Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"A Gift of Green" wins 21ST Caring for the Kenai competition for Kelsie Leaf of Cook Inlet Academy...
With a plan to bring together a team of her peers to replant the trees that were cut down for the Wal-Mart store construction in Kenai, Kelsie Leaf, a Cook Inlet Academy student, won top honors and $1,600 dollars cash at the Caring for the Kenai environmental awareness competition last night. "I practiced my presentation a million times, but my biggest obstacle for my project was overcoming my own inertia and fear of reaching out," said Leaf, who also composed an original song to accompany her winning idea, "A Gift of Green."

Spenard Builders Supply hosts Alaska's largest building products show
As the building season arrives Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) brings together a host of their suppliers with local contractors for Alaska's largest building products show. Last Wednesday at the Soldotna Sports Center over 68 vendors greeted 150 some contractors at the annual event. "We offered informational classes all day and then opened up the show from 4:00 - 7:00pm where 200 some contractors came out to visit a wide variety of vendor booths where company representatives and product experts were on hand with information and displays of the latest products and advancements the industry has to offer," explained Rick Abbott SBS branch manager.

Over 200 turn out for 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Walk at Skyview
The Third Annual Autism Awareness Walk was a bigger success than ever with over 200 people estimated to have participated throughout the afternoon and raising over $3,000 for local autism trainings. Some folks walked in the gymnasium and others took to the Skyview track where they enjoyed a beautiful spring day under sunny skies. There were different activities set up in the gym for children to do as well as arts & craft booths in the commons area. Lots of information was available for people to take and share about Autism. "We're making real progress when it comes to awareness of Autism and the turn out here today is very encouraging for us," said event organizer Tonja Updike, with the Autism Society of Alaska, "Education is the key and schools and infant learning now are learning more about it and realizing the Autism is a spectrum and not all autistic children bang their heads against the wall or have the same symptoms that the movie Rain Man made known," she added.

Kenai Chamber Bowling tournament Bonds well with "007" theme...
For the first time in the eight year history of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Bowling Tournament the Beacon Bombers have claimed the coveted trophy for the third year in a row. "That was our goal to make it a three-peat because it had never been done before and we were kind of nervous because a couple of our regular bowlers didn't make it this year, so we were really happy to win it again this year," said Kelly Gifford of Beacon Occupational Health & Safety Services of Kenai.

Innovative, Creative Bakers Find Fame and Fortune with Pie
How does a slice of "Vanilla Bean Brulee Pie" sound to you? What about a piece of "Silky Rich and Smooth Chocolate Pie?" Or, would you prefer something with berries, like "Blueberry and Basil Lime Pie?" If you can't choose, you'll have a good idea how difficult it was for me to select which winning pie from the 17th Annual American Pie Council (APC) Crisco National Pie Championships to bake first.

Pioneer Potluck

About Outhouses in Kansas

Wildlife policies don't make sense
I don't understand. Mr. Roach is fined for trying to help an orphaned baby moose make it through the winter. While I would recommend a better diet for Mongo (cabbage, carrots, apples, etc.), I appreciate the efforts to help the calf.

The assessment's too darn high
I recently discussed my outrageous annual property tax assessment increase of $30,000 with a real estate appraiser in the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Assessor's office. I was informed that over 60,000 properties are out there to be assessed by an office of just six real estate appraisers assigned by the Borough's department. Therefore, it is impossible to visit and assess all properties here annually. Logistically, it makes sense.

Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners get busy
We enjoyed helping with the Earth Day Fair held Thursday, April 21, at the Cooper Landing School. This was a great opportunity to share ideas for reuse, recycle and litter prevention.

D.A.R.E. program a success
I am proud to acknowledge the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduates of Nikiski North Star Elementary. Fifth graders in Mr. Floyd's, Ms. Durrant's, and Ms. Matson's class successfully completed the D.A.R.E. program. These students are pledging to stay away from drugs, alcohol and smoking, as well as making smart life decisions.

Judge asks for more information before granting bail
A Kenai judge has requested more information from the defense before she decides if a Soldotna man charged with a slew of felonies -- including sexual abuse of a minor, intent to distribute methamphetamine, and firearm theft -- can be released under the supervision of Alaska Pretrial Services.

Vets for vets' pets
EAGLE RIVER (AP) -- Few people would be surprised to learn there's a vet clinic on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Firefighters rescue dog after plunge
A man walking across ice on Beluga Lake last Wednesday got lucky, but not so his dog Emma. The 40-pound mixed-breed dog fell through ice near a notorious methane seep on the north shore of the lake just below Mattox Lane. Fortunately, Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters pulled the dog out of cold water.

Totem pole gets rest during renovations
With little ceremonial fanfare aside from construction workers, house occupants, and passers-by, the Governor's Totem Pole was moved out of harm's way Monday as renovation continued on the Governor's Mansion.

'A piece of your home': Soldotna class undertakes flag folding project for troops
Jan Bobek's fourth- and fifth-grade class at Soldotna Elementary School can make short work of a stack of 12-by-18-inch American flags.

Kenai residents request land-use changes
Proposed changes to the allowed land uses in City of Kenai areas zoned as Rural Residential 1 would disallow banks, mobile home parks, hotels, restaurants, retail businesses and most uses aside from day-to-day living in a single-or-dual-family dwelling.

Electric ATV offers alternatives
HOMER (AP) -- From the outside, the Polaris LSV/EV looks like any other off-road all-terrain vehicle.

Motorcyclist dies in collision
A Kenai man riding a motorcycle was killed in a collision with an SUV late Saturday night.

Students take to sidewalk in protest
Some 30 students skipped class Monday to protest the rumored cut of a teacher next school year at Ninilchik School.

Patricia 'Pat' Wright
Soldotna resident Mary Patricia "Pat" Wright, 80, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, with her loving family by her side.

Thelma 'Renae' Logan
Thelma "Renae" Logan, 80, of Story, Wyo., passed away at Sheridan Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 22, 2011.

Ryan James Hodge
Kenai resident Ryan James Hodge, 57, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna.

James Brian Stutsman
Nikiski resident, Mr. James Brian Stutsman, 55, died Saturday, April 23, 2011 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Around the Peninsula

3rd annual Alaska solar tour on tap

Around the Peninsula

State seeks frog hunters

Nikiski boys open title defense with win
The Nikiski boys soccer team surprised some people by winning the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division regular-season championship last season.

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