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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Alaskan Physical Therapy gets SHARP designation

Kenai Waste Water Treatment Plant gets SHARP designation

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Reiki classes planned Chamber to host awards banquet Credit Union 1 targeted in e-mail scam SBDC plans workshops

True Alaska tale pays off for students
The telling of a nearly 200-year-old Alaska colonial tale gave tellers the chance to learn a lot of new things, among them writing and recording a soundtrack, puppeteering to the recorded soundtrack and outfitting those puppets in 19th Century Russian garb.

Forget analysts, decide for yourself
The Best The Worst

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

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered Embroiderers sought for new club Show open to emerging artists Art center closed for remodeling Carving workshops slated Area writers’ work sought Deadline for writers’ event nears Grants for artists workshop slated Dance club seeks members Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Watercolor work wanted Art sought for ag poster contest Quilting contest honors AWG Arts educator grants offered

Reader: There are better ways to resolve differences
The opinion piece, “Council did well in IFQ vote,” which appeared in the Peninsula Clarion Jan. 2 is another example of how not to resolve resource allocation issues, more of the kind of rhetoric that has, for years now, divided our community over fish. Half-truths, name-calling, and finger-pointing have no place in civil discourse.

Halibut IFQs: Reader says, ‘Enough already’
The opinion piece, “Council did well in IFQ vote,” which appeared in the Peninsula Clarion (Jan. 2) is another example of how not to resolve resource allocation issues, more of the kind of rhetoric that has, for years now, divided our community over fish. Half-truths, name-calling and finger-pointing have no place in civil discourse.

Zoo needs to end for national emblem
The “Eagle Zoo” on the Homer Spit is the result of uninformed good intentions generating a trail of tears that leads beyond travesty to ultimate tragedy. With the possible exception of raptor rehabilitation centers, there are no unselfish reasons to intentionally and artificially feed any eagle.

Patient deserved better treatment
Recently, as my husband and I were eating at Carrs, we noticed two ladies having lunch at an adjacent table. Since the tables aren’t that far apart, you can’t help but hear someone else’s conversation.

Reader unhappy with ‘moral decay’
How in the last 50 or so years have we in America become so totally decadent of absolute moral decay and debauchery?

Augustine lets loose in possible warm-up
It started with a whimper and ended with a bang.

Mount Augustine Volcano erupts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Mount Augustine Volcano erupted early Wednesday, sending an ash plume 28,000 feet into the Alaska sky.

Wagoner bill would limit class sizes
Alaska’s public school teachers up through third grade would lecture to no more than 20 students at a time under a bill filed by Sen. Tom Wagoner on Monday.

Soldotna man charged with assault
A Kenai Middle School teacher has been arrested on a first-degree charge of sexual assault involving an 18-year-old woman from Kenai and on a charge of furnishing alcohol to two minors.

Augustine Volcano erupts: This is kind of a throat-clearing blast,’ scientist says
It started with a whimper and ended with a bang.

Jury selected in Hester trial
After two days of questioning candidates, a jury of 12 people and two alternates were selected Tuesday to hear the murder trial of a Kasilof woman accused of killing her boyfriend more than two years ago.

Schools have plan for eruption response
If ash begins falling from the erupting Mount Augustine, one of the live Cook Inlet volcanoes, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a plan in place and periodically practices for just such an emergency.

Council could change tax on planes
The Soldotna City Council is slated to consider changing the way the city taxes aircraft.

Photo feature: Getting there

Opening statements set tone for murder trial
Jurors listened to a gripping recording on Wednesday of the 911 call Betsy M. Hester made to report she had shot her boyfriend, on their first day of hearing evidence in the Kenai courtroom where Hester is on trial for murder.

John B. Hakala
John B. Hakala died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, with niece Ann (Hakala) Hagestead at his side. He was 86.

David L. Pierren Sr.
David L. Pierren Sr. died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage of natural causes. He was 64.

Around the Peninsula
Action coalition board to meet Hunting, trapping rule comments sought Speaker to target education trends Meditation path to be introduced Parenting classes scheduled Guardianship workshop slated Immunization clinic scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Arctic Winter Games recyclers invited Fish and Game committee to elect members Livestock specialist to speak Kasilof historians to elect officers Teen nights planned in Nikiski

Scholarships let classes get sea savvy
With the money available for field trips getting harder to come by, and the cost of trips always increasing, several teachers on the Kenai Peninsula received a pleasant surprise recently when the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies awarded seven $500 scholarships for classes to participate in its programs.

KPC opens campus health clinic, offers insurance for students
Author Jill Fredston to speak KPC offering personal care attendant class KRC welding students excel in certification Wheel-thrown ceramics course to be offered

LIO Schedule
The Joint School District Cost Factor task force will hold a public hearing for testimony from school districts concerning cost factors and the impact on the districts.

Around the District
Scholarship offered to high school seniors Aurora Borealis Charter School Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Nikiski North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary

Developing identity along the winding road to adulthood
Every word I say is heard and taken at face value. Every sentence overlooked be-cause of the path it has taken to reach the listening ears. Differences show in my actions, and though I speak in a voice unheard, and never receive a second glance I travel ever more looking for a way to be heard, to be seen. I travel ever more searching for an equilibrium that I hope will stand steady as a base to build my camp upon.

Sports Brief
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Midget Tier II squad had an exciting holiday break, taking first place at the Anchorage North Stars Holiday Tournament, which took place from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1.

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