Thursday, June 8, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Land Trust holds benefit Agrium boss moves to Canada Alliance Web site updated Local agents awarded Walls named home mortgage consultant

Art Briefs
Moose callers hold clinic Homer council events add up Drama camps to train future stars Art sought for Ketchikan school

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Activities add up at river fest
The Kenai River Festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday with a 5K Run/Walk starting from the City of Kenai Green Strip, has two days worth of art, music and activities over the course of the weekend.

Family Traditions
Folksinger Arlo Guthrie, whose 1967 hit “Alice’s Restaurant” gave new meaning to a little bit of littering and a whole lot of social consciousness, returns to the Kenai Peninsula next month, thanks to Downward Dog Productions.

Breaking up: hard to do, harder to watch
Last week I wrote that I had rarely been as depressed leaving a movie as I was when I walked out of “X-Men 3.” That was a depression born of deep geek comic book love torn asunder on the cold, sharp rocks of Hollywood’s bottom-line mentality. This is turning out to be a red-letter summer, because the depression I felt this week was nearly as bad as last week’s, but in a different way. I left the theater showing Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston’s “hilarious” comedy about breaking up feeling exhausted and head-achy after being subjected to a long series of screaming fights and cruel manipulations, with jokes few and far between.

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

Transfer sites lure in bears
Whether it’s a food delivery truck or your pickup truck and a load of trash, it’s all the same to the bear waiting at the waste transfer site for the next delivery and finishing off the remainder of your neighbor’s honey mustard and ham sandwich.

PERS, firearms on ‘to do’ list
Now that the state has kicked in $235,000 for the Kenai public employees’ retirement account, the city council will be asked to consider altering its budget, which is slated for final approval this evening.

5 boaters plucked from choppy inlet
Five people were rescued from Cook Inlet after their boat went down in choppy seas Tuesday afternoon.

CES gets its money back
By a narrow vote of 5-4 Tuesday night, the Kenai Borough Assembly agreed to reimburse Central Emergency Services the $1 million it contributed to construction of the new Emergency Response Center now nearing completion on Wilson Lane in Soldotna.

KWJG to trim evening shows
Despite bare bones funding, the Kasilof-based community radio station KWJG has chugged along for eight years, propelled on the steam of an all-volunteer staff. But rising costs and declining funds are forcing KWJG and KMJG, its sister station in Homer, to scale back, eliminating all original programming during evening hours on weekdays.

Kaleidoscope will add kindergarten, 4th grade
Kaleidoscope Charter School was given the green light to expand and explore the option of leasing extra classroom space outside Sears Elementary School in Kenai.

Tight budget passed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopted a budget Tuesday that will spend $58.7 million in fiscal year 2007, but will not require an increase in the boroughwide property tax mill rate.

Murkowski stumps for gasline
Delaying any freeze on oil and gas tax rates until producers have fully committed to building a gas pipeline, an idea floating this week as state lawmakers discuss amending the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act, presents some possibilities for compromise, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday in Soldotna.

Robin Kay Notter
Robin Kay Notter died Friday, June 2, 2006, at her home in Soldotna. She was 48.

Stephen Campbell Dunk
Former Soldotna resident Stephen Campbell Dunk died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, in Gig Harbor, Wash., at the home of his daughter Susan Clarke and surrounded by his immediate family. He was 82.

Matthew Allen ‘Crumpy’ Crump
Former Ninilchik resident Matthew Allen “Crumpy” Crump died Saturday, June 3, 2006, in a fishing accident at Toronto Lake in Toronto, Kan. He was 36.

Initiative would limit taxes: Taxpayer group aims for more control over borough finances
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers (A.C.T.) submitted an initiative petition that could limit the total revenue collected by borough taxes. This initiative, called ACT-CAP would stabilize property taxes and over time save peninsula taxpayers a lot of money. ACT-CAP allows cost of living increases based on borough population growth or loss. Additional increases above the cost of living formula would have to be approved by voters. This limit is designed to control the expansion of government services to those that the public approves. ACT-CAP puts the public back in control of future growth in borough services and spending.

Opal Fairchild’s daughter grateful for help with trial
As I try to comprehend the end of the long saga of bringing the killer of my mother, Opal Fairchild, to justice, I want to thank the people who have worked so diligently the past 21 years. There are many people who have contributed at the Alaska State Troopers and its not possible to list them all by name, but I want them to know my family and I are eternally grateful for the job they do every single day. Professional law enforcement is more a calling, than a job, and Alaska is truly blessed to have such dedicated officers and support staff. A special thank you to the cold case investigators for their tireless efforts to solve this case, we would not be here today without these two outstanding public servants.

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons available Peninsula Democrats to meet Historical society meeting planned Mental heath classes available Peace group to meet Golf tourney fundraiser set Community pandemic flu seminar slated Lacrosse club seeks members Team seeks work Garden helpers sought

Around the Peninsula
Historical Society to meet Red Cross golf tourney set Baseball event seeks sponsors, players

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold circle track event Racing Lions hold motocross event

Sports Brief
The American Legion Twins baseball team will host the Peninsula Oilers in an exhibition game today at 6 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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