Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Shell Oil looking to new off-shore drilling opportunities in Alaska
Shell Oil Company pioneered off-shore oil and gas development in the Cook Inlet more than 40 years ago, moving some of their most qualified workers and managers to the Kenai Peninsula to develop the new found reserves. Several of those pioneers were present last week when Shell Exploration & Production manager Rick Fox returned to Kenai to present Shell’s plans for future exploration in Alaska to the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance. Retired Shell executives John Douglas with his wife Jean, Bill Nelson and his wife Lois, and Bill Olson all still live in Kenai and continue to contribute to the community. Fox recognized his former colleagues and praised their efforts in proving to the world that oil and gas development can be done safely in environmentally sensitive areas. “I’m very proud of the role my colleagues played in 40 years of safe operation and building the community as part of their career,” said Fox. “I think most people that live here now have forgotten what was here before oil & gas, and that the community, businesses, and quality of life that we now all enjoy has been the direct result of oil & gas development here,” said Jean Douglas, who also served as a Borough Assembly member.

Stitches of Love shares warmth with Foster Children
Quilting on the Kenai Peninsula has been a popular pastime and art form for many years reflecting the warmth and creative spirit of the community. Three years ago quilter Jane Avery became aware of a way to help children facing family troubles through her love of quilting, “I saw an article in a newspaper about a group that was making quilts for foster kids in Anchorage, so I contacted Allison at Children’s Services and she was so enthusiastic and encouraging that we got busy and put our group together,” said Avery.

New RIGS King of Reading crowned at K-Beach Elementary
The silver lining in all the cloudy weather this summer was rolled out last week when the results of the Reading Is Great in Summer (RIGS) program at K-Beach Elementary school was announced along with the crowning of a new King of Reading; his Highness Jonathon Granger. It was great weather for reading, and Jonathon now a sixth grader at K-Beach read just about every day totaling up 24,510 minutes over 408 hours during 43 days of summer reading, “I read a lot of science fiction while riding in the car back and forth to Anchorage. I set my goal to be the king of reading this year and I was pretty sure I had made it,” said the king after his official coronation by Principal Melissa Stavola.

Outdoors
During the past couple years of hunting here in Alaska I've endured several very frustrating moments from being caught in the mountains last year during a nasty wind and rainstorm to fighting a jungle of alders this year. Camping out in the wilderness of Alaska and dealing with all the elements here is a chore all it's own let alone despite spending a lot of money and hunting very hard only to come home empty handed. This year several of my friends came home unsuccessful with similar stories like mine. However one friend, Dr. Jim Delker had a very successful trip this fall and I would like to share his story with you. No I am not jealous (I really don't know if I have ever felt that emotion) I am very happy for him and his hunting partner, Dr. Jay Rohloff. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. Stop into the Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic someday and slap Jim on the back and tell him “Congratulations Jim”. Maybe he will even take you with him next year! Here is his story in his own words.

CES Boot overflows raising $18 K for MDA
For the last 12 years the men and women of the Central Emergency Services, their families and volunteers have established a tradition of participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Labor Day telethon with their Fill the Boot campaign that takes place at the “Y” in Soldotna. “Every year your firefighters, my street walkers I call them, put forth a tremendous effort to continue a tradition here on the Peninsula that was started by the International Association of Firefighters,” said CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale. According to Hale the team set a lofty goal to exceed their previous record of $16,500 that they raised last year. When the final coins had been counted Sunday morning they found a new record had been set and that $18,000 had been raised during the two day effort.

Community support helps bind book sale
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library would like to thank our community for another very successful used book sale July 27-29. Each year we are overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. We would like to thank all the people that donated thousands of books for the sale. We really appreciate your support of our annual fundraiser.

Support made softball season a home run
Peninsula Lady Kings 14u Fastpitch softball team would like to thank all of our sponsors:

Volunteers more than ‘fair’
A great time was had by all at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair. Contributions from Marathon Oil Co., Homer Electric Association, Chevron Texaco, Agrium, Wells Fargo Bank, Inlet View Construction, Canterwood Cabins and Spenard Builders Supply went a long way toward making this fair a huge success.

Troopers search for tips in brown bear poaching
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a brown bear after the bruin’s body was found on an old logging road south of Ninilchik, where it had apparently been laying dead for a week.

Homer woman found dead off road
A Homer woman missing since last Friday was found dead by Rotary Club friends Sunday afternoon in a single-car auto accident near Mile 54 Seward Highway just north of Summit Lake. Shari Henkelman, 49, was discovered still seat-belted in her overturned green 1998 Subaru Impreza about 100 yards off the road in a creek, said Alaska State Trooper Spokesman Greg Wilkinson. Thick alders hid the car from the road.

Unoccupied homes more likely to become burglary targets
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories examining burglary trends in the central Kenai Peninsula. Wednesday’s story highlights programs in urban areas than can deter burglaries.

School repairs focus of Proposition 1
The question asked by Kenai Peninsula Borough Proposition 1 is: Shall the Kenai Peninsula Borough borrow up to $2,588,000 through the issuance of general obligation bonds for school improvement projects?

Recovering stolen property can be a year-long process
As if it weren’t enough to have one’s home or business burglarized, then to watch as one’s property is sold on eBay simply adds insult to injury.

Listen up for hunting success
Like many men, Matt Churchill of Nikiski made a promise to do less talking and more listening this year.

Burglary victims lose more than just stuff
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories examining burglary trends in the central Kenai Peninsula. Tuesday’s story will examine how rural residents can protect their homes and belongings.

Charles ‘Chuck’ ‘Beezy’ O. Tachick
Longtime Soldotna resident Charles “Chuck” aka “Beezy” O. Tachick died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, after a brief battle with leukemia at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 75.

Wolf: People need leadership
I first moved to the Kenai in 1975 as a teenager with my parents, graduating from Kenai Central High school in 1979. I experienced the Kenai Peninsula growth through the boom after the pipeline days. I started working in the construction industry right out of high school. Beginning my education from the university of hard knocks early in life as a single parent with a special needs son, who helped teach me a lot about people, love, and compassion and yes tenacity. Leaving Alaska for a few years in the ’80s I met my lovely wife and returned to the Kenai Peninsula in 1990 were we have made it our home ever sense.

Knopp: Getting back on track
My Vision for the Kenai Peninsula

Long: Residents deserve best
Once each year, the Borough Assembly meets in Seward and in Homer. Last Tuesday, as I drove from Seward, the view was stunning. The leaves were bright, the light was right, and at stops along the way people were smiling and feeling the effects of some autumn sunshine. Driving along, I thought yet again of how truly blessed we are to call this wonderfully unique place home; the perfect setting for communities brimming with the quality of life.

Prop 2 ties hands of borough: Without ability to use all finance tools, schools, property owners could suffer
Citizens For a Positive Future was formed to tell the voters the real truth, and to help you understand a very confusing Borough Proposition 2. One of our Co-Chairs, former Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has said, “The Kenai Peninsula Borough is at a crossroads. Its future and the future of its young people depend on the direction we take at the October 3 election”.

Borough causes confusion about Proposition 2 that voters must sort out: ‘Will we ever know the truth?’
On October 4, 2005 a majority of voters approved Ballot Proposition 5 which set a 2 percent cap on borough wide sales tax. Since then Borough Mayor John Williams has been claiming this vote caused a financial crisis in local government. At every opportunity Williams has campaigned AGAINST the majority vote.

Community News
Class of 1987 seeks members Library plans events Teen-sized clothing sought Kenai River marathon slated Horse council meeting nigh Dog jog fundraiser unleashed Hospice training scheduled Emergency supplies needed Recipes sought Quilt raffle fundraiser Bus route changes announced

Peninsula People
Soldotna resident Kari Anne Gdula graduated in August from Boise State University with a degree in criminal justice administration. Gdula spent the summer completing an internship with the Kenai Police Department.

Births
Julie and Dale Heckert of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Andrew Ward at 11:08 pm. Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Recipes soughtCaregiver training offeredCPCS board meeting scheduledLeeShore board members plan meetingParenting class availableYouth exchange program availableKenai River marathon slatedKWF to host appreciation partyChallenger Center seeks volunteers

Peninsula Reflections
The Seaman family moved from San Diego to the woods north of Kenai, in what is now Nikiski in August 1952.

Around the Peninsula
Parenting class available ‘Nonviolent Sexuality’ presentation slated Refuge plans family fun day PenDOG gearing up for classes High tea set to pour Racquetball, basketball set to begin Depression screening available Auditions for murder mystery play set Breathing seminar planned Hospice training scheduled

Borough assembly positions don’t draw many candidates
Votes will fill three seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Oct. 3, but only the race for District 1 pits competing candidates.

Sports Briefs
Season circle track winners announcedTier II hockey begins Oct. 1

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