Wednesday, August 1, 2007

When we hear the term “fast food” we often times think of our local fast food places where we can grab a quick meal on the run. Something that is quick and easy and requires very little if any effort on our part to prepare, simply unwrap it and lunch is served. No mess at home to clean up and no time spent over a hot stove, and no preparation and some places even advertise you can have it your way.

Katie Evans releases “Symphony in Blue”
Katie Evans says she was probably 12 years old when she found her mom’s old twelve string guitar in the closet and started playing around with it and writing songs. Hobo Jim, Alaska’s official balladeer, says Katie was more like 8 years old when she started coming up on stage with him to sing the Iditarod song because she was such a cute little kid, “Then one day she surprised me and said can I sing something instead of the Iditarod song, so I said sure and she sang one of my songs called Song Bird and then she started taking vocal lessons and learning the guitar and the next time I heard her she was actually singing really good. Then she started writing music and folks started really liking her songs, so she told me she really wanted to do a record, so we took her down to Nashville and put some great musicians with her and the result of all that is here tonight with the release of her first CD, which she has a lot of reason to be proud of, it’s a great CD and she did a wonderful job. One of the things about your first CD is that it becomes a reference point for the rest of a musician’s life and Katie has set that bench mark really high with her first CD and I hope folks will check it out,” Hobo told the Dispatch.

Friendship exchange from the Land Down Under visits the Kenai
A group of some 20 Australians visited Alaska recently as part of Rotary Friendship Exchange, a program that works toward world peace through understanding. As spokesperson for the group, past Australian District Governor Cathy Roth says she found Alaska to be stunning, “Scenery beyond our wildest dreams, but the thing that makes Alaska so truly special is its people, so warm, so friendly and so reminds us of what we love about being Australian,” said Roth. The group traveled from the southern most part of Australia to Barrow, Alaska, “From our district which is at the bottom end of Australia if you go directly south you’re at the South Pole, and we traveled to Barrow where if you go directly north you end up at the North Pole, so it has been quite a global pilgrimage for us,” said Roth, who hales from Victoria, Australia.

Slikok Creek open to spawning salmon
Just in time for the big return of salmon to their spawning grounds a new Slikok Creek culvert has opened 12 more miles of habitat. The project was undertaken by The Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF), a local non-profit dedicated to protecting salmon streams according to executive director Robert Ruffner. “We know that the original culvert here was placed in the early seventies and was mainly designed to get water from one side of the road to the other and didn’t consider the consequences of how it might change the stream and one of the major things it changed over time was that the early run of Chinook salmon that return to the Kenai River come up these small tributary streams like Slikok to spawn and the culvert that was in there prevented them from actually reaching their spawning grounds as well as preventing juvenile fish from moving back and forth to access habitat at different times of the year,” explained Ruffner.

Doritos honors local author for taking a bite out of disaster
KCHS grad Hannah Watkins photo appears on Dorito packages across North America.

Realtors efforts make fundraiser a success
On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors and their affiliates, businesses and our community whose coordinated efforts and donations contributed to again a very successful 13th annual fundraiser for hospice.

Fishing experience will be remembered
While the Kenai River Classic provides the major source of funding and support to our river and the Kenai Peninsula, there is also a personal side that is not seen by many. I would like to share one such event that will be a lifelong memory for those people on my boat. As in the past three years I had the pleasure of being one of the guides selected for the Classic. The four people assigned to my boat included the commander of the Third wing, Brigadier General select Tom Tinsley, and a recently medically retired soldier, Steve Sanford, who was sponsored by the Disabled Veterans of America.

Parade marches on because of many
We would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered and worked the Fourth of July Parade this year. We can proudly say we have the biggest little parade on the peninsula, but it takes a whole community to achieve this success. Thanks to our sponsors: Tesoro, XTO Energy, Udelhoven Oilfield Services, Peak Oilfield Services, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Liquidation Sales, Lynden Transport Inc., Peninsula Tent and Party Rental, Marathon Oil Co., The Phone Directories, Kenai Montessori School, HEA and ACS.

World-record fish caught in Homer
A 20-year-old angler on his first fishing trip to Alaska caught a world-record lingcod Friday about 80 miles south of Ninilchik.

Raindrops keeping falling on their heads
Raindrops collect on wild daisies after a rainstorm last week at Cunningham Park in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for more rain with temperatures in the 60s.

New scam hits area mailboxes
If you think you won the lottery and have the $4,500 State Farm check to prove it, put your celebrations on hold because chances are you just got scammed.

Mayor proposes coffee-table book about borough
Mayor John Williams has proposed spending $40,000 to produce 1,000 copies of a coffee table book presenting the history of the Kenai Peninsula Borough as the borough's contribution to the statewide celebration of Alaska statehood scheduled for 2009.

Boaters survive Kenai River crash
When rescuers responded to a boating accident at Stewart's Landing on Thursday morning, they expected to find a few of the occupants in the water.

Terminally ill boy swinging through time he has left
After a lifetime of hospitals and doctor's visits, Landon Rogers' remaining months will be spent doing the things he's missed out on. Given only three months left to live, Landon's family is planning motor home excursions, trips to Homer and Seward and a trip to the zoo.

Are PFD days numbered?
Alaska's Permanent Fund, which recently topped $40 billion, has been the source of significant dividends for state residents since the early 1980s and become something of a sacred cow, politically off limits to legislators trying to balance annual state budgets.

Photo feature: Last chance
Jeremy Malloy of Sterling motors his boat out of the Kenai City Dock on Saturday in the hope of dipnetting sockeye salmon. The personal-use dipnet fishery for the Kenai River closes for the season today at 11:59 p.m.

Duane Batty
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Duane Curtis Batty died Sunday, July 29, 2007, at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 35.

Betty A. Bloodworth
Longtime Sterling resident Betty A. Bloodworth died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 65.

John G. McGarry
Longtime Kasilof resident John G. McGarry died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at home. He was 89.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club deadline looms Class of '67 members sought Safe Sitter course offered Library book sale a real page turner KCHS class of 1972 reunion set Caregiver support meetings slated

Iced coffee becoming a summer staple
TOPEKA, Kan. — Iced coffee — or any iced drink for that matter — is popular during the dog days of summer.

Around the Peninsula
Bears to be discussed Boys and Girls Club deadline looms Chicken dinner fundraiser set Nikiski to celebrate summer Historical society to meet Krispy Kreme fundraiser slated KCHS swim team practice to begin La Leche sponsors picnic Women's run seeks volunteers Head Start accepting registration

Plastic bags in jeopardy?
I was going to write about how my local grocery changed where it put the dairy items on shelves, but I decided to bag that idea when I came across a news item I could hardly believe.

Bundt mania
In 1950, the co-founder of the Minneapolis-based Nordic Ware Co., H. David Dalquist, created the Bundt pan at the request of members of the Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah, a Jewish women's service organization.

Sports Briefs
Kenai volleyball to have parents meeting Nikiski volleyball to hold tryouts Soldotna to hold volleyball tryouts

Oilers top Fire to tighten ABL race
The Peninsula Oilers manufactured runs to defeat the Athletes in Action Fire 6-5 on Monday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park and throw some serious suspense into the chase for the Alaska Baseball League title.

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, golfers. What an absolutely gorgeous weekend we just had. The timing could not have been better for the Progress Day parade in Soldotna on Saturday which I was unfortunately not able to attend (our daughter and son-in-law, Jenniffer and Russ, and grandchildren, Makenna and Levi, were in it for goodness sake) but about which I have heard nothing but glowing reports. I finally managed to play golf on Sunday with my better half and really enjoyed seeing all the work that has been done at the course. I don't know when I have seen the Kenai Golf Course look better and the beautiful weather on Sunday was absolutely the icing on the cake. What a wonderful day.

Oilers fall in suspended game
The Peninsula Oilers and Athletes in Action Fire played 16 1/2 wild innings Tuesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park before the game was suspended due to darkness after the Fire scored four runs in the top of the 17th inning to take an 8-4 advantage.

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