Tuesday, May 23, 2006

First annual Chainsaw Carving Contest in Seldovia
Sponsored by the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce, the contest commences on Friday, May 26th. The carving activity takes place from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily with a break at 11:00 AM for a "Quick Carve" contest and lunch. The contest ends Monday morning, May 29th and the winners are announced at 2:00 PM. There is a total of $3,500 in cash prizes at stake and Quick Carve creations will be auctioned on Sunday afternoon. Entrants include professional carvers: Paul Comolli of Juneau, Toby Craft of Seldovia, Steve Curtis of Soldotna, Jarrett Dahl of Soldotna, Scott Hanson of Soldotna, Jamie Rothenbuhler of Wasilla, and Scott Thompson of Anchorage.

Frames & Things of Soldotna brings hi-tech to the art of framing
Virtual reality and plasma screen technology is now available at Frames & Things in Soldotna. As part of a new makeover at his popular store at the Blazy Mall, Brian Erwin has installed the latest computer innovation to the classic art of framing. “The way we used to frame is to take out a corner sample of a mat and frame and hope that the customer could imagine what the mat and frame would look like encircling the entire piece, and that’s a difficult thing to do. But now with our new equipment you can bring in any piece and we can pick out some colors and frames, get an idea of what you’re looking for and then virtually put the matting and framing around it, projecting the piece through a digital camera onto our plasma screen so that you can see exactly what it’ll look like when it’s finished. Then if you don’t like precisely that color or frame style we can keep changing it around until you have exactly what you’re looking for. It allows the customer to get creative with us and we can demonstrate different mat cuts, from oval to heart cuts to decorative corner cuts all on this virtual framer so if there is something special you’re thinking about we have over one hundred cuts that you can try out before making that final decision,” said Erwin.

Predator animals have been harassing man since the beginning of time by stealing their various birds, pets, and livestock of all kinds. Starting with some of the smallest like a weasel on up to the biggest one on the list the bear these predators have often times found an easy meal right in peoples yards. Few animals have much chance against a bear but there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your livestock against certain other ones.

Soldotna remembers a fish story for the record books
It was more than a free lunch that drew hundreds to Soldotna Creek Park last Wednesday under cold and cloudy skies; it was respect for the world record king salmon and the man who landed it 21 years ago. Last year in recognition of the 20th anniversary of Les Anderson’s record catch the City of Soldotna designated May 17th as Les Anderson Day and hosted a community barbeque. The event was such a huge success and meant so much to the fishers of the community that the Soldotna Chamber decided to make it an annual event.

Fire hydrants get spring flushing in Soldotna
Spring cleaning at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna includes a flushing and pressure test of fire hydrants that creates quite the rooster tail and rainbow show on city streets. “Every year in cooperation with the City of Soldotna we do a combination flushing and hydro flow testing of the hydrants for fire insurance reasons. We then input our results to a computer program that lets us calculate how much water is actually coming out of a particular hydrant so that if we need to use it we know the flow that the hydrant will deliver,” explained CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale.

Russian businesswomen visit Alaska
As Russia, the leader of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, continues its transition from a communist system to a free market place, Rotary International continues to sponsor Group Study Exchanges (GSE) between Alaska and their western neighbors. The most recent exchange was a group of five Russian businesswomen from the Far East cities of Vladivostok and Ussuriisk, Russia. “This is a chance for us to meet with professionals in our same field here in Alaska and share our experience,” said the team leader Tatiana Sergienko, a Lawyer from Ussuriisk, Russia. Sergienko said that while there are many similarities between the Russian and Alaskan climates, the professional and business climate are very different. “That is why it is very interesting for us to have this group study experience. As a lawyer I see that here you utilize a lot of technology which we do not have in my country, so I have learned many ideas that I can use in my job,” said Sergienko. “We are experiencing many changes in my country and it is hard to work in the field of law because of the many changes that come every month and of course it is necessary to follow all those changes,” added Sergienko.

Students ask school district to ‘let Eli walk’
There is no doubt that the name Eli Hutchison is familiar to many local ears. Eli, the young man who wrestled for Skyview High School to win four state championships, the excellent Skyview cross country runner, the talented Skyview football player, the amazing Skyview soccer player, and this just in: the one who isn’t allowed to walk at Skyview High School’s graduation on May 25, 2006.

Challenger Center grateful for Kenai’s help
This is a public thanks to the City of Kenai and Kenai’s city council for showing their support of the Challenger Learning Center at last week’s city council meeting.

Community support made program a success
The Board of Directors of the Soldotna After the Bell Program would like to thank the community for your support during the past three years. Our program, which provided after-school tutoring and homework help and extended learning opportunities, has been in place for seven years (closed) its doors on May 19, 2006.

Large haul of support made event a keeper
Wednesday, May 17th was another great day in Soldotna!

Unity Trail maintenance does more harm than good
I wanted to talk about that $2 million Unity Trail between Kenai and Soldotna. They spent all this money to build the trail and have spent no money on maintaining the trail. You can hardly get them to sweep it off once a year, the trail is cracking and holes are forming but do they fix it? No.

Motorcyclist injured in head-on crash
A motorcyclist sustained several fractured bones and other significant injuries after colliding head on with a white Chevrolet pickup that had swerved into his lane at Mile 83 of the Sterling Highway.

SoHi grad makes Major move
When Chris Mabeus’ son, Boston, started kindergarten this past year in Sacramento, Calif., his family had to fill out an introduction card.

Keeping a keen eye out for visitors
Local tour industry workers switched rolls Thursday as they gazed at Kenai through the windows of a tour bus and answered questions about their local knowledge.

Era plane lands safely with 1 engine shut down
An ERA Aviation flight from Anchorage landed safely Sunday morning at Kenai Municipal Airport after one of its two engines was shut down during the 45-minute flight.

‘Good could be’ that bullets from same gun
An examination comparing bullet fragments recovered from the Opal Fairchild murder and violent robbery of Mel Anderson show fragments from the two crimes were fired from the same type of handgun, according to expert witness testimony.

Gardeners branch out
Kenai Peninsula 4-H’ers branched out to the community Saturday during their annual tree sale at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

Controlled burn goes wild, burns 12 acres in Kasilof
A homeowner burning brush accidentally ignited a blaze that burned at least 12 acres in Kasilof on Monday afternoon.

Soldotna bridge closed 3 nights
The Sterling Highway bridge over the Kenai River in Soldotna will be closed to all traffic tonight, Wednesday night and Thursday night.

Tesoro to clean up diesel
Tesoro Alaska’s Kenai refinery is gearing up to supply Alaska with a an ultra-low sulfur grade of highway and off-road diesel fuel that will more than meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Minnie Graham Keating
Soldotna resident Minnie Graham Keating died Friday, May 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, after being hospitalized for three weeks. She was 89.

William ‘Bill’ Zimmerman
Kenai resident William “Bill” Abe Zimmerman Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, in Wenatchee, Wash., of a stroke. He was 69.

Money doesn’t go far enough: Extra funds will help but won’t address school funding inequities
“A conclusion in search of a study” is a clever quip from Senate Finance Chairman Gary Wilken, regarding the area cost differential (ACD). This study attempts to fairly calculate the relative costs of educating students in various parts of the state. I wonder if Senator Wilken believes this. In response to a direct question from a Sitka school board member as to whether he thought the ACD was fair, he replied “Probably not, but what in life is fair?”; why this astounding dichotomy? My sense is that there are three issues: 1) No one wants to increase spending; 2) the urban schools like Fairbanks have not suffered like other districts, and 3) there is a determination not to send more money to rural districts who are not paying anything towards their children’s education. I happen to agree that everyone should pay something but to couple this with the ACD is simply wrong.

Incomplete information: Gov. Murkowski’s study compiled with lack of ‘Authority’
The final strategy in Gov. Frank Murkowski’s play book to ensure that a Canadian highway/producer gas line is the only option to be considered by the Legislature and Alaskans reared its ugly head at recent press conferences. Gov. Murkowski now proudly waves a state-sponsored study by PFC Energy attacking the viability of the all-Alaska pipeline and liquefied natural gas project.

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Around the Peninsula
KCHS after-grad committee to meet Presentation of the peninsula’s future set Library director welcomed Salmon totes available Brain injury awareness walk set to take off Dog jog slated Swim lessons available

Peninsula People
Area students graduate Area residents join Air Force Moonin shines Bird flies high Zindel honored

Heroes of the Week
Brooks a champion of awareness Couple grateful for quality education

Around the Peninsula
Berry growers ripe to meet Drug coalition meeting planned Shakespeare play held over CPGH board meeting slated Breakfast fundraiser set to flip Chili feed, auction planned

· Andrea Stiers and Rocky Stiers of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Addison LeAnne, at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna.

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Aces nip Falcons
The Alaska Aces defeated the Fresno Falcons 3-2 Monday night in Game 7 in double overtime at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena to earn a spot in the Kelly Cup finals.

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