Thursday, August 9, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Elite Health and Fitness grand opening set Fisheries business assistance available Youth cooking classes offered Food manager course offered

Tattoos, piercings could affect job chances
AMARILLO, Texas - That tiny heart on your shoulder may not keep you from getting a job, but that giant dragon down your arm could.

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.

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

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.

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.

Boots left leave quite an impression
To whomever, in early July, found my Xtra Tuf insulated boots and neatly arranged them off the side of the Spur Highway, I'll buy you a coffee at Kaladi Brothers. They fell off the back of my motorcycle on the way to the setnet site in North Kenai. I got to the site and realized I'd lost them. After riding all the way back, watching the side of the road, there they were, sitting just outside Soldotna, upright together as a pair, just like they do in my garage.

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.

Volunteers, donations help bind library with community
We'd like to thank all the children, teens, parents and volunteers who helped make the Soldotna Public Library's summer reading program a great success this year.

Packages mean a lot to soldier
I would like to take a few moments to say thanks to those at home for being so supportive of those of us deployed overseas.

4-Hers all abuzz
Bug Buddies 4-Hers would like to thank Soldotna Police Chief John Lucking for the exciting, insightful and tasty tour of his honeybee hives; entomology expert Janice Chumley with the Cooperative Extension Services office for a fantastic Alaska bug walk and colorful insect booklets; biologist Ginny Litchfield with the Kenai River Center for a superb aquatic bug outing and easy-to-follow ID keys; and Sayde Riding, our informative high school entomology adept and supplier of Madagascan hissing cockroaches.

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.

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.

Borough's cash earning interest
Cash flow is said to be the life's blood of any successful enterprise, and in that respect, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is little different from a private company.

Fire is not cause for alarm
Fire management officials at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are telling Cooper Landing residents not to be alarmed after a 60-acre wildland fire just west of Swan Lake sent smoke through the area Tuesday morning.

Photo feature: Photo op
Above, wildlife watchers crowd the bridge over Quartz Creek near Cooper Landing last week to watch a brown bear sow and two cubs fish for salmon in the stream below. At right, one of the cubs chases a fish through the stream.

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.

Board powers curbed
The South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board likely will get to send a nonvoting observer to the negotiating sessions, but beyond offering advice to Mayor John Williams, the board will not have a seat at the table when the borough administration begins hashing out a new contract later this summer with the entity that actually runs the facility, South Peninsula Hospital Inc.

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.

Morris A. Quale
North Kenai resident Morris A. Quale died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

Eric Scott Monette
Anchorage resident Eric Scott Monette died Aug. 1, 2007, at his home. He was 47.

Edgar Wilson Sipple
Soldotna resident Edgar Wilson Sipple, Jr., died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 66.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

'Bourne' again: Part 3 no slouch
In addition to dabbling in art and movies, in my spare time I help run and co-own a used bookstore. I mention this because when I saw there was another "Bourne" movie coming out, I went over to the Ludlum shelf, pulled a copy of "The Bourne Ultimatum" and flipped it over to check out the synopsis on the back.

Art Briefs
Writers pencil in date Workshop planned Boat ride leads to printing workshop Get paid to create Artists in Schools seeks applicants Poetry out loud luring students

Poet's Corner
nowhere left to go

Making music
Twenty-five years, 30 different events at two ends of the Kenai Peninsula and more than 85 musicians: It's a busy two weeks for Laura Norton.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Remember when the Soldotna Elks Lodge had their first golf tournament? If so, your memory is better than mine, but I can remember at least 10 years (maybe more) of golfing with the Elks. One thing is for sure ... Phil Turkington is part of the memory, being the driving force behind it for so many years. Last year was Phil's last Elks Tournament, so it was only fitting that he was on the winning team.

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.

Sports Brief
The Peninsula Oilers had three members of its 2007 squad honored Wednesday when the Alaska Baseball League's Post Season Awards were announced.

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!

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