Cooper Landing Gem May 2021

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Monthly Newsletter

May 2021

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

Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce PO Box 809 Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572 Newsletter Layout & Design by Best Route Productions

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 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 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 www. 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: 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 Bike Cooper Landing

Mother’s Day

May 9th

• eBikes • Full Suspension • Hardtail • Fat Tire • Bike Racks Available! Rental Includes: • Tuned Bike • Helmet • Tool Kit • GPS for Backcountry • Maps on Request

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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

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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: www. 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.

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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

Happy Birthday 5/3 5/3 5/6 5/11 5/11 5/13 5/14 5/14 5/14 5/14 5/14 5/15 5/16 5/19 5/19 5/22 5/25 5/29 5/31

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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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 Or call (907) 398-4304



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2021 Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & CVB Please support our local businesses! 5 Dogs Fishing

(907) 598-3525

Grizzly Ridge

(907) 595-1260

Alaskan Angling Adventures LLC

(907) 595-3336

Gwin’s Lodge

(907) 595-1266

Alaska Heavenly Lodge

(907) 599-0022

Inn at Tern Lake (Moose Pass)

(907) 288-3667

Alaska Horsemen Lodge

(907) 595-1806

Jason’s Guide Service

(907) 351-3036

Kahtnu Spirit Lodging

(907) 299-2855

Alaska Home Grown Alaska Outdoor Woodstoves

(907) 598-1633

Kenai Cache Outfitters

(907) 595-1401

Alaska River Adventures

(907) 595-2000

Kenai Kayak Company

(907) 441-6753

Alaska Rivers Company

(907) 595-1226

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area

(206) 920-9051

Alaska Troutfitters

(907) 595-1212

KPB Mayor –Charlie Pierce (Soldotna)

(800) 478-4441

Alaska Wildland Adventures

(800) 334-8730

KPBSD Superintendent

(907) 714-8836

Angle 45 Adventures (Hope)

(907) 782-3175

Kenai Peninsula Econ. Dev. Dist.

(907) 283-3335

Bean Creek Gallery

(907) 595-3488

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

(907) 595-1425

Bearfoot Publications


Kenai River Drifters Lodge

(907) 595-5555

Best Route Productions

(303) 570-2081

Kenai River Float-n-Fish

(907) 519-0048

Bike Cooper Landing, LLC

(907) 231-6793

Kenai River Fly Fishing

(907) 598-1400


(907) 202-1004

Kenai River Trout Anglers

(907) 599-0085

Camp K on Kenai Lake

(907) 279-3551

Kenai Watershed Forum

(907) 265-5412

Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc. (Anchorage)

(907) 276-1215

Mystic Waters Fly Fishing

(509) 715-9697

Cooper Landing Brewery

(907) 276-5044

Professional Testing


Cooper Landing Community Club

(907) 595-2169

Prospector John’s Pan for Gold

(907) 598-1808

Cooper Landing Community Library

(907) 595-1241

Round Mountain Retreat

(907) 598-1333

Cooper Landing Community School

(907) 595-1244

Salmon Run Lodge

(907) 595-2197

Cooper Landing Emergency Services

(907) 595-1800

Seramur Home Services

(907) 599-0019

Cooper Landing Fish Camp

(907) 595-3474

Sharon Saunders, GRI, Realtor

(928) 706-8901

Cooper Landing Fishing Guide

(907) 599-0126

Sunrise Inn & Café

(907) 595-1222

Cooper Landing Rifle & Sportsman’s Club

(907) 599-0004

Tanisha Walters, L.Ac. Acupuncturist

(303) 482-7176

Cooper Landing Historical Society

(907) 598-1042

Talon Air Service, Inc. (Soldotna)

(907) 262-8899

Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp.

(907) 595-3000

The Hutch Bed & Breakfast

(907) 595-1270

Eagle Landing Resort

(907) 595-1213

Upper Kenai Cabins

(907) 595-3055

First National Bank Alaska (Soldotna)

(907) 260-6000

Wildman TR Inc.

(907) 595-1456

Fish & Sons Kenai Charters

(907) 598-1065

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May 2021 Sunday






Saturday 1


















CLSCCI Board Mtg. (via 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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