Thursday, April 3, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules New business Business workshops offered CPH offers diabetes education Wage, hour seminar slated

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lost package changes reader's perception
This is to the person who picked up a lost package and found an anti-virus program: Shame on you for not turning it in to the store or not placing a found ad in the paper. To you it was probably just a bonus find, but to the person who lost it, it was six months of saving nickels and dimes.

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.

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.

Achievement by young man earns appreciation
I was thinking about a concert that took place last Thursday, which was a fulfillment of a civics project, a "Konzert" which was organized by Hayden Sterling and featuring a group of his friends and musician colleagues who performed about 14 numbers in solo or ensemble and presented a wonderful and talented view of the young people.

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.

Reader advises: Talk now or hold your tongue
On March 27, the House passed HB256, Gov. Sarah Palin's bill that allows for no science based same-day airborne hunting of wolves and bears, opens the doors to game-farming in Alaska and allows the lieutenant governor to remove Alaska's ballot measure to vote again on aerial hunting, thus taking Alaskans right to vote away.

Contributors get a 'WOW'
The team of the "Wilder Hoggs" would like to thank the organizations, businesses and individuals that supported us to help make the 2008 Kenai Peninsula W.O.W. Ride the success that it was. They included Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Vagabond, Petroleum Equipment & Service Inc., Laurel Pickering, Joe Grossl, Rus Hitchcock, Mike Sournart, Craig Cacorel, Nick McGahan, Joe Flaecid, Denise O'Connell, Margaret Dolchok, Bill Soares, Jeannie Smith, Diana Zirul, Ed Marsh, Jim Hakkinen, Josh Overtuf, Ted VanAntwerp, Fred Vaslilie, Randy Connelly, Rolf Mansek and Bonnie Larson.

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

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

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.

Neighbors fuming over plans
A group of Mackey Lakes residents have called for a meeting with the borough to find out what's going on at the Central Emergency Services training facility in their neighborhood.

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.

Visitors Center tests program
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is preparing to test a new national program that may end up benefiting thousands of museums and historic houses across the country.

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

Assembly OKs regs for roads over fish streams
Developers intending to build roads over salmon streams will now have to meet new borough permit conditions covering design and construction of crossings and approaches.

Debra L. Anderson
Sterling resident Debra L. Anderson died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at her home in Sterling. She was 56.

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.

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.

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."

Silly songs, they say so much
The Kenai Community Library's silly song contest will start with auditions at 2 p.m. Sunday and conclude with a live show at 6 p.m. Monday. For more information, call 283-4378.

Poet's Corner
Yesterday, Flat Stanley came to Alaska to visit us.

'21' a good bet for moviegoers
I have a special fondness for movies about gamblers. "The Cincinnati Kid," "The Hustler," "Rounders"; each of these are tense and action-packed, but have a special handicap. There's generally no real action in movies like this, just a lot of people sitting around playing a game, and with card-playing movies, it's even tougher.

Art Briefs
Kachemak Bay Campus to host art workshop Artists sought Kachemak Bay shorebird photo contest

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