Thursday, March 23, 2006

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Keating-Griebel designated a specialist Homer chamber hosts cruise ship talk Canned food drive events planned Workshop to open doors Builders seek entries for Parade Scholarships offered Unemployment tax refunds available Bed and Breakfast meeting set Trail expert to speak in Homer

Almost famous
Hollywood’s lush hills lure hundreds of young people from locales large and small every week, and each new crop hopes for one thing: a shot at stardom.

Art Briefs
Exhibit winners announced Kids’ art sought Arts scholarships available Storytellers wanted Arts grants offered

‘Vendetta’ too good to be bad
I have to be honest here. “V for Vendetta” looks like a movie tailor-made for me. Lots of action, lots of cool effects, from a comic book, but with a serious subject. It’s from author Alan Moore, who wrote the groundbreaking graphic novels, “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” “From Hell,” and “Watchmen.” I should have been pumped to see this film. Instead, and I hate to admit this, I was really scared. Of the mask. Which looks really silly in the ads. All I can say is, whew!

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

Volunteers made cookies a sweet success
Nikiski Girl Scout Troop Nos. 210 and 571 would like to extend a big thank you to all who volunteered so generously in getting Girl Scout cookies on the peninsula. All help was very much appreciated, and we couldn’t have done it without Lynden Transport, ACS, Girl Scout leaders , parents and the girls themselves. Thank you also to all who have purchased Girl Scout cookies and invested in girls’ futures.

Senior getting GED sets a good example
Many thanks to Phil Hermanek for his March 16 story on Allan Ullen completing his GED at the age of 80.

Benefits of globalization as hard to find as computer help in India
The situation regarding jobs in this country has gone too far and I believe that I have seen it. Globalization is not what the president has reported it to be. The almost constant and complete outsourcing of this countries jobs overseas is overwhelming. Before you’d have a problem with something you purchased and you would call the 800 number and speak to someone who knew English and understood what you were saying and just wanted it the problem solved. Not so now. I purchased a new computer from a company that advertised everything I wanted at a price I could afford. I received the computer and the monitor did not work, I received a new monitor and came to find out that the computer itself has something wrong with it. Over 14 hours and two days later, I am still nowhere. My source of frustration comes from talking to someone in India the entire time, someone who does not know English as a first or second language but a third and being unable to speak to anyone in the U.S. They are closed until Monday. “Made in the USA” used to mean something, now the jobs are gone.

Homeowner gets borough bill for helping the needy
I am concerned about what is happening right here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Reader offers ANWR reminder to politicians
While I know where my senators and representative stand on the issue of ANWR and I know how they will vote, I remind them that it is the will of the people of the United States that ANWR be saved for future generations.

Peninsula did Games proud
The Kenai Peninsula did a fabulous job in hosting and facilitating the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. We were very impressed with the organization and orchestration of such a gala event, especially just hiring a new general manager this past year. When the GM position became vacant less than a year ago, it appeared the host society was in a tenuous situation. However, upon retaining Mr. Tim Dillon as general manager, I was sure if anybody could promote a positive outcome, he was the person. His management skills and personality enabled him to surround himself with an excellent staff, which got the job done in superb fashion.

Young plans push for financing
Rep. Don Young hopes to accomplish four things before the 109th Congress completes its work in 50 days: reauthorize funds for the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and push through bills for water projects and railroad funding.

Soldotna eyes new position
Creating the job of assistant city manager and purchasing land adjacent to the visitors center will be among items discussed at tonight’s Soldotna City Council meeting.

Ambulance fees await assembly OK
For the first time since it was created in 1969, the Nikiski Fire Service Area has asked for the authority to start charging residents for ambulance services.

Book honors fishermen
While undergoing medical treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Drew Scalzi couldn’t sleep. Instead, he wrote “Seafarer’s Memorial — A Tribute to the Living and the Lost.”

Snowmachiner survives night lost in the hills
A snowmachiner used military skills to survive cold temperatures and strong winds with blowing snow after he lost his way in the Caribou Hills on Saturday and had to spend the night curled up under a tree.

Peninsula mayors sign mutual aid pact
Seeking a regional approach to common problems and a way to enhance mutually beneficial development, the mayors of the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its six incorporated cities have joined forces.

Berry company sprouting out
An organization aiming to gather 500,000 pounds of wild Alaska blueberries this summer, wants to expand future harvests by recruiting Alaskans to learn to cultivate the unique species of blueberry, known for their high antioxidant properties.

School wants to keep Russian
There is seldom a shortage of people willing to share their opinions with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. Monday night was no exception with a steady stream of individuals making their way to the microphone in Homer.

Library earns healthy recognition
Alaska has recognized the Kenai Community Library as the state’s leading library in providing valuable health information to the public, naming it the state winner for the 2005 Health Awards Competition and nominating it for the competition’s national level and the chance to win a $20,000 award.

Curt Duane Morris
Longtime Nikiski resident Curt Duane Morris died Thursday Feb. 9, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of a rare lung and heart disease. He was 58.

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

Keith A. Ragains
Longtime Nikiski resident Keith A. Ragains died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 66.

Perry Hawkins
Longtime Soldotna resident Perry Hawkins died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 71.

Oil companies pay well: Opportunity is now for legislators to take strong stand
After watching the legislative hearings on Gov. Frank Murkowski’s bill that would completely restructure our oil and gas taxing system, I am baffled by the fact that certain legislators are arguing that we must pass this as is, right now, without amendment, or risk scuttling the governor’s gasline deal.

Around the Peninsula
Pancake breakfast fundraiser set to flip Little League registration up to bat Agility class planned Democrats to meet Community concert set Class of 1976 members sought

Around the Peninsula
First aid classes available Community coalition to meet Horse development to be discussed Miners meeting slated Volunteer drivers needed

Ninilchik wins, CIA loses at state
The Ninilchik School girls high school basketball team took a step toward regaining the class 2A crown Tuesday, opening the state championship tournament with a 40-25 win over Galena Tuesday at Service High School in Anchorage.

ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Basketball Championships
Note — All games at Sullivan Arena unless otherwise noted

ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Basketball Championships
Note — All games at Sullivan Arena unless otherwise noted

Nikiski, Ninilchik win
Wednesday was a day of ups and downs at the state championships in Anchorage for high school basketball teams from the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the District
No school Friday Free health screenings set Scholarships available Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori School Kenai Montessori Toddler House Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start Tustumena Elementary

Taking a break from everyday stressors, responsibilities necessary
Most people nowadays have what you might call busy lives.

Film series showcase features individuals with disabilities
As a part of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College provides equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities.

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