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Thursday, February 16, 2006

AWG coaches, athletes tough to gather
The task sounds simple enough: Find the top coaches and athletes in the state to assemble teams to compete in 20 sports at the Arctic Winter Games.

Signs will help Games’ visitors
Thousands of visitors are expected to arrive for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games in a few weeks. Many will come with questions, wondering not only about the Games and how their favorite team is doing, but also about simple things like, “Is it OK to park here?” or “Where’s the bathroom?”

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Canned food drive events planned Personal Inventory class offered Cultural Center to host workshop Seafood training available

Teens teaching teens
Most parents with teenagers understand how difficult it can be to get through to them. When seeking advice, teens sometimes turn to other teens to avoid judgment, punishment or for any number of other reasons.

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

Martin not Sellers, but funny
While watching this week’s selection, Steve Martin’s take on the “Pink Panther” movies, one classic Peter Sellers scene kept replaying itself in my head. On the hunt for an evil mastermind, Inspector Clouseau manages to destroy nearly every antique in his suspect’s finely appointed parlor, including a priceless piano. Which movie was that? I can’t remember — they were all like that. It’s a riot, and a good jumping-off point for the inevitable comparison of the new “Panther” with the old.

Palin offers a balanced approach to future budgets
I’ve looked over the Governor’s proposed budget and say “wow.” There seems to be something for almost everyone spanning from the Aleutians to Prudhoe Bay.

When gas runs out, residents will shoulder tax burden
In late January, the Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski was forced to shut down during the cold weather because there was not enough natural gas for all users. Just a few years ago there was plenty of gas.

Reader ready for mine
Alaskans need to make a choice. Do we generate high-paying jobs by responsibly developing our natural resources or do we condemn out children to a break future toiling in low-paying, seasonal service economy?

Business support made event a hit
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and our members we are proud to announce the annual community award winners. Saturday evening we presented — the Service to Youth Award to Colleen Ward, the Volunteer Award to Penny Furnish, the Community Service Award to Herb Stettler, the Outstanding Business Award to Arby’s, the Outstanding Organization Award to Unocal Retirees, the Pioneer Award to Bob Bielefeld, the Log Cabin Award to Sue Carter and the Presidents Choice Award went to Bob Favretto.

Thanks to help, car care class ran smoothly
The Kenaitze Head Start would like to express our gratitude to Jeff VanVelzor for the car care class offered to our parents by NAPA of Kenai.

Photo feature: Thinking ahead

Accident injures crane operator
One person was taken to the hospital after a crane working on a Marathon Oil Co. natural gas well near Kenai twisted and broke Friday afternoon.

Fishing industry job market improves
After several years of decline, Alaska’s long-suffering commercial fisheries registered a modest recovery over the past two seasons, with a proportional jump in the number of fishing-industry jobs, a state study says.

Changing fire season ignites cost concerns
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would reset the official start of Alaska’s annual fire season, putting fire-fighting air tankers into the sky a month earlier than under current law.

Coalition seeks parent’s help for survey
A central Kenai Peninsula group is counting on students to help them find the answers.

Lester L. Creary
Longtime Soldotna resident Lester L. Creary died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from lung cancer surrounded by his family. He was 62.

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC to meet Safety day committee to meet Disabled veterans meeting slated Pot roast dinner fundraiser set Community dance planned Solar classes set to shine

Around the Peninsula
HEA schedules meter upgrades Women invited to take a break Byway corridor workshops set D.A.R.E. graduation today Dinner fundraiser slated Art donations to be part of auction Peninsula fair seeks members Team will work for uniforms

Around the District
Students of the Month announced Scholarships offered to high school seniors Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Mountain View Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start Wings Christian Academy Honor Roll

Budget requests, Arctic Winter Games preoccupy KPC
The Kenai River and Kachemak Bay Campuses have student representatives in Juneau this week talking to as many legislators as possible trying to ensure that the university budget is fully funded.

Teens’ self-image suffer enough without media’s input
We all know the media can be a great source for numerous types of information, good or bad.

Beating the winter blues
“If you live in a place with ice and snow,” said Tustumena Elementary School teacher Dave Michael, “you might as well learn to enjoy it. It’s going to be around for a while.”

Five straight misses eliminate Hakkinen’s chance at medal
The Olympic dream of Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen quickly turned into a nightmare Tuesday in the men’s biathlon 10-kilometer sprint at the Turin Olympics due to five straight misses from the prone shooting position.

Sports Briefs
Mackey running second in Quest Davis, Palin still lead Iron Dog

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