Thursday, April 15, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Here comes the 31st Annual Home Show
For the last 31 years the Annual Home Show sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) and Spenard Builders Supply has been a stimulating balm for spring fever. A time to meet local contractors and vendors of the latest gadgets and building technologies, as well as a chance to run into your old friends that you haven't seen since last year's Home Show. The theme for this year's show says Cindy Rombach, executive officer of the Builders Association is "Building a Strong Community." "It is with this theme in mind that we pause to celebrate the caring community we live in, and the many ways we're involved that help to make the Kenai Peninsula such a special and unique place to call home," said Rombach.

Kenai Chamber gets new executive director
Standing ovations at Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheons are few and far between and most often for visiting dignitaries or returning military heroes. However, as executive director Tina Baldridge attended her final meeting before moving with her husband to Alberta, Canada, appreciation for her service over the last two years was expressed by a resounding standing ovation and wishes of "Come home soon!" "It was a wonderful send off, I was caught off guard and got a bit emotional, but while I'm sad to leave our community my family and I will be pursuing new endeavors with ConocoPhillips in Alberta, but we hope to return someday. I'll cherish my experience as the Kenai Chamber's executive director forever. I do want to deeply thank the community for its support over the years, it's been a wonderful ride and we truly are so fortunate to live in this community that is so committed and supportive," said Baldridge.

Imagination Library for Greater Kenai, Soldotna communities
The Imagination Library for the greater Kenai/Soldotna area is now up and kids that have registered are receiving their brand new books in the mail addressed to them personally, according to Sadie Updike, rural outreach support specialist with Thread, "Thread is an agency of the AK Child Care Resource & Referral Network known as the CCR&R, and the Imagination Library is one of our community projects," explained Updike. Thread's mission is to advance the quality of early education and child development by empowering parents, educating child care professionals, and collaborating with communities.

Kenai River Purse CoOne stop Bling Boutique!
If you are looking for a bling fling, but not an on line pop-up plus shipping and handling experience, and you don't want to travel to Anchorage or Seattle, cozy up to Laone's Kenai River Purse Company and Boutique in the Central Peninsula Mall across from the Triumvirate Theatre in Soldotna and get your fashion freak on!

Kenai Chamber gets new executive director
Standing ovations at Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheons are few and far between and most often for visiting dignitaries or returning military heroes. However, as executive director Tina Baldridge attended her final meeting before moving with her husband to Alberta, Canada, appreciation for her service over the last two years was expressed by a resounding standing ovation and wishes of "Come home soon!" "It was a wonderful send off, I was caught off guard and got a bit emotional, but while I'm sad to leave our community my family and I will be pursuing new endeavors with ConocoPhillips in Alberta, but we hope to return someday. I'll cherish my experience as the Kenai Chamber's executive director forever. I do want to deeply thank the community for its support over the years, it's been a wonderful ride and we truly are so fortunate to live in this community that is so committed and supportive," said Baldridge.

Kenai River Purse CoOne stop Bling Boutique!
If you are looking for a bling fling, but not an on line pop-up plus shipping and handling experience, and you don't want to travel to Anchorage or Seattle, cozy up to Laone's Kenai River Purse Company and Boutique in the Central Peninsula Mall across from the Triumvirate Theatre in Soldotna and get your fashion freak on!

Here comes the 31st Annual Home Show
For the last 31 years the Annual Home Show sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) and Spenard Builders Supply has been a stimulating balm for spring fever. A time to meet local contractors and vendors of the latest gadgets and building technologies, as well as a chance to run into your old friends that you haven't seen since last year's Home Show. The theme for this year's show says Cindy Rombach, executive officer of the Builders Association is "Building a Strong Community." "It is with this theme in mind that we pause to celebrate the caring community we live in, and the many ways we're involved that help to make the Kenai Peninsula such a special and unique place to call home," said Rombach.

Imagination Library for Greater Kenai, Soldotna communities
The Imagination Library for the greater Kenai/Soldotna area is now up and kids that have registered are receiving their brand new books in the mail addressed to them personally, according to Sadie Updike, rural outreach support specialist with Thread, "Thread is an agency of the AK Child Care Resource & Referral Network known as the CCR&R, and the Imagination Library is one of our community projects," explained Updike. Thread's mission is to advance the quality of early education and child development by empowering parents, educating child care professionals, and collaborating with communities.

City shouldn't compete with private enterprise
In regard to Friday's Clarion, thank you to the owner of the Kenai Landing for standing up to the City of Kenai for what they (the City Council) have done to our quiet town, by inviting the hoard from Anchorage in the name of the almighty Dollar to ruin what use to be a quiet local fishery. I can't believe it has taken this long for local RV parks to have a fit about the City of Kenai using the very tax dollars they're paying, to compete with them.

1 dead, 1 injured in truck roll over
A Kenai man rolled over his truck on the Seward Highway Monday morning, killing a friend from Idaho in the crash.

Carey re-proposes pay raises: Borough salary schedule shows 3 planned KESA increases
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is proposing to increase pay for three positions this upcoming budget year. The Borough Assembly previously voted against salary increases for two of the positions in question.

Trout numbers on upper Kenai River down
Rainbow trout numbers are down about 15 percent from eight years ago in a section of the upper Kenai River, according to estimates from a preliminary study released by the Department of Fish and Game.

Woman sentenced in police gun theft case
The 19-year-old woman who stole weapons from a Homer Police Department officer in December was sentenced to 45 days in prison Tuesday.

Historical sleuth: KPC professor seeks to set record straight
Jane Haigh's office at Kenai Peninsula College is bursting with books. Obscure autobiographical histories, textbooks and even her own titles line the shelves bordering her shoebox workspace.

Thelma Hope Gordon
Longtime Homer resident, Mrs. Thelma Hope Gordon, 98, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at her home in Homer with her family by her side.

Joan E. Lynch
Longtime Soldotna resident Joan E. Lynch, 60, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at her home from ovarian cancer.

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