Thursday, July 6, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules BBB launches home site Land Trust plans benefits Home Depot holds workshops

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

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Homer Theater secured to Pier
Today, Pier One Theatre exists in the midst of campers and motorhomes. But its name is a reminder of where this nonprofit theater group began in 1973.

Art Briefs
Pratt Museum gets buggy Flower boxes fund museum remodel State fair releases exhibitor info Stained glass class shine through in Sterling Carving workshops slated Kenai photos wanted Rasmuson expands arts fund July mosaic classes set

Public display opens window of opportunity
Thanks to all the good people who waved their books and shouted their beliefs at my kids and I as we drove through Soldotna. The spectacle sparked a wonderful discussion on our freedom of speech. It also provided us the perfect opportunity to talk about our freedom to believe in whatever we choose to and the oft-overlooked importance of affording others the freedom to do the same.

Lies are good reason to vote
Well once again the current administration has been caught in an act of supposedly doing the right thing but the wrong way. The New York Times reported as did some other large newspapers that the Bush administration is checking up on everyone’s banking records in the name of searching out terrorism.

Look at the options and vote
This should be the year Alaskans pass the mantle of governor to a new generation. It is time for two older warriors to be retired to emeritus status, and elect a new younger leader for Alaska’s future.

After cancer, dog show is a walk in the park
This weekend, as Lynda Ruesch and her golden retriever Casey take to the ring, whether they leave with the ribbon or just finish the event, they’ll have already accomplished more together than anyone would ever know.

Death mars holiday
An Independence Day celebration in Anchor Point turned tragic early Tuesday morning, after a partier drowned in a pond-filled gravel pit roughly 100 feet wide and 100 yards long.

Kenai family rolls their way to Minnesota
Hannah Kjeldson doesn’t consider herself much of a bowler.

Toddler warns family of fire
A 3-year-old boy is being credited with alerting family members, saving them from a fire that destroyed their home near Sterling Sunday night.

ConocoPhillips invests in REX natural gas line
ConocoPhillips has acquired partial interest in a planned 1,663-mile pipeline project that would link rich gas fields in the Rocky Mountains to gas-hungry eastern North American markets.

Man charged with 1st-degree attempted murder in taxi attack
Alaska State Troopers are still confirming the origins of a 19-year-old man who was charged with first-degree attempted murder, after he allegedly cut the throat of a taxi driver just south of Soldotna.

Berry business ripe
Last year, a federal appropriation earmarked by Sen. Ted Stevens allotted 1.1 million toward the $2.4 million construction of a nutraceutical manufacturing facility in Kenai.

Parade brings out more than red,white, blue
Locals rebelled the conventional and let their individual colors fly on Independence Day on Tuesday, as they hopped, danced and wheeled themselves through the streets of Kenai.

Seal pup gets lifesaving lift
A number of bald eagles were circling overhead.

Ferry project gets federal, state grants
A project to create daily ferry service linking remote villages on the south side of Kachemak Bay to Homer and the highway system got some good news this week.

Cab driver stabbed on Sterling Highway
A 19-year-old man taking a cab from Anchorage to Homer, stabbed his driver just south of Soldotna on Tuesday after the driver asked him for payment.

Russell Alan McLaren
Longtime Soldotna resident Russell Alan McLaren died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was 48.

Fred J. Mamaloff
Lifelong Kenai resident and Alaska Native Fred J. Mamaloff died Friday, June 30, 2006, in Anchorage after a long illness. He was 79.

Clinton D. Thurmond
Longtime Anchor Point resident Clinton D. Thurmond died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at his home surrounded by family. He was 81.

Christopher Anthony Trumpler
Lifelong Alaskan and Kasilof resident Christopher Anthony Trumpler died Wednesday, June 29, 2006, in Anchorage. He was 22.

Ute Rosemarie Kautz
Washington resident Ute Rosemarie Kautz died Friday, June 16, 2006, at home surrounded by family. She was 63.

Russian River a time bomb: Fish carcasse removal would help reduce bear encounters
Once again, bears are in conflict with people on the Russian and upper Kenai rivers. These bears are so well-fed that theft of a fish, camp cooler or backpack is usually done by bravado, not by force. But that’s small consolation to anyone terrified by a bear or who accidentally spooks a bear, evoking violent defense. Even innocent bystanders like Dan Bigley can be mauled.

Around the Peninsula
Parenting class set Sterling seniors hold Christmas in July Red Cross golf tourney set Boyle fundraiser slated Benefit golf tourney slated Swim lessons to make a splash Agrium begins live fire training Pitfalls of aging to be discussed

Lions host Sprint Car Challenge
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Circle Track Division hosted the Sprint Car Challenge at Twin Cities Raceway on Saturday and Sunday.

Twins drop game at Big Fish tourney
The American Legion Post 20 Twins of Kenai sure aren’t making things easy on themselves.

Skyview’s Romig takes junior title; Knight 3rd in men’s race
Brad Precosky was bloodied — but not beaten. Cedar Bourgeois simply breezed.

Walker Cup matches start at Kenai today
The second annual Twin Cities Walker Cup will start today at Kenai Golf Course with six alternate shot matches.

Oilers defeat Fire
The Peninsula Oilers saved their best for last.

Fore or foul: What’s harder, hitting a baseball or a golf ball?
It’s that time of year when we again struggle with the age-old question — which game is harder to play? Golf or baseball? OK, many of you don’t really care. But since I’m a big fan of both golf and baseball, I admit the question does intrigue me.

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Oilers run winning streak to 7 games
The Peninsula Oilers will be wearing white for at least one more game.

Twins to try for 3rd place
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team will play for third place today at the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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