Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Gaede Eighty author releases second in series of non-fiction
In the mid 1950’s Dr. Elmer Gaede and his wife Ruby moved their family from Kansas to half of a homestead out Gaswell Rd. on the Kenai Peninsula that became known as the Gaede Eighty. Dr. Gaede was one of the first physicians to bring regular health care to the Peninsula. Their first born daughter Naomi Gaede-Penner has now chronicled the life of the Gaede family in a series of non-fiction books entitled Prescription for Adventure. These intergenerational books told from the perspectives of various family members tell of their experiences and realities of growing up in the Central Peninsula. Naomi returned last week to promote her second in the series of five books at the I.D.E.A. Curriculum Fair. “My dad’s stories of his bush pilot adventures always interested me as a kid, so when I grew up I started writing one or two of them for Alaska Flying magazine and after awhile I had an accumulation of stories so I thought why not put them together into a book. It was a far greater project than I ever anticipated but now we have a local history of our family and a lot of entertaining stories about life here,” said Gaede-Penner in an interview with the Dispatch.

Responders train for emergencies at our schools
Living in a land of earth quakes, volcanoes, wildfire, and floods requires on going training and preparation for emergencies and natural disasters, a challenge that the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) takes very seriously. Last week KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Glen Szymoniak led training sessions for principals and volunteers from Tustumena to Homer, “We conducted an all day training session with principals from each school along with a staff person, parent, and community volunteers to prepare for any disaster that may happen. It was a long hard day, but everyone did fantastic and stuck with it, they not only got the big picture of what their job is, but learned the skills with which to carry it out,” Szymoniak told the Dispatch.

Urban clothing now at Keep-U-Kovered
No need to travel outside or to the Hood to find the popular styles of the Hood. Now for the first time in Alaska, urban style clothing name brands like Joker and Low Rider are available exclusively at the “Y” in Soldotna at the all new Keep-U-Covered urban clothing store thanks to Javier and Raven Esparza of Soldotna. “People have been asking me for the type of style clothes put out by Baby Phat and Roca Wear so they can shop here locally and not spend all that gas money driving to Anchorage, so we opened the store to make these specialty items and urban clothes available right here,” said Javier. “These are the clothes that people our age around here are wearing and it’s really a pain to have to go all the way to Anchorage to get them, so we’re here now to make finding what you want to wear a lot easier,” added Javier’s wife and partner Raven Esparza.

Each year those of us who live here in Alaska year round get bombarded by relatives, friends and other people from all over the world who come here for a vacation. They have so many questions about Alaska that half the fun is sometimes giving them just a goofy answer to some of their silly questions. I hope you can use some of these answers to have fun with some of your guests this summer. Please eventually tell them the correct answers unless it is someone you really don’t want to see again. In that case mail them the answer sheet.

Future Problem Solvers work to get to international competition
Last month the Future Problem Solving (FPS) team from Tustumena Elementary School won their first Junior Division State FPS Championship and the opportunity to compete at the International FPS competition to be held at Colorado State University at Ft. Collins, Colorado in June. Now the team is challenged with the real world scenario of raising approximately $4,000 per team member to cover their expenses. “We’re thinking of having a penny war at our school. We are the first team to ever make it to International’s from Tustumena, so we’re looking for sponsors and thinking of ideas to do whatever we can to raise the money,” said team member 11-year-old Demery Garrant.

Alaskans need to let reps know how they feel
Outside dairy interests are once again trying to force a milk tax on Alaskans. And, it is good to know that Alaska State Rep. Bob Lynn is trying to kill the milk tax. He has introduced HJR 16, a resolution opposing imposition of a milk tax on Alaskans. Bob needs help. The Alaska Senate must pass Bob’s resolution without delay so that it can go to the governor for her signature. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young need to know that Alaskans do not want to be taxed by Outside interests.

Tournament deemed a success
A ping pong tournament was held April 22 at the Kenai Recreation Center, and once again local law enforcement has helped make a PAL event a huge success. The Boys and Girls Clubs would like to thank the following officers for helping with this event: David Ross, Jay Sjogren and Ben Langham.

Reader grateful for hair-raising experience
Reader grateful for hair-raising experience

Volunteers, donations keep dancers on their toes
On behalf of the Soldotna High School class of 2008, we would like to thank the following people for their help and support in making SoHi’s Point of No Return Prom 2007 an enjoyable and memorable night for those who attended.

It’s time for peace
Jonesboro, Arkansas, Columbine High School, an Amish Pennsylvania school and now Virginia Tech. What’s next? Whether it is another school shooting or the endless reports of suicide car bombings in the Middle East, the world is becoming a terrifying place to live. One in 10 American students currently stay home from school each day because they are simply too scared of the violence and bullying that awaits them. On top of this, youth homicide rates occur over 10 times more in the United States compared to other leading industrialized nations.

Lower speed limit in Soldotna requested
A Soldotna resident who claimed motorists were turning Brentwood Street into a freeway last fall has asked the city council to consider lowering speed limits on residential streets to 15 miles per hour.

Tax exemption cap up for debate in Seward
Meeting in Seward today, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold the first of two public hearings on a proposed ballot measure that would ask voters in October to approve a cap on the currently unlimited property tax exemption granted to seniors and disabled veterans.

Rogers retrial motion denied
Shawn Rogers will remain in jail at least until the time the Alaska Court of Appeals reviews his case.

Dipping for free?
Two months before the first sockeye heads up the Kenai River, controversy over the increasingly popular dipnet fishery is already set to take the stage.

Hamilton: We are workforce Alaska
A “$38 billion ice cream cone” is how University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton described the riches the state receives by way of the oil industry, but he told Kenai business leaders he does not believe most Alaskans see it that way.

Homer Electric by-mail ballot deadline today
Today is the deadline for casting your 2007 Homer Electric Association ballot and registering your votes on a pair of propositions and your choices for district candidates.

Chase scares residents
Peggy Larson woke to sirens wailing in the distance and getting closer every second.

J. Frank ‘Sonny’ Batton
Former Kenai Peninsula resident J. Frank “Sonny” Batton died of throat cancer Friday, April 27, 2007, at his home in Douglas, Wyo., surrounded by loved ones. He was 76.

Helen Oleta Griffin Gwin
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Helen Oleta Griffin Gwin died Friday, April 27, 2007, in her sleep surrounded by friends at her home at Eagles View Senior Housing. She was 92.

Robert Glenn Bellmore
Former Nikiski and Kenai resident Robert Glenn Bellmore died Sunday, March 18, 2007, in Greeley, Colo. He was 61.

Digging out of the hole: $1 billion for K-12 schools begins journey to adequate funding
The old adage says you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Days ago the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 61, putting $1 billion (that’s with a B) of excess revenues into the Public Education Fund. This appropriation is significant for the possibilities it opens up for both forward funding and adequate funding.

Around the Peninsula
National Day of Prayer slated Disabled Vets to hold elections HEA planning annual meeting Steak dinner fundraiser planned Adult soccer set to kick off Quilters to set to sew

Around the Peninsula
Resiliency-building classes offered Skyview after-grad party needs help Re-Group to meet again Day of prayer set Soroptimists to meet Elks hold free skate day Dinner, auction to benefit church

Homer sweeps Nikiski
Claire Siekaniec, Rachel Bornheimer and Diana Kropf each scored two goals in leading the Homer girls to a 6-0 victory over visiting Nikiski on Tuesday.

Defending state champs beat SoHi
The scorebooks will show that Soldotna was dominated in a 12-1, six-inning home loss to Homer on Tuesday evening.

McGlasson attains goals
For those who love cliches about success, Kenai Central senior Jed McGlasson is the man. He’s all about attaining goals, clearing hurdles and climbing mountains.

Sports Brief: ACS sweeps Seward meet
The Anchorage Christian boys and girls swept a five-team meet at Seward High School on Tuesday.

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

Learning Russian with love: Student enjoys challenges of new language
If you stand on the very tip of the Seward Peninsula and look way out over the Bering Strait, you can see a dark outline across the water. The dark outline happens to be Russia. From Cape Dezhnev in Russia, to Cape Prince of Whales in Alaska, the distance is only about 58 miles between countries. It’s funny, for being so close to a country that speaks a language that is so different from our own here in the United States, not very many people can speak Russian.

Art classes added to Kenai Peninsula College summer schedule
Celia Anderson, Kenai River Campus art professor, has recently added two art classes and a workshop to this summer’s course offerings at the Kenai River Campus.

Nights in white duct tape
As it turns out, Cinderella didn’t need a fairy godmother -- a few rolls of duct tape would have worked just fine.

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