Monday, July 3, 2006

Singing from the Heart in Alaska
If you like watching American Idol or reality programs like Last Comic Standing, then you’ll love seeing live the Peninsula’s version known as Sing From The Heart at the Peninsula Center Mall every Thursday evening. Now in its third year, Sing From The Heart was the inspiration of Sue Gill, owner of Alaska’s Hairlines, “I was new to the Mall and I wanted to start something that would bring people back to the Mall and let them know that it was alive and well, and a love I have in my heart is to help promote people and encourage them to reach for their dream. So with the generosity of Glen and Becky Martin who provide the space, and the support of the Peninsula Center Mall Merchants we got started and last year’s winner J.T. Thompson is now singing his heart out in Las Vegas,” said Gill.

Clarion Dispatch

A rejuvenating experience for your car
In the 21st Century even your automobile needs some quality time, special understanding and TLC. More than the usual lift on the rack at the garage or car wash, it’s a rejuvenating experience that can motivate your loyal carriage to new heights of performance. For generations it’s been said that a clean car runs better and is less likely to be involved in a car wreck. Noted auto experts like Click & Clack the Tappit brothers of national public radio’s Car Talk have indeed given credence to those theories with logical explanations such as driver awareness and maintenance factors. Enter the Auto Spa of Soldotna which celebrated a great grand opening last week at their all new facility across from Hutchings Chevrolet Cadillac. “We definitely have gone for pampering you and your vehicle beyond anything you can imagine,” said Sean Hutchings general manager of the new Auto Spa.

Closing the Door for the First Time on the 2006 Arctic Winter Games
The torch of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) has been extinguished since March, but last Friday AWG general manager Tim Dillon turned out the lights and closed the door for the final time at the offices that served as headquarters for the Games for the last two years. The international flags have been lowered, the offices are empty, and the walls that were once covered with AWG photos and information are now starkly clean and bare. “The Peninsula showed the rest of the arctic world what they could do and I was glad to have been able to be a part of it,” said Dillon.

Trying for a hole in one under the midnight sun
While much of the lower 48 suffered the summer solstice with triple digit temperatures, the Kenai Peninsula remained wet, cool and cloudy, just right for the world famous Midnight Sun Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course. “This is the only place you can play golf in the middle of the night and support a great charity like Rotary,” said the creator of the classic tournament, Sam Best. According to Best, about 21 years ago at his wedding reception at Birch Ridge he decided play a round of golf, “It was so unique and different we thought that we’d celebrate our anniversary each year by sponsoring a midnight sun golf scramble and that way I never forget my anniversary,” said Best.

Letter prompts reminder to tourists of their role
In reply to Ms. Hansen’s letter (Clarion, June 28) about locals treating the tourists badly while driving. While she didn’t seem to share the whole story, I kind of got the gist of the situation. Sounded like the typical tourist making a split second decision to either stop or pull over without a signal, or the classic, lane change in a motor home to see wildlife.

Driver takes car, hits taxi
A drunk driving tour of Kenai turned into a hit-and-run Friday morning after two women collided with a taxi cab then hid in a parking lot about a block north of the scene.

Fishing for an education
First-time visitors to the Kenai Peninsula hoping to hone their angling chops on its glacial waters have a variety of options from which to cull the initial knowledge necessary to attack the task.

Group looks to link towns on peninsula
Campbell’s soup. Carhartt bib overalls. Jeep Wrangler.

Kasilof harbors 51-pound king
Jennifer Baker may be a visiting tourist from the dusty plains of Oklahoma, but she proved she had enough fishing fortitude to hang with the best last Tuesday when the blond-hair, blue-eyed, 24-year-old hauled a 51-pound king salmon out of the Kasilof River.

Sockeye forecast ‘lousy’
“The forecast is lousy for the Kenai and Susitna rivers.”

Do you know the river rules?
It’s July again, undeniably the busiest month of the year for fishing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai ready for 4th
It may be a bit bright this time of year for the fireworks traditionally associated with Independence Day, but that won’t stop the Kenai Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July Celebration from firing up the peninsula’s patriotic pistons.

Dropping ‘General’ considered
As a symbol of a much larger change within and a move toward keeping pace with the times, Central Peninsula General Hospital may drop “General” from its name.

Fred Mamaloff
Anchorage and former Kenai resident Fred Mamaloff died Friday, June 30, 2006, in Anchorage. He was 79.

Russell Alan McLaren
Soldotna resident Russell Alan McLaren died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at his home. He was 48.

Going out for a spin: Catching a trout can be rewarding — so they say
On a quiet June evening near the shore of Swan Lake, the silhouette of a trout sprung from the water’s flat surface. For a moment it hung in the air and then, after a brief visit into the atmosphere, fell back into the lake. Circles softly rippled outward along the surface, marking the beginning and end of the trout’s journey.

Remembering rights we take for granted
As central Kenai Peninsula residents prepare to celebrate Independence Day, it’s worth remembering some of the rights we take for granted. Many of those rights are outlined in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Those rights were ratified Dec. 15, 1791. They remain a cause for celebration, a foundation for freedom.

Peninsula People
Dunn interns in Washington, D.C. McBee earns 2 honors on same day Students receive degrees, honors Engler gets MDA achievement award Students named achieve academic merit Students shine in leadership program Student gets scholarship

Peninsula residents are grillin’ & chillin’ in July
Once again the July 4 holiday is upon us — the anniversary of that historical day in 1776 on which the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress, announcing to the world that the 13 colonies no longer belonged to Great Britain.

Around the Peninsula
Teen Center offers summer camp Dogs to strut their stuff in shows Parenting class set Sterling seniors hold Christmas in July Library seeks for pet photos Coal project hearings scheduled

Chanda Marie Hawkins of Soldotna and Samuel Eli Gurel of Arkansas were married Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Anchorage. Tom Hansen officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Pitfalls of aging to be discussed Genealogy classes offered Library seeks for pet photos

Peninsula Reflections
The sturdy log building that houses Veronica’s Cafe, a popular eatery in Old Town Kenai, had its beginnings around 1918, when John Oskolkoff, a fisherman by trade, decided to build a new home for his family.

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Twins set for ‘Big’ tourney
The Kenai American Legion Twins will square off with the O’Keiki Baseball Club of California at 4 p.m. today in the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Ballpark in Kenai.

Ugly win has Oilers at top of ABL
On a beautiful day for a ball game, the Peninsula Oilers and Anchorage Glacier Pilots treated baseball fans to some ugly baseball Sunday afternoon.

Oilers take fourth straight ABL game
The Peninsula Oilers made it four victories in a row, defeating the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 4-1 Saturday in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Sports Briefs
The American Legion Twins baseball team dropped a pair of games to East in Anchorage Saturday.

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