Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Kenai River Rotarian returns from India
Retired Skyview high school science teacher, Mark Larson, recently returned from an experience of a lifetime in India. Larson, a Kenai River Rotarian joined the Rotary Dream Team India 2010 led by Rotarian Elias Thomas of Maine, to participate in the National Immunization Days (NIDs) in India. "I always wanted to be part of Rotary and what they do locally and globally, but when I was teaching I couldn't make the noon meetings until the Kenai River Rotary Club, that meets in the evening, was chartered," Larson told the Dispatch. "I had been aware of Rotary's goal to eliminate Polio worldwide since 1985, and when I retired, I joined the Kenai River Club and that led to the opportunity to participate in Dream Team India," he said.

Passport to Adventure on The Kenai" lucky winner selected
"Anyone visiting The Kenai could be considered lucky," says Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing (KPTMC) executive director Shanon Hamrick. "This is the most beautiful place on Earth." But even the most beautiful place on Earth saw a down turn in visitors last year according to Hamrick. "We did take quite a hit last year. We were down about 25% in gross revenues to the Borough from tourism businesses, and about 25% for taxable revenue. We are slowly starting to see a turn around and we are hoping for a better summer this year. We are optimistic at this point, but complete recovery will probably take a few years," Hamrick told the Soldotna Chamber luncheon recently.

Chocolate Cookie Crumb Crust for 1 (9-inch) pie dish or springform pan
1 cups (7 ounces) finely ground chocolate wafers

Small business initiative pitched
I propose a tax collection exemption be created for small businesses to exempt them from having to collect sales tax from consumers. The following criteria would need to be met:

Aviation Career Education Academy takes flight
A big thank you to volunteers who made our 2nd annual Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy a huge success! Challenger Learning Center presented the ACE Academy the week of March 16. Students learned about careers in aviation, took their first orientation flight, learned about planning a flight and the basics of flying, and had the opportunity to speak with a wide range of professionals from the aviation industry. We want to extend a special thank you to the following people for providing services and encouragement throughout the week:

Walmart associate looks forward to visit
I am a Walmart associate. I have been hearing and reading some negative things about Walmart and I would like to let you know how I feel about it.

Health care vote disappointing
As a small employer, informed citizen and voter, I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of the latest healthcare vote. The facts are clear: this new law will raise, not lower, insurance costs and it will increase both taxes and the cost of doing business for the very people they said they wanted to help - small businesses. This is not the reform we asked for or can afford.

Company reports above-goal oil production
Cook Inlet Energy reported production levels exceeding 1,100 barrels of oil equivalent a day on Tuesday.

Stellar effort honored: Alaska First Lady names Porter 'Volunteer of the Year'
For many, retirement means relaxing beach vacations or developing new hobbies.

Woman arrested for stealing her grandparents' car
A 20-year-old woman allegedly broke into her grandparents's Kenai home with a pick ax and stole their 2005 Nissan Altima earlier this week.

Governor to hold telephonic town hall meeting
Gov. Sean Parnell will hold a telephone town hall meeting today to field questions on a range of issues, including his legislation to grow Alaska's economy. The call-in is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m.

Photo feature: Shaken up
What should have been a minor fender-bender, according to Kenai police, turned into a collision that rolled a car onto its roof Tuesday morning.

Orville K. "Orvie" McWethy
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling area resident Orville K. "Orvie" McWethy died Thursday, Apr. 1, 2010 at his home near Sterling following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Eric Leonard Rounds
Former Nikiski resident Eric Leonard Rounds died Friday, April 2, 2010 in Tigard, Ore. He was 63.

Around the Peninsula

Children's lip sync, dance contest upcoming

Where else but in Alaska?
Jim and Lynette Schluter spotted this moose nibbling a snowman's carrot nose two years ago. The Ohio couple were in Soldotna visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Erika and Justin Roders.

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