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Friday, May 14, 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!

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.

"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.

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.

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.

Friendship Mission provides shelter for the homeless: 'A warm place'
If Cody Dorrough was not currently staying in the Kenai Friendship Mission, he would be out on the streets or back in jail.

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.

Average fish runs expected in lower Inlet
The Department of Fish and Game is expecting a mostly average season of fishing in Lower Cook Inlet this summer, according to a recently released forecast.

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

Sustainable substance
The City of Kenai's Town Hall meeting on building a sustainable community last Saturday was an impressive event.

Birds and Dogs Don't Mix
The crunch of my feet sounded thunderous as I made my way out to the freshwater pond on the Kenai Flats. The frost was just melting away as the first rays of sun touched my back. My target was in sight and everything was shaping up perfectly. None of the ducks had heard me and even the flock of sandhill cranes that I slipped past were strutting and posturing in search of food, aware but unconcerned by my presence.

An angler's credo
There's more to angling -- also known as "sport fishing" -- than knowing how to tie a nail knot or trick a trout into biting a Marabou Muddler. Like most of the good things in life, angling comes with responsibilities.

Around the Peninsula

Local artists and food vendors wanted for Kenai River Festival

Around the Peninsula

Coast Guard slated to offer free vessel safety checks

Area athletes set for region track
As Kenai Peninsula track teams prepare for the Region II, Region III 1-2-3A and Region III 4A meets today and Saturday, past performances are insignificant. The top finishers from each region finals and the next best 12 times statewide qualify for Class 4A individual events. On the 1-2-3A side, the top finisher from each region is joined by the next best four statewide times. The top relay team and the next best four times qualify for state for all relays and all classifications.

Soldotna masters Mariners
Soldotna's boys clinched the No. 2 seed in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division with a 6-3 win over visiting Homer on Thursday. With the victory, the Stars improve to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the division.

SoHi softball topples SkyHi
The Soldotna softball team defeated Skyview 22-0 at the Soldotna Little League fields in a game called after three innings.

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.

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

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

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.

Follow on, learn more of the Lord
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord (Hosea 6:3).

Church Briefs

Vacation bible school

Flanagan to run for Montana State
Kenai Central's Lierin Flanagan is currently ranked No. 1 in the state of Alaska in the 200- and 400-meter dashes on athletic.net. She's also part of the top-ranked 1,600 relay team. Last year, she helped Kenai set a new state record in the 1,600 relay. She also holds school records in the 200 and 400, which she set at last week's Kenai Peninsula Borough meet, breaking her own record in both events.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Brown Bears are better than record shows

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.

Sports Briefs

Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club takes 4th at state tournament

Waterbury stands atop tourney of champions
Tasha Waterbury, the highly decorated Peninsula Strikers bowler and high school senior, can now add champion of champions to her long list of bowling accomplishments.

Wittels to join Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers have signed third baseman/pitcher Garrett Wittels. He is currently a sophomore at Florida International University and is majoring in sports management. Wittels will contribute at third base and on the mound for the Oilers this summer.

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