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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Forbidden fruit brings big bucks at Soldotna Chamber costume dessert auction
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's (SCC) annual dessert auction seems to get more over the top every year, as participants dress up as their favorite fantasies, and bakers pull out all the stops on creating dessert art to benefit the organization. "It is our only fund raiser of the year, although it's become more of a 'Fun' raiser, with the costumes and bidding wars that take place," said Michelle Glaves, SCC executive director.

2010 CFK winner Freya Chay selected for prestigious Brower Youth Award
Kenai Central High School sophomore 15-year-old Freya Chay recently returned from San Francisco, where she was one of six young Americans to be honored to receive the National Brower Youth Award (BYA). In a news release, BYA stated that young people who have yet to celebrate their 23rd birthdays are today responsible for some of North America's most prominent environmental victories, such as creating incentives for homeowners to invest in clean energy. That was exactly what Chay accomplished as a high school freshman through her Caring for the Kenai project this spring, when Alaska's Governor, Sean Parnell, signed such incentives into law.

MRC Regional Manager selected for Alliance president's award
Dave Pilatti, Regional Manager for the McJunkin Red Man Corporation (MRC) was chosen to receive a prestigious award given by the Kenai chapter of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. The "Alliance President's Award" was presented to Pilatti during a statewide banquet held in Anchorage recently, with over four hundred in attendance. "It was a great honor," Pilatti said at a meeting of the Kenai chapter of the Alliance held subsequent to the event. "I strongly support the Alliance and what they do for our industry and the State of Alaska. I was delighted to receive the award on behalf of my company, in front of such a large gathering and honored that Bob Favretto nominated me for the award," he said.

Foot Flare 'N' Wear passionate about helping "Pink for the Cure!"
Created by Harry and Lisa Cotler, owners of Foot Flare & Wear located in Soldotna, the annual breast cancer awareness and fundraising event called "Support the Twins for Life" was a great success."October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and last year Lisa and I wanted to do something in honor of my mother who is a breast cancer survivor.So we started the "Support the Twins for Life" event, and had a tremendous turnout from the community.And this year we worked to make the event bigger and better than last year," said Dr. Cotler DPM.Many community vendors pitched in with raffle and prize items to support the event, but the most popular item in keeping with the Think Pink for a cure theme were the pink "Support the Twins for Life" t-shirts." You're seeing them all over town now, not just on our staff. There was a limited supply and we'll continue to offer them here at the store until they're gone with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Fund. Additionally Lisa made a hand crafted necklace utilizing the breast cancer insignia in the design of floating crystal beads. We sold those through the end of the month with all proceeds also going to the Komen Fund.

CERT trains with National Guard for disaster preparedness
The Kenai Peninsula area Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) held another local training scenario on Saturday, October 16th.According to Glenda Landua, Office of Emergency Management (OMB) program manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the event was successfully carried out in cooperation with the Kenai Fire Department, the National Guard, and communication offices at Central Peninsula Hospital. The hypothetical incident was an offshore earthquake that generated a tsunami wave that impacted the mouth of the Kenai River, causing multiple areas of damage and personal injuries. CERT volunteers coordinated with the National Guard who provided transportation, in various degrees of emergency response including doing mock triage, search and rescue, first aid, as well as testing their ability to communicate between the different groups in time of emergency. "We even had a public information officer who came down from the State Department of Homeland Security who video taped the exercise, which we will be able to use for future training and letting people know what CERT is and why they might want to be involved with CERT in the future," Landua told the Dispatch in an interview.

Sugared Turkeys and Chocolate Moose
If you've ever made rolled out sugar cookies, you know, from trial and error, that a good sugar cookie recipe is worth its weight in gold. You may be tempted to try other recipes from time to time, but if you have one that works, you're apt to stick with it. That's how this recipe for chocolate sugar cookies is for me. The dough is easy to work with and handle. During baking, the cookies retain their shape and the precise impressions left by cookie cutters. And, the same recipe can be used with chocolate, or without. If you're not keen on rolling cookies into shapes like stars or turkeys, or even moose, the dough can be rolled into a ball or treated as a drop cookie, adapting well to add-ins such as finely chopped nuts or mixed candied fruit. It's not too early to make plans for holiday cookie baking and packaging, especially if you plan to ship cookies to a member of the military. To get packages delivered in time for the holidays, the United States Postal Service (USPS) urges early mailing and offers shipping guidelines, via their website, at www.usps.com.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter

Royal Ornamental Frosting for decorating cookies
1 pound (4 1/2 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted

Sometimes government really does work
During an election year, it's become popular to bash government, so when we Alaskans have a department that works, it is important to spread the word.

Sportsmanship appreciated
I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank all of the young men and women who represented Homer High School in the semi final game against Kenai on October 9. While they did not come home with the championship trophy, they did come back with something just as meaningful - The Sportsmanship award. This award is voted on by all the coaches and the officials involved in the tournament. I am extremely proud of your efforts and accomplishments during this season.

Kasilof special use area necessary
First, I would like to thank Mr. Dante Petri for writing his article, concerning the Kasilof Special use area (Oct. 29).

Kenai Library supporters come through again
No matter what the economic climate, one constant you can count on is the support of the Friends of the Kenai Community Library. The Board of the Friends of the Kenai Community Library just held its annual dinner and raffle and it again proved to be successful through the efforts of the board and the support of the community.

Time to review online safety measures
Halloween is a good time to talk about safety with your children as well as taking steps to protect them while they are online. October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Gov. Sean Parnell proclaimed October as Cyber Security Month for the State of Alaska (http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-proclamation.html?pr=5554).

Remembering the way kings used to be
The groans will grow between now and the board of fish meetings in Anchorage! (An Outdoor View, 10-29-10). Kenai king salmon are scarce and smaller nowadays. There is still a derby for them though. After four decades of hook and release the kenai king salmon is an extremely exploited species. Back in the 80s there were Kenai king salmon batched up for enhancement. It was a guide and board of fish member who directed commissioner Collingsworth to destroy the eggs. That same person told of one July when he hooked 70 kings. Sure the draggers kill a lot of kings but if these fish cannot be protected where they spawn why complain? Yes, the 4-strokes have reduced the hydrocarbons, yet traffic and turbidity remain in full measure. That I dare to speculate that the fish board will form a king salmon committee. The state parks or Department of Natural Resources will hire some consultants from Outside to determine if the river is overcrowded. I hope the king proposals get the consideration and action that they are worthy of.

Kenai teen killed in Spur Highway collision
A 14-year-old Kenai girl was killed in a late morning collision on the Kenai Spur Highway Tuesday.

Incumbents sent back to Juneau: Central Peninsula voters re-elect Olson, Chenault to House seats
Republican incumbents swept local State House races on the Kenai Peninsula as polls closed on Tuesday night.

Seward student attacked by bear
A brown bear attacked a Seward-area student on Tuesday morning, causing minor injuries, according to school district leaders.

Election results will hit home: Proposition B among issues of importance to Peninsula
A long and bitter election season will draw to a close on Tuesday as voters head to the polls.

Spur Highway Closed
A 14-year-old Kenai girl was killed in a late morning collision on the Kenai Spur Highway Tuesday.

What a long, strange trip: Noisy election nears end
It has been a rambunctious and noisy election, possibly the most mean-spirited in years, and most Alaskans will be glad when the cacophony of advertisements and noisy press conferences ends.

Peninsula voters share their thoughts
Kenai Peninsula voters seemed most impassioned by the race for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat on Election Day 2010.

Winds cause outages
Strong winds Sunday evening caused scattered power outages around the Kenai Peninsula, including wide spread outages in Nikiski and Homer.

'Write-in' leads in Senate tally: Miller, Murkowski keep up the fight; McAdams leaves it 'all on the field'
ANCHORAGE -- Write-in ballots held the lead in the Alaska Senate race late Tuesday, a good sign potentially for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's long-shot effort to keep her job.

Cody Bryant Burman
Former Soldotna resident and high school swimming champion Cody Bryant Burman died Oct. 27, 2010, in Savannah, Ga. He was 27.

Sam Leslie Huddleston
Kenai resident Sam Leslie Huddleston, passed away Oct. 30, 2010, after a 3 1/2-year battle with cancer. He was 90 years old. He died in the home he and his sons built in 1988.

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Regional haze to be discussed

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HEA Energy Fair this weekend

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