Wednesday, August 22, 2007

20th Annual Women’s Run increases DV awareness
On a foggy Kenai morning over 110 women of all ages turned out for The LeeShore Center’s 20th Annual Run for Women. “This being our 20th anniversary of the run we wanted to dedicate it to in the memory of and to honor Corporal Mike Lasky who was killed while serving in Iraq last year. We presented the family with a plaque signifying that and we’ll also place a plaque at the shelter to remember Mike in perpetuity,” said Barbra Waters education coordinator at the LeeShore Center. While all funds raised at the event go to fund shelter programs, the event is not intended to be a fund raiser as much as an awareness raiser according to Waters, “The run is dedicated to community awareness of what our agency offers to the community. The programs we administer such as the Child Care Assistance Program, The Child Care Food Program, The Emergency Shelter, and The Transitional Living Center. It is also our intention to raise community awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and the impact it has on us locally and nationally.”

Casting with Kids brings on the Bite
With a goal of introducing youths to the joys of fishing while providing an educational experience, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski hosted the second annual Kenai River Jr. Classic last week, in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA), Young Marines, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southcentral Alaska. “These kids had the time of their life catching silvers today. This event is living the motto of “Caring for the Kenai.” As these young people participate in what the resource offers they understand the resource and the river itself. Having the opportunity to be out with guides who not only teach them how to be successful as an angler, but how to be successful in protecting the river, so the Jr. Classic with our theme: ‘Take me Fishing’ is really a win for the kids, who are making memories that will last a lifetime, and a win for all Alaskans as these young people learn to appreciate our environment,” Murkowski told the Dispatch.

Each year here in Alaska about the time our tourists start thinning out another guest emerges and aggressively begins creating havoc in Alaska. Even though this creature of the wild is very small (about a half inch long) compared to the massive size of a moose or bear she is plenty dangerous not only to us Alaskans but all over the world. In fact several lives are lost each year in the United States after being attacked by this angry little pest with a terrific temper. They are easy to spot all dressed up in their bright yellow and black stripped suits.

Kicking grass on the Kenai
Nearly 2,000 young athletes, soccer moms and families traveled to the Kenai last week for the 2007 Alaska State Cup Soccer Tournament. According to tournament coordinator and Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilley, even though our local teams didn’t bring home a championship, the event was a great success, “Our local teams competed very well and we took a lot of seconds, but unfortunately none of them will be going on to Hawaii for the nationals next year, but we’ll be back after it and better next year,” said Tilley. “It was just a fantastic week of electrified competition. Everyone who had never been down here before has said they plan on coming back and of course the weather was played a huge part for us providing a week of beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures. When we found out we would be hosting the State Cup we knew we’d need four things, green grass, white lines, white goals and round balls, the sunshine was a bonus, but the most common comment we heard during the weeks was what beautiful condition our fields were in, and for that we thank the Borough maintenance crews for taking care of them the way they do and Charles Woodcock who helped me put the polish on the fields before the kids came,” added Tilley.

Kenai and Soldotna support National Health Center Week
The twin cities of Kenai and Soldotna issued twin proclamations recently in honor of National Health Center Week. At their respective Chamber of Commerce meetings Soldotna Mayor David Carey and Kenai Mayor Pat Porter presented official documents to Stan Stedman, executive director of Central Peninsula Health Centers. “The mayors both presented us with proclamations in honor of this week while we are in the final stages of completing our new health center being built on Marydale in Soldotna and we are grateful for the support we’ve received from both communities, as well as the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress,” said Stedman.

Audience plays big role in music
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra just completed our two-week Music Festival, celebrating 25 years of existence.

Snags not wanted, trees are
Most anyone who read the Clarion's July 27 article titled "Christmas tree: Snag decorated with $400 worth of tackle" and saw the accompanying photo couldn't help but be impressed by the amount of tackle that was hauled out of the Kenai River by means of a grappling hook.

Good citizen leaves positive mark on family
When I talked to my grown daughter a few days ago in Montana I had to tell that the sweatshirt she asked me to purchase for her in Homer was in the bag that fell out of the truck that was taking me to the Kenai airport.

Kids in roadway could lead to bad news
Where were your children Aug. 3 between the hours of 11 p.m. and midnight? Playing in the road? Testing the focus of drivers?

Donation worth celebrating
The Homer High School Class of 1987 would like to publicly thank Three Bears in Kenai for the generous contribution toward our 20-year reunion picnic.

Help goes a long way in book sale
The Friends of the Kenai Library would like to thank our community for another very successful used book sale Aug. 9-11. Each year we are overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. We would like to thank all the people who donated thousands of books for sale. We really appreciate your support of our annual fundraiser.

Soldotna city workers' new contract now up to council
Union represented employees of the city of Soldotna have ratified a three-year contract with the city, agreeing to a 3 percent pay hike in the first year and 3 1/2 percent increases in the second and third years. The contract is subject to approval by the city council Wednesday.

Industry day appreciates founder, too
If you find yourself dodging flying salmon at the Kenai Park Strip this Saturday around noon, you've not only stumbled upon Industry Appreciation Day, you've witnessed a prime example of two unrelated industries working together. Every year, kids and adults get a grip on a frozen salmon, pull back and throw as hard as they can.

Park upgrades on tap for city
The need for permanent rest-room facilities at Soldotna Creek Park is indisputable, a covered pavilion is probable and other than that, the city is open for suggestions on how to improve the large city park overlooking the Kenai River.

Bridge even more temporary
More than half of the temporary bridge Soldotna motorists came to depend on is now no more than a memory as Wilder Construction bridge workers are making headway on removal of the structure.

Council hopefuls discuss Soldotna

Clerk out to initiate change
Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to consider revising the borough's initiative and referendum procedures.

Ronnie Edward Shafer
Nikiski resident Ronnie Edward Shafer died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at his home in Nikiski. He was 30.

Around the Peninsula
Power outage affects peninsula Bears to be discussed College opens new building Thursday Boys and Girls Club closure continues Boys Scouts take to the sky Kennel club gears up for fall classes

Around the Peninsula
Kaleidoscope hosts open house, barbecue Pregnancy class offered Family fun run set to take off Soup fundraiser tackles hunger Tribal-state safety forum planned Parent advisory committee meeting to be held New high school to open Donations sought for military personal Social Security reps to visit peninsula

We do three-day charters out of Seward and are always looking for recipes that can be made ahead of time and sent out so the crew has less prep on board. My mother and I ate a little salad on a couple of flights back and forth to Alaska that we attempted to recreate. It's yummy served as a side with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Thoughts from dishpan hands
I wash a lot of dishes by hand wine glasses, knives, larger items that don't fit so well in the dishwasher. It's a menial task, but it allows the mind to wander. So here are some random thoughts from a guy with dishpan hands and water on the brain.

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Dorm room cafe
Many students are on the road, headed for college. Some have traveled this road before; others are leaving the not yet fully appreciated comforts of home for the very first time.

What's Safe for Microwave Use?
Paper, glass, microwave-safe plastic and silicone utensils are all suitable for microwave use. Always check the manufacturer's recommendations before using any utensils in the microwave oven.

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Sports Brief
The area district of the National Barrel Horse Association held its weekly event on Wednesday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. It was the last week of pole bending of the season. Wednesday, the association will hold its district finals at 7 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Spectators are welcome and will be admitted free.

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, golfers. I really thought the rain was going to pour since the Kenai Peninsula State Fair was this weekend. While it may have sprinkled a time or two, the weather really cooperated. We had a great time, as always, and enjoyed all the sights. My better half wants to take grandson Levi to Vegas as he was 2-for-2 on the racing pigs Greased Lightening was his pick and both times the porker paid! Makenna only had eyes for our friend, Jan Feller, and her sweet brown horse, Dan. Jan took some time out of her busy schedule to show a horse crazy little girl a few things about the realities of getting a horse ready to ride and then with a "Your chariot awaits my lady" proceeded to lead her around and around and around the practice area. Thanks, again, Jan, you can only imagine the dreams that were sparkling behind her eyes.

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