Friday, September 10, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

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!"

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.

Park work moves ahead: Soldotna Creek parking lot discussed
The Soldotna City Council debated if Soldotna Creek Park will have enough parking space after approving two contracts this week for its expansion.

'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.

Hunting accident wounds Soldotna man
Two Soldotna men were hunting black bear on Wednesday night out Funny River Road when one of their guns went off, striking the other in the back, according to Alaska State Troopers.

In the News

Body found in Kenai River identified

Seward man arraigned on manslaughter, other charges
The Seward man who allegedly drove drunk into Resurrection River in July 2009, killing a 13-year-old boy, was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court this week on several charges, including manslaughter.

Small potatoes? Cool and wet summer not all bad for growers
A cool, wet summer wasn't all bad news for Kenai Peninsula gardeners and growers, but weeds, trees and grassy lawns were some of the biggest benefactors of the inclement weather.

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.

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.

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

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.

Jake Galley
Former Soldotna resident Jake Galley died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 in Blanding, Utah. He was 86.

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.

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

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.

What now for OUR hospital?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made one thing crystal clear in rejecting a proposal Tuesday to consider entering Central Peninsula Hospital into a partnership with a for-profit hospital management company.

Mushroom Mania returns; Fungi flourish in Peninsula forests
Ken Gill and Dominique Collet looked over the Kenai River, shoes planted among fallen autumn leaves. The glistening waters attract most visitors, but the pair were discussing the type of fungus growing on a tree that leaned over the water. Gill and Collet threw Latin terms back and forth, then turned around, and headed further into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

An Outdoor View: All about tides
With so much change and confusion in the world today, I find comfort in simple things I can count on, year after year. Things like the tides.

Refuge Notebook: Skilak Loop project to increase recreation opportunities
As you read this, perhaps you are wondering, "Why is the Refuge Fire Management Officer writing about wildlife habitat projects and wildlife-oriented recreation opportunities?" Well, I have to say that I've asked myself that same question. As I thought how to answer that question, I realized there is a very simple explanation. It's really all about the critters, about their habitats, and about our (public) access to places where wildlife live. I also realized that every refuge employee and volunteer, even the firefighters, play a role in wildlife and habitat conservation "for the continuing benefit of the American people" (from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Mission).

Perils of Polly: We've landed in Russia. 'OK. Now what?'
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Around the Peninsula

MOMS Club to meet

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.

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

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

Poet's Corner


Art Briefs

Ladies dart league season

Church Briefs

Freedom Walk to be held

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.

SkyHi looks to close in on playoff spot
The Skyview football team has a chance to put itself in prime position for a playoff berth when it travels to Houston for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

Sports Brief: Dart league set to start
All ladies interested in playing steel-tip darts for 2010-11 should contact Donna Flug at 283-8017. There will be a meeting at the Eagles Aerie on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Kardinals outlast Bulldogs
The Kenai Central volleyball team defeated host Nikiski in five games on Thursday in nonconference action.

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