Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kudos: Sales associate has perfect advice
We have been Home Depot customers for years. I was in need of some advice and had a situation that required a solution. The associate that I approached responded with a "No problem!" after I explained my dilemma. She not only offered a successful solution but did so efficiently and with a smile. I wanted to commend Karen for her incredible smile and customer service!

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Sen. Begich to address joint chambers

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."

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.

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.

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.

Chicken - eggsactly right for any salad

Reasonably priced, always in season

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

Evening of culture turned sour
I feel compelled to write about my experience last night while taking my family to the Fairbanks Shakespeare Company production of 12th Night. I have always wanted to expose my family to more cultural experiences and I thought this free performance was a wonderful opportunity to do just that. I assumed that since the show was being performed for children all across our state that the content would be family friendly and enlightening.

Threats from governor is not leadership
I was amazed when I heard a local news broadcast stating our governor has now threatened to line-item veto local projects on the capital budget if the legislature fails to pass the oil tax break bill.

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.

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.

Project GRAD appreciates support
In early June, approximately 45 students from rural Kenai Peninsula schools will participate in Summer Institute, hosted at the Kenai Peninsula College by Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula. Summer Institute is one very visible component of PGKP's College Access Program, which more often is working behind the scenes, one-on-one with students, their families and teachers to foster academic achievement in math, science and language arts, support parent and community involvement, provide college and career planning information and scholarship assistance. Project GRAD sets many bricks in place to help build the likelihood that all youth, regardless of income, cultural diversity or geography can go to college.

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.

'This really happens': School lunch program copes with student hunger
Patty Sirois has heard so many reasons why some Kenai Peninsula families can't feed their children. She fields their frantic phone calls regularly.

Moving forward: Committee works on policy for Soldotna cemetery
The Soldotna Community Memorial Park policy committee scrutinized a draft of the park's rules and regulations Tuesday night, fine-tuning the language and discussing modifications to how the park will be run.

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.

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.

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.

Catherine Wanda (McSorley) Jolly
Sterling resident Catherine Wanda (McSorley) Jolly, 84, died peacefully at home with her family on April 12, 2011.

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.

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.

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

Time is ticking away on pipeline
Something unusual is happening in Alaska. For the first time since the fight for statehood, there is an overwhelming consensus among Alaskan leaders that our economic future is in grave danger and decisive action is needed. This very real threat is the Trans Alaska Pipeline will shut down due to low oil production.

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

'Moby-Duck' book touches shore in Alaska
During the summer of 2007, New York writer Donovan Hohn visited Gore Point, the big catcher beach at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. He'd come to research a book and interview the maniacs who collect marine debris, but really he'd come in search of the elusive, the mystical and the intriguing Moby-Duck.

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