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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Outdoors
Throughout my life there have been things I have forgotten to take along as I headed out to do some fishing or hunting. It seems like each spring going out fishing for the first time is perhaps the time I forget the most things. Maybe it is simply the excitement of getting out on that first trip of the year, and it always seems like you're in a hurry to get there. Maybe it is just being a little forgetful, or being poorly organized or it was actually the kids that forgot those items!

Playground Build Week shows community spirit
Monday, May 3rd dawned sunny and bright as Build Week for the new Soldotna Playground got underway. What began with piles of materials has transformed a dream into a reality, in just seven days. "This is a custom built playground. It was not a pre-assembled package, we had 77,000 some thousand pounds of raw material delivered to the site," volunteer coordinator Amy Hogue told the Dispatch. The first day eager volunteers showed up with hammers, saws, and shovels in hand and by pizza break time at noon, many of the materials were being placed in pre-dug holes and lumber was being moved to the saw tables. Tuesday was equally as sunny, and the enthusiasm of the volunteers was increasing as everyone started getting a sense of what needed to be done. As some of the area's professional craftsman joined the effort during the week, the donation of their time and skills was reminiscent of a scene from TV's "Extreme Home Makeover" program.

The Kenai "Alaska's Playground" gets ready for summer at 25th Annual Sport, Rec, & Trade Show
Just prior to the salmon runs on the mighty Kenai and Kasilof rivers, the recent Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec, & Trade Show had something for everyone looking to get ready for another great summer of fun on "Alaska's Playground" - the Kenai Peninsula. From the latest in camouflage sportswear available through Sweeney's Clothing, to youngsters hooking their first fish in the ADF&G Trout Pond, it was a festive weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center. More vendors than ever before participated in this year's event according to Terry Coval, show promoter for the last ten years. "This was the biggest show we have ever had, with 145 booths sold and over 95 vendors, so for the visitors there was much more to see in this year's show," said Coval. "My wife claims that the only reason I do the show is because it's my own private Toyland for the entire weekend," added Terry.

Return to normal activity quickly with ART treatment in Kenai
ART stands for Active Release Techniques and it is the specialty of David Edwards-Smith LMT who is now practicing in Kenai at Koob Chiropractic. "ART is a soft tissue manual therapy with a medical patent, that utilizes over 500 protocols that provide a means to effectively and rapidly resolve stressful repetitive strain injuries without surgical intervention, and allows patients to quickly return to their normal activities," explained Edwards-Smith. "My job is to get a sense of exactly what tissues are causing the dysfunction and that includes an extensive history of the patient, to figure out what activities on a daily basis might be contributing to the problem. Then once we have identified the tissues that are causing the dysfunction, we then use our hands and patient motion to effectively reestablish motion between facial planes, thus reducing fibrous adhesions and reestablishing neural and myofascial glide between tissues," he said.

"Click It & Ticket" Teen-drivers win at KCHS
While most Alaskans are familiar with the "Click it or Ticket" slogan made known through the ad campaign of the Alaska Peace Officers Association, young drivers at Kenai Central High School (KCHS) are now equally familiar with the "Click It & Ticket" program which is a positive reinforcement program brought to KCHS by Kenai Police officer Jay Sjogren, Law Enforcement liaison for the Alaska Highway Safety Office and South Central police agencies for promoting highway safety objectives. "Alaska has a zero tolerance seat belt policy. We find you not wearing a seat belt, you get a ticket. That's what Click it or Ticket is all about. I learned of the Click it AND Ticket program last spring while attending the Alaska Strategic Traffic Enforcement Partnership Summit in Anchorage while speaking with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official. I was informed that some of the schools in Washington State had performed the Click It AND Ticket program, so I contacted Washington State Officials and they provided me with information about how they ran the program. I then collaborated with KPD officer Mitch Langseth to bring the program to KCHS and it we made it happen. Today we had our first ticket drawing for free gas cards," Sjogren told the Dispatch.

Moist Carrot Muffins
2 cups Swans Down cake flour (scoop flour into measuring cup, then level off)

Fresh Carrots Top the List for Beta-Carotene
Although beets edge out carrots as the sweetest of all vegetables, carrots place first as the top source for beta-carotene. If you're interested in the science, beta-carotene is a carotenoid, responsible for giving carrots and other vegetables, like pumpkin and sweet potatoes , their bright orange color. Interestingly, studies show carrots that have been cooked briefly, for periods of less than 15 minutes, actually contain more levels of beta-carotene than carrots that are raw. Beta-carotene is converted in the body as vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that studies say, among other things, may help protect us from certain kinds of cancers, boosts bone growth, and benefits our immune and reproductive systems. Vitamin A is also credited for helping to maintain good eyesight (particularly night vision) and skin. Carrots are the versatile workhouse of the kitchen and an important mainstay in recipes from muffins and cakes, to soups, stews, salads and so much more. Dieticians warn, however, that it is possible to eat too many carrots, with adverse results, so it's wise to check with a health care provider regarding how many carrots are just right for you. For more information regarding vitamin A and carotenoids, visit The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements at http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamina.asp.

Carrots in Cream with Fresh Mint
1 pound fresh carrots

Rich Carrot Pudding
10 large carrots, scrubbed and sliced

Honey-Roasted Carrots
1 pound fresh carrots

Soldotna police officer resigns
Sgt. Tony Garcia resigned from the Soldotna Police Department on Friday. Garcia left the force, in part, because of the negative publicity that followed an allegation against him, he said.

Under review: Lawmakers discuss results of legislative session
The central Kenai Peninsula state legislative delegation addressed a joint luncheon with the Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce to provide a wrap-up of the legislative session Wednesday.

Jack-up rig won't arrive in inlet this summer
Cook Inlet won't see a jack-up rig brought in by Houston-based Escopeta Oil and Gas this summer, despite the governor signing a bill that offers incentives to drill deeper in the Inlet for oil and natural gas.

Rebels with a cause: ABATE club rides for personal rights, charity
There's common answer among motorcycle riders when questioned about their passion for the open road: If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

District could see more money: Mayor, assemblyman pitch measure to increase borough contribution
In the face of potential layoffs by the school district, the borough mayor and an assembly member are calling to boost the local contribution for education spending.

Motorcycle safety
Gus Sandahl, City of Kenai police chief, said that for the most part the police department responds to few crashes annually involving motorcycles.

Photo feature: No parking
This vehicle wound up in a marsh near mile 55 of the Sterling Highway on Monday evening after the driver swerved to avoid collision with a truck, according to Alaska State Troopers. No one was hurt in the crash, and the vehicle incurred minor damage. William Hightower, of Sterling, was driving back from Anchorage when he spotted the scene. "There was no water inside the car, and he was on his cell phone," Hightower said of the driver. "The guy was perfectly calm, just sitting in there."

Photo feature: Long distance or local?
Gloria Romain and Abbi Wonser exchange cell phone ring tones after school while waiting for Wonser's sister to get out of a leadership program at Kenai Central on Wednesday afternoon.

Burning suspension lifted; wind advisory added
The Alaska Division of Forestry has lifted the open burning suspension for permitted open burns but added a wind advisory. Burning permits are not valid during windy conditions. Some areas have received very little precipitation and residents must evaluate their own site conditions. Forestry will assess the fire danger rating daily and adjust the burn suspension accordingly.

Lyrics to 'Alaska's Flag' and proposed 2nd verse
Eight stars of gold on a field of blue --

Vyrett 'Bud' Chamberlain
Longtime Kenai resident Vyrett "Bud" Chamberlain died peacefully at the Kannapolis, North Carolina home of his step-son, Michael Carty, on Thursday, May 6, 2010. He was 88.

Summer Christine Moore
Lifelong Kenai Resident Ms. Summer Christine Moore, 23, died May 4, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Linda J. Encelewski-Henrikson
Former Alaska resident Linda J. Encelewski-Henrikson of Calistoga, Calif., died unexpectedly Friday, May 7, 2010, in Healy after a brief illness. She was 54.

Louise 'Lisa' Westergaard
Ninilchik resident Ms. Louise "Lisa" Westergaard, 93, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at her home with her daughter and friend by her side.

Bill fuels energy independence
Alaskans want to live and work where energy is reliable and affordable. That is why we crafted the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act, which passed unanimously on the last day of the legislative session. This bipartisan legislation will pave the way for lower energy costs, greater energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy in Alaska. It will help Alaskan families, businesses, schools, and communities to cut their costs and find more sustainable ways of meeting their energy needs.

Around the Peninsula

Local artists and food vendors wanted for Kenai River Festival

Center stage: Playwright from Kasilof selected for prestigious conference
Alaska men have a reputation that precedes them: The odds are good, but the goods are odd.

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

No rust on Iron Man for part 2
Iron Man 2'

Homer Writers' Conference registration ongoing
Registration is now being held for the upcoming highly-acclaimed 2010 Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference to be held June 11-15 at Land's End Resort in Homer and sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage.

Golf season kicks off at Birch Ridge
This past weekend was spectacular, absolutely gorgeous. With the golf course fairways and greens in the best shape in recent memory, things were going in the right direction. Then a dose of reality was handed to us and we were reminded that yes, this is Alaska and the weather will change.

Kenai Peninsula Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships results
The second Kenai Peninsula Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships were held Saturday at the Soldotna High Auditorium. The results are as follows:

Sports Briefs

Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club takes 4th at state tournament

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