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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

38th Annual Hatch Chile Festival

Flame Flavor with World-Famous Hatch Chiles

Oil disaster shows need for more clean, efficient energy
The devastating Deepwater Horizon oil disaster has killed thousands of birds, hundreds of endangered and threatened sea turtles and dozens of marine mammals. It has impacted hundreds of miles of coastline and severely damaged the tourism- and fisheries-based economy of the region. The full extent of the environmental and economic impacts may not be known for years.

Assistance after accident appreciated
I was on my way home on Friday evning when I hit a caribou it pulled me off the road and down the embankment. There were so many people who stopped to help me, I just want to thank them all. I don't know who they were and I'm sorry I didn't think to thank them when it happened -- I was a little freaked out -- but they were right there pulling my kids out and getting them up to the road making sure they were safe. There is not enough thanks to all those people, even my nephew was there. They were all a blessing to me that day and I want them all to know it. Thanks to all of you, God bless you for your kindness!

Hockey team comes to the rescue
We recently had 22 tons of hay delivered to us. Being of the age where this could be a daunting task, we looked for a solution. We called the Brown Bears to see if they would be interested in helping us out. They did. It took them just over 2 hours to unload the container van and move the hay into our hay shed, neatly stacked as well.

Industry Appreciation Day appreciated
I want to express my appreciation to the creators and organizers of Industry Appreciation Day. It is an event that sets our community apart, and in high esteem. Rather than waiting and feeling entitled for the Goose to lay another golden egg, for the last 18 years even as our industrial base has been waning, the Kenai Peninsula has gathered to say thank you for the jobs we still have in oil and gas, fishing, and tourism. We've got it right and like Ziggy said, "Life doesn't give you a chance, Life is a chance to give!"

Prop 2 talked over: Voters will decide on mayor or manager
This October, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will get to decide the way the borough is managed -- by an appointed manager or elected mayor.

Cafe reopens after crash
Business was slower than usual at the Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company cafe on the Sterling Highway yesterday after Sunday's accident that sent a pickup truck through the front windows.

Assembly opts not to move forward with hospital joint venture
With one 5-4 vote on Tuesday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly blocked the road that the hospital governance structure discussion was headed down.

Dogs dash through Labor Day agility trials
Ice, a Sheltie, ducked between white poles. Heidi Vania ran past an A-shaped platform as her Sheltie scuttled over it. The canine sprinted off the A-frame and headed for a hurdle. The dog leaped and strands of fur pressed backward as it cleared the pole bar.

Peninsula man charged in weir incident
An Anchor Point man has been charged this week for sending debris down the Anchor River to disable a Department of Fish and Game weir.

'We're done': Assembly rejects hospital partnership with LHP
After the hospital's governing board spent about $300,000 and six months doing the research that led to its whole hospital joint venture recommendation, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly killed the idea with its first true opportunity.

CPH issue draws a crowd: Assembly hears from public on proposed joint venture
Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting drew one of the largest crowds in recent memory, with people lining the walls of the chamber to take part in the landmark decision facing the assembly.

HEA proposes changes to rate structure
Homer Electric Association is proposing a number of changes in the way it bills customers that could go into effect as soon as January 2012.

Mayme Fern Brandt
Kenai resident Mayme Fern Brandt died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 at her daughter's home in Kenai. She was 85.

Norma Jean Nugent
Soldotna resident Norma Jean Nugent died Sunday, July 25, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 56.

James Ray Clark
Longtime Anchor Point resident James Ray Clark died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 at home. He was 72.

Francina J. Frizzell
Kenai and Soldotna area resident Francina J. Frizzell died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 at her home in Kenai. She was 70.

Harvey Charles 'Charlie' Albright Jr.
Sterling and Chugiak resident Harvey Charles 'Charlie' Albright Jr. died on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 in Eagle River, a victim of homicide. He was 23.

Clarence B. 'C.B.' 'Khaki' Robertson
Former Peninsula resident Clarence B. "C.B." "Khaki" Robertson died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, after a long illness. He was 82.

We're aware of FASD. Now what?
Today is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Our community is becoming pretty savvy about this disability. We have a lot more to learn, but overall, we've done well to educate ourselves about what happens when mom drinks during pregnancy.

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I KNEW MY FATHER AS

Playing with fire doesn't make a spark
"The Girl Who Played with Fire"

Whatever will be, will be: Soldotna artist finds a new start
Celia Cash's display at the Funky Monkey this month is more than just an art show -- it's a fresh start.

Art Briefs

Ladies dart league season

Soldotna topples Homer
The Soldotna volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Northern Lights Conference and 2-0 overall by defeating visiting Homer in four games on Tuesday.

Golf Report: Beautiful colors, weather welcome golfers to September
September is well under way and we have had some beautiful fall weather so far. The colors are absolutely gorgeous everywhere you look and nowhere are more beautiful than at the Kenai Golf Course.

Golf Report: Still lots of golf to play
It has been a great season and there is still lots of golf left to play. Birch Ridge Golf Course is in fantastic shape and ready for this weekend's third annual B & B Tournament. Play begins on Sunday at the Bird Homestead Golf Course where each four-person team will play three holes in a shamble, waltz three holes and the final three holes in a scramble. Teams pick up a brown bag lunch then drive to Birch Ridge Golf Course to resume the shamble, waltz, scramble format. At the end of play there will be an awards ceremony and barbecue. Weather forecast is for a great weekend so call Birch Ridge or Bird Homestead Golf Course to get signed up for one of the few remaining tournaments of the year.

Sports Briefs

Kenai Central changes game times

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