Thursday, May 3, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Sales adviser up to ‘Speed’ Youth cooking classes offered Small business workshops offered Crime Stoppers seeks support

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.

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.

Outdoors
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.

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.

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.

Time to clean up White House mess
It’s way past time to start holding our top officials accountable for the illegal and immoral manipulations and falsifications leading up to the invasion of Iraq, as well as the never ending “War on Terror” that gives them an open season on anyone they want to attack.

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.

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.

Reader applauds Palin’s stance
I have to give credit to Gov. Palin for standing up to the right-wing bullies of her party on the gay benefits issue. It was quite telling to watch them throw a tantrum and threaten to take everyone’s rights away if they couldn’t have their way. Again, who are they to tell someone who they can love? I’m sure they would be a little put out if the people told them that they didn’t like the mate they’d chosen for themselves and took away their benefits until they married someone we approved of.

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

Wildlife belongs to all Alaskans
Alaskans are faced with a growing biological crisis of which few seem aware. Global warming is already evident in reduced pack ice, spruce die-offs throughout the state and thawing permafrost in the Interior. Polar bear, fur seal, ringed seal and some sea otter, orca and beluga populations are declining. Changes in vegetation are already affecting moose and caribou populations.

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

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.

Assembly has quick meeting
It was a quick meeting Tuesday for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, in Seward for their once-a-year visit.

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.

T-200 officials question claims
Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race officials are scratching their heads in response to claims made by Wasilla musher Shane Goosen who last Friday told the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s board of directors that five people saw Ramy Brooks kick and hit his dogs during the T-200 in January.

Kenai defender tops on list of district judge candidates
The names of Kenai’s Public Defender and two others have been forwarded to the governor as three final candidates for the open Kenai District Court judge seat vacated by David Landry.

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 bill passed by House
A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has changed municipal property tax law.

Going postal
Because of a communication mix-up between the military in Anchorage and Soldotnans, donated items destined for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are still sitting on pallets in Soldotna.

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.

Earl Robert Derry
Longtime Funny River resident Earl Robert Derry died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

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

John P. Sellung
Former peninsula resident John P. Sellung died of lung cancer Monday, April 23, 2007, at Northern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System in Prescott, Ariz., under Hospice care. He was 60.

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
Berry growers to gather Soroptimists to meet Elks hold free skate day Car wash, garage sale fundraiser set Community cleanup scheduled Methamphetamine to be discussed

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.

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.

Kodiak sweeps SoHi
Despite pounding out 10 hits in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Soldotna fell 7-5 to visiting Kodiak and then went on to lose the second game, 17-8.

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

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

Poet’s Corner
The people of the North have said,

Duo turns concert into an evolution of sound
Who, what, where and when ...

Art Briefs
Writers seek conflict Artists’ work to take off at airport Vendors needed for sea fest Chorus set to sing Council offers masterful art grant Triumvirate plans drama camps Performers winging it Performers set to camp Beading classes offered Kids’ reading program ongoing

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.

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.

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.

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

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