Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Last Great Laugh of the summer challenges super heroes
Once again old age and treachery has conquered youth and vitality as the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce defended their championship at the 7th running of the Soldotna Lions Club annual Bed Race. In the beginning the concept, created by Soldotna Lion Tim Musgrove and Ed Sleater, lent itself to the more than middle age group of the Club who were looking for a unique event to raise some money for their community programs. Musgrove himself was the original winner of the event, napping while his wife pushed his bed across the finish line. As the new millennium proceeded and the comic relief of the event gained in notoriety, being dubbed “The Last Great Laugh of the summer,” by a local radio personality, students from Kenai Peninsula College decided to pick up the challenge. They built a custom bed racer at the KPC metal shop and christened it, “Fast Track to the Future,” easily winning the title as the fastest bed in the West. The new design sent the graying crews back to their headboards, but the KPC students held bragging rights to the “Fastest bed in the West,” for the next three consecutive years remaining untouched by the graphite and bicycle wheels added to the gurneys, wheel barrows, and plywood of the other well seasoned challengers.

Metal Magic is red hot in Nikiski
In 1985 Scott Hamann had just about lost it all, “The price of oil went down causing many people to leave the state and I ended up losing my home, vehicles and most everything I had up in Palmer, so I decided to come down here to look for new opportunities and to make the Kenai my home. I ended up living in a swamp in Clam Gulch and started my business under a tree, literally, and began building things piece by piece and built it from there to what it is today by making things for the oil companies,” Hamann told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. Today Hamann’s Metal Magic plant in Nikiski has over $1.5 million dollars worth of special fabricating and metal working tools and equipment some of which can be found no where else in Alaska. “We do a lot of fun things and some things that no one else in Alaska is able to do, we take a lot of pride in our work and we are meticulous about detail, but I couldn’t get it done without the great group of employees we have at Metal Magic. They are really what makes it happen. Several of them have been with me for over 12 years now and several more for over 8 years. I can’t do it all myself and am so blessed to have these folks working for me. They are like my family and they are the very best at what they do. They make me look good every day,” said Hamann.

Marching to the beat of the new KCHS Drum Line
Thanks to the primary sponsorship of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce parades in the Central Peninsula will now feature a marching Drum Line. “The students got the idea from seeing Wasilla’s Drum Line and also from a field trip I took them on to UCLA two years ago where a contingency of students did a mass band marching half time show at the Rose Bowl Stadium in front of 90,000 people and that kind of got the marching bug into their bloodstream and they didn’t let go of the idea until we have what we have here today,” Kenai Central High School band director Deborah Sounart told those attending the Kenai Chamber weekly luncheon last week at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Outdoors
On October 6th of this year Scott Heim of Palmer caught an 18-inch rainbow trout on the Kenai Peninsula that he estimated to weigh around 4 LB. The fish appeared normal except it did not have a lower jaw and almost looked like it had extra gills. Scott caught the fish on 8 Lb test line using a bead and a hook. The fish was released before Scott determined if being caught numerous times by fly fishermen injured this fish or if it was a defect or injury that caused the unusual appearance.

‘From China with Love’
The Rotary International motto of “World Peace through understanding” came to life last week at the Kenai River Rotary Club’s “From China with Love” event. Last year the Club presented From Russia with Love and this year they decided to show the community a snap shot experience of China, “We chose China this year because of its ancient and interesting history, we decided to present some of those rich aspects and art including demonstrations of martial arts and a Chinese auction and Trivia with special children’s dancing to make a fun family event for everyone,” said Sharon Hu, of the Kenai River Rotary Club.

Reader: Don't waste money on global warming
May I humbly suggest that the borough allocate zero dollars for any studies, conferences, etc., pertaining to global warming. The reason being that, even if there is global warming that will affect the peninsula say, next week, what good will it do to talk about it and study it? It's sort of like studying and trying to change the natural outcome of a normal pregnancy taken to term.

Opportunities missed
It never ceases to amaze me that for such a small community we seem to constantly struggle with communication between organizations. I am referring to the recent lighting of the new Soldotna river bridge.

Applause for Zum and Performing Arts Society
I would like to thank the Performing Arts Society, Pete Sprague and Charlissa Magen for providing local students with the opportunity to perform with the London based group Zum.

Help appreciated
On behalf on the Soldotna Red, White and Blue Program, I wish to thank to following for their help with our October mailings to our troops; Soldotna Catholic Church for coffee in each of the 49 packages, Custom Seafood Processors for salmon products for each box, Soldotna VFW Men's Auxiliary for supplies, Yellow Ribbon organization for packaging and Kenai American Legion for letters and cards from the community from their veterans picnic.

Whatever happened to 'one person, one vote'?
"Attorney" Dolifka said he had been disenfranchised by the assembly's decision not to seat the candidates Sprague, Fischer and Superman, effectively denying him his constitutional right to vote, to have his vote counted.

Micciche clinches council seat
With nearly 75 percent of the votes, Peter Micciche defeated Linda Murphy in Tuesday's run-off election for Soldotna City Council.

Winds cause scattered outages
A spokesman for Homer Electric Association credited the utility's three-year-old accelerated right-of-way clearing program with ensuring that the windstorm that blew across the Kenai Peninsula on Monday night and Tuesday didn't cause significant outages.

Kenai Post Office plans passport fair for Saturday
The winter holidays are fast approaching and anyone interested in traveling internationally to visit family, friends or just trying to get away from it all, shouldn't wait until the last minute to apply for a passport.

Olson's committee pushes for substitute
A substitute bill adopted Sunday by a House special committee that revises Gov. Sarah Palin's proposal for revamping the way Alaska taxes oil and gas developers has a reasonable chance of surviving to a floor vote, Rep. Kurt Olson, R-Soldotna, said Monday.

Novel ideas
Shannon Bradford's "Dumbo the Flying Elephant" was one of the winning entries in Soldotna Public Library's pumpkin decorating contest. Participants were asked to pick a character or scene from a favorite book and recreate it with a gourd.

Soldotna voters heading to polls
Registered voters in Soldotna will be returning to city hall today to decide who replaces Jane Stein as council member to fill seat D of the Soldotna City Council.

Of 'corpse' it's fun
There are whispers, suggestions and suspicions where the Triumvirate Theater in the Peninsula Center Mall now stands. There used to be a sanitorium and the ghosts of those that died there walk the halls two nights a year, or so the story goes.

SAD rules under review
To streamline the process for funding local neighborhood improvements such as street paving, the city of Soldotna is considering a repeal of its 20-year-old law and replacing it with a new chapter on Special Assessment Districts.

Betty Ann Bloodworth
Longtime Soldotna resident Betty Ann Bloodworth, died Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 65.

Chocolate Candy Popcorn Balls
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Around the Peninsula
Flu shots available Electronics recycling offered Dessert auction, play fundraiser Historical society to meet Beta Sigma Phi tea planned

The Plain (Popcorn) Facts
n Popcorn is low in calories and fat with only 31 calories in a cupful.

Healthy Bites
A rose is a rose is a rose ... is it the same for salt?

Spicy Triple-Corn Mix
1 2.9-ounce bag microwave

Wicked Witch Hands
Clear polyethylene food

Cherry-Almond Monster Mash
1 2.9-ounce bag microwave

Skip the chick feed
Whether you enjoy popping corn yourself or opt for the convenience of microwave popcorn, popcorn can provide an inexpensive and practical response to the demand for sweets and other goodies from Halloween-costumed trick-or-treaters.

Around the Peninsula
Toastmasters to meet Fall bazaar, bake sale slated Fall fun day planned Historical society to meet Counseling association seeks members Gardeners to gather Internet workshop rescheduled Hospice open house set Fish and Game to meet Reading council seeks members Crooners sought

Chocolate Glazed Caramel Popcorn Balls
1 2.9-ounce bag microwave

Skyview wrestlers defeat Mariners
Claude Mraz enjoys the pressure.

College to revive alumni association: Kenai Peninsula College
Bill Howell, chair of the recruitment team and director of Student Services has announced that planning for the first organizational meet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the conference room of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service Building.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be stressed-out cowboy
At the beginning of the summer I had one goal win a belt buckle.

So much to do ...
Things are happening at Ninilchik School.

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