Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Robin’s Nest in Sterling... a sweet place for a cool holiday treat
The Robins may not be nesting this time of year in Alaska, but their songs are still being sung for anyone coming through the front door at the Robin’s Nest in Sterling. Also crossing the threshold of the Robin’s Nest will give you the sensation of taking a retro-step from 2006 to 1956, a time without credit cards, computers, cell phones, color TV’s or Super Bowl Sunday’s, a time when a banana split was big enough for you and your friend and you only needed a nickel for a coke. Once inside the Robin’s Nest you might find yourself recalling exactly where you were when you first heard Elvis Presley sing “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound-dog”, or who bought you your first cherry soda. If you are accompanied by someone under ten years old you might find yourself explaining how to make a call on a rotary pay phone.

Alaskan creativity highlights annual Peninsula Art Guild Craft Fair
For more than 25 years the Kenai Art Guild as been bringing artists from all over the Kenai Peninsula together on the day after Thanksgiving for the largest craft fair of the year. “We have new vendors each year that adds to the variety of items. This year we are delighted to have glasswork and native crafts and masks that have added to the unique fiber arts, woodwork, metal working, and jewelry vendors that are here this year. And all the items here are handmade, handcrafted pieces most of which have been made by the person right there at their table. It just amazes me how much creativity there is in Alaska and right here on the Kenai Peninsula,” commented Lauren Wakefield. The Alaskan Eskimo Artwork by Lenwood Saccheus included educational brochures that explained the cultural meanings of his creations such as “Spirit-Hunter.”

Soldotna Chamber recognizes Students of the Month
For many years now the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a Student of the Month program to recognize outstanding students at Soldotna Middle, SoHi, and Skyview. Students are invited to a regular luncheon meeting to receive their certificates and talk about their educational experiences with lunch sponsored by Bob Sizemore. With the flurry of issues during the local and national elections in October and November however, the Chamber got behind in their Student of the Month program, so last week the students selected by their teachers for October and November were honored and given the entire meeting to tell of their accomplishments and future aspirations.

Carey restarts letter writing campaign to GI’s
Soldotna Mayor David Carey does not grow weary when it comes to supporting our military personnel, and he is not content with only expressing that appreciation when designated holidays roll around. From painting Soldotna’s fire hydrants red, white and blue, to the City’s “Letters to Soldiers & Marines” program, Carey mounts an ongoing effort to keep those in uniform aware that they are remembered, appreciated and missed at home. “The students at Soldotna Middle School through their student council agreed to help coordinate a restart of the letter writing campaign to those local individuals serving in the U.S. Military. We sent out our first packet of letters yesterday and once a month we will be continuing to send out packets from schools throughout our community,” Carey told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week.

Outdoors
My last outdoors story I wrote about my trip to Texas where I was planning on going alligator gar fishing only to be told that it was not going to be possible because the weather was too cold. I arrived in Texas and found the weather was in the low 80’s which hardly seemed too cold to go fishing.

Recreational fishermen could miss the boat
As a 40-year resident of the Kenai Peninsula and a recreational fisher, I feel compelled to write this letter regarding the upcoming boat motor restrictions for the Kenai River.

Gender not the issue
I found it odd that Kenai Mayor Porter’s gender was called out in the first sentence of the first paragraph in the headline article about an out-of-town property owner becoming irate that the city of Kenai would consider making mobile homes safer for their occupants.

Exxon rubs reader the wrong way
Give me a break. Exxon is going to even think of taking legal action against the people of Alaska? What about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and their inability to pay those whose lives they impacted? Shouldn’t the price of doing business in Alaska be paying your debt to the people first?

Alaska coverage needs to change
There are over 1.8 million Americans who are living without a limb as a result of birth defect, trauma or from a disease. In return for premiums paid for group health insurance, consumers expect to be covered for illness or injury, including coverage for an amputee body part. Unfortunately, without legislation to ensure coverage, many people living with the absence of a limb are facing discouraging obstacles when trying to get coverage for prosthetics.

Photo Feature: Sky light
A bald eagle has a bird’s-eye view of the moonrise Saturday afternoon in Soldotna.

Survey: Kids think it’s easy to get booze, drugs
School kids in the central Kenai Peninsula don’t think it’s hard to get drugs and alcohol, and don’t think they’ll get in trouble with the law if they drink or smoke pot.

Seward Highway crash closes road; 2 taken to hospital after Kenai wreck
Slick roads contributed to three motor vehicle accidents over the weekend, one of which proved fatal.

Burning grease, rekindled ember blamed for fires
A grease fire resulting from unattended cooking is thought to have caused a fire in Soldotna on Friday that ultimately claimed two lives, and a rekindled chimney fire is blamed for the destruction of a home on Ross Drive on Nov. 13.

Members search for ways to improve life for central peninsula kids, teens
A deafening silence filled the room when Community Action Coalition Project Director Dale Gillilan asked community leaders: “If we were to focus on one problem, what would it be?”

Stabbing victim dead when doctor examined her
Dorothy Israel came into the hospital without a pulse and was not breathing after a stabbing wound to her back left her bleeding internally and her left lung punctured, a surgeon told a Kenai jury during the murder trial of Dorothy’s son Adam Israel on Monday.

Forests open for Christmas tree cutting
With the Thanksgiving leftovers finally gone and the next holiday coming closer with each passing day, many are turning their attention to finding that perfect Christmas tree.

Ruth A. Pollard
Longtime Kasilof resident Ruth A. Pollard died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at her home in Kasilof. She was 83.

Horsepower change requires more thorough study
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has recently released proposed regulation changes that would raise the horsepower on the Kenai River from 35 to 50 and eliminate 2-stroke motors by 2008. The first Boat Wake Study confirmed that by going from 35 to 50hp, on the Willie Predator, it would reduce the wake by 12 percent. The 12 percent was based on an average of all loads, however, and the benefits of more horsepower would be reduced under increased loading. The fact is that this particular boat was a poor choice for the Kenai given its weight, semi-v hull design and the 35hp restriction.

Around the Peninsla
Support for cancer victim soughtPhoto guild to host exhibitionCaregiver meetings slatedChristmas activities for kids plannedSoldotna bridge construction to be discussed

Community News
Library receives grantLibrary plans ‘lucky’ eventsGroup offers help to those in needWomen’s education grant availableRaising the bar for a good cause

Around the Peninsula
Support for cancer victim soughtLibrary commission to meetCraft fair, flea market plannedBreakfast fundraiser set to dishImmunization clinic postponedCES collects for holiday food driveKids’ winter reading program launchedSoccer coaches soughtWriters’ night needs authors

Peninsula People
4-H shinesPfaffe, Bird singColton joins ArmyRainwater joins Air ForceEarley granted fellowship

Births
· Pam and Joel Burns of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Annie Rose Burns, at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Accident victim grateful for help
On Nov. 16, I was in a vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

Kennedy makes full recovery from injury
One minute, Soldotna senior Christa Kennedy was leaping to corral the ball on a fast break, looking to help the Stars basketball team pull off an upset of No. 2-ranked Wasilla.

Sports Briefs
SoHi skaters top Homer Kenny Lake wins Borealis Tournament

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