Thursday, September 20, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Wage, hour seminar slated Fisheries business assistance available

Internet buzz words: Podcast just a fancy term, not difficult to do
Internet marketers love to make up words. Imagine going back to the '80s and telling investors that our biggest companies would eventually have names like "Google" and "Yahoo." But as new words go, "podcast" is one of the best.

The Vineyard blooms in a new location
Brenda Clyde is the new owner of The Vineyard; formerly The Master’s Vineyard located at the Mooring Plaza on the Spur Highway in Soldotna, and has moved The Vineyard to an all new location on the opposite side of the Spur Highway next to Columbia Paints and Sweeney’s Clothing Store. “I wanted to create a place where people could come in and relax, take a few minutes to sit down and look through a book or listen to some music and have a cup of coffee,” says Brenda, and one stop by the new store and you’ll quickly agree that she has done just that, “The coffee pot is always on and I encourage people to come in and look, take their time look for a gift or just visit with a friend or come in and visit with me. I absolutely love visiting with folks and hearing the incredible things God is doing in their lives, that’s what we’re here for,” added Brenda.

Rounding up fun & funds at Soldotna Senior Center
As any western cattle rancher can attest to September and the coming of autumn means its Roundup time, a tradition of bringing in the strays and sharing the summer’s bounty that is as American as Thanksgiving. Eight years ago the Soldotna Senior Center decided to adapt the Fall Roundup theme for a fun filled evening and an opportunity to roundup some cash to support their endowment fund. With the infamous Spur Highway Spankers blue grass band as a headliner, last weeks Fall Round-Up was a sell out event, according to executive director Jan Fena.

Iraqi children receive Alaskan T-shirts
School is back in session, the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack has past and Soldotna Mayor David Carey is again facilitating patriotic activities for community members of all ages. “For our fifth year, we are sending monthly packages and letters to our uniformed troops serving in harm’s way as part of the ‘Red, White & Blue Program.’ This month we are once again collecting canned or vacuum sealed smoked fish, for our 2007 Taste of Alaska drive,” announced Carey. The canned fish may be dropped off at Soldotna City Hall on Birch Street during the month of September. Only tin canned or vacuum sealed fish will be sent abroad, however glass canned fish will also be accepted but saved for local troops who return home on leave.

Despite running late and getting to Homer almost 1 and a half- hours later then our pilot ,John Berryman of Beluga Float Plane Service, wanted us there, things looked good. We spotted several goats in the mountains while flying over which gave us renewed excitement before we even landed. My hunting partners were 17-year-old Damian Collum and my 12-year-old son Travis. This was perhaps the youngest crew I had ever left with on a mountain hunt and it seemed a little scary to think I am 23 years older than the combined age of my two hunting partners. With that thought in mind, I wonder if they make a 4 wheel drive all terrain wheel chair complete with a winch and brakes?

Chevron puts fuel into United Way’s tank
In the footsteps of the record breaking 2006 Kenai Peninsula United Way Campaign that raised over $800,000 under the chairmanship of Sue Carter, Joe Gallagher 2007 campaign chair, announced last week that this year’s goal will be $700,000, “That’s a huge amount of money, but by no means is it insurmountable and we are fully confident that we will reach our goal,” Gallagher told the Dispatch. Gallagher seems content to let Sue Carter’s record stand at least for another year but added, “Sue’s such a dear friend that I just can’t think about exceeding her record, she did a great job and I fully intend on following in her footsteps and will work to raise as much money as possible, but our goal of $700,000 is a lot of money and we’ll be happy to reach it,” said Gallagher.

Borough not listening; leave senior exemption alone
If you have a caretaker and are unable to read this message, please have someone read it to you.

Vote 'No' to keep voting rights
An element of serving on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly or school board is running for office. Because, by law assembly and school board member boundaries are adjusted after each census, so each member represents the same number of constituents, those whose area change by more than 10 percent must stand for election, even though their term would not normally be up. That occurred to me in 2002.

Jr. Classic goes swimmingly
Thanks to all who made the Kenai River Jr. Classic such a huge success. On Aug. 15 you made it possible for 76 youth who may not normally get an opportunity to go fishing to fish on the Kenai River. Youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southcentral Alaska, our local Young Marines and children from Elmendorf Air Force Base who had a parent who was deployed were all smiles.

Golfers, donors help 'Chip Away' at peninsula cancer
It is with great appreciation that we thank the many golfers and sponsors who generously supported our annual Chip Away golf tournament. While we cannot list each of the golfers, we would like to publicly recognize them and the following businesses for their monetary and donated gifts: Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Professional Home IV, Hutton/Mattson Certified Advanced Rolfers, Chevron USA, First National Bank Alaska, Glacier Pontiac-Buick-GMC, Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula, Northcountry Fair, Wells Fargo Bank, Soldotna Y Chevron, Binkley Street Dental, Southcentral Title, Eyewear Express, Dr. Justin Moore, Construction, Sweeney's Clothing, Dan and Reanne Pitts, Moxie Care, Arby's, Tesoro, Stanley Ford, Beemun's Variety, State Farm Insurance, Shilanski and Associates, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, Peninsula Internal Medicine, King Around Guide Service, Dr. Bobbie J. Behrens, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Spenard Builders Supply, Glen's Foreign Car Repair, Dr. Jay Rohloff, Columbia Paint and Coating, Lambe, Tuter and Wagner, Class Act Hair and Nails, Agrium, Dolly Farnsworth, Birch Tree Gallery, Ace Automotive, Sedona Florist, Jim and Sharon Geeslin, Grossel Photography, River City Books, Kaladi Brothers, Mykel's Restaurant, Claudette's, Uncle Lloyd's, Simply Signs, Body Mind and Spirit, Clay Otter Pottery, Best Transit Mix, Tom and Lyn Hodel, Summit Cleaners, Gamas Design, Marita Parks, Charlotte's Restaurant, Allen and Peterson, McDonald's, Donna's Gifts, Woman of Impact Ministries, Edward Jones/Ryan Kapp, Snowder Chiropractic Clinic, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Soldotna, First American Title, Maria Pacheco and Bird Homestead Golf Course. Special thanks go to George McDowell of Mac's Rod Shop and Brian Erwin of Frames N Things.

Term limits can't be OK for some, not others
How can term limits for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and School Board be unconstitutional? We've had term limits on the borough mayor since 1993. Our governor has term limits. Our president has term limits. It would seem that the legislative branches of government (in this case, the borough assembly) love to impose term limits on the executive branches such as the mayor, governor and president.

Election: Prop 4 would build fire station
Ballot Proposition 4, which seeks voter approval for issuing up to $1.4 million in general obligation bonds to help build a new fire station, concerns only voters within the Bear Creek Fire Service Area, but it would require those residents to agree to an increase in their annual property taxes.

Hydrocarbons back on agenda
Kenai Vice Mayor Joe Moore hopes to leave today's city council meeting with his colleagues' support as he and the Kenai River Working Group bring a resolution to the State Board of Fisheries.

Splash of color
Red and gold leaves stand out against a gravel road just outside Sterling earlier this month. Even though fall is in full swing here in Alaska, Sunday marks the first official day of Autumn.

KPC looking for tutors
Marilyn Albright approached her first tutoring position at Kenai Peninsula College with trepidation: How do you teach a person who's never spoken English, never read English, doesn't understand English, to speak English? Where do you start?

Prescription: Author to share inspiration
Homestead-era history buffs, genealogy enthusiasts and aspiring writers may want to drop by the Kenai Community Library tonight at 6 p.m. for a presentation featuring Naomi Gaede-Penner, author of the Alaska non-fiction series "Prescription for Adventure."

A good thing: Couple to appear on Martha Stewart
When Helen Tubbs attended the Pfaff Convention 2007 in Dallas earlier this month, she wasn't expecting to pack her bags for New York City so soon after she got back. But when she won an all-expense-paid trip to appear on Martha Stewart Living, she almost sold it on eBay.

Initiative changes put off
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed Tuesday to postpone action on an ordinance that would make key changes to the borough's initiative and referendum process.

Fresh as a mountain stream
Recent rains have resulted in standing or running water in several locations, such as this run-off stream that, earlier this week, crossed the hiking path along the Carter Lake Trail in the Chugach National Forest. Forecasters are calling for numerous showers around the Kenai Peninsula today, and continued cloudy weather into the weekend.

Jezreel Shayna Herr
Jezreel Shayna Herr died Sept. 14, 2007, at home in Meadow Lakes due to complications of Merosin Deficient Muscular Dystrophy. She was 9.

Arlene S. 'George' Rhodes
Longtime Kenai resident Arlene S. "George" Rhodes died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side. She was 63.

Jill Johnson
Longtime Soldotna resident Jill Johnson died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 64.

Anita Byers
Soldotna resident Anita Byers died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 54.

Arlene S. 'George' Rhodes
Longtime Kenai resident Arlene S. "George" Rhodes died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Be clever with your cleaver
I'll cut to the chase your knife skills scare me.

Healthy Bites
Did you know if you consume 100 fewer calories per day you could lose 10 pounds in a year? If you burn another 100 calories every day through exercise, you could lose up to 20 pounds per year.

Around the Peninsula
RCAC to meet POW-MIA Day ceremony set to honor SoHi parent meetings set KMS seeks volunteers for health screenings Community group to meet Donations for veterans sought Marathon to hit the streets Student housing to be discussed Prime rib dinner fundraiser set to dish

Bananas Foster
5 1/2 teaspoons ground

Original Nilla Banana Pudding
3/4 cup sugar, divided

Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies

Around the Peninsula
Tutors sought Park meeting slated Raffle fundraiser continues KPBSD seeks volunteers USDA food programs offered

Split decision on bananas
When bananas were introduced to this country in the mid-1800s, they were considered an exotic dessert and were eaten on a plate with a knife and a fork.

Mexican Bananas Foster
3/4 cup light brown sugar

'Brave' performances right, message wrong
Violence in movies is a tricky thing. Having grown up in a culture that embraces violence, especially righteous, justified violence, we tend to let it pass, either without a second thought, or, more often, with a thrill of excitement. Maybe it's because, as Americans, we've been pretty sheltered in that regard.

Capturing Juneau's essence
JUNEAU Renowned Southern California photographer Catherine Opie and her assistant, Nicole Belle, traveled from one end of the Juneau road system to the other over the last week and a half.

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

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Watercolor workshop planned

Poet's Corner
When I climb the mountain of the dead,

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, Golfers. The fall weather has been very accommodating with the brilliant sunshine that makes these days so special and so enjoyable even though the mornings are crisp. The colors are already starting to fade and it won't be long until the leaves have fallen and we begin to get anxious for the first snow.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
There are some sure signs that our golf season is winding down. We're wearing extra layers of clothing, scheduling later tee times in the morning and earlier tee times at night. We're spending more time trying to figure out how to best spend those long winter days ... doing more than just counting the days until we can get out our clubs and start all over again. Ahhh ... the wonderful life of the golfer in Alaska.

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