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Cooper Landing

Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Cheerio.

The new snow won't last long in this sun. A herd of turkeys is making the rounds from Bean Creek Road to the lake shore near the bridge, several people have reported. Mary Fort, Jean Romig and I also saw them one day while we were crossing the bridge. The turkeys were on the shore in front of Hank North's house and the swan family was a few feet away floating on the open water between the ice and the bridge. We almost stopped for a picture.

Thanks to Shirley Wilmoth for donating a large, filled Easter basket and big lavender bunny to the community. Fifty or more people attended the community Easter breakfast sponsored by Kenai Lake Baptist Church. D.J. Fair and Maggie Daly won the basket and bunny in the kids' drawing.

Michelle Stewart, president of Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance Inc., congratulated the squads new members Phil Weber, Grace Reger, Heidi Thrasher and Cheryle James during the community club meeting. Michelle also announced CLVA plans for softball tournament food concessions, complete with raffles of donated items each night of the May 28 to June 5 tournament.

Mayme Ohnemus told about the fun the seniors citizens and kids are having at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

Seniors and the children will participate in the Alaskans for litter prevention and recycling senior-youth litter patrol this summer. From Mile 42 to 45 of the Sterling Highway has been adopted by seniors for cleanup in the name of Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corporation Inc. Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners and a mile for Unocal Alaska in appreciation for its continued support.

Chamber of commerce President Cheryle James passed out copies of the completed Cooper Landing Community Plan developed with community members and the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Inc. John Parker from the KPEDD is the guest speaker at the chamber's luncheon meeting today at noon at Sunrise Inn. The meeting is open to the public.

Community hall use rules and fees were discussed at length at the CLCC meeting. It was decided to raise the user fees and to send letters with the new fee schedule and rules for use to all regular user groups. This information also will be posted in the hall. April 12 was set for hall and grounds clean up day beginning at 10 a.m. Refinishing the wood floor is postponed until fall and after fishing season when Ron Gravenhorst will be available.

Letters from the community club were requested regarding concerns with the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn planned for the Juneau Creek area next year and with the updating of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge burn plan. Smoke pollution is distressing to area residents with breathing problems.

The escaped fire that threatened Crown Point and Lawing up Kenai Lake, several years ago, made folks more cautious when considering planned fires and they would like assurance the fires will be continually monitored until out. The community club wants to review the burn plan for the Juneau Creek area when it becomes available.

Mary Fort's grant for home health care and CLSCCI's senior housing efforts will each receive letters of support from the community club.

George Siter, president of the Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Department, asked for written support for the department's capital improvement funding request which went to the state Legislature with the Kenai Peninsula Borough's community funding priorities.

The new fire department building is up and complete with insulation. D and L Construction is continuing work on the water and sewer part of the project. CLVFD needs $150,000 from the state to complete the work that includes bathroom facilities for the ambulance squad. The club voted to send support to legislators.

Regarding the proposed highway alternatives through Cooper Landing, the club also voted to send letters requesting no development, commercial or private, along the corridor should Juneau Creek F alternative or G South be chosen. Cooper Creek alternative goes through a number of private properties, but the same request for no development would pertain to land, borough, state or federal not already developed.

Opinions were expressed that this was an exercise in futility, but people want to see the area retain as much of the scenic quality as possible. It is important to support local businesses so that if travelers want services they will come into the community.



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