Thursday, August 3, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Humpy Creek tour set

Homer woman offers her unique touch to gardens
Brenda Adams loves her job.

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Ants outpace slow movie summer
I’m just come out and say it, blunt as it may be. This has been a rotten summer for movies. It’s been one major disappointment after another, with only a few minor exceptions. For this reason, I think you can understand why I might not have the highest of hopes for an animated adventure about a little boy who terrorizes an anthill. Whoopee!

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

Art Briefs
Soup Supper set Homer wants fiber art Chamber seeks fishy photos Elmendorf bazaar needs vendors Governor’s arts awards open up Art pros in demand Market space offered to kids Flower boxes fund remodel State fair offers pile up

Voter makes choice for state’s chief executive
I met Sarah Palin, a gubernatorial candidate for the state of Alaska, on several occasions, and recently I researched her background and experience from the Web site and from other sources, as well. She appears to me an ambitious and articulate young woman.

Policy needs changes
I have a problem with our immigration policy. Mainly because I feel there is none. We have learned recently that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is one of the most corrupt agencies in our government. Like many other government work places, it is even staffed with some green carded guest workers who are influencing decision making.

Greed makes reader disgusted with president
Over the past several weeks, the state Legislature has been attempting to make moves forward at the governor’s request on what he would have us believe is the best, the only and the quickest plan available for both and natural gas pipeline and to increase revenue for the state over the oil that is already being pumped. I have heard the his success has been virtually zero.

Gas pipeline contract not good enough for Alaska
The proposed gas pipeline contract should be scrapped. BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil are not the best companies to build the gas pipeline, especially since Exxon has not paid for all the damages caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. We need better partners in such an important project. Alaska needs to consider an all-Alaska pipeline and bids by other companies that were rejected without full review.

Reader: We need a veterans cemetery
During our 2000 VFW state convention in Ketchikan, I had the opportunity to visit their community cemetery with a separate entity for veterans. I was very impressed by the columbarium of marble with five service insignias of our military on the face with American Legion and VFW logo’s beneath.

Arson suspected in Sterling fire
Two unidentified men hastily drove away from a Sterling mobile home Wednesday as it burned in a fire suspected of being arson.

New gas wells on the horizon
Marathon Oil Co. will bring three new Southcentral Alaska natural gas projects into production in 2006, the company said July 13. Total new production is expected to range between 20 million cubic feet/day to 30 million cubic feet per day from five new wells, Marathon’s Alaska manager John Barnes said.

Carey honored by veterans
Motivated by a national mandate that the country have an educated citizenry that understands the legislative process, retired Skyview High School teacher Dave Carey encouraged his students to get out of the classroom and into the community to learn and to serve.

Candidates debate issues
Three gubernatorial candidates expressed unity in their general distaste for the policies of Gov. Frank Murkowski’s administration, but are divided on the details.

Gravel rules pass easily
The public process was credited Tuesday night for allowing the Kenai Peninsula Borough to create gravel pit regulations acceptable to all sides of the controversial mining of sand and gravel needed as peninsula communities grow.

Porpoise rescued on Nikiski beach
A group of setnetters on Salamatof Beach near Nikiski tried repeatedly to push a baby porpoise back into the water, but each time the heavy surf and rising tide pushed it back onto the beach.

CPGH feels effects of meth
As methamphetamine strengthens its hold among drug users on the Kenai Peninsula, it also is drawing greater attention from local health-care providers.

Soccer park, sprinklers up for council talks
With business booming in the construction industry this time of year, the city of Kenai is faced with capital project bids, all coming in significantly over the city engineer’s estimated cost.

Raid targets workers
A raid on the Snug Harbor Seafoods processing plant in Kenai late Friday morning led to the detention of 25 illegal immigrants found to be working at the plant.

Jeremy L. McCullough
Anchorage resident Jeremy L. McCullough died Saturday, July 29, 2006, in Soldotna. He was 31.

Earl W. Hibpshman
Longtime Alaska resident Earl W. Hibpshman died Monday, July 31, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna surrounded by his wife and children. He was 81.

Arouand the Peninsula
Nutrition classes held at food bank Safe Sitter courses offered Community run organizer sought Skyview swim team set to plunge PFLAG to meet Senior center to celebrate anniversary Chili contest planned

Around the Peninsula
Safe Sitter courses offered School district plans Title Vll talk Car seat check ups set Garage sale fundraiser set VBS set for Sterling Volunteers needed for run Beautiful yard nominations sought

Thunderstorms delay Oilers’ NBC opener
Thunderstorms in the Wichita, Kan., area caused several rain delays at the National Baseball Congress World Series Wednesday, delaying the start of the Peninsula Oilers’ first game of the tournament against the Prescott, Ill., Panthers.

Hutchisons win titles at Fargo tourney
Coming back from the USA Wrestling Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., last week, Michaela Hutchison was more proud of her older brother, Eli, who won a Greco-Roman title at 135 pounds, than she was of her own performance.

Birch Ridge Report
Everyone knows Murphy, right? No, I’m not referring to Dan (Birch Ridge Golf Association president and building contractor extraordinaire) or Linda (retired borough clerk and Birch Ridge Golf Association secretary). The Murphy I’m referring to is the one who is credited with the many phrases commonly known as “Murphy’s Law” (such as, “If anything can go wrong, it will”).

Twins open state tournament with victory
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team opened the Alaska state tournament with a 15-6 win over Dimond Tuesday at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage.

Reds and greens
Can you believe that it is already August? The reds are finally in and the silvers are already showing up, it will be moose season before you know it, and NFL preseason games will be starting and the leaves falling and snow before we know it and AAARRRGGHH!!!!

Twins suffer loss at state
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team was bumped into the losers’ bracket at the state tournament Wednesday with a 10-2 loss to East Anchorage at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Czech mates: SoHi grad finds friends on pitch
After Jennifer Senette graduated from Soldotna High School in 2003, she figured she was more or less done with competitive soccer. She was content to play on the reserve team at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where she could enjoy playing the game at a high level without some of the drawbacks of being a varsity intercollegiate athlete.

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