Thursday, July 8, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Reds pushing in to Kenai River
The late-run salmon on the Kenai River are coming in, giving some anglers hope in the slow, early days of July.

Summer Zucchini - Endless Feast
Because there are so many ways to prepare zucchini, from breakfast loaves, to dinnertime side dishes and appetizers, most of us never get tired of eating it. When moms want to "hide" the zucchini their kids won't eat, they'll often use it in cake, sometimes even one made with chocolate. And, as a hors d'oeuvre, who could possibly resist the temptations of piping hot golden fried zucchini strips? While fast growing zucchini is plentiful all year long, the time is right for seeking out young zucchinis that measure no more than six inches in length and two inches in diameter. Although zucchinis are edible no matter their level of maturity, those of diminutive size possess the sweetest flesh, smallest seeds, and most tender skin. Zucchini's edible skin and seeds, in fact, is what differentiates it as "summer" squash, along with other summer squash varieties such as crookneck, straightneck, and pattypan. "Winter" squash, on the hand, like popular butternut, acorn and Hubbard squash, have hard rinds and seeds that must be removed before the squash can be eaten. Summers are not endless, but the ways in which we can eat summer squash are.

Donation helps feed families
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I am very grateful for the recent Kenai Peninsula Foundation contribution to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The $500 grant will help us distribute over a million pounds of food to Kenai Peninsula residents in 2010.

United Way helps Hospice serve community
On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula United Way. As a member agency we have gratefully received campaign dollars that have helped our programs to grow and better serve our community.

Respect nature
As the fisherman and their families extract their nets from the ocean,the bounty is plentiful. She has served man again, sweetly, and generously, asking nothing in return just the absolute respect for her, of her. Now,the sea gulls squack, and will swoop down into the low tide, and they will now dine, no reservations necessary.

Troopers, park rangers seem overly aggressive
I wonder if anyone else on the lower Kenai Peninsula has notice the over aggressive presence of the state troopers and park rangers. They are seen daily having someone pulled over with their lights on, but there are very few citations written on the trooper dispatch.

Kenai community a great one
Today has been another precious Fourth of July. My wife, daughter and I have just arrived home from an interfaith community patriotic program while visiting in Burley, Idaho.

Funding helps show go on
Triumvirate Theatre would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula Foundation for their recent $500 donation. The community is lucky to have this great organization here to bolster worthwhile organizations and causes. Their board of directors is made up of dedicated and giving people that are making a difference here on the Kenai.

One chance to avoid oil bust
We have one more chance to avoid the Oil Bust -- that's what will happen when the TransAlaska oil pipeline goes down and we don't have a gas pipeline ready to replace it.

Many contribute to luau success
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank the many volunteers who worked tirelessly for the Center's annual Hawaiian luau fundraiser.

Now and then: Assembly mulls $1M contract with past in mind
The sole source contract controversy involving the borough mayor's former chief of staff still resonates inside the Kenai Peninsula Borough's assembly chambers.

Washington port facilty remains gateway to Alaska
No matter who you ask, the answer is the same: Alaska's transportation link with Washington is just as critical today as it was decades ago, if not more so.

Trooper seizure of dogs in North Kenai highlights borough animal control issue
Four dogs spent weeks in a cramped chickenwire cage paneled with plywood. One dog's ribs protruded about half an inch through its skin. In order to see out of the tarp-covered cage, the animals needed to stand on their hind legs and poke their noses out of a small opening.

Photo Feature: Out with the old
The original construction of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church is visible, right down to the moss chinking its logs, as a visitor examines the 116-year-old building's interior Wednesday afternoon. Renovations to the building began earlier this summer that required workers to remove some of the building's white siding, visible at right. They plan to reinforce the foundation, add a handicap access ramp and install fire and antitheft alarm systems. Services are being held across the street at Fort Kenay until the work is complete.

Culvert, water main get attention: Project will improve habitat for salmon
The Kenai Watershed Forum took the first steps toward removing an old culvert on Fourth Avenue this last Thursday.

Charles Michael "Catch" Worster
Mr. Charles Michael "Catch" Worster, 44, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at his parents' house in Kenai.

Linda L. Hendren
Sterling area resident Linda L. Hendren, 57, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at her home on the Kenai Keys.

Rafael Akeo Purugganan
Former Kenai resident Rafael Akeo Purugganan, died July 5, 2010, in a car accident in Wailuku, Hawaii. He was 39.

Hortense A. Crowder
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai and Soldotna area resident Hortense A. Crowder, 85, died Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Terry L. Martin
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai area resident Terry L. Martin, 62, died Monday, July 5, 2010, following a battle with cancer at his daughter's home in Nikiski.

Around the Peninsula

Food Bank Meeting Today

What's Happening

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Living the dream: AK Free Fuel powers 'northern rock' sound
Chris Beach, Pete Jackson and Nuson Smith are playing out their childhood rock star dreams.

Vampire saga getting better
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Eve 6, Lit to play outdoor show
If you ever have felt like "own worst enemy" or wanted to put your "tender heart in a blender" you might want to check out the Lit, Eve 6 double-headliner concert outside the Soldotna Sports Center Saturday.

Poet's Corner
Pride, Honor & Love

Oilers split with Panners
The Oilers split a doubleheader against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Tuesday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Field of 14 pros ready for Skins Game on Monday
A song made famous by The Eurhythmics, "Here comes the rain again," could be Birch Ridge's song for the summer of 2010. There hasn't been a day in the past week where it has not rained at some point, with the tendency for the rains to come in the early afternoon.

Kenai Golf Report: Men's Short Game Clinic at Kenai Golf Course finds success
Hello golfers and welcome back after a long holiday weekend. I hope that all of you had a safe, happy Fourth of July weekend wherever and however you chose to spend it.

Oilers finish road trip with split
The Peninsula Oilers finished their road trip to Fairbanks still within striking distance of an Alaska Baseball League title.

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