Thursday, August 30, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Food manager course offered Business start up workshop slated Morrow named city editor Nursing assistant training set Fisheries business assistance available

Carhartt Swat Truck returns to the Working Man’s Store
The interactive Carhartt Swat Truck was on the Peninsula last week and spent all day Tuesday out in front of Sweeney’s Clothing store in Soldotna. “This is what we call a true Carhartt experience,” said Dennis of team Carhartt, “We have people come up and put their hands on everything inside and outside the truck while I let folks know a little about what we’re doing with Carhartt and the new things we’re making for the work force of America for both women and men.”

New Backwoods Girl champion crowned at Peninsula State Fair
For the first time a Soldotna mom, Brooke Ames, has claimed the title of Backwoods Girl Champion at the Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik, the birth and only place where Backwoods Girl competitions are held. Inspired by Hobo Jim’s popular Backwoods Girl song, the competition has grown from a Fair novelty to a main attraction that this year drew 15 contestants and hundreds of spectators. The event is sponsored by Homer Saw & Cycle who donates the Backwoods Girl prize and trophy, a new Stihl MS 210 Chain Saw. Brooke Ames has entered the competition for the last three years, but this year motivated by her husband and 10-year-old daughter she got serious about bring home the chain saw, “My first year I tied for second and brought home 4 bags of dirt, and my second year I didn’t even place, but this year I’m really excited and happy to have a new chain saw,” Ames told the Dispatch. What made the difference between Brooke’s last year finish and the championship this year, “Well anyone who knows me knows I’m not the best cook, and frying eggs is the hardest part of the whole competition for me, so since my first year I’ve been practicing cracking an egg with one hand whenever I make eggs for the kids. Some people thought that was a silly thing to do, but it paid off this year along with the advice from my ten-year-old daughter Halley who said ‘Hey Mom if you don’t want to break the yoke be sure you put the egg shell real close to the pan when you open it and it won’t break as easily, so I listened to her and it didn’t break, so I didn’t loose any points,” said Ames, who does not intend to just hand over her prize to her husband, “I use to use my mom’s hand-me-down chain saws, but now I have my own new saw and my husband will have to fight me to use this one, so I really want to thank all the folks at the Fair who put so much work into making this unique competition happen and the people at Homer Saw and Cycle for providing the prize.” Ames most likely will return to the Fair next year to defend her title, “I told my husband that this would be my last year since I won and he said Oh no no! You have to enter next year and win one for me,” laughed Ames.

Outdoors
Yes my friends, this is the time of the year when many of you will pair up in your attempt to harvest some Alaska big game for meat. Some of you will hunt in small groups, others will put together a crew large enough to resemble a small army. A few of you will continue to hunt alone or with only family members. Some of you will chose to road hunt which requires a whole lot less energy and planning and at times can be successful too.

“Barn” to be Wild at the Peninsula State Fair
“The Biggest Little Fair in Alaska,” totally lived up to its theme of “Barn to Be Wild,” this year. From the popular Friday evening performance by Grammy Award winning BeauSoleil to the successful 4-H Jr. Market Livestock auction, bucking salmon, to racing pigs, the barn door was open for 3 full days of wild State Fair fun in Ninilchik. “We sold $175 tickets for the concert which raised $3,500 and covered my personal guarantee for the event. It was really nice, because the BeauSoleil group heard that I had made that personal guarantee and they called me up before cashing their check to be sure I wouldn’t be out anything. I wasn’t and they said they would really like to come back because this was their favorite fair,” reported Fair Manager Lara McGinnis. Over 600 attended the Cajun concert and went wild for the music, “We didn’t have anyway of clearing the fair grounds before the concert, so a lot of folks who came to the fair earlier stayed over for the concert and didn’t buy tickets, so next year we’ll figure a way to clear the grounds so we can sell more tickets, but everyone had a fantastic time and wants to do it again next year and we’re already talking about headliners for next year,” added McGinnis. McGinnis also pointed out that the Fair Board of Directors has 4 vacancies to be filled this fall and anyone Peninsula wide who would like to serve may contact Lara McGinnis in Ninilchik at 567-3670. Even though most of the weekend offered cloudy, threatening skies, nearly 7,500 paid attendance at the Ninilchik State Fair grounds. All, including a few "sneak in's," who experienced country fair at its finest.

Gail Moore bridges the gap between illusion and reality
Gail Moore is a self-proclaimed gypsy who has most recently opened a new business in the Kenai area called Interior Illusions, “Bridging the gap between illusions and reality!” Moore recently spent time in Texas where she received one-on-one instruction from world renowned master decorative artist Nicola Virgini. “I’m a designer wall finisher, I work in Old World Frescoes, Venetian Plasters, and Decorative Concrete Staining,” says Moore. While decorating technologies have changed drastically in the century, Moore still finds that many of the old world techniques applicable to bringing creative warmth to a home or place of business. “I’ve been playing with colors and paints since I was five years old and am truly grateful for a family and grandmother who has been so supportive and included me early on in many restoration and interior decorating projects, but since the early eighties I’ve been playing with glazes and wall designs and this past January I did work for the Parade of Homes in Boise, Idaho and also designed a restoration of an old train depot into a beautiful bed and breakfast,” said Moore. Moore also last year completed a five day designer wall finish workshop at Faux Effects International in Dallas, Texas, which gave her the motivation to launch her new Interior Illusions business on the Kenai Peninsula.

Protection requested from Homeland Security
I have been having a few problems finding some parts for my bike this summer. About a month ago, Ron Harvey's Classic Motorcycles of Palmer attempted to mail me a rear axle that promptly disappeared into the cosmos.

Businesses should think twice about hang-ups
It is time for people to start being a little more patient on the phone especially businesses.

Representatives should be held accountable
Mayor Williams should have gone for the rooster instead of the whole flock. A flock usually follows the rooster wherever he leads anyway. What was Williams thinking?

There's nothing wrong with working Alaskans
Along with the privilege of serving as the Speaker of the House in the Alaska Legislature, I also work as a Teamster in the construction industry. This was my job and profession before I was elected to represent House District 12, and I'm proud to work as a fourth generation Alaskan and a Teamster.

Voting for the good of the city
I noticed that the mayor and city council of Kenai finally whispered the concern about the water in town.

Kasilof processor boosts efforts to smoke salmon
Summer is a busy season for Ed's Kasilof Seafoods, a family-owned and -operated processing firm that offers an array of gourmet seafood gift products, in addition to processing services for sport anglers on the Kenai Peninsula.

New road standards back up for debate
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is preparing to try again to address deficiencies in the municipal road code, with specific attention to requiring that new subdivision roads be built to borough maintenance standards before final plats are approved.

Boaters rescued from river
After pulling nine people out of the water in his 31 years of commercial drift netting, Greg Perkins knows anyone on the river, or the ocean, who isn't wearing a life jacket is asking for trouble. So when he fished two men and a teenage boy out of the mouth of the Kenai River around 6 p.m. Tuesday, he credits luck for being in the right place at the right time.

Drawing board
The conceptual design process for the high ground of Soldotna Creek Park is now ongoing and residents will have a chance to contribute ideas for the park next month.

Photo feature: 'Drill here'
Brandon Willard of Nabors Alaska climbs a derrick earlier this month during the drilling of a natural gas storage well for Chevron in the Swanson River Field on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling. This month the field celebrates the 50th anniversary of its discovery a moment that was pivotal to Alaska's statehood and the economy of the Kenai Peninsula. Read about the find and events that followed in the special "Black Gold" section in today's paper.

Sting operation
Bees are coming to the end of their cycle in central Kenai Peninsula neighborhoods, but not before many stop for a bite of residents or their pets.

Discount prescription drug cards available
Free prescription drug discount cards are available to peninsula residents at borough offices, hospitals and libraries. To find a participating pharmacy, call (877) 321-2652.

'We are this close'
At last, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's funding will come into parity with that of others around the state.

Coming to a crossroads: Promises of 'clean coal' will take Alaska backward
Alaska stands at the crossroads of an exciting energy future, with a North Slope gas line, a Southcentral spur line and world class renewable energy sources ready to provide cleaner, more secure power supplies and good, long-term jobs.

How to Make Perfect 'Sweet' Tea
In a medium-size aucepan, heat 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar and bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, and steep 8 regular-size tea bags in sugar/water mixture for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow mixture to cool slightly before pouring into a gallon-size pitcher. Add three quarts cold water to the pitcher. Allow tea to come to room temperature before chilling in refrigerator. To serve, pour chilled tea into iced-filled glasses. Makes about one gallon.

Around the Peninsula
Scouting events planned Archers take aim Teen writers sought Social Security reps to visit peninsula Donations sought for military personal Hospice seeks volunteers

Around the Peninsula
SoHi open house today T-200 race committee to meet Nikiski pool plans closure Senior fall roundup ready to entertain Recovery rendezvous ready to go College council meeting scheduled Soccer coaches sought Kids reading program continues Food coalition offers mini-grant opportunities Cameras, photo printers sought

Chicken doesn't have to be boring
OK, today there's no goofing around. No funny stories. Just an answer to that annoying question: What's for dinner?

Spiced Indian Chai Iced Tea
6 cups water

Tea still a cool way to quench your thirst: Only water is more popular
Tea is the "most widely consumed beverage in the world after water," according to the Tea Assocation of the United States.

Iced Thai Tea
8 cups water

Does an apple really keep the doc away?
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Or so the saying goes.

Citrus Sun Tea
12 regular size tea bags (Lipton is good)

Sports Briefs
The visiting Skyview volleyball team swept Seward 25-11, 25-18 and 25-9 on Tuesday in nonconference play. Skyview moved to 1-0 in nontournament play, while Seward dropped to 0-2.

Diamonds in the rough
It isn't the hunting that keeps Michigan resident Ken Lehman and his wife, Gail, coming back to Alaska summer after summer. Nor is it the fishing. Or the scenery. It's diamonds. Diamond willow, that is.

'Fracture' a good reason to roll your eyes
You can always tell summer is heading toward a close when you look up and realize that, suddenly, there's nothing you want to see at the movies. You get used to that new big potential blockbuster every weekend, and then, poof, all the studios scale back and all you're left with is "Rush Hour 3" in its second week. I was going to go see this movie, but then I thought, "why?"

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

What's Happening
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Sports Briefs
Church hosts Care2Run Homer tops Sitka in football

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, golfers. Well, fortunately the weather cooperated and it got really nice. My better half and I spent the weekend in the Hills and just had a wonderful time away from phones, work and golf, which of course is not necessarily a good thing. The northern lights were pretty spectacular Saturday morning about 3 a.m. and the sunrises Saturday and Sunday were breathtaking.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Labor Day weekend is upon us again and for many that means time off from work. But for all of us it means that the end of summer is fast approaching, so it's time to get out and play as much golf as possible.

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