Kenai seeks input from businesses

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Kenai seeks input from businesses

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Story last updated at 5/29/2011 - 2:16 pm

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Kenai seeks input from businesses

The city of Kenai in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce is holding a strategic planning session for City of Kenai business owners on Wednesday, June 8th at the Kenai Senior Center. The session is designed to gather ideas and suggestions to better understand the desires and needs of the business community as Kenai updates the City's Comprehensive Plan. Business input into the plan update is vital. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The meeting will commence at 8 a.m. and run until 10 a.m. The business community is encouraged to participate in this important planning meeting.

For more information or to RSVP, call Marilyn at 283-8235 or Nancy at 283-8237.

Countdown under way to Central Peninsula Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Relay for Life schedule of events:

Bank Night: May 31 and June 1, 5:30 p.m., Bridges in Soldotna

Survivor Dinner: June 3, 5:30 p.m., Skyview High School

Opening Ceremonies: June 3, 6:30 p.m., Skyview High School track

Luminaria Ceremony: June 3, 11 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast: June 4, 7 a.m.

Closing Ceremonies: June 4, 1:30 p.m.

Show support for Cancer Survivors!

At the Relay for Life, teams of people camp out at Skyview High School and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay for Life is an overnight event up to 24 hours in length.

Watercolor paint together planned

A Watercolor Paint Together with the Kenai Fine Art Center Watercolor Group is planned for Stuarday, June 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Kenai across from the Oilers' Bingo Hall. Local watercolorists, 18 and older, (dabblers welcome) will be joining together to share some creative time together, socializing and sharing in a snack potluck. Bring your watercolor paraphernalia along, and a snack to share if you like.

Oilers seeking host families

The Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club is looking for housing for Oilers baseball players for the 2011 season. The players arrive in early June and the season ends in late July. Host families receive season tickets and a rewarding, summer baseball experience. Contact the Oilers housing coordinator Kathy Gensel at 262-9263 or call the Oilers office at 283-7133.

Kenai-SoHi 30-year reunion planned

A joint Kenai Central and Soldotna Class of 1981, 30-year reunion is scheduled to be held on the weekend of July 16 and 17. On Saturday night (July 16) at 7 p.m. there will be a, no host bar, appetizers and socializing at Kenai Landing located on Cannery Road; the cost will be $20 per person. A family picnic will be held Sunday at the Tesoro recreation site off of Bernice Lake road in Nikiski. The picnic will begin at 12:30 p.m.. This should be an enjoyable occasion, so please plan on attending; the cost will be $2 per person. For more information there is a group set up on Facebook for this event, or you may also contact Kim at 907-398-7591 or email

Tough Truck ready to roll

The 3rd Annual Kenai Peninsula Tough Truck is at it again! Saturday, June 11 at the Twin City Raceway Circle Track, Tough Truck will be hosting its first event of the year. Gates open at 4 p.m.

All Alaska 4-by-4 enthusiasts are invited to attend the Tough Truck event and compete.

Enjoy some great, "clean" fun and enter your truck, side-by-sides, and ATVs.

All questions can be answered by Jhasmine Lamb 907-252-2507 or email:, Eric or Liz of Northwest Customs and the Tough Truck Facebook page.

Submit Around the Peninsula announcements to For more information, call 907-335-1251.



If you think the Kenai Peninsula is beautiful in the summer, you should see it when cloaked under a thick blanket of white with the aurora borealis rippling through the celestial canopy above.


Whether intentionally seeking berries for jellies and jams or just out for a casual hike, residents and visitors will find the 50-some varieties of wild berries in Alaska hard to resist.


There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk.

2010 Peninsula Clarion award winners

Best Education Reporting
1st Place – Dante Petri, “All under one roof

Suzan Nightingale Award: Best Columnist

2nd Place – Will Morrow, “Voices of the Clarion”

Best Sustained Coverage

3rd Place – Dante Petri, “Mt. Redoubt Eruption”

Best News Photo

3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Bear Rescue

Best Photo Portrait
3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Ear Gauger

Best Audio Slideshow
2nd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Learning to ski

Best Use of Story and Photos by a Journalist
2nd Place – Joseph Robertia, “Dipnet disaster averted

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