Mona Painter/Cooper Landing
The latest Cooper Landing Emergency Services quarterly bulletin contained four pages of information. In “A Note from the President.” Scott Davis thanked a number of people who “contributed a great deal of their expertise, time, and efforts…” Ken Jensen, CLES treasurer, was thanked for his fund raising efforts and supervision of the construction and repairs of the CLES structures. Ken worked with BP, Spenard Builders Supply, Ferguson Enterprises, Metco, and others who made generous donations to CLES. From the beginning, Ken was a powerful part of this joint venture of the ambulance service and the fire department. Ken Jensen died last week. Our condolences to Ken’s wife Nancy and to their family.
Work that Ken Jensen supervised in 2007 included removing junk cars, trees and brush from the emergency services site. The septic system was finished in back of the new building. The mound of earth in the middle of the parking area was removed. The power cable was buried and the power pole in front of the building was removed. New doors were installed on the new building and a well pump was installed and wired.
The CLES Board of Directors are President Scott Davis, Vice President Dan Michels, Secretary Mary Louise Molenda, George Anderson, Barb Atkinson, and Tom Knock. Jerry James is Fire Chief and Mike Smith is Assistant Chief. Michelle Stewart is Ambulance Chief and Cheryle James is Assistant Chief. Office Manager is Katie Thomas.
Orders are being taken until Jan. 23 for the annual sale of enchildadas to benefit the school. They are also planning for the St. Patricks Day dinner March 13 at Sunrise Inn. For more than ten years this dinner has been funding student activities.
Cooper Landing Gun Club has a board meeting scheduled Jan. 19, following a trap shoot, at the gun club on Bean Creek Road.
The local advisory planning commission has a special meeting Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at the community hall for a plat review of the Birch and Grouse Ridge Subdivision Weigle Addition. CLAPC also meets Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, for a work day on updating the 1996 land use plan.
Historic gold mining on the Kenai Peninsula is the program topic for the Jan. 25 Cooper Landing Historical Society gathering beginning at 2 p.m. at the community hall. A business meeting follows the program.
A fund raising pancake breakfast at the community hall on the morning of Jan. 26 is planned by the Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. Inc.
The Cooper Landing Community Club meets Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the community hall.
Everyone is invited to “Iditarod Days”, Feb. 2 and 3 in Seward celebrating 100 years of this National Historic Trail which began in Seward. I get to take part in Pioneer Show and Tell. Linda Chamberlain from the Howling Husky Homestead in Homer will present a segment on Mushing the Mail on the Iditarod Trail. Our own Jack Lean was one of the historic Iditarod mushers and I have letters from him describing harrowing events on that trail.
The cold and deep snow have brought out the winter sports enthusiasts. A couple of women on snow machines have been scooting here and there looking for a cup of hot chocolate or bowl of soup. The ice fishermen are back near the bridge; at least one of the little houses was up. Craig Barnyard, Cooper Landing’s extreme skier, was profiled by Riley Christensen in the Jan. school newspaper, Lynx News.