Friday, February 10, 2006

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

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

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

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.

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.

Columns draw interest of reader to all neighborhoods
I would like all the writers of the Neighbors columns to know that I really enjoy their new columns. The change has been good. Not everyone agrees on that, but I for one love it. I actually find myself reading all the neighborhood stories now, where I use to just skim my area.

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.

Reader: No science in aerial hunting
It’s no surprise the Seekins/AOC wolf killing program, already unpopular with most Alaskans, was recently judged to be illegal. Implemented by Sen. Ralph Seekins in circumvention of the voters’ will, supported by the most despised governor in Alaska’s state history, also supported by his politically appointed Fish and Game commissioner, it has already seen two convictions for illegal hunting, and an indiscriminate application by a Board of Game, whose members are all AOC and most of whom are in the business of killing wildlife.

Students shine for scholarships
The Soldotna Elks Scholarship Committee has completed the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student judging for the Soldotna Elks area.

Artist appreciates ink, work and help
I would like to thank Will Morrow for writing an excellent article on how “Art in school enhances learning” with the Artist in the Schools Program.

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.

Weather closes Seward Highway
Avalanches and whiteout blizzard conditions closed portions of the Seward and Sterling highways Thursday, cutting the Kenai Peninsula off from Anchorage.

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.

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 Porter case for $310,000
A lawsuit filed against the state of Alaska and a state trooper who shot and killed a Casey G. Porter more than two years ago, ended with a $310,000 settlement in a closed hearing on Feb. 2.

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.

City council considers buying Birch Ridge Golf Course
Soldotna may not have a city cemetery yet, but residents waiting for a final resting place may one day be able to get in nine holes at a municipal golf course while they wait.

Homestead added to National Register of Historic Places
One person’s shack is another’s historic treasure, as evident by the fact that some of the oldest antiquated cabins and dilapidated structures in Kasilof were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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

Photo feature: Perfect perch
An eagle sits in a spruce tree ripe with cones in Kenai recently.

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

Curt Morris
Nikiski resident Curt Morris died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 58.

William ‘Bill’ Abe Zimmerman Sr.
Kenai resident William ‘Bill’ Abe Zimmerman Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, in Wenatchee, Wash. of a stroke. He was 69.

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

Bear in mind, wildlife is wild
Wildlife and Alaska are synonymous, and Alaskans are good about taking care of our wildlife.

Getting a better king count
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is gearing up for a growth spurt in fisheries research projects this summer, including a study that is gauging the first estimates of late-run king salmon numbers in the Kasilof River.

Peninsula owls looking for clean home, in good location
Last night with the moon poking through a somewhat hazy sky, I went for a walk to stretch my legs after a hard day riding my computer around the office. It was a perfectly still night, yet warmed by the moist southern air that recently flooded Southcentral Alaska. After grabbing my gloves from the truck I headed down the driveway. In the distance I heard a fast, steady beeping tone, spawning from the mature spruce stand that dominates the area behind our property.

Around the Peninsula
Prime rib dinner fund-raiser set to goBaha’i to show filmHistorical Society to meetCommunity wildfire planning meetings setSocial Security reps to visit area

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

Bill offers better bait for gas
In an effort to encourage further gas exploration and production in the Cook Inlet Region, Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, is pushing a bill that would make tax incentives enacted just three years ago even sweeter.

Ninilchik girls edge Dimond JV in overtime
Kendra Moerlein hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, and the Ninilchik girls basketball team defeated the Dimond JV squad 61-57 at the Ninilchik Invitational Thursday.

Area skiers set for regions
The Region III cross-country skiing championship will kick off today with classic races, but the field will be two teams short while road maintenance crews deal with winter conditions on the Seward Highway.

Watch your heart — physically, emotionally, spiritually
Sadie Hawkins, “The homeliest gal in the hills,” couldn’t get a husband. The fact that Hekzebiah Hawkins, her Daddy, was the richest man in Dogwatch didn’t help a bit.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes Quarters lists scheduleBaha’i classes slated for SaturdaysIraq veteran to speakKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski group offers Bible studyGroup studies book of Joshua

Hakkinen wants to be first U.S. biathlete ever to climb podium
An American has never won a medal in the biathlon at the Winter Olympics. As Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen, 28, gets set to compete in his third Olympics starting Saturday with the men’s 20-kilometer biathlon in Cesana San Sicario, Italy, his goal is to get America that first biathlon medal.

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