Friday, July 9, 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.

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.

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.

Technology has a downside
About a week ago, I posted a basic question on this site "Yahoo Answers." Pretty much it was "Who remembers life without a cell phone?" Now I was expecting a little of everything, maybe funnies from others stories etc. One thing I touched on in my question was the fact that the kids these days are so wrapped into cell phones, they don't pay attention anymore to the world around them. You will never guess what happened. The person that wrote back, that hit me the hardest was a 14-year-old boy from somewhere in the world. From the mouths of babes! If our own kids are feeling this way, and admitting problems like this, its time to do something people. I say no more phones in schools period. Get it back to the way it used to be when they first came out. Keep it to a minimum! Here is his story, I hope it opens some eyes:

Hospital donations in question
Some of us in the community recently learned that the CPGH administration donated up to $25,000 to the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association (KRSA). This money is to help support the Kenai River Classic fishing event where U.S. congressmen and corporate fat cats visit the peninsula to rub elbows, make deals, and fill the coffers of KRSA. Additionally, it appears that the hospital administration made a separate donation to KRSA to support the Lisa Murkowski fishing event. Are these donations because the CPGH Chief Financial Officer is on the Board of Directors for KRSA? Where I come from that would be considered a huge conflict of interest and should be looked into by the CPGH, Inc. board.

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.

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.

Bear skin, moose meat salvaged for education, charity
So what exactly happens to the remains when man meets nature and an animal is killed?

Kenai keeps tabs on bears: Residents urged to keep attractants cleaned up
After the gunshots Saturday morning that killed a brown bear sow and her two cubs, the city of Kenai's designated "bear problem area" has been relatively quiet.

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.

Congressman: seize energy opportunity
U.S. Representative Don Young spoke at a joint meeting of Kenai and Soldotna's Chambers of Commerce Thursday, and emphasized the opportunity the state has to diversify its energy production.

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.

Janett C. Garrett
Longtime Soldotna resident Janett C. Garrett died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Melody Kay Hein 'Mel' Rowley
Kenai resident Melody Kay Hein "Mel" Rowley died on Saturday, July 3, 2010 in Anchorage of natural causes. She was 52.

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

Joseph Procaccino
Soldotna resident Joseph Procaccino died Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 88.

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.

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

Linda Hendren
Sterling resident Linda Hendren died quietly at home with her husband at her side on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

Borough needs to address animal control
Why hasn't the Kenai Peninsula Borough enacted an animal control ordinance?

Out for a spin : Disc golf soars in popularity
At some point during our imaginative childhoods, many of us believe we invented something.

Refuge Notebook: Historic log cabins provide timeline of settlement of the Kenai
October 18, 1922, "Started down to Friman camp on our way to funny River to build a cabbin, Friday 20th Worked all day getting log and started to put up cabbin. Saturday 21 Not feeling well and did not do much to the cabbin. Sunday 22th was at work again at cabbin finished the walls. Monday 23 Krist and I splitting & putting on seeling. Tuesday 24th Put up ridgepole & started cutting scoops for water roof. Wednesday 25th finished water roof put in stove & windows, Thursday 26th Tok a walk over Funny River valley raining & snowing all day moved in to new cabbin calling it Lick House. "

Around the Peninsula

Food Bank Meeting Today

Around the Peninsula

Football camp set

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.

What's Happening

Best bets

Vampire saga getting better
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

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.

Poet's Corner
Pride, Honor & Love

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

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.

Twins capture 3rd place: West Warwick topples Warriors for crown
West Warwick, R.I., continued a successful swing through Alaska by winning the Bill Miller Wood Bat Invitational on Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Tournaments hit the Bird
Bird Homestead Golf Course is gearing up for several different tournaments. We have the Peninsula Moose Lodge 15th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic scheduled for Saturday with a tee time of 9 a.m. Entries are being accepted at the Moose Lodge in Kenai and at the Bird Homestead Golf Course clubhouse.

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.

Oilers' task: Just win, baby
Last week, as the Oilers embarked on a 10-game road trip to Fairbanks, I wrote that they were like a golfer on the first day of a four-day tournament: They could lose the Alaska Baseball League title on that road trip, but they wouldn't be able to win it.

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