Friday, July 17, 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.

Angler sets monster king free: 58-inch Kenai River hawg estimated to weigh in at 90 pounds
Joel Atchison will have quite a tale to tell when he gets back home, but instead of being about the one that got away, he'll be able to tell friends about the Kenai River hawg he let go on Wednesday.

'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.

City may have a whopper of a fish tale to tell
If early returns are an indication, the city of Kenai should have a fish story of its own to tell by the end of the dipnet fishery this year.

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.

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

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Needed: F-35 fighter aircraft production
Today, there is a desperate need of production and commission of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, but it's being delayed while some in Congress fight to get funding for a backup engine that experts at the Pentagon and aircraft design say is completely unnecessary because of the availability of the proven and highly effective F135 engine. President Obama and Secretary Gates agree.

Reader offers thoughts on faith
We are not all God's Children as many people believe. God created eyeryone Through Adam and Eve. However, the Bible says, "God is only The Father of Those people who by Faith believe in His Son Jesus Christ as Their Savior and Lord." Christians also believe that all of our sins, past, present and future are forgiven because of the blood that Jesus shed when he was crucified. Christians also believe that Jesus is the only way anyone can make it to heaven.

Term limit measure under fire from assembly
Assembly President Milli Martin's letter to the editor of July 10 conveniently lacks important information. Here is the rest of the story.

Service on borough road board appreciated
I think it is important for people to be acknowledged for public service they do. I saw a notice in the Clarion for three Road Service Area positions that will soon be filled. It brought to mind a recent conversation I had with Mike Peek. I learned during this conversation, that K.P.B. Administration, and R.S.A. staff had never thanked Mike for his years of public service after he resigned earlier this year. That is a sad state of affairs. Whether you agree or disagree with any of the things Mike did as a Road Service Area Board member, he should still be thanked for his years of service. So from a private citizen of the borough, Thanks Mike for volunteering your time to work for the people of the borough.

An idea to improve U.S. border security
The volume of money and arms traveling across our southern border has become a national security issue for both the U.S. and Mexico. Our Border Patrol is challenged to the breaking point fiscally and personel-wise. Since it is a security issue and impacts the bottum line of our economy at its most vulnerable point something must be done. George Washington said it best: "A well armed Militia being neccessary to secure safety of a free State."

Kenai OKs rezone vote funds
The city of Kenai decided Wednesday to appropriate $15,000 of taxpayers' money to pay for a public information campaign concerning a vote on a taxpayers' referendum.

Space cadets
Shannon McClure, Seth Ganley, Hannah Gershel and Dominik Efta watch Thursday as a Coast Guard HH-65C helicopter approaches for a landing in the parking lot at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

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.

Monarch salvage continues: Divers work in Cook Inlet's extreme conditions
Imagine your house is flipped on its side, then being blindfolded and asked to find the bathroom. Put the house 60 feet underwater, and that's exactly what salvage divers face every day as they conduct fuel removal operations on the M/V Monarch, which sank in Cook Inlet on January 15.

Library hosts talent show
Those wanting more drama in their lives may want to stop by the Soldotna Public Library on Saturday for the Community Talent Showcase.

Shanta Creek fire now 13,151 acres
Fire crews continue their efforts to steer the Shantatalik Creek fire away from Funny River and Kasilof, mopping up hot spots along contingency firelines cleared between the blaze and populated areas. The fire has been mapped at 13,151 acres and is burning in a limited suppression area on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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

Wildland fire crews deserve our thanks
As the Shantatalik Creek fire continues to burn on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, we'd like to take a moment to thank the fire management officials and the crews on the fireline for all their hard work in ensuring the blaze remains productive and not destructive.

Nice day for a ride
Beverly Agler rides her bike along the airport dike trail past fireweed in full bloom Monday in Juneau.

Fish with a Latin twist
Now is the best time to make ceviche -- pronounced suh-vee-chay -- because summer is prime time for fish, tomatoes and sweet onions, the main ingredients in this Latin American dish.

Shantatalik Creek fire bodes well for peninsula wildlife
It's fire time once again on the Kenai. There is smoke in the air and the sound of whirring helicopters. The Shantatalik Creek fire has burned approximately 14,000 acres since starting from a lightning strike on June 29.

Around the Peninsula

Baseball fundraiser at bat

Around the Peninsula

Garage sale fundraiser Saturday

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Art Briefs

Nikiski art classes available

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

Sterling churchgoers bear testimony to miracles
Amazing events recently took place.

Church Briefs

VBS begins Monday

Oilers' bats stay silent in loss
Peninsula Oilers starting pitchers are routinely turning in valiant performances, evidenced once again on Thursday night.

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.

Touneys fill up the Bird
Hello once again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. The phone number you can reach us at is 260-GOLF.

Sports Briefs

Volleyball camps on tap for August

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.

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

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