Friday, April 14, 2006

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

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.

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

Reader: Jesus is truth of Easter
The Bible is the story of God redeeming His chosen people for the praise of His glory. The story began in eternity past when God made a plan that His son, Jesus Christ, would suffer, die on a cross and be resurrected as an act of divine justice to secure the salvation of chosen people by forgiving their sins without compromising His own perfect holy standard for humanity.

Targeting elderly, disabled vets
The government gangsters now reason that the “full-measure” property tax exemption no longer be granted to the elderly and disabled veterans. It is indeed unfortunate that behind Williams’ ever-smiling face lurks a sinister figure who intends to prey on those most deserving of relief.

Letter requires more info
The April 2 letter, “Keep free health care in perspective,” written by Sherrie Henderson, addressed several concerns with regards to the planned Peninsula Community Health Center project. I would like to share information relative to these concerns.

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.

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.

KPC offers tuition deal for Outsiders
Kenai Peninsula College attempts to use education to expand people’s minds and broaden their career options, but this summer it goes a step further by allowing students to stretch a few dollars.

Youth to have say in future of Soldotna skateboard park
When the city of Soldotna takes up the question about what to do with its skateboard park, it will seek input from the ultimate users — the city’s young.

’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.

Nikiski soldier injured in Iraq
The news of two Fort Wainwright soldiers injured and one killed in a suicide bomber’s blast in Iraq on Tuesday hit close to home for a Nikiski mother.

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.

Borough may hike vehicle license fees
Automobile owners would begin paying higher motor vehicle taxes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough next year under a measure proposed by Mayor John Williams’ administration.

Confusion held sway after 1964 earthquake
Editor’s note: This is the last of a five-part series examining the lasting effect the 1964 Good Friday earthquake had on the Kenai Peninsula, especially the residents who lived through it.

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.

Richard ‘Dick’ Turnbull
Nikiski resident Richard “Dick” Turnbull died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at his home on Daniel’s Lake. He was 58.

When it comes to taxes, it could be a lot worse
With the deadline for federal income tax returns looming (it’s Monday, by the way), now is as good a time as any for a tax reality check — and a reminder how good Alaskans have it when it comes to taxes.

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.

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.

Outdoors briefs
Youth needed to resurrect creekBlack bear baiting permits availableHalibut tagging commences

Volunteers are increasingly important as budgets decline
Last week, KDLL-FM and KBBI-FM, both Kenai Peninsula public radio stations, conducted their spring membership drives.

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

Around the Peninsula
Section name change contest ends todayPROPS committee to meetWildfire preparedness training setCommunity chili feed set to dishSpaghetti fundraiser scheduledMiners set to dig inEaster egg hunt planned

Kenai booters trade gym for turf
With their fields still covered in snow, the Kenai Central girls and boys soccer teams escaped the gym Thursday for the turf field of Anchorage Football Stadium.

Homer, Soldotna, Kenai squeeze in brisk track and field competition
The temperature was in the 40s and a brisk wind pulsed through spectators and competitors alike Thursday at Kenai Central High School, but all in all many actually felt lucky to have a track meet.

Church Briefs
Good Friday service scheduledMethodist church sets servicesEaster events plannedAddictions group meetsBaha’i classes setCross art exhibit continuesKenai Aglow meeting slatedClothes availableSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski holds bible studyGarage sale fundraiser scheduledYouth evangelism camp slated

One single moment may change your entire life
Did you know that a person reaching the age of between age 75 and 80 will experience more than 39 million minutes in their life — more than 650,000 hours, more than 27,000 days?

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