Thursday, December 27, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Builders name members of the year Classes to include cold climate findings Aromatherapy classes offered Food bank donations sought Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

Bell Ringing drive breaks through all records
The sound of those silver bells and the dedication of volunteers combined for a record breaking Rotary Salvation Army Kettle drive this season, according to Lt. Craig Fanning, of the local Salvation Army. “It was really an amazing effort and we are very appreciative of the three local Rotary Clubs and their friendly competition that raised just under $6,400 this year, that’s $2,000 more than has ever been raised before and represents more than 152 volunteer hours from these community minded Rotarians who stand at our Kettles in addition to all the other service work they do this time of year, it was very impressive,” said Fanning.

Soldotna Police Officers raise cash for Holiday turkeys
Regardless of religious or non-religious preferences this is the season of sharing, giving and helping all to have a warm and happy holiday season. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is a hub for helping those in need of food through out the year and especially during the holiday season. According to executive director of the Food Bank Linda Swarner they’ve been doing well with high school and local business canned food drives but have run short of turkeys, “As of Tuesday the 18th we were totally out of turkeys, so we were very happy to receive the check from the Soldotna Police Officers and we’ll be using their donation to buy turkeys for the freezer,” said Swarner.

Agrium careers changing gears
The Agrium Transition Center, located in the old Carrs Mall, officially opened its doors December 5th after the initial layoff of approximately 80 Agrium employees. A partnership with the Alaska Department of Labor helped to create this service solely for the displaced Agrium employees. The center offers them a place to receive help transitioning into new careers, relocation, job search, and training. “We’re working to help all the dislocated Agrium employees to find other opportunities,” explained Jeff Laube a former Agrium operator who has been hired to assist his former colleagues at the new Center, “I’m a familiar face here to guide them through the transition process and help them to utilized the services that are available here. There is a lot of paper work involved and we help move them through the system, we’ve had over 20 people finds jobs already and we’ve only been in business now for a little more than two weeks,” added Laube.

Firefighters Procession honors service of the fallen
After a huge search and rescue and search and recovery effort, closure came last week as Firefighters from across Southcentral Alaska gathered to honor Central Emergency Services (CES) firefighter Cameron Carter. It was Carter’s request to have a Fire Department funeral according to Assistant CES chief Gordon Orth, “In the event of an emergency we have paper work on all our personnel where they express their wishes in the event of an emergency and Mr. Carter stated that he wanted a Fire Department funeral, which has over 200 years of tradition part of which is a procession to honor the individual and his service,” Orth told the Dispatch.

It was in the fall of 1972 and I found myself lined up beside a young Indian man by the name of Randy Mallory on our Small School Wisconsin State Championship Football Team. We raced through the Dairyland Conference that fall unbeaten and untied averaging over 40 Points a game and gave up only 14 points all year. Randy played offensive tackle and I played end. Little did I think at that time that Randy and I would become such good friends through the years.

Certificate fills the need
On behalf of the 10 recipient families, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Soldotna Rotary Club for their very generous Christmas dinner certificate through our Soldotna Safeway Deli. Your generosity has allowed these families to enjoy the true spirit of the Christmas season. Thank you.

Golden Rule losing its luster
I read about the new house on Bear Lake Road being destroyed by juveniles, up to $10,000 in damages. This just days after reading a letter submitted by June Deitrick asking if we are too busy to teach the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you." I was compelled to write as I am discouraged with the juvenile court system, our juveniles and the parents of some of these teens.

Story, efforts appreciated
Thank you for publishing Jenny Neyman's story about the Peninsula Optional High School's "Summit on Universal Human Rights and the Environment." I had the honor of listening to several of the presentations, which ranged from topics such as AIDS to women's rights. These students did a fantastic job of researching and presenting current information on some very serious subjects. In addition, each student identified what each of us can do to promote human rights and care for the environment.

Don't forget small businesses
With the gift-giving season here, it is easy to run into one of our giant department stores. It's quick and easy.

Ice jams still a possibility
Ice jams still a possibilityCold temperatures and a build-up of slushy ice have Kenai Peninsula Borough emergency officials keeping a close eye on portions of the Kenai River, especially around the Big Eddy area.

Ice jams: Still feeling the effects
When looking back at all the destruction caused by river ice last winter, Soldotna's city manager is pleasantly surprised with what park and campground structures city workers were able to repair or replace over one summer.

Woman killed in collision
A Kasilof woman was killed Monday when her vehicle collided with a tree at Mile 104 of the Sterling Highway.

She's sticking it out
Most people are probably familiar with Lauren Baldwin the hockey player, a dominating goalie willing to sprawl, flop and kick her way to success.

Wagoner calls for energy credit
Sen. Tom Wagoner says Alaskans need an energy credit program triggered by high oil prices that would help ease the pain of home electricity bills.

River overcrowding tops KRSMA's to-do list
With more than 700 boats zipping up and down the Kenai River in search of king salmon at the peak of the July fishery, the Kenai River Special Management Area advisory board decided to put overcrowding on the river at the top of its list of most important issues.

Average harvest predicted
Biologists for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are predicting a reasonably good year for commercial fishermen and anglers fishing for sockeye salmon next year. The harvest should only be 200,000 fish below the 20-year average in four of the major Cook Inlet rivers including the Kenai while the sockeye salmon forecast for the Kasilof River is higher than the average.

Is money heading Soldotna's way?
To take advantage of about $150,000 in state grants, the Soldotna City Council tonight is expected to introduce and set for public hearing several ordinances accepting the grants and appropriating the money into the city budget. The grants are law-enforcement related.

Open for biz
It's Christmas, and while other businesses may be closed, Mike Ellis and his family are raking in the dough, so to speak, by making and delivering pizzas 24 hours a day until Dec. 27.

Larry David Gjovig
Larry David Gjovig of Soldotna died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage from complications following a diagnosis of cancer. He was 65.

Nadine Smith
Longtime Soldotna resident Nadine Smith died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 86.

Healthy Bites
Remember alcohol affects your appetite, so if you're drinking you may end up eating more than you planned.

Around the Peninsula
T-200 poster contest continues Cribbage tourney continues Hospice plans celebration KMS volleyball camp set SoHi Class of '88 seeks information Race volunteers sought

Around the Peninsula
Public health reopens today Basketball alumni game planned T-200 poster contest continues Race volunteers sought Art donations sought

Chutney Chicken Salad
2 pounds boneless, skinless, trimmed chicken breasts

Good-for-Kwanzaa recipes
The seven days of Kwanzaa begins today and concludes New Year's Day. During each night, observers light the Mishumaa Saba: seven red, black and green candles, in a kinara (candleholder).

Iced Mocha Frappuccino
1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso

A last look at the favorites
Chocolate cake, quick bread, chicken salad and iced coffee these were among some of our favorite things in 2007. We also liked Harry Connick Jr.'s recipe for Jambalaya (perfect for celebrating Kwanzaa from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1), which was published in a June column that highlighted "Star Palate," a celebrity cookbook written to benefit breast and ovarian cancer research.

Anniversary Bundt Pan Chocolate Sour Cream Cake
1 cup nonalkanized (natural

Aunt Leona's Walnut Bread
3 cups flour

Poet's Corner
if you are wanting to get methed out,

Fresh grounds, fresh sounds
What does it take to get a band off the ground?

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

Art Briefs
Book club a real page turner Digital Arts Challenge continues Kenai Performers seek members Pratt seeks program proposals Milestone moments sought Graphic Art workshop planned Art donations sought UA video contest opens Museum plans juried exhibit Short story contest begins Writers' group seeks entries Educator grant applications available Kids' reading program ongoing Reading council seeks members

Good time to take a 'Walk': Reilly makes 'The Dewey Cox Story' more hit than miss
For a brief time in the 80s, parody was a guaranteed box office winner. "Airplane," "The Naked Gun," and "Spinal Tap," were all seminal movies, taking up the torch from Mel Brooks and influencing countless future films.

Champagne will have to wait
The 1972 Miami Dolphins need to look on the bright side.

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