Thursday, June 14, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth cooking classes offered CISB tote distribution slated Crime Stoppers seeks support Spisak takes over health club

Local Pastor cast as Ruth in new motion picture
Sherry Morris is an ordained minister and pastor of the Trinity Christian Center on the Sterling Highway, a mother of four, a grandmother, and a recording artist who will soon be heading to Israel to portray the biblical character of Ruth in a new full length motion picture entitled Crossing the Kings Highway. Sherry says she met with producers a few years ago while in Los Angeles regarding the project. Then several months ago while singing at Donald Trump’s Palace she met again with the same producers and this time was offered the part of Ruth in the movie. “I said absolutely. They feel I look the part and we went to Israel for a photo shoot and screen test and apparently everybody was happy with the results so this summer we’re headed off to make the movie,” said Morris.

Rare license plate finds a home at Kenai Vet Center
A historic State of Alaska license plate that once rode around on the bumper of Alaska’s infamous “Bush Rat” Governor Jay Hammond’s pick-up is now the property of the Kenai Vet Center. According to Department of Motor Vehicles director Duane Bannock only two of the plates were ever made and this is the only one known to still exist, “Dated 1976 this undoubtedly was the plate used by the late Governor Jay Hammond,” Bannock told the Dispatch. Apparently the plate appeared several years ago when Bannock first took up his duties as DMV director and was then given to the Murkowski administration with the intention of using the collector’s plate for a special commemorative or presentation.

Nothing seems to remind us more that spring is here and winter is gone then those first green shoots of grass replacing ice and snow in our lawn. Those very first signs of our lawn coming to life also seem to trigger something in us each year. Each year we attack our lawn with renewed energy as “this will finally be the year that someone, anyone will finally notice our lawn!” “Wow it looks like a golf course” will actually be heard on our lawn this year.

Sterling woman releases “How to” DVD
Now that the salmon are returning once again, catching, filleting, skinning, smoking, canning, and curing those eggs so you can catch another is on everyone’s mind. While there may be as many methods and recipes as there are fishers in Alaska, 38 year Sterling resident and grandmother of 18, Annette Meyer has just released a new “How to” DVD that will put you on the cutting edge of processing your own fish. For years Meyer has subsistence fished with her husband and grandkids. “So you catch all these fish and someone has to take care of them, and while you may have a lot of help I developed an easy method to fillet ‘em, skin ‘em, smoke ‘em and get them all ready for the freezer,” says Annette.

Mapping wildlife viewing on the Kenai
Surveys show that more visitors come to Alaska to see wildlife and breathtaking scenery then to catch a trophy fish. Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula has earned a global reputation as being the one destination that has it all. So when family, friends or clients come to visit expecting to see it all in a few days how do you make it happen for them without being a professional wildlife guide? The answer is available this month in the fresh off the press community effort known as Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Guide accompanied by the Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail Map.

Pebble could be bright spot
Alaska is facing an uncertain economic future. I hope the gas line will move forward, but recent events seem to indicate that project could be farther down the line than we’d all like to think. Our visitor industry is facing extreme competition from other destinations, and we are not doing much to support it when we pass taxes and other provisions like we did in a recent statewide election.

Palin administration erred with 50hp change
DNR Commissioner Tom Irwin has caved in to political pressure from Kenai River Sport Fishing Association and sportfishing guides to approved the 50hp change on the Kenai River.

Answer on river is a speed limit
Counting drops? I just read a story that leaves me to the conclusion that there is a general lack of knowledge concerning the move to four-stroke or direct injection two-stroke engines for Kenai River boating.

Cleanup efforts for naught without ‘slobs’
Just a note to Ryan Mills, president of Kenai Lions Club: What a great and wonderful thing was done for the community here on the Kenai Peninsula. There were so many involved in this cleanup effort that thanks just doesn’t seem like enough. But you forgot to thank the most important ones of all. The ones without all of this “fun” would not have been possible — the slobs who threw out all that trash to begin with.

Photo feature: Swimming upstreet
Erin Powers paints an image from the life cycle of salmon onto a mural alongside Binkley Street in Soldotna on Tuesday afternoon. She and other members of Soldotna High School’s art club have been working to restore the original mural, which has been on the retaining wall near Safeway for many years.

Firefighters douse Anchor Point blaze
Extinguishing a three-acre wildfire ignited near Anchor Point on Monday evening required 19 state and local firefighters, and is being seen by area residents as a wake-up call that the spring fire season has arrived.

Borough proceeding cautiously while school funding addressed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is not abandoning plans to sue the state of Alaska over inequitable funding for peninsula schools, the borough administration confirmed Tuesday.

Carey won’t run again
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to another term this fall.

Legislative education funding task force begins work
The state’s new education panel charged with finding a more equitable way to distribute state funds to local schools is set to begin its summer-long work today in Anchorage and will stream the audio content over the Web.

EPA approves impaired status
The Environmental Protection Agency approved Alaska’s addition of the lower Kenai River to its List of Impaired Waters Wednesday. Due to an increased level of petroleum hydrocarbons, particularly in the month of July, the river now is listed as a Category 5 impaired water body.

Supply meets demand at Global Food Alaska
There’s nothing fishy about the Global Food Alaska 2007 conference and trade show that began Wednesday and continues today at the Soldotna Sports Center.

He’s looking over a record 111,060 four-leaf clovers
Cooper Landing resident Ed Martin Sr. is not one to shrink from a challenge, even when it comes to clovers. So when someone told him he should try for the world record in 1999, he really got serious.

Jorge Bravo
Longtime Kenai resident Jorge Bravo died Saturday, June 9, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 35.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes availableWednesday market stocks upStem cell health to be discussedLuau fundraiser ready to entertainNikiski fun run set to startMidnight Sun festivities setTeachers ready to learnSwim lessons make a splashCheer camp offeredNinilchik fair seeks sponsors, gardenersEverything under the sun fundraiser setMilitary reunion planned

Around the Peninsula
Luau fundraiser ready to entertain Nikiski fun run set to start Midnight Sun festivities set Driver safety class scheduled CPHC to meet Cheer camp offered Report on Middle East planned Ham radio field day ready to broadcast CPCS board meeting slated

Jammin’ at the Clam
Who, what, where, when ...

If you’re in, ‘Thirteen’ is for you
Have you ever been in a bar or restaurant and two or three tables down is a group of people having the time of their lives? You’ve seen them. They all look great, they all like each other, and every one of them is in on the joke, their stories flowing from one to another with an easy shorthand. Sometimes seeing those people makes you feel good, like you can’t wait to go out with your own group of cool friends.

Poet’s Corner
I may think that God can’t see,

Art Briefs
Artists wanted to decorate Reality show looking for Alaskans Council offers art grant, fellowship Performers winging it Kids’ reading program ongoing

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Twins sweep Wasilla
Steven Mabeus tossed seven solid innings and Tanner Pollack was 3-for-5 with three RBIs in leading the visiting American Legion Twins to a 12-5, eight-inning victory over Wasilla on Wednesday.

Kenai Golf Report: Shaping up nicely
Hello, Golfers. Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day to enjoy golfing at the Kenai Golf Course, which I did along with my better half and preferred golfing partner, Dave. I wish I could say that my golf game had improved over the winter, but that is certainly not the case!

Oilers complete 3-game sweep
The Peninsula Oilers completed a season-opening three-game sweep of the visiting California Bears with a 10-3 victory Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers break out bats in romp
Matt Thomson pitched five solid innings of one-hit ball, Nick Buss was 3-for-3 and Steve Goins had three RBIs in leading the Peninsula Oilers to a 9-0 victory over the California Bears on Tuesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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