Tuesday, December 19, 2006

CIA Carolers tour Kenai
For the last five or six years Becky Dwinnell, pre-school teacher at Cook Inlet Academy (CIA), fondly known as Miss Becky, has been touring the local community with her pre-school through 3rd grade carolers. This year the venue was expanded to the Kenai community and included Wing’s Café at the Kenai Airport, Home Depot, Carrs/Safeway, and Vintage Point Manor. “Everyone was so excited to see and hear the kids singing their hearts out. The kids love representing their school and sharing the birthday of Jesus by singing carols,” said Miss Becky.

As a young man I often times spend all day stomping the hillsides of Wisconsin hunting. I spent many days where I hunted all the day light hours and covering ten to fifteen miles a day. No matter if it was small game hunting or deer hunting I enjoyed being out there and very little of my time was spent sitting still.

Maggi brings Imports, Gifts and Inner Peace at her new location in Kenai
As the last weekend for Holiday shopping appears so does a unique place where you can take a break from the crowded check out lines and dodgem car parking lots of the twin cities; Maggi’s Inner Peace Imports & Gifts, a new store located at the corner of Beaver Loop and the Spur Highway that is the perfect place to find a unique something for that special someone who is so hard to find anything for. “Anytime you’re stressed you’re welcome to come in sit and relax, read, meditate, exercise, have a cup of coffee, tea or herbal tonic while you rejuvenate or try on some of our imported clothes,” says Maggi.

Reindeer bell & Rotarians set new Kettle record
Since the beginning of Rotary on the Kenai Peninsula it has become a tradition for club members to volunteer time to stand at Kettles during the annual Salvation Army Kettle drive. With Rotary Clubs in Kenai and Soldotna, Lt. Fanning of the Salvation Army, some ten years ago started a little club rivalry by creating a traveling “Bell” trophy awarded to the club that raises the most money at their kettles each year. Last Saturday with Kenai Rotarians standing at the Carrs/Safeway store in Kenai, and the Soldotna Club members standing at Fred Myers, the Kettle drive set a new record for money collected in one day. According to Fanning it was the first day ever to exceed $4,000 during a local kettle drive, “Both clubs rose over $1,800 at their kettles for a total of $4,200, with the Soldotna Rotarians only exceeding the Kenai club by $4.00. That’s as close to a tie as I think we could come,” said Fanning, expressing his appreciation for the great job done by both clubs.

Landfill offers free paint & stains bring some in,take some home
Since the first of November the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department has been offering a new Household Hazardous Waste Reuse Station at the Central Peninsula Landfill, according to Lanie Hughes, environmental coordinator for the Borough’s solid waste department. The Borough is accepting paints and stains in five gallon or smaller containers that are at least 75% full and in good condition. “The Borough started the program to reduce the costs associated with managing usable paints and stains through the hazardous waste collection program. On an annual basis the Borough pays to have about 150 drums sent away as part of its hazardous waste management at a cost of approximately $50,000. So we came up with this program to try and divert some of theses items from the hazardous waste collection program, and if we can divert just half of these materials we can save the taxpayers some $20,000 a year. In addition it gives the public a chance to get a useable product at no cost,” explained Hughes.

Beliefs shouldn’t stop us from celebrating
My brother Frankie was quite little for the first five to seven years of his life. In 1959, he was the smallest in his kindergarten class, so he was selected as one of the main characters for the Christmas play. I was 7 years old and remember even today how beautiful the stage was. The manger, children dressed as little animals and the taller children were the three wise men with jeweled boxes in hand. There were angels and, of course, in the center stood Mary and Joseph.

Speaker clarifies story
I am pleased that the Peninsula Clarion covered the presentation I made to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week on the Permanent Fund’s history, structure and current performance. However, a couple of errors appeared in the story, as well as some inaccurate representations of the proposed percent of market value (POMV). I would like to correct two of them.

Community support keeps peninsula residents fed
There are many blessings received here at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, but the biggest and best blessings we receive are the donations, monetary and nonmonetary, our supporters provide.

Smoking letter gets additional support
I am writing to applaud Jennifer Sather for her recent comments on secondhand smoke (Clarion, Dec. 8). I believe she is right when it comes down to the knowledge/education department for some parents who still smoke in the presence of their children.

Court hands down murder indictment
A Soldotna woman has been indicted on attempted murder and assault charges in the attempted shooting of an Alaska State Trooper outside of her Soldotna home on Dec. 9.

Mayor commends officer for heroism
Smoke and flames were already coming from the house on Riverview Avenue when Soldotna Police Officer Aaron Renken first responded to the report of a fire early this month.

Fishery OK’d, just need ice
The darkest day of the year is just around the corner, but even with only short periods of sun warming the Kenai Peninsula, weather is keeping subsistence fishermen on hold as snow and ice slowly accumulate on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Tustumena Lake.

Time to wrap up package delivery
Hurry. Hurry.

Chuitna project could be economic boon to Kenai Peninsula
The Chuitna Coal Mine project would mean hundreds of jobs and millions in capital investment, and with Kenai as the work force embarkation point, many mining employees could choose to live on the Kenai Peninsula, said Bill Popp, borough Mayor John Williams’ liaison to the energy industry.

Photo Feature: Special delivery
Dylan Wannamaker eyes the door to his family’s home while carrying the family’s Christmas tree to the house.

Coal mine worth the risks?
Mining the Beluga coal fields across Cook Inlet from the Kenai Peninsula may put a spark in the Southcentral Alaska economy, but conservationists say it also will endanger rich salmon spawning streams and add significant pollution to the local atmosphere.

Coal — energy of the future?
As declining oil and gas resources in Alaska and across the globe come under increasing market pressure, developers are eyeing the profit potential of the Beluga coal field deposits.

Ardith ‘Ardie’ Johnson
Kenai resident Ardith “Ardie” Johnson died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Alcohol and drug abuse council to meetKVCC hosts open houseWatershed open house setKids’ winter reading program continuesYouth New Year’s party slatedIndian education committee to meet

Around the Peninsula
Phone cards soughtCaregiver meetings slatedSoccer coaches sought

• Serena and Shawn Houser •Tiffani Hooper and Jared Swanson

Peninsula People
4-H shinesGladden graduates ITTWaltemyer graduates collegeMadden named to dean’s list

Peninsula Reflections
Morris Porter, coming into the Kenai River from commercial fishing, needed a ride into town. There were no taxies around and no way to notify anyone.

Area skiers compete at Besh Cup
The second Besh Cup race of the season was held on Sunday at Hillside Trails in Anchorage. The format was a mass start using classic technique.

Soldotna hockey tops Homer
The Soldotna hockey team defeated host Homer 3-0 on Friday in North Star Conference action.

Thompson to play Division I volleyball
When Nikiski senior Hannah Thompson was young, she watched a videotape of her parents, Sharon and Bill Thompson, playing recreational volleyball. Thompson made up her mind she wanted to play college volleyball.

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