Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Winter officially arrived in Soldotna in the early morning hours of October 12th as we received a couple inches of new snow just after I left to begin a hitch on the slope. Despite arriving home with a sore neck that had been bothering me for several weeks, I was still able to get a lot of things tucked away for winter. My boat that I just purchased this fall (20 ft. Wooldridge) was also moved into my shop the night before the snow fell.

Mayors proclaim October Domestic Violence Awareness month
According to authorities domestic violence was once a well kept secret among families, but today it is recognized as a serious crime with severe consequences for survivors, their children and families impacting entire communities. In recognition of the national effort to increase awareness of domestic violence, the mayors of Kenai and Soldotna have once again proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Getting into the swing of things
Ken Liedes owner of Alaska Lanes Family Bowling in Kenai has added another great indoor sporting event for the whole family; a miniature golf course in the area that used to house the bingo hall. “Bingo has moved out and now we’re providing some new family fun for everyone here at our family bowling center,” Liedes told the Dispatch. The new indoor game facility features a nine-hole miniature golf course, “The holes are 16 feet in length and we can accommodate about 40 people at one time. The 10th or 19th hole if you’re playing 18 holes is a bull’s eye where you can win a free game if you knock your ball in the bull’s eye. Our obstacle holes include Ferris wheels, airplanes, fire engines, bowling pins of course and moving obstacles where you have to time your shots to try and make the hole-in-one,” explained Liedes.

Odgers leaves Kenai Chamber to head up March of Dimes
Reluctantly the Kenai Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director. Janie Odgers who has been at the helm of the organization for the last several years is moving on to Anchorage where she’ll pick up the reigns as the state director for the Alaska March of Dimes. The announcement by Chamber board president Jason Carroll at a recent luncheon meeting brought all in attendance to their feet for a standing ovation in appreciation of her efforts on behalf of the Chamber. In presenting her with a dozen roses Carroll said, “Janie has worked hard and done an outstanding job for all of us, we’ll miss you but know you’ll be back to visit us real soon.”

Mysterious chamber event a roaring success
Returning to the “Roaring Twenties” for a night proved to be a great success for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce annual wine and beer tasting experience. The original Who-Done-It mystery written by Theresa Gamble, of Signal Communications, had an array of shady characters all with motive to do in one Anthony “the Animal” Gambino. In the weeks that led up to the Chamber’s gala event clues were distributed to members and could also be found on their website. “I love to write and I have a host of imaginary friends who made it easy for me, but when I started I didn’t realize that so many of the Chamber Board members had actual similarities to the fictitious characters I created, it was great fun,” said Gamble, who was the only one who new who did it until the confidential evidence was revealed the night of the event. According to the author it was none other than Shaydee Highbinder, in the massage room, with poison, because he didn’t want to resurrect his dynamic duo cross dressing stage career with Gambino in Las Vegas.

Peninsula has no one to blame but themselves
The Kenai Peninsula has nobody to blame but themselves and politicians they elected for loss of Agrium. They were all too busily pandering to Conoco; starting with Borough Mayor John Williams, Rep. Mike Chenault, chairman of House Finance, and Rep. Kurt Olson, chairman of House Labor and Commerce.

Volunteers, donators dive in to help swimmers
On behalf of the KCHS swimmers, coaches and the Swimming and Diving Booster Club, I would like to thank the members of our community who helped make our Kenai Invite Swim Meet such a success on Sept. 22.

Column offends reader
Once again I am shocked and appalled to see and read the articles allowed to be printed in our local newspaper. I am referring to article written by Nan Misner in (the Sept. 30) Editorial page. The article, "To pee or not to pee," is in very bad taste. I am surprised the editor allowed it in the paper and not only that, the article is boring.

Students' actions heroic
Soldotna High School would like to thank the following students for their heroic actions in helping a Soldotna High School staff member in need. The students' actions were quick, helpful and thoughtful, and SoHi is proud to have them representing our school.

Respected man will be missed
The whole community suffers a great loss on the passing of Lou Schilling. All the recognition, awards and accolades are only part of the story. He was well-respected in the church where I grew up. Wish that I were there to add my voice to the services and comfort his grieving family.

Young Marines earn a salute
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank the Alaska Young Marines, including Seth Payfer, Codie Williams, Chase Amador, Ian Dukowitz, Trik Dukowitz, Danelle Blom, Andrew Blom, Skyler Petry, Lilli Petry, Natalya Davis, Paris Davis, Patrick Trent Noah Ness and E.J. Ismael, for their exemplary volunteerism in the community and Soldotna area seniors.

Cartoon does not represent Agrium well
On Oct. 1, the Peninsula Clarion published a cartoon that linked Agrium's Kenai Nitrogen Operations to the recent corruption trials under way in Alaska. The message the cartoonist was trying to send is unclear to me; however, I am extremely offended by the inference.

Efforts of two make evening a classic
Saturday night, Oct. 6, was an incredible evening filled with beautiful music. Thank you to the community for supporting the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, with over 260 people in attendance not to mention the 40-plus musicians present, also.

Special session looms
Just days before a 30-day special session of the Legislature convenes in Juneau to discuss Gov. Sarah Palin's proposals for revising the state's oil and gas tax structure, lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula were expressing reservations about how much can be accomplished in such a short time.

Photo feature: Winter coat
A young, frost-covered moose walks through equally frosty grass while feeding with a sibling and its mother early Monday morning in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for cold and clear weather.

Hilts, Crawford seated
Under a cloud of uncertainty regarding the validity of a term limits proposition approved by voters earlier this month, the school board Monday night chose to seat two members duly elected by their constituents, but possibly ineligible to serve another term.

Task force seeks burial sites
Members of the revitalized task force looking into creating a cemetery in Soldotna will gather Friday for a visit to five potential sites.

Suit filed over term limits
Contrary results from the Oct. 2 municipal election that saw voters re-elect three incumbent members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough to new terms while also approving term limits that prevent them from taking office has produced the expected lawsuit.

Mine toxin effects discussed
With potential development of the Pebble gold and copper mine and the Chuitna coal mine looming, a great deal of information has been disseminated throughut the community. A presentation tonight figures to add to the debate over possible environmental effects of large-scale mining.

Junk, Rec Center, buffers on docket
In an attempt to sort out the difference between what one person believes is trash and another, treasure, the city of Kenai is planning to take another run at defining junk, garbage and litter under the city code.

Halibut harvest issues reviewed
After hours of testimony and discussion at its October meeting in Anchorage, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council took steps toward resolving contentious issues stemming from charter halibut operators harvesting more than their allowable quotas.


Warren Enzler
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Warren Enzler died, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, in Oregon after surgery for a broken hip.

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1/2 cup butter, softened

Around the Peninsula
Book fair fundraiser continues Mine toxins to be discussed Golfers to meet Public health plans 1-day closure United Way fundraiser set MOPS to meet DAV meetings set

Calf fries were the attraction long before the concerts
LUBBOCK, Texas If bull testicles are not on your diet plan, be careful when ordering dinner at the annual Phi Delt-KA Kalf Fry at Texas Tech.

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1/2 pound (1 cup) fresh

Around the Peninsula
Women invited to take-a-break Nutrition classes set Flight instructors take wing Cabin hoppers kick-off set CPCS to meet Book sale fundraiser slated Autism to be discussed Teen dance scheduled Howl'oween contest set to scare Library seeks volunteers PenDOG classes to start

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Aunt Leona's Heirloom Recipe Walnut Bread
3 cups flour

Lightnin' breads rise to the occasion
In the mid-19th century, when leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda first came into use, a new variety of breads called "quick" or "lightnin'" breads became common.

Healthy Bites
An apple a day ...

Nikiski netters top Soldotna
Nikiski made an emphatic statement on Tuesday in a nonconference match against visiting Soldotna that last year is in the past.

Threat hits too close to home for students comfort
Editors note: On Oct. 1 Skyview High School administrators found a non-specific threat in one of the schools restrooms. Verbatim columnist Thomas Osterman offers his view on the event.

Students produce TV pilot
PITTSBURG, Kan. Students at Pittsburg State University are putting together a television series that will air on the city's cable system later this year.

Kenai Peninsula College host arts, open mic, movie
Student housing discussed Student union hosts movie night, open mic Art department news Process Technology l lab under construction Paramedic students take exams

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Student finds with age comes responsibilities
Every year, Alaska's summer days attract the masses people who wish to partake in this state's stunning, unparalleled, beauty.

Mind boggling
Spectators crowded around The Montessori Chicks as they put the finishing touches on a contraption that stood several inches taller than many of the adults in the room. Kneeling at the base, sixth-grader Molly Silta put a thin coat of puffy paint on the edge of a half-inch zinc-plated washer and let it go.

Brown Bears return to home ice
The Kenai Peninsula's high school teams are subjected to some brutal road trips, such as bus rides to the Interior, boat rides to Kodiak and plane trips to Southeast. Those trips are nothing compared to a Kenai River Brown Bears trip, though.

Brown Bears notch upset against Wildcats
Prior to departing on a 22-day, eight-game road trip, Kenai River Brown Bears coach Mike Flanagan knew that team owner, Barry Schoenly, and others had planned on renovating the Brown Bears' locker room in anticipation of their arrival back at home.

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