Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Creating legendary smiles one tooth at a time
Alaska has been proclaimed in song as the “Land Where Legends are born.” The song written by Alaska’s official balladeer, Hobo Jim, speaks to the spirit of the Greatland and its people. George Jedlicka, DMD was born and grew up in bush Alaska and symbolically has named his new clinic in Soldotna, Legends Dental. “Dental care was limited where I grew up and we would have to fly to Anchorage at times to get care so I decided from that experience that I wanted to be a dentist some day. I left King Salmon and went to Oregon for college then back to work in Kodiak for a winter before going to dental school in Florida. I use to come to Soldotna when I was a kid with my dad and we would halibut and king salmon fish here and I knew that someday this was where I wanted to come to practice and raise a family,” Dr. Jedlicka told the Dispatch.

Yoga for teens
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means union and over time the perception of that meaning has changed greatly. Yoga was first popularized in the west during the sixties, when it was identified with Transcendental Meditation and gurus who would walk over fire rocks after sitting like a pretzel for hours. Today in Alaska Yoga and Yoga classes seem to be for and appeal to everyone of all ages thanks to some local certified instructors such as Maribeth Snell, “Yoga had to become more appealing to westerners, people who spend their days sitting behind desks and not lotus style and Yoga has gone through many adjustments so that today it can be meaningful for everyone. Definitely there is still the spiritual or mental component, but the practice as I have come to know it has been westernized and includes equally the benefits of physical and spiritual exercise,” says Snell.

Spalon days make happy Halcyon nights
“Spalon” is a hybrid word created by Halcyon hair stylist, esthetician, and owner Gina Kiel, “A combination of ‘Salon’ and ‘Spa,” says Gina, “When we first opened we didn’t feel we were quite a ‘Spa’, yet we were much more than a ‘Salon,’ so that made us the Halcyon Spalon.” Saturday the Halcyon Spalon marked its 10th anniversary with a grand-reopening celebration of their new expanded facility at the Depot Building in Kenai. “Within our 1000 square foot addition, we added a much larger pedicure/manicure area, a massage/body work room, facial/body waxing room, and dressing room with a shower, another bathroom, and more retail area encasing our handmade jewelry, accessories, and antique dolls. In our original 1,500 sq. ft. space we have added another hair station, giving us 7 in all and have moved our acrylic nail room to the former massage/facial/body room. We also have recently installed a new exhaust system which makes everywhere sweeter during these Halcyon nights,” said Kiel.

Hundreds of our Alaskan neighbors suffer from depression each winter. Many of them are cooped up all winter and by the time spring gets here they have allowed themselves to sink into a very deep depression. Many hate winter and everything that goes with winter like the snow, cold weather, less sunlight, slippery roads and parking lots. They are barely seen out at all during the winter months and seldom even get a breath of fresh air. Well my friends, I am no doctor but that does not sound like a healthy situation to me.

Gold star plates drive home the importance of honoring veterans
While Sunday was officially recognized as Veteran’s Day across America, in Alaska there is a new license plate that will recognize and honor everyday the families of those whose relatives or loved ones have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. At a public presentation at the Soldotna Rotary Club last week State Veterans Affairs Administrator Jerry Beale and local DMV office manager Tanya Silk presented the first Gold Star Family plates issued to Mike and David Carey in honor of the their father who served in the U.S. Navy and was killed in Antarctica in 1956.

Reader wonders how others feel about lights
What do you think? Driving over the bridge for the first time this summer I have to tell you I was so thrilled. I think our new bridge is beautiful. Watching the construction over the last two years and wondering how it would look was exciting and fun.

Event comes together with help from many
The Rotary Club-Kenai River, Soldotna, wishes to express our gratitude to all who made the recent "From China with Fun," a wonderful fun-filled, family event. Funds raised from the evening will go toward literacy programs on the peninsula that include the Read to Your Baby Program, providing new moms and babies born at Central Peninsula Hospital with information on how to raise a reader and baby's first hard-back book in a nice cloth book bag.

Ordinance should not be a missed opportunity
Borough Ordinance 2007-33 is a missed opportunity. It only requires about 17 percent of submitted new subdivision plats to prove the roads are built to standard. It does not require that new roads being built near salmon streams prove they're built to standards.

Friends appreciate support
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who helped to make our October raffle/fund-raiser a success: the library staff, Brenda Manka, Aquio Purugannan, Emily DeForest, who sold more than one-third of the tickets herself, and the board of trustees for ticket sales; Eagles Aerie No. 3525 for the use of their facility; Tim Navarre, Kelly Bookey, Janet Brown, Cliff, Kathy and Ted Heus, Jim Satathite, Bill and Melanie Switzer, Alan Wooten, Tom Walker, Jake Malanaphy, Craig and Linda Ralston, Jim and Evenson, Dewayne Benton, Wayne and Sharon Prentice and Mary Kivi for help with decorating, set-up and cleanup; Nedra Evenson, Sandy Lewis, Tom Walker and Kathy Heus for "doorman duty"; Alan Wooten, emcee; Bill Switzer, tumbler attendant; Peter Micciche, "the staple guy"; Aquio Purugganan and his crew for their delicious meal; and Copy Cats for ticket printing. Thanks also to Joan Hansen for publicity in the "Neighbors" column.

HEA needs to learn from mistakes
I recently read the article in which HEA Board President Dave Carey stated HEA is eyeing small-scale hydroelectric projects to produce more electricity. Carey is obviously in favor of pursuing these projects and hopes the federal law currently prohibiting the funding of such projects will be amended to allow the funding of the projects.

Web site not negative
Regarding comments about the Alaska Democratic Party's Web site on Sen. Ted Stevens (, I hope Alaskans will visit the site and judge for themselves. The site contains factual information about Sen. Stevens' public record, but Stevens called it negative mudslinging.

Man jailed after shooting
A 28-year-old Homer man remains in fair condition in an Anchorage hospital and a 42-year-old Ninilchik man is in jail following a Friday night shooting in Ninilchik.

Energy policy group meets
A group recently appointed by the mayors of the Tri-Borough Commission and charged with developing an energy policy for Southcentral Alaska by mid-January held its first meeting Tuesday in Anchorage.

Cemetery site draws protest
Before the Soldotna memorial park final recommendation has even been presented to the city council, an ad hoc committee of Mooring by the River subdivision residents has launched a protest against having a city cemetery in their back yard.

Cold weather not a deterrent to local gardening enthusiasts
Cold temperatures, frozen ground, little sunlight winter can be a tough time for those with green thumbs.

Fire held to kitchen
In just a few more minutes, had firefighters not arrived when they did, a house fire across the street from the Catholic church in Soldotna would have been much worse Saturday night.

Public park plan ready
The subject of a fair amount of debate, the conceptual redesign of Soldotna Creek Park, will be presented in its final form to the city council during a work session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Photo feature: Getting a grip
John Kasukonis pedals along the Unity Trail in Kenai during a snow squall Tuesday afternoon. "This is the first day I was out when I could justify my studded tires," he said. Forecasters are calling for a chance of more snow in the next few days.

Photo feature: Berry cold
Cranberries are framed by fresh snow in the Kenai Mountains near the Russian River on Sunday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for wind and snow.

Special session drags on
Alaska House members representing Kenai Peninsula districts found themselves on opposite sides last Sunday when voting to pass a rewrite of state's Petroleum Production Tax that included a base tax rate on oil company net profits of 25 percent.

Fruit and Nut Cherry Salad
1 (16-ounce) can pitted dark sweet cherries,

Out-of-the-Bird Turkey Dressing
6 slices thick-cut bacon

Broccoli Bake
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped

Baked Corn Pudding Casserole
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Around the Peninsula
KMS seeks volunteers Homeless vigil Thursday Tsalteshi Trails ski event set Mushrooms to be discussed Coping with the holidays to be discussed Youth snowmachine safety event set Church bazaar set Peaceful people to meet Chamber announces Christmas celebration School district committee members needed Soroptimists offer scholarship, grant, awards

Healthy Bites
When you think of ways to build strong and healthy bones, most people immediately mention calcium.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meet Women invited to take-a-break Soldotna seniors open gift shop DAV to meet Cybersmarts! workshop set Auction fundraiser set Hospice open house set Dinner, auction fundraiser planned Caregiver Appreciation Day set Fish and Game AC to meet Library seeks volunteers Community directory available Habitat applications offered Kids reading program continues

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try new recipes
Most of us prepare several side dishes to go with our Thanksgiving meal, including mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, cornbread and oyster stuffing, sweet potato casserole and fresh cranberry sauce.

Skyview grapplers defeat Nikiski
Fresh off a first-place finish in their own tournament on Saturday, the Skyview wrestling team squared off with a young Nikiski squad on Tuesday at Nikiski High School.

Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus
What do soldiers serving in Iraq, a person living in Montana, another in Louisiana working on an oil platform and a woman working on a fishing boat have in common? They have taken the school's Online Survey of Chemistry class co-taught by adjunct professors Bob Amundson and Susan Mircovich and full-time professor Andy Veh.

Students find ways to serve
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District students gathered in the Soldotna Elementary School library Wednesday to spread some holiday cheer as far away as Washington, D.C., in the form of green snowmen, lopsided Christmas trees and the occasional one-eyed Santa.

Writer tries to find meaning in meaningless homework
Why should I do my homework? Why should I spend hours outside of school toiling away on an assignment just for the teacher to glance at and then assign a grade based on what they see in front of them? How are solving infinite quadratic equations in a $100 calculator going to help me in the real world?

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

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