Thursday, November 15, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Cold Stone collecting for food bank Soldotna seniors open gift shop Kenai chamber announces Christmas celebration Small business workshops slated Enstar United Way fundraiser continues Seafood processing institute open to applicants Children's cooking workshops offered Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Fisheries business assistance available

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kasilof historical association plans fundraising auction
The Kasilof Regional Historical Association gives to the community all year through its preservation of the culture and antiquities of the area, but once a year it asks the community to give back so it can continue its operations, and that day is today.

New exemption rules pitched
Borough Mayor John Williams and Assemblyman Paul Fischer have proposed an ordinance lifting a provision of the property tax exemption law that now limits the time qualifying senior homeowners may be absent from the borough to 120 days per tax year.

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.

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.

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.

Mayor stumps for Cook Inlet gas
Cook Inlet's known natural gas reserves may last no more than a decade under present-day rates of use even with Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer operation in mothballs, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams warned during a speech in Anchorage on Wednesday.

Hairy day at Soldotna salon
One customer was knocked across the room as another failed to stop her vehicle when arriving at Tina's Hair Pros salon in Soldotna on Wednesday morning for a hair appointment.

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.

Derek T. Stenroos
North Pole resident Army Sgt. Derek T. Stenroos was killed Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. He was 24.

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

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

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

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

Broccoli Bake
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Seniors open gift shop DAV to meet Cybersmarts! workshop set Auction fundraiser set Homeless vigil today See's candy fundraiser continues Cameras, photo printers sought Reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel

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 knocks off Juneau-Douglas
When a defenseman pinches in to try and keep the puck in the opposing team's zone and trips, the goal that results is usually for the other team.

Range of motion
Some years ago, the dance studio on Haller Street in Kenai was called Master Dance Studio. Jean McMaster, the owner and operator of Master Dance, also was the driving force behind a company called Peninsula Dancers. Young men and women in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s grew up dancing at the studio, earning their spots in the company.

To see 'Bee' or not to see 'Bee'
Much has been made of the "Seinfeld Curse," but is there really such a thing? I'm referring, of course, to the stellar lack of success achieved by the cast members of that highest-rated sitcom of all time in the years since its disappearance from the airwaves.

Art Briefs
Kenai library seeks children's essays Writers' group to meet Lungs for hire Performers sought Kenai Performers seek members Milestone moments sought Educator grant applications available Reading council seeks members

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

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