Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Refuge areas open for Snowmachining
Deputy Refuge Manager Jim Hall has announced that portions of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) are open to snowmachine use effective as of Christmas Eve 2006. All traditional areas of the Refuge are opened, but closed areas include the Headquarters Area on Ski Hill Road, Skilak Loop Special Management Area, the Swanson River and Swan Lake Canoe Systems, the Wolf Lake Pipeline corridor, and areas above timberline, except Caribou Hills.

Karlene’s gets a new manager for the New Year
Most New Year’s resolutions deal with weight loss or some specific commitment to a healthier life style in the coming year. Karlene Muller and her staff at Karlene’s Acupuncture and Day Spa say that their resolution is to help you succeed in your health improvement ambitions. “Our goal is to create a safe environment for a person to experience new techniques and ideas involving the function and care of their bodies so that they may reach their highest potential. Our staff is dedicated to giving an opportunity for you to take charge of your health and change your health naturally,” says Karlene. She suggests that a pleasant foot detox would be a simple way to start, “One apparatus that we have uses foot stimulation to pull toxins out from the whole body and coupled with a steam bath and massage you can be on your way to a happier, healthier New Year.”

Nearly 20 years ago, my Uncle Jim Von Haden, his son Tim and I floated the Eau Claire River near Augusta, Wisconsin in hopes of getting to a secluded county-owned landlocked area to hunt Whitetail deer.

Live Bravo to Billy-O & Discovery crew from Peninsula students
December 21st was a historic day for Alaska and the staff at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. For the students who were selected to participate in the live video conference with the crew of the orbiting Discovery shuttle it was a day they’ll tell their grandchildren about someday as that generation travels to Mars and beyond. The Discovery was piloted by Alaska’s first man in space Bill Oefelein, known among his fellow astronauts as “Billy-O.” It was the day before Discovery would return to earth and in a brief live question and answer session CNN and ABC news reporters seemed fixated on the weather problems developing at the mission’s potential landing sites, both networks asking identical questions and STS-166 crew members repeating the same answers. However, when the Johnson Space Center announced the networks time was up and switched to Kenai, the mood changed and an Alaskan flag was unfurled behind the crew, “It was one of those emotional moments that thrilled us all and put lumps in everyone’s throats, it was awesome,” said KPBSD Supt. Donna Peterson. A cheer went up from the capacity group of school children in attendance and a beaming Billy-O acknowledged the ovation.

Advice to reporter: Wait a few more years
My view on Patrice Kohl (Clarion, Dec. 24): Wait until you have been in Alaska for a few more years before you judge us. There is no way for you to claim to know us in one year.

Governor needs a history lesson
Well, Governor Palin, it took you all of two weeks to betray your constituency, to demonstrate you will not stand up to the tyrants who sit on the judicial benches of this state. You did what everyone knew Tony Knowles would do. However, Knowles would have done it in two days, maybe two hours.

Chenault good for seniors
The Legislature will soon be going into session for the new year. I wish to thank Rep. Mike Chenault for introducing House Bill 399 and seeing it passed in the 2006 legislative session.

Elvis, Marilyn may show at Kenai airport
If it’s OK with the city council, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean will soon be making an appearance at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Photo Feature: Falls in winter
Water streams through ice encasing Juneau Falls near Cooper Landing in December.

Hospital shows off new digs
The freshly remodeled Central Peninsula General Hospital will open its doors to the public Wednesday to show off the result of months of construction work.

Soldotna woman finds success with modeling
Laura Hinz has grown from a young home-schooled girl with dreams of performing ballet to a 19-year-old runway model.

Sterling couple starts new year with special delivery
Cody James Grimes earned his way into the new year as did his mother. After 29 hours of labor, Tammy Grimes gave birth to Cody, the first 2007 Kenai/Soldotna area baby born at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Jacob James Parnell
Kenai resident Jacob James Parnell died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at his home in Kenai. He was 2 months old.

Robert R. ‘Bob’ Antila
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert R. “Bob” Antila, 68, died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 surrounded by his family at his home in Soldotna. He was 68.

Emmett Jordan Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Emmett Jordan Jr. died Sunday, December 31, 2006 at his home in Soldotna. He was 66.

Margaret Mary Curran
Soldotna resident Margaret Mary Curran died Friday, Dec. 30, 2006, from congestive heart failure and cancer at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 97.

Abigail M. Verhelst
Former Soldotna resident Abigail M. Verhelst died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in an automobile accident near Ravenna, Ohio. She was 22.

Volunteers Needed
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in leading a helping hand. For more information, contact the listed organization.

Peninsula People
Long enlists in ArmyFlood graduates

Peninsula Reflections
Slikok Valley School, with teacher Tommye Jo Corr, was open only two years — 1958-60. It was the last of Alaska’s territorial log schools and is one of the historic buildings comprising the Soldotna Homestead Museum.

· Jennifer Harris Carter and Kyle Carter of Sparr, Fla. announce the birth of their daughter Riley Paige, at 6:36 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at Ocala, Fla. She weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces.

Community Events
Reading carnival seeks vendorsParenting course offeredAlzheimer’s information availableFundraisers for cancer victim continue

Around the Peninsula
School starts todayYouth volleyball, basketball offeredIndian education committee to meetCancer fundraiser set

‘Not your normal 37-year-old, that’s for sure’
It’s going to be a long two weeks in the City of Broad Shoulders and weak arms.

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