Thursday, September 6, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Tote return scheduled Business start up workshop slated Nursing assistant training set Fisheries business assistance available Business recognized

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tax break nixed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to allow a five-year-old property tax exemption related to spruce bark beetle infestation to terminate at the end of this year.

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: 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.

Police investigate rash of burglaries
Police are urging residents to make sure their homes and vehicles are locked after burglars struck five locations in Kenai between Aug. 22 and Labor Day weekend. The burglaries occurred at the dental office of James Julien, the medical office of Michael Merrick, Central Peninsula Counseling Services, the First Baptist Church and at Kenai Central High School.

Practice makes perfect
"Engine respond. Engine respond."

Kenai candidates share views
All three candidates running for two Kenai City Council seats told business leaders on Wednesday they favor continued economic development in Kenai and welcome the anticipated arrival of retailers Wal-Mart and Lowe's.

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

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Kenaitze Head Start welcomes back families Caregiver support group to meet KMS open house today Resource development to be discussed Peaceful people to meet Rubber duck race slated Walk/run set for Kasilof Tutors sought CPHC board meeting set Watershed to host party

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.

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.

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

Waldorf Salad
1 gala (or other thinned skinned

Bacon stays crisp in 'Sentence'
The big movie at the box office this weekend was Rob Zombie's blood-soaked remake of the classic horror film, "Halloween," an odd choice for a late summer release, considering it's kind of got its own date all marked out in October. Regardless, I opted out of seeing it for several reasons. One, horror movies in general are not really my style, and Rob Zombie, in particular, falls far out of my usual range. Today's horror films are often too much consumed with gore and a penchant for brutal and sadistic torture rather than scares.

Poet's Corner
The grass grows greener

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

Art Briefs
Council offers art fellowship Get paid to create Teen writers sought Artwork wanted Watercolor workshop across the water

Spacing out
Anchorage visual artist Don Mohr has made an impact in Kenai.

What could have been: Indianapolis and New Orleans open 2007 season tonight
Last season's Super Bowl was a fluke.

Sports Briefs
The Bulldogs needed four sets (26-24, 24-26, 25-18, 25-17) to defeat the visiting Kardinals on Tuesday.

Take pride
I've been thinking a lot about golf lately ... probably because the end of our season is getting closer and I'll miss seeing all the wonderful people that come out to play at Birch Ridge. Having only a few more reports to write, there's so much I want to say so bear with me as I reflect on a few of the many great things I love about this crazy game of golf and why I feel such pride in being a part of the Birch Ridge "family."

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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