Friday, January 27, 2006

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

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?

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

Era flying through bankruptcy filing
A cash collateral hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court is allowing Era Aviation three weeks of operation on its reserves.

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

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

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.

‘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?

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.

Ski meet raced on without a hitch thanks to help
The Kenai Crosscountry Ski Team would like to thank Renee Merkes, John Lillevik, Pat Johnson, John Harro and several others of the volunteer timing team for the Arctic Winter Games for their help with the Kenai Klassic race at Tsalteshi Trails. Also, thanks to Bill Holt, Alan Boraas, Tom Seggerman and Dan Skipwith. Without your unselfish dedication and expertise, events like our ski race would not happen or be as much fun for all involved. With people like you in the critical positions, the Arctic Winter Games are sure to be enjoyed by all.

State of borough finances a sign new management is needed
I would like to make a few comments (vent) about the mismanagement that is going on in our Kenai Peninsula Borough. I am really outraged by the comments of our Mayor and Assembly.

Rotary Club help appreciated
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition/Homeless Program, I would like to give a huge thank you to Soldotna Rotary Club members for assisting families during the holiday season through your Empty Stocking Fund. It was absolutely wonderful.

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.

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.

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.

Seaton should be applauded for bill to protect salmon
Prior to the industrial revolution, the streams and rivers of two continents, from Portugal and California in the south to arctic Europe and America, were the pristine nurseries of countless millions of salmon. As the forests were logged and factories replaced them, salmon in southwestern Europe began to disappear from their natal streams. Spawning streams retreated northward in Europe until salmon nearly vanished from that continent.

Jury: Hester not guilty
A Kenai jury on Thursday found Betsy M. Hester not guilty of murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend, a shooting that occurred more than two years ago in the mobile home they lived in together in Kasilof.

Musher makes, repairs dogsleds
While it may not seem like it to an outsider, ask a musher and they will say mushing is an expensive sport.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Vapor trail
Shoppers leave vapor trails in the cold as they walk to their vehicle at Home Depot in Kenai on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Bridge work stops cold
River ice has brought to a grinding halt the labor of burly iron workers and their huge crane and hydraulic hammers aimed at building the new span across the Kenai River in Soldotna.

Margaret Ann Riley-Brewer
Margaret Ann Riley-Brewer of Clovis, N.M., died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at her home after a long illness. She was 66.

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.

Diana Duteil-Halttunen
Kenai resident Diana Duteil-Halttunen died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, in Kenai.

Games come but once in 10 years, make the most of it
By nature, living on the Kenai Peninsula has many perks. It’s the small-town feel with the big city close enough to visit, but far enough to keep us rural. There’s a variety of ways to live — from wide open spaces to having a neighbor right next door. There are businesses to provide what we need — food, clothes, gasoline and utilities. There are plenty of things to keep us busy, at work and at play. And we’re a pretty generous lot.

Invasive plants lack natural enemies to curb growth
I usually make a trip to Naples, Fla., a couple of times a year to visit my father. In the 30 years I have been making these pilgrimages to south Florida, I have watched the human population marching across the countryside with endless residential golf course subdivisions and shopping malls.

Around the Peninsula
T-200 ceremonial start canceledTeen night planned in NikiskiCISB to hold electionsHistorical society to meetKids craft fair setSeniors cooking up buffetStepfamily issues to be discussedParenting class setShowin off kids applications available

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

Wrestlers face tough task at NLC tourney
How’s this for tough: Heading into this weekend’s Northern Lights Conference wrestling championships, 44 percent of the state’s top five wrestlers in each weight class compete in the NLC.

Sports Briefs
‘She Can Ski’ set for Feb. 5Ninilchik girls top Galena

Soldotna topples Skyview
As the Skyview High School hockey team celebrated senior Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center, one of the fondest memories recounted by Skyview players was beating Soldotna during the 2003-04 season, when Skyview’s current seniors were sophomores.

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

Church Briefs
Addictions group meets FridaysClothes Quarters lists scheduleSoldotna aglow to meetLeadership strategist to speakWomen’s Bible study offered

Love, fellowship share common faith
Baha’u’llah said, “Consort with all religions with amity and concord ... that the fundamental purpose animating the faith of God and his religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension and discord, of hate and enmity.”

Sports Briefs
Area riders make rodeo all star team

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