Friday, May 19, 2006

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Borough buys Heritage Place
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will acquire Heritage Place in Soldotna, ensuring that skilled-nursing home availability will continue in the central peninsula area.

Transcripts detail McCormack’s jail conversations
In the murder trial of Barry McCormack Thursday, an investigator read from transcribed telephone conversations that suggest McCormack became nervous after a statement his brother-in-law made to investigators in 2003.

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.

School funding lawsuit moves forward
Mayor John Williams got the go-ahead Tuesday to explore a possible lawsuit that would claim the state of Alaska has for several years failed to fund Kenai Peninsula Borough schools either adequately or equitably.

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.

Assembly likely to adopt ’07 budget at June meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly won’t take formal action on the proposed 2007 budget or set next year’s property tax mill levies until June, but recent decisions by the Alaska Legislature could refine figures in the final budget ordinance.

Kenai elected officials remain in PERS
Saying she did not think the citizens of Kenai should pay for the retirement of elected officials, Mayor Pat Porter on Wednesday said she would support a resolution excluding elected officials from the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

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.

Isabelle Marie Stumpf
Anchorage resident Isabelle Marie “Izzy” Stumpf died peacefully, surrounded by family, after a long battle with heart disease and other medical problems on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 79.

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.

Everett Eldon Jones
Kenai resident Everett Eldon Jones died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at his home in Kenai. He was 85.

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.

‘Hooli-clouds’ spotted in the river
Although frequently overlooked as a traditional Alaska food by the state’s wider population, hooligan mark the beginning of spring and renewed food supplies to those who rely on subsistence and harbor strong cultural ties to the land.

1890s hunters called for national wildlife refuge on the Kenai
As many readers know, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was originally called the Kenai National Moose Range. The Moose Range was established by executive order on Dec. 16, 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Amendment to regs give Kasilof River fishermen extra day to land a lunker
Anglers may find an amendment to this season’s fishing regulations on the Kasilof River a change fit for a king.

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
RCAC to meetSummer camp set to entertainTree sale set to branch outCommunity 5-K run set for SaturdayCemetery cleanup slatedCommunity fun fest set to entertainKCHS after-grad committee to meetCancer awareness walk planned

Lynx top Kardinals
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team’s return to the state tournament was an eye-opener as the Kardinals dropped their opening game 5-0 to Dimond at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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.

48 area athletes head to state track meet
Forty-eight athletes from the Kenai Peninsula qualified for the state track and field championships, which begin today in Fairbanks, and while just a few may have their sites set on a state title, just about every athlete on the roster has a shot at a place on the podium.

Sports Briefs
SoHi softball games canceled

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsCommunity play offeredClothes availableSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski holds Bible studyBible school to take a rideCommunity Bible school plannedYouth evangelism camp slatedVacation Bible school to host fiestaSummer Bible school sets sail

The Da Vinci Code: Is it fact or fiction?
Dan Brown’s novel, “The Da Vinci Code,” has sold over 40 million copies.

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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