Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Snore no more...Innovative Sleep Solutions in Soldotna provides help for those suffering Zzzzz cutting disorders...
Does your snoring register on the Richter Scale? Snoring, the subject of laughs and jokes throughout the ages, can actually be dangerous and a sign of more serious conditions. An estimated 10%-30% of adults snore, according to Kevin Asp, certified respiratory therapist & president of Innovative Sleep Solutions. LLC, which has recently opened a new location in Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway in the Anchor Plaza across from Stub’s Office Supply. “I chose to become a sleep medicine specialist in order to make a difference in people’s lives and provide lasting help to people whose lives are turned upside down by sleep problems. For people who have difficulty getting the restful sleep they need, the key to understanding and relieving their problems is technology,” says Asp.

Christmas trees for the cutting at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
From now through Christmas the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be open for Christmas Tree cutting, according to Refuge Manager Robin West, “Folks can go out looking for a tree basically anytime from now through Christmas and the same rules apply as in past, one tree per household may be taken if you are at least 150 feet off from any road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area, the Headquarters area is closed, but the rest of the Refuge is open to find a nice tree and we ask that you please cut those stumps down as close as possible to the ground to prevent any snow machine safety hazards later in the year,” said West. West also points out that while trees are actually the same size in the woods as they are when you get them home, that they may appear to become much larger when brought into your house, “Normally if you get a white spruce tree around five to seven feet tall you’ll be in good shape for fitting into most homes,” says West adding that if you take a taller tree and plan to top it, to please take the entire tree as cut off the Refuge and dispose of or burn the remainder in a proper manner.

A Community Thanksgiving tradition...
For the last ten years, Kelly Keating and his family have been cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner for anyone in the community who needed a place to celebrate the great American holiday. “It started when my wife saw an announcement in the Clarion that the Salvation Army needed some help so she called and asked what she could do and they replied everything so she said no problem I’ll have a crew there at seven in the morning. She then got our family and her sister’s family together and for the next five years it sort of became a family tradition for us. Then as we started having family members move on to college and other places I put a plea for some help out to the Soldotna Rotary Club and Cook Inlet Academy so our family has evolved with the dinner over the last ten years,” said Keating.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
There seems to be a lot of really bad viruses going around this winter. I have been battling these flu bugs and colds for several weeks without much success. On Friday November 25th I received a call from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to butcher a road killed bull moose near Fred Meyer on East Redoubt Rd. After being sick for two weeks I never felt much like getting up off my couch to go butcher a moose. But I knew that my list of people needing moose meat was not going to get filled if I did not go.

Big start for 10th Great Aluminum Can Roundup
The 10th annual Great Aluminum Can Roundup(GACR) got off to its biggest start ever, according to Cathy Mayer, Kenai Peninsula Borough solid waste director. “We’ve collected over 500 pounds in just the last half hour, we’ve had several truck loads come in already and the bin is getting full,” said Mayer as she moved cans to the rear of the collection bin at the Central Peninsula Landfill. Last Saturday was the first collection day for the Roundup which is faithfully sponsored by Chevron/Unocal Alaska, Green Star, Peninsula Sanitation, Jack Carver, and the Borough.

Gas prices and bus drivers
Please Mr. (Tom) Wagner and Mr. (Mike) Chenault, our representatives from the Kenai Peninsula, you both received large increases in wages this year. I talked to my brother in Iowa, and he was paying $2.09 for regular gas.

Cities, borough should establish criteria for mega-businesses
I would like to voice some commentary regarding the possible coming of Wal-Mart to the central Kenai Peninsula.

Reader: All words created equal — no matter who says them
Pretty harsh words coming from Carol L. Kellers in her Nov. 18 letter to the editor.

Reader welcomes Wal-Mart
Whew! Here we go again with yet another discussion about the whoa’s of a “big” company coming into Kenai.

Reader: You ain’t seen nothing yet
I know I’m not the only one who moved here from the Lower 48, but this reminds me of where I just moved from. St. Cloud, Fla., about 25 miles south of Orlando and 35 miles east of Mickey’s doorstep. The Kissimmee-St. Cloud tourist area has Wal-Mart superstores everywhere.

Patriot Act ‘worst legislation’
The so-called Patriot Act, which was voted into law even before it was printed and read by those voting, is the one worst piece of legislation ever to be enacted. We the People have inalienable rights and the so-called Patriot Act transgresses those rights.

’Tis the fire season
The holiday season is a time for sharing, and the Kenai Fire Department is hoping that sharing fire safety tips may help prevent Kenai Peninsula residents from experiencing what it feels like to watch their home go up in flames.

Forum tackles mining issues
Last week’s community forum at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center raised questions about open pit mining and concerns from Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. that some of the information presented was not entirely relevant to its Pebble Mine project.

Company wants to ship Beluga coal to Asia
If everything falls into place in the next couple of years, ships bound for Asia could be loading coal from the Beluga coalfield west of Kenai across Cook Inlet, the head of the company managing the re-source development project said in Kenai last week.

Tyonek students take in ‘Harry’
Fourteen students from Tebughna School in Tyonek got their reward last week for good attendance, the completion of homework and good behavior.

Deadlines loom for sending gifts
People still have 25 shopping days before Christmas, but deadlines for mailing packages to the Lower 48 and to overseas military addresses are fast approaching.

Hospital board pens its wish list
In the spirit of the season, the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. Board of Directors has approved a wish list.

Black Friday keeps businesses hopping
In retail circles, the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday. The biggest shopping day of the year got its name not because of the lines, headaches and red-eyed shoppers, but because it is the day that keeps stores in the black for the year.

Soldotna man finds ‘calling’ on ‘Tonight’
On a cold winter morning, George “Bubba” Hunt stood outside with his cupped hands near his mouth making an odd noise only a moose could love. That distinct sound has landed him a place on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday.

Althea ‘Babs’ Francis Peck
Longtime Soldotna resident Althea “Babs” Francis Peck died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at her home in Soldotna. She was 86.

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale slatedKPBSD Title Vll meeting setTheater opening scheduledMoney raffle counting downHistorical society to meetSterling byway workshop scheduledWomen’s basketball league forming

Around the Peninsula
Drivers safety class scheduledChicken dinner fund-raiser plannedSoroptimist hold sweet fund-raiserHoliday cookies ready to munchDog club offers practice run-throughsSwim coach sought

Community News
Opportunity award offeredViolet Richardson award available

Births
· Tammy and Brian Fann of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlee Jade Fann, at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Peninsula People
Edward, Tinsley deployNusunginya honoredStevens, Holloway join Air Force

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

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