Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kenai makes it to 2011 All-America City finals
The National Civic League (NCL) announced the finalists last week for the All-America City Awards, the annual competition for civic activists and community problem-solvers. "We're very excited about this year's participants, a very strong group of contenders with great civic projects to brag about," said NCL President Gloria Rubio-Corts. "These communities have tackled everything from tsunami preparedness to environmental sustainability, education, gang violence and economic development."

A new windshield while you work where you work from Nick's Auto Glass
It seems there is nothing more frustrating this time of year than to hear that familiar smack of a stone hitting your windshield, and the inevitable pit or chip that comes as a result of the impact. "That's why they call it Break-Up in Alaska," says Nick Hansen of Nick's Auto Glass. Most auto insurance covers windshield replacement, but the most frustrating part of having to replace your windshield is the time it takes away from your daily work or routine while you make an appointment to be without your vehicle for half a day or better. That's why a year ago Nick started his own auto glass repair business. "I've been replacing windshields for more than 13 years and 10 of them here on the Peninsula," says Nick. "Some people think one man can't replace a windshield, but I do it all the time in almost any weather. I have two types of urethane I use. One that is a cold weather urethane that is good to 15 degrees and sets up in about an hour. I can come to your home or office, before, during, or after hours what ever is convenient for you so you don't have to get a ride or wait while the work is done, and about an hour after I arrive you're ready to go with a new windshield," he says. According to Nick most insurance companies recommend you replace a windshield if you get a chip anywhere in the driver's vision part of the windshield, but small chips he can repair, "If you get a rock chip the best thing to do is put some clear tape over it to keep the water out of it and give me a call and I'll come to your location. It only takes about 15 or 20 minutes for me to make a simple repair and expand the life of your windshield and keep it from cracking," says Nick. If the windshield has to be replaced Nick can get any windshield he doesn't have in stock in short order. "Unfortunately I can't stock every windshield for every car that has ever been made, but I stock most of the more common vehicles like Chevy trucks and special order windshields only take a couple of days to get here," said Nick. All it takes is a call to Nick and your insurance company and your break-up frustrations can be over. "All I need is your policy number, you let your insurance company know you want me to do the work and I will work with any insurance company.

Sportsman's Warehouse cuts the official Grand Opening Ribbon
Some may have camped out all night, but by the early pre-dawn hours of Saturday, April 9th, hundreds of people were already lined up awaiting the official grand opening gala at Sportsman's Warehouse in Soldotna. For store manager Steve McVey, it was a homecoming to the Kenai Peninsula. "I left in 1996 and have been working my way back ever since," said McVey who will manage both the Soldotna and Anchorage stores. According to McVey the grand opening crowd far exceeded his expectations. "It was a great day and we are very happy to be here, our crew did a great job getting this store ready for the opening and we are looking forward to a great summer," he said.

Trinity Greenhouse has the cure for Spring Fever
Thanks to the slow, but bright, break-up season this year, spring fever seems to be breaking out early this year. According to Ron Sexton, owner of Trinity Greenhouse, where beautiful flowers are already in bloom, a cure for those early itchy green thumbs would be a visit to Trinity Greenhouse on K-Beach Rd.

Pioneer Potluck: Growing up in the 40s and 50s on the farm
Our young lives were full of "what if." How about yours?

Chicken - eggsactly right for any salad

Reasonably priced, always in season

Of human and animal behavior
In response to Mr. Olson's Tuesday story of the monkeys, I would like to share an observation of my own. Some animals just like to fight. I spend my summers on the beach, and often get annoyed over the incessant squawking of the seagulls. Even when a lone seagull spots a meal, it chooses to squawk until others have arrived, then fight with them over what should have already been eaten. What could be quick and quiet turns into a noisy, inefficient mess. It's possible that there is a biological explanation for this, but I'd guess it has a lot to do with brain size.

Strength of our hospital lies in ourselves
On April 1, there was a "Community Dialog" at the Kenai Senior Center concerning the governance of our hospital. It was attended by some of our community politicians and the public. Everyone spoke their mind.

Will our oil pipeline ever be at full capacity?
Research the subject of the Bakken oil discovery in North and South Dakota, Montana and Southern Canada. The Largest oil discovery in American history. You will find a flood of information that will shock you. Then you will begin to understand why Alaska can't compete with this oil discovery.

Kidney stone made bearable
I just spent five days at Central Peninsula General Hospital with a kidney stone. I wish to thank the wonderful staff at the hospital. Everyone from house cleaning, CNAs, RNs, supervisors, technicians, doctors, E.R. staff and O.R. staff gave me exceptional care. The staff is warm, caring, professional, dedicated and the food was very good. They made me feel like family. Thank you all so very much.

Photo: A sure sign of spring

Report: State bridges need work
Alaska stands at 21st-worst in the nation when it comes to the structural integrity of its bridge infrastructure, according to a report release by a national transportation advocacy group.

Photo: Morning jog

More gas in Nikolaevsk Unit? Enhanced feasibility leads to change in development plans
A development plan proposed last month means that natural gas production near the community of Nikolaevsk is back on the table.

Feinstein provides funding for food
Central Kenai Peninsula organizations trying to feed the hungry are getting a little extra help from a national program this spring.

Change of plea in burglary, arson
A man charged with attempted murder, burglary, theft, and arson in a New Year's Eve 2009 incident entered guilty pleas to reduced charges on Monday.

Raymond Johnny Garcia II
Kenai resident Raymond Johnny Garcia II died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Central Peninsula General Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 57.

Lorraine D. Kivi
Longtime Nikiski resident, Mrs. Lorraine D. Kivi, 67, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at her home in Nikiski with her family by here side. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Neta Maxine Reetz
Former Ninilchik resident Neta Maxine Reetz died Friday, DEc. 17, 2010, in Eugene, Ore. She was 87.

Philip Paul Snisarenko
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Philip Paul Snisarenko died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, of cancer, at Hospice of the Valley Dobson House, in Chandler Ariz. He was 69.

Raymond Johnny Garcia II
Kenai resident Raymond Johnny Garcia II died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Central Peninsula General Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 57.

Different approach to oil tax needed
The debate on the Governor's proposal to roll back the state's share of oil revenue by nearly $8 billion over the next five years has been political, not factual. It's time we shared what we've learned in committee testimony so people can hear the facts.

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Kenai Middle School orientation change

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KPC author gives reading

Pet Photo: Puddi Tat

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