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Friday, February 24, 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Soldotna pipes freezing more than other areas
A few weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures and a shortage of snowfall may be making residents of Soldotna overconfident.

Qualifications proposal irks members
A last-minute proposal to create qualification standards for Alaska Department of Fish and Game advisory committees irked committee members in Kenai on Wednesday night.

Photo feature: Have a seat
Liam Andrews and Kirsten Giles make themselves comfortable in the commons area at Soldotna High School during the halftime of a recent basketball game.

Borough doesn’t need to worry about Games loan
Arctic Winter Games officials say they have reworked their budget, solved anticipated cash flow difficulties and no longer need a $500,000 loan from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

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.

Mining industry heats up
Alaska is a state steeped in mining history, and tales of a gold mining past figure prominently into the state’s cultural awareness. However, the mining industry is poised to become an even larger player in Alaska’s economic future, said Bob Hoekzema, the Alaska Miners Association’s research assistant.

Murder trial starts, then stops
After several fits and starts, the murder trial of 23-year-old Adam Israel of Soldotna did not proceed as planned.

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.

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.

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.

Lester L. Creary
Longtime Soldotna resident Lester L. Creary died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in Soldotna. He was 62.

Erma Lee ‘Jackie’ Folsom
Nikiski resident Erma Lee “Jackie” Folsom died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, from cancer, surrounded by her family at her home. She was 67.

James V. ‘Jim’ Arness
Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident James V. “Jim” Arness died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Oil tax rate change similar to card game
Trying to determine a fair oil tax plan between the governor, the oil companies and the Legislature is a lot like a game of Alaska Hold ’Em.

Mush: Peninsula pups hit the trail
Three young pups from Kenai Peninsula are in the final stages of preparing to test themselves and their dog teams during the 2006 Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race being held this weekend.

Hidden Lake hazards — an ice fishing adventure
I am going to tell a story on myself in the hopes that it may educate others and maybe save someone from going in the drink.

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
Arts guild to host openingMartial arts class availableTrappers meeting setSolar classes set to shineTropical stories plannedPesticide training planned

Kenai boys hold sixth at state ski meet
Skiers from the Kenai Peninsula had a good day to kick off the state cross-country skiing championships Thursday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Ninilchik splits with Bristol Bay

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

Releasing sin; receiving the spirit within — God
Statistics in sports show that failure is part of the game. Even baseball hitters who are having a good season are making more outs than hits. A winning or undefeated record is difficult to come by.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableBaha’i classes setKenai Aglow meeting slatedPancake dinner gets cookingSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski Bible study continuesGroup studies book of JoshuaPrayer workshop slated

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