Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Peninsula Realtors step up to help Hospice
The warmth emanating from Birch Ridge Golf Course on a recent Friday afternoon had nothing to do with the weather, but everything to do with the hearts and spirited bidding going on during the annual Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors (KPAR) fundraiser for Hospice. While ski parkas were still the apparel for the day the event drew a large group of realtors from across the Peninsula who stepped up and dug deep into their own pockets to support one of their favorite organizations. “We so appreciate what the Realtors do for us at Hospice, they organize this event all on their own and we just come and enjoy. It’s unique when they actually go out and collect items for the auction from this generous community then come here and bid for the items themselves,” said Executive Director for Hospice of the Central Peninsula, Marquitta Andrus.

KRSA reports on values of salmon fishing in Upper Cook Inlet
As everyone is eagerly anticipating the return of salmon to Cook Inlet, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) has published a new report that tracks the “Economic Values of Sport, Personal Use, and Commercial Salmon Fishing in Upper Cook Inlet.” KRSA executive director Ricky Gease has been sharing the content of the report with civic groups and Chambers of Commerce organizations on the Kenai Peninsula. “The Kenai River is the most popular sport fishing river in the world with its tremendous runs of salmon and trout that brings a quarter of a million anglers annually to the Upper Cook Inlet and those numbers are going to continue to grow. What we do in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, State Parks, Fish & Wildlife Service, the Borough and Cities, is to provide better and more responsible access areas with the appropriate infrastructure to make sure that the use on the River is done appropriately and will foster stewardship of the resource,” Gease told the Kenai Rotary Club.

Bob & Mary buy Bob & Mary’s Kasilof Mercantile
If you were use to stopping by the Kasilof Mercantile on your way south or north on the Kenai Peninsula to say “Hey” to Bob and Mary Lamb and pick up a little something you probably heard that they had decided to sell the Mercantile. Well they did and just to make the transition easy they sold it to Bob and Mary Laster of Tifton, Georgia. So now you can keep on pulling in to the Kasilof Mercantile to say “Hey” to Bob and Mary and find out for yourself why folks from that far south would want to migrate this far north, “No big story really just kind of burned out on the hot weather and looking for a cooler environment and our son Rocky and daughter-in-law have been living up here for about six or seven years so we decided to do something different before we went belly-up,” said Bob sipping a nice iced beverage in the Mercantile’s expanded café. Kenaitze artist Bunny Swan-Gease has recently given the café a host culture touch with a wildlife mural that is certain to enhance the pleasure of each visit.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
In the springtime here in Alaska there are so many things to do that I sometimes don’t know where to start first. This year we had such a cold yucky spring, when it finally warmed up there were several weeks of chores all piled up needing to be done at once. Then besides the chores there is also fish that need to be caught and left over salmon canned if you haven’t already done so. Oh yes the yard needs to be raked and those droppings the moose left behind picked up too. We are not even going to start talking about the stuff the neighbor’s dog left.

Sterling students finish off the school year with Space, Immigration, and Community Clean up days
While many kids were counting the final days and hours of the school year, students at Sterling Elementary were having regrets about school getting out for the summer. “I really don’t want to leave because it’s been so exciting being in Mr. Miller’s class and participating in the NASA Explorer curriculum and using the hand held’s,” commented Karlie Self shortly after she had read a science fiction story she had written to NASA scientists in Cleveland ,Ohio live over visual satellite transmission.

Ways around the gas issue
In the 1970s when we had a problem with a gas shortage, the solution was to only buy on certain days and a limit on gallons of purchase. We were living in the L.A. area at the time. Also, the biggest solution was the 55 mile per hour speed limit. At the time, I worked for Unocal and a friend rode to work with me who worked at Texaco. At that time the gasoline tanks were full at the refineries.

Volunteers, donations make feast possible
Thanks to volunteers, donations and entertainment from Kenai River Professional Guide Association members, Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Coca Cola, Heritage Place staff and area residents, the fourth annual Return of the Salmon Celebration, held at Heritage Place on May 22, was a resounding success.

Soldotna cleanup in the bag, thanks to help
I would like to thank our Soldotna seniors, Doug Harkey, Eileen Elder, Madrona Lindgren, Pearl Burton, Kate Quelland, Ken Keenan, Oma Keena, Ann Curtis and Maxine Plette for giving out our cleanup bags during the week of May 8 through 12 at our Soldotna Safeway store.

Dogs benefit from donations of others
On May 6, the Kenai Kennel Club held an open house to celebrate National Pet Week. We wanted to promote fun, healthy and positive ways to be involved with dogs through exercise, health care and identification. There were demonstrations, visual and printed information, a microchip clinic and prizes.

ACT turned away again
For the second time in a month, the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk has denied certification of an initiative application filed by the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers.

Military members earn salute with ceremonies
With the wind blowing dozens of U.S. flags on the Monday marking the end to the three-day Memorial Day weekend, area residents took time to honor military personnel in Leif Hansen Memorial Park with cheers, prayers and song.

Nikiski man could go to trial for sexual abuse of 2-year-old
On Friday, a Kenai grand jury was asked to determine whether a case involving a 19-year-old Nikiski man suspected of physically and sexually abusing a 2-year-old girl should go to trial.

Stephen Owen Smuin
Former Kenai resident Stephen Owen Smuin died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at his mother’s home in Vernal, Utah, surrounded by family. He was 57.

· Heather and Matt Churchill of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Jillian Ruth Churchill, at 7:47 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces.

Around the Peninsula
Senior health fair set to educateFootball camp slatedUsed book sale plannedGarage sale fundraiser scheduledMental heath classes availableHistorical society fundraiser slatedPlant sale set to bloomHistorical Society to meet

Photo feature: Restful reflection
The new Kenai City Cemetery gazebo was dedicated May 20. Volunteers including Frank Getty, the Kenai Football Boosters Club, the Kenai Lions Club and community members cleaned up the cemetery prior to the dedication by hauling two truck loads of refuse filled bags and other remnants to the landfill. With more than 25 volunteers present, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter dedicated the gazebo by reading a proclamation and city employee Andy Bralley set a gazebo plaque into the cement. An appreciation barbecue for volunteers was held following the dedication.

Hero of the Week: Fast fire response appreciated
I want to express my most heartfelt and sincere thank you and appreciation to the Nikiski Fire Department for their speedy and expeditious actions in putting out a greatly dangerous and potentially disastrous forest fire that started in my neighbors yard. The fire was moving so incredibly fast and within minutes the dry grass was burning high and the smoke was billowing through the entire neighborhood and with the wind it was gaining fast ground towards our home and everything we own in this world.

Peninsula People
Burford pagedHayes graduatesHughes graduatesJensen to attend collegeLasky on paradeRizzo honoredWarner graduatesScholarship awarded

Community Events
Brain injury awareness walk setDog jog slatedGardening class takes root

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Aces go up 3-0
The Alaska Aces took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Kelly Cup finals with a 5-4 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators on Monday in Gwinnett, Ga.

Pirates ruin Mabeus’ first appearance
Soldotna graduate Chris Mabeus had a rough Major League debut Monday in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 14-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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