Thursday, February 23, 2006

Arctic Winter Games leave a mark on athletes
Details from 36 years ago are hard for Lisa Parker to recall.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Freedom Realty award winners announced Canned food drive events planned Cultural Center to host workshop Seafood training available KPC to host business workshop

What you should know
What: “Adam and Eve Through the Ages”

Art Briefs
Studio invited to dance festival Art submissions wanted for juried show Poetry contest submissions sought Stained glass classes offered Young writers, actors have chance to play Kids’ art wanted Arts educator grants offered Carving workshops slated Dance club seeks members

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

Quilters retreat ‘about having fun’
They’re back — the Kenai Peninsula Quilting Guild. Well, 60 of them. And they’re loaded with material, machines and the creative magic that makes beautiful finished products.

Same Harrison, different title
What’s this? Harrison Ford? Playing a tough, successful, but vulnerable everyman who, when his family is placed in peril, discovers just how far he is willing to go to protect the ones he loves? Can this be right? What a stretch! What depth! How unique! Wow. “Firewall” — something unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Games’ plan
When the Arctic Winter Games finally arrive, a multitude of officially-sanctioned cultural events and presentations will follow.

Former teacher says education suffering
First we read that schools are to be closed in small communities. Then, there are to be as many as 100 teachers whose contracts will not be renewed. The education of our children is to suffer while legislators are to be paid for time spent at home doing what they were elected to do.

Resources-based industries are responsible
It never fails to astound me how many naysayers come out of the woodwork when a resource-related incident occurs.

Reader says Outsiders have own interests at heart
In response to “Pebble Mine project should be stopped”. (Letter to the Editor, Feb. 17).

Reader: Funding AWG not acceptable
Should we give another $500,000 to the Arctic Winter Games? I don’t think so! It is time for those promoting this event to admit their incompetence and accept the consequences.

Right to speak valued by reader
It is obvious that from the article in our paper (Feb. 12) entitled “Israel to blame for drawing, Iran says” that Iran’s President Ahmadinejad does not understand the freedom of western culture.

Chenault seeking explosive actions
Getting a license to handle explosives in the state of Alaska could prove a bit tougher if a bill proposed by Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, becomes law.

Murkowski: Help wanted
The Alaska school system is not meeting the needs of children, despite the fact the state is wealthy in resources and savings that could be applied to education if the political will was there, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday in Kenai.

Mackey wins!

Photo feature: Dog run

School board members get no answers from trip
Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board members were hoping a trip to meet with legislators in Juneau would bring home some answers to funding problems. What they brought back was mixed reactions.

Peninsula state senators promise thorough review of deal-tax issue
Gov. Frank Murkowski has been playing games with the Legislature in delaying a proposal to revamp the way oil is taxed by the state, Sen. Tom Wagoner charged Tuesday.

Borough between rock, hard place on gravel pit
Anchor Point gravel pit owners who wish only to make a living off their land, and their neighbors who fear extraction operations could make living next door a miserable experience are realizing that in some ways they are sailing in the same leaky boat.

Ruth Ann Ernst Tauriainen
Longtime Nikiski resident Ruth Ann Ernst Tauriainen died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 57.

Lubova ‘Luba’ Meganack
Lifelong Port Graham resident and Alaska Native Lubova “Luba” Meganack died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 83.

Around the Peninsula
Wildfire protection to be discussed Assessment survey celebration set Childbirth classes available Dinner, dance set to groove Pancake dinner ready to flip Spaghetti feed fundraiser slated Pesticide training planned Foster care, adoption workshops available Clothing donations sought

Around the Peninsula
HEA schedules meter upgrades Used book sale planned Fish and game meeting set Assessment survey celebration set AWG seeks crutch donations

Skiers ready for slick, quick trails
When the state cross-country skiing championships kick off today at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, competitors from the Kenai Peninsula will be looking to go fast — very fast.

Sports Briefs
Homer cagers beat Seward Late scores to be included in Friday’s Clarion

Grades: Not a true reflection of ambition or studying
High school, the institution of higher learning. One goes to school every day for 12 years and each year the grades fluctuate as the phases of childhood pass.

Around the District
Students of the Month announced Scholarships available Aurora Borealis Charter School Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Idea Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-Senior High Redoubt Elementary Ridgeway Montessori Preschool Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High School Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling Elementary Sterling Head Start Tustumena Elementary Honor Roll

College kicks off Games with performance by Pamyua
Kenai Peninsula College will host the musical group Pamyua, as a Showcase event in celebration of the Arctic Winter Games. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 4 in the Ward Building.

Winning Essays
The following essays were the winners of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s World Food Day essay contest. The contest, held in November, was open to area students in grades six through 12.

Readers battle it out
In a Mountain View Elementary School classroom, third- and fourth-graders could be found chomping strawberries with red-rimmed mouths and chirping about favorite books as they geared up for battle last week.

Hakkinen finds mark in relay
The wildly up-and-down Winter Olympics of Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen is back up again.

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