Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New owners give The Fitness Place major makeover
Rona and Doug Hodges are the new owners of The Fitness Place in Soldotna. And have taken on a slogan that they hope will make people think of them as the place you need to go when you want to live stronger, longer. They've adopted "Look Better Naked" as the slogan for The Fitness Place. Currently the business is located in the building that was originally the Big K Supermarket owned by the Curly Wright family. The venue was converted from the former retail outlet into an athletic club by Melissa May several years ago when she bought and moved The Fitness Place from the Superstructures Building. Now, with new owners at the helm and a major makeover completed, The Fitness Place has had a grand re-opening. Part of the renovations that Rona and Doug gave the club included new dcor and an updated lounge area, all new rubberized matted flooring and a lot of new equipment and high tech exercise machines.

Metal Magic welcomes Black Jack
It's been three years since Scott Hamann of Metal Magic decided to have a custom motorcycle built from an airplane engine to his personal specifications. Today, the bike that is becoming known around the motorcycling show-world as "Blackjack", is licensed in Alaska, but on its way to Las Vegas. This unique ride is set to participate in the premier automotive specialty products show in the world, known as the 2010 SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) and is an event that is not open to the public. In it's premier there, Blackjack is sure to be the next Alaskan celebrity on the world stage. "This is a prestigious invitation for anyone, and it was a huge honor when Napa called me and said they wanted Blackjack to showcase their product. We used a Napa Martin senior paint, and after they saw photos of the bike they wanted it to represent them at the SEMA show this year. So were packing it up today after having finished the rebuild to send to it to Vegas," explained Hamann.

Catching Autumn Air at Soldotna BMX challenge
While the Soldotna Stars football team was battling to win a state football championship in Anchorage, athletes with a set of different skills were amazing spectators at Soldotna Skateboard and Bike Park during the Soldotna Bike and Skate Challenge. The well-attended event was organized to showcase the abilities and commitment of a group of young people dedicated to the sports of skateboarding and BMX biking. Many community members, parents, grandparents and friends braved a cold, windy morning to cheer on their talented friends and relatives in the event's premier debut.

Prop B could make housing a reality at KPC
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2nd, they will not only be charting the future by who they elect for Alaska's next U.S. senator and congressman, governor and other state positions, they will also be determining a future transition for Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) in Soldotna.

Fish tales and fishy regalia abound at Kenai Chamber fun raiser
The "Fish Tales" theme of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's annual fall fund raising event held recently was a tribute to the fun and rich economic resource that the Kenai River is to the community. "The bite was on, the run greater than expected and the size of the fish were like none ever seen before," joked Carol Bannock, Kenai Chamber of Commerce (KCC) executive director. "People went all-out for our 26th Annual Beer & Wine Experience and Auction. Norm Blakeley did an outstanding job with the live auction and the great items we had to bid on, but also there were many opportunities to win just for trying. Like the Fish Pond, sponsored by Three Bears, where just like when you were a kid - every cast caught a prize. And there were plenty of other opportunities to win prizes that ranged from $10 to $4,000." said Bannock.

How's Your German?

Sauerbraten (sour roast) mit Kartoffelkloben (with potato dumplings)

Following the money
I am sick of the arguing between Senate candidates Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski. Neither of them mentions that, once elected, they will owe their loyalty to those who are buying them, and not to Alaskans.

Farewell to a good public employee
It is my pleasure to acknowledge the valuable service of Wayne Ogle, Kenai Public Works Director, who will be leaving the employ of the city very soon. As both a council member and as a citizen of the city, I have appreciated the hard work and dedication Wayne brought to his job. Thank you Wayne for your service and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Students support Proposition B Secret campaign funds are wrong 'The Boys of Fall' Restoring faith in folks Taking editorial to task Thoughts on voting Thanks for remembering The real Joe Miller
I would like to share a few reasons that I, as president of the Kenai River Campus Student Union, and the Student Union support Prop. B , that will be on the ballot Nov. 2.

What's wrong with saying 'No'?
I'd like to respond to Ms. Judith Nester's Oct. 21 letter "Protect what we've gained; don't go backwards." In the letter Ms. Nester uses the same old clichs that the Republicans are the party of no, it's all George Bush's fault, all our problems are due to Republicans, and unless we vote for Democrats we are doomed. I'm not going to presume Ms. Nester ever took a class in U.S. government so let's go over some basics.

Inlet ferry idea could float
A ferry from Kenai to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or even to Anchorage?

Photo: Termination dust

Touch-screen voting machines ready for write-in votes
Alaska's touch-screen electronic voting machines, purchased to assist those with disabilities but available to anyone, are prepared to handle the challenge of a write-in campaign, state elections officials say.

Special use for heavy use? Lower Kasilof River area could receive new designation
Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on a proposal to establish a special use area surrounding the lower Kasilof River on Wednesday.

Pair arrested after allegedly selling stolen wiring
You could call it a melt down.

Takoda-Quin L. Zimmerman
Takoda-Quin L. Zimmerman, 12, died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, surrounded by family and friends at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska.

Mary H. Orloff
Alaska Native Mary H. Orloff died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Providence Seward Mountain Haven in Seward. She was 72.

Shirley M. Heinicke
Longtime Soldotna resident Shirley M. Heinicke died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 88.

Lynn F. Kile Sr.
Funny River resident Lynn F. Kile Sr. died of cancer Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital. He was 82.

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Skyview netters sweep Mariners
The Skyview volleyball team swept Homer in Northern Lights Conference action on Tuesday at Skyview.

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