Thursday, June 2, 2005

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Submissions wanted from women writers Art workshops offered Acting workshop planned Singers wanted Writers conference slated Council on the Arts to meet Artwork wanted for cover Scholarship contest announced

From the bookshelf: Unusual voyages probe Alaska issues
In 1899, Edward H. Harriman decided to take an Alaska cruise. As one of the world's richest and most powerful men, he could do whatever he wanted. He assembled one of the most odd, inspired and extravagant expeditions ever to sail the North Pacific.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

On the wall
If Chris Jenness were writing this story, it might go something like this: "The artist paused, reluctant to shepherd his work into the world. There was no telling the consequences that would follow."

Indecision upsets Ninilchik reader
Agrium representatives stated last January that there was nothing we could do to keep them here; they gave us a closing date.

Ohio woman pleased with story on friend
I have followed the stories on Colleen Puch in your great newspaper. I am so grateful to you folks there at the paper for all your caring and support. I want to thank Tanny Miller, and all the folks who have been friends and co-workers of Colleen since she moved away from all of us here in Ohio. You guys are good people, the kind I would want for my friends, also.

Outdoor camp successful because of community
Once again, the parents of Kenai Middle School made it possible for our students to enjoy a classroom without walls. Their willingness to chaperone our annual Outdoor Interdisciplinary Unit at Camp Carlquist in Eagle River allowed KMS sixth-graders to enjoy three days of lessons in the great outdoors. They practiced first aid, orienteering, building shelters and roasting biscuits on their survival fires.

Surprise visit worth more than any letter
I recently went through the process of getting a passport and traveling to South Korea. Our daughter is stationed there in the U.S. Army. She has not been able to come home for more than a year.

Mentoring program finds lot of support
There was a pilot program in the Kenai-Soldotna area the second semester of the school year called the Customized Employment Grant Mentorship Program. It was a cooperative effort between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the Peninsula One Stop (Kenai Peninsula Job Center) and area businesses to assist students' transition from school to work.

Family has ship named after elder
A U.S. Coast Guard vessel in Yorktown, Va., recently was named in honor of an Alaska Native with kinship ties to a Kenai family. Ned Nusunginya, grandfather of Kenai resident Vern Nusunginya and great-grandfather of Vincent, Justin and Bryan Nusunginya, had a C-Port Marine Services Motor Vessel named after him in March.

Bridge up for debate
A bridge connecting Sterling and Funny River would cost between $10 million and $20 million to build and could leave the Kenai Peninsula Borough with the job of maintaining a span far larger than anything it maintains today, according to the borough roads director.

Bethel man charged with murder of wife
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A Bethel man shot and killed his wife during a domestic dispute in the couple's home, according to the Bethel Police Department.

Legislative delegation touts work in session
With the legislative session finished, the central Kenai Peninsula state legislative delegation reported back to their constituents Tuesday at a panel jointly hosted by the Kenai, Nikiski and Soldotna chambers and the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

Forster: It was kill or be killed
An Alaska State Trooper investigator, testifying in the murder trial of David Forster on Tuesday, told jurors Forster said he felt if he didn't kill Kenai Police Officer John Watson, Watson was going to kill him. Forster, 35, is accused of murdering Watson on Christmas 2003 in the driveway of Forster's residence on Watergate Way in the Kenai VIP Subdivision.

Alaska bikers roll along
A motorcycle owner for 27 years, Greg George remembers the first time he rode on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. "It was a friend's bike," he recalled as he dusted some shiny new Harleys at Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson in Soldotna.

Timber consultant: plant will re-open
KETCHIKAN (AP) — A timber consultant who is working to reopen the veneer plant at Ward Cove said it should be up and running by September with two shifts of workers.

Experience leads to defiance
An investigator who interviewed David Forster the day after he allegedly shot and killed Kenai Police Officer John Watson 1 1/2 years ago, told a Kenai jury on Wednesday Forster said he failed to stop when Watson tried to pull him over because of a bad experience he had earlier with another officer.

Era sold to group of West Coast investors
A group of five West Coast investors, including former National Football League football player Willie Gault have signed an agreement to purchase Era Aviation's fixed wing operations.

Out to sea
A sea otter swims on its back in the waters just outside of China Poot Bay recently. Otters frequently are encountered in Kachemak Bay throughout the spring and summer.

Marcia L. Carter
Kenai resident Marcia L. Carter died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at her home. She was 60.

Efforts to prevent Eielson closure arrive far too late
Here comes Fairbanks, the Legislature and a lot of other forces pouring on the afterburners in a last-ditch fight to keep Eielson Air Force Base fully operational, and off the Defense Department's base closure list.

Special session not squandered money in long run
News stories about the Legislature's special session have usually included a mention about the daily cost, estimated at about $30,000. That puts the final bill from the just-concluded 15-day overtime period at about $450,000.

Around the Peninsula
Search on for Skyview principal Seniors plan garage sale Peace, justice group to meet KPC council meeting slated Unserviceable American flags sought Baseball series seeks sponsors

Around the Peninsula
Comments for new principal sought Archers plan work day Summer reading program planned Bird set to take off Home school book sale slated

Nadal, Federer to clash
PARIS — Imperious and nearly impervious, Roger Federer plays the beautiful game. Muscular and macho, Rafael Nadal is, like the uncle who inspired him, ''The Beast.''

Royals get to Johnson, beat Yankees
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emil Brown hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat Randy Johnson for the first time in 12 years, handing the New York Yankees their fourth straight loss with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

Strong field, impressive roll of Memorial winners
DUBLIN, Ohio — The framed pictures of past champions that hang on the wall represent an All-Star collection of major champions, a testament to how Muirfield Village brings out the best at the Memorial.

Rice gets acquainted with new team
DENVER (AP) — Jerry Rice began his first day as a Denver Bronco doing something unheard of for a player of his stature: he walked around the locker room and introduced himself.

Pistons pull even with Heat
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Larry Brown's uncertain future was not a distraction to the Detroit Pistons. On the contrary, it was barely in their thoughts.

Birch Ridge Report: Mirror, mirror ... how's my swing?
I began this golf season reading a myriad of articles on how one could improve one's golf game by merely concentrating on the fundamentals. The best way, supposedly, is to use a mirror to check the position of your body at key points of the back swing on into the follow-through (if one actually has a follow-through).

Kenai golf report: Kenai Cup starts today
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. With the many activities available (attending events honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, fishing, clam digging, gardening, golf), there was something for everyone.

Spurs take care of Suns
PHOENIX — The San Antonio Spurs are excited to be going back to the NBA Finals. They're even happier about not having to see Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns until next season.

Once banned, Puerta reaches French semis
PARIS — Shouts of bravo mingled with expressions of surprise as unseeded Mariano Puerta, an Argentine back from a nine-month drug suspension, and Nikolay Davydenko, a Russian on the rise, set up an unlikely French Open semifinal.

Rangers rip Tigers for eighth straight
DETROIT — Kenny Rogers allowed three hits in seven innings, setting a team record with his sixth win of the month, and the Texas Rangers stretched their winning streak to nine games with an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Royals hire Bell to replace Pena
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buddy Bell faces a daunting rebuilding project with a team that could be headed for record losses, and he's promising no quick turnaround for the Kansas City Royals.

Nationals edge Braves
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals' slumping offense really got going once it got a chance to face the Atlanta Braves' bullpen.

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