Thursday, August 23, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Food manager course offered Fisheries business assistance available Counterfeit check warning issued

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.

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.

Speed trap?
Soon it will be time for the flashing yellow lights and a 20-mile speed limit in front of Tustumena Elementary School. What are they for? I have been driving by that school as long as it's been there. In fact, I homesteaded the land it's sitting on and then relinquished it.

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.

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

Board members worth keeping
I write from Sitka as a local school board member to speak against the proposed term limits being advanced for consideration in your upcoming borough election. My rationale for butting into your local business is based on the potential loss of two outstanding Alaska school board members.

Writer: 'We are not freeloaders'
We are one of the many RVers who park free on the land that did belong to Troy Hodges. It now belongs to the airport. We have spent the summer in Alaska, primarily in Soldotna.

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.

KPC's MAPTS building to open
In its ongoing attempt to increase the number of programs offered in education and real-world training, Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus will be opening its new Mining and Petroleum Training Services building today at 3 p.m.

New beginnings
Transferring a kindergarten classroom from one school to another is no easy task. After teaching in the same room at Sears Elementary School for 19 years, Kathy Atkinson brought 220 boxes of teaching supplies to Room 4 at Mountain View Elementary School.

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.

On track
Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to sign a bill in Kenai on Saturday authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corp. to participate in Agrium's future coal gasification plant project at Nikiski.

Ballot wording tweaked
Final ballot language for four propositions headed to voters in the Oct. 2 municipal election was approved Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Parnell: Criminal justice system needs work
Sounding somewhat Kennedy-esque on Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell told Kenai business and civic leaders that fixing Alaska's crime picture is less about the state spending money and more about building strong families and strong schools.

Council hopefuls discuss Soldotna

Clearing the air on SPH: Martin waiting for promises made by borough mayor
The events of the past week have been tumultuous to say the least.

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

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.

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.

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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Around the Peninsula
Teen writers sought Agrium live fire training continues Pregnancy class offered Basketball registration ongoing Refuge plans August activities Family fun run set to take off Scouting information nights set Book sale a real page turner LeeShore board meeting slated Nikiski pool plans closure Hospice seeks volunteers

Reeling It In
It's always helpful to be able to sum up your feelings on a film with a simple, succinct, "yea" or "nay." The most frustrating movies, however, are those where you are forced to qualify your assessment. "It was awesome, except for ... ." That's the worst, because your enjoyment is forever tainted. This weekend saw two highly anticipated, late-summer potential blockbusters that were really pretty good, right up until ... .

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

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

Leaving an impression
On its Web site, the Triumvirate Theatre declares a loss and celebration: "The Triumvirate is losing two of its most valuable volunteers, watercolorists Pam Mersch and Rube Tikka."

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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