Friday, January 20, 2006

Residents, students, AWG visitors offered ‘Refuge’ from boredom
Many of us, myself included, had high hopes of a winter full of powder for skiing, snowshoeing and snowmachining. Unfortunately, 2006 has yet to bring us an abundance of the cold, white, fluffy stuff.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Chamber award winners announced Alliance to hold energy conference Bed and breakfast association to meet ANGDA to meet Health cost planning seminar slated Credit Union 1 targeted in e-mail scam SBDC plans workshops

Art Briefs
Writers’ group to meet Stained glass classes offered Deadline for writers’ event is Saturday Grants for artists workshop slated Peninsula residents publish poetry Embroiderers sought for new club Carving workshops slated Area writers’ work sought Dance club seeks members Storytellers wanted Watercolor work wanted Art sought for Ag Day poster contest Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games Theater offering gallery space Arts educator grants offered

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

Familiar tale still good story
I know exactly what you’re thinking, and no, I’d didn’t know the story either. This medieval romance is being marketed as though it were somehow a familiar tale, and perhaps, to the more classically literate among us, it is, but to most, “Tristan & Isolde” draws a complete blank.

Choir granted St. Peter’s concert
A singing tour of Italy just got a whole lot more exciting for more than 100 Homer High School students and adult performers from the Kenai Peninsula. An invitation received by choir director Mark Robinson late last week has added St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, to an itinerary including the cities of Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice and Milan.

Business bowls a strike for physical education
The students and staff of Wings Christian Academy would like to thank Alaska Lanes for their commitment to the physical education program at our school for the past three years. We appreciate all you do for us.

Generosity leads to kindness
On behalf of the 21 recipient families of our Christmas Kindness program, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the following community contributors: Soldotna Rotary Club, Soldotna Elementary PTA and Soldotna Curves For Women.

Businesses help employees set good examples for youth
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Aspirations Advocate Program is celebrating its fifth year in high schools and middle schools around the Kenai Peninsula. Thanks to business owners and supervisors from Nikiski to Soldotna, mentors with this program are able to make the commitment to meet one hour a week with their student groups for the duration of the school year. Providing release time for their employees to participate as an Aspirations mentor means more young people have the opportunity to develop their own aspirations.

Theater deserves applause for fundraising show
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition/Homeless Program, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr. Joe Rizzo and the cast and crew members of the “Christmas Carol.” The donated funds from the bakery auction and private donations from play attendees were overwhelmingly awesome.

Volunteers made art contest shine
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna would like to express their thanks to the ladies who donated their time and expertise to judge the entries in the Creative Patriotic Arts Program.

Photo feature: Crystal clear
A trio of tiny snowflakes clings to a car window Thursday afternoon in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for a chance of snow starting tonight through Sunday.

Fish and Game committee comes up 1 seat short
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee is trying to lure in new candidates after last week’s elections left the committee’s membership incomplete.

Prosecution brings up inconsistencies in Hester’s answers
An expert witness in the murder trial of a Kasilof woman charged with the shooting death of her boyfriend told jurors he would not be surprised to learn the defendant’s account of the shooting does not match up with some of the evidence, since memory lapses are common when people are exposed to life-threatening situations.

Hester: Details continue to emerge
In a Kenai courtroom on Wednesday, the jury in the murder trial of a Kasilof woman listened as she described, in audio recordings, the events and shooting that led to the death of her boyfriend more than two years ago.

Games here — peninsula, that is
For anyone suffering from the winter blues, help may be headed your way this weekend as the Peninsula Winter Games get under way.

Kenai council picks candidate for manager job
After six months and a two-hour executive session Wednesday night, the search for a new Kenai city manager is over.

Borough mayors to meet, tackle regional issues
Borough Mayor John Williams will meet today with his counterparts from Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to discuss a host of issues of mutual concern, including a plan for preparing for and responding to disasters.

Cemetery plot changes
The Soldotna City Council on Tuesday formally withdrew its request for a 10-acre parcel of borough land on Redoubt Avenue that it had sought for a future cemetery.

David L. Graham
Longtime Kasilof resident David L. Graham died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at his home. He was 56.

Richard W. Bogard
Sterling resident Richard W. Bogard died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at home of a heart attack. He was 77.

Eric O. Encelewski
Lifelong Alaskan Eric O. Encelewski died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage after a lengthy illness. He was 51.

Compromise offered on controversy over feeding bald eagles
The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee has suggested a reasonable compromise to the controversy over eagle feeding. Under the committee’s proposal, a person who has been feeding eagles for 25 years or more could apply for a permit to continue doing so. The proposal would allow Homer’s famous “Eagle Lady,” Jean Keene, to continue the practice.

Open water offers rare treat
While other outdoor enthusiasts are at home sulking over thin ice and low snowfall, five local woman have discovered an opening for some unusual wintertime recreation.

Residents, students, AWG visitors offered ‘Refuge’ from boredom
Many of us, myself included, had high hopes of a winter full of powder for skiing, snowshoeing and snowmachining. Unfortunately, 2006 has yet to bring us an abundance of the cold, white, fluffy stuff.

Around the Peninsula
PSDRA goes to the dogs DAV to meet CGC test scheduled Miners set to dig in T-200 hosts volunteer orientation Seniors cooking up buffet Soccer tourney registration begins Soldotna High jazzes up desserts Teen night planned in Nikiski Peninsula Fair quilters square off

Around the Peninsula
CGC test scheduledAWG singer auditions plannedChildren’s carnival slated for funCommunity dance set to groove

Borough, petition group have different takes on sales tax increase
The public has had a chance to begin to digest Mayor John Williams’ transition team’s report — a report that outlined the financial crisis the Kenai Peninsula Borough is facing.

Tax measure on to fall ballot
A referendum to repeal an ordinance passed last June that included controversial measures meant to generate new revenue for the financially strapped borough will appear on the fall municipal ballot.

Sports Briefs
Skyview cagers face Bartlett Saturday Homer skaters nip Stars

Sports Briefs
Soldotna defeats ColonySoHi cagers beat Grace

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsUsed clothing availableSoldotna aglow to meetLeadership strategist to speakWomen’s Bible study offered

Quality better than quantity in conversations
I have a friend I haven’t had a decent conversation with in some time.

Oilers add assistant coach

Sports Briefs
Karnikis competes at U.S. Junior/Youth World Championship Biathlon TrialsKPHA wins, draws with Fairbanks

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