Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Sport, Rec & Trade Show shifts Kenai Peninsula into spring
The 22nd Annual Sport, Rec and Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center last week had something for all outdoor enthusiasts, whether it be hiking, biking, motorcycling, boating, or the latest in all terrain vehicles. Many things have changed over the last two decades at the Sport Show, but according to show promoter Tiaran “Terry” Coval, “One thing we have not changed is our commitment to our youth. They are the future of all outdoor activities and we intend to make available as many opportunities to reinforce their love of the outdoors as is possible through joint efforts with other agencies and organizations within the community. The Safari Club International and Larry Lewis in particular have given of themselves selflessly in providing young hunters the opportunity to bag various big game in the shooting simulator they set up and run each year during the Sport Show and of course the Alaska Department of Fish & Game partner with us every year to provide the opportunity to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing at the Lance Dominonske trout pond,” wrote Coval in the Promoters Corner of the Trade Show flyer.

Soldotna takes First Twin Cities Quiz Bowl
As posters, media, and print ads likened the inaugural Twin Cities Quiz Bowl between Kenai and Soldotna to a Mohamed Ali vs. Joe Frazier heavyweight title bout, Mayors Pat Porter and David Carey strategically selected their teams of five members each for last weeks event from residents within their city limits. As friends, family, and countrymen gathered at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Mall last weekend it was apparent that the team leaders were not above using political tactics to buy support and soon the audience was divided into those who accepted Cracker Jacks from Mayor Porter and those who got strung along with Red Vines from Mayor Carey. Then there were the lobbyists in the crowd who accepted both Kenai Cracker Jacks and Soldotna Super Star Red Vines.

KPC Professor earns PhD in England
It’s now officially Dr. Cathryn Pearce as “Cathy” has become University of Alaska’s newest PhD professor of History at the Kenai River Campus. Dr. Pearce successfully defended her dissertation this March in London at the Greenwich Maritime Institute at the University of Greenwich, London. “My specialty has been British maritime history and I had wanted to go to England for a long time. Greenwich Institute has a fine reputation for producing excellent maritime history graduates and I was excited to have the opportunity,” Dr. Pearce told the Dispatch. The main campus for the University of Greenwich is the old Royal Naval Academy originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren, “It’s a campus that permeates history and is actually located on top of the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth I,” said Pearce. Cathy says that the experience has given her many examples of history that she can bring into the classroom for her students, “The entire experience was absolutely wonderful. To be able to be among some of the top scholars in the world was phenomenal. So my students now know that I’m a real historian, that I have actually done it and know what I’m talking about. I’ve had students tell me that they’ve been inspired by what I’ve done,” she said.

Grand Re-Opening at Golden International Asian Cuisine
For some twenty three years lovers of Asian cuisine have enjoyed dining at the Golden International Restaurant just a little north of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway. Since 1984 Thomas and Celia Hu have raised their family while offering tantalizing Asian Cuisine Dishes at the Golden International. Last week the Hu’s celebrated a Grand Re-Opening and major make over of their family restaurant, “The people of this community have been so nice to us over the years and we felt it was time to repay them by remodeling our restaurant and making it more comfortable for them while maintaining the same high quality food and menu selections,” said Celia Hu.

In 1978 I began my career in the oil fields of North Dakota. We never had any safety meetings at all back then nor did I ever hear about anyone flunking a drug test. In fact I never even heard of anyone taking a drug or alcohol test back then. Today here in Alaska we have a much different oil field then the one I started in some 29 years ago. Not only are we blessed with modern day equipment like air slips, iron roughnecks and pipe spinners we also have a heated pipe shed to work in. The technology in Alaska today with directional drilling is among the finest in the world. Besides modern day conveniences we also have a fantastic safety program here in Alaska. We begin each day with a safety meeting and have several other opportunities through out the day to discuss other safe work practices for each job we are doing.

Theft procedures catch reader off guard
On May 3 between 4 and 8 a.m., someone broke into my car that was parked in my driveway and stole my laptop computer, movies and other things that were in the bag with it. I would not have known it at 8 a.m. if the Visa verification fraud department had not called wanting to know if I had tried to make some purchases online.

Reader encourages residents to think
Oh you foolish people. Can’t you see what these politicians are trying to do to us? Can’t you sense the danger? Can’t you see that if tax revenue is derived from property taxes, all that is necessary to fill the coffers of ambitious and greedy governments is to raise property values? What protection — yes that’s the word — will you have if you allow money-grubbing politicians to put your property in jeopardy? Do you think for a minute that lower-caps are not just around the corner? Do you think they are not looking at eliminating the $150,000 cap that you and so many others benefit from?

Ordinance makes good sense
Now and again, the folks we elect get to do something that makes good sense from every point of view. Road Ordinance 2007-10 is an example.

More than 1 soldier deserves our thanks
I recently read an article about a Marine returning home and how the city of Soldotna dedicated a day to him. I think that it is great that the city of Soldotna recognized him for the service to his country in Iraq, but let’s not forget all of the others who have served and returned home — some paying the ultimate price by giving their lives.

Cleanup crews don’t horse around to get the job done
On April 29, the Soldotna Equestrian Association had its annual cleanup/fix-it day. All we can say is “Wow!” and thank you! What an amazing turn out of volunteers. We had help from Homer to Nikiski, and everywhere north, south, east and west. We had members, 4-H, nonmembers, stock contractors, too many folks to name, and their families, who stepped up donating their precious time and energy. We got an amazing amount of work done.

Peninsula Clarion - News

Hammers, saws herald new Sterling senior housing
The busy sounds of construction are once again filling the air near the Sterling Senior Center as work gets under way for another 10-unit senior housing facility.

Nikiski home lost to flames
A Nikiski couple feels certain they would have perished in an early morning fire had they not smelled smoke and woke up when they did.

Bear kills moose at home
Low rumblings awoke Gary Lyon about 6:30 a.m. Sunday. His first thought was that Bonzer, his dog, was entertaining company on the deck of the Skyline Drive home where Lyon and his wife, Terri, live in Homer.

VECO rank and file not affected, attorney says
Roughly half the 4,000 people employed by VECO Corp. worldwide work here in Alaska, and many are likely concerned by recent events that included the company’s CEO and a vice president pleading guilty to corruption charges on Monday, a company spokesperson said Tuesday.

Public to get look at Soldotna budget
Soldotna residents will have their first opportunity tonight to comment on the city’s proposed $10 million budget for the coming 2007-08 fiscal year during the first of two required public hearings.

Indictments cloud Legislature
A tragedy, a huge cloud, a betrayal of the public trust, violations well beyond the meager margins of legislative ethics convention: those are expressions being used this week by Kenai Peninsula state lawmakers to describe the upheaval caused by the federal indictments against sitting and former lawmakers and VECO executives.

David Curtis Headberg
Former Soldotna resident David Curtis Headberg died Saturday, May 5, 2007. He was 19.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes available Community ping pong offered CPH celebrates hospital week Kasilof historical to meet Refuge to spruce up Senior housing ground-breaking set Dinner, auction fundraiser set Reality check for teens planned Volunteers sought for cleanup Community cleanup scheduled Cemetery cleanup slated CPCS plans events Nursing homes celebration events set Kenai Shorebird celebration set Garage sale fundraiser planned Free vision screening offered

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes available PFLAG to meet Refuge to spruce up Dinner, auction fundraiser set One man’s trash... Breastfeeding class offered

Infectious enthusiasm
If somebody had told Nikiski senior Joel Ribbens the day before he joined the wrestling team that he would join the wrestling team, he never would have believed it.

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

Kenai River Campus celebrates commencement Thursday
KPC’s Kenai River Campus 2007 commencement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Kenai Golf Course tourney season kicks off
Friday, the Kenai Golf Course tournament season started with the annual Dick Morgan Kick-Off Scramble, which was put together by the Kenai Golf Course and the Kenai Golf Association. The team of Doug Jung, Richard Martin, Dana Bassel and Doug Haralson solved the strong winds the best to win with a score of 4-under. Second place, at 3-under, went to Gordon Griffin, Eldon Harvey, Barb Westermeyer and Bob Drewes.

Bowling growing in popularity
Some kids play basketball. Others favor football. Even baseball sometimes gets overlooked.

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