Tuesday, October 17, 2006

60th Wedding anniversary brings legislative citation in time for 62nd anniversary celebration
It was a happy day for the Hermansen family of 7, as they gathered at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce to see their parents Herman and Dorothy of Coho Loop receive a legislative citation in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary. The proclamation recognizing their 60 years of marriage as well as the couple’s extensive community service was presented by State Senator Tom Wagoner and came just in time for their 62nd anniversary, “The legislature may not move too quickly and I apologize for that but Herman and I go way back as original members of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association and he and Dorothy are truly deserving of this recognition,” stated Wagoner.

Sneak preview reception great success at Challenger Learning Center
In preparation for next month’s gala event to be hosted by U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and his wife Catherine at the Anchorage Hilton Ballroom for the benefit of the Challenger Learning Center, a “sneak preview” reception for the Kenai Peninsula Community was held last week. The event featured tours of the Center and an air star planetarium along with visits from community dignitaries. The man who first conceived the idea of bringing a Challenger Learning Center to Alaska, Pat Ladner, was on hand to discuss the future of the Center.

Think back and try to remember the very first time you went fishing in your life. I can't recall for sure where my first fishing trip took place but I do know it took place somewhere in Wisconsin. As a young boy there was not a whole lot of fishing as my mechanic father spent most of his time working. He would on occasion take a few days here and there to take us kids fishing. I think one thing that discouraged my father from taking his children fishing more was the fact that he never learned how to swim and being around water scared him. I can remember several early childhood fishing trips with my father and most were either at E. Wolf River or the Eau Claire River. I can remember one trip where I stepped in the water over my new shoes and got a wet foot while landing a big carp. I think my father was more excited then I was over catching the big carp, as he wouldn't accept my apology for getting my new shoes wet. He kept saying, "Don't worry about those shoes. Look at that huge fish you caught!" I can also remember catching small panfish from the Wolf River never Stanley Wisconsin and it was perhaps my first favorite fishing hole. I'm not sure just where I caught the spark that created my tremendous love for fishing but I do know that throughout the years I have spent thousands of hours relaxing some place with a fishing pole in my hands. Very few things in life relax me any more then fishing and it really does not matter just what kind of fishing it is. I have been fortunate to be able to fish throughout the Midwest and as far south as Texas. I have caught such exotic fish or should I say rare fish as paddlefish and also sturgeon. It really does not matter to me what kind of fish I catch or where I go to fish or whether it is ice fishing or in open water.

Kenai Watershed Forum thanks their volunteers
As the Kenai Watershed Forum comes up on their 10th anniversary this winter Executive Director Robert Ruffner is impressed by the growth his grass roots organization has achieved, “Things have grown like gangbusters since the beginning of the organization and this time of year is always fun for me because in order to prepare for our volunteer appreciation party I have to review the photos of the summer activities that my staff takes. This year it was a true joy to see all the activities that went on that I didn’t even know about, with seven staff members I just can’t keep up with what everyone is doing, so it was a real pleasure to review all the good stuff that not only the staff but all our volunteers have been doing,” Ruffner told those who gathered at the Kenai River Center for the annual appreciation picnic.

Alaska Great Skate now Rock, Rally & Roll
The Soldotna roller rink formerly known as the Alaska Great Skate has undergone a major make over and is now open as the Rock, Rally & Roll. Molly Blakeley is the new owner of the “Planet Soldotna” roller skating, X-Boxing, Play Station, and pool playing fun club. “We were having a birthday party for my daughter when it was still the Alaska Great Skate and I thought, gosh, if these kids are having so much fun in this vintage environment I bet with a make over they would have a total blast. So I told the owner, my mom Sally Hoskins, that I wanted to buy the roller rink and here we are just three-and-a-half weeks later in a totally remodeled, reorganized facility ready to go, we even have new plumbing fixtures,” said Molly. Blakeley says her idea for the make over was to go for a Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Café type of décor, “We have hundreds of vintage vinyl records on the ceiling with CD’s dangling from them, rope lights, and brand new carpet. Everything is new, totally amazing and we invite everyone to stop by and check out how fantastic it all turned out.”

Letter writer was right on
Let me hear an amen to the letter written and submitted by Paul Morrison (“No such thing as cheap labor,” Oct. 9). Did anyone else happen to read it? Now someone needs to do something! Or is it too late?

‘Re-elect nobody’
The question posed in the Clarion (regarding term limits) has been around before. It reminds me of a great bumper sticker I saw one day, causing an epiphany right there in the parking lot, which read “re-elect nobody!” Talk about “term limits!” Of course I believe my representatives will vote themselves out of office by approving term limits. And Star Trek is a documentary and Ed McMahon is waiting at my house with a big fat check.

Knowles gets high marks for education plans
For those of us raising young children, we hope and pray they will receive the best education, the best health care and have access to the services they need to grow up safe, healthy and successful.

Solstice party made possible by volunteers’ long hours
Solstice, the longest day of the year, June 21 was celebrated with the annual Music and Art Festival, a fund raiser for KDLL public radio.

Helmets will be needed if river horsepower is increased
I live in Atlanta, GA and have been coming up to fish the Kenai for 10-plus years. This summer with all of the guide boats on the river I wasn’t sure if I was in Alaska fishing or on the Atlanta freeways at rush hour! Guide boats were everywhere including the hours and days they were “not allowed.” I think I speak for many when I say that the “Guides” are ruining the fishing experience that I have come to enjoy so much. The thought of letting them go from 35HP to 50HP is asinine. If that passes I will need to bring a crash helmet and hope for airbag technology on boats.

Gas reserves tax, Point Thomson key to state’s future
If you want a gasline, you are going to have to force Exxon to develop Point Thomson; it is the keystone to any gasline. Exxon has sat on Point Thomson leases for thirty years and offered 22 development plans. The State was about to force development or take back Exxon’s Point Thomson leases until the Murkowski “Firings.”

Support made bonfire a roaring success
The KCHS student council would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents, businesses and community members that helped to make this year’s homecoming activities a great success.

Let working class pay for own retirements, not government’s
In regard to Sen. Tom Wagoner’s message on the pension shortfall (Oct. 5):

Bed races were no snooze
Many, many thanks to all those teams and supporters who took part in the recently contested 7th Annual Soldotna Lions Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race. And our condolences to those who missed “The Last Great Laugh of the Summer.”

Take a page from teens’ dedication
Triumvirate Theatre/Bookstore/Art Gallery gives a big bravo to Cook Inlet Academy students.

No reason not to
There is no longer any reason whatsoever not to impeach the most outrageous criminals in America’s history. They have conspired to involve our young men in ruinous foreign wars by first perpetrating an “inside job” terror event right here in our own country, by means of which they killed 3,000 humans — and immediately then blamed those they had already targeted for their illegal wars of plunder and brigandage. Impeach Bush and Cheney now!

Seward roads rough, ready
Repair work to damaged roads and bridges in the Seward area continues this week as the region works to recover from last week’s severe flooding.

First stop in travel abroad
The Kenai Post Office was bustling with business beyond the usual box holders checking their mail Saturday, as the outer lobby area was opened for a “Passport Family Affair” event.

Place to rest head
Borrowing somewhat from a Kevin Costner film, one Soldotna City Council member expressed community angst that if a homeless shelter is built, homeless people will come.

Students without homes find help within district
It isn’t a student’s passing or non-passing grades that first attracts the attention of Jennifer Reinhart. It’s whether or not a student has a home and what kind of shape that home is in. As the homeless liaison for schools in the southern Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Reinhart, a 1990 graduate of Homer High School, focuses her skill on meeting the needs of students in transition.

Vacation for your vote
A group sporting financial backing from two of Alaska’s largest oil companies and dedicated to defeating the proposed gas reserves tax has launched a contest asking Alaskans for their top 10 reasons to vote no on Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 7.

Era still flying through bankruptcy process
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has for the fourth time since January approved Era Aviation’s request for use of its cash collateral. In the meantime, the airline has heard nothing from its creditors about its re-organization plan, according to the airline’s attorney.

Water-testing kits available
Free test kits for assessing the purity of water drawn from private wells are being made available to Seward homeowners by the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the wake of last week’s flooding.

Nikiski kids get Irwin’s message
Understanding death, particularly an untimely one, is never easy, but an instructor at Nikiski North Star Elementary found a way to turn several children’s grief over the recent loss of an animal-loving icon into a positive scholastic lesson.

Housing, office complex plan moving ahead
Before a land deal with Lowe’s and a lease extension for Wal-Mart are considered by the Kenai City Council tonight, the group is expected to hear public presentations on topics ranging from water bills in the off-season to independent living for seniors.

Neil David Armbrecht
Nikiski resident Neil David Armbrecht died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006 in Anchorage. He was 61.

Fixing the bus breakdown: Funding changes leaves borough looking for transportation solutions
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is motivated to make its transportation system both safe and highly efficient so as not to draw money away from the general funds available for instruction. While this year’s transportation start-up did not run as smoothly as we would have liked, we have considered it a lesson learned. A task force met to analyze the old and new transportation routes; the task force set procedures in place to assist in a smoother transition when necessary changes must be made in the future.

Around the Peninsula
Borough honor choir performs today Annual pumpkin contest continues Domestic violence workshop set NRA fundraiser takes aim Halloween carnival set to spook Halloween party set for fun

· Maureen and Christopher Hensley of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Arianna at 7:11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Community Events
Parenting class for men set Baby topics to be discussed Russian fun night scheduled Adult hockey league begins Domestic violence workshop Car care tips offered Pumpkin contest scheduled Children's craft fair planned GED help available in Ninilchik

Around the Peninsula
Take a Break to meet Health center plans one-day closure La Leche League to meet Christmas bazaar set Community dance planned

Peninsula Reflections
Clam Gulch Tower is sort of a historical monument. It was part of a national defense network called the White Alice Communication System (WACS). The Army Corp of Engineers surveyed the site and Morrison Knudsen Corp. (MK) built the tower. Western Electric Co. installed the antenna and power supply.

Getting better, one step at a time
Whether it’s math, science or swimming, Kenai Central senior Taylor Moore isn’t afraid of the laborious work it takes to find the right answer and get to the next level.

Sports Briefs
Homer sweeps Valley Invitational Skyview third at Dimond-Service

NLC, GLC award honors
Both the Northern Lights Conference and the Great Land Conference announced postseason awards on Monday from voting conducted by the leagues’ coaches.

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