Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, October 01, 2007

Don't know about you, but we had to scrape our windshields last week and I've had the heat on at least that long. But then, it's supposed to be "crisp" this time of year.

Seems like there is a revolving door to Alaska. As soon as somebody leaves, somebody else moves in. The latest family to defect to the Lower 48 is the Paul and Debbie Wilson. They were nearly finished with their brand new house when they decided to move south before winter set in. So they're nearly packed up and ready to move to the Monticello, Utah, area.

Paul has worked in the mining industry in Alaska and also did guiding on the Kenai River (and loved it). Debbie worked at Peninsula Instacare with Dr. Garth Reid for several years. Two of their children, Jonathon and Steven, will move with them.

"We came to Alaska looking for a great adventure, and that's what it's been. Now we're heading south for another adventure," Debbie said.

They won't be far from the Lake Powell area, so there will still be water in their future. I wish them well in their new home.

Another couple has come to the peninsula looking for the same thing. Welcome to Marsha and Gary Bybee, who have just moved here from Soda Springs, Idaho. Gary retired, but they say they are "still young enough to find adventure, and moving here sounded like an adventure." They have a daughter in Seward and now that they've found a house, they will be off exploring our beautiful state.

New in town, but returning to the area, is Dixie Bell St. John and husband, Bob. Dixie is the daughter of former longtime residents Dick and Diane Bell. Dick was a barber in the Kenai Mall, and Diane worked at Carrs.

Dixie and Bob are newlyweds and have moved to Kenai to make it their home. Bob works at Tesoro and Dixie is a registered nurse at Central Peninsula Hospital. I welcome them to our fair city.

Tickets are still on sale for the Friends of the Kenai Community Library annual raffle and fundraiser. Each $100 ticket buys a prime rib dinner for two and dancing, plus one chance to win $7,500 or one of 15 other cash prizes. Tickets are available at the library or you could call 776-5433 and talk to Nora Satathite.

Birthday greetings today, Oct. 1, to Sam Taylor, who is in Europe picking up his son, Jeremiah. Also celebrating today is Kendall Barrett. Roseanne Carlson's big day is Oct. 5.

I'm heading Outside to do battle with my mom, the intrepid Ireta, and will try to bring her back with us. Meanwhile, let me hear from you. They do have e-mail in Wyoming, or did the last time I was there.

I hope you vote Tuesday. This election is a big deal for Kenai. Remember: if you don't vote, you lose your griping rights.

Other Kenai news

Thomas-LaMarches have a boy

Starla Thomas and Steven C. LaMarche of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Samuel Robert Thomas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 16.5 inches.

He joins sibling, Isaiah Paul Thomas.

His grandparents are Paul and Alice Thomas of Angoon and Jody Nichols of Soldotna. His great-grandparents are Emma Demmert of Angoon and Cee and Tony Kirkland of Anchorage.

Tromblee graduates

Kenai resident Joshwa L. Tromblee graduated from Des Moines University May 26.

He is the son of Joe and Becky Tromblee of Kenai.

Mud run winners

Winners in the Elite Health and Fitness Mud Run Challenge held in Nikiski Aug. 18 are: Mary Krusen, fastest woman; Rustin Hitchcock, fastest man; Brad Denesen and Katie Ford, fastest juniors; Jaida Quinn (banana), best costume; Simone Owens, racer with most fans; Elaina Hitchcock, dirtiest racer; John Earl, cleanest racer; Kevin Gerke, best entrance into mud pit; Steve Carlson, best performance in mud pit; and Monica Kinzie, last but not least.

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