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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

More fun than sun for Summer Solstice events
There were chilidogs, prizes and great networking opportunities at the latest Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Afterhours hosted by Lela and Scott Rosin owners of the newly renovated Kenai River Lodge at the bridge in Soldotna. "We've completed makeovers on more than half of our rooms now featuring three suites now with full kitchens and all complete amenities, basically all you need is your toothbrush and your ready to stay the night, week or month, and of course you get to fish while you're here on our 300 feet of river frontage. The make over has included all new outdoor decks and indoor rooms with furnishings from Busy Beaver log furnishing a local company that did all of the new furniture for us and they have really done a beautiful job," Lela told the Dispatch.

Soldotna Chamber holds Afterhours at Kenai River Lodge
There were chilidogs, prizes and great networking opportunities at the latest Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Afterhours hosted by Lela and Scott Rosin owners of the newly renovated Kenai River Lodge at the bridge in Soldotna. "We've completed makeovers on more than half of our rooms now featuring three suites now with full kitchens and all complete amenities, basically all you need is your toothbrush and your ready to stay the night, week or month, and of course you get to fish while you're here on our 300 feet of river frontage. The make over has included all new outdoor decks and indoor rooms with furnishings from Busy Beaver log furnishing a local company that did all of the new furniture for us and they have really done a beautiful job," Lela told the Dispatch.

Media members try their hand at response situations
To further the local media's understanding of first responder situations, Central Emergency Services (CES) has sponsored a media day for the last four years. From dressing reporters in Scott Air Packs and leading them into live fire training situations, to placing them in wrecked autos so they can feel what it's like to have a car cut away from a trapped victim of an auto wreck with the jaws of life, to river water rescue and opening an airway of a comatose victim, journalists have gained hands on experience of what CES personnel may experience whenever they answer a call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. "It's an excellent opportunity for us to share the experience with them by giving them a similar hands on experience to try what we may have to do on a daily basis," explained CES Capt. Lesley Quelland. This year's media day focused on airway management, I.V. therapy, nonresponsive and unconscious patient, and what an EMT's initial response would look like when called.

Outdoors
Since we just celebrated Father's Day the following story seemed appropriate at this time even though it occurred in a Wisconsin nearly 40 years ago. There I was sitting in Elementary School in Augusta Wisconsin when the teacher made the announcement that one of my classmates father had just died. The classmate also happened to be a good friend of mine too. I can still recall how empty I felt inside as I tried to imagine losing my own father before I was even ten years old

United Way celebrates breaking $900,000 glass ceiling
Joe Gallagher started out his doubleheader as United Way campaign chairman last fall with an ambitious goal of $750,000, "That seemed like a lot of money but having done it the year before I knew how residents of the Kenai Peninsula responded to the United Way which has always been very generous so while I was confident I was blown away by the response this year, it was totally unbelievable and there are so many people I should thank I won't start because I'd miss too many so just let me say on behalf of the United Way Board, cabinet, staff and myself I want to say thank you to everyone who donated even one dollar to the campaign this year because each dollar was so important in not only reaching our goal but surpassing the $900,000 dollar mark for the first time in our local history," Gallagher told the Dispatch. Gallagher credited special matching funds that were made available this year from corporations such as BP that inspired others to give, "It was a $50,000 matching grant which went a long way in inspiring donors to make their dollar mean even more and encouraged them to raise their contribution amount and it was also a targeted match to first time donors of $100 and it was phenomenally successful which along with donors like ConocoPhillips who wrote a $62,000 check this year really helped put us over the top," said Gallagher.

Independence Day dogs: Savor Fourth of July flavor with real relish-dressed eats
Hot dogs are a natural part of Fourth of July celebrations but can be rather boring, especially when plopped abruptly upon a bun with little more than a squirt or two of bottled mustard and a dollop of canned sauerkraut.

Sweet and Spicy: Cucumber Relish
4 medium-large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, diced

Homemade Tarragon Mustard
2 tablespoons dry mustard

Reader speaks up on Palin
I am very upset because I cannot vote for Sarah Palin in your poll because I live in a home with only one computer, and my friend said he couldn't even vote by computer because it wouldn't take his vote. This doesn't sound very fair to me.

Reader questions Congress
I have a question for our Congressional representatives. Would they opt out of their Cadillac health-care coverage to join this new public health care plan that they are proposing for the rest of us?

Community comes together for 'Fun'
The Nikiski Family Fun in the Midnight Sun event has been in existence for well over 20 years. And each year it's truly amazing how much the community steps up to make this a successful celebration.

Scout project reaps rewards
My name is Zack Misner, I am a Boy Scout with Troop 151 in Soldotna, and I recently hosted a blood drive at the Blood Bank of Alaska as my Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

Luau feast a success
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank the many volunteers who worked tirelessly for the center's annual Hawaiian luau fundraiser.

Not too late for Sarah
You stepped out of the light and into the darkness, of our political bad dream, as a real breath of fresh air, and suddenly, we believed, we had a chance for acceptance by the nation as a whole. But you stumbled into the sea of politics, and when you fell we fell with you. And we may, now, never completely recover from this.

Don't play with fire(works): Officials urge safety with Independence Day celebrations
Each year the Fourth of July adds another candle to America's birthday cake; however, it also signifies the most popular day of the year for reported U.S. fires.

Kenai could have new counsel: Council to consider Anchorage attorney
With the approval of the city council tonight, Kenai will be getting a new city attorney to replace retiring Cary Graves.

Activity uncertain
Eruptive activity at Redoubt may be continuing at a low level, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Seismicity remains slightly above background, as of 7:40 p.m. Monday. Current webcam views are largely obscured by clouds.

Redoubt alert status level dropped; Eruption could be over, AVO says
The Alaska Volcano Observatory this morning dropped the caution level for Mount Redoubt to alert level advisory and aviation color code yellow.

Eruption at an end?: Redoubt's activity uncertain for now
For the past two and a half months, Mount Redoubt erupted on a daily basis; however, the volcano's activity seems to have waned in recent weeks.

2 locals chosen to serve on Palin Advisory Council
Governor Sarah Palin announced her appointments to the Advisory Council on Libraries on Friday, and two among them are local women.

Park preservation: Soldotna protects much riverside land for public
Editor's note: This is the third part of a series on Soldotna and Kenai city parks and what they offer to residents and visitors.

Photo feature: Busy as a ...
A honey bee hovers on its approach to a bluebells of Scotland blossom in Kenai earlier this week. Visit http://clarionextras.com/sightsandsounds for an audio slideshow featuring wild flowers and music from local pianist Maria Allison.

Lorrinea Fern Burke
Former Seward resident Lorrinea Fern Burke died Thursday, June 18, 2009 in The Dalles, Ore. She was 91.

There are strings attached: One more time on Alaska and the federal energy funds
It is important for Alaskans to know that while state legislators resolved to accept all federal stimulus funds, I vetoed $28.6 million for state energy programs because it came with conditions.

Health care stakes too high: Murkowski warns against reform based on the Medicare model
Americans are looking to Congress and the White House to see whether lawmakers and the president will deliver on their promises to reform our health-care system. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), which is considering comprehensive health care reform legislation, I am committed to working with my Republican and Democratic colleagues.

Around the Peninsula

Immunizations available

Around the Peninsula

La Leche group to meet

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Chenelle the chihuahua -- also known as Shenelly Belly -- enjoys a bowl of ice cream with her owner, 5-year-old Aubree Day of Nikiski. Chenelle was a present for the family's other chihuahua, Tovin, on his first birthday.

Alliance tourney offers early bird special
The 2009 Alaska Support Industry Alliance Kenai Golf Tournament will be held July 11 at Kenai Golf Course.

Twins drop 1st game of doubleheader to Fairbanks
The American Legion Twins dropped the opening game of a doubleheader in Fairbanks on Tuesday. The second game was still in progress as the Clarion went to press.

Oilers take 4th straight
Behind a 13-hit attack, the Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 7-1 on Monday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park for their fourth straight Alaska Baseball League victory.

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