Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Another goal breaking United Way campaign
Once again the United Way Campaign for the Kenai Peninsula shattered its goal thermometer set at a hefty $600,000 for 2006 by Campaign Chair Sue Carter. “I was just looking for one dollar more than Tom Boedeker’s successful campaign last year and it was exciting to exceed that and come in with a total of over $820,000 raised from our community. It shows how much the people of the Peninsula really care about their neighbors, the giving of the entire Kenai Peninsula is truly amazing, we may be small in number, but we are huge through the heart,” Carter told the Dispatch. Carter also attributed the record breaking campaign to the successful work accomplished in the community by the United Way member agencies, “These dollars all stay and are utilized here on the Peninsula and are vital to the 26 locally based non-profit member agencies and the variety of services they provide year round.”

Running Together
The Bard would have to agree that a run by any other name wouldn’t be as great. Indeed the Rotary Unity Run has attracted honeymooners from Massachusetts who met during a marathon race and felt that racing in the Unity Run on the Kenai was an omen for their nuptial celebration. This year a couple well passed their seventies Joe and Rachel Baldwin finished the 5/K Unity Run just to show folks they were still running around together. Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey accepted the Unity challenge and finished a respectable 5th in his age group. The wide variety of participants was pleasing to the sponsors of the event, the three Central Peninsula Rotary Clubs who from the inception of the race wanted the event to be family inclusive and a fun time for everyone from the most serious of seasoned marathon runners to moms pushing strollers. “What sets the Unity Run apart from all the other races I’ve run is the way the runners are treated. It’s normal to pay your entry fee, and then have to buy a t-shirt and your own fuel, but here everyone who ran got a t-shirt plus winner medallions, a chance to win some really nice door prizes, and a delicious homemade burger that was big enough so you only had to eat one. It was fun even if I did get beat I made some new friends,” commented a visiting runner.

Professional healing to the third power
From ancient skills of Acupuncture to the latest Quantum Biofeedback technology, Nutritional support to Thermography, Massage therapy to Chinese Herbology, plus many other healing energy techniques are all available now at the Healing Arts Center in the Soldotna Blazy Mall. Three multi-licensed professionals in the art of healing have come together in one location to offer a variety of techniques to improve your health and quality of life.

World class event raises money for the Kenai River
Now in its 14th year the Kenai River Classic once again drew a prestigious group of dignitaries from across the country willing to contribute to the preservation of what many feel is the greatest accessible sport fishing river in the world. Sponsored by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) the world class event was the brain child of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens who says he saw an opportunity to give many of his colleagues from across the country a true Alaskan experience and help them understand the unique challenges faced by Alaskans. According to KRSA executive director Ricky Gease the event brought together over 200 participants and guests in the effort to raise funds to sustain and protect the Kenai River. “It was a great event again this year generating over $1 million in revenue through Classic participant fees, sponsorships and auction proceeds. Over $400,000 went directly into the local economy through Classic expenses, such as accommodations, food, guides, tours and transportation. As always, Classic proceeds will assist KRSA program efforts and endowment fund in habitat rehabilitation and access, fishery management and research, and public aquatic education,” Gease told the Dispatch. “The great strides we have made in the past years in protecting this magnificent resource would not be possible without broad community support. KRSA would like to thank the tremendous effort put forth by the legion of over 150 dedicated volunteers who make the Kenai River Classic an annual success. Through their continuing dedication, the Classic has become one of the largest volunteer driven fundraising events of its kind in the country. Many thanks also go to the many local businesses and individuals who generously donate their services and auction items to the Classic.”

This is summer here on the Kenai Peninsula even though at times it certainly doesn’t feel like it. Cloudy and cool with a few raindrops seems to be the most common pattern for this summer. The old saying if you don’t like the weather in Alaska, wait 15 minutes as it will most likely change certainly holds true this year.

Kenai man crashes truck into Duck Inn
Alaska State Troopers arrested a Hope Community Resources Inc. patient after he stole a truck and drove it into The Duck Inn at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday. Lee Martinez, 29, of Kenai, was transported to Wildwood Pretrial facility where he is being held without bail.

Crash claims 1 life
A car accident at Mile 61 Seward Highway claimed the life of Rollo Hansen, 74, of Florida, on Saturday at 5:18 p.m. Hansen's 1998 Plymouth Neon crossed over the center line and struck a 2006 Chevy pickup belonging to Lyle Gill, 35, of Anchorage, who was traveling southbound on the highway.

Photo feature: Bridging the gap
A construction worker crosses the new Kenai River Bridge in Soldotna on Tuesday morning. With the new structure complete, crews are working to remove the temporary span.

Crawfish oddity or invasion?
A crawfish surprised a king salmon netting crew when it fell from a gill net and into the river last Monday. The crew was doing assessment just below the king salmon sonar site at mile 8 of the Kenai River when the clawed crustacean found its way into their net.

Board won't reconsider
The school board will not reconsider its decision to approve the consolidation of Sears and Mountain View elementary schools in Kenai.

Body found by roadside
An Anchorage man was pronounced dead near the side of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing on Monday.

Help feels right at home
With an extra boost from 100 World Changers volunteers, the eight single-family houses being built in Sterling as part of a federal low-income housing program are taking shape and their owners hope to be in them by Christmas.

Photo feature: Spectator sport
Alroy, Dorothy, Bill and Barbara Christensen watch dipnet fishermen from the bluff at Erik Hansen Scout Park in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon. The two brothers and their wives are visiting Alaska from Loon Lake, Wash.

Little whale faces big business
The little, white beluga whale has once again found itself at the center of controversy involving big oil and other commerce in Cook Inlet.

Leland Ford Taylor
Soldotna resident Leland Ford Taylor died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at his home in Kasilof with his family by his side. He was 73.

Sharon A. Loosli
Kenai resident Sharon A. Loosli died Friday, July 13, 2007, at her granddaughter Kristen Thompson's Funny River home with her family by her side. She was 75.

Robert E. Bush Jr.
Lifelong Kasilof resident Robert E. Bush Jr. died Thursday, July 12, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 41.

Times, politicians were tougher 40 years ago
I was born on a farm in Iowa in a prehistoric age of No Electricity, running water, TV, or money. The radio ran on a car battery which had to be taken to town and left to recharge, But we had one thing; That being a President and Congress who took our country seriously. I was 10 years old and unable to comprehend how a country like Japan could bomb and Kill hundreds of our servicemen and citizens without cause. We eventually had 2 flags flying in our front room window for brothers in the service as well as our neighbors. We had FDR, and a congress who reacted. Any one under 40 years of age probably do not know what FDR stands for but they took the unprecedented action of rounding up the people whose nation had caused the start of World War II. It may not have been necessary.

Soldotna not what it used to be
Have you driven down Sterling Highway lately? We have spent millions of your dollars to make it beautiful! Wrong!

Good customer service keeps people coming back
In response to Misti Felts letter to the editor (July 12) I couldn't have said it better my self. It's not just the grocery industry but all business in general from utility companies to medical professionals and every business in between. It seems to me that for what ever reason the owners and managers are not training and evaluating their employee's customer service relations. For me and I think most consumers good customer service is the No. 1 reason most of us go back and keep going back to their business. So to all business's that has customers, clients, patients and patrons be kind, respectful and patient and they will be back.

Around the Peninsula
Hobo Jim set to strum Nutrition class serves up information Social Security reps to visit peninsula Golf tourney fundraiser set to swing Seniors plan summer bazaar Disk golf tourney takes flight

Around the Peninsula
Hobo Jim set to strumNinilchik fair seeks sponsorsSwim lessons make a splashClasses set to reuniteGarage sale fundraiser plannedNikiski to celebrate summer

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Frosty dishes cool off hot summer days
On the hottest day, a cold luncheon or supper salad is a refreshing alternative to a meal that might otherwise be cooked on a stove or prepared on an outdoor grill.

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Oilers move above .500 in league play
The Peninsula Oilers had a number of mistakes that normally mean a loss in the Alaska Baseball League on Monday against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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