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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Business contest running Business after hours planned

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

From the Bookshelf: Elder's words offer hope of cultural renewal
The 20th century was hard on Alaska Native villages, with outside cultural pressures suppressing many traditional skills and values. But during the latter decades of the century a stalwart cadre of tradition bearers emerged, determined to transmit the best of Native ways to new generations.

Drawing on Home
From the quiet village of Nanwalek on the shores of Cook Inlet comes the artwork of Nancy Radtke, whose watercolor and pencil creations are being exhibited at Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery in Homer through August.

Art Briefs
Nikiski grad honored for song Guild announces scholarships Storytellers wanted Art workshops offered Rasmuson awards open Benefit art raffle under way Artists in Schools slots open

Education isn't the only thing funded by taxes
Every year property owners are required to pay ransom for the privilege of keeping their home for another year. If we don't pay the ransom, we lose our home. It will be taken from us and sold.

Good time had by all the 'old timers'
A big thank you to the Kenai Senior Center personnel and volunteers for hosting the annual "Old Timers" lunch last Thursday (Aug. 18). Missy and the crew in the kitchen did a great job preparing a lovely turkey dinner.

Classes set to start — with fewer students
As Kenai Peninsula College gears up for the opening of classes Monday, school officials are preparing for an expected decline in enrollment, especially among older part-time students, largely due to the rising cost of living around the peninsula.

Soup's hot
For 17 years, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has been motivated by a single concept: that no one ought to go hungry in a community of such wealth and generosity.

Accident in Salcha kills 2 people
SALCHA (AP) — Two people were killed in an accident when their car was sideswiped and sent into the Tanana River.

Commission votes to move Army office to Fort Greely
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The main offices for the Army's Cold Regions Test Center would be returned to Fort Greely in Alaska's Interior under a plan approved Wednesday by a commission reviewing proposed base closings and realignments.

Preservation key to land deal
At times viewed as the enemy by developers, conservationists such as John Muir, Aldo Leopold and John Denver devoted their lives seeking an ethical relationship between people and the land.

Gravel change moves forward
Significant changes to the municipal code governing gravel pit operations took another step toward becoming law Monday when the Kenai Peninsula Planning Commission voted in favor of language requiring pit owners seeking land-use permits to prove their operations would not damage nearby aquifers.

Tesoro station to be rebuilt
One minute you see it; the next minute it's gone. That's about how fast construction workers seem to have been moving to completely demolish the Tesoro gas station on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Willow Street in order to make way for a new one.

Neighbors prevent spread of cabin fire
Vigilant neighbors likely helped prevent a cabin fire in Funny River from spreading to nearby forest land.

Favretto says task force needs new mission
The Agrium Task Force needs a new assignment, a co-chair of the group said Wednesday. In February, Gov. Frank Murkowski organized the task force, charging it with a two-fold duty: assist Agrium USA employees facing layoff after the corporation announced it would close down operations at its Nikiski fertilizer complex by November; and find ways to promote more oil and gas exploration, development and production in Cook Inlet and keep oil- and gas-based industries here.

Berniece S. Cooper
Former Kenai resident Berniece S. Cooper died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, while on Kodiak Island. She was 62.

Herman Darien Lindgren
Alaskan Native and Kenai resident Herman Darien Lindgren, known to many as "Chada" or "Uncle Herm," died Monday, August 22, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 85.

Minetta M. Carr
Soldotna resident Minetta M. Carr died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at home with family at her side. She was 84.

Zachary Michael McKenzie
Kenai resident Zachary Michael McKenzie died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 17.

Earnest 'Jim' Montgomery
Kasilof resident Earnest "Jim" Montgomery died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, of cancer at his home. He was 74.

Security delays may weaken nation overall
Security in this country is at an all-time high, and rightly so. Getting into the country can be pretty tricky, too. Foreigners especially have a difficult time getting visas. But that system might end up hurting us.

If Iraq proves hopeless, U.S. must get out
Annoying or not, comparisons between the Iraq war and the Vietnam War convey a message that President Bush needs to understand.

Around the Peninsula
Play auditions extended College plans barbecue Garage sale fund-raiser set Swim lessons available Rec center offers activities Fall dinner, raffle fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Tenants wanted for Nikiski senior housing SoHi swim team tryouts set Refuge hosts films, nature walks Tonkas on the bluff returns Auction fund-raiser slated

Armstrong denies new allegations
PARIS — A French newspaper says Lance Armstrong used the performance-enhancing drug EPO to help win his first Tour de France in 1999, a report the seven-time Tour winner vehemently denied.

Smith will not start for 49ers
Alex Smith will begin his first NFL season on the San Francisco bench. After struggling in both of his preseason starts, Smith was told Tuesday by coach Mike Nolan that Tim Rattay will open the season at quarterback against St. Louis.

Spectator deaths put dirt tracks under scrutiny
Mike Higginson was worried enough about safety at the Illinois dirt track where he raced that he told his 13-year-old son to watch from the upper reaches of the wooden bleachers. The advice saved the boy's life.

NCAA takes Seminoles off restricted list
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The NCAA will allow Florida State to use its Seminoles nickname in postseason play, removing the school from a list of colleges with American Indian nicknames that were restricted by an NCAA decision earlier this month.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold Circle Track event

Birch Ridge Report: And the winner is ...
Thirty-six of your friends showed up for the Bassackward Tournament this last week and had, as usual, a super time. Too bad you missed it (and you know who you are!)

Kenai Golf Report: Course is now 20 years old
On June 28, 2000, Rita Botelho's Kenai Golf Report started like this: "The Kenai Golf Course started with a dream when a man fell in love with the game of golf while on vacation. He decided to build a course in the town he loved. He wanted to build a course everyone would be able to play and enjoy.

Huggins agrees to step down as coach
CINCINNATI — Bob Huggins agreed Wednesday to step down as Cincinnati's basketball coach, ousted by a school president determined to change the program's image.

Mets pound Diamondbacks 18-4
PHOENIX — David Wright and Mike Jacobs both hit two homers and Jacobs and Jose Reyes each had four RBIs as New York pounded Arizona for a second straight night with an 18-4 victory on Wednesday.

Cincinnati to rid itself of Huggins
CINCINNATI — Bob Huggins was ordered Tuesday to resign as Cincinnati's basketball coach or he'll be fired, the culmination of a power struggle with the school president.

Armstrong calls Tour de France director's remarks 'preposterous'
Lance Armstrong went on the offensive Wednesday, saying it was ''preposterous'' for the director of the Tour de France to suggest the seven-time champion ''fooled'' race officials and the sporting world by doping.

Federer, Sharapova top seeds at U.S. Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer and new women's No. 1 Maria Sharapova are the top seeds for next week's U.S. Open.

Ricky Williams happy to be working again
DAVIE, Fla. — Marijuana's out, and so is military service, although President Bush is nice. Football is hard work but could become fun and leads to freedom. Shaving is vain, money's not a problem and that Mighty Mouse tattoo on the left arm stirs memories of walking Venice Beach with a girl at age 16.

Junior's Chase hopes fading
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is done talking about the points standings. In fact, he claims he hasn't even looked at them this week. In serious danger of missing the playoffs, Earnhardt has found the best strategy for him is to not even worry about it.

Duke hurt as Pirates thump Cardinals
PITTSBURGH — Unbeaten rookie Zach Duke pitched two shutout innings before leaving with a sprained left ankle, but the Pittsburgh Pirates got big nights from three other first-year players to beat St. Louis 10-0 Tuesday night.

Heatley gets fresh start, Thrashers receive Hossa
ATLANTA — No matter where he turned, Dany Heatley faced reminders of that terrible night. The twisty, narrow road where the wreck happened. The speeches he gave on the dangers of speeding. Dan Snyder's number on the boards at Philips Arena.

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