Thursday, November 4, 2010

State authority heads to court over Skagway dock fees
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, the state development corporation, is about to tangle in court with the owner of a dock in Skagway used by AIDEA's prime customer for the Skagway Ore Terminal, which is owned by the authority.

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

How common is common sense?
Republicans in, Democrats out. But really, is there going to be any change? The answer is no. It's going to be the same ol' same ol'; Republicans trying to dictate what you do in your bedroom, what you do with your body and -- here's a newer one -- where you can worship your religion based on its proximity to a sight of a terrorist attack. Not to mention probably start another war that we don't need and will put us further into debt. Democrats will play themselves as defenders of your freedoms and will get re-elected in 2012. Then what? They will dictate what the market does, attempting Keynesian economics that got us into this economic mess in the first place (or at least made it a lot worse).

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.

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).

What is an anarchist?
In Alaska, it's not about the individual or what party they represent, it's about who is best to bring about economic prosperity through resource development; who is best positioned to develop opportunities for Alaskan families. Federal departments; Commerce, Interior and Agriculture command control over the majority of land and water in and around our state. Under Commerce: NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service and the Economic Development Administration. Under Interior: BIA, BLM, BOEMRE, NPS, FWS, USGS, and the Office of Surface Mining. Under Agriculture: Forest Service. These agencies are vital to developing land and water; our raw resources for Alaskans.

'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.

Compromise cuts through noise: 2 men solve racing nuisance issue with private, civilized dialogue
Rarely do two men who fall on the opposite side of a contentious local issue shake hands three times after the public hearing.

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.

Parnell asks for resignations from commissioners, officials
Gov. Sean Parnell, elected to his own four-year term in the Nov. 2 state general election, has asked for letters of resignations from all of his commissioners, deputy commissioners and division directors who are appointed, Parnell said in a press conference.

School board discusses drug testing policy
The school board continued to mull its options on instituting a student athlete drug testing policy on Monday.

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.

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.

Ikuko Tidwell
Soldotna resident Ikuko Tidwell, 63, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, peacefully in her home with her husband by her side, after a 4-year battle with lung cancer.

Around the Peninsula

Spin bike time

Around the Peninsula

Regional haze to be discussed

Northern Lights Conference volleyball championship begins today at Skyview
Skyview comes into the Marathon Oil Northern Lights Conference tournament with the top seed from the Southern Division, home-floor advantage and a four-game victory over first-round opponent Kodiak this year.

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First Thursday

Movie reviewer has possible Oscar nominees on radar
Those who know me or read me regularly will find it no surprise that I didn't run out to be first in line for "Saw 7" or "Saw 3-D," as it's been so cleverly titled. I watched the first "Saw" movie and thought it was a mean, grimy little one-note film with a relatively interesting ending. Since then, the series has gleefully ridden the wave of "torture-porn" horror movies, and is now desperately trying to hold on, even as that nasty little trend has started to play itself out. I know people think they're just harmless fun, but it's not for me.

Poet's Corner: The Half Life (part one;)
from a bottomless moment,

Exploring life, death through art: Hospice and arts council team up in Homer
At first glance, the Homer Council on the Arts and Hospice of Homer might seem as apart in their missions as their offices at either end of Pioneer Avenue and East End Road. HCOA offers programs in the visual, performing and literary arts. Hospice of Homer helps people with terminal diseases facing the end of life.

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