Wednesday, October 4, 2006

TALENTS Project introduces youth to high growth industry jobs
A new alliance between the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Labor Workforce Development Business Partnership Division known as the TALENTS Project is offering opportunities for school aged and “at risk youth” to be introduced to high growth industry opportunities.

Dem Bones, Dem BonesDem Rug Bones help carpet new Habitat home
You wouldn’t want to order ribs at Rug Bones any more than you’d want to order a side of fries at Chubby Chickens, but if you’re looking for flooring materials at bare bones prices you’ll want to check out the Rug Bones warehouse on K-Beach Road. According to Rug Bones General Manager Mike Cole, carpet bones are basically the ribcage of a whole carpet roll, “Kind of like a beef rib the rug bone supports the whole roll of carpet, but our name came from our owner Frank Thomas who has been in the carpet business for more than 20 years and has owned many successful flooring companies with catchy names like Fast Freddy’s and Chubby Chickens,” said Cole.

Connections at Central Emergency Services
Last Friday the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections home school program hosted a community open house and student field trip at the Central Emergency Services (CES) in Soldotna, “This was a combination event for us. First an opportunity for the community to come out and learn more about what our program is all about and two, a chance for our home school students to get together and learn more about our emergency services in Soldotna and what our 1st responders do here at the fire station, and most importantly an opportunity to get together, talk with each other, have some fun and share a hot dog,” said Connections principal Lee Young. As Young was talking with Dispatch reporters, 13-year-old Chelsea O’Hara was diligently interviewing CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale for a paper she was writing on CES activities.

SoHi hosts District wide student government workshop
Student leaders from across the Kenai Peninsula School District gathered at Soldotna High School last week to share ideas and hear about issues confronting them and their classmates in the coming school year. According to SoHi student government advisor and BP Teacher of Excellence recipient Michael Druce, the district-wide student government meeting is an annual event designed to facilitate camaraderie and unity among students within the district.

After returning from the slope on Friday Sept. 29th I picked up my new pick-up in Anchorage and drove home. Not new (1999) but 11 years older then my old one. While driving through the Cooper Landing area I spotted a brown bear and cubs along the river but when I turned around so my son Travis could also see them they were gone. I’m not sure whether there was two cubs with the sow or three as I was concentrating more on keeping my truck on the road then I was looking for game.

Change questioned
Why change the War Crimes Act? Does this criminal administration wish to exonerate itself from its own acts of violence and inhumanity even before its members are in the dock? We certainly do have “transparency” in government now, don’t we? What could possibly be more transparent than the blatant fact that we have thugs and criminals running this country? How long will the public sip beer in front of their television sets and pretend none of what transpires in Washington, D.C., has anything to do with them? Certainly the brown stuff is going to hit the fan, won’t it? But when? Soon?

Seniors ‘round-up’ support
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank the wonderful donors and volunteers who contributed to the center’s Fall Round-Up fundraiser. A big thank you to the Spur Highway Spankers for their great music and evening of entertainment. Another huge thank you to Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Sweeney’s Clothing, Wells Fargo Bank, Jersey Subs, Radio Shack, Mykel’s Restaurant, Kaladi Brothers, Nita Douthit and Mary Lane for the fabulous door prize donations. A special thank you to Alaska Railroad for the trip tickets for two, and John Nelson for the beautiful hand-carved loon donated for raffling. A very appreciated thank you the Alaska Young Marines for their outstanding volunteerism in serving, and cleanup.

Governor’s decision impacts many lives
Just a few years ago I proudly voted for Frank Murkowski. That is one vote I wish that I could recall. The governor has placed friends and family above the lives of the citizens of this state. Here is one way that has impacted me directly along with several of our Kenai neighbors.

Reader: Letter sends wrong message to child
This letter is in response to Dave Briscoe’s “Requirement for parents attendance leaves bad taste” (Clarion, Sept. 13).

Reader: Job of parent means stepping into their world
Common sense said to leave well enough alone, but some things are important enough to speak out about. I am referring to a letter published Sept. 13 titled, “Requirements for parents attendance leaves bad taste.”

Annual events successful with help
As chairperson in charge of the 2006 annual Sweeps at the Sterling Senior Center, I would like to thank each and every one who participated in purchasing a ticket.

Reader offers ideas to help kids, seniors
Is it really a mystery in the Soldotna and Kenai area why there are problems in the community? Kids here have the movies, local school sport programs (what’s left of them), and if their parents have it like that, or there is a summer job taken, they ride ATVs. Usually, there are a couple of accidents a year that are fatal, and these are some of the things our children are left to do with their time:

Gas war creates hostages -- Alaskans
Help! Are Alaskans being held hostage?

Grant appreciated by center
The LeeShore Center would like to thank the Fred Meyer Foundation for its recent community grant in the amount of $621.25. These funds will provide food for clients residing in LeeShore’s emergency shelter facility.

Beluga washes ashore in Kenai
National Marine Fisheries Service biologists unleashed the heavy scent of decay over North Kenai Beach on Monday as they carved into a 2-week-old beluga carcass found there by a man walking his dog on Saturday.

Knopp tops Wolf
By a two-to-one margin, Kenai resident Gary Knopp defeated former Alaska House of Representatives member Kelly Wolf for the District 1 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Anderson edges Pawluk for school board seat
Marty Anderson, running to represent Sterling and Funny River on the school board, has retained his seat, according to unofficial election results posted Tuesday night.

Lewis leads Eldridge in Kenai council race
Four votes separated the candidates in the only contested race for Kenai City Council, which pitted Barry Eldridge against Tony Lewis.

City aims to charge RV Park for water all year
Why does a recreational vehicle park that has no income for seven months of the year have to pay Kenai for water and sewer service?

Three votes separate top two in city contest
In Soldotna’s only contested city council race, Betty Obendorf unofficially edged out Sharon Hale for Seat C with a three-vote margin.

Proposition 2 defeated
A referendum to repeal a controversial sales tax ordinance adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in 2005 went down to defeat Tuesday, as roughly 57 percent of voters said no to Proposition 2.

Patricia K. Newton
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Patricia K. Newton died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, after battling cancer at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 55.

Lois May Greenewald
Kenai resident Lois May Greenewald died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with her family by her side. She was 87.

Phillip Jack Stolz
Longtime Nikiski resident Phillip Jack Stolz died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at home with his friends and family by his side. He was 60.

Jimmie Patsy ‘Pat’ Weaver
Longtime Nikiski resident Jimmie Patsy “Pat” Weaver died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at her home surrounded by family after a long battle with emphysema. She was 72.

Planning for the future: Participation encouraged in State Parks’ strategic plan
Alaska’s state parks have given us, our families and our millions of visitors some of the greatest outdoor recreational opportunities in the world. But if we want to keep our state parks and outdoor recreation programs healthy into the future, it’s time for us all to sit down and map out a new trail.

Around the Peninsula
Redoubt celebrates safe walking Bee keepers all a buzz Quilter set to sew General election voter registration looms Breathing seminar planned Head Start reunion slated Russian fun night scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Adult hockey league set for action Caregiver training offered 4-H round-up scheduled KWF to host appreciation party Dog jog fundraiser unleashed Stories to be presented Little League to meet Fishing presentation set

Where to vote today
The municipal election for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, school board and service areas, Kenai and Soldotna city councils and Propositions 1 and 2 will be held today. The following is a list of Kenai Peninsula polling places for the election. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

General election voter registration deadline looms
Unregistered voters who wish to cast ballots in the general election Nov. 7 have less than a week to sign up.

SoHi swimmers compete in Kodiak duals
The Soldotna swimming and diving team competed in dual meets on Friday and Saturday at Kodiak.

Sports Briefs
Middle school runners tackle boroughs Kenai, Soldotna win middle school soccer

Kenai Alternative students discover literature doesn’t have to be boring:::A good read
Books you get assigned to read for school are boring, right?

High school a whole new world for former home-school student
You all remember that time in your life when there was something that was dramatic or shocking that you had to get used to? For some people it was moving to a new house, others it was getting used to a new baby brother or sister. For me it was high school.

Around the District
Child screenings available Free, reduced lunch program available Public comment on AYP sought VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Ninilchik School READS Primary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian

KPC to cheer on UAA Seawolf hockey team Saturday: Kenai Peninsula College
Two years ago, the UAA Seawolf hockey team played Canada’s Grant MacEwan College Griffins in the first NCAA Division I hockey exhibition game ever hosted on the peninsula. The game sold out and UAA won the game.

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