Cooper Landing January Gem 2022

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Monthly Newsletter

January 2022

Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

Happy New Year! Our community has another year to look back and review. There are still challenges that we are all facing with Covid. Now inflation is raising its ugly head. So let us be prepared with a positive outlook on the future so we can, as we have in the past, overcome and succeed. In the Crier was a notice about the Cooper Landing Advisory Planning Committee meeting and a proposal to add an exit onto the land Unit 395 aka Juneau bench from the new bypass. This is a very important issue as the land plan designated NO ACCESS from the new bypass other than the entrance to town. This will have an impact on development on borough property which might not be favorable to the community’s businesses. Please attend the zoom meeting on 1/5/2022. The Cooper Landing Crier on December 30 has the zoom information. The Chamber is very concerned about the closures of Trail River & Russian River campgrounds this upcoming year and the impact on our community and businesses. At our next meeting on January 13, 2022, we will be discussing writing a letter to Alaska Recreational Management and the US Forest Service about alternatives for access to our customers to the river, costs etc. If you have any suggestions, comments, plans for alternative parking areas for campers, please email them to me at wildman@ before our meeting. RV parking is going to be strained this coming summer with the continued work on the bypass and workers looking for spots along with the tourists. The new edition of the Upper Kenai River Guide is headed to the printers shortly. A big Thank You to all our members for the support of the Chamber with renewal of your membership and placement of ads for the 2022 edition. It is rewarding as a volunteer board to have your support.

Board Of Directors President Cheryle James Wildman’s 907-290-1213 Vice-President Carrie Williams Alaska Outdoor Woodstoves 907-598-1633 Treasurer Shirley Wilmoth The Hutch B&B 907-595-1270 Secretary Rose Hetrick Inn at Tern Lake 907-288-3667 Director Vacant

Looking forward to the spring, we want to ask all drift boat enthusiasts if they want to participate in a 2022 Regatta? Let one of the board members know if you are or we will be calling you soon to see if there is enough interest to go forward. Looking forward to a great 2022! Thank you,

Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce PO Box 809 Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572

Cheryle James & Your Chamber Board

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Welcome Our New Chamber Members!! This year we had three new members join the ChamberKenai River Sportfishing Association, Alaska Waste, and Andy’s Artwork. Please give them a warm welcome and check out their bios below.

Kenai River Sportsfising Association The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) is a professional 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization headquartered in Soldotna, AK. Our mission is to ensure the sustainability of the greatest sportfishing river in the world – the Kenai. KRSA’s area of responsibility encompasses the Kenai River watershed, greater Cook Inlet Basin and Alaska. Contact us to learn more.

Contact: 907-262-8588 Kenai River Sportfishing Association January 2022 — 2

Alaska Waste Welcome Alaska Waste! Alaska Waste Kenai Peninsula provides trash collection in most communities in the Kenai Peninsula, including Cooper Landing. Contact them to learn more.

Contact: 907-283-9390 Alaska Waste

Andy’s Artwork Andy’s Artwork features oil based paintings of natural landscapes. Andy uses the alla prima technique, painting each canvas in one session. Contact Andy to learn more.

Contact: 907-802-1274 Andy’s Artwork

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Cooper Landing Lynx News

January 2022

Games People Play! How about some Lynx Ball? Do you ever reminisce about games you played as a kid? Games like Tag, Hide-andseek, Capture the Flag, Kick the Can, and King of the Mountain. Or games like soccer, basketball, or football. If so, you just might like our newly created game, Lynx Ball. Soon to be a Cooper Landing Classic! During the cold months of November and December, Cooper Landing School students were looking for a new team game to play in the gym. So Mr. Gossard suggested we play a game he used to play as a kid, called Gator Ball. Gator Ball is a fast paced game, using a combination of rules from soccer, basketball, football, and rugby. The rules vary from place to place, so it is hard to say for certain what the “official” rules are. However, all versions are a mash up of other games.

In order to establish one set of cohesive rules for the game, Ms. Krissy and the 4th & 6th graders sat down and wrote Cooper Landing’s official rules. Being that we are playing the game with a wide variety of ages, our version needed to be fun for all skill levels. Our version morphed away from Gator ball, but came to be known as Lynx Ball. Students practice hand/eye coordination, utilize critcal thinking skills, and improve their cardiovascular fitness. Our rules may seem complicated when you first hear them, but they are actually pretty simple once you start playing. Each team has one goalie, a goalie box, and a score zone. The ball may be passed amongst team-mates with lots of basketball style passing. Players are allowed to take three steps after catching the ball, but the ball must be passed within five seconds. To score,

Center Line

Lynx Ball Playing Field Goalie’s Box

Score Zone

Goalie’s Box

No-Step Zone

you need to get the ball into the small four-by-four foot goal, which is guarded by a goalie. The hard part for the goalie is that they have to stay in a marked off area. They cannot just stand right in front of the goal. This game is exciting and a little physical. The kids dive for loose balls, post up to shoot, and even try to grab the ball from the opposition. The best part is that Ms. Krissy and Mr. Gossard get to play, too. Needless to say, it is a fun game and a great way to burn off some energy.

Above: The goalie stays within the goalie’s box to block the opposing team from throwing the ball into the goal zone on the wall outlined in red. Left: The blue team passes the ball to a team mate within five seconds of obtaining the ball. Far Left: Players scramble for the ball, careful not to step into the goalie’s box. If they do a point goes to the opposing team. Page 5


Happy New Year! Cooper Landing Community Club Join us for our first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 20th at 6pm on Zoom. Please submit any agenda items you may have. Annual User fees will be emailed out this month.

Contact Us: www. Cooper Landing Community Club

Community Club Meeting January 20th at 6pm Zoom Meeing ID: 896 2298 8377 Passcode: 5952169

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Thank You to Our Volunteers! The Cooper Landing Community Club would like to thank all of our Trail Committee volunteers that have been braving the conditions this winter. Your efforts and contributions make the Landing a better place to live and recreate! Thank you to David Story, Erik Route, Lou Prill, Kevin Ostrowski, Theo Lexmond, Janette Cadieux, Chris Degernes, and Ed and Sandra Holsten for your time and energy towards trail clearing, pruning, prepping and grooming Devils Creek, Crescent Creek and the Russian River ski trails. Also thank you to Gary Mitchell for plowing the bike path on Snug Harbor Road and Tommy Gossard for plowing the bike path along the Sterling Highway. Many in our community use and enjoy these trails and the path daily, and we appreciate your efforts! Want to help too? If you have time and energy to contribute, email us at

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We are also accepting donations that go towards maintenance on the snow machines, grooming equipment, and gas. Thank you for your support and see you outside!!

Click here to Learn More Click Here to Donate

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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 information to the monthly newsletter. Contact us for more information. Contact Us

Happy Birthday 1/8 1/16 1/21 1/22 1/27 1/31

Kathy Recken Ernie Kleineick Ladonna Herbert Charlotte Osowiecki Tammy Robinson Robb Bear

Happy Anniversary 1/14 John and Brighid Corbey 1/19 Julie Rogers and Marypat Montana Rogers

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Russian River Campground Closures for 2022 Text Pulled from the Chugach National Forest Webpage Beginning August 1, 2022, the Russian River Campground Road will undergo construction to redo a one-mile stretch of the road surface and reinforce portions of the hillside along the bank of the Kenai River. The road and campground will be closed to the public during the construction. During the closure, all vehicle and pedestrian access will be restricted and campground reservations on will be unavailable. The Forest Service anticipates reopening the road and campground no later than June 1, 2023, prior to the opening of the sockeye salmon sport fishing season. Construction Overview Construction crews will rebuild and widen one mile of the access road, making it more stable and resistant to frost heaves. The project will expand the existing shoulder and include striping, new guardrail and pedestrian fencing. Once completed, the new road will be safer for cars, recreational vehicles and pedestrians. The construction will also reinforce sections of the hillside along the banks of the Kenai River, making them less prone to landslides and surface erosion. Reducing the long-term threat of erosion and landslides is essential to preserving the water quality for healthy salmon spawning and rearing in the Russian and Kenai Rivers. Click Here for More Information January 2022 — 10

2022 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

Alaska Waste

(907) 312-6267

Kahtnu Spirit Lodging

(907) 299-2855

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

Andy’s Artwork

(907) 802-1274

Kenai Peninsula Econ. Dev. Dist.

(907) 283-3335

Angle 45 Adventures (Hope)

(907) 782-3175

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

(907) 595-1425

Bean Creek Gallery

(907) 595-3488

Kenai River Drifters Lodge

(907) 595-5555

Bearfoot Publications


Kenai River Float-n-Fish

(907) 519-0048

Best Route Productions

(303) 570-2081

Kenai River Sportfishing Association


Bike Cooper Landing, LLC

(907) 231-6793

Kenai River Trout Anglers

(907) 599-0085

Blue Yeti Food Truck

(907) 231-6089

Kenai Watershed Forum

(907) 265-5412


(907) 202-1004

Mystic Waters Fly Fishing

(509) 715-9697

Camp K on Kenai Lake

(907) 279-3551

Peninsula Axe Throwing

(716) 222-0556

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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January 2022 Sunday






Saturday 1

Light up the Landing Keep you lights on until Valentines! 3 4


CLSCCI Board Mtg. (via 1:30 pm 9



Happy New Year! 5











CL Advisory Planning Commission Mtg. (via Zoom) 6 pm 12

CL Chamber Mtg. 3:30 pm @ Wildmans 16



Martin Luther King Jr. Day 24





Community Club Mtg. (via Zoom) 6 pm 25




Cooper Landing Library Hours • Monday: 1-3 pm •Tuesday: 1-3pm •Wednesday: 9-11am (pickup only) &1-3 pm •Thursday: 2-4 pm •Friday: 1-3 pm

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