Thursday, March 2, 2006

Businesses gear up for explosion of athletes, visitors
Businesses lumbering through the winter are prematurely shaking off their slumber in preparation for the Arctic Winter Games.

Safety first
With the Arctic Winter Games fast approaching, security officials are continuing to check and recheck a long list of preparations, ensuring the athletic event runs smooth.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Frontier elects new officers Challenger center has new director Canned food drive events planned Business start-up instruction offered Seafood training available Allstate opens new office in Soldotna Builders seek entries for Parade of Homes Natural gas authority to meet Unemployment tax refunds available

Johnny and June ‘Cash’ in on a winning combination
With the Oscars breathing down our neck, and with the usual dearth of high quality films at the box office this time of year, I decided to switch gears and review a relevant DVD release this week. Though I would have preferred to see this on the big screen, “Walk the Line” is one of those films that loses very little in the translation to your living room.

Art Briefs
Writers group to meet Fairbanks poetry contest submissions sought Stained glass classes offered Young writers, performers have chance to play Kids’ art wanted Arts scholarships available Carving workshops slated Art for kids classes planned Dance club seeks members Storytellers wanted LeeShore Center sponsors design contest Writers contest accepting submissions Winter drama camp announced Kenai photos wanted

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

Game for entertainment
It would be hard to find more enthusiastic supporters of the Arctic Winter Games than the members of the indigenous rock group Pamyua (pronounced “bam-u-ah”).

Donation is music to performers’ ears
Thank you, Tesoro, from the Kenai Performers for the wonderful and generous donation of $1000. With your assistance we have been able to purchase a beautiful new piano for the community playhouse. What joy we will receive from the use of this piano in our performances, events and the many activities that go on at the playhouse.

Civil Rights Day should be recognized
Since it is a conflict of interest to have another holiday, I would like to see the name of Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement, written in the calendar as an unobserved holiday. But this will beat the meaning of writing to you. I would really like to see her remembered. Since there are so many holidays in a year already, I would like to see her remembered as a civil rights leader.

Dance company literally has a ball
The Peninsula Artists in Motion (PAM) Dance Co. hosted its first winter ball Feb. 4. We had a ball! The support of many individuals helped to make this event a success. PAM's mission to increase the opportunities for dance within our community, not only performance recitals but also dance events such as the ball, is to us a cultural necessity.

We the people have recourse
When you think about the issue of constructing a gas line from Prudhoe Bay to Cook Inlet, the argument from the majors reflect on the ownership rights. When your house stands in the way of progress and the will of the powers that be, the argument is rights, as well.

Reader: WOW, thanks!
A great big thank you to the Way Out Women and Friends, a group that raises funds through an annual snowmachine ride to help cancer patients in our community.

Reader: Keep ports under our control
Let's give control of these ports to second generation Americans who have university degrees in that field. Keep vital jobs at home!

Fugitive killed in Homer; state troopers investigating
Alaska State Troopers have begun an investigation into a shooting incident at Homer Airport early Wednesday evening between police officers and a wanted fugitive that left the fugitive dead and a toddler with him wounded.

School budget gets once over from assembly
Running district schools could cost as much as $7.6 million more next year, education officials told the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week, and deciding where to spend and where to cut is going to be no picnic.

Mayor: Tax vote cuts like a knife
The anti-sales tax measure approved by voters in October had the impact of a knife in the heart of borough government, according to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams.

Assessments going up
Opening their mail boxes later this week, real estate owners can expect to find those friendly reminders from the Kenai Peninsula Borough that we’ve been living in a rapidly rising housing market.

Kenai loses court appeal
Controversy over Kenai’s decision to turn over management of its recreation center to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula died down more than two years ago, but the city has once again found itself on the losing side of a court decision on the issue.

Kenai looks could change
Kenai businesses may not be “board” any longer. That is if the city council passes two ordinances tonight aimed at improving the look of the city’s business district.

Agrium gets its gas back
Supplies of natural gas have migrated back to the Agrium plant and rebooted production. But due to a spell of cold weather, production levels have dropped to a reduced rate.

UA land: Facts and fiction: Questions around campus have answers one might not expect
Every year at this time, I hear various comments around the Kenai Peninsula about University of Alaska funding. Along with this discussion comes the inevitable questioning of why does the university need as much as they’re asking for; aren’t there other funding sources available?

Around the Peninsula
AWG ceremony dress rehearsal set Historical society to meet Counseling service board meeting slated

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board of directors to meet AWG ceremony dress rehearsal set Global warming to be discussed Cold climate building workshop set Cancer fundraiser slated Fundraiser dinner primed

Kenai girls hoops team wins thriller against Mariners on senior night
Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, this story was omitted from Sunday’s paper. The Clarion sports department regrets the omission.

Sports Briefs
Wasilla High School swept Skyview in a pair of Northern Lights Conference games Tuesday at Skyview. In the boys game, the Warriors prevailed 70-37. Jesse Bean had 21 points for Wasilla while Greg Bosick led Skyview with 13 points. The Wasilla girls won 52-32. Nicole VanRyzin scored nine points to lead the Panthers.

Students go with the flow
A river runs through the Sears Elementary School library.

Stereotypes: Teenagers get blamed for everything
Within my neighborhood a letter recently was passed among the residents. It was about the theft of some cherished mementos from a family within the area.

Around the District
School closures slated School budget survey available Free health screenings set Scholarships available Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Idea Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori Toddler House Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski North Star Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle School Soldotna Montessori Charter Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Physically fit

KPC awarded first digital art degree in University of Alaska system
The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved Kenai Peninsula College’s proposed associate of applied science degree program in digital art at its meeting Feb. 16 in Juneau.

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