Thursday, October 28, 2010

New health commission to review costs
A state health commission created by the Legislature earlier this year will review rapidly rising medical costs and patterns of health care pricing among providers, the executive director of the commission said.

A helping hand is much appreciated
In this day and age it's important to say thank you when something nice happens to you.

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

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.

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.

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.

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.

How's Your German?

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

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.

Send Miller to D.C.
In her ad, Lisa Murkowski brags that she crossed party lines 300 different times. Why would she brag about reaching across the aisle to a party that has triggered public outcry because of its wanton/waste spending, its push for more regulation and taxation and its blatant disregard for the will of the people.

Bring change -- change judges
The people of the Kenai Peninsula want a change in judges. We, the majority, vote them out and they remain. Because the 3rd Judicial District includes the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, Matsu Valley, Kodiak, Cordova and Aleutian Islands, the district is too big.

Vandalism 'enhances' signs
Vandalism, I don't think so. Enhancement, yes!

The whole truth on Parnell
For weeks, Ethan Berkowitz has been running an ad stating that Gov. Sean Parnell has sent $500 million to Trans Canada and Exxon. This is not the whole truth. Trans Canada will receive payments from the State of Alaska but only if and when they reach specific benchmarks. The State of Alaska recently received information regarding not one, but two open seasons, and the Trans Canada line also contains elements for an in-state gas line if there are suppliers and purchasers for the gas. It has been under Gov. Parnell's continued efforts that our state has reached these important milestones. My vote will be going to the people who continue to serve our state -- Gov. Parnell and Mead Treadwell.

Prop B supporter
As a member of the KRC Student Union, I formally support Proposition B, but I also support it personally. Proposition B means many things for many different people -- but here is what it means to me: Enhanced educational opportunities for my daughter as she matures, a sundry of educated people to live among and work with and a brighter future for the Kenai Peninsula as a whole.

No on Miller; Yes on Murkowski
Like many of you out there, we agree with much of the grassroot tea party issues. But we do take exception to the candidate the Tea Party Express has shackled us with. Mr. Miller is making a mockery of our state and its election process. He has thumbed his nose at our integrity, values and common sense. He brags about his West Point selection, his Yale education, and short time in the military and, oh yes, and his Bronze Star. (There were 30,000 of them given out after desert storm).

Computer incident is in the past
What Joe Miller did was absolutely wrong, but he paid his dues, faced the consequences of his misdeed and moved on. It's done and over.

Waisanen: Everybody should have a choice
Richard "Dick" Waisanen is making his second run at District 33 against Republican incumbent, Kurt Olson.

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

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

Salary boost OK'd: Assembly approves raise for assistant chief, supports CPH task force
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved increasing an assistant fire chief's pay by more than $8,000.

Olson: We don't have to spend everything
Kurt Olson still has projects left to work on in Juneau, and he's hoping voters in District 33 will send him south again for another two-year term.

Sales tax break should be applied on non-prepared foods
Be sure to check your grocery receipts.

Photo: Termination dust

Photo: College bound

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

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.

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Art Briefs

Free noontime concert

Haunted Happenings: Local events celebrate Halloween

Library holds pumpkin contest

Reeling It In: Dabbling in the paranormal
"Paranormal Activity 2"

Poet's Corner

Hallowed in the Eyes

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

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