Thursday, May 27, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Ninilchik, Deep Creek open this weekend; will the fish show?
This is it, folks. The weekend that anglers have been waiting for: the southern stream openers.

Do it yourself: If you build it, the fish will come
There's nothing quite like the feeling of landing a fish -- particularly after a fierce battle, a couple good runs and a few aerobatic leaps from the water (by the fish, the angler or both).

Lemon Swirl Cream Cheese Pie
Best of Show, Amateur Division

Make Pie -- For Memorial Day
If you are looking for a dessert idea to complete your Memorial Day meal plans, I hope you will consider making pie. Of course, enjoying pie made from an old family recipe is wonderful, but bringing a new pie to the table, especially one selected as the best of the best by the 200 judges of the 16th Annual American Pie Council (APC)/Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships, is very exciting, too.

Chocolate Raisin Walnut Pie
Best of Show, Professional Division

Alaska distillery releases it's smoked salmon flavored vodka
Anchorage/Wasilla - Alaska Distillery, the state's first local vodka producer, announces the release of their newest product, Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka. It is the first Smoked Salmon flavored vodka ever produced and has a rare and complex character.

Nikiski proves to be a great community
I am not sure that I have the words to say how awesome "Nikiski" was on May 8 for Community Clean Up.

Kagan worthy of confirmation
Elena Kagan is a representitive of all minorities and will respresent diversities of not only gender but racial and unpopular challenges and issues of America's mainstream judicial system. President Barack Obama's agendas are, so far, proven to be healthy for America, and reasons for his selection of Ms. Kagan to the U.S. Supreme may also be good. We must give Our Commander and Chief a fair chance to implement his (unselfish) plan for the good of all America.

Gulf of Mexico spill tragic
This is it! Another oil spill, lives lost, then what happens?

Hospital staff earns praise
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the staff on duty in the Emergency Room the afternoon of Friday, April 30.

A reason for optimism
I recently lost my keys. I looked in all the usual and not so usual places but couldn't find them. I wasn't too worried though; they usually show up. And they did but in a most unusual way: I got a call from the Fitness Place saying someone had found them at the park, saw a Fitness Place tag on the ring and took them there.

Parents have responsibilty for children's education
I have actually lived the experience that is relevant to the schools in the Bush but with a few differences;

Kenai sales tax gets boost
With the new Walmart store driving sales in the area, the City of Kenai is predicting an increase in taxable sales and sales tax reveue for the upcoming fiscal year.

Bear disturbs homeless man's Soldotna camp
Thanks to a now-dead black bear, Kyle Jack is subsisting on his canned peaches, pickles, a few decaying strawberries, a Yoo-Hoo and an orange-carrot beverage.

Oilfield firms see pockets of activity
Business is down for many firms in the state's oil and gas support industry but there are pockets of activity on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet, so it's not all bad news.

Click it or ticket
Alaska law enforcement is cracking down on seat belt usage over the next two weeks as part of a National Enforcement Mobilization effort.

Sentencing on murder conviction postponed
Jimmie L. Eacker, the 56-year-old Fairbanks man convicted of murdering a Seward woman in 1982, is scheduled for sentencing on June 23 in the Kenai Courthouse.

Open burning suspended
Open burning has been suspended on the Kenai Peninsula as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday due to dry conditions. Residents should check any fires they have lit in the past month to ensure that they are completely out.

Moose Federation to transport calves after mother dies
All day on Monday, neighbors could hear the two young moose wailing.

Verleen Francis Grant
Kenai resident Verleen Francis Grant died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in Soldotna. She was 88.

Robert L. 'Tex' Dean
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Robert L. "Tex" Dean died Monday, May 24, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 77.

Legislature should be respected
Governor Parnell has indicated that he intends to veto a significant number of projects in this year's Capital Budget. That would be a mistake.

Around the Peninsula

Relay for Life events coming up

Around the Peninsula

Quilt festival upcoming

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Birch Ridge golfers have formed tight bonds over the past 2 decades
After moving to Soldotna from Anchorage almost 20 years ago, my husband and I started golfing at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Over the years, the people and friends we have made have become part of our family. Unfortunately, we lost of member of our family recently, Marge Smith. Marge was the wife of Tom Smith, who is the founder, architect and builder of Birch Ridge Golf Course. We are blessed to have known Marge and thankful for her contributions to our lives and the community. To Tom Smith and his children, Ward, Jennifer, Curtis and Bart, thank you for giving our community such a wonderful gift.

Volleyball camp slated for August
All American Volleyball Camps and the Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club are hosting a skills camp at Soldotna and Skyview High Schools from Aug. 3-5. AAVC features skill instruction from top college, the U.S. National Team and professional players. They have conducted high school camps on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 15 years, and past coaches included former Olympians and national college players of the year.

Kenai softball cruises past Skyview
Kenai Central finished its inaugural softball season with a 13-1 win over visiting Skyview in 3 1-2 innings Wednesday in nonconference play. The Kardinals improved to 5-7 overall on the season. The Panthers, also in their first season, remain winless.

SoHi seeks state win
Soldotna girls soccer coach Mike Tovoli had a season goal of winning the Northern Lights Conference championship. After checking that off his list with a 3-1 win over Wasilla last Saturday, Tovoli is looking to his next goal -- win a game at the state tournament.

Stars take 2 from Mariners
The bats of the host Soldotna baseball team were a little off on Tuesday in a Southcentral Conference game against Homer. That didn't matter, because Stars starting pitcher Josiah Covey was on.

SoHi gym open for volleyball
The Soldotna High School gym is open for summer volleyball on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All former, current and future players are welcome. Bring appropriate gear on sunny days as we will set up outdoor nets. For more information, contact Bruce King at 262-9501 or via e-mail at

Getting ripped
Throughout the Kenai Peninsula, and the state of Alaska, people can often be found saddled up to bars with stacks of cardboard tickets, pulling off strips and trying to get lucky.

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

Art Briefs

Summer art classes for kids registration open

Last bit of dignity shed in ridiculous religious thriller

Kenai Golf Report: Grandparents share their love of golf with the next generation
What a great week this has been -- wonderful weather and a lot of opportunities for golfing at the Kenai Golf Course. My better half and I had the pleasure of taking our 8-year-old grandson, Levi Rosin, to the KGC for some quality bonding time on the driving range and practice green. Levi's knowledge of golf, other than that of the miniature variety, came solely from his beloved video games and occasionally watching the professionals on TV with his papa. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the excitement on his face when he connected with the ball. Watching him watch some of the other folks on the driving range was priceless -- especially the young man who was easily hitting the balls to the end of the range. I will never forget the look on Levi's face as he watched the balls sail down the driving range, bouncing off the back net. It was an afternoon to be treasured and one of many more I hope to come.

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