Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Peninsula Clarion - Dispatch

Chad, Bob & Charlene open CBC Tool Rental
From now on when someone says they have a friend at the CBC, don’t think they’re talking about the Canadian Broadcasting Company or that other club in Juneau, think tools, supplies and rentals. Bob and Charlene Oakes have opened a new rental and supply store just a couple of miles north of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway in what might be a record time from ground breaking to opening. “We started lifting walls June 1st and we officially opened our doors Monday November 6th,” said Bob Oakes. According to Oakes, who has been in the building industry since 1982, they used a panelized building system which allowed for the building to be “dried-in” within a week.

Need a new look before the decorations go up?
With the long Alaskan winter nights upon us and the decorative holidays right around the corner, it’s a perfect time to do a simple and inexpensive mini-make over prior to putting up the festive décor at your home. And the perfect place to find all the materials you’ll need for your seasonal mini-make over is Columbia Paint & Coatings in Soldotna. “Actually anytime is a good time to change the look of your home with some wall coatings or wall paper, to brighten, change or freshen up a room to get it ready for the holidays,” says Columbia Paint & Coating District Manager Russ Rosin. Russ is the son of Roger Rosin, the original owner of the Columbia Paint store that has been serving the community for some 30 years. “We like to help people and feel we offer good advice so we can not only sell the appropriate product but be sure the customer goes home and has good results with it. We do our best to answer everybody’s questions and translate what they have in mind into what they will be happy with when the job is complete,” said Rosin.

More than a just a pretty smile
It used to be the only time you went to the dentist was when you had a painful problem. The visit usually resulted in extractions, fillings, bridges, crowns, or root canals, all requiring painful, invasive procedures. You looked forward to going to the dentist about as much as you looked forward to a visit from the in-laws.

Former soldier recalls impact made by Marine
It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent combat related death of Marine Cpl. Mike Lasky of Soldotna. I first met Mike in March of 2002 while I was teaching a hunter education class for the Young Marines organization in Soldotna. Mike was only 18 years old at the time, but he greatly impressed me with his high level of maturity and self-assuredness.

Supporters earn cheers
The Soldotna High School cheerleaders would like to thank all of our sponsors for this years 2006 football season. With their support, we were able to purchase uniforms and send the SoHi cheerleaders to Anchorage to cheer on the state football champs.

Team spirit shines from community
The Soldotna High School football team would like to thank the wonderful businesses of our community for their support of our 2006 football season, as well as all of the local businesses who donated to our 2006 football program. The following businesses/sponsors went out of their way to help make our season a success: Dr. Tim Gleason, Jody Hatt, Mrs. Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Syverson, Elaina Spraker, Helen Aye, Lori Tavoli, Officer Tod McGillivray, Vernel Schneider, Lora Lahndt, Cyndy Denna, Shay Hutchings, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Soldotna Pizza Boys, TDS Construction, Hutchings Chevrolet, Agrium, Hawk’s Games, Amerigas, Three Bears, HEA, Dairy Queen, Edward Jones, Davis Block, Foster Construction, Spenard Builders Supply, Rick and Laurie Wood, Tesoro Alaska, Sherman Signs, Hughes Drilling, Mark Hutton-certified rolfer, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Andrew Mattson-certified rolfer, Carver Investments, Alaska Waste, Sweeney’s, Blakeleys Auction Co., G & S Construction, Century Fishing, RJ Charters, Kenai Outfitters, JP Guide Service, Alaska Fishing Outfitters, Dennis and Dandra Ghormley, Caribou Cabins and Trustworthy Hardware.

Halloween event a treat for all involved
For the past few years Sterling Elementary PTA has held a Halloween Trunk or Treat. This event runs before other functions in the Sterling area so that families have a full evening without leaving the area.

More rules on the river?
Hmmm! More drift boat days on the Kenai River huh? Will that include allowing guides on those additional days? Drift boats are exclusive, you know. Us older Alaskans find drift boats of little utility and those with handicaps are eliminated from fishing entirely on drift boat only days unless they are fortunate to have a friend who has a drift boat and invites them along.

Board OKs impaired listing
A local parks advisory board has voted to support a proposal to list the lower Kenai River as impaired under the federal Clean Water Act — a move that opponents of the proposal say would be premature and irresponsibly lump the river’s reputation with those of water bodies with far worse pollution problems.

PERS head says to pay now
The most important thing that Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Scott Nordstrand would like people to know about the Public Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System is that benefits are guaranteed under the state constitution, meaning it would take a constitutional amendment for the state to cut benefits in order to control costs.

Kenai trailer park residents have chance to speak up
Controversial proposals including mobile home park standards and a poor grade for the Kenai River are expected to draw a large crowd to the Tuesday night meeting of the Kenai City Council.

2 indicted for TJ Seggy’s robbery
Suspects arrested in connection with a Nov. 11 armed robbery at a Kasilof gas station told friends they were going to Soldotna to buy cigarettes and transmission fluid, when they instead drove to TJ Seggy’s, held up a clerk and stole approximately $265, according to an Alaska State Troopers report.

Man pulls gun outside Soldotna diner
An argument in the parking lot of Sal’s diner in Soldotna early Saturday morning resulted in a man being arrested after he pulled a gun on seven others, ranging in age from 17 to early 20s.

Kenai police looking for support to put dog on the beat
The Kenai Police Department expects to have a dog working the streets by next summer, adding one more element to public safety and one more hurdle for bad guys to face.

Rewrite of coastal zone plan nearing completion
Planners are putting the finishing touches on an update of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Management Plan, which could be adopted by the assembly early next year, said Coastal Management Coordinator Gary Williams.

T-200 planners add new event for younger mushers
With so little snow on the ground it’s hard to imagine thinking about mushing, but organizers of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race have already been planning this season’s race.

Assembly to consider spending
Several proposed spending packages pending action by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are scheduled for public hearings at the assembly’s regular meeting in Soldotna today.

District drafts plan for charter school
Fireweed Academy’s request to expand to kindergarten through 12th grade and spread into classrooms at Homer Middle School is scheduled for a decision by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board during its meeting today at the Borough Administration Building in Soldotna.

Cold here to stay
When will it end?

Bernard ‘Lee’ McCarthy
Kenai resident Bernard “Lee” McCarthy died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 at his home in Kenai. He was 66.

Doris J. Reynolds
Kenai resident Doris J. Reynolds died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 78.

Community News
Caregivers need support, too Help wanted in exchange programs Decorating contest lights up Raising the bar for a good cause Grant available for women seeking education It’s not too late to learn Moms to meet Table tennis hits on new night Kids’ reading program announced

Peninsula Reflections
When some Kenai seniors got together 10 years ago to discuss their first Thanksgiving in Alaska, not one could recall having had turkey for dinner. But they did remember preparing and eating wild game — not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the year. Here is what Sylvia Johnson had to say:

Around the Peninsula
CES to light fire safety wreath Craft fair slated Living with diabetes talk planned Fish, game advisors to discuss river

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Peninsula People
Air Force Airman Jacob Torwick has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and is stationed at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Around the Peninsula
Health centers board to meet Enstar on tap for chamber Turkey fry slated Mental health class set Meat thermometer up for grabs Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving dinner

· Malinda and Les Crane of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Veronica Anne Crane, at 10:18 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Dormady jumps out as a leader
There’s no second chances when it comes to making a first impression. When it came to Kenai Central senior Michael Dormady and Kenai wrestling coach Dave Boyle, no second chance was needed.

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