Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kudos: Walmart employees treated this customer right
I finally was able to make it over to Walmart for the very first time last Sunday. I have asthma/copd and its hard at times just to walk a short distance. I was feeling better because of a new medication, so I thought this is the time I go check Walmart out.

Business Briefs

A busy business meeting for city chambers

Business Brief: Greiner joins Redoubt Realty
Redoubt Realty would like to welcome Mary Kay Grenier to its sales team. Mary Kay has lived on the Kenai Peninsula since 1982 where she married and raised two children. She and her husband owned and operated a successful franchise that served the peninsula until 1999. Mary Kay has 12 years local experience in the real estate industry working as a licensed title examiner and escrow officer. She enjoys working with people and being involved in the community. She enjoys cooking, crafts, and the outdoors. Her favorite times are spent with her family and friends at their cabin on the beach.

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.

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.

"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.

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

BONDing and bowling a success
The Annual Kenai Chamber Bowling Tournament was a BONDing success this year due to the many generous contributions from our community. Over 75 bowlers rolled into the Alaskalanes Family Bowling Center in Kenai to try their hand at winning first place and enjoyed a fun filled evening of games and prizes centered around the 007 theme, "Are We BONDing Yet?"

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.

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.

Please don't trade one resource for another
As residents of the Kenai Peninsula, we are blessed to have the Cook Inlet in our backyard. The Inlet provides innumerable resources for us all. One of the most bountiful and most valuable resources is salmon. Native Alaskans in villages along the Inlet absolutely depend on salmon for survival. Commercial, subsistence, and recreational fishing in the Inlet provides income and food for thousands of Alaskans each year. And a myriad of animal species, some of which are endangered or genetically unique, depend on the health of the Inlet for survival.

Record still not straight on oil
In reference to the column, "Setting the record straight on America's oil" (Peninsula Clarion, Voices of Alaska, April 25, 2011), Sen. Lisa Murkowski didn't set the record straight at all. In fact she deceived and mislead the people even more. Read her article again. Do you see something missing from her "explanation" of why gas prices are so high? Here's a hint: There's no shortage of wheat, corn, cotton, gold or silver, and yet those prices are skyrocketing at the same rate as gas prices.

Alaska National Guard on data collection in Juneau
Three Humvees stormed over the Douglas Bridge Monday evening, combat helmets poking from gun turrets on top. Soldiers in camouflage uniforms carrying rifles and packsacks walked the Juneau streets on Tuesday.

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.

Task force weighs in on CPH: Change may be needed, group finds
To protect its future, it's clear that the way Central Peninsula Hospital currently operates has to change. Exactly how, though, is still not so clear.

Career builders: Students check out jobs in construction
High school students from across the Kenai Peninsula soldered, hammered and surveyed their way through Alaska Construction Career Day at the Soldotna Sports Center Wednesday.

'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.

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.

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

Shannon Rae Conn
Longtime Alaskan resident, Ms. Shannon Rae Williams Conn, 48, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at her home in Nikiski.

Michael L. Gogerty
Soldotna resident Michael L. Gogerty, 55, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at his home in Soldotna.

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

David Woodburn Henley
Longtime Alaskan David Woodburn Henley, 90, died Dec. 6, 2010, in Apache Junction, Ariz., of natural causes.

Propane could be boon for Alaska
The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA), was created by voter Initiative in 2002. ANGDA, under State Statute 41.41, is still working to bring natural gas to Alaskans and the world's markets. ANGDA is also empowered to acquire and condition gas, construct, design, and operate a pipeline system or other facilities, which includes propane.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Historical Society meets in Hope

Around the Peninsula

State seeks frog hunters

'This Ain't Broadway' hits Nikiski
What happens when a playwright can't be original, a journalist is wooing him for a story, and about 50 students from Nikiski Middle/High School get involved in bringing their story to life?

'Rio' might not soar, but it doesn't crash

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Soldotna soccer sweeps Seward
Soldotna junior Dagen Walton was mad the score was tied. He was thrilled to break the deadlock.

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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