Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Son & Father know Alaska at AK Cellular & Satellite
Born in Ketchikan, Tel White has followed his dream from the Mat-Su Valley to Oregon, Mexico and finally Soldotna, where he has opened a state of the art electronics store next to Mykel's on the Spur Highway. "After graduating from high school in Oregon, I followed what is probably every 18-year-old's fantasy, and went to Mexico to pursue a career in scuba diving. But that didn't pan out quick like I had imagined, so I rejoined my parents who had moved back to Alaska, and started working at Radio Shack stores where I got my start in the electronics business," White told the Dispatch. For several years, Tel had dreamed of going into business for himself. His market research led him to the Kenai Peninsula. "To tell you the truth, it was the people here. We'd lived in different places from Juneau to the Mat-Su, but the people in this community are truly the best and that's why I wanted to open my first store right here," he said.

Tina's never closed she just moved to a stronger location
For more than twenty years, Tina's Hair Pro's have been serving families of the local community at various locations. In the not-so-distant past, Tina's gained some national notoriety when a customer accidently drove through the front of her salon when it was located next to JoAnn Fabrics in Soldotna. The story made national news under the heading, "Tina's drive-through window." "I think the story the Clarion ran originally got picked up by and was chosen as their news pick of the week. From there I must have had calls and interviews from media outlets all across the lower 48. The Jay Leno show was even considering doing a piece on my drive through window, but it was during the writer's strike, and they never contacted me directly," said Tina Taylor, owner of Tina's Hair Pro's.

Klimpke home lights up Nikiski nights
Decking the halls and night skies of Nikiski with lit hot air tiggers, motorcycle riding Santa's, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, with Santa and his sleigh streaking through the night sky above a life-size doll Ferris wheel, are just a few of the thousands of lights sparkling at the Klimpke home this time of year. John Klimpke has become a holiday legend to North Roaders who are amazed year after year as John just keeps adding more lights. "We added another 10,000 or more this year, and last year we had 32,000. So all in all, it's around 42,000 lights up this year," Klimpke told the Dispatch. John says his personal favorite is the igloo. "It took me the longest to build. But the most expensive is the Ferris wheel. It's made out of pvc pipe, but constructed with steel. I told my wife I was going to put the grandkids in it and put a mattress under it, but she said 'I dare ya!' I bought two more lots next to me, so next year I'll have even more room for expansion," he said.

For each one of us that lives in Alaska there is an outdoor side to us that we need to address from time to time. For some of us there is a mountain man side that often times tells us we should have been born in a different era. For some of the more extreme cases some of our friends and neighbors actually dream of being some of the first settlers to Alaska.

Virtual Bethlehem revisited at College Heights Baptist rebuilds Bethlehem
Residents and visitors to the Kenai Peninsula will have a unique opportunity this year to travel back to old-world Bethlehem in a unique outdoor experience called "Bethlehem Revisited." The idea and elaborate effort is spearheaded by Becky Moore at the College Heights Baptist Church located on K-Beach Rd. "I was in Texas one year at Christmas time and we visited a reenactment of the first Christmas that left me spellbound, because I really felt like I was walking the streets of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. So I thought it was something that our congregation could bring to the Peninsula," Moore told the Dispatch. "Just imagine going back in time 2,000 years and thinking of what you might see in the streets of Bethlehem and you'll see here in our court. The streets will be bustling with people coming to be counted for the census and pay taxes, you'll see all kinds of shops and vendors typical of the marketplace, the Innkeeper, King Herod, the shepherds and wise men, and we'll even have the reenactment of the birth of Jesus," said Moore.

Celebrate with glorious food: Christmas is coming
The days between now and Christmas are narrowing.

Apple-ginger-cranberry pie
For the dough:

Springerle rolling pin cookies
4 eggs

Many people make benefit a success
Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the Ivy Howland dinner and fundraising auction on Dec. 5 such a huge success! Thanks to students and staff at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science, Mountain View Elementary, Kenai Middle School, and Kenai Central High School for their efforts.

Small schools the best schools
The best schools ever in the U.S. were the thousands of small rural ones throughout the country. I would rate an eighth-grade graduate's knowledge better that the average high school grad of today. In the 30's and 40's when I attended school, they didn't place a black box in our hands and tell us everything you need to know is in here, we had to store it in our heads. We had qualified teachers who did not have to conform to the students dress code, morals, or any thing of the modern world. Our men teachers always wore suits and ties and the ladies wore hose and dresses or skirts.

Sister keeps cold case vigil: 13-year-old unsolved murder leaves family worried, on edge
The first time they spoke, she accused him of murder. Thirteen years later, she considers him a brother. Though they've never met, Sarah Musgrove-Short and Art White are connected by a shared love: a love for Jennifer Rachel White.

Boxes for Heroes: Area children send a taste of home to American soldiers
Zon McEnerney, 7, lugged a large box containing packages of dehydrated noodles yesterday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai. McEnerney's Spiderman T-shirt hung loosely from his shoulders as he worked, but the real superhero was not pictured on his clothing.

Group dreams of 'greener' Christmas: Environmentally friendly gifts top Kenai Resilience members lists
A local environmental group is challenging its members to think green while shopping for holiday gifts this season.

A season for giving: Fundraiser benefits area non-profit organizations
The holidays are known as a time for giving, and staff at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center are hoping that people will give to an ongoing event that is part Christmas display and part a fundraiser to support local non-profit organizations.

Exxon makes move on XTO: Purchase will affect 2 Cook Inlet platforms
ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly traded company, made a move to buy Houston based XTO Energy, in a deal announced Monday.

Abandoned west side facilities acquired
Cook Inlet oil and gas assets abandoned earlier this year by Long Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Energy were acquired Tuesday by Cook Inlet Energy in an approximately $2.25 million deal.

Photo feature: Festival of Lights
Barb Koval lights candles in a menorah to observe one of the days of Hanukkah last weekend at the Naptowne Cafe in Sterling. Each night of the Jewish Festival of Lights holiday, she will light another candle until the holiday ends this year on Dec. 19. She reads a short Hanukkah story to interested guests, serves traditional Jewish holiday foods and plays a holiday game with those who are interested. Joking that as a child, Hanukkah was not as "prolific" as Christmas, she said, "We always hoped that Santa Claus wouldn't know that we were Jewish and would stop at our house. But of course he never did."

Hazel 'Penny' Dyer
Nikiski resident Hazel "Penny" Dyer, 77, died Dec. 12, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease at New River Assisted Living in Kenai.

Christine (Hardiman) Sutton
Kenai resident Christine (Hardiman) Sutton died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 52.

Hazel 'Penny' Dyer
Nikiski resident Hazel "Penny" Dyer, 77, died Dec. 12, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease at New River Assisted Living in Kenai.

Vashti Modene Thompson
Nikiski resident Vashti Modene Thompson died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 63.

Eileen Marie Edler
Longtime Alaskan Eileen Marie Edler died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 66.

Joshua Tams Wilson
Kenai resident Mr. Joshua Tams Wilson, 29, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Betty Fae (Smith) Barrow
Soldotna resident Ms. Betty Fae (Smith) Barrow, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side.

Around the Peninsula

Fish and Game Advisory to meet

Best Friends
Debra Scarlett of Kenai said, "This is Hootch checking in my dads shoes, in our house your shoes come off and Hootch will check them for any funny smelling things and clean them out with his paws which have 13 toes in the front paws. His birthday was Oct. 13. He is 5-years-old."

Best Friends
Jae Thomas, of Kenai said, "Here is Puddy, my 27 toed cat. She has six toes on each back foot. One front foot has eight toes the other foot has seven. She is a great shrewer!"

CIA boys cruise past Grizzlies
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team cruised to an easy 61-16 victory over Kalskag Tuesday night.

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