Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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.

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.”

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.

Peninsula Clarion - Dispatch

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.

Reader: 2006 red run -- what happened?
Facts:

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!

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.

Classic flows well with support
On behalf of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, we would like to thank the tremendous effort put forth by the over 200 volunteers who make the Kenai River Classic an annual success. Through their continuing dedication, the Classic has become one of the largest volunteer driven fundraising events of its magnitude in the country. Many thanks also go to the numerous local businesses and individuals who generously donate auction items to the Classic.

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.

Oh my ‘gourd’ness!
For 364 days a year J.D. Megchelsen of Nikiski seems like a pretty average guy, but for one day annually, at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, he proves he is a god of gourds.

High school boundaries provide students’ choice
While some believe high school boundaries in the Kenai Peninsula School District are drawn in a manner that favors one school over another — at least in terms of athletics — the boundaries are based more along traditional lines.

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

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.

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.

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.

Jogger mauled by bear
A brown bear with cubs mauled a jogger near Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters after he and his running companion spooked the sow on Centennial Trail on Tuesday morning.

Heidi Penttila Wu
Former Soldotna resident Heidi Penttila Wu died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in Quinzhou Quangxi, China.

Earl Breckenridge
Homer resident Earl Breckenridge died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at his home. He was 66.

Around the Peninsula
Library open house set Rec center offers home school hour Driver safety class offered Youth basketball registration begins

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

Bulldogs netters pluck Kardinals
The Nikiski High School volleyball team defeated Kenai Central in three games in a nonconference match Tuesday, though the match certainly was closer than the 3-0 score would indicate.

Here comes the sun
The weekend started out a little dreary but boy did that ever change. Sunday was one of those absolutely spectacular days that reminds me of why I stay in Alaska! Monday was more of the same, but darn it, that kind of weather sure makes it hard to be cooped up at work when you could be on the course enjoying yourself a bad day golfing beats a good day working, right?

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

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