Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Industry Appreciation draws thousands to Kenai Park Strip
Continuing its 14th straight sunny August afternoon, Industry Appreciation Day drew an estimated 6,000 people to the park strip in Kenai.

Donna’s Champagne Taste opens in Sterling...
If you’re looking to taste some champagne you won’t find any at Donna’s Champagne Taste, but if you would like to look your best for any champagne occasion then you’ll want to stop by Donna’s Champagne Taste Hair Emporium.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Anytime you fish, the first step is always the same you must first find the fish. You first must find the proper structure that holds the particular type of fish that you are trying to catch, and once this is accomplished the most important part is being able to entice the fish to bite. For some reason from time to time the fish just don’t seem to want to biteunfortunately this may occur at any moment or at any time of the year. I have found this to be true in both the summer and ice fishing in the wintertime.

Cornerstone book store supports home schoolers and teachers
Creating charter schools and supporting parents who want to home school their children has been a long time passion for certified teacher Leona Oberts.

Big Toys and future vocations...
For those who drove by the second annual Kenai Rotary Club “Big Tonkas on the Bluff,” last week you might have found it difficult to determine whether the kids or the operators were having the most fun behind the controls of some huge equipment. According to Kenai Rotarian Randy Daly, one of the creators Big Tonka day, this year’s event fulfilled a couple of Rotary objectives, “Big Tonkas on the Bluff is basically a Vocational Service Program to expose children to the world of heavy equipment.

NOW PLAYING: Transporter 2
An Open Apology to The Guy in the Row in Front of Me and My Friend at the Theater: Dear Guy, I sincerely and wholeheartedly apologize for ruining your appreciation of this fine, fine piece of cinema with my barely muffled chortles and snickers. How insensitive I was, to spoil your enjoyment of the Transporter’s fabulous stunts with my groans and guffaws.

Charter boats need a sustainability plan
As a youth, there were times I naively thought certain experiences, events and methods of life could last forever. However with age, conventional wisdom set in. I realize change is inevitable. Without it, I would not grow into my "golden years" with contentment, let alone pass anything on to my heirs.

Sponsors, volunteers, community helped contest sing
Sue Gill with the Alaska Hairlines, the Peninsula Center Mall merchants and Glen and Becky Martin would like to thank the contestants, judges, volunteers and wonderful community sponsors for making the non-profit, second annual "Sing For the Heart" contest a huge success. This event could not have happened without their participation and teamwork.

Rural economies get scrutiny
A nine-member advisory commission that met for the first time Thursday in Anchorage will endeavor to understand the root causes of the economic instability that plagues some rural Alaska communities.

Doggone good time
Cohoe-based dog musher Dean Osmar and wife Sarah Armstrong run dog teams on the black sand beaches south of the Kasilof River late last week. Although the snow is still a few weeks from flying, many mushers begin fall training Sept. 1.

Groups partner to warn of Bristol Bay mining risks
The Bristol Bay Alliance announced that it has joined forces with Trout Unlimited, a cold-water fisheries conservation organization with a 50-year history of environmental protection efforts, to further its campaign to alert regional residents to what it sees as the dangers posed by mining development in the Bristol Bay region.

Bowled over by hurricane relief
Kenai area bowlers have been invited to help victims of Hurricane Katrina by bowling at Alaskalanes in Kenai on Saturday, when all lane fees will be donated to relief efforts.

Voices of the State: Democrats push for healthier state
The song says the times they are a-changing. They have in the past and will again. In our three years as elected Democrats we've often had a different vision for Alaska than our Republican colleagues who hold the Governor's Office and the Legislature's majority. You've heard us when we've disagreed with them, from the Legislature's recent approval of Governor Murkowski's jet request, to a budget that spent millions on new wilderness roads when it would have more wisely gone to fix existing traffic problems and strengthen our schools.

Permanent fund earnings should be put to use
It's time for Alaska to give serious consideration to Walter J. Hickel's proposal to use a portion of Permanent Fund earnings as a community dividend.

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support group to meet KPC council meeting set Suicide prevention seminar slated Community, candidate dialogue scheduled Internet class available

Peninsula People
Reid is all business Area students graduate Goldstein receives scholarship Area students make dean's list

Community Events
Pool available during school Senior apartments available CPHC seeks board members Beekeepers all abuzz CACP board meeting set Mushroom identification slated Youth bowling league set Dinner, raffle fund-raiser planned Dinner, auction fund-raiser set EMS benefit dinner scheduled Oktoberfest fund-raiser planned Radiothon fund-raiser slated AWG dancers, actors sought Vets picnics scheduled Rec center offers activities

Tiffani and Paul Perry of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Ann Perry on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna

Senior Activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Soldotna

Five vie for Chase positions
FONTANA, Calif. — Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are in. Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler are out — for the moment.

Sonnichsen, Crowley take Combined Tourney
Chris Sonnichsen and Paula Crowley cruised to sizable victories Saturday and Sunday in the Combined Kenai and Birch Ridge Golf Associations Tournament.

Sports Briefs
Kenai's Petro Express wins state softball Races postponed until Friday Team Alaska to have figure skating tryouts

Palmeiro sent home by Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro was sent home to Texas to rehabilitate knee and ankle injuries, leaving his baseball future unclear during a season in which he was suspended for a positive steroids test.

Agassi, Blake to clash
NEW YORK — Three points from the end of a sunbaked five-setter, the man draped over the net like a wet noodle was 10 years younger than Andre Agassi.

FSU defeats Miami on botched kick
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State finally caught a break against Miami.

Rice calls an end to a sterling career
DENVER — The greatest receiver of all time realized he would be no better than the fourth receiver for the Denver Broncos. It was no way for Jerry Rice to end his career, so he called it quits after 20 sensational seasons.

Extra tickets for Solheim Cup to benefit Katrina relief
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — The Solheim Cup plans to sell 3,000 additional tickets for Sunday's final day as a fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina.

Browne pulls out a victory at Boston
NORTON, Mass. — Olin Browne no longer has to write letters to PGA Tour events begging for a tee time. He doesn't have to sweat out the final two months of the season, wondering if he'll earn enough money to keep his card.

White Sox defeat Red Sox
BOSTON — Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Paul Konerko homered off Curt Schilling to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Monday for their fifth straight win.

Jones puts Braves in a Chipper mood
ATLANTA — Chipper Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 4-2 Monday.

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