Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Kenai Chrysler Local Drop Point for Troops
With the holiday season upon us, many people are looking for ways to share the season with U.S., Armed Forces serving oversees. As the local Jeep(r) dealer, Kenai Chrysler Center is an official drop site as part of a nationwide effort to send care packages to our troops.

Checking out the Bear’s Den
With the recent spring like temperatures walking up on a bear den could roust a hungry bruin. However, when you’re as hungry as a bear walking into the new Bear’s Den, formerly the Peninsula Steakhouse will cure anyone’s growling stomach. Chef Ernie Pruett and his wife Laura have recently remodeled and renamed the well known log structure at the K-Beach Rd/Sterling Highway intersection in Soldotna. “We completely changed the interior décor to give it an old Alaskan atmosphere that takes you back in time,” said Ernie. While the tourists are sure to love it, Laura Pruett says that their intention was mainly to please the local community, “We have a large senior population on the Peninsula and we focused on creating a family restaurant featuring popular comfort foods at affordable prices in an atmosphere that the local community will enjoy. We can even make you an old fashioned cream soda.”

Cook Inlet Academy carolers spread their Christmas joy throughout Soldotna
For most children throughout the world Christmas is an exciting time of wish lists and opening presents, but for the last 15 years, the children of Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) have taken their excitement, smiles and favorite carols out of the school and spread them around the community. “It’s our most favorite field trip of the year,” exclaimed 8-year-old Timmy. “My favorite is Jingle Bells” said 6-year-old Bodie.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Being in the woods has always been an adventure for me, even as a small child. Growing up in Wisconsin there were always plenty of woods to run around in and a new adventure every day. Unlike Alaska we never had to deal with any bears in west central Wisconsin in the 60’s and 70’s. The bear population at that time was predominantly in the northern third of the state. So it was pretty safe to be out stomping the brush even at an early age.

Victorian Carolers bring the spirit of Christmas past into the present
Caroling, or wassailing is an English tradition popularized in the last millennium as a salutation wishing health to a person during the holiday season and beginning of a new year when the weather was not the most health inspiring. Wassail gets its name from the Old English term “waes hael”, meaning “be well”. It was a Saxon custom that, at the start of each year, the lord of the manor would shout ‘waes hael’. The assembled crowd would reply ‘drinc hael’, meaning ‘drink and be healthy.’ As time went on, the tradition was carried on by people going from door to door, bearing good wishes and a wassail bowl of hot, spiced ale. In return people in the houses gave them drink, money and Christmas fayre which they believed would bring them good luck for the year to come.

Goldwing Bikers keep up Angel tree tradition
The local chapter of the Goldwing Riders Association has become well known for their precision riding demonstrations in local parades and their summertime efforts to promote motorcycle riding safety. Now with their motorcycles in winter hibernation those Goldwing bikers got behind Beemun’s shopping carts last week, donning wings of angels as they reached deep into their club coffers to help local kids have a happier holiday. “We raise as much money as we can during the summer and at our annual meeting and then as many of our club members as can come out here to do the specific shopping for kids wishes that have been put on the Salvation Army Angel Trees,” said Preston Williams, Assistant Director of the Goldwing Riders Assoc.

NOW PLAYING: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
For those of you who found The Lord of the Rings a brilliant, but all too grown-up outing for your children, Hollywood has answered your prayers. Enter the world of Narnia, with talking animals, valiant centaurs, scary witches, and a quartet of four young Brits who can save the day. This film is tailor-made for children and, thankfully, feels no need to pander. But I don’t really need to convince you, do I?

Time for action
We’re outside visiting, but I keep in touch with local happenings through the Clarion online.

Protests are against administration, not soldiers
I must respond to Carol L. Keller’s letter of Nov. 18. She calls those of us who oppose the war in Iraq “unpatriotic and anti-American.” I oppose the war, yet I consider myself to be a patriot.

Reader: Wal-Mart presence means more than a Crock-Pot
Judy Tiffer brings up a wonderful point about the need for increased competition on the Kenai Peninsula (Clarion letters. Nov. 21), showing how a $33 Crock-Pot at Fred Meyer is a $20 Crock-Pot at Wal-Mart in Anchorage. She, like so many others, want a local Wal-Mart so they can pay less for goods without the three-hour trip north.

Croft’s plan is no ‘deal’
Eric Croft’s position on the Alaska gas pipeline is far greater risk to Alaska than the supposed issues outlined in your Nov. 23 (Clarion) article entitled “Croft seeks fair pipeline deal for state.”

Photo feature: Sun-kissed
Sunlight crowns mountains in Turnagain Pass at the break of day recently. The sun will be above the horizon for less than six hours on the Kenai Peninsula today as the winter solstice approaches.

Morning fire turns Kenai home to ashes
A raging fire consumed an entire Kenai house early Sunday morning.

Plugging in the spirit
As the holidays grow ever nearer, some decide to hang a few strands of lights from roof rafter to be festive, but a few people take the task of decorating to the extreme, covering almost every square inch of their home and yard with illuminations.

Survey adds information to Cook Inlet database
Scientists are accumulating a wealth of information about Cook Inlet currents that could prove invaluable in predicting the movement of future oil spills or other pollutants, according to officials with Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council.

CPGH elects replacement board members

Woman robs pull-tab business
A woman brandishing a handgun robbed the Hook and Ladder Pull Tab on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Sunday afternoon.

Churches consider changes
On Saturday and Sunday, Peninsula Grace Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road will hold its annual Christmas dessert, with volunteers serving holiday sweets between helpings of Christmas hymns served up by the church choir. On Christmas Eve, services will include a multimedia choir presentation.

Jackie E. McCain
Kenai resident Jackie E. McCain died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 77.

Animals in disaster
Small pets: Dogs and Cats: Birds: Horses:

Around the Peninsula
KWF hosts open house Swimmers ready to make a splash Senior service meeting slated Genealogical society to host social Photo guild open to new view Victorian tea, luncheon set Basketball booster club set to meet Senior center to host St. Nick Storytellers set to entertain Dog club offers practice run-throughs Reading carnival canceled

Peninsula People
4-H’ers shine Parade winners announced FAS poster contest winner announced

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results 4-H club set to mush Junior Iditarod entry fee help offered LeeShore community classes set Games, crafts items sought Performance staged for benefit Remembrance celebration set Women’s basketball league forming Master gardeners take root Fundraiser gala to get toes tapping

Photo feature: Sitting tall in the saddle
Pictured above are members of the National Barrel Horse Association District AK 01. It held its awards banquet Oct. 22 at the Kenai River Center. Outstanding individuals who received the Volunteer of the Year awards were Randy Jensen, Laurie Wilkinson and Rhonda Harvey. Walt Williamson, Dillon Jensen, Dalton McWhorter and Jesse Rogde also were recognized for their volunteer efforts. Colten Jensen received a $50 gift certificate and one large round bale of hay; Beth Fowler for the high sponsor earner won a $100 gift certificate; NBHA 2005 Horse of the Year and photo plaque went to Taco a 16-year-old registered Quarter Horse and his human partner, 15-year-old, Colten Jensen. Jensen is the youth 1D pole bending champion and youth barrels 1D fourth, 2D third, and 3D third; Mel Cale Memorial Rookie of the Year was awarded to 6-year-old Athena Glidewell and her horse Bud. She raced 10 out of 15 sanctioned events with an initial barrel time of 82.005 seconds and an ending time of 24.822 seconds. Her pole bending times started at 100.152 and ended at 34.018; engraved trophy saddles were awarded to the champions in each division of their class. Canvas prints, action photos, NBHA clothing, buckles, jewelry, custom made trophy saddle stands with engraving, and vehicle rodeo decals were some of the other awards that were presented. Participants had a potluck and music was provided on the guitar and sung by singer and songwriter Kate Baum. There also was a silent auction.

· Danielle Self and Jeffrey Rickard of Ninilchik announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Rebekah Rickard, at 2:04 p.m. Nov. 28, 2005, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She weighed 7 pounds and measured 19 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank directors to meetPFLAG meeting plannedPerformance staged for benefitFish and Game to tackle issuesCompetition lights up cityEvening of music set to entertainCommunity dance plannedSwing dance fundraiser set to grooveMasonic to install officersNikiski Christmas program begins

Sports Briefs
The Skyview and the Soldotna wrestling teams competed at the South Duals in Anchorage Friday and Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Carlon undefeated at South Duals

Tumbaga’s will to win inspires onlookers
Nikiski senior Justin Tumbaga manages to pour his heart and soul into every competition while making sure not to let his emotions get the best of him.

Senior Activities
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Sports Briefs
Hakkinen helps U.S. to 10th Soldotna skaters defeat Palmer

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