Thursday, January 5, 2006

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Safety Awards earned by local groups Office opening planned Reiki classes planned Kenai chamber to host awards banquet Credit Union 1 targeted in e-mail scam

‘Rumor’ not as juicy as hoped
This week’s film is an interesting mix of odd choices and missed opportunities. Still, I had hope: Rob Reiner directing, a great cast including Kevin Costner, Jennifer Aniston and Shirley MacLaine, and an interesting and unique premise. Too bad this quirky tale of a girl who finds out that her family was the inspiration for “The Graduate” never really takes off.

Peninsula photographers show off artistic shots
Each year, Kenai Peninsula College hosts “Rarefied Light,” a statewide juried photography exhibit. As with any year, the event showcases photographs with an artistic edge, with entries chosen by a respected photographer from submissions sent by Alaska photographers.

Art Briefs
Writers’ group to meet Art center closed for remodeling Carving workshops slated Area writers’ work sought Embroiderers sought for new club Show open to emerging artists Deadline for writers’ event nears Watercolor work wanted

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

ANWR should go on its own
It should be forbidden to tack nonrelated legislation onto proposed legislation for a specific purpose. What a thoroughly sleazy way of handling the nation’s affairs! Let’s let the ANWR proposal sink or swim on its own!

Many contribute to food bank’s needs
As we near the close of 2005, we at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank — the board members, employees, and I — wish to convey our gratitude for your support during this difficult year of 2005. Recently, thank-you notes and receipts were mailed and unfortunately some were either damaged or destroyed by post office equipment. Contact me if you have not received your receipt for donated items to the food bank.

Photographer’s message eliminates slick moves
Thank you, Scott Moon, for the nice picture in the Dec. 20 paper of my son-in-law shoveling sand — just one of the thoughtful things he does for me.

Senior support deposited
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank First National Bank Alaska for its generous donation to the center’s endowment trust fund. First National Bank Alaska has been a significant and vital partner of the trust fund since its inception nine years ago.

Old mobile home goes down in flames
A fire destroyed a mobile home off Echo Lake Road early Tuesday morning. A passing motorist called 911 to report the fire on Lakeside Avenue, just off Granny and Echo Lake Road.

Borough forecast: poor
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will be drowning in red ink by fiscal year 2009 if drastic steps aren’t taken meet expenses and raise revenues, borough Mayor John Williams told the assembly Tuesday.

Off into the sunset

Kenai eyes library expansion
A Kenai Community Library patron survey 10 years ago indicated a need for expanding the library, and this evening, the Kenai City Council is poised to OK a $20,000 appropriation to pay for engineering and design of an addition to the facility.

Plane crash kills Cooper Landing resident
A man from Cooper Landing died and his father was seriously injured when their single engine aircraft crashed to the west of Godwin Glacier near Seward on Monday.

Waste sites seeing green
For many, the annual chore of taking down the fresh-cut Christmas tree is looked upon with ambivalence and the question: “What now?”

Group praises court ruling
Short of a constitutional amendment, Kenai and Soldotna have no alternative but to comply with an Alaska Supreme Court decision ruling it unconstitutional for states and cities to deny same-sex couples benefits, a ruling that has drawn praise from local gay and lesbian advocates.

Louis ‘Lou’ Fredrick Papke
Soldotna resident Louis “Lou” Fredrick Papke died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at his home in Soldotna from cancer. He was 73.

Paul Walters Jr.
Soldotna resident Paul Walters Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from pneumonia, after a battle with cancer. He was 85.

Timing is everything: Representative suggests special session for gas line
The governor appears to be close to announcing an agreement between the three primary North Slope producers — ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and BP — Transcanada and the state of Alaska on a contract to move our gas to market.

Around the Peninsula
KPC to host open house Mushroom group to meet Historical society soars with topic Fitness contest to help wrestlers Nikiski senior board to meet Kenaitze lore slated for winter series Photographers to view, discuss pictures Board to consider peninsula fishing Fish and Game committee to elect members Parents plan after-prom party Immunization clinic scheduled Free EMT training offered

Arounds the Peninsula
Art sought for Ag Day poster contest Historical society to meet

Sports Briefs
The Barrow High School boys basketball team defeated Seward 58-52 Tuesday in Seward.

Sports Briefs
AWG hockey tryouts scheduled

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