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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Realtors welcome new members Small business workshop set Diabetes, healing touch classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Carving out an icy niche
As the sun sparkled through the ice carvers crystalline creations at the State Championship Ice Carving Competition during last week’s Peninsula Winter Games, the artists and visitors once again agreed and it was the work of Steve Curtis and Derrick Stanton that was selected for both the 1st Place honors and the People’s Choice award. Traditionally it’s the carvers who select the top three pieces of ice sculpture in the competition and spectators cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. The carvers tend to look more precisely at the detail, technique, and difficulty of the sculpture and some aspects that a casual observer might not see, explained former first place winner and internationally renowned Sterling chainsaw carver Scott Hanson.

Peninsula Winter Games 2008
There were about as many reasons for people to visit the Kenai Peninsula last month as there were fish fingerlings under the ice of the Kenai River. The 32nd Annual Peninsula Winter Games, the Tustemena 200 Sled Dog Race and Jr. T-200, the Native Youth Olympics, and the State Championship Ice Sculpting Competition, headlined a fire works studded weekend. “It was about the kids in the beginning when Al and Bernice York started the first Peninsula Winter Games and it’s still about the kids today,” said Peninsula Winter Games board president John Torgerson. “It was a beautiful sunny day, a little cold, but that didn’t bother the kids any as they threw frozen salmon, got their faces painted, slide around the ice on tubes, played broom hockey, and all kinds of other games that are fun outdoors in Alaska. We’ve added a lot of signature events to this carnival like the Ice Carving Competition, but the smiles on the kid’s faces, the sparkle in their eyes, and the squeals of their laughter sums up the entire purpose of the Peninsula Winter Games,” added Torgerson.

AK Rally Katz bring Roller Derby to Soldotna
With all the slams, bams, screams and squeals, Roller Derby circa the 21st Century has arrived on the Kenai Peninsula, thanks to Molly Blakeley-Poland, aka. “Molly Dagger” and the newly formed roller derby team to become know as the Alaska Rally Katz. “It’s a blast! In Anchorage now they have two flat-track derby teams, so I thought we could do that right here at the Rock Rally & Roll rink and so recruited a local team of awesome ladies and we’re training for our first match against the Anchorage Wolves on Saturday March 1st, We already have a second team, the Foxy Ladies, getting organized and some of those girls will be joining the Anchorage Wolves in March 1st match up,” Molly told the Dispatch. Judging by the way they’re training there is nothing very lady like about these ladies on wheels, “I’ve taken some good knock downs in just about every practice and I have the bruises to prove it,” laughed Dagger, “But when they come after me, I’m not the only one going down,” she added.

Dancing with the stars of the Kenai Chamber
When the Kenai Chamber of Commerce gathers annually to recognize individuals of the community for outstanding service it’s always an event that keeps people talking for weeks after. It’s become a tradition of the Chamber to select an entertaining theme for the evening and this year’s “Dancing with the Stars of Kenai,” will not be soon forgotten. 2007 Kenai Chamber president Jason Carroll promised everyone a fun night filled with surprises and no one was disappointed. From the excellent cuisine catered by Charlotte’s and the professional contemporary dance styling’s of the Urban Dance Studio, to the surprise and emotion on the faces of those chosen for this year’s awards, it was a night that will be long remembered.

Outdoors
During my last days off I was impressed to see how my boys use our snow machine to assist them in their daily operation of doing chores around our home. Our old Arctic Cat Cheetah is not a very big snow machine (340) but starts easily and maneuvers very quickly around our yard. I removed part of our yard fence last fall that also made it a whole lot safer for them too. Now they have a nice trail that circles our place and enables them to effectively use this tool each day to assist them in hauling water or feed for our chickens rather then having to carry it.

Reader: Don't patronize young Americans for their interests
I am writing in response to Tina Chipp's letter to the editor titled, "Voters should only vote if they know what their voting for."

Gifts make a big difference to children
Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors in Soldotna, many children around the world have something to smile about. Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, collected 1,106 gift-filled shoe boxes from local residents during last year's collection season. These gifts from right here in our community are now on their way to hurting children around the world.

Tournament a success with the help of many
On behalf of the Soldotna Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program I would like to thank Soldotna Middle School for the use of the facilities.

It isn't just the roads, it's the drivers, too
In answer to Letters to the Editor: "Road status questioned," printed Jan. 31, I don't see how Mr. Paul E. Turner, Ph. D., can put any question on to the people who are responsible for plowing the roads in the winter.

Arts event ends on a pleasant note
We are so fortunate in our small Alaska towns to have so many supporters of the arts. Two weeks ago, the Crossing Restaurant hosted a wine-tasting dinner/fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, which was enhanced by music provided by local musicians and an art auction with works donated by local artists.

School board talks budget, NCLB
At Monday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board, members were hopeful that they will find a way to implement the programatic staffing initiative, which would cost an additional $4.8 million that is not included in next year's budget.

Pawnbroker rules under review
After careful consideration of comments from a Soldotna businessman, the Kenai Council tonight is slated to vote on a revised ordinance regulating pawnbrokers in the All-America City.

Photo feature: Tuning in
Aaron Rangel works to align a GCI microwave antenna 150 feet up a tower off Redoubt Avenue in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon. "The scenery was just unreal," he said afterward.

Expect cold to stick around
Peninsula residents may have to suffer through a few more days of extreme cold.

Roads ordinance flattened
Roads ordinance flattenedA year's worth of legislative effort, countless hours of staff work, numerous committee and commission meetings, and a good deal of public testimony went up in smoke Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly split evenly and sent a subdivision roads ordinance down to defeat.

Fire claims log home
A four-bedroom, three-bath log home and its contents were reduced to ash in Sterling Wednesday afternoon following a fire that burned through insulation in the ceiling near a wood-burning stove chimney.

Voters make their choice
Sixteen-year-old Maya Chay and her sister Freya were too young to cast their vote at the local Democratic caucus on Tuesday, but that didn't keep them from choosing a candidate to support and campaign for.

John Henry Pace
Anchorage resident John Henry Pace died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 50.

Lent is a good time for tuna
With Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday, tomorrow, many people who observe the traditions of the season will be preparing meatless meals and counting on tuna's versatility to keep those meals interesting, quick and within budget.

Around the Peninsula
Recycling groups meets again Women voters to meet Boy Scouts to winter camp College financial information available Gebhardt Iditarod send off set Counseling association reschedules meeting Teen dance slated Martial advice offered Scholarship offered Cancer fundraiser begins SEA hosts dinner, dance Babies born in '07 sought Star party planned

Retro Tuna Noodle Casserole
1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup

'Sweeney Todd' a gruesome tale
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Open-Faced English Muffin Tuna Melt
For the tuna salad

Poet's Corner
The team and I were out for a run

Creole Tuna with Rice
2 (6.5 ounces) cans chunk style light tuna packed in oil, drained and flaked

Around the Peninsula
FCS board meeting today Genealogical society events planned T-200 volunteer dinner set Valentine's dinner planned Historical society to meet Anxiety to be discussed

Harmony braves the cold
So who doesn't like harmony? The word is onomatopoeic: harmony, harmonious, just feel it waving through the vocal chords. The English takes its root from the Greek harmonia, which means joint, framework, or agreement.

Soldotna set to tangle with Dimond
Mike McGrath was a student at Dimond High School for about one month earlier this year. That was long enough to recognize he wasn't going to be spending much time stopping pucks between the pipes.

Nikiski defeats Cook Inlet
Eliza Chadwick and Tasha Thompson scored 10 points apiece in leading Nikiski to a 41-33 non-conference victory over visiting Cook Inlet Academy on Tuesday night.

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