Thursday, April 13, 2006

At work with: Lori Woitel
Business consultant and accountant Lori Woitel takes a moment out of a busy tax-season Saturday to play with Luke. Luke, Woitel's 3-year-old retriever, serves as the office mascot.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesCanned food drive events plannedMcDonald’s to host benefitWorkshop to open doorsScholarships offeredGas Authority to meet

Sterling artists craft Catholic tradition into nondenominational walk
“Christmas wouldn’t mean anything without Easter,” Kathi Overpeck said of the motivation for organizing the “Stations of the Cross” art exhibit at Sterling’s Abundant Life Assembly of God Church.

What’s Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

‘Lead’ moves well, but out of step
Movies about teachers in the inner-city are a dime a dozen, but somehow they continue to be entertaining. Maybe it’s because it reminds us all that school could have been a lot tougher than it actually was. And I do mean this for all of us. I contend that there are no real high schools like this, unless they’ve sprung into being as a result of Hollywood’s dogged insistence of their existence. This week’s film, “Take the Lead,” takes place in the rough and tumble version of the ever popular Hollywood High, where all the kids are somehow more than normal. These kids know the streets. They hustle, they deal, they rob and steal, and they do their best to survive. But now, with the introduction of one Pierre Dulane, they will ... dance!

Art Briefs
Section name change soughtHomer Council seeks talent, submissionsDance club seeks membersSoldotna photos wantedScholarship competition setGene tracers open classesFjords to feature kid’s artArts scholarships availableStorytellers wantedAnchorage symphony seeks vocalistsLeeShore sponsoring contestKenai photos wantedPoetry available online

Senior housing a better idea then empty hotel rooms
Discussions, plans and grant research under way for additional senior housing to be located near the old Wildwood Air Force Base concern many Kenai residents. A more logical place for this additional housing is near the existing senior facility for the following reasons: central location, nearby emergency services, existing new kitchen and dining room facilities, administrative personnel, paved streets, city utilities, a park and a recreational facility.

Mayor’s comment no laughing matter
The following statement was read into public testimony at the April 4 borough assembly meeting:

Reader: Sales tax better than paying property tax
I was absolutely livid when I received my property assessments and saw what the borough is attempting to do to property owners, young and old alike.

School system out of control
Over the last 56 years since I graduated from school, there has been tremendous changes in the world in almost every category there is.

Reader: Information is cure for concerns over building
In response to Sherrie Henderson’s letter to the editor April 3 (regarding a plan to build a facility to treat under- and uninsured patients): Miss Henderson, I’m sorry to hear your response. Unfortunately, you must not have been able to attend the public meeting March 28 at the Soldotna Sports Center, where all your questions would have been answered for you. If I can at any time talk with you on your worries, please call me. I will do my best to get you the information you need and discuss this matter with you.

Marketing Alaska’s gas, coal gasification subject of meeting
Royal Dutch Shell has expressed interest in marketing Alaska’s share of natural gas from the proposed Alaska natural gas pipeline and indicated the company would soon submit an independent proposal to the state to market its gas.

Soldotna man’s murder trial put on hold again
The murder trial of a 23-year-old Soldotna man has been delayed again after the defense requested more time for a competency evaluation.

Council ready to paint the town
As sure as blooming crocuses and tulips and oozing parking lot mud puddles are signs of spring in Soldotna, so are painting crews restriping crosswalks and turn lanes within the city.

Soldotna bridge to close 4 nights next week
Motorists traveling through Soldotna next week may want to alter their route to avoid the Kenai River bridge — at least during the night.

Gross sales solid
For the second year in a row, gross sales in the Kenai Peninsula Borough topped the $2 billion mark, and taxable sales were up, as well, according to the borough’s latest look at economic data from 2005.

Heritage Place on agenda
A preliminary purchase agreement transferring the assets of Heritage Place, a 60-bed nursing facility in Soldotna, to the borough is ready for consideration by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at Tuesday’s meeting.

’64 earthquake devastation draws Seward closer
An earthquake, tsunami and a flaming petroleum spill carried waves of destruction over Seward on a Friday afternoon in 1964. But on the heals of destruction swelled waves of compassion and generosity as people united to help one another, said Dorothy Lentz, 73, who lived in a house with her husband and four children approximately two miles from downtown Seward.

Getting the word out
When word first went out telling of the devastating earthquake that hit Alaska in 1964, people Outside heard horrific reports about Anchorage and many held that the Kenai Peninsula was pretty much gone.

Denton 'Gene' Backus
Sterling resident Denton “Gene” Backus died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at home. He was 43.

Joshua J. Rhoten
Soldotna resident Joshua J. Rhoten died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 30.

Theodore B. ‘Ted’ Knight Jr.
Kenai resident Theodore B. “Ted” Knight Jr. died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 85.

Do Alaskans want an industry that will reap harvests?
It’s nearly spring and soon the gardening season will be upon us. People across Southcentral Alaska and other parts of the state will begin planting seeds to grow flowers and vegetables that can be enjoyed at a future date. These are investments for the future, not unlike the investments the oil and gas industry makes year after year.

Should tax dollars be used to determine relationships?
Good intentions often lead to unintended consequences. This truism is relevant regarding the same-sex benefits issue being addressed in Juneau. In 1998, Alaskans overwhelmingly voted to add one sentence to our constitution — “To be valid or recognized in the State, a marriage may exist only between one man and one woman.” Although the issue has been dubbed one of the more contentious public discussions of our day, it’s been anything but controversial in voting booths. Nineteen states have voted overwhelmingly to enshrine language in their constitutions defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Indisputably, a national consensus has been established regarding how we define marriage.

Around the Peninsula
Running club registration opens Drama, debate, forensics show set Chili feed set to dish Spaghetti dinner fundraiser scheduled Miners set to dig in Easter egg hunt planned Tax relief dinner slated

Around the Peninsula
Judge Cranston remembrance ceremony slatedCommunity film night ready to showEaster brunch scheduledSoHi after-grad committee to meetRowing class beginsRecycling round-up setSafari Club fundraiser setStoryteller comes with strings attachedGarage sale fundraiser slated

Service-learning program receives national award
The Kenai Peninsula College initiated a pilot service-learning program in Jan. 2004. Three years of funding for the start-up program—at $15,000 per year—was received from Community College National Center for Community Engagement by way of a grant (Supporting Actions for Engagement from Learn and Serve America.

The hardest part of the day: getting out of bed, dressing
One might get the feeling that with so many things needing to be done it would be best just to stay in bed an let the world pass you by, for awhile at least.

Around the District
Boyle fundraisers continue District forensics results announced Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Home school Cook Inlet Academy IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyutanen Head Start Nikiski Middle-High School Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna High School Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling Elementary Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Get your motor running
In the small gym at Soldotna Middle School, half the student body enjoys granola bars and juice and works on some fun activities involving numbers while principal Sharon Moock fires off questions requiring to students to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Some of the questions involve teachers’ ages and birth dates — much to the students’ delight.

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