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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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.

Outdoors
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.

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.

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.

Kindness makes holiday brighter
On behalf of the Redoubt Elementary School PTA, we would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their generous contributions to our Holiday Kindness Program: Wells Fargo Bank, First National Bank, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Dr. Bobbie Behrens, Dr. Chris Hudson and staff, Tesoro, Safeway, Agrium, Fred Meyer, Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co., Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Soldotna Rotary, Professional Home IV, Homer Electric, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Rick and Bobbie Baldwin, John and Carol Cook, Jack and Michelle Blackwell, Bob, Betty and Madison Whittenberg, Ryan and Lauri Kapp, Byron and Margie McCord, Dianne Ireland, Dane and Christina Dahlgren, Sean and Lynn Dusek, John and Linda Lansing, Oralia Moore, Mark and Leslie Hall, the Dale Dolifka family, Jim and Ruthann Truesdell, John and Sheila-Margaret Pothast, Mike and Monica Frost, Sonny, Jo and Angie Sabala, Anne Fraser, John Dombovy, Ashlyn, Sister and family.

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.

Here’s to ‘You’
Time Magazine has named “You” as its “Person of the Year” for 2006. It’s quite an honor for “You” to have been selected. “You” beat out such notables as George W. Bush, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, China’s President Hu Jintao, North Korea’s wild and wacky Kim Jong-il, House Speakeress-to-be Nancy Pelosi, presidential wannabe Hillary Rodman and even her hyper-tattooed brother, Dennis. Plus a host of others.

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.

Popcorn sale was needed boost
Nikiski would like to thank Doug and his staff of the Kenai Safeway for allowing us to sell Scout Popcorn in their store that Saturday.

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.

Wanted: New alternatives
Editor’s Note: This is the final in a series of stories examining the Chuitna Coal Project.

Oil spill prevention regs outlined
New state oil spill prevention regulations were spelled out for oil and gas industry representatives meeting in Kenai on Tuesday.

Weather alert
The National Weather service in Anchorage has issued a snow and blowing snow advisory for the western Kenai Peninsula south of Clam Gulch through 4 p.m. today.

Time to wrap up package delivery
Hurry. Hurry.

Motor, river issue revs up
The public will have another opportunity tonight to provide input on Kenai’s proposal to help clean hydrocarbon pollution from the Kenai River.

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.

Natives voice concerns on mine
Officials with state and federal agencies have met several times in the past year with residents of Native villages and tribal leaders to discuss the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine project.

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.

Dumped oil-drums draw ire, reward
The contents of 11, 55-gallon barrels illegally dumped on the Salamatof Native Association property remain a mystery, but the association is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person who dumped them on association property near Escape Route Road in Nikiski.

Family dog missing after accident
Lori Brown and her 8-year-old son have been waiting hopefully for their “super pup,” a five-month-old yellow labrador retriever, ever since the dog fled from an accident that rolled the Soldotna family down a ravine in Brown’s truck.

Local teacher to host Web seminar today
Allan Miller, a teacher from Sterling, will take part in a second live Web seminar and conference call as he travels to Antarctica with the Oden Expedition.

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

Scott R. Lumby
Soldotna resident Scott R. Lumby, died Dec. 9, 2006, of a heart attack. He was 49.

Gary Lee Tyner
Homer resident Gary Lee Tyner died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 68.

Around the Peninsula
Flight instructors take wingFundraisers for cancer victim beginYouth volleyball, basketball offered

Around the Peninsula
Phone cards soughtCaregiver meetings slatedSoccer coaches sought

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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