Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Big start for 10th Great Aluminum Can Roundup
The 10th annual Great Aluminum Can Roundup(GACR) got off to its biggest start ever, according to Cathy Mayer, Kenai Peninsula Borough solid waste director. “We’ve collected over 500 pounds in just the last half hour, we’ve had several truck loads come in already and the bin is getting full,” said Mayer as she moved cans to the rear of the collection bin at the Central Peninsula Landfill. Last Saturday was the first collection day for the Roundup which is faithfully sponsored by Chevron/Unocal Alaska, Green Star, Peninsula Sanitation, Jack Carver, and the Borough.

Christmas trees for the cutting at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
From now through Christmas the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be open for Christmas Tree cutting, according to Refuge Manager Robin West, “Folks can go out looking for a tree basically anytime from now through Christmas and the same rules apply as in past, one tree per household may be taken if you are at least 150 feet off from any road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area, the Headquarters area is closed, but the rest of the Refuge is open to find a nice tree and we ask that you please cut those stumps down as close as possible to the ground to prevent any snow machine safety hazards later in the year,” said West. West also points out that while trees are actually the same size in the woods as they are when you get them home, that they may appear to become much larger when brought into your house, “Normally if you get a white spruce tree around five to seven feet tall you’ll be in good shape for fitting into most homes,” says West adding that if you take a taller tree and plan to top it, to please take the entire tree as cut off the Refuge and dispose of or burn the remainder in a proper manner.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
There seems to be a lot of really bad viruses going around this winter. I have been battling these flu bugs and colds for several weeks without much success. On Friday November 25th I received a call from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to butcher a road killed bull moose near Fred Meyer on East Redoubt Rd. After being sick for two weeks I never felt much like getting up off my couch to go butcher a moose. But I knew that my list of people needing moose meat was not going to get filled if I did not go.

Snore no more...Innovative Sleep Solutions in Soldotna provides help for those suffering Zzzzz cutting disorders...
Does your snoring register on the Richter Scale? Snoring, the subject of laughs and jokes throughout the ages, can actually be dangerous and a sign of more serious conditions. An estimated 10%-30% of adults snore, according to Kevin Asp, certified respiratory therapist & president of Innovative Sleep Solutions. LLC, which has recently opened a new location in Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway in the Anchor Plaza across from Stub’s Office Supply. “I chose to become a sleep medicine specialist in order to make a difference in people’s lives and provide lasting help to people whose lives are turned upside down by sleep problems. For people who have difficulty getting the restful sleep they need, the key to understanding and relieving their problems is technology,” says Asp.

A Community Thanksgiving tradition...
For the last ten years, Kelly Keating and his family have been cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner for anyone in the community who needed a place to celebrate the great American holiday. “It started when my wife saw an announcement in the Clarion that the Salvation Army needed some help so she called and asked what she could do and they replied everything so she said no problem I’ll have a crew there at seven in the morning. She then got our family and her sister’s family together and for the next five years it sort of became a family tradition for us. Then as we started having family members move on to college and other places I put a plea for some help out to the Soldotna Rotary Club and Cook Inlet Academy so our family has evolved with the dinner over the last ten years,” said Keating.

Former Wal-Mart worker looks forward to arrival
In reply to the letter about what does Wal-Mart have that we don’t have here already, well, lots.

Reader: You ain’t seen nothing yet
I know I’m not the only one who moved here from the Lower 48, but this reminds me of where I just moved from. St. Cloud, Fla., about 25 miles south of Orlando and 35 miles east of Mickey’s doorstep. The Kissimmee-St. Cloud tourist area has Wal-Mart superstores everywhere.

Support for senior citizens scholarship dinner gets A+
The Nikiski seniors want to show our appreciation to the individuals and businesses that gave us tremendous support and generosity through donations for the 11th Thelma McConnell Scholarship Dinner and Auction.

Patriot Act ‘worst legislation’
The so-called Patriot Act, which was voted into law even before it was printed and read by those voting, is the one worst piece of legislation ever to be enacted. We the People have inalienable rights and the so-called Patriot Act transgresses those rights.

Reader: All words created equal — no matter who says them
Pretty harsh words coming from Carol L. Kellers in her Nov. 18 letter to the editor.

Gas prices and bus drivers
Please Mr. (Tom) Wagner and Mr. (Mike) Chenault, our representatives from the Kenai Peninsula, you both received large increases in wages this year. I talked to my brother in Iowa, and he was paying $2.09 for regular gas.

Kenai search narrowed to 5
The search for a new Kenai city manager has been narrowed to five semifinalists, including three from Alaska.

Black Friday keeps businesses hopping
In retail circles, the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday. The biggest shopping day of the year got its name not because of the lines, headaches and red-eyed shoppers, but because it is the day that keeps stores in the black for the year.

Soldotna man finds ‘calling’ on ‘Tonight’
On a cold winter morning, George “Bubba” Hunt stood outside with his cupped hands near his mouth making an odd noise only a moose could love. That distinct sound has landed him a place on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday.

Photo feature: Swimming through time
Doug Moulton, an employee with Peak Oil, plugs in Kenai’s city clock Monday afternoon. The top portion of the clock was connected to its base in Leif Hansen Memorial Park Monday. The clock was designed by Kenai Peninsula College art professor and area artist Celia Anderson and built by Johnnie Bea of ConocoPhillips. The 36-inch timepiece was hauled from Massachusetts by Carlile Transportation before being inserted into the frame. The clock should be running by the end of the week. “You have a vision, and it can come true with the help of other,” said. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter.

Deadlines loom for sending gifts
People still have 25 shopping days before Christmas, but deadlines for mailing packages to the Lower 48 and to overseas military addresses are fast approaching.

Conference attendees receive an account of Arctic warming
ANCHORAGE — Warmer temperatures in the Arctic are raising concerns about the social and economic well-being of the people in those regions, said an official with the Inuit Circumpolar Conference

Guides could head to school
Sportfishing guides, even those with years’ of experience navigating waterways in the Kenai River Special Management Area, would have to attend and pay for a mandatory college course in order to secure future state permits under regulatory changes being considered by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

State comes through with woman’s PFD
Thousands of Alaskans were thankful in October when they received their permanent fund dividends, but one Nikiski woman had to postpone giving thanks until this month.

Company wants to ship Beluga coal to Asia
If everything falls into place in the next couple of years, ships bound for Asia could be loading coal from the Beluga coalfield west of Kenai across Cook Inlet, the head of the company managing the re-source development project said in Kenai last week.

Forum tackles mining issues
Last week’s community forum at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center raised questions about open pit mining and concerns from Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. that some of the information presented was not entirely relevant to its Pebble Mine project.

Expansion project means jobs
The expansion of Tesoro’s Kenai refinery to produce low-sulfur fuels could mean hundreds of temporary construction jobs for residents of the Kenai Peninsula.

Althea ‘Babs’ Francis Peck
Longtime Soldotna resident Althea “Babs” Francis Peck died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at her home in Soldotna. She was 86.

Robert ‘Bob’ W. Holifield
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert “Bob” W. Holifield died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Alternatives would give power back to Alaskans
It is becoming increasingly clear many of our elected officials (and their bureaucrats) have other, higher priority agendas than representing Alaskans. These agendas are exemplified in recent 2004 and 2005 Fairbanks and Juneau deliberations ignoring a vote of the people on the use of the permanent fund, and in repealing past state public votes banning the aerial killing of wolves.

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale slatedKPBSD Title Vll meeting setTheater opening scheduledMoney raffle counting downHistorical society to meetSterling byway workshop scheduledWomen’s basketball league forming

Around the Peninsula
Wildfire protection meetings setArts, crafts fair set to decorateDomestic violence presentation setChicken dinner fund-raiser plannedDrivers safety class scheduledWal-Mart films to be shownTeenagers to be discussed

Around the District

Prekindergarten benefits explored
With more and more emphasis on meeting mandated standards, students, even those just beginning their academic careers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s kindergarten classrooms, need to be more prepared than ever.

Students of the Month
The following students were named November Students of the Month at Skyview High School:

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Wings Christian Academy:

The difference a year can make
Though they may sound like the same thing, a preschool and a prekindergarten are two different kinds of programs.

Art extravaganza fundraiser slated for Friday
The Art Student League at the school has announced that its yearly fundraiser, the Arts Extravaganza, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Brockel Building.

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