Thursday, June 1, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Land Trust holds benefit Shareholders grab dividend

‘X’ doesn’t mark the spot
Rarely have I been as depressed as I was leaving the theater after a late showing of one of the movies I most anticipated this summer. The third “X-Men” film doesn’t just end the series, it clubs it to death and then buries it in a shallow grave. Man, oh man.

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Hip hop guru ready to shake up peninsula
The words krump, harlem shake, snap dance, blood walk, clown walk, hill toe, booty pop, crip walk may not mean anything to you — even if you’re into dance. Chances are they mean something to Oliver Crumes III, however.

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

Gamers gear up for busy year in gear
Last month brought big news for tech enthusiasts from the E3 technology conference, held in Los Angeles in early May.

Finding the ‘Pulse’
When the Clarion decided to rename its arts and entertainment section, previously dubbed “InSide,” the idea was to cull ideas from the community taking in the arts we report on.

Art Briefs
Pier One seeks thespians Homer council events add up KPC offers still cinema course Drama camps to train future stars

Donations pave the way for success
Cook Inlet Academy would like to give a generous thanks to the community and all the local businesses that make our community great. Thanks to all who generously donated prizes, time and funds along with incredible creativity to make our spring carnival a success. Thank-yous go out to the following businesses: Fred Meyer, 4D Interiors, Bauder Dentistry, EZ Limit Guide Service, Wounded Bear Kennels, Radio Shack, New Millennium, River City Cheer, Beemun’s, Spenard Builders Supply, Alaska Coastal Marine, Doors and Windows, Master’s Vinyard, Odie’s, Statewide Heating and Air Conditioning, Trustworthy Hardware, C.A.B.I. Clothing by Robin Forci, Fenton Bros. Guide Service, Affinity Salon, Alaska Center of Natural Medicine, Pizza Boys, borough assembly, Dr. Wisnewski, Accordia of Alaska and The Fitness Place.

Reader: Home-schooling has its advantages
I have been home-schooled since I started school. I am 13 now, and I have home-schooled for about nine years. My name is Joshua Johnson, and I am going into ninth grade. Home schooling is fun!

Moose experience worth sharing
My son, Jason, and I saw a mother moose have a baby (May 24) outside the fence of the airport on Funny River Road. It was amazing.

A little tongue in cheek
Our governor has a recurring favorite dream wherein, when he zooms throughout the country in the new jet, he makes sure that everyone knows that he is the governor, and dresses the part.

Nikiski cleans up with help
The Nikiski Community Council would like to thank everyone who made spring cleanup a success. The many families who spent May 13 picking up trash along the roadsides, everyone that was out picking up trash during the week. From toddlers to seniors, all showing community pride, making sure our community shined.

Oil companies leaving Alaska?
The oil companies, making huge profits in the state of Alaska are doing everything they can to convince the public and the Legislature that any additional tax would drive them out of the state.

Response deserves praise
This is to express my appreciation to the Latter-day Saints Church, Soldotna branch. My mother, Ruby Mae Bishop, is an elderly lady with a home in Soldotna surrounded by a huge yard. Stan Stedman graciously offered the assistance of a couple of the LDS members to assist me with the yard work. Well, last week, not just one carload of people from the church came to work in the yard, but six! There were entire families with children climbing out of the cars and working all around like spring birds and filled over 100 bags with leaves in no time.

Sad times
The inordinate amount of time that it took for Capital Hill Police to determine that what sounded like gunfire was actually just construction sounds shows us just how thoroughly we, as a “victim society,” have been cowed by a few terrorists and a few trial lawyers.

Design idea doesn’t float
Who is responsible for the logo that is being used for the “King of Spring” and was also utilized for the “Les Anderson” celebration?

Writer says fair elections needed in Native corporations
Section 2(b) of ANCSA says, “Native shall have maximum participation in decisions affecting their rights and property.” Shareholder participation is limited to the right to vote, but if elections are controlled participation and choice is limited.

Letter needs more support
I am impressed by William Phillips’ diligence and passion which is obvious in his letters to the editor.

Holiday: CES has 40 calls
Alaskans crawled out of their dens and visitors descended on the peninsula to kick off summer over the long memorial weekend. The early summer revelry was accompanied by a not-so-unexpected slew of mishaps involving boats, guns, fires and all-terrain vehicles.

Man survives mauling
A North Fork man survived a brown bear attack about 8:30 a.m. Sunday near his home on Knob Hill Road near Epperson Knob at about Mile 7 of North Fork Road.

Rising costs shorten roads lists
A host of borough roads have been proposed as maintenance projects for this summer, but rising costs are forcing some off the list of those likely to be funded this year.

Habitat breaks ground for peninsula family
Community-minded contributors noshed hot dogs, mingled with friends and family and otherwise enjoyed Saturday’s spring weather at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity’s summer house build.

Optimism on Soldotna bridge going down river
The goal of bridge workers in Soldotna continues to be completing the new Kenai River bridge this year, but the optimism that once characterized their speech is on the wane.

Oil exec pitches gas line in Kenai
Concurrently with teams of Gov. Frank Murkowski’s pitch men, an executive from ConocoPhillips was in Kenai this week stumping for the Alaska gas pipeline project that would bring stranded natural gas from the North Slope down to the Lower 48 market.

First-timer reels in trophy ‘hog’ in inlet
The inviting weather and a 60-pound king salmon hosted a Virginia man on a day of firsts this weekend, as his first salmon fishing trip landed him his first salmon and first trophy certificate.

Governor’s advisers tout potential payoffs
Its engineering complexities are staggering, the financial risks enormous, but if successful, the potential payoffs over the next few decades for Alaska would be written in 10-figure amounts.

Final school ‘Bell’ rings
Twenty-five years after he last cracked open a book in school, 40-year-old Robert Bell found an eighth grade education just didn’t cut it anymore and decided it was time to earn his GED. Bell’s return to school, however, would take him much further than he originally anticipated.

Hazel ‘Ruth’ Rember
Longtime Kenai resident Hazel “Ruth” Rember died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 88.

James W. Blanning
Longtime Kenai resident James W. Blanning died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 84.

Fern Dutton
Former Alaska resident Fern Dutton died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Sequim, Wash. She was 68.

Reader content makes Clarion stronger
All of the changes are designed to make the Clarion a better paper. Our goal is to make it easier to read, easier to locate features and, of course, to provide you with the most interesting and beneficial information to help you live on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Be careful out there
A story on the front page of Wednesday’s Clarion is a reminder that we’re in summer mode on the peninsula. Boat accidents, guns, fires and all-terrain vehicles mishaps left some battered, bruised and in jail over the Memorial Day weekend.

Around the Peninsula
Cancer awareness walk planned Plant sale set to bloom Rowing classes set to stroke Jet boat auction revs up Dandelion hunt set Swim lessons available Peace group to meet Golf tourney fundraiser set Swim team seeks members Red Cross golf tourney set Team seeks work Volunteers wanted for garden

Around the Peninsula
Got a question? Church garage sale continues Water safety instructor class offered Golf tourney set to swing Kenai seeks volunteers for dirty work Swim lessons to make a splash

Wings Christian Academy
Soldotna born Leah Howell said she was sad to be leaving Wings Christian Academy. She had formed lasting friendships with the students and teachers, but said of all the things she would miss the most, there was one that stood out from the rest.

Skyview High School
The graduation spirit was in full swing Thursday night at Soldotna Sports Center as the Skyview class of 2006 prepared to make the leap into full-fledged adulthood.

Soldotna High School
High school was about to become a memory for Soldotna High School’s class of 2006 on Friday night, and the memories accompanying the students’ four years as Stars were up for discussion before the event took place.

Hope School Valedictorian
Bryan Abrego graduated from Hope Elementary-High School in Hope. He is the son of Camille and Joseph Abrego. “I will be saddened to leave, as this has been my home for over six years. In my free time, I like to snowboard and snowmachine in the winter and play video games,” he said. Bryan plans to study drama and computer programming at the University of Alaska Anchorage and would like to become a novelist.

Kenai Alternative
With the nation involved in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was little wonder that soldiers in uniform attended the Kenai Alternative School graduation. In fact, one wore his Army dress uniform under his blue graduate’s gown.

For parents, senior year is a series of firsts and lasts
When graduation comes, seniors get excited. For many, it means heading off to college or jobs out of town, out of state and occasionally out of the country.

Graduation isn’t end of learning
Graduation is not the end of the road for high school students. If they want to avoid underemployment, they will need more training.

Kenai Central High School
Moments before the Kenai Central High School graduation was about to begin, Emma Brenner panicked.

Ninilchik School
Editor’s note: Ninilchik School did not provide a class list or valedictorian biography by the Clarion’s deadline.

Nikiski High School
Juanita Millyard, who is graduating from Nikiski a year early this spring, said her high school career was great, and that she plans to go to college and become an educator herself. But not at the high school level.

Cook Inlet Academy
Leaving the classrooms and hallways of the school that have occupied a young person’s life for the majority of their time alive may be traumatic for some, but not for Stephanie McNutt of Soldotna.

Connections Home School
If music is truly the international language joining people who don’t share a common spoken language, it comes as no surprise that a number of musically gifted students shared that gift during the Connections graduation program for homes-schooled children.

Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus
Bachelor of Arts — English

Sports Briefs
Motocross races slated for Saturday Stock cars all revved up Aces can’t close out Kelly Cup

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