Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Board Of Directors
Dear Chamber Members, At long last, Spring has sprung! This is a busy time of year for most of our members and residents as preparations take place for a busy summer season.
President Barb Mosher Wildman’s 598-8088
Out of an abundance of caution during the COVID pandemic and a scarce response to our inquiry, the Drift Boat Regatta will not be held this year. Hopefully, as more people get vaccinated, and with a successful summer season behind us, the Regatta can take place in 2022.
Vice-President Carrie Williams Alaska Outdoor Woodstoves 598-1633
The Upper Kenai Visitor Guide is on display at all the Peninsula Chambers, the Kenai and Anchorage International Airports and at 42 sites in Anchorage, JBER, Girdwood and Whittier. Copies of the Guide are available locally at Wildman’s and Sunrise and can be viewed on the Chamber website, We have begun planning for the 2022 edition of the Guide and will be looking for great pictures of scenery/activities in the Cooper Landing and Moose Pass areas. Keep that in mind while you are out and about this summer. Our next Chamber meeting is Wednesday, May 12 at Wildman’s. Please join us at noon with any questions or suggestions. We would love to see you there!
Treasurer Shirley Wilmoth The Hutch B&B 595-1270 Secretary Rose Hetrick Inn at Tern Lake 288-3667 Director Allison Reeves Grizzly Ridge 595-1260
Cheers, Your Chamber Board
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Cooper Landing School K-12 Monthly Member Spotlight
At Cooper Landing School you will not find bells, lunch lines, or broadcasted morning announcements, but you will find hands-on learning, peer to peer interactions, and a challenging curriculum geared towards students’ interests and learning levels. Your decision to attend Cooper Landing School is far beyond choices in classrooms, gyms, or auditoriums; it is about who you are and the accomplishments you’ll achieve while you are here. Here you will find high quality interactions between staff and students, where students feel heard and understood. Classes are student driven where the individuals’ interests and learning styles are incorporated into daily lessons. Students receive one-on-one
This school is awesome! My favorite part of school is the work, my friends, and the teachers. -Josie
support and small group instruction throughout all grade levels. As teachers and staff we get to the know the students fully and are able to address their individual needs and keep track of their progress throughout their academic career. Lessons plans, classroom projects, and daily routines can be adjusted to fully serve the students. Students are empowered to make their own choices. They can take risks to learn life skills in the safety of the school environment. As a result, students develop a sense of personal responsibility, they take course work seriously, and are allowed to master concepts fully. While our one-room school may make you think of the Little House on the Prairie days, look deeper and you’ll discover we’re equipped with 21st Century Technology. Older students who want to explore specialty classes can use video tele-communication technology to attend live/synchronous classes offered in other schools throughout the Kenai Peninsula School District.
Our School Through Time
In July, 29 year old, Beryl Lean began paving the way for a school in Cooper Landing.
Dreams became reality. The first School was held in the Lean’s Cabin. It was called the Riddiford School and had seven students.
During this time school was held in the Cooper Landing Community Hall until the current location was built.
The first schoolhouse was built on the newly designated school property.
Needing more space a classroom and small gym were constructed in front of the old schoolhouse.
The school as we know it was completed ten years later when the small gym was converted into a classroom and a full-size gym, office, and kitchen were added.
Students have been learning and excelling in academics and are excited to attend school.
Student Life Our students are creative, innovative, loyal, and committed critical thinkers who are free to just be themselves. In a supportive environment, we have no reason to fear being silly, singing in front of a crowd, or dancing like there is no tomorrow. Here students are more than just a number, we are a team—a family. We don’t fear failure because we push ourselves to the next level, we strive for more. We inspire and cheer each other on as we tackle even the hardest of challenges. We work together to learn and grow; we persevere when faced with apathy or adversity—we make an impact on each other and our community. Our teachers are there for us every step of the way, encouraging us to explore ideas, dream big, dig deeper, and most importantly to try. Make your education a fun and fulfilling experience, make it what you want it to be with us at Cooper Landing School. Background Image: Best Route Productions
I love the family oriented atmosphere where students work together to acheive academic goals. -Athena
Contact: 907-595-1244 kpbsd.org/schools/cooper-landing/ 19030 Bean Creek Road Cooper Landing, AK 99572
Cooper Landing Library Beginning Friday, April 30, we will be opening the library to in-person visits on a limited basis, for browsing, checkout, and computer use. In-person visits will be available for up to two households (four people maximum) at a time. Masks will be required. We will continue to offer curbside pickup, as well. Last summer our library upgraded to an online catalog and check-out system and we began issuing new barcoded library cards. To date, we have issued 80 new library cards. A new card is required to check out any items. If you do not have a new card yet, you can sign up at this link. If you are unable to upload a copy of your driver’s license when completing the signup form, you can email a photo of it to email@example.com. Please email or call 907-595-1241 if you have any questions or difficulties. New cards are processed on Fridays.
May Hours: •Monday 1-3pm •Tuesday 1-3pm •Wednesday 9-11am (curbside pickup only)
•Thursday 3-5pm •Friday 1-3pm Additional hours/days will be added in June.
Contact Us: 907-595-1241 firstname.lastname@example.org www. cooperlandinglibrary.com Cooper Landing Community Library
May is the month for spring cleaning! When the sun is out, and the light is shining through the windows it inspires us all to start cleaning the winter dust away. Then pretty soon we start noticing all of the litter lining the highway as we drive to the post office. To make sure our community looks its best this summer, the Cooper Landing Seniors will be picking up the garbage left from winter highway travelers throughout the month. One day will be set aside for folks to work as a team to clean the major sections of the Sterling Highway. If you’d like to help, contact us for more information at: email@example.com. May 2021 — 4
Photo: Mayme Ohnemus
Highway Clean Up
Bike Cooper Landing Happy Spring Neighbors! Bike Cooper Landing is “on a roll” with our collection of ebikes, full suspension, hardtail and fat tire bikes for rent! Before the season gets totally crazy, get your bike tuned up by Mike who will make sure you have a good ride to hit the trails! Basic tune-up, $45 plus parts. We just got our rack cards so let us know if we can give you a stack with or without a holder to make available to your guests. Call Mike at (907)231-6793 See ya on the trails!
Contact Us: 907-231-6793 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bikecooperlandingak.com Bike Cooper Landing
• eBikes • Full Suspension • Hardtail • Fat Tire • Bike Racks Available! Rental Includes: • Tuned Bike • Helmet • Tool Kit • GPS for Backcountry • Maps on Request
May 2021 — 5
Congratulations Class of 2021
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Vi rtual Trail Run
Photo by: Martha Story
Cooper Landing Trails Mark your calendars for June 5th to participate in the Cooper Landing Trails Virtual Trail Run! You can pick to run along the Safety Path through Cooper Landing or along a pathway of your choosing – just get outside, go for a run (or walk) on a path that connects you to your community. To participate take a photo of your route and tell us what it means to you on our Facebook page. More information will be provided throughout the month of May. Cooper Landing Walkable Community
May 2021 — 6
Cooper Landing Community Club Softball: We know this announcement will come as a disappointment, but to ensure that everyone has a safe and successful summer season we have decided to cancel the 26th Annual Softball Tournament. We did not make the decision lightly. At our April meeting we discussed the pros and cons of hosting a community wide event. We determined that the logistics of seasonal staff arriving from around the world, having teams in and out of the dugouts, and with the complications of serving food at the concessions that it would be best to wait until next year to host the ballgames. Directories: We will be contacting everyone who ordered a directory when the printed copies arrive. They should be here sometime in June. May Meeting: Our next meeting will be held on May 27th at 6pm on Zoom. Please submit any agenda items to us via email.
Contact Us: email@example.com www. cooperlandingcommunityclub.com Cooper Landing Community Club
Community Club Meeting May 27th at 6 pm Zoom Meeing ID: 818 8066 7545 Passcode: 5952169
Bear Prepared It’s that time of year again when the bears are fully awake after hiberation and are sitting in anticipation for the sockeye salmon to return. Being omnivores, bears will eat insects, young green vegetation, roots, fungi, small rodents, other baby animals, and any carrion (dead animals) they can find while they await their favorite food source. However, they are also attracted to your trash, your grill, and your bird feeders. This then leads bears to associate people with food, causing the potential for negative human/bear encounters when bears naturally try to defed their food sources. Help keep bears wild by picking up your garbage, keep grills clean, and take down your bird feeder. Because a fed bear is a dead bear.
May 2021 — 7
Cooper Landing Gem News Do you have business or organization updates you would like to share with the community? All Chamber Members are invited to submit updates and informtion to the monthly newsletter. Contact us for more information. Contact Us
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Joe DeMattia Jr. Larry Painter Nick Vanderhoff John Thomas Virginia Morgan May Quinn Theo Lexmond Axel LaRock Susanna LaRock Linda Raveaux Chris Rhodes Dan Michels Janet Weber Hazel Sullivan Mary Dreifuerst Janice Cooper Jacque Greenman John Corbey Jonathan Osowiecki
Happy Anniversary 5/4
Terry and Tammy Robinson
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May 2021 — 8
Become a Stream Watch Ambassador this summer. Volunteer opportunities for everyone, June - September.
CONNECT & PROTECT Connect with Nature Connect with Community Protect Salmon Rivers
To get started: Visit KenaiWatershed.org/Stream-Watch Or call (907) 398-4304
I LOVE STREAM WATCH!!
May 2021 — 9
2021 Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & CVB Please support our local businesses! 5 Dogs Fishing
Alaskan Angling Adventures LLC
Alaska Heavenly Lodge
Inn at Tern Lake (Moose Pass)
Alaska Horsemen Lodge
Jason’s Guide Service
Kahtnu Spirit Lodging
Alaska Home Grown Alaska Outdoor Woodstoves
Kenai Cache Outfitters
Alaska River Adventures
Kenai Kayak Company
Alaska Rivers Company
Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area
KPB Mayor –Charlie Pierce (Soldotna)
Alaska Wildland Adventures
Angle 45 Adventures (Hope)
Kenai Peninsula Econ. Dev. Dist.
Bean Creek Gallery
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
Kenai River Drifters Lodge
Best Route Productions
Kenai River Float-n-Fish
Bike Cooper Landing, LLC
Kenai River Fly Fishing
Kenai River Trout Anglers
Camp K on Kenai Lake
Kenai Watershed Forum
Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc. (Anchorage)
Mystic Waters Fly Fishing
Cooper Landing Brewery
Cooper Landing Community Club
Prospector John’s Pan for Gold
Cooper Landing Community Library
Round Mountain Retreat
Cooper Landing Community School
Salmon Run Lodge
Cooper Landing Emergency Services
Seramur Home Services
Cooper Landing Fish Camp
Sharon Saunders, GRI, Realtor
Cooper Landing Fishing Guide
Sunrise Inn & Café
Cooper Landing Rifle & Sportsman’s Club
Tanisha Walters, L.Ac. Acupuncturist
Cooper Landing Historical Society
Talon Air Service, Inc. (Soldotna)
Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp.
The Hutch Bed & Breakfast
Eagle Landing Resort
Upper Kenai Cabins
First National Bank Alaska (Soldotna)
Wildman TR Inc.
Fish & Sons Kenai Charters
May 2021 — 10
May 2021 Sunday
CLSCCI Board Mtg. (via conf.call) 1:30 pm 9
CL Chamber Board Mtg. Wildmans 12 pm
Mother’s Day 16
Tax Day 23
Last Day of School 25
CLCC Mtg. (via Zoom) 6 pm
Memorial Day 31
Cooper Landing Library Hours • Monday: 1-3 pm •Tuesday 1-3pm •Wednesday 9-11am (curbside pickup only)
•Thursday 3-5pm •Friday 1-3pm
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