Thursday, January 26, 2006

Curling — not just for your hair
Last year, when Homer was selected as the site of the curling competition for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, most folks around town were asking themselves the same question: What in the heck is curling?

Say what? Curling lingo explained
Want to cheer on the athletes in their own curling language? Here’s some curling lingo that might help.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules KPC to host marketing event Cook Inlet Salmon plans annual meeting Foraker Group to hold class Doctor joins Soldotna practice

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

Texas terminology
Texas Hold ’Em poker is different from traditional seven- or five-card stud in terms of basic play and betting structures. Two players bet immediately, then two cards are dealt to each player. All the players then bet based on those two cards, after which three cards are dealt face up on the table. Players use those cards and their cards to build their hand. Eventually, five cards are face up, making it a seven-card poker game.

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered Watercolor submission deadline nears Art sought for Ag Day poster contest Mrs. Alaska International contestants sought Carving workshops slated Art donations to be part of auction Area writers’ work wanted Poetry sought for Fairbanks contest Dance club seeks members Storytellers wanted

Peninsula folks find new niche in Texas
Shannon Olson checks her two cards then looks across the octagonal, felt-topped table at Ed Dillon with a “bring it on” smirk.

‘Underworld’ sequel a challenge to follow, but star worth seeing
I would be interested to know how and when Hollywood decides to make a sequel. Does the first film have to be hugely popular? Is there a public clamoring? Do they feel the need to “strike while the iron is hot”? Or do they just choose them at random?

Skyview team serves up thanks
The Skyview Panther volleyball team and coaches give a warm and heartfelt thank you to our sponsors. They truly make it happen.

ACS helps hospice make better connection
On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to ACS.

Feeding eagles not at all like feeding bears
In reference to Gary Clardy’s letter of Jan. 17, the comparison of feeding the eagles to stupidity of the Treadwell incident is ridiculous and a far stretch of common reasoning.

Sense of community lost in columns
The old Clarion column, Neighbors, made us aware of ourselves in the plural and as members of small communities within the larger community served by the Peninsula Clarion. The old column’s gossipy familiarity fostered down-home appreciation that we are neighbors thus helping bond us together in the plurality of our communal existence.

Reader: Commandments meant to be used as guides
Over the last few weeks I have noticed a large number of people using the Ten Commandments. Letters asking why people who believe in God, believe in capital punishment. First of all, I would like to say this about the Ten Commandments: They were given to the nation of Israel by God, to his chosen people. They were given as a sign to show that Israel-Mankind, could not keep these laws of God. These laws were given to show Israel-Mankind that we needed another way to be forgiven by God, for our sins against him.

Jurors taken to trailer
Jurors in the murder trial of a Kasilof woman visited the scene of the crime and defense attorneys called their final witnesses Wednesday, drawing the final stretch of the trial into view. Jury deliberations are now expected to begin today, after closing arguments and jury instructions have been given.

Hester takes stand in trial
More than two years have passed since Betsy M. Hester allegedly shot her now deceased boyfriend, but she continues to have nightmares in which he chases her while stabbing into walls and furniture with a knife, Hester told jurors in a Kenai courtroom Tuesday.

Curling — not just for your hair
Last year, when Homer was selected as the site of the curling competition for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, most folks around town were asking themselves the same question: What in the heck is curling?

Bill targets retirement plan costs
Municipalities facing overwhelming employee retirement contribution costs may soon be able to finance those obligations with bonds, if a bill now before the Alaska House is adopted.

T-200 musher driven to save sled dogs
Just like the other 26 mushers signed up for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, Zoya DeNure will have huskies barking and wailing excessively, lunging in harnesses and generally working themselves into a fit of excitement as they prepare to run. There is one exception, though --most of her dogs came from the pound.

T-200 action runs through race central
Sitting in a shack that’s not much bigger than a bathroom, staying up all night and answering hundreds of phone calls may not sound fun to most people, but some of the Tustumena 200 Race Association members think it is.

Native Youth Olympics joins 2 divisions for 1st time
Lynette Stettinger from Wasilla bowed her head so a medal could be draped around her neck. It was her fifth in two days as a member of the Chickaloon team.

Say what? Curling lingo explained
Want to cheer on the athletes in their own curling language? Here’s some curling lingo that might help.

Bennie G. ‘Ben’ Tax
Kasilof resident Bennie G. “Ben” Tax died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 78.

Ester Peteet
Soldotna resident Ester Peteet died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Harbor Lights Assisted Living Home in Soldotna. She was 101.

Maudie M. Humphrey
Sterling resident Maudie M. Humphrey died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at Nicholson’s Assisted Living in Kenai. She was 94.

Around the Peninsula
CPR classes slated Troops return cause for celebration Free EMT training offered Health fair planned Showin off kids applications available Safety Day presenters sought Wrestling club seeks members

Around the Peninsula
Special educations right to be discussed Teen night planned in Nikiski Kids craft fair set Wine tasting, auction slated Title Vll meeting slated

Sports Briefs
PeeWee B squad wins two Squirt Tier II team wins Polar Bear tourney Alaska Select players named Recreation awareness day slated for Homer

Art in school enhances learning
Through his involvement with the Artists in Schools Program, Girdwood artist Jim Kaiser has had the opportunity to travel all over Alaska. This month, Kaiser is at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna, where he’s teaching students the art of working with stained glass.

Around the District
January Students of the Month announced Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Homeschool Program Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Quut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Wendover to discuss generational differences
Kenai Peninsula College is somewhat unique in the diversity in its student ages brings a variety of life experiences and perspectives into the classroom. However, this can be challenging for faculty who understand that there are complexities that arise due to the different learning styles as some grew up with a pen and paper, others were weaned on a keyboard and monitor.

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