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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sticks & Stones Alaskan Structure premiers at KVCC
Hundreds of community members, art supporters, and visitors turned out for the spring premier of the summer art show “Sticks & Stones Alaskan Structure” at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center (KVCC) last week. “It was one of our best attended events ever, and I just love this show,” exclaimed Marion Nelson a KVCC board member. The exhibit showcases a diversity of artistic talents and expressions from 55 contemporary artists on the theme in a wide variety of media. “The artwork created on this theme ranges from the deeply personal to the somewhat whimsical,” said Natasha Ala, KVCC programs & exhibits manager.

Hundreds turn out for Jacob’s Soup Supper
With at least three major community events happening last Friday night, some 300 people showed up at Jacob Eckerman’s Soup Supper hosted at the College Heights Baptist Church on K-Beach Rd. 12-year-old Jacob Eckerman was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver a few months ago and recently was medivaced to Seattle Children’s Hospital where he is awaiting a liver transplant. While in Seattle last week Jacob was also confirmed to have Wilson’s disease, a rare condition that causes the body to retain copper, according to Kris Couveau R.N. and Jacob’s grandmother, “This is a big help and has moved Jacob higher on the priority list for a donor,” said Couveau.

Soldier on leave enjoys 1st Peninsula Soap Box Derby
The inaugural All American Soap Box Derby race on the Kenai Peninsula is now history and the young man who will always be the first to ever to hold the championship title is 14-year-old Tyler Glidden. After losing his first race Glidden in his Metal Magic sponsored racer made a text book come from behind victory to claim the 2007 championship. “After I lost I had to run against the slower cars, and I just started working my way back winning the next six times in a row to take the championship,” Glidden told the Dispatch. His first time to ever drive a soap box racer Glidden said he changed his strategy after loosing his first heat, “We thought we had a pretty good idea on how to handle the course, but it didn’t work out so we started taking the inside corner and staying on the white line when on the inside and that started working for us,” said Tyler. With one lose against him Tyler had no margin for error and if he lost another heat he would have been eliminated, “The final heat I was a little worried but I got a lot of encouragement from my Dad and my supporters and I was able to finish a full second ahead of the next car,” he said.

Third Lacrosse season bigger than ever
The Central Peninsula Lacrosse Club is finishing up their third Lacrosse season and according to Soldotna Coach and club supporter Scott Cunningham the sport is growing in popularity, “We’ve seen increased interest in Lacrosse and the challenge has been to fit a program schedule into all the other activities, so we’ve opted for an end of the school year program and have fielded teams at Kenai and Soldotna Middle Schools so we are enjoying the traditional cross town rivalry this season that started in April and ends May 18th,” said Cunningham. The teams have been practicing Monday through Wednesday with games on Thursday and Friday.

Reader questions high cost of wilderness
Many Alaskans were drawn here by our great love of nature’s pure unabashed beauty. The vastness of our great wilderness areas stir that wanderlust within many to see the other side of that hill or mountain. We want to insure future generations also have that privilege. But just who is paying the most for that privilege?

Laws about shooting dogs should be changed
I would just like to submit a letter about the laws regarding being able to shoot animals on your property outside of city limits. This is such an inhumane way to handle problems that people may have with neighbors’ animals. We have had two of our dogs get shot in a year over a situation that could have been avoided if the laws were different.

Peninsula looks great, thanks to many
The Kenai Lions Club would like to extend thanks to all who participated in the spring cleanup of the Kenai Peninsula. The efforts of the following groups made the event successful this year: ConocoPhillips for granting funds for the cleanup of and assisting with the barbecue; Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce and the Nikiski Post Office for distributing cleanup bags, supporting the cause and advertising; city of Kenai for assisting with the Kenai City Cemetery cleanup; Peninsula Sanitation for picking up all that trash; Fred Meyer for donating bicycles to the children who participated; Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition for donating helmets for the children’s bikes; Coca Cola of Kenai for donating soft drinks; the Milepost for donating editions of the Milepost; Kenai Central High School for assisting in cleaning the Kenai cemetery; Peninsula Memorial Chapel for providing donations to assist with cemetery cleanup; countless community volunteers and youth groups for helping keep the peninsula’s environment pristine; Soldotna Lions Club for coordinating the cleanup in Soldotna and hosting a barbecue; Cook Inlet Lions Club for coordinating the cleanup in Nikiski and hosting a barbecue; Kachemak Bay Lions Club for coordinating the cleanup in Homer and hosting a barbecue; Seward Resurrection Bay Lions Club for coordinating the cleanup in Seward and hosting a barbecue; Kenai Lions Club for coordinating the cleanup in Kenai and hosting a barbecue; and special thanks to Kenai Lion member Terry Linebarger for his efforts in coordinating the entire peninsula cleanup.

Party platform remains the same
The Alaska Republican Party State Executive Committee met in a statewide teleconference to discuss the recent series of events that has clouded the reputation of the Alaska legislators and especially the Republican Party.

Reader backs Northern Dynasty
As a miner’s wife in the 1960s and raising three sons mining for tin at Lost River, mining today is different. Environmental, explorations and permits are a must for the land and rivers where humans, animals and fish get their food and drinking water for survival.

Capital budget includes plenty for peninsula
A $12.5 million state appropriation to Homer Electric Association for upgrades to its Nikiski facilities tops the list of Kenai Peninsula projects in the $1.7 billion FY 2008 capital budget now on its way to Gov. Sarah Palin.

Keeping it clean
Students in Kelly Balise’s sixth-grade class at Tustumena Elementary School in Kasilof have been taking good care of Crooked Creek over the past nine months, and last week they erected a sign sharing some of the things they’ve learned, and some things others can do to keep the creek healthy.

Gifts from home a hit
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey was pleased to learn Friday that it only took two days to get canned Alaska salmon and other goodies to troops stationed in Iraq.

Return of the Salmon brings good food, good friends
The idea to visit Alaska began over a game of cards with a childhood friend, but when Ben Keenan and his wife, Oma, came to Soldotna, it was love. Originally from Tampa Bay, Fla., the Keenans built a house and have been back every summer since 1996.

Barge recovery proceeds slowly
Attempts continued Tuesday to free a 100-foot barge that sank in the Kenai River a month ago and remains stuck in the navigable channel of the river not far from its mouth.

Coastal projects in line for federal dollars
Restoration, habitat protection, and spill response strategies are among the aims of projects approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week to receive federal impact funding.

Higher price on summer fun
The price of summer is going up.

Amber L. Zuck
Lifelong Soldotna resident Amber Lynn Zuck died Saturday, May 19, 2007, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident near Sterling. She was 22.

Lenard S. ‘Bud’ Reel
Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident Lenard S. “Bud” Reel died Friday, May 11, 2007, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 84.

Daniel F. Dudley
Daniel F. Dudley of Billings, Mont., died, Wednesday, May 16, 2007, with his wife and sister at his side. He was 57.

David F. Cooper, Sr.
Palmer Resident David Francis Cooper Sr. died Thursday, May 3, 2007, of natural causes at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. He was 84.

Joshua T. Vincent
Former Kenai resident Joshua T. Vincent (McKibbon) died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in Oregon. He was 29.

Around the Peninsula
Burn ban on for western peninsula Deadline for vision screening today Community ping-pong offered Berry growers to meet Kasilof cemetery cleanup slated Golf tourney set to swing Summer day camp available in Nikiski Midnight Sun festivities set

Around the Peninsula
Anger to be diffused Nutrition classes available Free low-vision screening offered Reading program registration begins Cowboy up Community run ready to go

Truesdell stepping down
Sarge Truesdell, who in 2006 led Soldotna High School to the first football state title in its history, is stepping down from the head coaching position after six seasons.

Skyview volleyball sends 3 to next level
Three members of the 2006 Skyview volleyball team have committed to playing volleyball in college this fall.

Making time
Whether it’s soccer, volleyball or a busy academic life, Soldotna senior Lauren Senette uses her time wisely.

Better late than never
Well, hello golfers and welcome back. Hopefully this golfing season will afford us many opportunities for excellent golfing, especially considering the winter we just endured. And I am especially looking forward to seeing all those golfing friends that we lose track of during the winter months. Not enough snow and way TOO much cold for enjoyable outdoor pursuits like snow machining and skiing. I am one of those people who just will not endure these activities when it is too cold. I would much rather whine about the weather from my comfy chair in my cozy living room.

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