Susanna LaRock/Turnagain Times
Kathryn McNatt, Krista McNeil, and Alma Caballero at the Cooper Landing Medical Clinic take a break during the grand opening May 1.
By Susanna LaRock
Cooper Landing Correspondent
Cooper Landing Medical Clinic up and Running
Cooper Landing Medical Clinic, a satellite clinic of Peninsula Community Health Services, had its grand opening Tuesday May 1. Many members of the community stopped in to see what the clinic had to offer. All who stopped by found a neat little clinic in a roomy R.V. with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The new clinic will be open every Tuesday throughout the summer months. Services provided include but are not limited to, primary care and family medicine, newborn, infant, and pediatric care, minor surgical procedures, physical exams, and immunizations.
Health care is available to everyone at the Cooper Landing Medical Clinic, even those without insurance. Sliding fee discounts are available for those who meet certain household and income criteria.
The staff at the Cooper Landing Medical Clinic ask that appointments be made in advance whenever possible so that they can come prepared to address the needs of their patients. Appointments can be made at 907-595-3334. The clinic is located at 47.5 Sterling Highway behind Wildman’s.
Cooper Landing Amateur Film Festival
The Cooper Landing Community Hall was packed with excited film enthusiasts Friday, May 4. The 2nd annual Cooper Landing Amateur Film Festival did not disappoint. A responsive audience watched films about uni-cycling in Whittier, Skiing in Wyoming and working in Antarctica. There were six films in all, all of them entertaining.
The youngest film- makers in Cooper Landing Linnaea and Cooper Morgan Gossard submitted one film, a stop motion picture made with Lego’s. The crowd left pleased with the evening’s films and a buzz about films that could be made for next year’s festival.
Cooper Landing Snug Harbor Snail-A-Thon
The Annual Cooper Landing Snug Harbor Snail-A-Thon, a community tradition since 1980, will be taking place on Saturday May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is a five-mile walk, run, bike, down Snug Harbor Road, beginning at the Catholic Church at 10 a.m. and ending at Waikiki Beach with a picnic potluck for the whole community starting at noon.
There will be hotdogs provided for roasting over the bon fire; everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish, casserole, or dessert. This is a fun event for all ages so get out and enjoy this wonderful tradition. The Snail-A-Thon is also a great way to participate in the community clean up, as those walking can carry trash bags and pick up litter along the way.
Community Clean Up Has Begun
The Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners have been out in bright yellow vest beautifying miles of the Sterling Highway. With snow melting rapidly, litter is prevalent all along the roadside. The Cooper Landing Community Spring Clean Up has started and will be ongoing through May 31.
The Cooper Landing AmeriCorps Members, Krissy Route and Kristin Fuller are heading up this great effort and ask that anyone cleaning miles along the highway call them and report, as they are keeping a running tally of the number of bags collected during the clean up.
Let’s all lend a hand and make our community shine, so that when we drive through Cooper Landing we see the beauty around us and not the trash on the roadside.
Cooper Landing Trail Run
Sunday May 20 The Walkable Community Committee is hosting the first ever Cooper Landing Trail Run. Registration will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. under the pavilion at the Community Hall. There is a $25 registration fee, which can be paid in advance, to guarantee that you receive a t-shirt, by contacting Chris Degernes at 394-8868.
The Race will start at 11a.m. at the Community Hall. The 6k course will go down Bean Creek Road, along the highway, into the woods, and up to the overlook of Kenai Lake. Participants can walk or run.
Shuttles will be available for transport back to the awards ceremony at the Community hall at 12:30 p.m.
Federal Subsistence Fishery Meeting
Chugach National Forest and US Fish and Wildlife subsistence staff is holding a meeting to explain the2011-2013 Federal Subsistence Fishing Regulations and answer questions regarding the federal subsistence application process. The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 23, at the Cooper Landing Community Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Federal Subsistence Permits for the Russian River Dip Net Fishery will be issued during this meeting for rural residents who qualify. Two forms of identification (one picture ID and one that shows your permanent physical address) will be required to confirm eligibility; a valid State fishing license will also be required.
Cooper Landing Softball Tournament
It’s time again to head down to the ball field for games, food, and fun. This year’s Cooper Landing Softball Tournament promises to be lots of fun with ball games and other exciting events from May 25 to June 3. There will be Panning for gem stones May 26 and May 27, a dunk tank June 1, 2, and 3, Kid’s games June 3, put your friends in jail May 26, 27 and June 2 and 3, and a Playoff dinner will be provided by Sackett’s Kenai Grill Sunday, June 3.
Cooper Landing Emergency Services will have a concession stand nightly with hamburgers, hot dogs and other tasty snacks; they will also have their always-popular silent auction going on nightly in the Community Hall.
There will be T-shirts for sale, split the pot raffle tickets selling nightly; and every night, starting opening night, the best parking space will be auctioned off and reserved for the following night. In case all of this doesn’t sound like enough fun for you, the softball games will be going on as well. Opening night lineup is Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Moose Pass versus Avalanche Acres.
The 8:30 p.m. game will feature Kenai Princess Lodge and Float and Fish. Saturday May26 at 7 p.m., Summit Lake Lodge will play Mountain Madness, and the 8:30 p.m. game will be played between Wildman’s and the Bean Creakers.
Sunday May 27 at 7 p.m. Alaska Wildland Adventures will play Alaska Rivers Company. The rest of the games will be posted at the Community Hall nightly. This is always a fun time of year when locals come together to have one last hurrah before the busy Summer Season sets in. Be sure to come out, enjoy all the fun, and play ball!
Author’s Tea and Kindergarten Graduation
It’s time again for the Cooper Landing School Author’s Tea and Kindergarten Graduation. It is a tradition at Cooper Landing School for all of the students to write and illustrate a book at the end of the school year. Each year the students invite the whole community to an Author’s Tea to present their books and share them with the community.
It is also a tradition at Cooper Landing School to graduate the kindergarteners with a special ceremony. This year’s Kindergarten Graduation will be held at Cooper Landing School Friday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. with the Author’s Tea immediately following. Come and celebrate all of the student’s achievements and enjoy the cuteness of kindergarteners in caps and gowns.