Wednesday, September 13, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Requirement for parents attendance leaves bad taste
Well, school has begun anew and with that the school has informed the students again that part of their grade depends on parental participation. (Sept. 7) the Kenai Middle School had an open house of sorts and my child informed me that we “had” to attend as it would count toward his grade. When did mandatory parental participation become the norm?

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.

Climbing for Kids tournament a success
On Aug. 19, Cancer Survivors on Mount Aspiring 2007, Climbing for Kids held its first disc golf tournament at the Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course in Kenai. The clouds parted, the sun shone and fun was had by all who participated; but most importantly, enough money was raised to send 30 children fighting cancer to camps designed to meet their medical needs while having lots of outdoor fun.

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.

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.

Peninsula bear cub finds home in Minnesota zoo
A brown bear cub orphaned after a sow was shot in defense of life and property in Seward has been rescued for placement in a Minnesota zoo. For the next 12 months, however, Kenai Peninsula residents will have a chance to bid the cub farewell at a wildlife center in Portage Valley where it is being cared for until it moves to Russia’s Grizzly Coast, a new exhibit the Minnesota zoo is building.

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.

Council to revisit Aspen project
A Soldotna street paving project that was shelved when more than half the property owners along the street objected to the cost is scheduled to be revisited at tonight’s city council meeting.

School board OKs new contracts
Perhaps the moment that best illustrated the success of the recently completed contract negotiations between teachers, support staff and the school district came during a work session prior to Monday’s meeting of the school board, when members of the negotiating teams from both sides sat down together at a table — and smiled.

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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.

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.

Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb
Longtime Soldotna resident Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 80.

Around the Peninsula
CPR, first aid classes availableRecycling groups up on problemHomecoming meal to raise scholarship fundsElection issues to be discussedQuilt raffle fundraiserPenDOG gearing up for classesEmergency supplies sought

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

Panthers deal Dawgs rare loss
The Skyview Panthers volleyball team remained undefeated with a three-game non conference sweep of the Nikiski Bulldogs Tuesday in Nikiski.

Journey to adulthood nearly complete for high school senior
As each day passes, I find myself nearing the inevitable — adulthood.

Sterling, Nikiski North Star begin year 2 as NASA schools
It’s called a SMART Board, and students at Sterling and Nikiski North Star elementary schools — partners in the NASA Explorer Schools program — can’t get enough of it.

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

Finally some sun
Finally the rain has stopped long enough to get in a few rounds of golf.It is about time!My better half and I enjoyed a leisurely round on Saturday afternoon and just about had the place to ourselves.Following the round we enjoyed a nice chat with Andy Anderson in the Pro Shop and I have to advise you all to watch out for him, he’s a heck of a salesman.

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