Wednesday, September 5, 2007

KPC opens new Mining and Petroleum Training Center
Classes are back in session at Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) and some of those classes are being held in a new facility that was dedicated August 23rd by a host of UAA officials and local dignitaries. “It’s our first new building at KPC in about 24 years and we are very excited to have the new Mining and Petroleum Training Service facility on line,” said KPC director Gary Turner. Following the official MAPTS ribbon cutting and dedication last week, KPC held their traditional welcome back community barbeque under drizzling skies with the gourmet grilling of Steve Horn.

Going underground to keep your yard or business green
Fall may be in the air but it’s not too late to have an underground sprinkler system installed so your home or business can be ready for a perfect lawn and garden next spring. The Colton family of Soldotna, Mike, Theresa, Blake and Matthew have been installing underground, automated sprinkler systems since 1998, “A couple of guys came over to visit my son Matthew and noticed my lawn and commented that I should put in an underground sprinkler system. Well, I thought about it and it just so happened I had experience as a young man working for a golf course, installing and maintaining sprinkler systems so I went ahead and put one in and after that the neighbors liked what we did and decided they wanted one too. Then our friends Scott and Deena Cunningham insisted I have a business license and from there Colton Inc. is now a statewide business with crews here and in Anchorage,” Mike Colton told the Dispatch.

Imagine living in some of the drought places of the world where they have not grown a decent crop in the past 40 years. Imagine the number one cause of death in your community being starvation. Imagine your number one concern each day of your life — if you even wake up to be wondering — is if you’re even going to have anything to eat at all that day. Imagine wondering just how long your children will survive before more food arrives.

A sunny salute to Peninsula Industry
The big three industries on the Kenai Peninsula, Petroleum, Tourism, and Commercial Fishing, were celebrated last week at Industry Appreciation Day, a tradition that was started 14 years ago by a couple of Nikiski residents, Jack Brown and Aaron Goforth. “My co-founder and friend Aaron Goforth passed away this year so this year we presented the family with a special plaque in honor of his effort to create this event. He loved industry and felt we needed to show our community appreciation for all that they do to sustain our quality of life,” said Brown. While no official count was made it was estimated that over 5,000 visitors turned out under clear blue skies for a final, free summer fling. Games included the Pink Salmon toss, set net round haul, frozen t-shirt contest, drawings for bicycles, and live music throughout the day.

Injured eaglet back in action
On August 2nd Liz Jozwiak, wildlife biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge received a call that a motorist had seen a distressed eaglet along the side of the road that was unable to fly and appeared to have a broken wing. Jozwiak responded to the call and captured the bird, “The reason we picked up the bird is that we didn’t know where the nest was. The first thing we do when there is no visible injury is to try to return the bird to their nest or the vicinity of the nest when it comes to eaglets that are trying to fly. We picked this eaglet up because we didn’t know if it had any injuries but it had appeared to have fallen from its nest which we were unable to locate. We first attempted to find a local veterinarian to do an x-ray of the bird but were unable to find anyone able to x-ray a bird so we transferred the eaglet to Bird Treatment & Learning Center (TLC) in Anchorage where the bird was thoroughly examined and x-rayed for injuries,” reported Jozwiak.

Visitor orchestrates thanks
Just a note of thanks to all of the peninsula folks who were involved in this summer's Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Festival. And to Mark Robinson, Laura Norton, Suzy Lee and the many volunteers in Homer and the Kenai/Soldotna area who put in untold hours bringing quality symphonic music to the peninsula.

Contributions hit the right note
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra would like to thank KBBI/KDLL, K-WAVE, KSRM and KLEF for their help in spreading the word about our 25th anniversary season Summer Music Festival earlier this month.

Reader: E-mail shortsighted
I'm writing in response to B. VinZant's article on Aug. 24 about an e-mail she received concerning a little store in Soldotna called "Pye Wackets."

Photo feature: Splash of color
Leaves get an early start on autumn on a tree in Soldotna on Monday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies and cooler temperatures this week.

CES grant money on borough agenda
Six ordinances are up for public hearing at tonight's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, including a measure accepting a $160,000 state grant targeting purchase of a new fire engine for Central Emergency Services.

CES' boots run over
With the help of firefighters, their families and friends, Central Emergency Services managed to collect more than $21,000 in its "Fill the Boot" campaign during the start of the Labor Day weekend.

Photo feature: Happy trails
Motor homes head out of Soldotna on Sunday evening. The Labor Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the tourist season as families head home, before the cold settles in for the winter.

Kenai's K9, Chevron, sniffs out the bad guys
At the end of Chevron's first month on patrol, he's already making the city of Kenai a safer place. A couple of days into his job, Kenai's new K9 police officer sniffed 7 ounces of marijuana, a scale and other distribution equipment valued at more than $2,500 in someone's trunk.

Senior health issues on tap
Keeping in step with senior citizens' desires to stay fit, the Kenai Senior Center is seeking an appropriation to help restart a health and wellness program on site.

Around the Peninsula
Agrium sets live fire training dates Special Olympics sets events Recovery rendezvous ready to go Dodgeball tourney slated Garden club to meet Refuge photographic trip offered Girls Scout roundup planned Food coalition offers mini-grant opportunities Hospice seeks volunteers Donations sought for military personnel Community resource directory available

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support group to meet Senior fall roundup ready to entertain Nikiski pool plans closure Scouting information nights set Cheer camp slated Foster care, adoption seminar set College council meeting scheduled Rubber duck race slated Scouting events planned Lifeguard training available Kids reading program continues Soccer coaches sought Community resource directory available Kennel club gears up for fall classes

Brown Derby's Cobb Salad
1/2 head of iceberg lettuce

Waldorf Salad
1 gala (or other thinned skinned

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Former chef for Kennedys recalls a loving family
It has been said that the Kennedy clan is as close to royalty as it gets in this country. They have wealth, power and a curse that seems to strike at least once a decade.

Green is gold: A peek at a trio of famous salads from New York, Hollywood and the French Riviera
The words Cobb, Waldorf and Niois' are big in the culinary world of salads. The legendary Cobb Salad, for instance, was created in 1937 by the owner of Hollywood's Wilshire Brown Derby restaurant, Bob Cobb. Once considered trendy, the Cobb Salad is now a familiar item on menus everywhere, especially at the Disney-MGM studios in Orlando, Fla., where the original Cobb Salad is served in a restaurant faithfully fashioned in the image of the imaginatively original Hollywood Brown Derby.

Food Programs
The Kenaitze Head Start and Kenaitze Preschool and after-school programs announce their participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

A heaping helping of health
Students in Kenai Peninsula Borough schools may find a little something extra in their school lunches this year.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary

Kenai Peninsula College
The Kenai River Campus was awarded $111,500 from Workforce Development/Senate Bill 137 appropriations made available for distribution through the University of Alaska.

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, golfers. I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I finally managed to make it up to Palmer for the State Fair 25 years in Alaska and this was the first time I attended. What can I say, I am a slow learner. My better half ran and hid in the hills, so I attended the fair with friends from Anchorage and had a marvelous time. The concert and fireworks Friday night were great and the weather was perfect. Saturday was a little less desirable with periods of light, misty rain and low clouds but we persevered as it would take more than a little rain to scare us off! I had hopes that the weather would keep less hardy souls away, but the crowds were thick. I headed back to the peninsula on Sunday thinking I would miss most of the traffic, but I am pretty sure everyone else had the same thought that I did as the traffic on the road was intense.

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