Wednesday, August 8, 2007

For indoor or outdoor sports it’s Her Move in Soldotna
For the adventuresome woman there is now a new specialty shop in Soldotna.

Outdoors
With the recent rainy spell we have had it brings back memories of some of the many times I have endured rain while being out on hunting or fishing trips. Many people fail to realize that you can die in 40 degree weather from hypothermia especially if you get wet. Keeping your body temperature up and preserving heat are vital if your going to survive in wet cool weather for long periods of time.

Weiner dogs set to burn rubber annually
Weenie racing fans have found a destination in Soldotna. It all started with the first Weenies on Parade some 12 years ago for the Soldotna Progress Days parade. “Today we have visitors that plan their vacations from the lower 48 and states like Oregon and Washington specifically so they can come with their weenie dogs and walk them in our parade, so now with the weenie races happening at Soldotna Creek Park I think this will be another chapter written in the weenie phenomenon for Soldotna,” said Michelle Glaves, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Something for everyone at Soldotna Progress Days
Mother Nature provided a picture postcard perfect day for the 47th Annual Soldotna Progress Days. The two day event kicked off with a parade down Binkley Street that lived up to this year’s theme “Soldotna, Something for Everybody.” “It’s truly a community event that takes nearly everyone in the community working in one way or another to make it happen, from the people who enter the parade to those who turn out to enjoy it, the Soldotna Chamber board of directors, staff and volunteers, it’s a pleasure working with all these folks,” said Michelle Glaves, executive director for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Someone started to say, “You know it’s almost too, then stopped and said nah, it’s just perfect today.” A regular visitor from Oregon wanted to express her appreciation for everything the people here do to make visitors feel welcome, so she dressed up and rode in the parade blowing bubbles to be part of the event reported Glaves.

Welcoming honored guests from our Sister City of Akita, Japan
Progress Days took on an international flavor this year as the Kenai Peninsula Borough welcomed a delegation from their sister city of Akita, Japan. Mayor Satake and his wife greeted and waved to residents and visitors along the parade route down Binkley Street. “We were very pleased this year to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Akita, Japan and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. This collaboration began under the borough administration of Mayor Don Gilman and today we are honored to have Mayor Satake, his wife and delegation with us from Akita,” said Borough Mayor John Williams.

Graduation party something to celebrate
The Nikiski Graduating Class of 2007 would like to thank everyone who helped make their graduation and the after-grad party such a great success.

New bridge should have a new name
The old bridge was named the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge on March 7, 2002. This was to honor David Douthit, who was killed in action on Feb. 27, 1991. His wife, daughter and parents reside in Soldotna. Although the name and memory are very important to David Douthit's relatives, I have never heard the bridge referred to by that name.

Free RV parking a risk to Soldotna
Since the city of Soldotna allows free camping for RVers, it seems only fair that the city should forgive all taxes for the RV parks that are losing revenue because of the practice. I see many high-priced RVs parked at Hooterville. They certainly should be able to afford to pay camping fees at the legitimate parks.

Success of SoHi baseball team a hit
The Soldotna High School baseball team would like to thank its supporters, sponsors, parents and student-athletes for helping to make this first season a success. We made all our commitments and had more than enough eligible players for each game. We will be back next year and will improve as we grow.

Reader finds Thomas comments open-minded
The editorial on the July 5 opinion page by your political pundit "poster child," Cal Thomas, was one of the very few fair-minded opinions of his I've ever read.

Term limits going to ballot
Borough voters will decide this fall whether elected assembly and school board officials should be limited to two terms.

District subs will get raises
For the first time in about 10 years, substitute school teachers on the Kenai Peninsula will be getting a raise this year.

Visitors center update on agenda
Soldotna civic leaders are slated to get an update on the planned expansion of the city's visitors center at tonight's city council meeting.

Photo feature: In need of a bath
A starfish is left high and dry by a receding minus tide in Kachemak Bay recently. The next series of minus tides in Cook Inlet begins Friday.

Area bridges deemed safe
Four small bridges critical to transportation on the Kenai Peninsula are among more than 100 across Alaska considered in some way structurally deficient.

Photo feature: Kickin' it
Lauree Lucey cheers Tuesday for a victory for Full Force, a soccer team from Anchorage participating in the Alaska State Cup soccer tournament under way this week on area fields. See story on page A-10 in today's Sports section.

Gone with the wind
Even a light pole in the Froso's restaurant parking lot couldn't withstand the winds Sunday.

Assembly meeting may go long
A long list of ordinances open for public hearings faces the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday as members return to their regular twice-monthly meeting schedule.

Robert C. Dedrick Sr.
Kenai resident Robert C. Dedrick Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage following a brief illness. He was 49.

Beverly 'Karen' Anderson
Former Soldotna resident Beverly "Karen" Anderson died Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Seattle. She was 49.

Is it success or failure?: Is it worth the cost of having wolf control in McGrath?
While this nation fights an unpopular war in Iraq, Alaska is waging a war of its own. Ours is a war on predators wolves and bears that allegedly terrorize moose and caribou. Both wars are very expensive and people are starting to wonder if the costs are worth the benefits.

Buy it fresh, eat it fresh; farmers' market delivers 'just-picked' taste
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. Visiting the local farmers' market during growing season is a delight for the senses with its colors, smells and taste sensations.

Herbal journey (Part 1): To the South of France and Italy, too
My small condo-sized summer herb garden is thriving. Because space is at a premium, plantings are limited to a few favorites. Parsley, basil, chives, sage and oregano are there. So is a patch of mint, two lavender plants and rosemary the size of a small bush.

Around the Peninsula
Safe Sitter course offered Auction, spaghetti feed fundraiser set Immunization clinic schedule KPC council seeks members Head Start accepting registration Caregiver support meetings slated Soup fundraiser tackles hunger

Let leftovers know they're still wanted
I love Sunday brunch so much, I work on it all week long. OK, not all week, but during a couple of meals, I'm thinking about what I'll be preparing after my ESPN Sports Reporters fix.

Make your own Herbes de Provence
The basic components of dried Herbes de Provence includes thyme, savory, rosemary, marjoram and basil. Fennel, sage and lavender may be added, as well, according to taste and preference. Recipes may be doubled or tripled. Dried herbs are at their finest when used within six months and should be stored in a tightly covered jar away from heat and light. Herbes de Provence are excellent mixed into soup, meat, poultry and vegetable dishes.

Roast Chicken Provencal
  Roasted chicken is equally delicious served hot from the oven or sliced for a cold supper. Seasoned with Herbes de Provence, it's an herb-infused feast either way. Photo by Sue Ade/Morris News Ser 1 large whole roasting chicken

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Nearing the end
Hello, Golfers. The sun is sure a welcome sight after all the rain we just had. However, I could have done without the gale force winds we had yesterday but as someone remarked to me today, at least the winds blew the rain away!

Lei-ing it on the line
With a trip to Hawaii for the Region IV soccer tournament on the line, Mark Schams had a simple message for his daughter's team after winning their first two games of the Alaska State Cup in Kenai on Monday and Tuesday.

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