Thursday, October 18, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Young receives driving award Bioneers in Alaska conference set Women in business to gather Food safety leadership award offered Tyonek Platform, Peak earn safety awards Manufacturer of the Year nominations accepted Fisheries business assistance available

Internet buzz: Second Life more a link to mid-life crisis
I tried to find the romance in Second Life. I really did.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Library staff grateful for votes
The Kenai Community Library staff would like to thank the voters of Kenai for supporting the passage of Proposition 2. We are excited about the possibilities of expansion to provide a better children's area, a designated reference area and accessible shelving. We will be working on a plan to provide you with a more comfortable library that provides space for you to browse, participate in programming, study and access the resources you need.

Support appreciated
The junior class at Kenai Central High School would like to thank everyone who supported and participated in the class fundraiser. The class, in association with A-1 Enterprises in Soldotna, recently raffled off a Polaris Sportsman 450, won by Wesley Kvanosikoff. The junior class appreciates the support and is looking forward to a great prom in April.

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.

Employee assistance makes big difference
Just when you think you have experienced the very best there is, this wonderful surprise: the wonderful Tesoro refinery employees under the guidance of Steve Hansen. We at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank the board members, employees, and I wish to convey our gratitude for the work performed at our facility during the United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 18. Employees served lunch, painted, installed Christmas lights, cleaned, installed carpeting, repaired garden netting and performed general maintenance jobs. We are very grateful for their support now and throughout the year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Board discusses voc ed
In addition to the politics of term limits and the recent election results, the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board on Monday dealt with another subject education.

'Silent killer'
As winter weather continues to drop the mercury, more central peninsula residents are relying on wood stoves, fireplaces and other heat-providing sources to warm their dwellings. But with the increased use of these things also comes an increased risk from carbon monoxide.

Kenai Red Cross closes
Donations are rolling in, but the money isn't enough to keep the Kenai chapter of the American Red Cross open. Because contributions haven't been able to keep pace with the cost of doing business and providing services, the doors of the Kenai Red Cross will be closed indefinitely.

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.

Candidate similarity seen as run-off approaches
Peter Micciche doesn't think the Soldotna City Council can be run from inside the council chambers, and Linda Murphy doesn't believe a loud minority necessarily represents the majority.

Beach weather?
Theresa Parker walks her friend's dog Tess along a road on the beach in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Senior exemption changes in 2008
Senior property owners in the Kenai Peninsula Borough recently received notification of new residency rules they must begin meeting in January if they are to be deemed eligible for the borough's property tax exemption above that mandated by the state.

Alaskans need to speak out: PPT issue affects all residents; representative seeking input
As Alaskans consider the issues before us in the special session in Juneau, we pretty well know that most of the revenue that pays for state services comes from the oil owned by all Alaskans in common. We also know that the oil companies don't own the land or the oil beneath it. Alaskans own it, and they get a one-eighth share of the underground wealth. The oil companies get seven-eighths and that represents the lion's share of the money.

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.

l Brown Sugar Date Nut Bread l
1/2 pound (1 cup) fresh

l Chocolate Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips l
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

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 ...

l Pumpkin Spice Bread with Toasted Pecans l
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Aunt Leona's Heirloom Recipe Walnut Bread
3 cups flour

Around the Peninsula
Book fair fundraiser continues Youth Halloween party Saturday Literacy program fundraiser set Community dance set for fun Domestic violence workshop planned Pastor appreciation brunch set to dish LeeShore board meeting planned Passport fair set Women voters to gather Internet workshop rescheduled

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.

Poet's Corner
The leaves of many colors are deserting all the trees.

Artists cross the pond to the Kenai
Who, what ...

'Elizabeth' offers golden opportunity
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age"

Art Briefs
Library hosts pumpkin contest Graphic novel, art workshops slated Writers' group to meet Book club to meet Design contest begins Youth art work sought Artists in Schools seeks applicants Digital Arts Challenge planned Milestone moments sought Poetry out loud luring students Kids' reading program ongoing

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

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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