Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Breaking ground for new Community Health Center
In the early 1990’s a small group of concerned community members stepped forward to see what could be done to mitigate the growing problem of health care to the un-and-underinsured on the Kenai Peninsula. From those initial efforts came several organizations such as Healthy Communities Healthy People, Bridges, Village Health Fairs, and ultimately Central Peninsula Health Centers which has been operating the Cottonwood health and Aspen dental clinics.

Living in Alaska has been a real experience for me and each day offers a new adventure of some type, some pleasant and some not so pleasant. This spring I was able to do some really fun and productive rainbow fishing from several of our local lakes.

Chevron commits $10,000 for KPBSD extra-curricular activities
Students of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) got some great news recently. Thanks to a special $10,000 grant from Chevron Texaco, extra curricular activities that have been canceled due to budget cuts over the last few years may be reinstated. “Chevron Texaco has targeted these dollars for any kind of extra curricular activities that the school district deems appropriate but no specific activity just where most needed,” said Chevron representative Scott Misner.

Getting kids Hooked on Golf
While many outdoor enthusiasts concentrate on hooking a fish in Alaska, folks like Bob Sizemore, Tom Walsh, and members of the Birch Ridge Golf Association are focused on getting kids hooked on golf. Now in its second year the Hook A Kid On Golf program was started on the Peninsula by Tom Walsh at the Birch Ridge Golf Association, “Tom found the program through some research he did and brought it to our attention and the association carried it forward,” said Association member Bob Sizemore. The local program was even written up in the national Hook A Kid On Golf publication sponsored by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Each participant gets a set of clubs that come from the national program and a week of learning the game from professional instructors. “The main thing we focus on is golf etiquette and rules of the game, I’m a stickler on that and train the kids to leave the course in better shape than when you find it, which is a key to not only learning the game but enjoying it for a lifetime,” said Tom Walsh.

Tree climbing champion visits Sterling Tool Rental
ISA International Tree Climbing Champion Rip Tompkins says he sort of fell into the arbor world, “I’d been doing some landscaping and one thing led to another and I thought maybe I’d like to try climbing trees, and once I tried it I learned that I really liked it a lot.” Tompkins was on the Peninsula last week to hold a safety and skill seminar at Sterling Tool Rental. Tompkins started a tree company in the Boston Massachusetts area where they had an annual arbor day that included an International Society of Arboriculture tree climbing competition, “So I figured I’d give it a try and competed. I didn’t win that day, but actually I was a big winner because I learned a lot of new and interesting techniques and met a lot of good people, one of which would become my future business partner, 3 time world tree climbing champion Ken Palmer. But that day got me fired up and gave me a thirst to learn more,” said Tompkin.

Festival brings smile to director’s face
Wow, what a great festival! There are just no words that can really convey my many thanks to the dedicated folks who did so much to make the 2006 Seldovia Summer Solstice Festival a huge success.

Support gets student to Colorado competition
Who would have thought Fort Collins, Colo., was an international hotbed for countries to come together for some friendly competition? On June 1-4, it hosted the Future Problem Solving International competition.

ACT saving voters from themselves, or their money?
And then comes ACT, the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers. By their most recent solicitation they could be the Alliance to Confuse Taxpayers, or by their rhetoric, the Alliance to Create Turmoil. The latest campaign strategy should be familiar to anyone with a mailbox.

Community effort helps raise students
I would like to thank individual groups for their commitment to education and to kids in the Nikiski area. Without this support, Nikiski North Star Elementary would not be the huge success it is. Thank you, for helping us to shine!

Story brings back pleasant memories
I was very pleased to read the story about Stan Hundorf (Clarion, June 18). I remember Mr. Hundorf from my childhood and as a student at North Kenai Elementary School. I can always remember Mr. Hundorf’s smiling face and how happy and friendly he was.

Vaccine is best protection against virus, even though it hasn’t hit here
Despite a recent outbreak of 17 cases of rabies in at least six villages across Western Alaska, officials say the Kenai Peninsula has little reason to be concerned about the virus making its way here.

Kasilof Young Marines volunteer charged with sex abuse of boys
A Kenai grand jury indicted a Kasilof man Friday on 24 criminal counts ranging from sexual abuse of a minor to possession of child pornography.

Power outage affects thousands in Alaska
A widespread power outage left thousands of Southcentral Alaska residents without electricity Sunday night.

Spur line gas costs likely too high for industry
The price of North Slope natural gas delivered to Southcentral Alaska via spur line would work for residential and commercial users, as well as power-generating companies, but might prove too high for heavy industry, says a Department of Energy study released this month.

Injured bears still at large
Wildlife officials found drops of blood and pieces of bloodied bone while searching for two injured bears in areas around the upper Kenai River over the weekend, but both of the animals remain missing.

Kenai council on call waiting
A Kenai ordinance that would have allowed city council members to attend up to eight meetings a year by phone was sent back to the drawing board Wednesday night.

Local Red Cross in the red
One day last winter, as Gail Bacarella was cooking brunch, her 11-year-old son told her the windows in their Nikiski home were “making a weird noise.”

Maintenance shift from state means paving for 5 roads
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed to accept maintenance responsibility for five state-maintained roads once they are paved in its meeting June 20.

Photo feature: At the core of learning
On May 25, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe SDPI Diabetes Prevention Program team celebrated its first group of participants at the KIT/Salamatof Educational Fishery net in Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Counseling board to meet Meeting set on Holt-Lamplight gas service KCHS reunion set for Friday Skyview gears up for dogs Frontier World Series scheduled Kasilof parenting classes offered Pitfalls of aging to be discussed Genealogy classes offered

Peninsula Reflections
Fur farming was significant in Alaska, where in the early 1800s Russians started the practice of releasing fox on islands. If the fox multiplied they could be trapped. After the Civil War, market demand for fur surpassed production from trapping. Fur farms responded to this economic opportunity. Mink farms sprang up in the states and fox farms grew in Alaska. The Alaska Commercial Company stocked islands near the Pribilofs with fox in 1886. By 1901 there were 30 islands in Alaska where fox were raised.

Around the Peninsula
Center offers domestic violence infoLibrary to sell used booksHospital board to meetTeen Center offers summer campLibrary seeks pet photosDoes Chugach Electric owe you money?

Peninsula People
Students named to honor rollSoldotna student leads way to D.C.Potton flying high with Air Force

Peninsula legislators don’t expect gov.’s oil tax measure to pass
Peninsula state lawmakers say there is little chance the new special session Gov. Frank Murkowski has called for will bring results to the governor’s liking.

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Oilers’ slide reaches four
The Peninsula Oilers dropped their fourth straight decision Monday, falling 2-1 to the Mat-Su Miners.

Pilots send Oilers to 5th straight loss, 4-3
The Peninsula Oilers wrapped up a six-game road trip with their fifth straight loss, dropping a 4-3 Alaska Baseball League game to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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