Tuesday, January 31, 2006

“Arts of Alaska” a place for framing the Greatland in Kenai
Capturing the beauty of Alaska in art is a challenge that touches the talented as well as the untalented. Diane Harrison was born and raised in Alaska and spent hours drawing and painting the beauty outside her door as a small girl. She took on her first serious art challenge at the age of 16 when she was commissioned to illustrate the various wild flowers growing on the Kenai Peninsula for the Alaska Division of Parks. “What I love about nature is that everyone is equal in it, no matter what your background or status in life. The flowers do not get any brighter or sweeter-smelling when a rich person enters a meadow and they don’t dull down for a poor person; the mountain doesn’t become less steep when someone influential climbs to its summit or harder for someone whom nobody has ever heard. We are all allowed to enjoy God’s creation, where the treasures within are priceless and could never be duplicated by man,” says Harrison.

“Sterling El”...We have a problem!...
The same thinking skills and innovations that brought Apollo 13 safely back to planet earth were being learned last week by students at Sterling Elementary, a NASA designated Challenger Learning School. Sixth grade teacher Allan Miller, a finalist in the NASA Educator Astronaut program, teamed up with one of his fellow NASA finalists in Warsaw, Indiana, eighth grade teacher Dan Wray, to create the challenge.

Coca Cola celebrates Arctic Winter Games with commemorative bottle & cans...
Collectors and memorabilia fans are delighted with the first ever commemorative Coca-Cola bottles and cans celebrating a Kenai Peninsula sporting event. The cans went on sale last week for the first time at the Holiday Station in Soldotna at E. Redoubt and the Sterling. “Before we had the bar code entered in the computer people were wanting case lots, we have them at a special reduced price for one week and we’re expecting them to fly off the shelves,” said Holiday store manager Alaina Inglis.

Peninsula Winter Games 1st Polar Bear jumper...
When the Soldotna Rotary Club started fishing for ice to start an ice carving competition during the Peninsula Winter Games some 6 years ago, someone came up with the idea to start a Polar Bear jump during the ice harvest. So each year the challenge has gone out for any brave soul willing to become the first jumper and begin a new tradition for annual ice fishing in Alaska event. Until last week when Rotarians had to return to Marathon Lake in Kenai to harvest more ice for the state championship ice carving competition, that challenge had gone unanswered.

I can still recall my Grandmother reading me those children’s books like “Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs!” There she sat on that old white wooden farmhouse chair as she read me these same books over and over. I knew each time I heard these stories that when I got big I was going to kill these mean wolves and bears that were causing such a ruckus in the world.

Generosity helped spread holiday kindness
On behalf of the Redoubt Elementary School PTA, we would like to thank the following business, organizations and individuals for their generous contributions to our Holiday Kindness program.

Applauding Udelhoven Oilfield Service Systems — Cook Inlet Region. Manager: Milt Allen:
For their generous support in providing grant monies for a class mission/field trip to the Kenai Challenger Center to Mr. Floyd’s 5th grade class at Nikiski North Star Elementary School on Friday, January 27th.

Sales tax cap designed to promote efficiency
In his Jan. 6 letter to the editor, Joe Ross felt that “a majority of the voters go to the polls uninformed.” Unfortunately by his comments, Mr. Ross has proved that he should count himself among the uniformed.

Hospital helicopter plan hovers close to completion
The central Kenai Peninsula came one step closer Thursday night to having an emergency medical helicopter permanently based at the hospital in Soldotna.

Grants help Kenai library advance healthy project
Through a series of monthly workshops, additions to its Web site and the purchase of resources and equipment, the Kenai Community Library hopes to allow community members to be more proactive in protecting their own health.

Juneau lobby trip may help out borough
Kenai Peninsula Borough officials back from a Juneau trip are more confident the 2007 state budget will include provisions meant to aid struggling local governments.

Photo feature: Smooth skiing

Pebble site looks richer
Recent assessments of deposits just east of the main Pebble Mine project northwest of Iliamna have confirmed the presence of another world-class metals porphyry, Canada-based Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. reported in a press release.

Fire claims second family mobile home
Central Emergency Services again was called to a mobile home fire, the second such home destroyed by fire in just three days.

Fire leaves family out cold
A mother and her two young children escaped a mobile home fire with only the clothes on their backs and then watched the flames consume their home as they stood in sub-zero temperatures Thursday afternoon.

Hendricks repeats T-200 win
Two Rivers musher Jessica Hendricks made it two in a row by crossing the finish line first again this year in the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday.

Mary Christine ‘Chris’ Soares
Longtime Kenai resident Mary Christine “Chris” Soares died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at home surrounded by her family, following an 18-month battle with lymphoma. She was 67.

Richard D. ‘Boomer’ Allen
Longtime Soldotna resident Richard D. “Boomer” Allen died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at his home. He was 72.

Esther Marie Taylor
Longtime Ninilchik resident Esther Marie Taylor died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 81.

Education beyond the law: Constitution provides framework, but more work is needed:::Voices Of The State
“The legislature shall by general law establish and maintain a system of public schools open to all children of the state, and may provide for other public educational institutions. Schools and institutions so established shall be free from sectarian control. No money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religions or other private educational institution.” Article VII Section I Alaska Constitution

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Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Photo feature: Riding tall

Photo feature: Chilly champions

Around the Peninsula
Clarion looking for love Showin’ Off Kids applications available Wine tasting, auction slated Dinner fund-raiser slated Peninsula Fair quilters square off Safety Day presenters sought

Senior Activities
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Around the Peninsula
Parenting classes continue Wallyball tourney registration looms Disaster team meeting slated Public schools to be discussed Winter ball set to groove Women’s ski races Sunday Team will work for uniforms

Peninsula People
Native youth shine Area students makes dean’s list Keller receives scholarship Stevens joins Air Force Mishler soars with Eagles Fucci returns from Iraq PWG table tennis results

· Misty and Richard Cole of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Michael Cole, at 8:24 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 13.5 ounces and measured 19. 5 inches.

Sports Briefs
A number of area wrestlers qualified for state Friday and Saturday at the Northern Lights Conference wrestling tournament at Palmer High School.

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