Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Partyin' Place for a party any place
Want to add a creative touch to your next party, or find something that Uncle Harold is totally not expecting on his retirement day? You know longer need to plan a trip to Anchorage to find those special items, because Jackie Greene has opened the Partyin’ Place in Kenai behind the Wells Fargo Bank to meet all those special and unique party needs. “It started when we tried to do a hockey tournament party and the six hour round trip to Anchorage was out of realm of possibility so my husband and I felt the community needed a specialty place locally where we could find our party supplies, birthday balloons and unique fun items and that’s what birthed the idea and got us started in the party business,” said Greene.

It’s official the Borough owns a nursing home
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has added a Nursing Home to its publicly owned medical care facilities. At a recent contract signing ceremony Heritage Place Nursing Home was added to the Borough’s properties for the sum of just one dollar less than a million dollars. For the last twenty years Heritage Place has been owned by different privately held medical care providers, “It’s not unusual across the country to see borough or county governments enter into issues of health care and in our case, we already are in the health care business being the public owners of the Central Peninsula General Hospital and the South Peninsula Hospital, so Heritage Place falls in line with what we are doing and it will also be more economical for CPGH to run Heritage Place then it was as a stand alone facility because of shared costs, management and operations, and it becomes a financial asset to all of us as well,” said Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams.

A personal way to say Happy Birthday U.S.A
It was a picture postcard perfect day for a parade in Kenai as Alaskans celebrated the 230th birthday and the freedoms of the United States of America. Several thousand residents and visitors lined both sides of the route as a greatly diversified array of parade participants made their way through the streets of Kenai. From the posting and parading of the Colors by the VFW, to the largest assembly of antique cars, tractors, and motorcycles ever in a Kenai parade everyone in their own way saluted the Red, White, and Blue of Old Glory. “It’s a great day for Kenai and America, there are people here from all walks of life and that is what America is all about, we have our military here as well as the peace activists, and having the freedom to express yourself whatever your opinion is what America and it’s 230 years is all about and that’s what stands out to me in this parade today,” said Bruce Passe as he enjoyed the parade with his wife and family. As her children ran to receive candy being passed out along the way, Zena a mom from Kenai said that the parade meant that her children would have the opportunity to grow up in free country.

School murals were lesson in volunteer support
Sears Elementary and Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science would like to extend a special thanks to local clay artist, Ann Wilson, for her Artist Residency this past spring. Because of her hard work and hours of unpaid commitment, we have three wonderful tile murals in our schools. She worked tirelessly with students, who all had a part in our “A River Runs Through It” mural installations.

Aerial wolf hunt program should be shot down
As an Alaskan who has recently returned after many years in the lower 48, I am appalled at the current administration’s arrogance and complete lack of regard for the will of the majority of Alaskans. In spite of the fact that Alaskans twice voted to ban aerial hunting of wolves, the governor and his Alaska Outdoor Council controlled Board of Game continue their anti-science predator management programs. They are the predators who need to be eliminated.

Support helped food bank dole out a feast
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank Lindsey Clark and ConocoPhillips for the opportunity to distribute 14 USDA Commodity boxes to the elders of Tyonek last month. We were able to distribute bananas, marshmallows and brown sugar to the residents as well. One resident was so pleased to have fresh fruit he insisted on eating the banana prior to filling out any paperwork.

Sustainable lifestyle should be peninsula’s signature
If we’re going to market our peninsula, let’s promote an environment in which we may live.

Grouch contest makes for happy community
The Cook Inlet Lions wish a big thank you to our neighbors, for their awesome support of this year’s “Nikiski Grouch” contest.

Sandler fan critical of critic’s review
Its 2006. Adam S. (Sandler) is funny actor and who ever gave this movie a D+ might want to keep watching “its a wonderful life” and other movies that were made in black in white. Maybe our movie critics should be a little bit younger to relate with the generations that are now growing. Not everyone was born in the 60’s.

Hail to Alaska’s rodeo queen
Since she was 9 years old, Shelby Loop of Anchor Point has been interested in riding horses.

City manager fishing, just not for fish
Fishing is on the minds of many this time of year, but the kind of fishing the Kenai city manager is up to has little to do with hooks or nets.

Candidates: Ready, set, file
Candidates hoping to win seats in the Oct. 3 municipal election can start running in earnest.

Sterling — scenic but unsafe?
Thirty-one people died in traffic accidents on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna from 1977 to 2005.

Teen Center cookin’ now
Once a hot campaign issue in Kenai, the Teen Center on the upper floor of the Kenai Recreation Center will be getting $40,000 from Juneau to buy some new furniture and upgrade its snack bar equipment.

Kenai River dipnet fishery off to slow start
A sockeye salmon thrashed wildly as Julia Ray worked to untangle it from a dipnet nearly as wide as she was tall.

State protects private property
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill Wednesday clarifying and restricting how Alaska governments may use the power of eminent domain.

Charles W. Quimby Sr.
Kenai Peninsula resident Charles W. Quimby Sr. died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at Fern Ridge TLC Assisted Living Home in Homer. He was 68.

Peninsula People
Beeman graduates Church graduates Area students named to dean’s lists Galics host exchange student Alaskan selected for ‘Dream Team’

Around the Peninsula
Coal project hearings scheduled Genealogy classes offered Legion holds fundraiser Progress Days gearing up Paddle, bike, run for Chugach Forest Volunteers needed for run KPBSD plans Title Vll meeting Safe Sitter courses offered Self-defense class offered

Pets could mean prizes in Soldotna library’s youth photography contest
Are you a youngster who’s taken a photograph of your dog Fido frolicking, your kitty cavorting or your pet rat roughhousing?

Around the Peninsula
Progress Days gearing upPFLAG to meetCanner gauge testing availableHistorical society to meetVolunteers sought to buildMontessori holds open house

Community Events
Class reunions set Host families sought Center offers free, reduced meals Parenting class set

Births
· Kristen Bush and Peter (Skip) Bush Jr. of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Logan Andrea Bush, at 7:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Senior Activities
Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Oilers put wraps on 10-1 homestand
The Oilers’ slumbering bats awoke just in time to give relief pitcher Ricky Heines a present for his 21st birthday on Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers battered by Bucs
The Anchorage Bucs defeated the Peninsula Oilers 8-3 on Monday night in Alaska Baseball League action at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Visitors take Kenai by storm
Some say that tying is like kissing your sister, but Birch Ridge captain Dave Stein was not one of those people heading into this year’s Twin Cities Walker Cup.

Sports Briefs
Twins split with South

Walsh, Anderson take Skins Game
Birch Ridge pro Tom Walsh and Moose Run pro Bryan Anderson teamed up to win the 10th annual Wells Fargo All-Alaskan Pro Skins Game on Monday at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

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