Thursday, July 26, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Business tax tips available Youth cooking classes offered Food manager course offered

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Proposed coastal plan gives borough less say
For more than two years, the Kenai River Center on behalf of the borough has been revising the Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Management Plan to bring it in line with the current standards within the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program.

Peninsula employment outpacing labor force growth
As expected, the arrival of summer has seen more Kenai Peninsula residents back on the job, but the latest available labor statistics show the increase in employment may be more than the standard seasonal flash in the pan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Moveable feast
Above, Ed Kalnins and his daughter Gayla join Scott Phillips, right, and his daughter Kennedy for a hot lunch in an open trailer during a break from dipnet fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River on Wednesday afternoon. Below, Caden Wimer and his sister Josephine are happy to net fish heads while other Alaskans hope for live red salmon. The fishery is open only to Alaska residents.

Bear Creek to decide on new facility
Residents in the Bear Creek Fire Service Area could decide this fall whether to approve spending $3.5 million to build a new fire and emergency services facility.

Limits upped on reds
Due to the high number of late-run sockeye salmon entering the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened the personal-use dipnet fishery 24 hours a day through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

'It was always about the kids'
A number of friends and former colleagues of Clifford Massie said he would be missed and remembered for his many contributions to student sports and public recreation programs in the Kenai area.

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.

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

Richard Monroe Swarner
Lifelong Alaskan and Soldotna resident Richard Monroe Swarner died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital from smoking cigarettes. His wife and sister were at his side. He was 65.

Writers' group meets today
The Kenai Peninsula Writers' Group meets at 6 p.m. today in the Kenai Community Library conference room.

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

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

Hair-raising musical entertains, but why Travolta?
I remember when "The Producers" was released a couple of years ago, I thought we'd seen a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. A movie that started its life as a straightforward nonmusical comedy gets adapted as a big Broadway musical, is a huge hit and then subsequently is released onscreen as a big-budget musical remake of itself. Well, it's happened again.

Honey Custard with Nutmeg
4 eggs, lightly beaten

No-Cook Honey Energy Bar
2/3 cup honey

Around the Peninsula
Entertainers sought Progress Day celebration ready for fun Book sale slated Skyview football registration planned Montessori open house set Chicken dinner fundraiser set Funny River festival slated Krispy Kreme fundraiser slated La Leche sponsors picnic

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

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

The water's edge
Washes, glazing, lifting off, dropping in color, these are all terms related to the techniques of watercolor painting and were used by a wide range of artists known for their watercolors: John James Audobon, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh and Andrew Wyeth.

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

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.

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.

Birch Ridge
Golf means different things to different people, but one thing is certain ... at Birch Ridge Golf Course, golf often means charity. Just check out the lineup of tournaments each year, and see how many help raise funds for worthwhile causes.

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