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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Kenai Kennel Club hosts hip hounds
Anyone that visited the Kenai Kennel Club AKC licensed dog show last week may think that “Going to the dogs!” is a good thing. A myriad of luxury campers and plush portable kennels converged at the Skyview High School campus for the three day event, with many arriving as early as Wednesday. The annual show sponsored by the Kenai Kennel Club (KKC) brings dog lovers, trainers, and breeders from all over Alaska and the lower 48. The natural amphitheatre at the Skyview grounds makes a great outdoor grandstand and the canines of all breeds seem to be more at ease working and showing in an open air environment according to a dog handler from Utah who has made the show for the last three years.

Stanley Ford gets a make over for Progress Days
In a few years Stanley Ford has plans to build a new facility at the “Y” in Soldotna, but with their grand opening coinciding with Progress Days the folks at Stanley Ford decided to call in the team at Lands End Contracting to give their newly acquired dealership a little make over. “It’s been part of the plan since the Stanley’s purchased the Ford dealership and decided to do a little face lift on the present building to get us by the next couple of years prior to constructing our new facilities,” Faith Link, general manager for Stanley Ford told the Dispatch.

Pizza boys rescue pre-school party
When the best laid plans of moms and pre-schoolers at Ben Franklin Academy go astray, it’s “Pizza Boys to the rescue!” According to Amber Uhls, a teacher at the Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) in Kenai, it all began as a nice idea by one of the parents to provide lunch for her three boys and feeling generous thought it would be a good opportunity to throw a pizza party for the whole school, “So she gave us a check to pay for the pizza but when we went to pick them up, a local pizza establishment refused to take a check that wasn’t from us. So there we were with a bunch of some 30 hungry pre-schoolers and no pizza, so we decided to give Pizza Boys a call, and they came through for us like super-heroes. They brought the pizzas to us here free of charge so the kids could get started eating and then drove all the way out to the Agrium plant in Nikiski to pick up a check from the mom while the kids were enjoying their pizza party. It’s really great to have people like that in our community who will go above and beyond their call of duty and we all really want to say THANK YOU Pizza Boys for being our super-heroes and saving our pizza party,” said Uhls.

Kasilof gets FireWise
Two years ago the voters in Kasilof voted in a bond proposition to build a fire and emergency response station. Last weekend rather than the traditional community ribbon cutting a fire hose was ceremonially uncoupled by Central Emergency Services Chief Chris Mokracek and Borough Mayor John Williams officially declaring the station open and operational. “The future is certainly here in Kasilof and the community has a right to proud of this new facility. We started construction one year ago this past week and it’s a credit to everyone involved to have brought this project to fruition within a year’s time frame,” commented Mayor Williams.

Outdoors
For those of us who live in Alaska year round, July is perhaps one of our most important food gathering months. There are so many ways of finding things to fill our freezers with here in Alaska starting with a large variety of things found in the ocean and also our many lakes and rivers. July offers us so many opportunities that it becomes very difficult to accomplish all that is out there unless we really learn to use our time wisely.

Mosquito mystery
I have some bad news: The mosquitoes are gone, or at least there are a lot fewer of them than I remember as a child.

Letter rubs reader the wrong way
In response to Paul Morrison's letter to the editor (July 17), I am entirely irked that other people may actually hold those beliefs, as well. When I first read Paul's letter, I thought it was a joke, in order to stimulate some response from Clarion readers. But just in case it is not, I must respond.

Term limits not the answer
I'd like to respond to those who seek to establish term limits for certain positions within the borough assembly, staff and school district. Forcing term limits can have serious repercussions. We live in a community filled with people who love to sign petitions and make complaints on the radio and in the papers, but unfortunately, a lot of those are the same people who stay home on Election Day.

School playground upgrades will be done this summer
An ongoing project to upgrade school playground equipment should be completed this summer, thanks in part to a $70,000 state grant formally accepted and appropriated by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its July 10 meeting.

Dipnetters catch fishing violations
Fishing violations were higher than normal last weekend as dipnetters and red salmon flooded the rivers. Alaska State Troopers recorded more than 60 personal-use violations on their Web site, but wildlife enforcement says the number is higher.

Not so easy riders
Newly appointed Kenai District Court Judge Sharon Illsley was one of several motorcyclists injured in separate incidents on the Kenai Peninsula area over the weekend.

Borough, ACT await ruling
Competing motions for summary judgment are expected soon from the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, which are at odds and in court over sales tax rates and capital expenditure limits.

Difficult decisions
Joe Romig proposed to Samantha Baker like any man would — down on one knee.

Photo feature: Fanning the fireweed
Fireweed blossoms blow in the breeze Tuesday afternoon in Kenai. The harbinger of autumn has arrived in many areas of the central peninsula.

Homer residents support beluga endangered listing
A Resource Development Council representative might have felt like a beluga whale facing a pack of orcas Thursday night at a public hearing held by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.

Condos on Soldotna agenda
In an attempt to mitigate detrimental impacts of allowing unlimited residential development, such as condominiums, in Soldotna's commercial district, the city council will take a look at amending the city zoning code tonight.

Clifford A. Massie
Longtime Kenai resident Clifford A. Massie died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Billy Ellis
Anchor Point resident Billy Ellis, formerly of Orlando, Fla., died Monday, July 16, 2007, on his way to go clam digging. He was 70.

Richard 'Dick' Swarner
Lifelong Alaskan and Soldotna area resident Richard "Dick" Swarner died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 65.

Elizabeth 'Jane' Rusk
Longtime Soldotna resident Elizabeth "Jane" Rusk died Monday, July 23, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 85.

Around the Peninsula
LeeShore board meeting planned Health Day slated Seniors plan summer bazaar Golf tourney fundraiser set to swing Funny River festival slated Disc golf tourney takes flight Swim lessons make a splash

Honey is the buzzword
Honey is made when bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar they gather from flowers.

Chewy Nut and Honey Granola Bars
4 cups uncooked Quaker old-fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant or quick cooking oats)

Low-Fat Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
cup light mayonnaise

Grilled pizza rises to the occasion
At our latest supper club, I decided to go an unconventional route: I made something I knew would turn out.

Honey Custard with Nutmeg
4 eggs, lightly beaten

Blueberries 'n' Cream Cornbread with Sweet Honey Butter
1 cup all-purpose flour; less 1 tablespoon for coating blueberries

No-Cook Honey Energy Bar
2/3 cup honey

Around the Peninsula
Health Day slated Nutrition class serves up information Community fun run Friday Classes set to reunite Fair plans work day

Oilers will not repeat
Peninsula Oilers fans will get a look at the Alaska Baseball League champion in the season-closing, six-game home stand starting on Thursday. That league champion just won't be the Oilers.

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, Golfers. The liquid sunshine arrived just in time for the gratification of my brand new lawn. And since the fish are already wet, they really don't care if it rains, but it sure plays havoc with the game of golf, doesn't it? How about that monster pulled out of the river this past week — I would gladly settle for a freezer full of reds, but those big kings can sure be a lot of fun to catch.

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