Thursday, November 1, 2007

'Sign'ing in
Doug Field of Kenai Neon Sign Co. installs a new sign at Stanley Ford in Soldotna earlier this week. Tony Stanley reopened the closed dealership in April.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Sutherland promoted to branch manager Women in business to gather Enstar kicks off United way fundraiser Children's cooking workshops offered Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Fisheries business assistance available

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

Torture is torture Waterboarding:
STEP 1: The victim's hands and feet are tied down or shackled to a board and their head is held in place so they are not able to move;

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.

Reader: More power to the voters!
Voters in the borough should take exception to the editorials in this paper and the recent letter to the editor for putting the blame on them for voting in term limits and their favorite candidate concurrently.

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.

Road under repair
Folks looking to get in some last minute trout fishing will have to wait until Friday if they plan on heading to the Swan Lake area. Due to repairs and replacements to culverts at Doghouse and Swan creeks, Swan Lake Road will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Holiday help headed for Kenai food bank
The sum isn't huge, but every little bit helps when it comes to feeding the needy on Thanksgiving.

Alaska pinks used for food aid programs
ANCHORAGE Wild Alaska pink salmon, purchased through federal food aid programs, now feeds hungry people in Cambodia and Guatemala, and pilot programs are in the works to provide salmon to those contracted with AIDS.

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.

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.

Trying to keep them together
When the state Office of Children's Services is called to investigate a potential case of child abuse, its initial aim is to keep the children together and keep them with the family, according to the Kenai OCS.

Photo feature: Flaming Youth
Breann Huff impersonates a rocker from the band KISS at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club's Trunk or Treat event Wednesday night. Volunteers handed out candy to trick-or-treaters who worked their way from vehicle to vehicle.

Bannock loses top job at DMV
The commissioner of the Department of Administration has fired former Kenai City Councilman Duane Bannock from his job as director of the Division of Motor Vehicles.

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

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.

Chocolate Glazed Caramel Popcorn Balls
1 2.9-ounce bag microwave

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Mission dinner fundraiser slated Caregiver Appreciation Day set Ninilchik community meeting scheduled Habitat re-opens application period

Wicked Witch Hands
Clear polyethylene food

Spicy Triple-Corn Mix
1 2.9-ounce bag microwave

Chocolate Candy Popcorn Balls
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Cherry-Almond Monster Mash
1 2.9-ounce bag microwave

Skyview wrestlers defeat Mariners
Claude Mraz enjoys the pressure.

Poet's Corner
Alaska speaks to me ...

High praise
The Kenai Peninsula is known for its outdoor wealth: Cook Inlet, the rivers, the fish and wildlife. Now local watercolorists are doing their part to bolster the fame of our part of the state.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Graphic novel, art workshops slated Lungs for hire Holiday bazaars seek crafty people VFW essay scholarship entries due today Artists in Schools seeks applicants

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

It's not really Alaska, but it's dark
"30 Days of Night"

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.

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