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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Elite Health and Fitness grand opening set Fisheries business assistance available Youth cooking classes offered Food manager course offered

Winning Tips For Year-Round School Success
It’s easy to get excited when back-to-school time rolls around, but how do children and their parents keep that energy going all year long?

First Wood Carving Championships great success!
The chainsaw artistry of Scott Hanson can be seen throughout Alaska. His Town of Living Trees and Alaskan Carousel in Sterling has become a tourist must see on the Kenai. Inspired by the success of the Winter Games ice carving competition Scott decided this summer to launch Alaska’s first Annual Chain Saw Carving Competition. The 4-day event was held July 19th -22nd at the Town of Living Trees. Seven carvers entered this year’s competition five from the Peninsula, some of which were Scott’s apprentices, Jimmy Kitchens from Palmer, and Jarrett Dahl from Minnesota. The carvers commenced their work Thursday and had to finish by Sunday at noon.

From donuts to car raffles people helping people on the Peninsula
Delays and house fires didn’t dampen the Krispy Kreme donut drive to raise funds to send kids with cancer to camp, and friends of Greg and Becky Horton are hoping for a big turn out for their barbeque and auction this weekend to help the Horton family as they fight serious health issues.

Record times turned in at State Barrel Racing Championships
The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) held their state championships for the second consecutive year last weekend at the Soldotna Rodeo grounds. According to NBHA district director Karen Jensen the wet weather may have kept the spectators busy elsewhere, but for the horses and riders conditions couldn’t have been better, “We weren’t one bit disappointed we had perfect ground, people pay big money in the lower 48 to have a crew make the kind of conditions that Mother Nature blessed us with. We had record breaking times for our arena that night so we were actually all very happy with the weather,” said Jensen.

4-H Members extend a hand of service to El Salvador
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health make up the 4-H’s. The 4-H pledge recited by all club members’ states: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.” This summer a couple of local 4-H members Noelle and Vienna Schmitter-Schrier of Soldotna and their family took that pledge literally and traveled to El Salvador and Costa Rica to extend their hands in international service. According to 13-year-old Noelle they got the idea from a friend that visited them from El Salvador, “She invited us to come and visit their community, so when we got there we asked what we could do to help them and they said the best thing we could do would be to help teach an English class,” Noelle told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week. Noelle and her 11-year-old sister presented a power point presentation that illustrated their activities in El Salvador and Costa Rica. “I saw people that were dirt poor, but they were smiling smiles that highlighted your day, and they didn’t just look happy, they seemed really happy. There is something I learned from them, happiness is in the heart, not how much money you have,” said Noelle. She summed up her experience by saying, “It made me realize that I would really like to do something to help make the world a better place and I hope to do some more volunteer work in the future.”

Time to right the wrongs
I've simply had it. Pardoning Scooter Libby outrages me. Now we get even more abuse of power, and more wiretapping?

Kenai River habitat needs our help
When are the "heads" of the Sport Fish Division of Fish and Game going to realize that getting a bigger and bigger share of salmon allocation and opportunity is not going to be good for the sustained yield and habitat protection of the Kenai River?

Kids get Classic experience
Two-hundred hands wrapped their fingers around a rope the length of two school busses, muscles tensed and yanked back in an all-out tug of war with 100 kids pitted against each other. Perhaps this symbolized the proverbial tug of war between an angler and a Kenai River salmon or maybe it was all fun and games, but one thing was certain these kids were ready for fun.

Florida man plucks toddler from river
When Dave McLean headed down to the silver salmon stringers outside the Davison Ave. home he and his wife Kay are staying at for the summer, he didn't expect to see a toddler floating down the Kenai River. But when his wife hollered for help, the entire neighborhood mobilized.

Inlet halibut harder to find
With so many depending on one fish, getting people to reach a consensus on the status of Cook Inlet's halibut population is difficult.

A clip in time
People often inspect their houses, cars and furnaces before winter sets in, but arborist Curtis Stigall says if you leave that big spruce tree in the yard out of the equation, you could find yourself facing a dangerous situation.

Photo feature: Peekaboo
A moose calf takes a look around while its mother browses in Kenai recently.

Borough races set -- mostly
A slate of candidates seeking municipal office is now set for the Oct. 2 election, the deadline for filing for office passing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Photo feature: Look, but don't touch
A tall monkshood plant goes to seed along a slough off of the upper Kenai River. Its flowers are beautiful but should not be picked due to the plant's poisonous properties.

Charge it: Kenai considers plastic
The ability of Kenai residents to pay their utility bills by credit card will be among items slated for discussion at tonight's city council meeting.

Richard B. 'Rick' Graham
Homer resident Pastor Richard B. "Rick" Graham, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007 at his home with his family by his side after a 10-month battle with cancer.

Michael Philip Trux
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Michael Philip Trux died unexpectedly Monday, August 13, 2007 at his home in Kenai. He was 17.

Whitney Allene Murray
Whitney Allene Murray of Blackwell, Okla. and Alaska died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 in Oklahoma. She was 17.

At the energy crossroads: It's time to move on, blaze a new trail into Alaska's future
On Jan. 1, 2014, the long, bitter marriage between Homer Electric Association and Chugach Electric will come to an end. One year later, Matanuska Electric Association will follow suite. They will secede from the Chugach empire, on Jan. 1, 2015.

Herbal Journey (Part 2): Essential Italian kitchen herbs
Editor's note: Sue Ade started her discussion of herbs last week.

Herb and Mascarpone Cheese Spread
8 ounces Mascarpone cheese or softened cream cheese

Happy birthday, and many S'mores
TOPEKA, Kan. Campers gathered around the campfire with some milk chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers Friday in honor of National S'mores Day.

Around the Peninsula
Task force to hold public hearing Learn about Cook's voyage up Cook Inlet Munch some sockeye Tribal-State safety forum planned Swim hours to change New high school to open USDA food program offered Hospice seeking volunteers Food coalition offers mini-grant opportunities

Dieting much easier in summer
You don't have to be on a diet to check out diet cookbooks. In fact, I've found they offer lighter fare, which are perfect for the summer when it's too hot to cook or even eat.

'Top secret formula' revealed
In a dry, sterilized jar, combine the following dried ingredients; mix well. Store in a tightly covered jar, away from heat and light.

Around the Peninsula
Old timers to gather River raft parade floats by Sterling AARP to hold driver safety program Teleconference to cover healthcare issues Don't forget needy children when shopping for back to school Agrium sets live fire training dates Boys and Girls Club plans closure

Herbs and spices - What's the difference?
Many folks get confused about the differences between herbs and spices. While both herbs and spices are obtained from plants and trees, spices are highly aromatic, pungent seasonings that are acquired from bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds or stems of plants and trees. On the other hand, herbs are the fragrant leaves obtained from various annual or perennial herbaceous (non-woody) plants. Some plants, like dill, however, contain leaves and seeds and are considered both an herb and a spice.

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

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Reeling it In
Critics love to make bold, grand statements about the films they go see. "Hairspray" takes the cake as the funniest John Travolta cross-dressing musical of the summer!" "Transformers" literally stomps the competition with a gargantuan box-office this weekend!" "Because I Said So" is the most ill-conceived romantic comedy since "Enemy Mine!" You get the picture. I am not immune to this phenomenon, which is why I can say without hesitation, that "Stardust" is the most bizarre, most unlikely movie to get the green light that I've seen this year.

Barn to be wild!
The harvest season has arrived. That can only mean one: fair season.

Art Briefs
Watercolor workshop across the water Get paid to create Artists in Schools seeks applicants Poetry out loud luring students Gallery hosts summer artists Council offers art fellowship Kids' reading program ongoing Artwork wanted

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Yes, I'm sad to say that the clock is ticking for the 2007 golf season. But there still is time to get in several more rounds and a few great tournaments at Birch Ridge before time runs out.

Seward dominates Nikiski meet
When Denali Foldager first saw the 2007 cross country schedule, she immediately recognized the opening race fell on her 18th birthday.

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, golfers. Where has the month gone? August is already half over and I have not even begun to get everything done I need to before ... never mind, I am not ready to admit that summer is almost over. We have been blessed with some absolutely gorgeous weather lately and I am sad to say that I am still not playing but hopefully will be back with a vengeance next year!

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