Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Time for peninsula bridges to be renamed?
I live on the Kenai Peninsula and recently had several occasions to drive to Anchorage.

Thanks to businesses, poppies spring up in lots of places
The VFW Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary wish to thank Fred Meyer, Safeway, Trustworthy Hardware and the U.S. Post Offices in Kenai and Soldotna for allowing on-site distribution of poppies during our recent Buddy Poppy Drive.

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.

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.

Berating tourists doesn't speak well of the locals
I usually try to focus on the positive in our fair city, but a summertime visitor to our fair city told me a rather ugly story about an extremely rude driver who imperiled his vehicle and then berated him both verbally and with sign language when the man attempted to discuss this behavior with him.

Charges add up for response to Kasilof wildfire
Even though the Kasilof woman charged with starting a wildfire did not intend to do so, the Kenai District Attorney has charged her with three misdemeanors and gave her a bill for firefighter response.

Veto faces test
The first veto ever exercised by Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey in the five years he has led the city will be put to the test this evening.

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.

Quick thinking saves merchant from fraud
Had he been less wary, Dave Davis might have thought he was about to make a monster sale last Thursday.

Developer strikes a deal
A Canada-based mining company has purchased more than 8.7 million shares of Pebble Mine developer Northern Dynasty Minerals Inc.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Billy Dean Wells
Nikiski resident Billy Dean Wells died Friday, June 23, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 59.

Around the Peninsula
Library to sell used books Hospital board to meet Chay show on energy slated Drifters group to hold member meeting Archers to shoot Blood bank seeks donors Red Cross golf tourney set Cheerleading camp planned

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

Sports Briefs
The Lady Kings competitive softball team won one game and lost three during a road trip to Anchorage last weekend.

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.

Oilers beat Panners, snap skid
The Peninsula Oilers returned home to the friendly confines of Coral Seymour Memorial Park Tuesday, and Jesse Jordan settled right in, pitching a complete-game shutout as the Oilers defeated the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 3-0 in Alaska Baseball League play.

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