Thursday, December 10, 2009

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

State's airport business is picking up
State airport officials are cautiously optimistic that international air cargo traffic through the Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports is on an uptick after being slammed by economic recession.

Bar cookie category: Pumpkin gingerbread bar cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour

Cookies score big: Happy baking, happy memory making
Folks, who are familiar with the Bluffton Today cookie contest, now in its fourth year, know that cookies with a family history, or those that are fresh and innovative, score big with cookie contest judges.

Cranberry Orange Pecan Chocolate Biscotti
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Drop cookie category: Cranberry white chocolate shortbread
4 cups all-purpose flour

Molasses cookies
1-1/2 cups shortening

Essays build excitment for new playground
Soldotna Community Playground would like to thank all of the young people who participated in our essay contest. We received more than 50 entries! It was wonderful to read each one and learn how our community's kids feel about having a brand new community playground. They wrote about how the new playground will be a special place for them as well as for their families, friends and neighbors, and their own future children. It is gratifying to know that our community is blessed with such thoughtful and forward thinking young people who will one day be guiding this community.

Many contribute to keeping kids safe
On Nov. 14, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held the 10th annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School. This year, 97 children along with their parents or caregivers attended the event. Over 70 full-faced shield helmets were fitted and sold for $30. This year, those purchasing helmets received a balaclava head sock and reflectors for their helmets.

Manslaughter trial call begins: Thayr I. Watson case may see courtroom after 1st of the new year
Thayr I. Watson, the man charged with manslaughter after another man was found dead in a Soldotna grocery store bathroom last year, is scheduled for trial on Jan. 4.

School board OKs contracts: 3-year deals cover district's teachers, school support staff
After a little over a year of negotiations, three-year contract agreements for the Kenai Peninsula Education Association as well as the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association were passed unanimously at a school board meeting Monday.

Early morning fire claims Kasilof home
A Kasilof man tried to save his two-story home from fire with a garden hose Tuesday morning but ultimately lost the battle and his Amber Drive cabin.

District looks for space: School board, administration eye solution for crowding at borough building
Feet from the entrance to the school district's Information Services Department is a desk, sheltered from gusts of cold outside air bursting in every time the doors open by nothing more than a stack of empty cardboard boxes.

Merry mansion: Parnell hosts holiday open house; gives Alaskans a Christmas pep talk
Gov. Sean Parnell knows this year may be particularly tough for many families given the difficult economic times, so on Tuesday he wanted to be sure to wish Alaskans a merry Christmas and happy holiday season during the annual open house at the Governor's Mansion.

Photo feature: Carving out a living
Wood chips fly as Guy Lane of Alaskan Wooden Bear Cabins works on a carving at sunset alongside the Sterling Highway in Soldotna last weekend. "I carve whatever looks good in a piece of wood," Lane said.

Photo feature: A shot in the arm
Pete Triana of Soldotna receives an H1N1 vaccination from Betsy Laws during the mass-dispensing clinic conducted by the Central Peninsula H1N1 Task Force on Tuesday at the Kenai National Guard Armory.

John V. Cunningham II
Alaska Native and Sterling resident John V. Cunningham II died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, from injuries sustained in a car accident at Mile 76.1 Seward Highway. He was 38.

Steven A. Knutson
Longtime Soldotna resident Mr. Steven A. Knutson, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Joyce Ellyn (Toothaker) Olsen
Former Cooper Landing resident, Joyce Ellyn (Toothaker) Olsen, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Hamilton, Mont.

Regina 'Gina' Lee Caudle
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Regina "Gina" Lee Caudle died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 42.

Tollef Ward Thompson
Lifelong Kenai resident, Mr. Tollef Ward Thompson, 45, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, from a fire at his home in Nikiski. A gathering for family will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at the home of Stan and Donnis Thompson. At 2 p.m. Saturday the home will be opened up for friends and guests. For directions call 776-8721. Also on Saturday an additional gathering will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the King's Inn, meeting room, 10352 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

Carolyn Rose Crane
Alaskan native and Sterling resident Carolyn Rose Crane died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Mile 76.1 Seward Highway from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 26.

David R. Roberts
Sheridan, Wyo., resident David R. Roberts, 67, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont.

Scholarships offer incentives
Alaska's high school graduation rate jumped nearly five percentage points last school year, to 67.5 percent. We graduated more than 8,000 students, up by 700 students five years ago despite declining enrollments over that period.

Around the Peninsula

Breakfast with Santa offered

Christmas Memories 1956
Oh, how I do remember waiting in a department store

The rain in Spain ... Drama troupe brings 'My Fair Lady' to Soldotna stage
"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain."

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'Ninja Assassin' should have stayed in the shadows
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Avalanche bury Brownies in 3rd period
After being outplayed in the second period, Alaska Avalanche of Wasilla head coach Dave Boitz said he challenged his team to come out and play to their potential.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Kenai's Hull makes appearance in Sports Illustrated

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