Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Safety Day & Les Anderson community BBQ a perfect match
They said the day was as warm and bright as Les Anderson’s smile as an estimated crowd of over 1,000 turned out for salmon and hot dogs at Soldotna Creek Park. Les Anderson will forever be remembered for catching the record King Salmon on an early spring day. But those who knew him also remember his smile and gentle spirit. “Anyone that ever met Les knew the warmth of that smile. It was the first thing you noticed and the last thing you’d see when you left because it was always there,” recalled Michelle Glaves, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce executive director. “I was working at Fotoquick the day he caught that fish and he brought the film into us. Then he kept coming back, getting more and more reprints, as he became the world famous fish man.” Soldotna Mayor David Carey remembered Les from the time he was a young boy growing up in Soldotna, “Back then Les was one of the few places where a young person could find employment and actually go through apprenticeship with him at Les’s Soldotna Y. Someone might catch a bigger fish someday and beat Les’s record, but no one will ever have a bigger or more generous heart than Les, and that’s why there will always be a Les Anderson Day in Soldotna,” said Carey.

Royal visit to Swaziland for missionary Renee Duncan
Renee Duncan of the Peninsula Christian Center in Soldotna recently returned from a mission to Swaziland, the country with the distinction of having the last ruling monarch on planet earth. “I went on a faith-based mission to do humanitarian aid and relief. We went into the prisons and orphanages and also had the opportunity to meet with the king and his royal family,” Duncan told the Dispatch.

Chevron fuels field trip and litter patrol in Sterling
For the last seven years, Teri Hoffman’s sixth grade class at Sterling Elementary School has been exchanging litter patrol services along Swanson River Road for field trip funding from Chevron (formerly Unocal). Hoffman says it started with the focus on giving back to the community and furthering her science curriculum. “Cleaning up litter along Swanson River Road is our end of the deal and Chevron helps make the science field trip possible,” explained Hoffman. Chevron has continued to fund Hoffman’s request as a unique way of reaching a group of young people interested in science.

What is this thing they say about Murphy’s Law? If it can go wrong it will? Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like everything you attempt to do goes wrong? When these days happen or occur while you’re on an outdoor adventure they certainly can complicate things for you in a hurry. I endured one of these ordeals recently while on a hunting and fishing trip to Shirleyville.

Appreciating community elders and the return of the salmon at Heritage Place
It was a picture perfect day for the annual Return of the Salmon celebration at Heritage Place in Soldotna. The event is a tradition that started five years ago at Heritage Place to honor the elders of the community and to celebrate the returning of the salmon runs. “It’s our culmination to National Nursing Home Week,” says Heritage Place administrator Dennis Murray. “Nursing Home week always starts on Mothers Day, so we had a Mother’s Day Tea for our residents and their families. Tuesday we had a special commissioning of hands event with our some of our local chaplains, and then we had all three mayors, Williams, Carey and Porter, join us for our Mayors luncheon. They had each written official proclamations on behalf of Nursing Home Week and then came and read them personally to our residents. This year’s theme is Treasure our Elders and having the mayors come personally was fitting and appreciated by our residents. Then Monday is our Return of the Salmon celebration and family feed. So we have planned activities throughout the week to let our seniors know that we appreciate them and that they are of value to our community,” said Murray.

Classic yields many thanks, time to remember
The team penners of the peninsula did it again.

Support goes a long way in helping in students
Nikiski High School would like to thank the local businesses and agencies that so graciously gave scholarships to our students this year and their representatives that attended Nikiski Awards Night on May 15: Agrium, American Legion Post No. 20, American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 20, Eagles Women’s Auxiliary, Gillam Foundation, Glacier Pontiac, Kenai Elks — local and state, Kenai Peninsula Administrators Association, Kenai Rotary Club, Mary Rounds, Masons, Moose, Nikiski Fire Department, North Kenai Community Club, Nikiski Senior Center, Nikiski Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Beauty Sea Foods, Peninsula Oilers Baseball and Booster Club, Tesoro, Proseal Service Group, Society of Petroleum Engineers, U.S. Navy, VFW Auxiliary and XTO Energy.

Reader appalled by shootings
Regarding Pamela Parson’s letter and her dogs being shot (Clarion, May 23), my understanding of the dog laws was that the dog had to actually be “a threat to life or property” in order to justify shooting it, which your dogs were not.

Reader has the scoop for poop
Another season of personal-use fishing is soon to start at the mouth of the Kasilof River. Lots of people will come.

Many help make Day of Prayer a success
Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank everyone who helped make our local National Day of Prayer observance a success. Many thanks also to area churches and individuals who signed up for the first Peninsula Bible Reading Marathon.

City attitude not appreciated in borough
Ms. Parson’s letter in the May 23 newspaper really hit a nerve with me. Obviously she has not heard the term “responsible pet owner.”

Soldotna boy wakes up with new liver
On his first day out of sedation Sunday, 12-year-old Jacob Eckerman asked for hot dogs, hamburgers and Otter Pops.

State labor force sees overall rise in wages
Alaska’s growing labor force took home nearly $13 billion in wages last year, some $700 million more than in 2005, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Court dates set in embezzlement case
Trial call has been scheduled for the Salamatof Seafoods bookkeeper accused of embezzling $154,000 from the Kenai firm and two other companies for which she kept books.

Soldotna Junction rezoning requested
In hopes of selling a number of lots in the Soldotna Junction Subdivision for commercial development “as soon as possible,” longtime resident and landowner Dolly Farnsworth has asked the city to rezone the land from multi-family residential to commercial.

E911 fees to increase
Wireless and land-line phone customers on the Kenai Peninsula Borough would begin paying slightly more each month for their services if a propose borough surcharge increase is adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Ceremonies recognize all who serve
The central Kenai Peninsula took time Monday afternoon to remember the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country during Memorial Day observances in Kenai.

Douglas Leon Morgan
Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident Douglas Leon Morgan died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at his residence in Homer. He was 68.

Vernice ‘Lucille’ Adams
Kenai resident Vernice “Lucille” Adams died May 19, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 101.

Acea ‘Ace’ Rollins
Kenai resident Acea “Ace” Rollins died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. He was 77.

A more thorough approach: Senate Bill 80 deserves legislators’ full attention, not quick reaction
Recently, we have seen an odd conflict at play in regard to Senate Bill 80, the bill that would disallow BP from deducting the cost of repairing the gathering lines at Prudhoe Bay from their state tax bill.

Around the Peninsula
Anger to be diffused Choir sing off set Swim lessons make a splash Food management classes available

SoHi, Kenai set for state
It’s not often a team wants to play the only opponent it lost to all season — twice, for that matter.

All-conference soccer teams announced
The all-Northern Lights Conference soccer teams were announced on Saturday at the conclusion of the NLC tournament in Wasilla. The teams follow:

Kenai Alternative
Though they were about to cross the stage to receive their diplomas, Derick Sedivy and six of his friends still had time for an impromptu game of hacky sack.

Kenai Central High
Though it cost him and his friends 10 hours of community service, turning 1,000 crickets loose on Kenai Central High School will always be Andy Knowles’ favorite high school moment. Standing in his graduation gown, Knowles laughed at the memory and said their chirping can still be heard.

Nikiski High School
When Aaron Bakk was little, he dreamed of soaring through the sky in an Air Force jet.

High school scholars shipping off to college
Hannah Watkins’ ideal superpower would be a time machine, but not your typical time machine. Rather than relive the past or visit the future, she simply wants more time.

Skyview High School
If Skyview High School students were ranked by the graduation caps they wore to the ceremony Thursday night, few would place Claudia Sohns’ mortarboard anywhere but the top of the list.

Keeping (on) track
Twelve years ago, Heather Penhale created her own issue of the Nikiski Kindergarten News. On Thursday night, wearing the white gown of a Nikiski High School graduate, she held it in her hands once more as she gave her kindergarten teacher, Judy Leichliter, a big hug.

Soldotna High School
With laughter and tears, Soldotna High School’s class of 2007 — “Double-oh-seven,” graduates have dubbed themselves — was sent out to make its way in the world.

Kenai Peninsula College
The Kenai Peninsula College class of 2007 — the largest graduating class in school history — picked up several nuggets of advice during their graduation ceremony May 10, the sorts of things their professors might have skipped over during class.

Student has 2 for 1 graduations
Graduating high school is a big accomplishment. Graduating college is even more so. So how then would you describe someone graduating from both in the same month?

Cook Inlet Academy
The 17 members of Cook Inlet Academy’s graduating class of 2007 are a tight-knit group, something valedictorian Charles Kopp alluded to as he was able to talk about each of his classmates individually during his commencement address. Kopp noted the many ways in which he saw God working in each of his classmates’ lives.

Lurking in Soldotna High School Auditorium Wednesday afternoon was a secret sure to get a reaction from one of the young men about to graduate from high school through the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Connections Program.

Ninilchik High School
“My grandfather was one of the first two graduates of Ninilchik in 1942 — Harry Leman. The other one was David Cooper Senior.”

A special thanks
Hello, golfers. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, and we all took a moment to remember just exactly why we observe the Memorial Day holiday. I personally thanked two of my favorite veterans, my husband Dave and dear friend Scott DeLapp, for their service and contributions. To all the other veterans I know but didn’t see or talk to, thank you for what you have done. And to all those currently serving, thank you for what you continue to do.

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