Posted: Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

Only two months left of this year. Does that realization make you stop and consider how time flies and cause you to take stock of how you have used your time? It does me. I trust that all of you Ninilchik voters will be out to vote today.

One of our younger residents is one happy girl. If you see Timaney Anderson, you will see that she is all smiles. She is the owner of her very first horse, a 17-month-old bay overo Paint mare.

She told me she put her own money toward buying it with the help of her mother. Her horse is one of two that were transported from Canada and have made their home right here in Ninilchik. "Beautiful" is its description.

Two more horses from the same place have found a home at the Clam Gulch Petting Zoo owned by Rusty and Diane Odd. You may have met the Odds at the mall in Soldotna last Saturday where they brought some of their animals in full costume for the enjoyment of the public.

The Petting Zoo is in winter mode, upgrading the facilities for its horses, goats, miniature donkey, geese, ducks, chickens you name it. The Odds will be breeding pigs in the spring, so if you are in the market for one, you'll know where to go.

The Ninilchik Fair Association has a new e-mail address. It is The new fair manager, Lara McGinnis, would love to hear from you.

"CAP" and "NCF ": Do these letters mean anything to you? They stand respectively for Community Action Plan and Ninilchik Community Forum. The following information is from a prepared document that you can obtain by calling Mike Schuster at You also can call him with your questions.

"In April of 2002, Ninilchik residents met to determine the level of interest in drafting the area's first Community Action Plan. A team was organized to lead the process of developing a community plan. The meeting participants discussed issues at length and mutually agreed to compose a Community Action Plan.

" In October and November, the community met again to document the community's values, visions, priorities and projects (complete with goals and objectives).

"Then, in February of 2003, the draft Community Action Plan was discussed, debated and revised to reflect the true character and vision of the Ninilchik community. This document represents the cumulative product of those meetings.

"It was important to the organizers of this process to involve as much of the Ninilchik community as possible. In an effort to notify the community at large, announcements were mailed to local businesses, community organizations, churches and residents. In addition, flyers were posted in highly trafficked areas around town.

"Community residents met on four separate occasions at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair Grounds in Ninilchik to conduct the Community Planning process. Utilizing the USDA-Denali Commission "Community Strategic Plan" Guide and Form as a primary reference, Ninilchik residents participated in collaborative sessions to help build consensus among a diverse group of individuals.

"To ensure that the community was supportive of this planning process, a Memorandum of Understanding was developed and signed by several community organizations.

"An outcome of these meetings is that a loosely run organization was developed and named the Ninilchik Community Forum (NCF). NCF is made up of one representative or their designated alternate of each recognized organization in the community.

"They will have four public meetings per year. The CAP will be reviewed and updated reflecting new projects and programs, at the annual meeting of the NCF."

The pipeline construction in our neighborhood has been completed. Filling the line with natural gas will be done this week.

The Unocal Happy Valley wells on Oilwell Road will start producing into the pipeline this month.

Additional work on re-vegetating the right of way will take place next spring and summer. Driveway repairs also will be done after spring breakup.

Unocal, KKPL and H.C. Price would like to thank Ninilchik for all of the cooperation and patience during the Happy Valley Extension project. For questions in the future, call (866) 227-5385.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 567-3394 or by email at

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