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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Beauty salon to host open house today Fosi promoted to CAD manager Youth cooking classes offered Small business workshops available Bones for Life seminar offered Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought Crimestoppers seeks support

Outdoors
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.

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.

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.

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.

Reader: Are we no longer welcome in Old Town?
This letter is in regards to the article in Monday’s paper (April 9) about proposed rezoning in the city of Kenai. Seventy-nine percent of affected properties are apartments and private residences, most in or within walking distance of Old Town Kenai. All apartments and private homes will go from being “permitted” to “nonconforming.”

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.

Contributions help school skate toward goal
Educating today’s youth about the importance of lifelong physical fitness is something that we take a tremendous amount of pride in at Kenai Middle School.

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.

Donation helps pass healthy messages to kids
The LeeShore Center is very grateful for the generosity of ConocoPhillips whose $5,000 donation will assists us in providing in-school Healthy Relationships/Violence Prevention education to students in grades K-12. Educational topics include bullying prevention, dating violence, healthy relationships, domestic violence, sexual harassment, self-esteem, conflict resolution and other related violence prevention issues.

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.

Borough budget calls for tax cut
Borough Mayor John Williams has proposed a cut in the property tax levy of one full mill as part of his fiscal year 2008 borough spending package.

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.

Caring for the Kenai final round tonight
And then there were 12.

Lowe’s project on hold
The city of Kenai has received word that Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse will not be building a retail and garden center across Marathon Road from the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center, at least not this year.

Plastic shopping bag fee proposed
Juneau lawmakers, hoping to change people’s habits and point out the dangers of plastic trash, have sponsored a bill that would put a 15-cent fee on plastic shopping bags.

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.

Dog on patrol
Bad guys beware.

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.

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.

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.

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
Sportsmen’s banquet planned Women voters to meet Health fair ready to pump you up Community ping pong offered Car seat check-ups planned Gun club aims for meeting Cemetery cleanup slated

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.

Poet’s Corner
The snow clouds have parted.

Artists find place to get ‘Unhinged’
Susan Anderson wears two hats. By day she’s a real estate broker. By nights and weekends, her talents drift into artistry.

‘Reaping’: Plagues aren’t that bad, but the plot is
I have to say, pickings were slim at the cinema this weekend. Though nationally there were actually eight new films released in theatres, here on the Kenai Peninsula we received only one, the Bruce Willis/Halle Berry betrayal-intrigue-murder mystery, “Perfect Stranger.” This looked, to be honest, perfectly awful, so I looked to last week’s releases.

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Musician uses guitar to express himself
It is an old story: Boy meets guitar, boy falls in love with guitar, boy moves to Alaska for the wilderness, boy falls in love with Alaska, boy struggles to make living playing guitar in Alaska.

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.

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

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.

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