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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Outdoors
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.

Nation's in trouble
What a country. I would like to say that I am so proud of the nation we live in. We have the right to exclude the one true God for anything that we wish. We can pray to any god we want, read any book about our god, do anything religious as long as it is not about the true God. All worship is OK as long as it is not toward the God of Abraham, Isaack and Jacob.

Services appreciated
Frontier Community Services would like to recognize Airport Rentals for outstanding community service in Soldotna. We appreciate their generous contributions by helping individuals in need.

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.

Coach appreciates team effort
Thank you to Doctors Ross, Anderson and Babcock for providing free physicals to Soldotna High School athletes. Your donated time is truly appreciated.

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.

Photo feature: Room to grow
Chris Fuller, Zack Thompson and David Hubbard of Peninsula Construction carry out some of the finishing work on the new Slikok Creek culvert under College Drive on Wednesday. The new culvert was implemented as part of a Kenai Watershed Forum's plan to improve salmon access. College Drive is tentatively scheduled to reopen Aug. 10.

Man dies when roof collapses
A Soldotna man was pronounced dead at the scene after a garage caved in on top of him.

Northern Dynasty signs mining partnership
A London-based mining company with worldwide reach has entered a limited partnership with Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. to jointly develop the huge Pebble Mine deposits northwest of Iliamna.

Fumes spur evacuation
Firefighters are scratching their heads over the origin of noxious fumes that prompted a two-hour evacuation in the area of Miller Loop and Island Lake roads in Nikiski on Wednesday afternoon.

Safety harness saves employee
A harness and safety cable saved a ConocoPhillips employee from injury Wednesday morning, after the scaffolding he was working on collapsed.

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.

Council praises Soldotna
The city of Soldotna was praised last week for helping the Cook Inlet Tribal Council when it wanted to build a new administration building a few years ago.

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.

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.

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.

Anglo American faces image challenge
Anglo American plc, the company partnering with Northern Dynasty Minerals to develop Pebble Mine, claims a good environmental and social record for its worldwide operations, but a Web search showed the London-based major mining resource group is not without detractors and harsh criticism.

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.

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

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

Orval Joy Shackelford
Former Soldotna resident Orval Joy Shackelford died Monday, July 30, 2007, in Kansas, Okla., of natural causes. He was 74.

William P. Schofield
Sterling resident William P. Schofield died Tuesday, July 31, 2007 in Sterling. He was 71.

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge plans August activities Friendship mission seeks volunteers Auction, spaghetti feed fundraiser set Live music also is planned. For more information or to make a donation, call Deborah at 262-4606 or Katrina at 394-5489.

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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

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.

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.

Poet's Corner
Why should I feel guilty?

Artists follow the tides to a Cooper Landing gallery
For only two weeks of the whip-fast Alaska summer, Gallery Turquoise in Cooper Landing is open for its summer exhibition. The unique gallery transforms from a working artist studio into the shop of an Alaska sportfisherman, and a gallery that might be found in any cosmopolitan center of the country.

Art Briefs
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

Better than TV: The Simpsons go big screen
Though I would never dare to complain about my job, this week's movie is one I went into with a certain amount of trepidation.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
As in life, golf certainly has its ups and downs. When you think about it, that really is what golf is all about ... getting the ball up so that it can get back down and into the hole. And the more ups we need to finally get the ball down and in the hole can effect how we feel about our game. My particular golf game seems to bring me down a lot because of all the ups (and oops) I have. But I did have a particularly good round (for me) this last week. When I told my husband, Dave, what my score was, he responded with, "That's great. What hole did you stop on?" Of course, the next time out, my score was up several strokes ... so there's no chance my handicap is coming down any time soon.

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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