Wednesday, April 29, 2009

KCHS takes 3rd straight in 19th CFK competition
With less than three tenths of a point separating the top two contestants Olivia Pfeifer, a KCHS freshman took top honors and a $1,500 cash prize at the annual Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness and disaster preparedness competition, sponsored by Chevron and Tesoro, "My father is an air traffic controller and he was sharing with me the problems local airports are having with birds so my idea is to acquire a trained border collie to chase the birds from the runway areas to prevent airplane bird strike and having to shoot birds," said Pfeifer.

ConocoPhillips boosts United Way toward their goal
Economic trends in the lower 48 and low prices for Alaskan oil have caused concerns for non-profit organizations dependant upon "for profit" industry giving and the generosity of their employees to fund their community services. Joe Gallagher of Homer Electric Assoc. (HEA) has chaired the local United Way campaign for the last two years running and was overjoyed last week to receive a $62,000 check from ConocoPhillips, "We were aware of the economic situation at the beginning of our campaign last fall and it was a concern, but as usual the residents of the Kenai Peninsula have responded with extreme generosity and as we went through the Peninsula to talk with businesses and their employees it was incredible and you'd never have known that there was a recession when you saw the response of the residents to United Way and it just shows the quality of our community. Now the campaign isn't over yet and I can't tell you the final totals at this time, but I can tell you that people will be surprised and happy with the results of this year's campaign," said Gallagher.

30th Annual Home Show goes green
According to Paul Moses, Spenard Builders Supply (SBS), popularly known as the SBS Prophet, another good year for building is forecast on the Kenai Peninsula, "This is probably the best year to build that we've had in ten years," Moses said Sunday, "Interest rates are down, lumber prices are down, plenty of contractors are available to do the work and we have new people moving to the area, so without a doubt this is the place to be this year and there's no question about it and maybe we'll even tap into Mt. Redoubt for a little thermo energy," he added. Moses also believes that things may be a little different this year, "We truly have a great bunch of people on the Peninsula with great skills who have always been creative, and while this year will be different from any other year it's not going to stop us. People want to invest in things they can touch and hold on to, it's one thing to have stock, it's another to have a building on land that is always going to be there, but you'll see everyone pulling together and making this a great year," forecast Moses.

One would almost have to be living in a very remote place with no way of hearing the news at all not to know what a very messed up world we live in. It seems that for much of the world there are no moral values regarding anything, anymore.

Kenaitze celebrate Earth Day
The Kenaitze Tribe Environmental Education Center in Old Town Kenai was the site of an Earth Day celebration and education demonstration Saturday. Brenda Trefon is the Kenaitze environmental program director who set up a variety of family activity booths and demonstrations, "Families could learn how to use an in door worm composter just like we have here in our office, we made beeswax candles and taught kids and their parents how to make non-toxic cleaners to use in their house that replaces toxic cleaners, and many other general environmental education activities for all ages," Trefon told the Dispatch. Trefon said she has had two large worm composters in her office to test the theory that they don't smell, "We've had them here now for over a year and have noticed no smell whatsoever. We put vegetable scraps, not meat waste, and newspaper strips in the composter. The worms work up to different levels and the results is a wonderful organic potting soil that you can use for your plants or garden. You'd be amazed how much worms can eat; they go through the size of a Sunday paper in about a week."

Fish Kebabs

Sweet and delicious: Enjoy Vidalia onions raw, in salads, sandwiches, grilled, roasted, fried
When my son-in-law, Sidney Holland, owner of Bluffton-based construction company, Stalwart LLC, became family 10 years ago, my interest in the famously sweet Vidalia onion skyrocketed.

Recipes wanted
The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its Wednesday Food section. Send recipes to, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her at

Sweet Vidalia Onion Sandwich
Thin sliced white bread

Relay for Life cooks up a fundraiser
The Sensational Sterling Superstars Relay for Life team will host a Pampered Chef party as a team fundraiser at 6 p.m. May 4 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Attendees should go through the main entrance, head downstairs via the staircase on the right, at the bottom of the steps turn right and enter the Denali Conference Room.

5th Sunday event support encouraging
On Sunday evening, March 29, the first of a series of "5th Sunday" worship events was held at Alaska Christian College. The community's response was overwhelming. Thank you to the many churches that participated, and especially to those who canceled their evening services to attend. We are honored that local pastors have shown such support.

Community helps recognize KCHS students' achievements
Last week at Kenai Central High School, the Academic Recognition Banquet was held to honor more than 100 students who are excelling academically. Specifically, the banquet recognizes those students earning a 3.5 and above on a 4.0 scale.

Reader wants brown bear season open now
I've been a hunter and fisherman since I was 5 years old. I grew up with it in northern Minnesota. I have two remote cabins, had an airplane and have guided. I think I am a pretty good judge on what's happened to the moose on the peninsula. There are too many idiots on our highways, hitting moose when they should be off the cell phone.

Redoubt volcano remains restless
As of 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Mount Redoubt remained on watch status, with an aviation alert level of orange, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Fire victims seek help
A Nikiski couple who lost their home and its contents in an afternoon blaze over the weekend is slowly trying to rebuild their lives, and a neighbor is hoping for some community support to aid them in this process.

Nuns leave Kenai parish after 30 years
Whether it's teaching the teachers to instruct youngsters about religion or pulling weeds to beautify the grounds around the Kenai church, the devoted work of two Roman Catholic nuns over the past 30 years surely will be missed.

Timothy F. Woodward
Longtime Soldotna resident Timothy F. Woodward died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from pancreatic cancer at home. He was 55.

Around the Peninsula

Gardeners dig in

Nikiski boys, girls sweep Skyview
When Nikiski boys soccer coach Jim Coburn first met Stefan Krogseng, then in middle school, he was playing goalie.

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