IAN FOLEY

Students to sample world of business

This summer, students from all across Alaska will experience what it takes to run a business.

From July 18-25, 65 high school students will meet at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage to participate in Alaska Business Week, a weeklong learning event organized by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.

During the week, the students will live on campus and learn about business leadership, teamwork and other skills required for running a successful business.

Soldotna library collecting food for overdue fines

The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library is hoping to relieve hunger and financial stress.

For the third year, the library is celebrating National Library Week by offering the “Food for Fines” program. During the week of April 12-18, people with overdue items at the library can reduce their fine by $1 for every can or box of non-perishable food item donated. People wanting to participate must bring the food to the library’s service desk during opening hours.

All of the donated food goes to support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Kenai high school put on lockdown after student receives threatening text

A 15-year-old student was arrested at his home in Kenai after police said he sent a threatening text message that included the threat of a gun, to students at Kenai Central High School.

The school was on lockdown for less than an hour Tuesday, as were Kenai Middle School, Kenai Alternative School and Aurora Borealis charter school

Nobody was injured, and the police “removed the threat,” said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones.

Upgrades for Soldotna’s sports complex progress

Soldotna is one step closer to having an improved sports complex.

Last week, the Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance appropriating $500,000 to conduct the design phase of the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex conference expansion and field house.

The ordinance passed 5-1 with council members Pete Sprague, Paul Whitney, Meggean Bos, Regina Daniels and Keith Baxter voting for the ordinance. Linda Murphy was the sole council member opposed to the ordinance.

Soldotna program aims to better business climate

SOLDOTNA — A better rapport between the city of Soldotna and local businesses could result in a healthier economic environment.

That was Soldotna Director of Economic Development and Planning Stephanie Queen’s message during a Tuesday Soldotna Chamber luncheon.

Queen highlighted the importance of business communication by giving a presentation about “Business First for a Greater Soldotna,” a business retention and expansion program.

Therapy dog helps cancer patients get through treatments

SOLDOTNA — At Peninsula Radiation Oncology in Soldotna, a new therapy is available to help patients cope with cancer treatment.

Her name is LC, a 12-year-old English Setter.

As a certified therapy dog, LC is regularly present in the building’s lobby to help patients relax and relieve stress before receiving treatment.

Before becoming certified more than a year ago, LC was the pet of Dr. James Blom, one of the center’s radiation oncologists. Now, she is part of the treatment center’s family.

Got a hobby? Start a business

On the Kenai Peninsula, many residents have turned their hobbies into a successful, growing businesses. While transitioning from a hobby to a business has some pitfalls, it’s not without advantages, according to some local experts.

Businesses that have grown out of a hobby can be found all across the peninsula. In Nikiski, 1 Crazy Cupcake opened after Sierra Lehl spent several years of playing and experimenting with baking. Today, her unique cupcakes are delivered across the Kenai Peninsula.

Starting a business easier on peninsula

How easy is starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula in 2015? Due to improving technology and more resources to assist prospective business owners, it’s never been easier, according to many around the community.

To start a business on the Kenai, a person must get a state of Alaska business license and a Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax certificate. Other permits vary depending on the city, and nature of the business.

Soldotna voters reject home rule

Soldotna voters ended the possibility of the city becoming home rule in the near future.

During Tuesday’s special election, voters chose not to form a seven-member charter commission that would have drafted the parameters of how Soldotna would govern itself under home rule status.

The question on the ballot read, “Shall a Charter Commission be elected to prepare a proposed charter?” Unofficial results show “No” votes at 298 while “Yes” votes came in at 170.

Donlin Gold project carries implications for Kenai Peninsula

The future of Donlin Gold’s mining project was detailed in a presentation at the Alaska Support Industry Alliance luncheon held at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center on Dec. 19. While located in western Alaska, the project has repercussions for the Kenai Peninsula, as a proposed pipeline would transport natural gas from Cook Inlet to the site.

Donlin Gold project carries implications for Kenai Peninsula

The future of Donlin Gold’s mining project was detailed in a presentation at the Alaska Support Industry Alliance luncheon held at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center on Dec. 19. While located in western Alaska, the project has repercussions for the Kenai Peninsula, as a proposed pipeline would transport natural gas from Cook Inlet to the site.

Area grad earns patent for fish waste disposal system

Fishing has always been a favorite pastime of Alaskans, and now, thanks to a former Kenai Peninsula resident, it can be done more safely.

Alexandra West, a 2007 Skyview High School graduate who is now an engineer-in-training for PND Engineers Inc. in Anchorage, has recently been awarded a patent for a device that prevents bears from being attracted to fishing sites, according to a press release supplied by PND.

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