Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Peninsula Prom & Bridal Show filled with frills and nostalgia
Prom season on the Kenai Peninsula is a spring board to the bridal bouquets of June and July. So what could be more appropriate than an April Prom & Bridal Show at the Peninsula Center Mall? The event began with a nostalgic blast from the past that drew hundreds to the premier event in Soldotna to see their vintage wedding dresses and handmade prom gowns modeled by local young adults. The production was a joint collaboration between Evy Gebhardt of the Peninsula Clarion, Sue Gill of Alaska’s Hairlines and Sandy Dallman of the Permanent Cosmetics and Scar Center.

There I was, walking from the camp to our drilling rig (Doyon 141) that is located on the J pad in Kuparik on the North Slope. Despite the fact that I only had to walk about 100 yards to my work area, which is the rock washer building located on the back side of the rig, the wind was creating a wind chill of about 65 degrees. My hands and face were tingling from the cold as I tried to block the wind from my face by shielding it with my hand.

KPBA teams up with Work Force students to build Gazebo
The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association’s scholarship program hit the nail on the head at this year’s Home Show. It was a win, win, win, project according to Workforce Development instructor Matt Widaman, “This was an excellent opportunity for our team of students from Central Peninsula high schools to partner with the [Builder’s Association] to use all the components of the Workforce Development shop. It gave them hands-on experience in design, drafting, welding, carpentry and construction of the gazebo. Bob Hammer with the Homebuilders Association has done a fine job bringing this project together and working with the team. The kids knew their efforts were raising scholarship funds while they were learning skills, and the final win was the holder of the lucky ticket who gets to enjoy this fine gazebo as part of their home,” said Widaman.

Boys & Girls Club members say thanks to ConocoPhillips
In an effort to demonstrate the size of their appreciation for the latest contribution from ConocoPhillips to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, members of the seven Peninsula Clubs created a super sized thank you note with personal messages from many of the members. The card was presented last week to Scott Jepsen, Peter Micciche, and Lindsey Clark of ConocoPhillips at the regular meeting of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Investing in their home town
Scott Rosin graduated from Soldotna High School in 1989 and his wife Lela in 1990, but they were not high school sweethearts. Scott says he didn’t really notice Lela until he had been away to college and returned home during a break. They married and now have two children, one of whom is a freshman at SoHi this year. “We’ve come full circle and now are looking for jobs for our kids to do, so you’ll see them sweeping the parking lot or doing other jobs here at the Duck Inn. We love this community. It was a great place to grow up and now to have our kids learning from the same terrific teachers is truly a wonderful experience,” said Lela. Scott and Lela bought the Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road in January, “I finished college in ’95 and came home and worked at odd jobs until landing a position with my present employer. We started buying a few investment properties and then last fall we were driving by the Duck Inn and saw the for sale sign and figured we’d give it a try,” said Scott.

Volunteers appreciated
This week, April 15 through 21, is National Volunteer Week. The KPC/ProLiteracy America Literacy Program would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who make this program possible here on the peninsula.

Businesses kick in for kids
Soldotna High School would like to thank the following businesses in Kenai for their generous donations to our school during our state mandated testing on April 3, 4 and 5: Country Foods (IGA) and Kenai Safeway donated various fruits and Three Bears donated money to help buy fruit.

Vocational education should be focus of state
Over the last month, I have attended numerous meetings regarding the gas pipeline proposal. The No. 1 issue regarding resource development should be jobs for Alaskans. The No. 2 issue should be access to gas for all Alaskans, which includes the industry on the Kenai Peninsula. Without this, moderate and low income residents will not be able to live here because their utility bills will drive them away.

Conference takes team effort for success
This is a long overdue thank you to so many people one would not even know where to begin. The Northern Lights Conference Basketball Tournament held recently was a huge success due to the dedication and hard work of so many people. The planning of the tournament began in November of last year with all the expectations of a grand event. Then with the tip-off of the first game, the hard work and efforts of so many took a life of its own.

Readers: What happened to replacing the bridge?
The Crooked Creek crossing was located near Mile 111 of the Sterling Highway on Johnson Lake Road and was washed out in the fall 2002 flood. We note from an article in the paper that ConocoPhillips has donated $60,000 along with unspecified state funds to restore the area and replace fish viewing platforms.

Northern Dynasty shares plans
Still years away from filing for its first mining permit, Northern Dynasty Mines Inc. continues work on its broad-ranging baseline environmental studies program in anticipation of answering the concerns of a skeptical public with what the company hopes will be provable scientific fact.

Snug Harbor compost plan gets EPA’s OK
Many a conservation-minded angler thinks it’s a good thing to put fish heads, guts and carcasses back into the river or other body of water where the fish was caught.

School board mulls safety
The school board on Monday got an update from the district administration on scheduled emergency action plan training sessions, the importance of which was hammered home by the events unfolding at Virginia Tech.

Kenai airport lands FAA grant
Kenai Municipal Airport safety is expected to get a $3.6 million boost if the city council approves a revenue and appropriations increase at tonight’s council meeting.

Barge breaks loose, sinks in river
A barge that broke loose from the Kenai dock made its way toward the mouth of the Kenai River before getting stuck in sand below Kenai Joe’s in Old Town Tuesday morning.

Fish Board says no to changes
The Upper Cook Inlet Management Plan will not be changed prior to the start of the 2007 fishing season, the Alaska Board of Fisheries decided Tuesday during a teleconferenced meeting.

Niles Arthur Kaho
Lifelong Alaskan Niles Arthur Kaho died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at the Stone Brook Inn in Soldotna. He was 83.

Working toward better goals: Alaska Gasline Inducement Act offers not just jobs, but careers
My gasline team and I have traveled the state listening to Alaskans at town hall meetings and during appearances at various public forums, including radio call-in shows. Alaskans recognize that passage of Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA, and forward movement of a gasline project is obviously the top concern of the state.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Eagles celebrate silver anniversary High tea set for today Council to discuss statehood Flight instructors set for take off Talent show ready to entertain Poetry reading slated Insects to be discussed Pancake breakfast set to flip ACT plans meeting Earth Day celebrations set CPCS board meeting scheduled Kids activities sought Alaska items sought for troops

Around the Peninsula
Board of Game to discuss Skilak hunting Optional High School to be discussed Talent show ready to entertain Health fair ready to pump you up Swim tryouts make a splash Street drugs to be discussed Immunization clinics cancelled

SoHi boys top Grace; girls fall
Soldotna freshman Blaine Carver scored the go-ahead goal only 14 minutes into the second half and the Stars held on for a 2-1 victory over Grace on Tuesday in their first game of the season.

Nikiski freestyle wrestling finishes 3rd
The Nikiski Freestyle Panthers finished third at the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Tournament on March 31. The following is the places of the individual wrestlers on the team:

Alaska PTA celebrating 50 years
The Alaska Parent Teacher Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The National PTA chartered the Alaska PTA on April 24, 1957. The Legislature honored Alaska PTA for 50 years of dedicated service on behalf of Alaska’s children.

Clinging to memories: Writer has hers, does Grandpa have his?
Elders are fascinating people. They are the most beautiful people because of their knowledge and existence. Weathered by the beatings of time, they live on in an inconsistent world, leading lives much the same as you and me.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy IDEA Home-school Grace Lutheran Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Kenai Middle Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Ninilchik School Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Tebughna School Wings Christian Academy

Kenai Peninsula College to host Band-Aid event
Students recognized for research projects New tool assists with planning for college Summer course registration available Camera loaner progra ready for students KPC professor UA’s newest PhD faculty Welders train to hang from oil platforms

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