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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Home from Russia...
When the first Rotary Club was organized on the Kenai Peninsula 25 years ago Rotary’s international student exchange program was already the largest in the world. In the former U.S.S.R. however, there were no Rotary Clubs or student exchanges. Today there are as many Rotary Clubs in Eastern Russia as there are in Alaska. The first of which was sponsored by the Soldotna Rotary Club over 15 years ago. Last week the club enthusiastically welcomed home their most recent outbound foreign exchange student Soldotna born Danielle Glaves, who recently returned from her year in Magadan, Russia. “It was an amazing experience!” Glaves reported, “Through the local Rotary Club in Magadan I was able to do all kinds of community activities and was able to help teach English in the school and be part of a whole other culture for almost a year. It was truly life changing experience and overall I had an awesome time.”

Bath & Body Boutique is having a “Spa-Jama-party”
Amy Manuel has had several successful careers since she moved to the Kenai Peninsula 12 years ago including executive director for United Way, and during those years she has held on to a dream of having her own business and joining the ranks of Alaska’s entrepreneurs. Her dream became reality last year when she purchased the Vintage Bath House at the “Y” in Soldotna next to Riverside Books. “It’s the best feeling in the world and I encourage everyone that has a dream to go for it because you’ll never know if it’s for you until you give it a try. My shop is my dream come true and I’m catering to everyone who is looking for something comfortable to sleep in or lounge around the house in. I don’t feel like I have a job anymore, it feels good to come to work and have great products to offer people and be able to help them personally find that perfect gift or the item they are looking for themselves. I really appreciate everyone who has come in and said how they really enjoy coming into the shop and not having to go to Anchorage or online to find what they need,” said Manuel.

It’s All About Me opens in Soldotna
According to George Backus, owner of Sonoma Florist at the “Y” in Soldotna, their all new clothing store; It’s All About Me, is really all about you. “We hope to be able to give people the opportunity to express their individuality. The concept is that everyone has their own likes and dislikes and the way we dress projects the way we want other people to see us, so our new store It’s All About Me is all about the unique kind of apparel and brand names that young people haven’t had available locally,” explained Backus. The new It’s All About Me is just three doors down from Sonoma Florist in Soldotna and Backus says he and his wife Tammy have spent a lot of time listening to their customers and getting feed back about items that are and are not available in the local area, “It’s an area I’ve been in before and we’re looking forward to doing more of it in the future. We really like Soldotna so we wanted to invest and expand our business into unique clothing lines with brands that really are important to the young generation like Gap jeans, Express, Baby Fat, South Beach, and Echo Red, as well as some very nice ladies fashion lines,” said Backus.

Exciting changes at Kenai Peninsula College
As faculty and students head back to the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River campus for the fall semester they are in store for some major changes. “A lot happened this summer and we’re building a new classroom addition that will give us two new classrooms and two new offices that will alleviate the classroom and office space crunch we’ve been in the last few years. On the inside we’ve revamped the majority of all the classrooms so that each classroom is identical to the others in the electronic equipment and IT hookups which will make it a lot easier on faculty and improve the learning for the students,” said KPC Director Gary Turner during a recent tour of the construction site.

NOW PLAYING: Red Eye
I don’t know whether it’s necessarily a good thing or not when you go to see a movie and the discussion that it prompts for the drive home is all about how to measure a film’s success based on what you could possibly expect from a “movie like that.” Here is typical post-theatrical conversation: “I liked it. (apologetic /defensive tone) Didn’t you like it?” “No, no, I thought it was good. I mean, good in comparison to, you know, those kinds of movies.” “Well, sure, I mean, it’s not winning any Oscars or anything, but for what it was, it was good. Right?”

Tesoro employees took swing at golf tournament fund-raiser
On behalf of your Kenai Peninsula United Way Board of Directors, myself, and the 26 Peninsula Agencies we currently support, I would like to thank Dina Pizzuto, Bea Lashley and the Tesoro Alaska employees for volunteering to coordinate the 5th Annual Tesoro Golf Tournament to benefit Kenai Peninsula United Way. Also, a big thanks to Tesoro Alaska for their generous sponsorship of this event. Tesoro Alaska Corporation matched every dollar generated from the tournament totaling almost $20,000 that will be allocated to our member agencies.

Governor’s jet questioned
Does Governor Murkowski have a side car on his new jet for Lisa?

Kids turning city streets into dangerous playground
It’s an ironic coincidence, but several days after our Borough Mayor sent residences his letter stating how some citizens blatantly disregard the basics of street hazards and how to correct them, that our neighborhood became inundated with children on bikes, rollerblades, scooters, etc. We usually have five or six children on bikes who use our busy residential streets for their playground. But over the weekend, it seems that several households had company, with children.

Lacross program off to a running start
I would like to thank all the kids and adults who turned out for our first lacrosse season. We had a great turn out. I hope everyone had fun and that you’re making plans to participate next year. Hopefully we’ll have teams and a game schedule.

Soldotna woman’s plans for bed and breakfast cabins have neighbors protesting, city saying ‘no’
After struggling through the Soldotna bureaucracy and piloting her way through neighborhood flak, a financially strapped widow has given up the fight to erect two guest cabins on her lot for supplemental income.

Dipnet fees fill Kenai city coffers
As the popularity of salmon dipnet fishing continues to grow in Kenai, the city’s coffers from the resource are netting more and more money each year.

State grant will ‘spur’ highway project along
With the help of a $300,000 state grant, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is preparing for the next phase of its long-range project to extend the Kenai Spur Highway northward toward the Gray Cliff and Moose Point subdivisions.

Woman badly burned
A woman in Sterling suffered first- and second-degree burns and the house she was in caught fire late Saturday while she was filling a Coleman lantern with gasoline and the fumes were ignited by a lit candle nearby.

Sterling bridge talk not new
The history of talks about a bridge linking the communities of Sterling and Funny River don’t go back quite as far as James Michener did when writing his novel, “Alaska,” but the idea has been around a long time, Sterling residents were told Thursday evening.

Photo feature: Rainbow connection
A rainbow rises above forested hills east of Soldotna before a rain shower last week. Forecasters are calling for wind and intermittent showers.

Seminar sparks audience’s minds
Dubbed America’s Values Coach, Joe Tye instructed about 60 people attending a leadership seminar in Kenai on Monday to “have SEX with your audience.”

Kasilof boy shears off long locks to donate to charity helping children
Some parents may find it a struggle when teaching their children the life lesson that giving is better than receiving. For 10-year-old Taylor MacRae of Kasilof, that lesson was cut and dry — literally.

Eldon B. Hamrick Sr.
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Eldon B. Hamrick Sr. died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at his home in Sterling. He was 72.

Loren ‘Mick’ McIrvin
North Kenai resident Loren “Mick” McIrvin died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at his home. He was 72.

New measure helps keep hunters from becoming extinct
Gov. Frank Murkowski recently signed into law a measure to promote and protect hunting, fishing and trapping as important elements of Alaska’s heritage.

Sen. Murkowski, so far so good as recess nears end
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, eight months into her own term, appears to have easily moved beyond her contentious election and now seems to be growing increasingly comfortable in her job.

Gaza pullout is relatively smooth
JERUSALEM — So far Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza is as significant for what did not happen as for what did.

Palestine must secure itself as head of state
The world is too used to violence in the Middle East to be much surprised at the scenes from Gaza yesterday. Yet the sight of Israeli citizens burning tires in the path of Israeli soldiers alerts us to a real change in the arrangements of power in that devastated region.

Around the Peninsula
Help for home day care providersCIRCAC to meetCPGH board meeting slatedFirst aid, CPR classes offeredDinner, auction fund-raiser plannedKPC seeks council repsLeeShore radiothon fund-raiser slatedSwim team tryouts set

Senior activities
Week of August 22nd, 2005

Community events
Dog training seminar setFood bank seeking volunteers

Pick of the lot
Kevin and Judy Walker’s home on McKinley Street in Kenai was selected as the Garden of the Week for Aug. 15. To nominate a home, call 283-3692.

Births
Amy Jo Overturff Hill and Charley Daniel HillBridget MillecamWendy and Tom PottonBethany Crittendon Glotfelty and Jake Glotfelty

Around the Peninsula
College plans barbecueKids’ basketball league formingSterling open house setTonkas on the bluff returnsShooting, hunting seminar on targetRefuge hosts films, nature walks

Pretty patriotic
Dennis Murray’s home at 247 Corral St. in Soldotna was selected as the Beautiful Yard of the Week for Aug. 8. To nominate a home in the Soldotna area, call the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at 262-9814.

Peninsula People
Keller takes the leadHorse show results announcedTaylor joins Navy

Marlins’ Willis gets victory No. 17
MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis gave up two runs but stranded four runners in scoring position and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, helping Florida beat Los Angeles 5-2 on Monday.

Woods wins NEC Invitational for fifth victory of year
AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt that broke sharply into the right side, then escaped with par from the trees on the 18th hole for a 1-over 71 and a one-shot victory over Chris DiMarco on Sunday in the NEC Invitational.

49ers return to practice after Herrion’s death
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Less than 48 hours after their teammate collapsed and died, the San Francisco 49ers gathered together, discussed their grief and somehow went back to work.

Federer continues to dominate tennis
MASON, Ohio — Roger Federer reckons that it wouldn’t take much to prevent him from winning his second straight U.S. Open title.

Lafayette rallies to win at LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Call them the comeback kids.

Mayfield’s fuel strategy pays off
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Jeremy Mayfield was happy to leave his winning car behind and walk to Victory Circle on Sunday.

Course gets a bunker
We want to thank Jackie Risch and Marylin Eskelin for continually coming out to play on our weekly Monday night Ladies Night.

49ers lineman dies after game
DENVER — As he walked off the field on a relatively cool Colorado evening, Thomas Herrion was huffing and puffing. Still, he didn’t look much different from his 49ers teammates who played alongside him during the fast-moving final seconds.

Kenai Moose Lodge takes state softball title
Kenai Moose Lodge won all six of its games to win the 30-team Alaska State Division E Coed Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Kenai Ballfields.

Are NFL players too big?
Common sense and science have been warning for some time that we’re pushing athletes toward the limits of size, speed and toughness without regard for how they get there, or stay there. Even so, there remains no shortage of kids willing to risk everything for the opportunity.

Eli has elbow sprain
Eli Manning will miss the New York Giants’ next exhibition game, although the sprain to the quarterback’s right elbow doesn’t appear to be serious enough for him to miss any regular-season contests.

Beware of Cowboys’ Ware
SEATTLE — Dallas Cowboys rookie Demarcus Ware looks ready to be an NFL linebacker.

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