Friday, January 6, 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

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.

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

‘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.

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

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.

Reader: Uniformed voters add to borough’s tough situation
We are only beginning to see the damaging results of Prop 5. The passage of Prop 5 at our last election proves that a majority of voters go to the polls uninformed. The group calling itself Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers has done the public a huge disservice by introducing Prop 5 and getting it passed. We all will suffer the sad consequences of this far into the future.

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!

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.

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.

Sales saw sunny season
It was a record-setting summer sales season for the peninsula’s economy, according to the latest financial quarterly report just published by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Off into the sunset

Nativity just beginning in Old Town
For most Westerners, Christmas has come and gone, presents have been opened and the decorations are coming down.

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.

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.

Kenai pensions lack funds
Prefacing his comments by saying he did not want to alarm anyone, the Kenai city finance director told the city council of projected shortfalls in Kenai’s pension plan funding.

KPC shows off new classrooms, health clinic at open house
There’s an old cliche that states, “If you build it, they will come.” That certainly was the case Thursday as Kenai Peninsula College held its open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly constructed addition to the Walter Ward Building.

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.

New WIC clinic, Soroptimist event on the horizon
From the blossoming of womanhood to early motherhood, women’s issues are generating fresh support in the Kenai and Soldotna area as women’s rights activists kick off the new year.

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.

Bracing for the storm to come
It’s time to break out the umbrellas in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, because we’re in for a rainy day.

Board of Game will hear proposals to ban eagle feeding
As Jean Keene starts her annual feeding of bald eagles, the arguments for and against feeding America’s national symbol have been flying back and forth like a convocation of eagles squabbling over the last scrap of herring.

Moose feeding leads to problems
If you dissect the digestive system of a moose that has died due to starvation you may be surprised to find a full stomach. The food a moose can digest changes from one season to the next and if a moose eats the wrong food at the wrong time its digestive system can become stopped up with undigestable food, using valuable space and energy that could instead be used to process digestable food.

Outdoors Briefs
Grouse Society to hold kick-off meetingBoard to consider peninsula fishingRefuge closed to snowmachinesSalmon enhancement program seeks volunteersArctic preservation campaign seeks donationsRefuge sponsors birding hotlineTrail Advisory Board meetingFish and Game accepting comments

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

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meetMushroom hunters to gatherHistorical society soars with topicFitness contest to help wrestlers

Nikiski controls Kenai
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team didn’t have any problem jumping back into action after the holiday break, cruising past Kenai 45-21 Thursday in the opening round of the Peninsula Challenge girls basketball tournament at Skyview High School.

SoHi boys beat Bethel
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team opened up the Subway SoHi Tipoff Tournament with a win, defeating Bethel 51-40 Thursday in Soldotna.

Ninilchik sweeps Eagles
The Ninilchik boys defeated defending Class 2A state champion Cook Inlet Academy 73-62 Thursday in the Cook Inlet Classic at Cook Inlet Academy.

Sports Briefs
Barrow boys edge Seward

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

Church Briefs
Russian Nativity services setMatrix skit features King KongWomen’s Bible study offered

Resolve to accept God’s challenge this year
This is the time of year especially when we attempt new things and make new resolutions, trying to accomplish more than we ever have before.

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