Thursday, October 22, 2009

Homer bar back in business
You just can't keep a good bar down.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Commenters testify: Facebook ruins marriage
In November 2007, I wrote a quick little one-off post about Facebook.

Roasted, Mashed Squash

Tasty Pumpkin Soup So Good . . .
Roasted and mashed flesh from 5 pounds (4-1/2 cups) winter squash (use a combination of squash like acorn, sweet dumpling or butternut, plus a sugar pie pumpkin), recipe follows

Roasted Squash Seeds.. .mmm
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Roast Squash and Pumpkin
5 pounds winter squash

Mind a-Mazes a success
The KPBSD Mind a-Mazes Competition was held at Soldotna Middle School on Oct. 10. This event, sponsored by the Quest Program, involved over 200 students from Kenai Peninsula schools. Student teams spent the day demonstrating their solutions to this year's challenge: "Crazy Catapults." Students were required to design, construct, calibrate and set off a device capable of launching a ball into a large wastepaper basket. For the "Spontaneous problem," students had 8 minutes to design and build a cantilever using straws, craft sticks and pipe cleaners. These events would not have occurred without the help of many adult volunteers.

HEA considers 'self regulation"
Homer Electric Association is moving toward "self regulation." What does that mean?

Community support makes health fair a success
On behalf of Central Peninsula Hospital, I would like to thank the following for making the 2009 CPH Health Fair a huge success: Soldotna High School and staff for the use of their facility; ACS for providing computer line access during the event to register participants online; Kaladi Brothers for their donation of coffee for our participants and volunteers; Dr. Curt Buchholz for his medical direction and support; the 30-plus vendors for providing valuable health information to our community; Peninsula Hearing for providing free hearing screenings; Kenai Public Health nurses and nurses from CPH for volunteering to speak with participants about their screening results; and the 50-plus workers made up of CPH employees, hospital auxiliary, and other volunteers for working the different stations and booths at the Health Fair.

Thanks to new governor for listening
I've seen my share of political regimes in Alaska. And after 38 years in tourism, I've seen a wide range of support for our industry and lots of ideas about how tourism marketing should be conducted. Today, the Alaska Travel Industry Association is responsible for promoting Alaska as a visitor destination, and recently concluded its annual convention in Fairbanks, which drew over 500 delegates. A hot topic was how to draw visitors during a bad economy. Everyone was nervous about next summer.

Display of teamwork inspiring
On Saturday I had the privilege of watching an amazing display of teamwork, athleticism, and courage. Twelve athletes stared down an unfriendly opponent who would test their preparation and fitness. A handful of supporters were bundled up, cradling cups of coffee in their hands, cheering for their teams.

School board mulls studies
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators are proposing to launch a third-party economic impact study to underscore the contributions the school system makes to the peninsula.

Group forms to address peninsula's sustainability
Whenever Kate Veh comes home after visiting her in-laws in Europe, she can't shake the feeling that the U.S. is falling behind in developing its energy future.

RCA adopts net metering rules
In a move praised by alternative energy advocates, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska last Wednesday approved regulations setting net metering requirements for large electric utilities. The regulations won't become effective until after being reviewed by the Alaska Department of Law and signed by Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell.

Cruise line won't substantiate numbers
Alaska's biggest cruise line says visits to Alaska were down this summer, but the company's own financial filings raise questions about that statement.

New city of Kenai councilors face full business agenda
Right after taking the oath of office, newly elected Kenai city councilmen will hit the floor running tonight as the council business agenda covers issues ranging from the annual dipnet fishery to multi-million dollar appropriations for major city projects.

Sterling man OK after crash
A pilotless small aircraft streaked across Soldotna Airport's tarmac Monday night, crashing into another aircraft, utility trailer and a building before coming to a standstill.

Woman indicted for second-degree theft
Sophie Elizabeth Yezierski, 25, was indicted on second-degree theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $500 worth of services or property from Safeway in Soldotna on June 30 by a Kenai grand jury on Friday.

Photo feature: Hangar on
Tim Gangloff of Tim's Painting works Wednesday afternoon on an aircraft hangar nearing completion at Kenai Municipal Airport. Aaron Murray, of Western Steel, said the 75-foot square building, owned by Kenai Hangar LLC, will meet an unfilled need. "There's no available hangar space for lease in Kenai," Murray said.

Ted Jefferson Archer
Sterling resident Ted Jefferson Archer died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, in Soldotna. He was 63.

Around the Peninsula

Sports swap looms

Around the Peninsula

More flu doses available

Skyview netters beat Kenai
The Skyview High School volleyball team defeated Kenai Central in four games in a Northern Lights Conference match Tuesday in Kenai.

About kids, not for kids: Great movie, but not a wild rumpus
'Where the Wild Things Are'

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

Art Briefs

Writing to be discussed

Poet's Corner: Poems by Lydia Power, Kenai


Saints win Pop Warner title
The Soldotna Saints capped off a perfect season with a 13-10 victory over the Anchorage Bucs to win the Pop Warner Football League's Midget Division state championship on Sunday.

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