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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scrubs not just for doctors: New scrub shop opens in Soldotna; Comfy clothes for all to enjoy
When you think of medical scrubs, the dull, green color of classic scrubs comes to mind. But upon entering the Peninsula Scrub Shoppe, dull doesn't describe the apparel in the least.

New twist on an 'old style': New used-car business does away with commission-based salesman
Between the two of them, Robert Jordan and Travis Burnette have about 40 years of car-selling experience. So when it came time for them to open their own used car lot, Magnum Motors, they took all of that experience and invented a new way of selling cars.

What's new in your business?
Have you opened a new business, added a new product, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee?

Volunteers make benefit a success
Many thanks to Amvets Post 4 and volunteers for hosting a benefit on June 13 for member and friend Nancy Black. Proceeds will be applaied toward medical expenses incurred during her illness. The benefit was successful due to the kindness and generosity of the following: Joan Schrader; Barb Nord; Debbie Albanese (ANC); Jim Brown; Patti and Jim Herrick; Mike at Sweeney's; Mary Mize; Sally at Hooligan's; Dorothy at The Vagabond; Fred at Tustumena Smokehouse; Chrys at Forelands; Grant Aviation; Norm and Norma; Jodene Gilbert; Linda at the Hunger Hut; Bert and Dave Allmon; Becky Marquis; VFW 10046 Ladies Auxiliary; Chelly and Steve Wiggins; Lauri Dalebout; Ann Hart; Grizz at The Place; Cindy at The Maverick; Sue at Etc. By Sue; and to all who attended this fundraiser.

Picture perfect for Historic 4th of July in Kenai
It's been 50 years since Alaska has celebrated America's birthday as the 49th State and according to those who still can recall all of those past celebrations the weather for the 4th of July parade in Kenai has never been a more perfect day than last Saturday. "Oh my gosh!" exclaimed City Mayor Pat Porter, "I think somebody up above knew we needed an absolutely perfect day to honor the State of Alaska and it is here today. Just look how excited all the children are for this beautiful day," she added. Echoing Porter's enthusiasm was the Mayor of Soldotna, Peter Micciche. "We're here not only to honor our country and our state on its 50th anniversary, but my family is here to wish the people of our sister city Kenai a wonderful 4th of July. And the weather just couldn't be any better," said Micciche, whose father visiting from Florida drove the Micciche family down the parade route in new Stanley Ford Mustang convertible.

"Wet Down & Push In" CES Christens New #1
A brand new Engine #1 is officially in service at Central Emergency Services (CES) in Soldotna. The official engine dedication, traditionally known as the "Wet Down and Push In" ceremony, happened under smoke laden skies last week at CES in Soldotna. The rare dedication allowed public officials and community members to see the newest in fire fighting apparatus and technology. "This was a first for CES to dedicate a new piece of apparatus, and was also an opportunity for us to thank the taxpayers of this community for providing us with great life-saving and fire fighting equipment," said CES Chief Chris Mokracek. As the old engine #1 was decommissioned ("Pushed Out" to make room for the new engine) there was an air of nostalgia among the fire fighters whom the engine had served well for the past 23 years. "The old Engine #1 served us well running over a hundred-plus calls a year, tallying more than 2,200 responses. It'll go out to auction now and hopefully will continue to serve other communities in the future," said Mokracek.

Outdoors
During a recent visit to the west side of Cook Inlet, I ventured into a forest that was full of huge, dead, beetle-killed spruce trees. Most of them still stood there tall and proud but the bark had pretty well fallen off, leaving them looking ugly and alone. There was no green left on any of them just the ugly reddish brown color that clearly indicates the tree is dead.

Karlene's welcomes Massage Therapist Jody Forcum
For many years, Karlene's Acupuncture and Day Spa has built a reputation for innovative approaches to health care. Now in her beautiful location on Marydale in Soldotna, Karlene is proud to welcome licensed massage therapist Jody Forcum specializing in Tuning Fork Therapy and Lymph Drainage. Born in Pisa, Italy to a U.S. Military family, Jody has lived all over the world. She served in the U.S. Air force until she was honorably discharged in 1985, and decided to pursue a new career in health therapy, graduating from The Edge School of Massage in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jody moved to Soldotna with her husband, Rick, last summer and is continuing to pursue certification in Acutonics Sound Healing and Oriental medicine.

KRSA hosts 16th Annual Kenai River Classic
Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) concluded its 16th annual Kenai River Classic last week, with participants departing for home with a renewed understanding of why the Kenai River is worth preserving. Funds raised at the annual fishing event through participant and sponsor fees, as well as auction proceeds, will be used for habitat restoration, angler access and education, fisheries management and research, and other conservation efforts on the Kenai River and additional South-central Alaska watersheds.

Kings, reds running hot
If you haven't tried to bury a hook in the mouth of a Kenai king in the last week, you might have missed the memo: second run fish are making their presence known.

'Where we'd like to be': Commercial fishing season progressing as expected
So far, all is well on the commercial fishing front for Upper Cook Inlet.

Fishing with your kids: A magic combination?
Fishing with your kids -- it's a magic combination, like Kwikfish and a herring wrap, right?

To submit your fishing photos:
E-mail them as an attachment to tightlines@peninsulaclarion.com; or

Summer Pudding
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No-bake berry delight: Sue Ade offers fruit-filled summer pudding recipe
Fruit filled no-bake summer pudding has a taste as pleasing as its name.

How to care for fresh berries
Choose plump, fragrant berries without bruises, mold or rot. America's favorite berries, in order of preference, are strawberries, followed by blueberries and raspberries.

Health care stakes too high
In my opinion, good health, healthy eating, physical activity, mental activity, health care, health education and research are vitally important to the quality of our lives and the success of our nation. At 9 a.m. this morning I obtained a colonoscopy that showed me to be free of colon cancer. Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with colon cancer and had surgery to remove the cancer. As a result of excellent medical care I am here today, all 6 feet, 190 pounds, and 76 years. The latter happened because our leaders designed a Medicare and an excellent retired teachers health care program. Here and now those programs are working successfully for me and a lot of other Americans.

What are the implications of the Kensington ruling?
The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled it's "legal" to allow the Kensington gold mine near Juneau to dump its mining waste into Lower Slate Lake, recognizing the waste will kill all the fish -- and who knows what effects the heavy metal pollution will have on any animals or birds drinking from or living in the Lake? Shame on the U.S. Corps of Engineers for permitting this action, and shame on the U.S. Supreme Court for its stamp of approval.

Kenai may get 5 lots for $7,000
Kenai has found itself in the enviable position of possibly picking up five city lots for a song.

School district applies for stimulus funds
The Kenai Peninsula school board Monday gave the go ahead to the schools superintendent to apply for $5.6 million in stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Radio operators HAM it up
While "wireless" may be a recent development to some people, it's been a way of life for a long time to members of the Kenai Peninsula's Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club, and this weekend they will be sharing their craft with others.

Out of this world experience: Local UAF students participate in NASA program
Indescribable. Unlike anything else. Too unique for words.

Photo feature: Beauty
Dwarf fireweed, sometimes called river beauty, blossoms along a riverbed in Kachemak Bay State Park earlier this month. For an audio slideshow featuring wildflowers and music from Kenai's Maria Allison, visit http://clarionextras.com/sightsandsounds.

Joy Johnson
Former Ninilchik resident Joy Johnson died Sunday, July 5, 2009, in Modesto, Calif. She was 81.

Around the Peninsula

Penny rally planned

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Potter and friends are back: Latest wizarding film rushes to squeeze everything in
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

Art Briefs

Nikiski art classes available

Panners top Oilers again, win series
In his third year at the helm of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, Tim Gloyd finally won a series against the Peninsula Oilers at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

McCarthy throws 1-hitter for Panners
Mike McCarthy was completely cognizant of what was transpiring around him.

This time, Oilers top Panners on wild pitch
What goes around comes around.

Much ado about golf
Happy July, golfers, and hasn't it been freaking wonderful? The weather continues to wow both residents and visitors. Our dear friends from California, Bob and Peggy Fischer, are here for Bob's annual fishing frenzy and are thoroughly enjoying themselves. I am looking forward to golfing adventures here and elsewhere with Peg while my better half and Bob scare the fish. On Monday, Peg endured her first (and last) halibut charter, a rather "unsettling" experience to say the least. Ladies, don't forget there's a Beginning Clinic coming up next week, July 20-24 from 6 to 8 p.m. daily. The fee for the clinic is $50 and clubs are available if you do not have your own.

Twins split
The American Legions Twins split a doubleheader with East High on Wednesday in Anchorage.

Amateur hour
It's amateur time. We're not talking American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, but golf. July is the time of year for amateur golf tournaments and fishing. Following Birch Ridge's Pro-Am and All-Alaskan Skins Game last week, the Alaska State Amateur Championship was held in Anchorage/Palmer/Settlers Bay and this week is Birch Ridge's 18th Annual Grainge Memorial Senior Tournament.

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