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Thursday, May 7, 2009

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Rotary makes community service a Rosey opportunity for scholarships
No grade point averages, financial statements, or athletic abilities required, the only criteria that the Soldotna Rotary Club evaluates for its scholarships each year is what the local college bound student has given to the area in the way of community service during their high school career. "This year with the proceeds from our annual Rotary Rose sale we will be awarding nine $1,000 scholarships to students from the Soldotna area," said Scholarship committee chair Becky Foster.

Reflecting the 49th at 50
With the opening gala of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center (KVCC) art show, summer is officially underway on the Peninsula. A record number of visitors turned out last week for the annual art show premier hosted by the Kenai Convention Visitors Bureau, "This is the first time we've ever kept an accurate head count, but we feel that 635 certainly is the most that have ever attended our opening gala," Natasha Ala, KVCC executive director told the Dispatch. The theme of this year's show is "Reflections on Alaska Statehood," or "The 49th at 50." The guest curator for this year's show Barry McWayne of Fairbanks asked Alaskan artists to create something that reflected what they felt about statehood and Alaskan history, "2009 is a very important year in the history of Alaska. It marks a half-century since inhabitants of this far-flung place chose to join the Union. To celebrate this significant milestone, the KVCC has crafted a wonderful array of activities focused on statehood, not the least of which is this well-respected and highly successful invitational art exhibition. The works assembled here are from some of Alaska's heavy hitters in our art community, artists with renowned international reputations," said McWayne.

Beacon finds the pocket in Kenai
Neither Mark Hylen, Bob Lee, or Randy Ernst were on the bowling team that won the Kenai Chamber of Commerce annual "Up Your Alley," bowling championship, but they are each important members of the Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services team that is making high scores at the former PRISM training center on Marathon Road in Kenai. After accepting the traveling trophy, creator and vice president of Beacon, Mark Hylen updated the Kenai Chamber on Beacon's formula for success. "We started ten years ago believing Alaska was a land of opportunity, and perhaps even more so now than in our early days, and today we have about 150 full time folks and work a lot on site which takes us to a lot of small villages throughout Alaska as well as the North Slope, Fairbanks, Southeast, here in South Central, and down the Aleutian Chain. Everywhere we go we stick to our core values of quality service, rock star customer satisfaction, and having fun. When we came into this market we worked with the city and took a strong look at whether we could be successful. We already served a lot of clients in this area, and decided to do things a little differently, expanding the services, bringing clients back that weren't coming here any longer and sending their people outside for firefighter training when we had this world class facility right here in Kenai, so we turned that around and in the future are looking at bring people from the lower 48 up here to Kenai rather than going to Reno for their training," Hylen told the Chamber saying that he has already spoken with fire departments as far away as Boise, Idaho and Phoenix, Arizona.

Food Bank Art Donations
On Thursday, April 30, KPC Art Students and teacher Celia Anderson brightened the walls of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank by donating their original artwork.

Outdoors
On March 28th, 2009 there was a meeting at the Soldotna Sports center with more than 200 people in attendance for the Second Amendment Task Force. Local concerned citizens who are concerned about losing our second amendment rights to bear arms were there as our constitutional rights were discussed and questions were answered. Bob Bird of Nikiski was there and primarily responsible for putting this together.

Gold Fever & Summer toys hot at Sport & Rec Show
Hopeful that summer really will come this year, hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts turned out for the 24th annual Sport, Rec, and Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center. The show offers a meeting place for vendors of everything from knives and guns to hose nozzles and frying pans with everyone that is looking for a new toy, boat or place to lodge this summer. Groups such as the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Safari Club, and Sportsmen Clubs have a chance to meet with people and share their particular purposes. Tourist organizations and Bed & Breakfast associations pass out their latest brochures and kids get to go fishing at the Lance Domonoske Living Memorial Trout Pond. Many return home from the show with a sample of jerky, salmon spread, or perhaps a dose of gold fever caused by recreational prospectors like Bernie Pendergast of Soldotna who was demonstrating metal finders at the show. "We have metal detectors that are far superior today to what has been available in the past and many are designed specifically for locating gold nuggets. Here in Alaska we have some of the richest creeks that produce some of the largest nuggets in the world, and the combination of the new technology, Alaskan gold fever, and hobbyists who want to experience Alaska and its history, we have a great combination, and we are selling folks a good detector and taking them out on guided trips to mines and people are having a ball finding their first gold nuggets," Pendergast told the Dispatch.

Recipes sought
The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its weekly Food section. Send recipes to news@peninsulaclarion.com, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive. 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 nancianna.misner@peninsulaclarion.com.

Recession reception: Do-it-yourself wedding tips: For richer, for poorer, for those in-between
My Godson, Cliff Abeles, Jr. and his wife of nine years, Kelly, will tell you that they had a Hilton Head Island "dream" wedding.

Fresh Orange Cake
1-1/4-cups butter, softened

Hat irritates reader
I was among the gathering at the Soldotna Sports Center the night of April 28. I am, what some people have called a dinosaur because of my strong belief that individuals are responsible for their own actions. At the gathering, a young person, Schaeffer Cox, one of the organizers, stood in front of the audience wearing his hat during the singing of the national anthem. He was challenged by someone in the crowd for not removing his hat.

Jobs need to stay local
It is a real sad situation with Tesoro on their turnaround going on now at the plant in Nikiski.

Concert hits the right note
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank wishes to thank local members of the Church of Latter-day Saints for organizing the Brigham Young University Idaho Collegiate Singers concert recently held at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Their performance benefited Kenai Peninsula area residents and especially the food bank.

A lesson in geography
The lady who wrote about the pollution in the Gulf of Mexico by oil companies (Clarion, April 24) may have missed a geography class or two.

Republicans vs. Republicans
Republicans prosecuting Republicans. Does anyone else understand the irony of that?

Decision surprises some
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly granted the school district its funding wishes Tuesday night.

Celebrating salmonids: Peninsula students get hands-on lesson
Perhaps only in Alaska can a Department of Fish and Game biologist lean on the horn of a hatchery truck, and get the same reaction from any child within earshot as an ice cream truck tooling through a suburban neighborhood on a sweltering summer day.

Activity on Mount Redoubt increases
As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, repetitive earthquakes dominated the seismic signal at Mount Redoubt, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Lava dome grows; eruption anticipated
As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, seismic activity remains at an elevated level at Redoubt Volcano, and the lava dome in the summit crater continues to grow, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Out of limbo: School board OKs contracts for nontenured teachers
Teachers fearful they might have been out of work next year had their worries eased Monday night.

Kenai construction season commences
Summertime and warm weather get some people thinking forward to family vacations or at least a break from school. To cities, it means load limits are coming off streets and roads and construction equipment can be moved in to begin or resume work on civic improvements.

Veterans' poppy programs kick off: VFW, Legion drives support veterans needing medical help, rehabilitation
Imitation red poppies will be popping out in entrance ways of Kenai Peninsula grocery stores beginning this week, marking the annual commemoration of Poppy Month honoring military service members who died in wars dating back to World War I.

Assembly ups funding for schools: Amendment to borough mayor's budget proposal passes on a close vote
The borough school district can breathe a sigh a relief -- for now.

Postal workers 'Stamp Out Hunger': Carriers to pick up donated food
The men and women who deliver mail on a daily basis are used to leaving letters and packages, but this weekend they will also be picking up food items to help support the hungry.

Photo feature: Enjoy it while you can
Tanner Link and David Laurie entertain friends during a get-together on the beach in Kenai last weekend. Forecasters are calling for more sunshine -- but cooler temperatures -- this weekend.

Photo feature: Rescue workers
Rescue workers from Kenai Fire Department prepare to load into an ambulance a driver from a vehicle involved in a two-car accident at the intersection of Kenai Spur Highway and Main Street Loop on Thursday afternoon.

Margie June Mapes
Long time Alaska resident Margie June Mapes died Tuesday, April 29, 2009, at Nicholson's Assisted Living in Kenai with her family by her side. She was 81.

Walter Plumis Moore
Longtime Anchor Point resident Walter Plumis Moore died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 91.

Joyce Lorraine Moe
Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident Joyce Lorraine Moe died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Main Street Assisted Living in Homer. She was 77.

Raisa Alexandria Rea
Ninilchik resident Raisa Alexandria Rea died Friday, April 17, 2009, in Seattle. She was 11 months old.

Around the Peninsula

Communities host areawide clean-ups

Around the Peninsula

Little League try-outs continue

Soldotna sweeps Skyview
Chalk this one up to Soldotna making up for lost time.

Sports Briefs

Grace sweeps Seward Invitational

Sports Briefs

Grace sweeps Seward Invitational

Homer nips Stars
The Homer softball team picked up a crucial 8-7 Northern Lights Conference victory over Soldotna on Tuesday in Homer.

Feeding the soul: Artwork brightens diner's decor
For years, people have been able to make a midday stop at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank for a hot and hearty meal, and recently the decor of the establishment was changed to be equally warm and inviting.

Plot more mutant than hero
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

What's Happening

First Thursday events

Cemetery Lament
Bury me not by runway three

Welcome back
Welcome back, golfers. I'm so pleased to be able to share all the news and activities of the Kenai Golf Course with you again this year. The official opening day for the course is today, May 6! The nets are up on the driving range, carts are out (but not yet in use) and it looks like everything is ready to welcome you back. Both the front and back nine will open for walking only and with only one temporary green in place, as usual on No. 14. Given our current weather, this green should dry out quickly and be in use before we know it! Carts will not be allowed at this time to prevent damage to the fairways as things are still a bit damp.

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