Thursday, July 19, 2007

Photo feature: Wal-Mart lends helping hand
Shown in this undated photo left to right are American Red Cross volunteers Victor Hett and Bill Morrow, Kerry Atchison, Wal-Mart buyer from Bentonville, Ariz., and Linda Voorhees, Wal-Mart fashion merchandiser from Anchorage. The Wasilla Wal-Mart store donated more than $300 dollars worth of water and snacks for people at the Caribou Hills fire clean-up efforts in June. Red Cross volunteers manned emergency response vehicles from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. offering aid to firefighters and residents.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Health Day slated Eller begins career Youth cooking classes offered Food manager course offered Kasilof gets 24-hour dining opportunity

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Mall mugging nets thief bike, boy bump on head
An adult male knocked down a 15-year-old boy and stole his bike in front of the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna on Monday afternoon.

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.

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.

Fall isn't early
A lot of birch leaves curling up, turning yellow and falling off trees in the central Kenai Peninsula are not exactly an indicator of an early autumn this year.

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.

Big catch, busy processors
Onya Schouweiler began processing red salmon deliveries an hour after she and her brother-in-law were in a car accident Monday afternoon and didn't finish until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Disabled vets to meet Jones Road to be discussed Watershed Forum to host hike Krispy Kreme fundraiser slated Women's run seeks volunteers Canner gauge testing available Refuge plans July activities KPC council seeks members Cameras, photo printers sought

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Peninsula Clarion - Community

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.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Poet's Corner
A mortal took salmon perok

On the fly
"We'll improvise," the fisherman says when the dipnet pole breaks in half. The contraption he creates out of duct tape and scraps from the back of the truck, turns out perfectly. Better, in fact, than the original.

Harry's still got it: 'Phoenix' one hot movie
With the arrival of the fifth in the "Harry Potter" series, two things are becoming obvious: 1) the series and its actors are maturing right along with the characters in the story; and 2) the producers are in a serious race against time.

A pun of words: Artist's work spans the alphabet
JUNEAU A zeal of zebras. A flutter of butterflies. A scourge of mosquitoes.

Art Briefs
Soldotnan's song helps troops Watercolor workshop set Gallery hosts summer artists Writing workshop planned Council offers art fellowship Kids' reading program ongoing

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Justice is served
Working primarily as a closer this season, American Legion Twins hurler Justice Elson is comfortable pitching out of tight situations.

Oilers fall to Glacier Pilots
Seeking their seventh straight victory and sixth in a row on the road, the Peninsula Oilers squandered a plethora of opportunities in falling to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, 2-0, Wednesday night at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Golf is such a great game at any age. Whether you're a youngster, an old-timer or somewhere in between, if you haven't yet experienced the wonderful game of golf, maybe it's time. All you have to do is call Birch Ridge Golf Course at 262-5270 and schedule a lesson with one of our pros, Tom Walsh or Bill Engberg.

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