Friday, May 28, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

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).

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.

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.

Clean energy act doesn't make sense
Regarding H.R. 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, I do not want to appear rude, it is a long bill and it started at the house and will be coming to the Senate if not already, but you cannot take it all seriously. Title II Section 201 and 202 are impossible -- I cannot believe anyone wants to put the American people through this. No one could sell their homes, let alone keep up with the whims of the Secretary and the EPA. Graft in those industries will run wild. Those two alone would need to have to be watched for problems.

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;

Volunteers commended for playground effort
The Soldotna Community Playground volunteer committee extends a thousand thank-yous to everyone who helped make Soldotna Community Playground possible. Without our wonderful and generous sponsors and donors, our amazing volunteers, our outstanding Build Week captains, our incredibly skilled craftsman, our very-giving material and equipment donors, our generous Build Week food donors and chefs, our terrific childcare volunteers and the groups who donated space for the children we cared for, all of our fantastic playground supporters, our dedicated City of Soldotna supporters, and all of the great children who helped design the playground and who inspired us all, we could not have built the playground without you! Working together, we brought the dream of Soldotna Community Playground to life.

Mother's Day tea a success
Spaceba bolshoi (Thank you very much) to everyone who helped make the first annual Mother's Day Russian Tea such a success. In addition to having a delightful afternoon with friends and family, your community support helped raised over $2,000 for the restoration of Kenai's only National Historic Landmark, the Russian Orthodox Church, in Old Town.

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.

Time for a new face in Congress
I have always admired Congressman Young, always will, but I see new names. I think we are in dire need of "new"! It's time. One candidate I hear has lived in Alaska around two years. To me, that does not make an Alaskan, no non-Alaskan gets my vote. Sorry, but it's about Alaska! Ten years or more to be an experienced Alaskan who has the right to stand for us. Someone who wants to save our U.S and Alaska constitutions. Someone to fight for our elderly to have the care they deserve and need. Someone who is not afraid to stand up to the Federal Government and say "No! We do it our way in AK!" Someone who can and will listen to the voices of Alaska and hear us, over everyone else. I dont want a "suit" in D.C, telling us the best way to do things, who has never stepped on Alaskan soil. I want an Alaskan who cares about Alaska!

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.

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.

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.

Businesses want to see more visitors this season
Memorial Day weekend brings the first major flush of visitors to the Kenai Peninsula, and area businesses dependent on tourist dollars are hoping they'll keep on coming.

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.

Robert L. 'Tex' Dean
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Robert L. "Tex" Dean died peacefully Monday, May 24, 2010 with his friends, caregivers and roommates by his side at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 77.

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.

Marilyn 'Moe' Bolvin
Longtime Sterling resident, Mrs. Marilyn "Moe" Bolvin died Friday, May 21, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 71.

The next phase in life ...
Congratulations to the high school graduates this week, and to the Kenai Peninsula College grads of this year.

Driving smart on Peninsula roads
Memorial Day weekend, and the hordes approach. We know what the highway traffic is going to be like.

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.

Refuge Notebook
There is nothing more relaxing and exhilarating than the clean smell of a freshwater stream, and the peaceful sound of water cascading over rocks on a clear summer day. Everything seems so perfect. With fishing rod in hand, you cast out for another try. You hope this day and the fishing will never end. Many anglers dream and live for days like this. But unknowingly, our angling boots may be harming Alaska's streams by transporting aquatic invasive species from one stream to another.

Around the Peninsula

Funny River drama club on stage

Around the Peninsula

Quilt festival upcoming

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.

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.

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.

Dimond topples SoHi at state
It was a tough afternoon for the Soldotna Stars on Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Field in Juneau as the No. 3 seed in the state soccer championships fell to the Dimond Lynx 3-1.

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

SoHi baseball shellacks Houston
Soldotna opened the round-robin Houston Invitational Tournament with a 24-1 shellacking of Monroe Catholic on Thursday.

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.

Art Briefs

Summer art classes for kids registration open

Last bit of dignity shed in ridiculous religious thriller

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

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.

Church Briefs

First Baptist Church in Kenai plans Vacation Bible School

Patience in relationships avoids chaos
Remember the great movie, Jurassic Park? It helped popularize the science of non-linear dynamics, commonly called Chaos Theory. It is the idea that one and one do not always add up to two. In non-linear relationships, little things do not add at all: they multiply and quickly grow out of proportion. So, for example, we still do not understand why one breeze dies out over the ocean and another grows and multiplies into a hurricane of devastating force. But, as Ernest Zebrowski, Jr., writes in "Perils of a Restless Planet," we do know that the starting breeze may be as small as the beating of a butterfly's wings. He asks, "Could a butterfly in a West African rain forest, by flitting to the left of a tree rather than to the right, possibly set into motion a chain of events that escalates into a hurricane striking coastal South Carolina a few weeks later?"

Twin Cities to start Saturday
The Twin Cities Raceway - Circle Track Division will have its first event of the year on Saturday. Time trials will be at 6 p.m. while racing starts at 7 p.m.

Oilers sign hot-hitting Wittels
The Oilers have signed hot-hitting Garrett Wittels, a sophomore at Florida International University, to play for them this summer.

Draft helps Brown Bears plot future
The Kenai River Brown Bears have finished in last place in the North American Hockey League West Division since the franchise's inception in 2007. The organization made steps to reverse that trend by drafting 11 players during Wednesday's 2010 NAHL Entry Draft.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Greens get good beginning
Bird Homestead Golf Course is off to a great start in the 2010 golfing season. Larry Hamilton and his crew have been focusing on the greens and I must say they are looking very nice for this time of the season. The tee boxes are beautiful and the fairways are looking pretty good too. Jeff Gillman has been thinning some trees in between some of the fairways and it has opened up so much. Each year we work on improving and I think we are making some great progress.

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