Thursday, December 13, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Seafood processing institute open to applicants Decorating contest continues Food bank donations sought Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Rural agriculture funding available

Outdoors
As a young man growing up in Wisconsin I spent many hours out in the middle of the night with my father who operated the only wrecker service in the area. Pulling cars out of the ditch or towing in wrecked cars became a way of life for us especially in the winter months. Having Dad holler upstairs to wake us up so that we could go with him to help was a regular occurrence in our lives.

New bridge isn’t the only thing lighting up Soldotna nights
Despite the lack of snow, the 7th Annual Soldotna Tree Lighting ceremonies held on Sunday, December 1st brought many local residents together for an afternoon of fun and celebration to kick off the holiday season. Hosted by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce together with the City of Soldotna, the event drew young and old alike to Central Emergency Services.

City Sidewalks Get Dressed In Holiday Style
Most of Soldotna’s holiday street ornaments made it up before Thanksgiving this year, but according to City Manager Tom Boedeker, it had nothing to do with getting an early jump on the season, “It all depends on the weather, they can go up anytime the week before or the week after Thanksgiving. The street banners come down in the fall as the weather starts to change. After the early November snow, the following spring-like break gave us some time so the guys got started. You just never know what he weather is going to do,” said Boedeker.

Local opportunities for getting involved in supporting our troops abound
Though it is often done quietly in our community, the Soldotna Rotary club is among many local organizations that keep the spirit of giving alive throughout the year in support of our troops overseas. Through the club’s “Troop Support” program, the Soldotna Rotary has been able to maintain a connection with the troops through monthly mailings of specific items that the troops report would be welcomed on their distant fronts.

Cemeteries more than a resting place
I wish to commend Clark Fair on his well thought out letter to the editor (Dec. 5) concerning a cemetery in Soldotna and the need to make a decision as to its location.

Parents grateful for search-and-rescue efforts
We want to thank you all for your prayers, thoughtfulness and kindness. We are so appreciative for the men and women who have selflessly devoted their time and resources in the support of the search-and-rescue efforts of our son and the crew of LifeGuard 1 that was reported missing Dec. 3 in Prince William Sound near Whittier.

Governor's pipeline plan garners reader's support
The people of Alaska, and especially the Kenai Peninsula, should be pleased with Gov. Sarah Palin and the timetable she set regarding the building of an Alaska gas pipeline. We must remember this only determines the visible players who have taken a seat at the table. The poker game is just now starting and it will be years before any chips can be cashed in.

Reader curious about future guide management
The report on limited entry for guides (PC11-30-07) was interesting. State parks can limit guides if they choose to.

Bad roads bring up many questions
Sterling Highway is the worst I have ever seen: "Drive with caution." I'm not sure it's going to make it through the winter. You can't watch for moose or animals on the highway. You have to watch for bumps, dips, heaves and ruts. Kalifornsky Beach isn't any better. From Bridge Access to Kasilof is like driving a collision course.

Parents responsible for children's damages
I really appreciated your article on the burden of vandalism (Clarion, Nov. 25), but from the vantage point of 82 (almost) years, I disagreed with a small but important point.

'Family activity' leaves reader wondering about ethics
There seems to exist deserving criticism of Alaska politics along with many Alaskans' unquenching thirst to kill something.

Memorial services planned for helicopter crew, patient
Central Emergency Services will hold a processional and memorial for paramedic Cameron Carter of Kenai on Saturday at the Soldotna Bible Chapel on the corner of Kobuk and Marydale.

Photo feature: Feeling small
Sue Carter and her dog, Katie, are dwarfed by the sunlit Chigmit Mountains in the Aleutian Range across Cook Inlet during a walk on the beach in Kenai on Tuesday morning. Forecasters are calling for a chance of snow today.

Anchor River king fishery liberalized
Anglers fishing for king salmon on the Anchor River will be able to come away with more fish next season. Because more fish than previously thought are swimming up the river, the Alaska Board of Fisheries decided to increase the annual catch limit of kings and extend the saltwater fishery to within one mile on either side of the mouth.

Kenai Chamber quizzes Benson
Saying the state and the entire country can be doing better on several planes, U.S. Congress candidate Diane Benson told a meager audience of Kenai business leaders changes need to be made.

Photo feature: Tree of light
A lighted tree at Peninsula Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic brightens Frontage Road in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Fall slowdown apparent, but employment remains strong
Although summer had gone and with it the fever of activity that typically boils Alaska's busy season, the latest figures from the Kenai Peninsula Borough show employment during October remained relatively active.

Lawmakers: Finishing in 90 days won't be easy
Ninety days may not be long enough.

CES keeps up LifeGuard search
Every day since Tuesday five Central Emergency Services rescue workers have combed the inlets and fjords of Prince William Sound in the hopes of finding some clue as to the location of the LifeGuard helicopter that went missing more than a week ago.

Borough works on wish list
State lawmakers are urged to fix education funding, establish a workable municipal revenue sharing program, and appropriate money to cover the huge debt owed to state retirement systems in the latest draft of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's legislative wish list.

Library gets early Christmas gift
Santa came early to Soldotna.

Help wanted
In many, the holiday season brings out a desire to help those less fortunate, though people often don't know how to help or what is needed.

Darrell A. Duncan
Sterling resident Darrell A. Duncan died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, of natural causes at home. He was 55.

Ray C. Olds
Longtime Kenai resident Ray C. Olds died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at home in Kenai. He was 81.

Ronald Lee Yandell
Sterling resident Ronald Lee Yandell died, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, in Anchorage of complications from heart surgery. He was 64.

Cameron C. Carter
Kenai resident Cameron C. Carter was reported missing Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, when the LifeGuard helicopter he was working on as the flight paramedic was reported missing in Prince William Sound near Whittier. Following an seven-day search, no survivors were found and it is presumed he made the ultimate sacrifice. He was 24.

Around the Peninsula
College council meeting scheduled Santa to visit Nikiski Mycological society to meet Breakfast with Santa offered Counseling association seeks members CPHC board to meet

Yorkshire pudding 'popovers'
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Jewel-tone Christmas trifle
1 (1-pound) loaf pound cake, homemade or

Around the Peninsula
Women invited to brunch KWF plans open house Santa to visit Nikiski Mycological society to meet School district committee members needed Breakfast with Santa offered Aluminum recycling event continues Clarion seeks new neighbor T-200 poster contest begins

How to purchase and cook roast beef
n Choose U.S.D.A. choice or select grades of beef. Cuts such as tenderloin, rib, sirloin, sirloin-tip or rump are excellent choices.

Healthy Bites
Avocados: more than just "good fat" and guacamole

Favorite Madeira-mushroom gravy
1 stick unsalted butter

Christmas dinner gets the royal treatment
If you haven't started thinking about what you might serve for Christmas dinner, why not start with dessert and perhaps an English trifle?

Calories add up in toddys
Hot tea may be a better choice than a hot toddy at holiday parties this season for those of us trying to keep from gaining winter weight.

Nikiski, Eagles split
The Cook Inlet Academy boys rallied for 22 points in the fourth quarter to beat visiting Nikiski, 60-50, at CIA on Tuesday in non-conference basketball action. Led by 18 points each from Scott Litchfield (eight rebounds) and Shane Moffis, the Eagles fell behind by one entering the final frame before making the strong run. Garyn Munn chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles. Justin Wik and Evan Holloway led the Bulldogs (0-2) with 16 and 14 points, respectively, while Brando Wik added 11 points.

Sports Brief
Matt Thompson scored all four goals in leading the Bulldogs to a 4-0 victory over the Mariners' JV squad at the ConocoPhillips Multipurpose Facility in Kenai on Tuesday.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

'Compass' needs help getting bearings
There's no doubt that "The Golden Compass" is pegged to be the biggest kid's movie of the season but, to be honest, my enthusiasm for seeing it has swung wildly from north to south and back again since the previews started appearing some six months ago.

Poet's Corner
Christmas candles passive glow

One more 'Hallelujah'
This has been a landmark year for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. It is the organization's 25th anniversary year. In the final concert of 2007, KPO in partnership with the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and Homer High School choir, will present G.F. Handel's "Messiah" in its entirety.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Funny River players to gather Collections for exhibit sought Book club a real page turner T-200 poster contest begins Kenai Performers seek members Museum plans juried exhibit Art donations sought

Browns and Bills battle for berth
Buffalo and Cleveland have more in common than being unlikely playoff contenders.

Sports Brief
Joe Marshall scored 13 points and Peter Ewan added 10 points as visiting Glennallen defeated Nikiski, 60-35, on Wednesday.

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