Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Real Estate is great on the Peninsula
It may have been a cool wet summer on the Kenai Peninsula, but the local real estate market has been experiencing global warming trends, according to Residential Mortgage Branch Manager Catherine Booth in Kenai. “We’ve re-opened our office as of July 20th in Kenai and the real estate industry here is going very well and we’ve been very busy,” said Booth. Residential’s motto is, “The best people make the best Company.”

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Travis chooses Soldotna Trustworthy for his Birthday party
Ask any six-year-old their favorite place to have their birthday party and odds are pretty good one of the last places you’d expect them to choose is the Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware store. That is unless you’re Ricky and Tessa Lindley of Kenai and your youngest son is Travis, “It was time to start planning his birthday so I asked him while coming back from Anchorage where he’d like to have his birthday, the Alaska Zoo, the Anchorage Water Park, Chuck-E-Cheese, and he gave me this incredulous look like duhh Mom, Trustworthy of course,” Tessa Lindley told a reporter who was called out to cover the unique event. According to Tessa her son has totally loved fishing since he was three and has wanted to go to Trustworthy any chance he can even long before the new store opened on Kobuk Street.

Challenger Learning Center makes live contact with International Space Station
Growing up with Astronaut Jeffrey Williams in Superior, Wisconsin, Joel Caldwell of Kenai says it was no surprise that Jeff today is the Flight Engineer currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during Expedition 13, “Something I knew about Jeff even when we were kids was that Jeff would do whatever he set his mind to do. Everything that we did was about adventure whether we were jumping off bridges or climbing up trees. Jeff’s dad was my history teacher in high school and he taught us that at his home and in the class room that there was no limit that we could do and go anywhere we dreamed to go,” said Jeff’s friend.

Wet, windy, salmon jammin’ slammin’ fun at Ninilchik State Fair
From livestock and produce to jams, liqueurs, arts and crafts, people of the peninsula displayed their pride and joys at the Ninilchik State Fair. The theme of this year’s fair was “Jamin’ with the Salmon, Swinging with the Swine!” The weather Friday proved to be wet enough for salmon to go swimming with the swine, but according to Kenai Peninsula State Fair Manager Lara McGinnis over all it was a fabulous fair, “The outpouring of community support was tremendous, from the rescheduling of some of our musical attractions, to HEA coming out at the last minute that avoided a power outage that would have been a disaster for us, to Marathon Oil who worked the grounds so we didn’t have a torn up mud mess, it truly was a wonderful community experience,” said McGinnis after the fair.

Tourney helped by those who swing into action
The Kenai Elks Golf Committee would like to thank all of the businesses that sponsored the tees and greens, also those businesses that donated items for outdoor prizes and raffle.

Sponsors make event a success
The Birch Ridge Golf Association would like to thank the following sponsors who helped make the Grainge Memorial Senior Tournament on July 20 and 21 a rousing success: Agrium (two holes), Alaska Pipe Recovery Specialist (two holes), Mike Chenault, Freedom Realty, Great Bear Ford, Kenai Chrysler Center, Peninsula Clarion, Arby’s, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Acordia of Alaska, First National Bank of Alaska, Wells Fargo Bank, Danlin Construction and G&S Construction.

Snakes in Alaska?
The majority of Alaska voters in the recent primary are to be congratulated for their ability to see through the multi millions bull pucky media campaign by the cruise ship industry. A big well done!

Spilling safety details
The revelation by BP earlier this month that it had neglected pipeline safety on the North Slope, resulting in a partial shutdown of its pipeline delivery facilities, has increased interest in the condition of the roughly 160 miles of aging pipe comprising the far older Cook Inlet pipeline system. Some of that system is more than 40 years old.

KDLL loses show, some money in funding cuts
As the saying goes, nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. Allen Auxier, station manager at KDLL Pickle Hill Public Broadcasting in Kenai, would add the yearly decrease in federal and state funding of public broadcasting to that list of inevitabilities.

Downed plane stuck in refuge
A single-engine De Havilland Otter DHC-3 has sat in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wetlands for a week after the airplane’s pilot made an emergency landing Aug. 22.

Bears, garbage still a problem
Bears are still causing problems in Homer, despite a new city ordinance, attention in the media and educational efforts.

Bridge still on target
A lot of work remains to be done on the Kenai River bridge in Soldotna, but the state project manager still thinks it can be completed by October.

Paret tasked with keeping hospital’s financial health
A new chief financial officer has made himself at home at Central Peninsula General Hospital after the former CFO was hired on as the new chief executive officer, leaving the seat vacant.

Voters to pick from familiar faces
A few candidates waited until the last possible moment before filing to run for municipal offices in the Oct. 3 election, turning some open seat races into real contests.

Smart pigs, other technologies help protect integrity of inlet pipelines
Chevron Corp., which merged with Unocal in 2005, maintains approximately 60 miles of offshore pipelines, and all get routine cleaning and periodic inspections using various technologies, said Chevron Operations Manager Dale Haines.

Tribe floats Kasilof fishery
A Ninilchik Traditional Council proposal to open the Kasilof drainage area to a subsistence fishery for coho salmon this fall gathered fresh support when it was presented to the Southcentral Subsistence Regional Advisory Council on Thursday.

Inlet oil pipeline safety showing improvement; but issues remain
Recent analyses of Cook Inlet’s oil pipeline system done by Cook Inlet Keeper show favorable trends, including a downturn in the rate of spills

Eva L. Perry
Former Kasilof resident Eva L. Perry died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Anchorage. She was 94.

Roger Lee Chuitt
Lifelong Tyonek resident Roger Lee Chuitt died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Tyonek. He was 41.

Allan Cecil 'Bud' Newcomb
Former Kenai resident Allan Cecil “Bud” Newcomb died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was 78.

Wade T. Seward
Longtime Soldotna resident Wade T. Seward died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at Pioneer Valley Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, while traveling with his wife, Altie. He was 79.

The anti-cancer campaign: Now’s the time to help American Cancer Society achieve goals
In this time of elections and partisan politics, I’d like to take this opportunity to address a subject that crosses not only party lines, but those of election districts, gender, ethnicity, income and age. While we can’t vote it in or out, I suspect that most of us can endorse this campaign without reservation.

Peninsula Reflections
Amanda “Mandy” Walker came to Kenai in 1950 to marry Delta Calvin “Pappy” Walker who, in her words, was “an old fossil” who had been calling her honey and pet for years.

Around the Peninsula
SMS plans open house Agrium continues live fire training U.S. occupation in Iraq to be discussed Community coalition meeting set Gala auction fundraiser slated Girl Scout roundup slated EMS benefit dinner planned

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale set LeeShore board meeting slated Ninilchik Native parents to meet SoHi plans open house Dogs to jump into action Head Start begins enrollment Fish fry fundraiser planned Girl Scout roundup slated Hospice training scheduled

Don’t let flu worries ruffle your feathers
Has the summer’s news about avian flu got your feathers a little ruffled?

Peninsula People
Safari Club awards scholarship McLane graduates Moerlein excels academically Area students solve problems

Community News
Little People’s Learning World announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low-income families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

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Barrel horse racers wrap up season
The National Barrel Horse Association district finals took place Wednesday at the Soldotna Rodeo grounds.

Eskelin, Brehm win Morgan Memorial
Todd Eskelin avoided blowup holes to win his second straight Donald R. Morgan Memorial Kenai Golf Association Annual Championship on Sunday at Kenai Golf Course.

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