Thursday, June 29, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules First National donates to building degree Barton honored for safety Kenai chamber appoints Rawls to board BBB launches online homeowners site Land Trust plans kayak, bike benefits Home Depot holds workshops

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Art Briefs
Flower boxes fund museum Fair releases exhibitor info Stained glass classes open Arts fund expanded July mosaic classes set

Setting sail for a bright future
“I like to compare myself to a sailor, an explorer,” Wasilla native Matt Hopper said early this week from his family home.

Crass Sandler comedy doesn’t ‘Click’
As we left the theatre this weekend after seeing the one-note joke comedy “Click,” a filmmaker friend of mine observed, "when you go to an Adam Sandler movie, you know what you’re gonna get.” He’s absolutely right, which is why I shouldn’t have been surprised at the crude sexual humor, the juvenile behavior, and the frequent use of the word “boobie.”

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

Time for peninsula bridges to be renamed?
I live on the Kenai Peninsula and recently had several occasions to drive to Anchorage.

Reader: Something’s not right with sonar
This is a letter to the clients of guides who fished the Kenai River for early run chinook salmon. Some of you are probably wondering how a guide could fail to catch you a legal fish this year with the near record return. You must have thought you hired a poor guide. Fishing conditions were good, so the guide must be the problem. Just maybe there is a second explanation.

Berating tourists doesn't speak well of the locals
I usually try to focus on the positive in our fair city, but a summertime visitor to our fair city told me a rather ugly story about an extremely rude driver who imperiled his vehicle and then berated him both verbally and with sign language when the man attempted to discuss this behavior with him.

Leave a legacy worth noting
The 230th birthday of our republic is upon us. Its future depends on increasing the volume of quality citizenship, not the quality of leaders. Here’s why.

Thanks to businesses, poppies spring up in lots of places
The VFW Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary wish to thank Fred Meyer, Safeway, Trustworthy Hardware and the U.S. Post Offices in Kenai and Soldotna for allowing on-site distribution of poppies during our recent Buddy Poppy Drive.

Veto faces test
The first veto ever exercised by Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey in the five years he has led the city will be put to the test this evening.

Charges add up for response to Kasilof wildfire
Even though the Kasilof woman charged with starting a wildfire did not intend to do so, the Kenai District Attorney has charged her with three misdemeanors and gave her a bill for firefighter response.

Mayor to sign Heritage Place contract
Mayor John Williams will sign a final bill of sale today on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, completing the purchase of Heritage Place, a Soldotna nursing home, from Banner Health.

Developer strikes a deal
A Canada-based mining company has purchased more than 8.7 million shares of Pebble Mine developer Northern Dynasty Minerals Inc.

Quick thinking saves merchant from fraud
Had he been less wary, Dave Davis might have thought he was about to make a monster sale last Thursday.

Don’t get too fired up for July 4
To many, the Fourth of July means fireworks.

Kasilof salmon rule not terminal
Dipnetters who descended on the Kasilof River between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 11 p.m. Wednesday, more than likely returned home sulking.

Billy Dean Wells
Nikiski resident Billy Dean Wells died Friday, June 23, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 59.

Soldotna resident Keith W. Reineking died Monday, June 26, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 67.

Around the Peninsula
Library to sell used books Hospital board to meet Chay show on energy slated Drifters group to hold member meeting Archers to shoot Blood bank seeks donors Red Cross golf tourney set Cheerleading camp planned

Around the Peninsula
Kids car seat checks planned Historians to meet Market space offered to school kids Dogs events coming to Skyview Are you curious?

Sports Briefs
The Lady Kings competitive softball team won one game and lost three during a road trip to Anchorage last weekend.

Oilers beat Panners, snap skid
The Peninsula Oilers returned home to the friendly confines of Coral Seymour Memorial Park Tuesday, and Jesse Jordan settled right in, pitching a complete-game shutout as the Oilers defeated the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 3-0 in Alaska Baseball League play.

Sports Briefs
The Kenai Penisula Racing Lions quarter-midget drivers had two race dates last week. On June 17, they raced on the dirt circle track at Twin Cities Raceway, putting on some great races between stock car and sprint car races. These races were dominated by Keith Porter, age 13, and Steven Young, age 11, driving their Nervo Chassis quarter-midgets.

Oilers make it two straight wins
The Peninsula Oilers made it two in a row, defeating the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-3 in Alaska Baseball League play Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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