Thursday, November 22, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Flying network takes wing Cloud, Ribelin real estate moves Cold Stone holds food bank fundraiser New Safety and security company opens Enstar United Way fundraiser continues Fishermen's summit planned Seafood processing institute open to applicants Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Fisheries business assistance available

Community welcomes home National Guard members
It was a happy homecoming weekend for National Guardsmen serving from the Kenai Peninsula, it was an emotional weekend as families in service to America reunited with our returning warriors at the National Guard Armory in Kenai, and it was a privileged weekend as all Veterans joined with federal, state, and local dignitaries to express appreciation for those willing to defend the United States of America. “I am so proud of the people of the Kenai Peninsula and the way the welcomed home their warriors, it made you feel good all over. You have much to be proud of this weekend and there is no where else I’d rather be than here standing with you celebrating a job well done, and equally important was the celebration of the families and community that supported them. The people here that embraced those families, whether sending care packages, or helping keep the snow clear from their driveways and other tangible support while the soldiers were away. It’s so important as well to say thank you to those families who support our service men and women so that they can do the job that our country has asked them to do,” said U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.

One thing that I have watched some people do all my life is skimp and save everything they can just so they can have a good retirement. They never go on any vacations or spend the money to enjoy life while they are young. Every cent they can save is stashed away for that magical time called retirement. Then in some cases by the time they retire they are too crippled up or not in good enough health to enjoy life any way. In other cases some people never live long enough to retire at all. Others seem to be on a mission to save so that they can leave each of their children a huge nest egg so instead of doing those special things they have always wanted to do they simply stay home and save their money. Nothing can tear up a family faster then a good squabble over money or an estate. I'm here to tell a few of you that my advice to you is enjoy those things in life while you can. Don't wait thinking that you will have plenty of time after you retire. If going to Yellowstone Park has always been on your dream list then go to Yellowstone. Giving your children a gift of money will not make them love you any more when you’re gone than you spending that same money on doing the things you have always wanted to do.

The future arrives as new Community Health Center opens
The opening of the new Peninsula Community Health Center was heralded last weekend as the arrival of the future for medical care where physical and mental health issues will be served at the same facility. “I committed to being here six months ago because I wanted to stand with you for the ribbon cutting of an incredible community health facility. A facility that is being looked to as a national model for future health care, now one would think that the integration of mental and physical health at one facility would not be such ground breaking news and we’d like to think that this is what is in place elsewhere in the country, but what you have here at the Peninsula Community Health Center (CPHC) is actually visionary in its outlook and I think the people of the Peninsula are very fortunate to have these health care services for the mind and the body merged under one roof , and you can be proud that the future indeed is already here on the Kenai Peninsula. It’s great to be back home!” said U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Boys and Girls Clubs celebrate 20th Anniversary on the Peninsula
There was steak, crab, and delicious barbeque beef, there were senators, legislators, mayors, kids and clowns all enjoying carnival games, putt-putt golf, and radio controlled racing cars. It was the annual auction and fund raiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs on the Kenai Peninsula and the turn out was the greatest ever according to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula president Peter Micciche, “We geared our 20 year milestone around the adults having fun, we created a carnival theme with games of chance and folks won some great prizes while supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs like they have been faithful in doing through the years,” said Micciche.

Fall banquet goal to pave the sea of CIA
In 1973 a bush pilot school teacher in Illiamna moved his family to the Kenai Peninsula and started the first private Christian school known as Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) in the basement of the old Soldotna Bible Chapel. His name was Chuck Crapuchettes and today his eldest son Chuck Kopp is following in his father’s footsteps as Cook Inlet Academy school board president. Kopp also serves as Chief of Police for the City of Kenai. “Having been raised in this school since the 4th grade I feel like the education I was given here, the relationships I formed with teachers and friends have brought me to where I am at in my life today and I realize I’m indebted to those who have gone before me and provided this opportunity for me, there is incredible strength in this school family” Kopp told the Dispatch at the CIA annual Fall Fundraising Banquet last week.

E-waste recycling goes well
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in the Electronics Recycling Event on Nov. 3. We collected 7,500 pounds of electronics to be recycled. That's 3.75 tons of devices not buried in the landfill or not stored in closets and basements.

Kick-off party a 'Hoppers' success
The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers annual kick-off party was another success this year with over 200 people in attendance. With a change of venue, we held our gathering at the Soldotna Elks lodge after hosting it at the Kenai Armory for several years.

Love INC celebrates 20 years of helping people
When Love In the Name of Christ opened its doors in November 1987, meeting the needs of the poor primarily meant getting them a meal. Now, as Love INC celebrates its 20th anniversary, Executive Director Ingrid Edgerly says the basic need for most of her clients is a roof over their heads and enough of a leg up to get them back on their feet.

KSRM to light 'Fuse'
Starting on Thanksgiving Day, radio listeners and lovers of rock music will have a new choice in the central Kenai Peninsula.

Thompson Park roads on docket
Because the Thompson Park Subdivision is one of the most heavily populated areas in Kenai that does not have paved streets, the city administration feels it would be a good place to spend some of the $880,000 it has in grant funding specifically earmarked for roadway paving.

Grants boost public safety
Grants from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management totaling more than $56,000 were appropriated Tuesday to two Kenai Peninsula programs.

Bending over backward
Fresh snow burdens branches in the Kenai Mountains recently. Forecasters are calling for flurries today and snow, heavy at times, for the Thanksgiving holiday. As much as six inches of accumulation is expected Thursday.

AC weighs in on issues
When it comes to red salmon, commercial fisherman Paul Shadura thinks allowing anglers to keep a fish accidentally snagged elsewhere than the mouth is a bad idea. Because of the difficulty in differentiating between intentional and non-intentional snagging, Shadura says allowing this to happen sets a dangerous precedent on the Kenai River and invites abuse.

Bookkeeper to serve 5 years
The Kenai bookkeeper who pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from Salamatof Seafoods and other Kenai firms was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in jail with five years suspended.

Home for the holidays
A peculiar pinniped passenger made a brief stop in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon during a layover in her transportation from Seward to Cold Bay.

Flooding threatens peninsula
Warmer temperatures may be a nice break from wintry snow and ice, but the rain and resulting snowmelt have brought a small stream flood advisory for areas of the state, including the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Georgia A. Pasqua
Soldotna resident Georgia A. Pasqua died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital. She was 84.

Claire T. Schilling
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Claire T. Schilling died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at her home. She was 40.

A reason to say thanks over and over again
It stands to reason that each year on this day we tend to reflect on the past year and sometimes our lives and give thanks for those who have been so instrumental in shaping what we do and who we are. For the remaining 364 days of the year we indulge in that traditional all-American pastime of whining, no matter how good we have it.

Thanksgiving facts, figures
In the fall of 1621, the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving.

Around the Peninsula
Vendors sought for bazaar Cameras, photo printers sought High school art contest continues Cookies by the pound available Raffle fundraiser set

'What's for breakfast?'
Thanksgiving is perhaps the best example of a day when breakfast is not the most important meal.

Around the Peninsula
Thanksgiving closures planned Donations sought for military personnel Reading council seeks members Counseling association seeks members Women's basketball league forming

Am I Really Hungry?
We often eat when we're not hungry. One reason may be that many of us can't recognize when our bodies need food.

Thanksgiving dinner cost on the rise
As consumers pay more at the gas pumps, skyrocketing energy costs have also driven up the cost of this year's Thanksgiving feast, according to several new studies released prior to the holiday.

Skyview wrestlers defeat Soldotna
Eddie Buffington may be considered the second-best 189-pounder in the state by, but the Skyview senior has done his fair share of heavy lifting this season, too.

Stars beat Mariners
Soldotna senior Clayton Glick recorded a hat trick and added a pair of assists and freshman Sean Endsley had two goals and an assist in leading the visiting Stars to an 8-2 victory over Homer on Tuesday.

Pottery friends
Pottery is one of the oldest arts in the human repetoire. Over the millenia, different processes, different materials, and different tools have made the medium of clay one of the most diverse in the art world. Pots can be thrown, or slab-built. Some vessels are created for functional use, while others are created as sculptural works.

Protagonist makes 'Wild' hard to like
"Into the Wild"

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UAA women win 2nd straight title
The UAA women's basketball team claimed its second consecutive Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout title Wednesday night with a 52-50 victory over Santa Clara at Sullivan Arena.

Pats prove point
If the New England Patriots were trying to send a message to the rest of the NFL, they made their point.

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