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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesTravel workshop plannedCapital workshop setHealing Touch class setKuhl rewarded with Cancun tripEra Aviation hires new Kenai station managerEra awarded for safetyFirst National Bank shareholders grab dividend

Directors appointed at HEA meeting
Homer Electric Association members have re-elected two incumbents and voted in a new representative — running uncontested — to the electric cooperative’s board of directors.

At work with: Beverly Galic
  Beverly Galic spreads cookie sprinkles along the edge of a chocolate pie in the bakery at Safeway in Kenai on a recent Saturday. Galic has worked as a baker for Safeway in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Soldotna and Kenai over the past 34 years. Photo by John Hult Name: Beverly Galic

Soldotna store becomes area’s only maternity wear option
After four kids, enough was enough for Tamara Miller.

Actors say comedy meant ‘to be’
William Shakespeare probably never intended all 37 of his plays to be condensed into 90 minutes. That’s all right. Stratford-upon-Avon’s most famous son probably never imagined “The Taming of the Shrew” would eventually become a teen comedy called “10 Things I Hate About You,” either.

Ship floats better than movie
Wow. I don’t know where to begin; how to put the experience into words. I’ve typed and retyped this lead a dozen times. How do you encapsulate a movie this grand, this bold, with such a capable cast and crew; a movie with a budget twice that of the average Hollywood film and a plot line so rife with ironic analogies. It “sinks?” Dunks? Slips too slowly beneath the icy waters of the competitive summer moviegoing season, drowning both audiences and investors alike? Nah. Too wordy. I need something nice and simple. Hmmmm. How about this: It sucked.

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

Art Briefs
Homer council events add upPier One looking for actorsArtists in Motion auditions plannedDrama camp deadline loomsTriumvirate wants actorsSing From the Heart seeks voicesDance club seeks membersCarving workshops slatedKenai Fjords to feature kids’ artRiver festival booths up for grabs

Cleanup event bags thanks for community involvement
The Soldotna Lions Club says a very special thank you to all the participants in the recently completed 2006 Peninsula Cleanup sponsored by ConocoPhillips. It is too early to make any guesses as to how much trash was collected from our streets and highways, but the roads are cleaner and that was the object. The Lions also want to say thank you to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce for all of their help in distributing information and trash bags.

SoHi prom wouldn’t be the same without efforts
On April 22, Soldotna High School’s junior class presented their prom “Red Carpet Affair” for the senior class. It was a memorable evening with record attendance by our students. We would like to thank the following businesses, groups and individuals who did so much in helping our class put on this special evening: Jeff and the crew from United Rentals for the generous donation of tents for our ceiling; Brian and all the staff at Trustworthy Hardware for the donation of paint, buckets and so many other supplies; Connie and C and C Stables for the carriage for pictures — a real touch of class; Davis Block and Concrete for donation of the sand we needed; Soldotna Sports Center for loaning us the hockey boards; Sharon, Stacey and the crew from Magic Moments for your hours of work and great pictures; Sue Stein — master designer — who made our visions reality; the parents of juniors for working the Sneak-a-Peek and then putting on a great after-prom celebration for our students; Mike and LaDawn Druce for announcing at promenade; all the junior parents and Kelley Smith who helped with decorations and in the kitchen; and our advisors Jeanna Carver, Doug Gordon, Dan Harbison, Troy Minogue, Sara Moore, Bruce Rife, Rob Shively and Lana Syverson for their hours of work and guidance.

Participation earns salute
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Military Appreciation event at the Kenai Air Fair last Saturday. Thank you to Herb Stettler, who headed the Veterans of Foreign Wars. They posted colors with the Kenai CAP Cadets. They also performed a gun salute. Thank you to Emily Philibert who sang our national anthem and “God Bless America.” Ed, a veteran, played Taps. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey spoke about the veterans who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.

Construction, budget set for Kenai council meeting
Now that mild weather has arrived and the summer construction season is getting under way, a number of big projects are on the dais for tonight’s Kenai City Council meeting.

Legacy committee donation could give gift of life to others
The Kenai River attracts scores of fishermen to battle gigantic fish at the reel, but among older fishermen the strain and excitement of fishing on the river may trigger a second and deadlier type of battle.

Man pushed to help robber
A man who has confessed to robbing the Safeway grocery store in Soldotna in 1985 told jurors in the murder trial of Barry McCormack on Tuesday that McCormack pressured him into robbing the store with him.

Photo feature: Falling into spring
Ice gives way to water at the base of Juneau Falls about four miles up the Resurrection Trail from its junction with the Sterling Highway last weekend. Hikers found a mostly dry trail with some areas of runoff on their way to the scenic spot.

Retiring ranger still lured by river
After 28 years of patrolling along the Kenai River as a state park ranger, Suzanne Fisler retired this month, but she has no intention of abandoning the Kenai Peninsula’s most prominent fresh water resource.

Assembly says no to $1 million payback to CES
Despite appeals from Central Emergency Service Area and borough administration officials, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday not to reimburse CES the $1 million its capital project fund contributed back in 2004 toward building a new emergency center in Soldotna.

Sherman E. Hermanson
Longtime Kenai resident Sherman E. Hermanson died Monday, May 15, 2006, surrounded by family at his home. He was 84.

Sue Renner
Former longtime Alaska and Kasilof resident Sue Renner died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at her home in Florida. She was 73.

Dorothy Edna Emerton
Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Dorothy Edna Emerton died Sunday, May 7, 2006, from cancer at her home in Funny River. She was 78.

Wanted: Common sense: Rocket scientists not needed to figure out horsepower issue
Once upon a time (around 1985) Alaskans and the Department of Natural Resources decided to address the boat traffic problems on the Kenai River. They decided to turn the management of the Kenai River’s waters over to Alaska’s DNR. The state appointed a board comprised of members from various user groups to advise the DNR concerning better ways to manage the Kenai River. The chairman of the Kenai River Special Management Area board was Jeff Jefferson. Chairman Jefferson and a majority of other board members, believed that reducing outboards to 35 horsepower on the Kenai River would help resolve the safety, social and environmental issues. I was president of our local guide association at the time, and debated Chairman Jefferson on KSRM radio. I contended that a better solution to the boat traffic issues was to require all powerboat users on the Kenai River (not just fishing guides) to pass a motorboat operators course.

Taxes have history of working people into rebelious rage
The history of mankind is filled with stories of people rising up against taxes. Even the most ignorant person several centuries ago could understand the two main ingredients of successful tax policy: Something of value must be received in exchange for the tax and the burden of taxation must be distributed “fairly” amongst the people. It is this question of “fairness,” which we find hard to answer because it is almost impossible to measure and just as difficult to agree on.

Around the Peninsula
Disabled veterans to meetSoHi pool closes for maintenanceRotary roses availableFootball team seeks workHabitat house groundbreaking setGun club members trigger meetingWater safety instructor class offeredGolf tourney ready to tee off

Around the Peninsula
Rotary roses available Retirement receptions planned Basketball camp a slam dunk Fair seeks volunteers Brain injury awareness walk set to take off Rowing classes set to stroke Dog jog slated

Kenai booters primed for state
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team will mark it’s return to the state tournament as the Northern Lights Conference champions with a noon kickoff today — not bad for a squad that was simply hoping to win one game at the conference tournament last week.

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KPC, community collaboration benefits food bank
It would be hard not to notice the colorful, new sign along Kalifornsky Beach Road in front of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran School IDEA Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori School Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Sterling Elementary Tebughna School Tustumena Elementary Information on Alaska sought Skyview High School awards

Reading outside the box
In the past, federal Title I money received by peninsula schools has been used to fund targeted programs, meaning the money was used for the benefit of students meeting specific criteria.

Underclassmen should get involved, don’t worry about being perfect
Once again it’s that time of year and as students we know what that means. It is a time of reflection on our past successes and a time to set new goals for what lies ahead.

Sports Brief
Chris Mabeus, a graduate of Soldotna High School, was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday and optioned to the Nashville (Tenn.) Sounds of the Pacific Coast League, the Brewers’ Triple A affiliate.

An ace in the hole
Mark Twain once said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” (Obviously he never played at Birch Ridge). But, I wonder if that’s what Chuck Obendorf was thinking as he was walking around the green on the eighth hole this past Monday during Senior League play.

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