Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Outdoors with John Perkovich
We all have those childhood memories and sometimes they even involve our first hunting trips or perhaps some of the first adventures by ourselves. Once I convinced my father that I could handle a firearm safely he often times allowed me to go off hunting by myself for small game. I enjoyed this unsupervised freedom and took advantage of this opportunity every chance I could.

Father and son team opens “Action Pursuits” in Peninsula Center Mall
From snowboarding to paint ball shooting, Action Pursuits is the place for top of the line equipment at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Action Pursuits is a new store toward the back of the Peninsula Center Mall that is a father and son partnership of Joe and Jeremy Jones, “We’ve been dealing out of our garage for about four years and Dad and I figured it was time to take it to the next level and so far we’ve been very successful,” said Jeremy Jones, who plans on taking business classes at KPC and applying his classroom learning to his real life experience. “You know they say don’t go into business with your family, but so far it’s working out real well for us,” said Jeremy’s father Joe.

Soldotna Tree lighting is a family affair...
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey has been taking the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration at Parker Park as an opportunity to elaborate on a community theme, “We started off five years ago with honoring our emergency services personnel and then our Armed Forces and this year our theme was family. Family has been at the core of all healthy successful civilizations and it’s the number one priority in our town whether it’s our business, social, or biological family. So today as we joined with the Central Emergency Services, the Soldotna Chamber and the Senior Citizens our theme was “family is what counts.” It’s a way of showing we appreciate each other and our community,” said Carey.

A-1 Enterprises Revs Up For Toyz for Totz
What a sight to see sixty plus motorcycles cruising down the Spur Highway and K-Beach, some solo, some with riders, all out to enjoy the HOT summer day of July. With one main focus. Toyz for Totz.

KPC prepares for official opening of new addition
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was on the Peninsula last week to visit the new addition almost completed at Kenai Peninsula College and to share his vision for the University system with students and Soldotna Chamber members. “Next year we will be presenting to the legislature a wonderful opportunity to invest in our University system. One would shore up some of the things that we have begun to bring forth, the needs of the State such as nursing and engineering programs which we have gone forward without funding from the State utilizing funding from other sources such as industry, the Rasmussen Foundation, the Denali Commission, BP, Conoco Phillips, and a series of private funding sources, so we are looking for the State to finish the unfinished from the general fund,” said Hamilton.

Alaskan history comes alive at Redoubt Elementary
Alaskan history is now part of 6th grade curriculum in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Redoubt Elementary teacher Krista Arthur has taken a unique approach, “Three years ago when I came to Redoubt and found out we had to study Alaska history I decided to start an Alaskan museum where students pick a topic such as native or cultural arts, sports in Alaska, recreation in Alaska, historical events such as the earthquake or resource development such as the oil and gas, timber or mining industry to highlight with signboards and displays to show what goes on in Alaska and each year the students bring in examples of things that represent Alaskan history and share their topics with the rest of the student body,” explained Mrs. Arthur, a former K-Beach Elementary school student.

Now Playing: King Kong
Before I begin, I need to get something off my chest. These columns are all about the writer either railing or raving about some issue (in my case movies) that has affected them that week. Right now I am at a computer at the Sheraton hotel paying $.50/minute to use their “business client” computer. Fifty cents! And that’s just to sit down, not for using the internet. This means, at my regular speed, this column will actually cost me $30 to write, which is $5 more than my pay. It burns me up how large corporations find new ways to gouge people. Why aren’t I just typing on my own computer, like I usually do? I had to come to Anchorage to pick up family and blah, blah, blah, a million reasons that have nothing to do with the issue at hand, or with King Kong, the real reason you flipped to this column in the first place.

Halibut program fails miserably
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has dipped to an all-time low. They have proven they no longer honor the public process or make management decisions based on biology. What rules in their forum is politics.

Donation well-read
To the great folks at Fred Meyer. From the students and staff at Chapman School in Anchor Point. We just want to say thank you so much for your generous donation to our school’s library. We are now able to purchase some new literature for our school.

Mrs. Clauses make an impact
I am fortunate to share the friendship and workplace of some extraordinary ladies in our community.

Community support scores big with Kardinals
It is time to put an end to another successful football season for the Kenai Kardinals. The players, coaches, parents and the administration at Kenai Central High School take this opportunity to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in making this season rewarding and enjoyable for the kids.

Awards benefit many
On Nov. 15, Kenai Central High School honored 117 students for Academic Excellence in grades 10 through 12. Students were awarded gift certificates from McDonald’s of Kenai, excellent awards, academic letters and stars for academic achievement of maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or greater per semester.

Community support on the ball
Over the first weekend of December, Cook Inlet Academy hosted the Borealis Conference Volleyball Tournament. Teams from 10 different schools came and played an excellent tournament.

To the point
“Happy holidays” offends me.

Club’s donation makes a difference
Ninilchik School wishes to publicly thank the Snomad Snowmachine Club for its donation to our school. Their support of our school is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Clever auction idea well worth food for thought
We want everyone to know how much we appreciated the cheerful way Fred Meyer management and staff handled the inconvenience of the two-minute shopping spree Nov. 11. Their customer service gets rave reviews from the Hallford and Beckmann families.

Photo feature: Getting a grip

Photo feature: Festive Presentation

Homer artist uses bonding as inspiration
The winners of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster contest have been announced and the artistic abilities of several area children soon will pay off in a dog-gone good time.

Backseat pilot enjoys the ride
Donald Poimboeuf loves to fly. He loved it long before he crash-landed his first ultralight aircraft in Spokane, Wash., more than 20 years ago.

Senior kitchen remodel finished
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center is cooking now.

Surplus, capital spending could produce debate
Legislatures serving other states can only dream of the dilemma facing Alaska’s lawmakers: How to spend a $1 billion surplus that sustained elevated petroleum prices have delivered into their hands.

‘Hero packs’ send positive message
For the men and women who find themselves serving as soldiers in Iraq, their deployment was likely not a surprise since it was, and is, a real possibility for anyone who enlists.

Small oil spill mopped up quick
A 20-inch transfer line at the KPL Dock in Nikiski failed Thursday, spilling approximately one barrel of a viscous petroleum substance similar to asphalt, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Plan includes area projects
Gov. Frank Murkowski’s 2007 state capital spending plan announced Thursday includes roughly $17.5 million for projects on the Kenai Peninsula.

Esther Sophia Larsen
Medicine Lake, Mont., resident Esther Sophia Larsen died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood, Mont., where she was a resident for four years. She was 102.

Evelyn Hilma Bouckhout
Former Soldotna resident Evelyn Hilma Bouckhout died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at home in Chipley, Fla. She was 83.

Kenai library expansion shouldn’t be shelved
Kenai has enjoyed another great holiday celebration weekend. Santa arrived, the parade was great and the fireworks spectacular. We even got a good load of snow for the first Salvation Army benefit snowmachine classic. The only thing missing for me was the library wasn’t open.

Jodi and Matthew Lundell of North Carolina announce the birth of their son, Christopher Ryan Lundell, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at Fort Bragg, N.C. He weighed 9 pounds and measured 21 inches.

Grief and the holidays
For many people, the holiday season is a special time of the year marked by festive celebrations and gathering with family and friends. Its a time to look ahead with excitement to the approaching New Year.

Peninsula People
Fowler riding tall Bowlin, Moerlein honored Whiteside clears the bar

Around the Peninsula
Seniors host Christmas program, party Library plans 3-day closure Masonic to install officers Community group seeking members Search for pet photos continues

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski seniors to elect board Food Bank lists holiday closures Red Cross offers first aid classes Junior Iditarod entry fee help offered

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results 4-H club set to mush LeeShore community classes set Games, crafts items sought Master gardeners take root Women’s Opportunity award: Holiday lighting winners announced

Photo feature: Super support

Senior Menus
Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Kenai Soldotna Sterling

Skiers compete in Besh Cup races
Skiers from the area and around the state of Alaska competed in the second day of Besh Cup racing Sunday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The races are used to select Alaska representatives to the Junior Olympics and to the Arctic Winter Games.

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