Thursday, June 15, 2006

Business Briefs
Chamber schedules B&B group to meet Saturday Totes, training offered

‘Cars’ more than just a slick ride
Animated films, even the best of the lot, rarely tackle themes of any real depth. On the surface, Pixar films would seem to follow the trend. For example, it would seem the overriding message of “The Incredibles” is that it’s OK to try your best and to be special. “Finding Nemo:” family is best. “Toy Story:” we get by with a little help from our friends. And so on.

Summer is time to play
This weekend marks the first of two weeks of summer theater productions for the central peninsula, with two plays from the Kenai Performers youth drama camps and an original play from Triumvirate Theater and Kenai Performers authors to hit the stage.

Art Briefs
Drama camps to train future stars Carving workshops slated Kenai photos wanted

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

Donations, volunteers help school shoot for the stars
It is said that it takes a community to raise a child — and we at Sterling Elementary have sure appreciated the support we’ve received from all over the country in helping us raise the next generation of explorers as part of our new NASA Explorer School program.

Murkowski showing his age
Governor Murkowski rolled into town on June 6 on his snake oil sales trip. He wants Alaskans to buy into the “contract” he has negotiated with Big Oil on the gas pipeline and accept the oil tax rate dictated to him by Big Oil. Are we are as gullible as Big Oil thinks we are? Agree with the governor, and you prove we are gullible.

Volunteers made bike ride roll smoothly
At the end of the school year we took 35 Kenai Middle School students for a bike ride on the Unity Trail Loop. We would like to thank the following people for volunteering their time to help us have a safe and fun ride: Carl Glick, Bob Green, Jim Hoover, Mike Shane, Brian Wilkes, Preston Williams and Alex Zerbinos of the Kenai Peninsula Gold Wing Road Riders Association who escorted us safely across Bridge Access Road and alerted the traffic to our presence.

Kids were safe, volunteers fed
Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula hosted the third annual Water Safety Event on May 6, thanks to the generous funding support of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

Community needs facts, not angry rhetoric
Mike McBride’s editorial, “Initiative would limit taxes” (Clarion, June 8) and his insert in the next day’s Clarion on behalf of Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers make for discerning reading. While “putting the public into the process” in pursuit of “more accountable borough government” is an admirable and desirable goal, there are constructive and destructive ways to pursue that objective.

Choice is your to control taxes
I support the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers’ “ACT-CAP” initiative and encourage public participation to force the Kenai Peninsula Borough to grant the people a voice in our future.

Desire to help drives idea for oil changes
Recently the Men’s Ministry at the Church of God and the Christian Sportsman Fellowship decided that with the rising cost of fuel and living that we would help out some of the seniors and single moms in the community by changing the oil in there cars.

Soldotna seeks to keep ice dry
To keep the weather out of Soldotna’s indoor sports arena, the city will consider appropriating $340,000 for roof repairs.

Gloom and doom already?
Although upper Cook Inlet commercial fishermen may be the first to start wringing their hands over weak sockeye run projections, the forecast could be full of dark and dreary days for all sockeye fishery user groups.

Group to look into waste management
A proposal by an Anchorage company to take over portions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department operations has prompted Mayor John Williams to form an independent working group to evaluate the borough’s options.

ELF vs PPT: Making sense of the contract
If there is one thing supporters of competing projects aiming to bring Alaska’s wealth of North Slope natural gas to market appear to agree on, it’s that the current system by which the state levies severance taxes oil and gas production is broken.

Photo feature: Row, row, row your bike
Tim Nixon goes for a 26-mile workout on the Unity Trail in Kenai last weekend atop a pedaling rowing machine. It’s a bicycle in that it has two wheels, but it’s really a rowing machine, he said. “It’s like a rowing shell except when I capsize I don’t get wet.”

Games boosted economy, but gains not evenly spread
This year’s Arctic Winter Games appear to have given a boost to the peninsula economy, especially in Kenai and Soldotna, according to the latest Kenai Peninsula Borough economic report.

Hearing set for Kenai
Kenai folks who haven’t had a chance to voice their opinions on the natural gas pipeline the governor has negotiated with the three major petroleum companies, will get their chance Thursday.

Celebrations of longest day start Friday
For those inclined to party all day long, next Wednesday would probably be their best bet for a lengthy celebration.

Robert Gapinski
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert Gapinski died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at his home. He was 50.

Wilma Ailene Line
Wilma Ailene Line, an 80-year resident of Seward, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Anchorage. She was 96.

Ashley J. ‘Ace’ Falgout
Kenai resident Ashley J. “Ace” Falgout died Saturday, June 10, 2006, in an automobile accident on the Kenai Spur Highway. He was 62.

Around the Peninsula
Governor slated for pipeline hearing in Kenai Ninilchik opens for hatchery kings Counseling service offers education State education board to meet Indonesia aides guests at potluck Kids car-seat checks planned

Around the Peninsula
Are you curious?Flag Day ceremony planned todayCounseling service offers educationState education board to meetIndonesia aides guests at potluckTeam gets swimmingHealth Centers board meets Monday

Oilers beat Bruins with bottom of ninth heroics
David Newby hit a two-out, two-strike double down the right field line to drive in two runs in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Peninsula Oilers a 4-3 win over the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs
Quarter-midget racers take to Mat-Su trackLady Kings fare well in Anchorage

Oilers rebound from loss, post 9-0 victory
The Peninsula Oilers rebounded from their first loss of the season to defeat the Southern California Running Birds 9-0 Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Sports Briefs
State motocross series lands in Kenai Hackett tops in pole bending

Twins split a pair
The American Legion Twins split played 18 innings of hard-nosed baseball Wednesday, splitting a doubleheader at Wasilla.

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