Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Shutting out easy-meal-deals for Bruins
Thanks to the City of Kenai Wildlife Conservation Community Program, bear-resistant garbage containers are now available to residents of the City of Kenai at about one-quarter of the retail price. Details of the City’s new Wildlife Conservation Community Program was introduced at the weekly Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting and at an open house last week at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center sponsored by the City of Kenai and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

Researching problems, finding solutions, Kenai Watershed Forum earns $60K grant from ConocoPhillips...
For the last ten years the Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) has distinguished itself as a conservation group that researches local problems, creates solutions, and then goes to partner and initiate those solutions. At last week’s Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting KWF’s executive director Robert Ruffner announced they would be receiving a $60,000 grant from ConocoPhillips to restore fish passage along Leaf creek, where a culvert was recently crushed, preventing fish from migrating to several miles of spawning grounds.

Outdoors
Every since arriving in Alaska nearly eleven years ago I realized this is perhaps the most difficult place in the world to hunt. I’m not talking about being one of the lucky few that have become successful at the art of road hunting but to those who have put in their time year after year being out there in the wilderness hunting. The terrain here mixed with mountains, muskeg swamps, tundra, river bottoms and lakes combined with down timber, tag alders, willows and devils club creates about as tough of situation as you can find.

Microsoft announces new small business specialist in Kenai
Microsoft Corp. has announced that CNK Computer Solutions, Inc. has become the first Small Business Specialist in the Kenai area. According to a news release from Microsoft, to attain the new designation, CNK has demonstrated expertise in planning and building solutions for small businesses and will receive a rich set of benefits from Microsoft. “As we say on our website this means we are a trusted business ally. We are here to make sure you get the best technology and superior service to keep your software and systems in tack, and that is what Microsoft has certified us to do,” said Chuck Grimm of CNK.

Extreme summer dreaming and family fantasies highlight Sports Show...
For the last twenty one years, the Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec and Trade Show have been giving local residents a jump start on summer dreaming and family fun. Terry and Stacie Coval, of Peninsula Marketing have coordinated the event for the last seven years and continue to focus on the fun filled environment, “It’s always a great place to run into friends you haven’t seen in a long time, for kids to catch their first trout at the popular pond sponsored by the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. and then go inside and find new camping and sporting gear for the up coming summer activities,” said Terry.

Alaska owns resources, not the oil companies
Through the course of my job, I meet many people daily and sometimes we get into conversations about politics and the current climate. I find it difficult to accept that so many people on the peninsula are clueless to the point of insanity. Specifically over the current issue of oil taxes and oil company profits. I can’t count the number of people who do not believe that we, the people of Alaska, own the minerals and other resources that are in our state except those that reside on private land, and the number of people who have no intention on learning the truth of the matter.

Stevens, Young need to focus on what’s best for Alaska
Throughout the past several weeks, Senator Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young, both representing Alaska, have created amendments in an attempt to end America’s first offshore wind farm, Cape Wind. Cape Wind Associates is attempting to build several wind turbines off of the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Illegal immigration solution: Mexico as our 51st state
Out of the mouths of babes. My son Brandon and I were talking recently about the illegal immigration problem and possible solutions, and he said why not bring Mexico in as the 51st state?

Earth Day isn’t only time for eco-friendly events
Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year to celebrate a cleaner and healthier world. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department would like to acknowledge volunteers working to promote recycling, waste reduction, litter collection and proper hazardous waste management for Earth Day and every day.

Limiting driving a scheme to bail out Social Security
The weekender issue of the Wall Street Journal (March 25-26) had an article on the campaign all across the country to get old people out of their cars and the extreme unhappiness this causes the elderly. It also said that all across the country, the elderly are fighting back.

Girl Scouts feasted on banquet’s success
Central Peninsula Girl Scouts Leader Appreciation Banquet was a wonderful success. We would like to thank the following people and organizations for supporting this event: Mark Claypool and the Challenger Learning Center, what a wonderful facility; Gary Hanley and Alaska Christian College Catering, the meal was fabulous; Jane Straight, executive director of the Girl Scout Susitna Council and everyone else at the council who helped with labels, certificates, recognitions, etc.; Donna Peterson, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, for her inspirational speech; David Henson, Mariah Henson, Eric Soderquist and Tony Micah, for all their help in making the slide show a wonderful presentation piece; Joyce Cox, Racheal Wilhelm and Jodie Titus, for helping with set up and cleanup; Troop 221 for making the lovely table centerpieces; and a huge thanks to everyone who bought tickets either as a donation or to attend the event — Racheal Wilhelm, Annyce and Dave Henson Sr., Crista Hippchen and friend, Margaret Martin, Loretta Bixby, Karen Ruebsamen, Connie Hocker, Kelly Greibel, Diana Tice, Teresa Wendel, Joyce Cox; and especially to Donna Peterson for her very generous donation.

Don’t weep for ‘big oil,’ weep for state’s future
Despite the “snake oil” ad campaign don’t say “Poor Big Oil!” and weep for them.

Skyview skiers wax eloquent over new building
On Feb. 14, our school and ski team were given a new waxing facility as legacy from Arctic Winter Games. During the Games, Team Alaska appreciated the new space to prepare for the week of the Games.

Easter egg event didn’t need to hunt for support
This letter is to offer heartfelt thanks to the area businesses and individuals that sponsored and or contributed to the annual Wolk family Easter egg hunt, a Kasilof charity event enjoyed by many children and made possible through the efforts of community volunteers.

Bowling tourney scores a strike
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the third annual Up Your Alley Bowling Tournament. Those who worked throughout the evening: Natalia Johnson, Lori Goodman, Lisa Strothers, Penny Furnish, Katie Rogers, Ted Johnson, Jason Miller and Paul Flannigan.

Reader: Emergency response center needed
Just a few years ago CES signed on and the Borough went ahead with the project using funds they received from Homeland Defense and CES. I am not sure where the million dollars came from that was earmarked for the Command Center through the CES. The new chief and the service board for CES would like to copout and spend it on projects that make them look good on paper but will not help the borough if there is ever some unforeseen disaster.

Earth Day a hit at Sterling Elementary
Sterling Elementary PTA would like to thank the following people and businesses for donating their time or items to our Earth Day Family Fun Day on April 22 at Sterling Elementary. Our earth celebration encouraged recycling, reusing and safety.

Trial lays out grisly scene
A jury in the murder trial of Barry McCormack Sr. listened to opening arguments and testimony from four witnesses in Kenai Superior Court on Monday.

Soldotna youth may ollie up by month end
With snow falling as recently as Sunday, young people likely are not in too much of a hurry to try stunts on the ramps at the Soldotna Skateboard Park, but the park could be open before the end of the month.

Final moments: Details of what could have happened told in trial
Details about what may have occurred in the last moments of Opal Fairchild’s life emerged from witness testimony on Tuesday as jurors listened to descriptions of the wounds found on Fairchild’s body and of evidence found in her home.

Agrium project in line for $5 million from state
Agrium USA’s proposed Kenai Blue Sky coal-gasification project could get a significant boost from a $5 million state appropriation currently in the fiscal year 2007 state capital budget bill.

Turf talk: Covering concrete would extend facility use
Thinking somewhat as a visionary, the student representative to the Kenai City Council presented an idea to use the city’s multipurpose center for more than just ice hockey in the winter.

Beetle-kill clearing job set to start
Homer Electric Association and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have signed a cooperative agreement to remove beetle-killed trees between Tutka Bay and Sadie Cove on the south shore of Kachemak Bay.

Lovina Iris Miller
Former Kenai resident Lovina Iris Miller died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Thermopolis, Wyo. She was 88.

Dorothy E. Emerton
Longtime Funny River area resident died, Sunday, May 7, 2006, at her home. She was 78.

Around the Peninsula
KPBSD programs committee to meet Historical society to meet Basketball camp a slam dunk Mother’s Day brunch set Softball meeting ready to swing CPHC board meeting slated Lacrosse club seeks members Foster care, adoption workshops available

Around the Peninsula
SoHi pool closes for maintenance Byway corridor planning set Kenai shorebird festival takes wing Pancake breakfast, auction set to serve Historical society to meet Acting troupe holds membership meeting Museum cleanup set Tree sale set to branch out

Kenai boys, Skyview girls finish with wins
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team fell into an early hole and couldn’t quite get out of it Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division foe Homer at Kenai.

Local Sports Briefs
Skyview soccer sweeps Seward Borough middle school track takes place Tebughna students take medals

A believer in the soccer, football diet
There was no South Beach Diet for Soldotna senior Kevin Laurion. No carb counting, no Tae Bo, no Jazzercise, no Spinning, no searching late-night commercials for a solution.

SoHi plays tough on softball field
The Soldotna High School softball team showed it belonged in the league Tuesday, going into extra innings before state power Homer prevailed 4-3 in a Northern Lights Conference game.

No name but plenty of friends
From the looks of things at last week’s city council meeting in Kenai, one of the town’s little creeks may not have a name, but it has no shortage of little friends.

Around the District
Boyle fundraiser continues Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle School Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary

Kids learn about life in the water in annual salmon celebration
A school year of study culminated with a celebration of salmon last week for elementary school students from across the Kenai Peninsula as they gathered at Johnson Lake State Recreation Site.

Summer session to offer gardening, return of fishing academy
Local gardening expert Tom Jans will offer two courses in organic gardening during KPC’s summer session. A two-credit class will be offered in June and a three-credit course in July and August.

The Next Level
McGlasson to hurdle for UAA Besse stars for Vanguard

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