Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Returning Dartmouth Grad buys Echo Lake Feed
It’s been called the “Alaskan brain drain” and the cause of the aging population demographic that has become a concern to Alaskan economists and political leaders. Simply stated the children of the generation of young people who migrated to Alaska over the last three decades have left the state and are starting their adult lives elsewhere. So when one of the community’s young adults return home with an Ivy League degree and purchase a local business its cause to celebrate. Such a celebration took place recently at the grand re-opening of Echo Lake Feed, on Echo Lake Rd. just south of Soldotna, now under the entrepreneurship of Kasilof born Janelle Moerlein.

Local Subway is serious about Healthy Changes
For many years Subway restaurants have been encouraging Americans to make healthy changes in their dietary selections, and now local Subway franchise owner Mike Northcutt has purchased the Healthy Changes fitness club next door to his K-Beach Rd. Subway location. “I took a look at it from a business perspective to see if there was a synergy between the health club and our Subway health conscious message and being that we are not located next to a major retailer we were already relying on our neighbor Healthy Changes for our visibility so it seemed to be a perfect fit to promote this location,” said Northcutt.

There I was down town Anchorage attending safety classes at the Merriott Motel and watching all the tourist from all over the world file in and out of the motel. Huge tour buses dropped off or picked up large groups of people from all over the world all day long. I walked around the down town area of Anchorage viewing the tourist and studying the places they went and the items they were picking out of some of the souvenir and gift shops.

Kenai’s Finance Director selected for International honors
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter proudly presented her City’s Finance Director Larry Semmens with the highly esteemed Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The award was issued by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). Semmens received the Certificate on behalf of the City’s finance department, “The City of Kenai Finance Department strives for excellence, especially in financial reporting. We are pleased to receive this award from the Government Finance Officers Association because it confirms that our financial statements meet the highest standards for financial reporting. Although my name is on the award, I could not achieve this without the help of the entire finance team of Robin Feltman, Heather Lawson, Susan Joy and Jenifer Lockwood,” said Semmens.

Funny River Festival celebrates 25th Anniversary
Traveling the Funny River Road wasn’t very funny 25 years ago when the first Funny River Chamber of Commerce Community Association Festival was inaugurated. It was a bumpy, dusty trip but in the end was a slice of pioneer America and a community bound together by the Alaskan spirit. “As in most small communities, our festival began by a few Funny River homesteaders organizing together and planning a fun day for the children. As time has gone by our festival has grown, as has our community,” said the co-chair of the anniversary festival Rose Scott. When the road was paved in 1991, you guessed it the parade theme was; “Paving the Way!” said Scott, “This year our theme was Forget-Me-Not Funny River Alaska and our logo was a forget-me-not wreath encircling a caribou head.”

Keeping the sky up
I have grown tired of the big contest between Big Oil and their surrogates and the cruise ship industry and their surrogates. They are battling to prove who is the best at out Rushing Rush Limbaugh. Take a small kernel of truth and lather it over with distortions, half truths and outright lies. Both are so good at it it will be hard to pick a winner! And both are spending big bucks in their efforts to scam all of us.

Reader: Salmon or not
The Kenai River sportfishing machine works by guides angling for sucker (their clients) clients fishing for salmon. Sportfishing guides push for more sport fishing permits, bigger boats, larger engine horsepower and more fish up the river. All factors at the same time devaluing the client experience, damaging the river banks, bluffs and river bed, as more salmon are fighting for less favorable spawning geography in the bottom of the river and its tributaries.

Cruise ship head tax should sail on to approval
Here’s some background regarding Ballot Initiative No. 2.

Fisheries decision a disgrace
This letter is in regard to the commercial fishing in the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area.

Golf tourney a big hit
On behalf of your Kenai Peninsula United Way Board of Directors, myself, and the 26 peninsula-based member agencies we currently support, I would like to thank Bea Lashley, Dina Pizzuto and the Tesoro Alaska employees for once again volunteering to coordinate the sixth annual Tesoro Golf Tournament. All proceeds generated from the event benefit Kenai Peninsula United Way.

Reader points finger at poor management
It just so happens I was at Kenai Landing about a week ago. My, what a ghostly affair. The dock was full as was the river: dipnetters. The warehouse, however, was empty.

Games’ donation makes life a little easier for others
There are many ways the community has blessed us here at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Recently the Arctic Winter Games provided surplus food products, office supplies, desk chairs, a computer, printer and miscellaneous items to our organization. These items help those of us who are on limited budgets serve Kenai Peninsula hungry residents. The board of directors and staff are very thankful for these items that make our daily tasks a little easier.

Does management plan mean nothing?
In the words of someone much wiser than I “It’s deja vu all over again!” But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that it is money, power and political influence that drives the management of our local fish stocks.

Library finds words to thank local business
Kenai Community Library would like to thank Dave Schilling from the Uptown Motel for housing our visiting authors and storytellers this past season. It is through his generosity that we were able to host some amazing storytellers. The community loved each and every one, and we must gratefully rely on local businesses to help us with this endeavor.

Assembly considers money for roads
Kenai Peninsula roads from Nikiski to Seward will get a touch-up if a $1.8 million appropriation introduced by the borough assembly last week gets a final OK.

Abandoned Sterling fish plant burns to ground
Flames were shooting 100 feet in the air as Central Emergency Services arrived at a Monday night fire, which is being investigated as "suspicious."

Wildlife enforcement officers spread thin
Summer is a busy time for those who enjoy fishing and hunting, and an even busier time for those charged with the task of making sure the harvest of fish, fowl and furry animals is done legally.

Dipnetter pulled from river
Just as it appeared the dipnet season may transpire without anyone having to be plucked from the water, an early morning fisherman was swept away and then recovered on Sunday.

HAMming it up in outer space
At 6:55 a.m. Saturday, NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams was orbiting the Earth over South Africa.

Education project to help area schools excel
With school not yet in session, the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting is relatively void of topics, but work sessions scheduled for this afternoon should offer some excitement, according to the schools superintendent.

Bridge girder work rolling on
With bridge workers appearing to be up to the task of placing huge steel girders across the Kenai River, the state’s project engineer is still predicting the Soldotna bridge will be done by October.

Growing in every sector: Murkowski notes positive changes from administration
Editor’s note: This is the first of five opinion columns the Clarion will run from the front-runners in the gubernatorial race for the primary election on Aug. 22.

Around the Peninsula
Teacher contracts to be announced Fish Game loosens Kenai fishing regs Fishing adventure set Nutrition classes held at food bank Flag football slated Garage sale fundraiser planned Senior center to celebrate anniversary Church begins formal meetings Rock, alpine gardens to be discussed

Around the Peninsula
Basketball clinics set to shoot PFLAG to meet Agrium continues live fire training Kasilof library to host open house Community coalition to meet Deadline for fair quilts looming Car seat checkups set Food bank fundraiser planned Beautiful yard nominations sought

Walking in their ancestors’ shoes
In late June, more than 100 youth and 40 adults of the Soldotna Alaska Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined together for a trek near Stariski Creek without cell phones, iPods or running water.

Senior Events
Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

· Valarie Johnson and Robert Winston Geertz announce the birth of their son, Lucas Tom Geertz, at 5:38 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 5 pounds, 9.5 ounces and measured 18 inches.

Senior Menus
Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Peninsula People
Arbelovsky graduates Cornell Christianson makes dean’s list Free, reduced meals available Area students receive scholarships Scott redeploys

Peninsula Reflections
A recent visitor asked,“What happened to Henton’s Lodge?” He’d hired a taxi to take him to the place he’d remembered from trips over 50 years ago with his dad to camp and fish the Russian River. Here’s the story in a nutshell.

Peninsula Clarion - High School Sports

Oilers get bats rolling
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Clarinda A’s of Iowa 11-4 on Sunday to stay alive at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

Oilers can’t take the Heat at NBC
Costly walks and errors led to the end of the Peninsula Oilers’ season Monday at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

Bomar wins Chrysler crown again
Down seven strokes entering the second and final day of the eighth annual Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship, Billy Bomar shot a 1-under-par 71 and let the Kenai Golf Course do the rest.

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