Thursday, January 3, 2008

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Funny River Restaurant becomes general store Brad Evans takes over Chugach Electric What's new in your business? What's new in your business? Aromatherapy classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

The Daily Bread serving America’s favorites at family prices
For a long time the Petrey family ran the restaurant and grill at the Kenai Airport and now the family has returned to open The Daily Bread at the King’s Inn in Kenai, “We’re happy to be back after taking a few months off and are once again serving our friends with our traditional American dishes, good food at good prices,” Linda Petrey told the Dispatch. American dishes at the family owned and operated restaurant includes burgers and fries, cole slaw, potato salad and homemade potato chips, “We make them from fresh potatoes right here and let you salt them yourself according to your own taste. They are very popular and can even be picked up fresh to take home,” added Petrey. Another all American favorite Ham or Bacon & Eggs is available all day long at The Daily Bread, “We do breakfast all day in addition to lunch and dinner, for anyone that gets up or stays up late, or just gets hungry for a traditional breakfast any time, were open ‘til 9:00 p.m.”

At the end of each year most of us recap the year and make New Year resolutions. Many people often times use the fresh start to a new year as motivation to help them leave behind old habits, determined to break old habits and to leap into the New Year with a fresh new approach to life. These New Year resolutions are often times broken just a few days into the year which can lead to depression as it is looked on by that individual as a sign of weakness or failure.

Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions at The Fitness Place
Never mind beating yourself up about the resolutions that you never got around to keeping last year, or the ten pounds you lost only to find another 15 during your vacation, there is all the help and understanding you’ll need to be successful and feel great in 2008 at The Fitness Place in Soldotna. Angie Brennan, personal trainer at The Fitness Place has a few easy tips to help you out, “First of all setting a goal is huge, it gives you something to focus on. Coming in saying you want to loose weight is great, but having a specific goal really helps you achieve them,” says Brennan. Having realistic goals and writing them down is also important, “Remember you didn’t gain that weight overnight and it’s going to take awhile to lose it so go at it gradually setting that initial goal at maybe ten pounds rather than 20 and then taking another five off over a longer period of time, so you’ll achieve the lifestyle change that is necessary to keep the weight off and maintain a happy healthy life regardless of your age or present physical condition. I have my clients write out a clear plan that they can focus on,” added Brennan.

Original full length puppet film premiers at Triumvirate Theatre
The year double oh eight gets off to a great start this weekend with the premier of an original full-length puppet film entitled, Davenport Flagstop and the Case of the Golden Spike, at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. This hour-long film, written by Joe Rizzo, depicts the adventures of a noir-style detective on the trail of an invaluable Alaskan artifact the golden spike used at the closing ceremony that marked the completion of the Alaska Railroad.

SoHi Grad returns from Middle East, helps GU go global
Kaitlin Vadla has a history of community and academic achievement that includes 1st Place in the 2002 Caring for the Kenai contest, 2004 Alaska Jr. Miss, and was selected for a Soldotna Rotary and other scholarships as a Soldotna High School student. This spring Vadla will graduate from Gonzaga University as an international relations major and leave behind a legacy for other students in the Comprehensive Leadership Program to be able to attend international conferences such as she did recently in Dubai.

Medical observations create new questions
In response to Danny Shannon's diatribe on "socialized medicine" (Clarion, Dec. 21), he conveniently ignored a few basic questions I'd like to have answered: Why is the American health-care system outperformed in every quantifiable category and independent study by those found in other post-industrial nations? Why do only 2 percent of Canadians indicate they would prefer a U.S.-style system, while a resounding 96 percent reject the idea (and a majority of Americans believe we are in need of some type of comprehensive medical reform)? Why does the U.S. spend as much in public funds on medical care as Canada while covering only a quarter of the population? Why does the average American pay more than twice as much in insurance costs as Canadians do in taxes, only for worse care?

College day-care help comes from other sources
This addresses the Dec. 20 letter to the editor that spoke of day care at Kenai Peninsula College. The writer stated that KPC "pales in comparison to UAA's day-care facilities." The writer is correct. With a student body of about 1,300 each semester, it is difficult to "compete" with the Anchorage campus that has more than 15,000.

Heating system a hot topic in Kenai
One of the first things the city of Kenai has on its to-do list for the new year is approval of a purchase order to have the heating system checked out at the Visitors and Cultural Center.

Assembly reconsiders ordinances
Two major pieces of legislation failing to muster enough affirmative votes back on Dec. 4 are likely to survive reconsideration votes and come back to the floor at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's first meeting of the new year Jan. 8.

Photo feature: Meal to go
A coyote prowls for food along the Kenai River flats near Bridge Access Road last week. The animals are common in the area. Mount Iliamna rises in in the background.

Central Peninsula Hospital welcomes first baby of '08
Tosha Whitmore didn't look tired the day after giving birth to her new daughter and understandably so. The birth only lasted two hours.

Argument leads to shooting, arrest
A Soldotna man was arrested for assault when he turned himself in at the Soldotna Police Department after shooting another man in the leg on Saturday. An argument sent Samuel Willey, 40, of Soldotna, to the hospital with gunshot wounds after Joshua Freeman, 24, also of Soldotna, shot him with a handgun.

Morning blaze totals Gas Well Road home
What appeared to be fog in Mariah Ross's backyard off of Gas Well Road in Soldotna at approximately 10 a.m. Monday turned out to be smoke from her neighbor's trailer. The fire didn't take over the entire trailer, Ross said, but after flames started in the bathroom and spread to the bedroom, laundry room and hallway, she and firefighters consider the structure a total loss.

Judge rules for borough
A Kenai Superior Court judge ruled Monday afternoon that the borough has the authority to increase the sales tax to 3 percent without a vote of the public.

Budget, lawsuit top issues
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams kicked off his state of the borough address at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon by pointing out that the borough's economy isn't only fueled by taxes.

Missionaries safe from harm
Two Sterling women are resting easier today knowing their missionary loved ones have managed to escape the violence in Kenya that has left 300 dead.

Flood risks for Big Eddy area subside
The risk of flooding along the Big Eddy area of the Kenai River has subsided thanks to stable temperatures keeping the formation of ice jams at bay. The National Weather Service lifted a small stream flood advisory for the area last week and hydrologists say if temperatures stay above 10 degrees or the river freezes over, Big Eddy residents can expect flooding to be minimal.

Photo feature: Sweeping view
The rising sun illuminates clouds behind Chuck Haney on Wednesday morning as he sweeps snow from the roof of an Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branch under construction in Kenai. Workers said they expected the branch to open in mid-March.

Claire Bela Barrett
Newborn infant Claire Bela Bennett of Corvallis, Ore. died Dec. 25, 2007 in Corvallis, Ore.

Beverly Ann Love
Former peninsula resident Beverly Ann Love died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 at her home in Anchorage. She was 68.

Linda Polyefko
Former peninsula resident Linda Polyefko died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at her home in Anchorage. She was 54.

Omelette pointers
n Individual omelettes that are made with two or three large eggs are manageable and easy to handle. Be sure the eggs are brought to room temperature before cooking; cold eggs take longer to cook.

Healthy Bites
Here's a suggestion for a New Year's resolution that's easy to keep and can make 2007 a great year for you and your family: Resolve to visit the health professional with the training and experience to help put you on the path to better nutrition and well-being all year long a registered dietitian.

How eggs make the grade
For the purposes of sales, chicken eggs are graded by weight. The United States Department of Agriculture grades them by minimum weight, per dozen, as follows:

What goes with an omelette? Skillet-fried potatoes!
2 tablespoons unsalted

Around the Peninsula
Writers' Group meeting Fish and Game AC to meet PFLAG to meet Williams speaks on climate change Totem Tracers to meet Trav'lin' Tales presents 'Fantasies and Dreams' Advanced Internet workshop planned

Basic omelette for one
2 to 3 large eggs, room

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver meetings set Writers to meet KMS volleyball camp set Hospice plans celebration Learn about foster care and adoption Teleconference set

Omelette making 101
In less time than it takes to read this column, you can make an omelette.

Poet's Corner
If men tried to be good

'National Treasure' has little of value
When the original "National Treasure" film came out a couple of years ago, I remember being incensed that it was essentially trying to pull the rug out from under "The Da Vinci Code," releasing an American version of the story before the real one made it to the big screen. This criticism was totally valid, but since "Da Vinci" didn't end up being much to write home about, the point is moot. "National Treasure," on the other hand, was a huge success and spawned an inevitable sequel, this time drawing on the titular "Book of Secrets" to flesh out the action.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

True crime: Gumshoes, thugs and puppets
Meet Davenport Flagstop. Occupation: detective.

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