Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Raining appreciation upon Industry
“And remember, it never rains on Industry Appreciation Day!” boasted Jack Brown, co-founder of Industry Appreciation Day, as he promoted this year’s coming event. For the 12 year history of the unique celebration which originated in Kenai, indeed it had never rained. Many years were threatening, with soggy days before and after the event, but when Industry Appreciation Day dawned, invariably mother nature came through and the last summer warmth shined down on the thousands of families that traditionally turn out to enjoy free food and fun activities and show their support for the three major economic forces of the Peninsula; the Hydro-carbon industry, fishing, and tourism. “I think it was because I lied. I said it was the 14th year trying to avoid the luck of the 13th, but some one up there knew I lied and it was the 13th Industry Day and it did drizzle pretty good,” confessed Brown.

Welcome back to KPC
The Kenai Peninsula College welcome back community barbeque was yet another event that got rained on last week, but at a flexible place like KPC they simply moved the outdoor event inside. “We just moved everything into the Commons and everyone had a fine time and the community got even a better chance to walk around and see all the changes at KPC,” said Bill Howell, student director at KPC. As students were busy registering for fall classes and enjoying the free food and entertainment, Howell was available to talk about many of the new courses at KPC, “We have our paramedic program which is the only one in the State and our new digital arts program, which is also unique in the State, and of course we just started construction on our mining and petroleum services building which we hope to have on line this spring, so there are a lot of opportunities for students here at KPC and it’s apparent that students are recognizing that KPC is UAA’s presence here on the Peninsula and that all our courses are useable at UAA as well as transferable to other universities. Additionally, KPC has a history of and is positioned to provide the training that Alaskans are going to need to do the jobs in Alaska in the future.”

Diamond highlights Boys and Girls Clubs fundraiser
Hoping to blast off with their greatest fundraiser ever, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will be hosting their annual dinner gala and auction at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai this Saturday, September 9th at 6:00pm. “This is a new venue for us but it’s a spectacular place to hold the event. Our theme this year is ‘A Child is a Diamond in the Ruff,’ and we actually have a diamond that has been donated by George Walton of the Diamond and Gold Co. in Anchorage. This is a $19,000 stone that is a beautiful oval cut diamond with great color that will be raffled off and drawn for December 1st. We will have a number of other stones also that will be put into the auction and the balloon pop will feature a jewelry box with correlating numbers to win one of five gems to be given away,” said Kelli Brewer, board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.

NBHA District Finals held in Soldotna
The rainy weather broke just long enough last week for the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) to hold the Alaska District Finals Championship in Soldotna. “It was rainy last year too, but we’ve worked hard to get the grounds ready and with the help of our member volunteers and Alaska Sureseal we’re in good shape and ready to race,” said Karen Jensen, AK 01 District Director prior to opening ceremonies. Riders ranged in age from 11 to adults, with youth 18 and under competing and adults 18 and over in a separate class. According to Jensen club member, they have been riding every Wednesday night to beat their times and qualify for the District Finals. “We doubled our membership this year and these kids have been working their butts off every Wednesday to improve their times, they ride almost every day throughout the summer to prepare for the Wednesday night races,” said Jensen.

Bush, Cheney should be held accountable
The facts are perfectly clear! The actions of Bush and Cheney constitute treason in the highest degree. They must be impeached, removed from office, then tried, found guilty, and then —executed. By their own declaration we are in a war!

Native organization doesn’t own road right of way
This letter is in response to Sunday’s (Aug. 27) article about the gate being closed on Marathon road.

Gov. Murkowski doomed to failure from the start
Governor, In wasting State monies for another expensive legislative special session, it seems obvious you haven’t received the Alaska Republican voters’ message they sent you on August 22, 2006? Are you really that obtuse? If so, I’ll write slowly and maybe it will soak in.

Tell politicians — less oil company profits
With regards to the letter printed Thursday, Aug. 24, (Clarion) discussing “Government interference causing high gas prices” from Christopher H. Fogleman in Reseda, Calif., I have to say your wrong.

What about being fair to bears?
I read the subject article (“Bears, garbage still a problem,” Aug. 29) in the Clarion today. It appears the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is unaware of their responsibility to not only protect humans but protect wildlife from humans.

Kasilof fishery hits snag
A proposal that could provide new subsistence opportunities in the Kasilof River drainage area, and is being discussed at a Federal Subsistence Board meeting today, is flaring tensions between the board and state resource managers.

Resident enough for tax break?
A proposal to change borough requirements governing eligibility for the state and borough property tax exemption programs for residents over 65 years of age gets a public hearing today before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Built to suit
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles involving a possible arson fire in Sterling, questionable business practices by a home builder and the alleged swindling of millions of dollars in property from an elderly Sterling couple.

Roger John ‘Jack’ Norris Jr.
Nikiski resident Roger John “Jack” Norris Jr. died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at his home. He was 75.

Challenging teens to succeed: Alaska Military Youth Academy program needed for at-risk kids
Nationwide, nearly 7,000 teens dropout of high school every school day — and one in three students who enter high school in this country will not graduate. This is a silent epidemic that puts kids at risk for alcohol and drug use, gang violence, and abusive relationships. These alarming statistics point to why increasing awareness for the Youth ChalleNGe Program is so critical.

Peninsula Reflections
Helen Gwin celebrates her 92nd birthday Wednesday, Sept. 6. After living in the same place since she and Pat arrived in 1946, Helen recently moved to Eagles View independent senior housing off Snug Harbor Road.

· Jill Abbott and Billy Inman of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Chole Rydel Inman-Abbott, at 9:17 a.m. Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Beekeeper a buzzin’ Fish fry fundraiser planned Community coalition meeting set Women voters to meet Cruise fundraiser set to sail Historical society to meet Walking fundraiser slated Library issues toy warning

Community News
The Kenai Community Library will host the following events this week: Tuesdays — Russian stories at 11 a.m. and Preschool Story Hour at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays — Wee Read at 11 a.m.; Thursdays — After school stories at 4 p.m. and writers’ group meets at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 21; Saturday — Totem Tracers Genealogy Society meets at 1 p.m. for its Resource Saturday. Totem Tracers members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19.; Sunday — Second Sunday stories are held at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month.

Senior Activities
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Sports Brief
The Kodiak volleyball team swept Kenai on Friday and Saturday at Kodiak.

Griffin, Crowley take titles
Gordon Griffin and Paula Crowley won gross championships at the Combined Kenai and Birch Ridge Golf Associations Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at the two golf courses.

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