Friday, March 24, 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

‘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!

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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

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

City, doctors speeded to aid injured skater
March 10, our son, Alex, was injured in a serious speed skating accident while he was competing for the Yukon team in the Arctic Winter Games. He was transported to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where he underwent emergency orthopedic surgery.

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.

Support gives Sterling Head Start a boost
Sterling Head Start would like to thank the communities of Sterling and Soldotna for the tremendous support shown for our sold out, annual fundraiser on March 4. It wouldn’t have been possible without the coordinated effort of many people, including Naptowne Café and their staff. They did a phenomenal job of catering and serving the dinner. We also want to thank the entertainers — the senior center hula dancers, our MC, Vonnie Pierce, everyone who participated in the show, and our auctioneer Norm Blakeley.

Mayor all ears on earmarking issue during Congressional trip
Mayor John Williams visited Washington, D.C., last week, and like assembly members a few days earlier, met with Alaska’s congressional delegation as well as with John Katz, who represents Gov. Frank Murkowski in the nation’s capital.

Assembly hopes D.C. trip yields money
Erosion, funding for capital projects, environmental cleanup and other borough federal priorities were among the locally important topics three members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly discussed with Alaska’s congressional delegation during a recent trip to the nation’s capital.

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.

Photo feature: Feeling frosty
Signs of spring are peeking out of the snow under the midday sun, but winter still bristles with frosty spines on trees and grass early in the morning.

Academy teaches ethics, history, management issues to fishing pros
This year’s first run of Kenai River guides entered the new Kenai River Guide Academy this week. The academy is a weeklong course that will soon be required for Kenai River commercial guide permit holders.

Kenai land use plan developing
Economic planners have forwarded two ideas for land use to the city of Kenai: one for Millennium Square and one for bluff acreage north of town.

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.”

Fireworks may fizzle without funding
The Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik is looking for sponsors, and may need to cut the fireworks display from events if those sponsors cannot be found. The fair has seen a drop of $20,000 in attendance revenues over the past five years, according to Fair Manager Lara McGinnis.

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.

Club taking shot at keeping biathlon range
Biathlon enthusiasts from Kasilof to Soldotna to Sterling pleaded with the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday to allow a biathlon shooting range to be set up in Centennial Park.

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.

Roland Schwanke
Longtime Soldotna resident Roland Schwanke died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 75.

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.

Timothy Boyd Bloodworth
Longtime Soldotna resident Timothy Boyd Bloodworth died Monday, March 20, 2006, at his home in Soldotna. He was 37.

Paul W. ‘Bill’ Moran
Mr. Moran wished to be cremated and no services to be held.

Jeanetta Jane Payment
Longtime Alaska resident Jeanetta Jane Payment died Saturday, March 18, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She 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.

Fatal reminder
As Mother Nature begins her ritual of breakup on the Kenai Peninsula, don’t be deceived by the warming temperatures and melting snow and ice. This is a woman who scoffs at the calendar, which is evident as soon as spring arrives.

Clean fight worth fighting when it comes to oil spill
it’s good to see that in some areas history has not repeated itself.

Study: When do peninsula moose cross the road?
You may have noticed the new “High Wildlife Crossing Area” and milepost signs along the Sterling Highway through the refuge when you are driving east of Sterling. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plans to reconstruct the Sterling Highway between milepost 58 (east entrance to Skilak Lake Road) and milepost 79 (start of the four-lane in Sterling). Most of this 21-mile section of highway runs through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge or, as many of the locals still refer to it, the Moose Range.

Fish nets big bucks for Homer man
A longtime commercial fisherman from Homer and a 7-year-old Anchorage boy were among the big winners of the 2006 Winter King Tournament Sunday. Homer resident Billy Pepper netted a 33.48-pound king and a $17,619 check, fishing aboard the F/V Anna Lane.

Wildlife brochure offers viewing tips, information
Alaskans are keeping their eyes peeled for critters that flap, scurry or splash, but would like to know more about where to aim their gaze.

Around the Peninsula
Girls conference slatedMiners meeting ready to dig inDinner, desert auction fundraiser slatedDinner, dessert auction up for bidsConcert fundraiser set to playRelay for Life meeting slatedPerformance, auction to benefit boy

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

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.

Going beyond the altar to live as true disciples
During this Lenten season, I have been thinking a lot about reflection and study and what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableBaha’i classes continueKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski holds Bible studyGroup studies book of JoshuaSpaghetti fundraiser set to dishCommunity concert scheduledCross art exhibit set

Oilers to have another Rocky sequel
Rocky Laguna, an outfielder and pitcher from Arizona State University, has agreed to return for his third season with the Oilers. The left-hander redshirted in 2004 and appeared in 59 games for the Sun Devils in 2005. The sophomore is from Yuma, Ariz., and is majoring in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in education and family studies.

Mt. Marathon deadline approaching
The deadline to register for the annual July 4 Mt. Marathon race in Seward is midnight on March 31.

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