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Friday, March 31, 2006

At work with: Frank Vesecky
  Frank Vesecky, left, of Soldotna, flips a chicken and vegetable stir-fry at Louie's Restaurant in Kenai as assistant D.J. Dillon wipes the grill clean. Photo by John Hult Occupation:

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Canned food drive events planned Workshop to open doors Scholarships offered Tax refunds available Trail expert to speak in Homer

Do you know the muffin matron?
Soldotna’s Connie Hocker is a woman who knows what things are worth. She has to, really. She’s an appraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Movie's worth a look "Inside"
At first glance, this week’s film, the bank heist thriller “Inside Man,” looks to be another in a long line of throwaway blockbuster action films. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either. The hook with this movie, however, is in its director: Spike Lee. But, where he can certainly breathe new life into this common caper, any Spike Lee “Joint” comes with plenty of cons to go with its pros.

Art Briefs
Exhibit winners announced Stained glass classes offered Kids’ art sought Arts scholarships available Arts grants offered Scholarship competition set Carving workshops slated Dance club seeks members Storytellers wanted LeeShore sponsors contest

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

Intersection needs improvement to stop accidents
It was my misfortune to be involved in a traffic accident at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 20 at the intersection of Spur View Drive and Frontage Road in Kenai. The snow berm made it difficult to see oncoming traffic. After stopping on Spur View after leaving Senior Housing, I slowly entered the intersection and was struck by a vehicle traveling on Frontage from Bridge Access. The intersection of Spur View Drive and Frontage Road is the only intersection on Frontage that has NO stop sign !

Borough: Tax exemption laws applied fairly, consistently
This letter is in response to Mr. David W. O’Dell’s letter to the editor of March 23, 2006. Mr. O’Dell and his wife own a “rather large house” along with two other couples. In fact, the property consists a 24-bedroom home (9,400 square feet of living area) on 2.0 acres of land. All three couples occupy the home and two are qualified as Senior Citizens for the purposes of the Senior Citizen exemption.

Businesses played along for good cause
The Triumvirate Theatre is able to bring the arts to the community and raise money for charitable causes because of so many giving organizations, corporations and individuals.

Blood drive a success
The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s office and Soldotna High School graciously hosted blood drives the week of March 20th. Ninety generous people took time out of their busy schedule to donate blood. These community events were supported by the use of a van sponsored by numerous businesses and civic organizations from the Kenai Peninsula. Thank you all!

Community lucky to have St. Patrick’s volunteers, sponsors
The 15th Annual Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by the community.

Supporters give cabin move a successful lift
An historic Kasilof cabin built before 1920 recently was picked up and moved to the McLane Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The cabin once belonged to Kasilof pioneer Abe Erickson.

Senior tax break could be cut
Mayor John Williams has submitted an ordinance that would roll back the long-standing unlimited senior exemption from the borough’s 6.5-mill property tax.

Boys illness brings community closer
A life-threatening disease has hospitalized a 10-year-old Kenai boy and triggered a flurry of support among family, friends and people who have never even met the Kenai boy, but are touched by his story.

Legislation would change timber practices in Southcentral Alaska
Timber harvesting rules defining buffers meant to protect habitat around Kenai Peninsula rivers and streams would be stiffened under bills now before the Alaska Legislature.

Photo feature: Cool exercise
Chris Hall runs with the sun on the Unity Trail in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon. The weekend will bring mixed snow and rain and possibly some sun with highs in the low 40s, according to weather forecasters.

Area job fair expands to offer more opportunities in growing industries
Representatives from more than 50 employers will set up shop in the Kenai today in hopes of snagging recruits for jobs ranging from entry-level fast food positions to advanced jobs such as engineering.

Fish meeting hooks interest, controversy
Meetings planned to discuss how to disperse public funds in Kenai and Russian rivers watershed areas already are stirring controversy.

Geography plays into changes
The nature of Region II geography required writing several proposed classifications of water bodies and buffer zone sizes into House Bill 420 and its companion, Senate Bill 262.

Teens enlisted in fight against domestic abuse
The LeeShore Center in Kenai is an organization devoted to helping others, but as their T-shirt design contest is under way, they are hoping to receive a little help from area high school students.

Weekend seminar focuses on parenting males
Author Rick Johnson says few people question the benefit of having a male role model present when raising a boy, but many, especially single moms, don’t know where to go to find one.

Insurance plan hassles has Soldotna eyeing change
Some of the most dreaded responses from health insurance providers are “exceeds reasonable and customary charges,” “procedure not covered” and “claim for benefits denied.”

Bill gives DMV chance to help solve problems
Recently, we’ve heard, read and seen stories of protests in Los Angeles as people have taken to the streets in opposition of new proposed immigration plans.

Rare squirrel proves to be black sheep of the family
A nature lover from Nikiski is going nuts about a critter that recently turned up at a bird feeder in his back yard .

Cabin offerings expanded
Three additional temporary rental cabins are planned for Kachemak Bay State Park this summer, expanding the joys of deep wilderness recreation to more outdoor enthusiasts, minus the damp-sided tent.

A refuge for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, wildlife, views
Here we are again, in late March, winding down the ski and snowshoeing season. While winter is still barely on our minds, let’s take a look at cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ski trails.

Around the Peninsula
Drama production set to entertainEnvironmental contest semi-finalists namedCaucus meeting setCommunity concert scheduledSkits, talent show slatedDomestic violence workshop plannedBake sale, bazaar scheduled

Around the Peninsula
CPGH plans board meeting Winter livestock series continues Little League registration up to bat Fairy tales to be told HEA youth rally slated Ethics to be discussed Rowing class set to begin Volunteer drivers needed Skyview 1996 reunion slated

Remember to enjoy the season of miracles
The season of miracles has finally arrived. Spring is no longer just around the corner.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski holds bible studyGroup studies book of JoshuaCross art exhibit set

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