Thursday, December 17, 2009

Renewable energy group reaps results
Energy is the lifeline of any economy, and key to filling that need is a predictable, reasonably priced source of renewable energy sources, says the director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Fish beware: Winter offers no respite: Early season action hot on stocked lakes
Any fish that thought the hard shell forming over their watery abode would protect them from the plying lines and barbed hooks of anglers is apt to be disappointed.

Celebrate with glorious food: Christmas is coming
The days between now and Christmas are narrowing.

Springerle rolling pin cookies
4 eggs

Apple-ginger-cranberry pie
For the dough:

Small schools the best schools
The best schools ever in the U.S. were the thousands of small rural ones throughout the country. I would rate an eighth-grade graduate's knowledge better that the average high school grad of today. In the 30's and 40's when I attended school, they didn't place a black box in our hands and tell us everything you need to know is in here, we had to store it in our heads. We had qualified teachers who did not have to conform to the students dress code, morals, or any thing of the modern world. Our men teachers always wore suits and ties and the ladies wore hose and dresses or skirts.

Many people make benefit a success
Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the Ivy Howland dinner and fundraising auction on Dec. 5 such a huge success! Thanks to students and staff at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science, Mountain View Elementary, Kenai Middle School, and Kenai Central High School for their efforts.

Nikiski Senior Citizens enjoy Christmas meal
The Nikiski Senior Center would like to express our appreciation to the Moose Family Lodge, their supporters and helpers for the delicious Christmas dinner they prepared for the seniors.

LeeShore grateful for quilts
The LeeShore Center sends our sincerest thanks to the Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers quilting group for the beautiful handmade quilts they recently donated to our agency. This year the quilting group donated 93 quilts! This is an annual event we all look forward to and is a gift that keeps giving all year round. Each child residing at our emergency shelter facility gets to choose their very own special quilt. It's a joyful event to behold and so appreciated!

Community support benefits library
The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Kenai Community Library would like to express their gratitude for the contribution and support of the following members of the Kenai Community for the successful, "Breakfast With Santa" fundraising event that took place on December 12th at PJ's Diner at the Kenai Airport.

A season for giving: Fundraiser benefits area non-profit organizations
The holidays are known as a time for giving, and staff at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center are hoping that people will give to an ongoing event that is part Christmas display and part a fundraiser to support local non-profit organizations.

Exxon makes move on XTO: Purchase will affect 2 Cook Inlet platforms
ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly traded company, made a move to buy Houston based XTO Energy, in a deal announced Monday.

Miracle on Gaswell: Good Samaritan finds deed repaid -- and then some
Kaylynn Pearse and her family still hadn't set up a Christmas tree this season, and until this past Sunday she was pretty sure they wouldn't have much to put beneath it even if they did.

Boxes for Heroes: Area children send a taste of home to American soldiers
Zon McEnerney, 7, lugged a large box containing packages of dehydrated noodles yesterday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai. McEnerney's Spiderman T-shirt hung loosely from his shoulders as he worked, but the real superhero was not pictured on his clothing.

Abandoned west side facilities acquired
Cook Inlet oil and gas assets abandoned earlier this year by Long Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Energy were acquired Tuesday by Cook Inlet Energy in an approximately $2.25 million deal.

HEA rates drop: With RCA approval, bills to decrease 11.5 percent
Although approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska still is needed, Homer Electric Association residential members likely will see a "significant decrease" when they open their January bills.

Making hats, making a difference: Students plan to donate class-made clothing to Juneau's homeless
Students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School have made, grown and gathered hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, potatoes and mugs. This week, they plan to donate them to Juneau's homeless.

Pioneer to begin tests on Cosmopolitan in 2010
Pioneer Natural Resources Inc. plans to conduct a production flow test at its Cosmopolitan oil discovery in Cook Inlet in January, but has delayed drilling an additional appraisal well into the deposit.

Betty Fae (Smith) Barrow
Soldotna resident Ms. Betty Fae (Smith) Barrow, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side.

Vashti Modene Thompson
Nikiski resident Vashti Modene Thompson died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 63.

Joshua Tams Wilson
Kenai resident Mr. Joshua Tams Wilson, 29, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Hazel 'Penny' Dyer
Nikiski resident Hazel "Penny" Dyer, 77, died Dec. 12, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease at New River Assisted Living in Kenai.

Christine (Hardiman) Sutton
Kenai resident Christine (Hardiman) Sutton died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 52.

Around the Peninsula

Car seat check up slated

CIA boys cruise past Grizzlies
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team cruised to an easy 61-16 victory over Kalskag Tuesday night.

Celebrate the season
As Christmas draws near, College Heights Baptist Church is hoping others will join them in celebrating what they believe is the real reason for the season.

Disney kisses a frog, but is it magic?
'The Princess and the Frog'

Art Briefs

Call for submissions

What's Happening

Best Bets

Thomas Tucker is a trucker

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Put wrestling under one roof

Wolverines stomp Grizzlies
The Ninilchik boys basketball team steamrolled Kalskag 77-27 Wednesday night.

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