs. Making a mess means taking responsibility. No exceptions.

Democracy begins at home
Greetings from Ecuador. I have not been able to keep up to date on the political situation between the United States, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Action hero inspires tyke's name
Covenant-chasing Nazi's, kidnapping cult members and Grail-seeking goons look out: Indiana Jones is back.

Shore patrol: Kenai adds 2 officers
If it's true that history repeats itself, by mid July use of Kenai's beaches will explode. But before the first dipnetter sticks his or her net into the water, the Kenai Police Department plans to be prepared for the thousands more that are likely close behind.

New tug to ply inlet waters
Transporting oil in tankers in Cook Inlet just got safer, and the reason recently arrived in Kachemak Bay.

Kenai sheds get another look
Lawmakers in Kenai are slated to take another run at passing an ordinance designed to doll up sheds, Conex boxes and other accessory structures in town.

Bigfoot sightings confirmed by AWCC
Some call it Sasquatch. Some call it Yeti. Call it whatever you want, Bigfoot has been spotted in Portage.

Photo feature: Spring cleaning
Volunteers pool their efforts to sweep up a season's worth of sand from the parking lot at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Kenai last weekend.

Resolution would back bill to raise tax ceiling
Assemblyman Gary Superman has introduced a resolution supporting an Alaska Senate bill that would raise the current optional residential tax exemption from $20,000 to $100,000.

Kenai man out on bail 23-year-old awaits trial in homicide case
Kenai man out on bailA 23-year-old Kenai man charged in the Aug. 13, 2007, shooting death of a Kenai teen was released on bail Friday pending trial in Superior Court.

Opal Ruth Robison
Longtime Kenai resident Opal Ruth Robison died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at the Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 77.

Carol Ann (Schuttke) Fox
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Carol Ann (Schuttke) Fox died Sunday, March 23, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 66.

Seth Allen Harris
Longtime Anchor Point resident Seth Allen Harris died Friday, March 28, 2008, at his home near Anchor Point. He was 39.

Chlora 'Ellen' Brown
Lifelong Alaska resident Chlora "Ellen" Brown died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at her house in Nikiski. She was 44.

Around the Peninsula
Theft prevention program offered Fair fundraiser planned Saturday Dinner, auction fundraiser planned Racing club to meet Soccer registration schedule to begin Spring bazaar slated Library seeks volunteers

Scallions often confused with spring onions
When I was "marketing" this week, I heard the gentleman standing next to me say to his wife, "Wow. Look at the size of these scallions."

A spoonful of life
Students at Kenai Central High School are on a first-name basis with 75 residents of Spoon River, Ill., even though they've been dead for about 90 years now.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Teens should focus on others, not themselves
What do teenagers think about? This is something that I wonder myself, even though I am one. At times I feel like I am the only one to feel the way I do until I open my mouth and tell someone. Even then I feel like we are not on the same level and no amount of explaining can make anyone understand what I care about.

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