Friday, March 17, 2006

Financial planning: Good for your future
Maybe you are just starting out with that first real job. You might be married for only a few years and have one or two small children. On the other hand, you might have worked for 10 or 15 years. Retirement, children heading to college or other issues might be looming.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Canned food drive events planned Berry growers offer information Alliance luncheon to planned Workshop to open doors Builders seek entries for Parade Scholarships offered Unemployment tax refunds available BBB cautions against tax preparation fraud Bed & breakfast meeting set

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered Writers contest accepting submissions Winter drama camp announced Young writers, performers get chance to play Kids’ art wanted Arts scholarships available Arts grants offered Carving workshops slated Dance club seeks members Storytellers wanted LeeShore Center sponsors design contest Kenai photos wanted

Takes too long to get "16 Blocks"
From the end of January through March and sometimes into April, the cinematic landscape is barren and cold, as Hollywood chooses to save its best offerings for either summer or Christmas. A friend of mine and I were talking, and I mentioned that there was a dearth of good movies out there. "A dearth, huh?" she said with a raised eyebrow.

Homer artist hits the road with creativity in tow
The angelic impact of Jo Going’s recently completed artist-in-residency at the American Academy in Rome fills the Homer artist’s home.

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

System would make law more effective
I suspect that you are as frustrated as I am that Alaska is currently experiencing big increases in both drug and property crimes. Would you like to do something to actually make a difference in how many meth addicts, burglars, construction site thieves and other associated criminals are stopped? You can.

Reader stands on principles after opening ceremonies
While all I have heard is applauding for the opening ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games, I must say, I was totally offended. I happened to turn on the broadcast just as the flag bearers were coming on stage. At that point a Reader’s Digest version of each anthem was played, I have never heard such a disgrace in my life.

Teen charged with assault after man, truck found in ditch
Alaska State Troopers arrested a 17-year-old man Tuesday suspected of severely assaulting a 25-year-old Soldotna man found in a vehicle in a ditch last week in Sterling.

After 62 years senior goes for his diploma
Not many folks are more qualified to say it’s never too late to learn than Allan Ulen.

Deputy marshals in shooting named
The Alaska State Troopers are continuing the investigation into the March 1 shooting of Jason Karlo Anderson at Homer Municipal Airport. The investigation could take anywhere from several weeks to a few months, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation office in Anchorage, the main branch of the troopers’ detective bureau, is investigating the shooting.

Stores receive "gold" from Games
Besides being good for the sake of athletic competitiveness and entertainment on the Kenai Peninsula, the 2006 Arctic Winter Games were good for many businesses.

Creating a lasting heritage
Central Peninsula General Hospital is ready to purchase Heritage Place, a 60-bed nursing facility in Soldotna not far from the hospital, and Tuesday proposed a time line that would culminate in a borough ordinance authorizing a deal by mid-May.

Charter school space at issue for school board
The Kenai Peninsula school board is expected to get a first look Monday at proposed changes to the borough school district’s policy governing charter schools.

Troopers, police plan to work extra on St. Patrick’s Day
Alaska State Troopers and the Kenai Police Department are beefing up their patrols for St. Patrick’s Day, one of the biggest drinking days of the year.

Native man sues Safeway over hair ultimatum
A Kenaitze Tribe member who was fired from a job at Safeway for not cutting his hair has filed a lawsuit alleging the supermarket wrongfully terminated him.

School funding falls short
For the first time, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is contemplating funding schools below the legal limit for contributions from local revenues set by state and federal law.

Paul Russell Walluk
Kenai resident Paul Russell Walluk, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, due to an automobile accident. He was 8.

Edwin G. Rofkar
Longtime Ninilchik resident Edwin G. Rofkar, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 82.

Trey Alexander Lee Thiele
Soldotna resident Trey Alexander Lee Thiele, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 13.

Congratulations on a race well run
As sporting events go, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a particularly grueling one — not only because it’s a 1,100-mile endurance race through challenging terrain and brutal weather conditions, but also because when the race is over, a musher’s work is not done.

Ice carvers face slick competition
Area artists are returning from Fairbanks this week after an icy reception at a worldwide art competition in Fairbanks. At the World Ice Art Championships the competition is stiff, and not just because they’re working in sub-zero temperatures.

King me: Fishing tourney heralds season
Want to say goodbye to winter, fill your freezer and maybe pad your wallet in the process?

Climate change: Warmer winters, nights a mixed blessing
Climatologists tell us that the Earth is warming up. We see lots of evidence of this warming in Alaska with melting permafrost, retreating glaciers, and a shrinking polar ice pack.

Snow sculpting team places 3rd in national competition
Shovel it, plow it and truck it out of sight if you want to.

Around the Peninsula
School hosts open houseCommunity dance plannedYouth court called to orderPancake breakfast fundraiser set to flipGirls conference slated

Around the Peninsula
SoHi after-prom committee to meet Disabled vets to meet Herb growing class set to sprout Free health screenings set Chicken dinner fundraiser slated School hosts open house Community dance planned

Sports Brief
Soldotna’s Denna, Kenai’s Keener, Epperheimer named to all-NLC team

Faith, freedom from personal addictions
The woman before me in a checkout line was returning a carton of cigarettes.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableBaha’i classes continueCommunity concert setKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski holds bible studyGroup studies book of JoshuaCross art exhibit set

The Next Level
Hakkinen takes 65th in sprintKenai’s Baldwin competes at NCAA Division III track meet

Oilers add a pair of players for 2006 season
Junior left-handed hitting outfielder D.J. Hollingsworth of the University of California, Riverside will be patrolling the outfield for the 2006 Oilers. Hollingsworth spent the last two years at Chabot College where he was named Coast Conference Player of the Year and a preseason All-American. Hollingsworth is from Tracy, Calif., and is majoring in business.

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