Thursday, May 10, 2007

New operator launches business in Anchor Point
Fishermen can start their boat engines and begin to launch. Anchor Point Seafoods owners Paul and Angela Warner have been awarded the boat-launch contract for the beach at Anchor Point. The tractor-driven launch business kicked off the 2007 season Friday.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Horn, Fenske named to state health council New boat gets special attention Youth cooking classes offered Small business workshops offered Crime Stoppers seeks support

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: Take the fee and fix the road
Now that the state parks division has had all winter to reflect on where they will spend their money with our $10 per pop launch fees, I hope before too long they get one of their dump trucks, fill it up as many times as it takes and fill in 362 potholes at the end of Silver Salmon Lane leading into the Pillars boat ramp. And once inside the park gates, they can fill in the biggest potholes of all of them.

Donations keep the ‘Spirit’ going
Soldotna High School staff would like to thank the following businesses for their support to our Star Spirit program: Wells Fargo, Agrium, Kenai River Professional Guide Association, HEA, ConocoPhillips, Rocky Mountain College, Alaska Railroad, Credit Union 1 and the SoHi Parent-Teacher-Student Association.

Language barrier isn’t the problem
The United States has always encouraged immigrants to come to these shores. It is engraved on the Statue of Liberty, so why would we pretend we must all speak English? Proper English comes from England, and it is the hardest language in the world for other countries to learn. Don’t tell me everyone speaks proper English in this country.

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.

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?

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.

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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.

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.

Hail to the kings
It’s not quite summertime and the cotton’s not on high, but the fish have started jumping in central Kenai Peninsula rivers.

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.

Board OK’s school improvement application
During its meeting Monday in Seward, the school board OK’d the district’s application to participate in a comprehensive school improvement service offered by the Association of Alaska School Boards.

Stephaine Waldeck
Longtime Kenai resident Stephaine Waldeck died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, surrounded by her family and friends. She was 40.

Where are our priorities?: Rep. Gara says there’s a way to cover kids’ health care
It’s 2007. There are 18,000 Alaska children who do not have health insurance. Half of those children are from working families. The cost of health insurance keeps rising, and many Alaskans are out of luck if they don’t work for a company that offers health insurance, or if they don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Around the Peninsula
Iditarod champion to help with fundraiser Borough to collect ice jam debris Give mom the day off Nursing homes celebration events set Kenai Shorebird celebration set Gardeners branching out Garage sale fundraiser planned Motorcycle fundraiser goes full throttle Breastfeeding class offered Free vision screening offered Teens for rent

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

Kenai boys top Ketchikan
Freshman Justin Calhoun recorded a hat trick and added an assist and freshman Dom Eubank had a goal and an assist in leading the Kenai boys soccer team to a 6-2 victory over visiting Ketchikan on Wednesday.

Adventures too much for 1 movie
“Spider-Man 3”

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

Art Briefs
It’s all connected Alaska Writers Guild starts new chapter 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

Room for change
Who, what, where, when ...

Poet’s Corner
It’s Test-tube Baby, television’s child...

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.

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

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

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