Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hometown team honored by Kenai Mayor
For more than three decades the Peninsula Oilers have been bringing the thrill of baseball and cheering for the home team to residents and visitors to the Kenai Peninsula. And through the years there has been plenty to cheer about. Just three seasons after the team was formed in 1974 the Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club won their first National Baseball Congress World Series. In 1993, they won their second and successfully defended their title in 1994 for their third National Baseball Congress World Series championship. As the new millennium dawned the Oilers took yet another Alaska Baseball League Championship and finished a very respectable fourth in the National Baseball Congress World Series and in a very exciting 2006 season the Oilers again captured the Alaska Baseball League Championship, prompting Kenai City Mayor Pat Porter to issue an official proclamation which she presented Shawn Maltby on behalf of the Club at last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “Whereas, the Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club, has brought hours of enjoyable baseball to our community and has had many productive seasons giving additional experience needed in ballplayers' career foundations, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in professional baseball; Now therefore I, Pat Porter, Mayor of the City of Kenai, do hereby offer many thanks to Operations Manager Shawn Maltby, Club President Albert Parra, and the Board of Directors for their years of dedication and continued commitment to the Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club; and offer applause to Oilers team members Catcher Kip Masuda; First Baseman Andy Preston; Short Stop Jake Kahaulelio; and Pitcher Jesse Jordan who were named to the 2006 Alaska Baseball League All-League Team, as well as 2006 Alaska Baseball League All-League Coach of the Year Thad Johnson and Jake Kahaulelio sharing the Player of the Year Award,” read Mayor Porter.

Black top downNew Soldotna Bridge on schedule
As mud and gravel disappeared and the blacktop went down on the northern and southern approaches to the new Soldotna Bridge last week, a renewed respect was felt for those stalwart homesteaders that endured so many years of mud and gravel roads as they raised their families and got their kids to and from school. Nevertheless, the business community that has been affected the most by the bridge construction is relieved to hear that the project is on schedule and that the light at the end of the tunnel is not from another bridge closure sign. “It’s been challenging and a little like when life gives you a lemon, make lemonade. The workers and crane operators have been some of our regular customers, they’re great people, and they offered to put a sign on their crane for us and we thought that was great and really appreciated it,” said Cherie Curry, who opened the new Crossing Restaurant at the bridge this spring.

From the Malfunction Junction to Northland Wildlife Studio
They’re still looking for the bear that use to provide many Kodak moments for visitors and shoppers at the Malfunction Junction near the “Y” in Soldotna, but Malfunction Junction entrepreneurs Gloria and Roger Ager have now opened the new Northland Wildlife Studio in Sterling. “We got the original name from a book in the Soldotna Library by homesteader Elsa Peterson and she said that in the late 1940’s one of the first women’s groups were formed in Soldotna and they called themselves ‘The Malfunction Junction Stitch and Bitch Club’ and we thought the Malfunction Junction would be a great name for an Alaskan made gift store,” explained Gloria.

Outdoors
This spring I drew a tag for hunting mountain goat in the Bradley Lake area and all summer I excitedly looked forward to this trip. On Monday September 4th John Berryman from Beluga Air, dropped off my Uncle Jim Von Haden, my son Travis and I on the far end of this glacier fed lake. We saw one nice Billy on our way into the lake a few bears from the plane. We unloaded the plane and set up our camp in between rain showers. I spotted a lone black bear on the mountain right above our camp but up about 4 miles. We built a shelter out of drift wood rope and a tarp to serve as a cooking tent and also to store and dry our wet gear.

Stained Glass Artist expands her venue in Sterling
With those long Alaskan nights right around the corner it’s a good time to be thinking about ways to avoid cabin fever and create something colorful for your home. In just six hours stained glass artist Sandy Stevens can have you walking out of her studio in Sterling with a self-crafted lead came or copper foil piece that you’d be proud to hang in your living room or give as a gift. “You’d be surprised at the people who come out here claiming they have no artistic ability whatsoever, and at the end of the day they leave with a piece in hand that they are as proud of as if they had bought it in a gallery,” said Stevens.

Support hooked a successful day
Many wonderful and giving people made the Kenai River Salmon Adventure for the kids of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula such a great success on August 8th. Our appreciation goes to Senator Lisa Murkowski who was a phenomenal speaker to the kids before the event and added tremendous encouragement and support for the kids throughout the day. Thanks to Senator Murkowski’s Family and Staff, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula — members and staff who worked so hard, not to mention the kids who were enthused and extremely well behaved and just plain fun!

Fire managers must use best tools to save lives
Another uncontrolled fire season is upon us bringing terrible destruction and loss of life, with fire officials AGAIN expected to continue restricting the only effective tool against uncontrolled wildfires. Namely the 747, DC-lU (now in limited use), and Ilyushin-76 Super Tanker type aircraft (see: Evergreen Supertanker — on internet) that corrupt government aviation and firefighting officials have restricted from service since 1995!

Beach trash makes reader wonder if fees on the horizon
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went for a walk on the beach off of Cannery Road. As we walked toward the mouth of the river, we started to notice an unusual amount of trash, but as we got to where the dipnetters had been, we could not believe our eyes.

Reader hopes for way to make bear encounters less deadly
(In reference to “Moose hunter kills brown bear,” Clarion, Sept. 1) Is there not a way that a bear can be tranquilized rather than shot and killed when a hunter, hiker or camper feels that their life is threatened?

Senior real estate tax a mess
They say there are two things you never want to see made — sausage and legislation. Forty years ago I was all through a sausage plant, and nothing I saw there was as bad as the legislative process I witnessed Sept. 5 at the borough assembly. I was not alone in my assessment.

Reader: Police, troopers need driving lessons
The worst drivers on the Kenai Peninsula is the police and state troopers. I drive this road from Kenai to work at the hospital several times a week and at least once and some time more a police or a state trooper will be on the road and drive in the lane beside me and pull in to my blind spot. I have had these so called drivers driving in my blind spot for some times up to a mile or more through town. I choose to leave those people in the blind spot or I slow down to let them ahead of me to get them out of my blind spot.

Nicotine should be removed from cigarettes
Just as Coca-Cola had to remove cocaine from Coke, tobacco companies should be forced to remove nicotine from cigarettes. It’s such an obvious solution, but because politicians take millions from tobacco company lobbyists, and all levels of governments make billions off tobacco tax revenue, no one talks about it.

Assembly doesn’t dig strings on donation
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly turned down a $10,000 donation Tuesday that was to have been used to hold a symposium on gravel pit operations, saying the money appeared to have strings attached.

Zoning plan on the move
By passing an ordinance establishing a mixed-use zone, the Kenai City Council on Wednesday laid the groundwork for making the central city more pedestrian friendly.

Snowbirds grounded
To be eligible for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s unlimited property tax exemption in the future, senior citizens must eligible for an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend and not be absent from the peninsula for more than 120 days in any one year, under a new law adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday.

Further revision to property tax exemption code likely
As the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly debated setting new senior citizen property tax residency requirements, Mayor John Williams requested a postponement, saying he intended to bring forward an entirely new ordinance, perhaps by mid-October, which would revamp the entire exemption program.

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Shooting for fines
While many hunters are still stalking moose, Alaska State Troopers are setting their sights on one or more moose poachers.

Seniors split on property tax exemption rules
“I don’t want to see anyone lose their exemption, but I can’t afford to lose it. I live off of social security and there’s no way I could make it if it wasn’t for the exemption,” said Sonia Byram (top left), a Kasilof homeowner and Alaska resident since 1972.

Teachers OK contracts
Kenai Peninsula educators have voted to ratify a new contract.

Plenty to pick from
Several people with a taste for sweet treats put in an hour of work and reaped the fruits of this labor Saturday.

Hugh Baxter Riley
Sterling resident Hugh Baxter Riley died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at Stone Brook Inn Assisted Living in Soldotna. He was 82.

Tommy Scott Hankins
Longtime Nikiski resident Tommy Scott Hankins died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 9, 2002.

Peninsula People
Kenai resident Ryan Gillis is being deployed to Iraq. Gillis is assigned to the Alaska Army National Guard with the Third Battalion, 297th infantry. He is currently stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts scheduled PFLAG to meet Help for commercial fishermen available Community schools begins registration Action coalition to meet Quilters set to stitch Oktoberfest slated Little league meeting set

Around the Peninsula
Recycling groups up on problem CPR, first aid classes available Women’s group to meet Kenai library to host Spanish story time Fairbanks orchestra to perform

Community Events
The Kenai Community Library will host the following events: 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 Sept. 18 — Friends of the Library will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Peninsula Reflections
Editors note: This is part one of a two-part column. Part two will run Oct. 9.

Community News
Meditative path available Driver safety class offered Recovery rendezvous set Teen-sized clothing sought

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Births
· Rachel and Jeff Babitt of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Callie Ann, at 3:08 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds.

Sports Brief
Men’s Night and Senior League is not finished at Birch Ridge yet.

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