Thursday, February 9, 2006

Order up: Athletes need 50,000 meals
Dean Hamburg is un-daunted by the task of providing 50,000 meals for the athletes when the Arctic Winter Games come to the Kenai Peninsula next month.

Where do you put 1,800 houseguests?
When 1,800 young athletes descend upon the Kenai Peninsula next month for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games they will need a place to sleep, a place to shower and food to eat.

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

Scary and not so scary
This time of the year, in our tiny little market, is when theaters try to squeeze in a few of the many Oscar contenders that they couldn’t be bothered with around Christmas, when they were released. This also is the traditional time of year that Hollywood dumps whatever crud it’s had sitting around for a while, usually with little or no fanfare. In celebration of those two trends, this week we’ll look at two completely different films, one that is scarier than it could have been, and another that’s far less frightening than people probably think.

Musician sings of hope, forgiveness
It’s summer now in Mamelodi Township, South Africa. The temperature Tuesday afternoon reached about 77 degrees.

Art Briefs
Extras needed for theater show Auditions to be held Art guild to meet Art donations wanted for auction Kenai Fine Arts Center back in business Stained glass classes offered Winter drama camp announced Contestants sought for Mrs. International Carving workshops slated Fairbanks poetry contest submissions sought Dance club seeks members Storytellers wanted Arts educator grants offered

Reader: Editorials should be read with caution
The Clarion seems to have developed a penchant for reprinting editorials of the Voice of the Times. The Times owner, Vego, is the conduit for Big Oil to rent to own our elected representatives. Think Ben Stevens with his $250,000 Vego consulting contract for mystery work as just one example. As such, any editorial from them concerning the state and oil should be carefully filtered with your best BS detector.

Students’ hard work made craft fair a sweet success
Soldotna Community Schools and the Soldotna High School National Honor Society worked together again to create a Valentines Craft Fair. The annual event was attended by many creative children and their parents. Children visited several craft tables, with an opportunity to “make and take” valentine-themed items. The NHS students helped the children to create several “heart-warming” crafts, ranging from heart crowns to heart-shaped pockets. Participants were also invited to decorate their own valentine cookie and have their faces painted.

Reader: Wal-Mart choice is ours
If you were the largest corporation in America, would you make sure your workers earned enough to cover basic necessities, that they could afford health care, and that they were aptly rewarded for their loyalty?

Government shouldn’t have free reign to spend budget surplus
The $1.2-billion windfall is just the beginning for the governor and Legislature.

Palin not entrenched politician
As the race for Governor begins to heat up, I’d like to add my support for Sarah Palin for Governor. I have known Sarah for quite a few years and have come to admire her work ethic, her determination to do what’s right in the face of adversity and her drive to make Alaska better for everyone. I personally like the fact that she is not an entrenched politician with an agenda. Rather, Sarah’s only agenda is doing what’s right for Alaska.

Agencies: Fire safety a hot topic
As temperatures have tumbled downward re-cently, area fire departments have responded to an increasing number of fires and carbon monoxide calls, prompting fire officials to call for greater fire safety awareness among residents.

State settles on shooting
A lawsuit filed against the state of Alaska and a state trooper who shot and killed a Nikiski man more than two years ago, ended in a settlement last week.

Cuts OK’d, some saved
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved Mayor John Williams’ extensive budget cuts Tuesday, but an amendment deemed at least partly symbolic spared $60,000 for the borough school district.

Following their lead
Suzy Freeman found out something about herself Wednesday that she had suspected since she was 7.

Where do you put 1,800 houseguests?
When 1,800 young athletes descend upon the Kenai Peninsula next month for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games they will need a place to sleep, a place to shower and food to eat.

Is Kachemak safe harbor for towed tanker?
Concerns about pollution from disabled tankers anchored in safe refuge in Kachemak Bay is generating pressure for greater tanker safety measures in Cook Inlet after a cracked oil tanker was escorted there from Cook Inlet last Friday.

Order up: Athletes need 50,000 meals
Dean Hamburg is un-daunted by the task of providing 50,000 meals for the athletes when the Arctic Winter Games come to the Kenai Peninsula next month.

District cuts looming?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District may be forced to cut 100 teachers next year.

Helen Chenault
Nikiski resident Helen Chenault died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, in Bullhead City, Ariz. She was 68.

Around the Peninsula
HEA schedules electric meter upgrades Hershberger to speak Clinic will take it to the mat Genealogical society activities planned Love stories to be shared Peninsula fair quilters square off Safety Day presenters sought

Around the Peninsula
Grief support for teens offered Seniors cooking up buffet Historical Society to meet Dinner fund-raiser slated Art donations to be part of auction Team will work for uniforms

Around the Peninsula
HEA schedules electric meter upgrades Hershberger to speak Clinic will take it to the mat Genealogical society activities planned Love stories to be shared Peninsula fair quilters square off Safety Day presenters sought

Where art and geometry meet
In the spirit of M.C. Escher, who created works of repeated shapes, each one snuggly fit to those around it, students from across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have tried their hand at creating tessellations.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll at SOldotna Middle School

Around the District
School closures set Help available with college applications Scholarships offered to high school seniors Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyutanen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High School Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Sterling Elementary Sterling Head Start Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Bill would require schools to teach first aid
A few years from now, Alaska might be a safer place to be if suddenly in need of first aid.

To sneak or not to sneak — how much trouble can you stand?
I think kids and teens have more power in suggestion than we know. For instance, if we tell a parent or parental figure we’re going to do something, we usually will get a flat out no. However, if we suggest or ask for something like, say, going to a friend’s house on a school night, we still might get a no, but at least you have a chance of a yes because you asked.

Music, fishing, art, wireless: KPC provides variety of activities
Learn to fly fishing Art faculty news PARW conference set I.T. expands wi-fi, establishes help desk

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