Thursday, September 8, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Business contest continues Business plan, capital sources workshops slated Health conference planned CISB wants totes returned CIRCAC releases prototype Suitcases for kids kicks off Business After Hours planned

From the bookshelf: Book pleads for arctic wilderness
The question of to drill or not to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has generated more than enough ink. Now Colorado writer, photographer and outdoorsman Jonathan Waterman weighs in with "Where Mountains Are Nameless."

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

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered Art raffle to benefit firefighters Kenai Performers to hold auditions Storytellers wanted Quilting contest honors AWG

A world of experience
The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna this month has the feeling of being a portal into other worlds.

KPC gallery ready to display talents
Celia Anderson, art department head at Kenai Peninsula College, said she's excited about the shows planned for the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery this year.

Political concerns shouldn't be blown off after disaster
For those who accuse people like me of "playing politics" in the aftermath of our country's greatest tragedy, consider who played politics with the safety of New Orleans before the disaster. Bush, his administration, and his colleagues in Congress have played fast and loose with our tax dollars. They shut down the levee improvement program two years ago. Yet they passed an outrageous pork-laden transportation bill this year. The bill included a $223 million bridge to an uninhabited island in Alaska. Why? Because Senator Stevens and Representative Young of Alaska play Bush's brand of politics. When Americans die as a result of Bush playing politics, we need to hold him accountable.

New Orleans, rescue agencies get less while Alaska benefits
As Alaskans view from afar the physical destruction and social devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, we should be mindful of the distorted priorities promoted by Representative Don Young and Senator Ted Stevens. While they pork-barreled hundreds of millions of dollars to build boondoggle bridges in Anchorage and Ketchikan to benefit their friends and political contributors, they and their partners in the Bush administration repeatedly cut the funds requested by the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and state and local governments for projects that could have prevented the New Orleans disaster.

Reader wants mayor candidates to address highway safety
I would like to direct this letter to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor candidates.

Soldotna skate park didn't turn out as expected
A string of foul profanity floats to my slumbering ears, I open my eyes, and I glance out the window. Amongst an adolescent-loitered street, litter festers, and my young nephews play.

Assistance made raft race go swimmingly
Once again the Moose River Raft Race was a success, thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, businesses, participants, those who made purchases and those who donated services and items for the auction.

Forster gets 101 years
Citing the "execution-style slaying" of Kenai police officer John Watson, Superior Court Judge Donald Hopwood on Tuesday, sentenced David Forster to the maximum allowable under Alaska law.

Mayoral candidates discuss spending, taxes
How to manage a tight budget, cut spending, promote economic development, prepare for disasters and deal with the possible fallout from a successful ballot initiative that would cap the sales tax were among the topics discussed Tuesday by candidates seeking the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor's job.

Symbolic bell ringing signals Fetal Alcohol Syndrome awareness
At the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month, bells will ring in Kenai and around the globe Friday marking the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Bell Concordance.

Oberts: No to sales tax rate
Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate Ed Oberts said he will vote "no" on ballot Proposition 5, which sets a maximum borough sales tax rate.

Fall farewell
Autumn weather starts to color leaves near the bluff in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Happy campers
Kyle Retherford, Antheny Slater, Dessie Ozhuwan, Naomi Hopper and Anthony Kline try to keep warm as Brick Marcorelle stokes a fire during a camp-out in Soldotna's Centennial Park over the Labor Day weekend. Damp weather kept the camp fires burning slowly over the holiday.

City council candidates tackle issues
Residents of the city of Kenai have a choice between Superwoman, Elmer Fudd and — well — some character from a Tom Clancy novel when voting for a Kenai City Council member to fill the city's three-year slot.

Lawmaker calls for pension audit
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A lawmaker has called for a legislative audit to find out how the state's pension retirement systems ended up with a $5.7 billion shortfall.

Mother, son arrested in burglary probe
Kenai police and Alaska State Troopers arrested a mother and son Tuesday in connection with an ongoing investigation into a number of area burglaries.

Woman fights off bear
A 21-year-old employee of the Kenai Princess Lodge in Cooper Landing is recovering from a brown bear attack that took place near the lodge Tuesday morning.

Assembly OK's road funding
Some roads in the Kenai Peninsula Borough are going to improve. The borough assembly ap-proved an additional $384,-500 in Road Service Area funds Tuesday, making the money available to a host of road improvement projects.

Stevie Ann Pattison
Kenai resident Stevie Ann Pattison died Sunday, July 24, 2005, in Nikiski. She was 15.

Thea Louise Zumwalt
Longtime Soldotna resident Thea Louise Zumwalt died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, from pneumonia due to complications from multiple sclerosis at her home. She was 50.

Voices of Alaska: Governor says Tongass decision illustrates problem with federal law
When the 9th Circuit Court, on Aug. 5, overturned the 1997 Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP), it ruled against the citizens of Alaska.

Forest Service revised estimates make more sense
You've got to love environmentalists. Their responses are so predictable. The other day, the U.S. Forest Service admitted it was wrong in its 1995 forecast that visits to national forests would contribute $111 billion to the gross annual product by 2000.

Voices of the Peninsula: Becoming more aware
Since 1973, increasing evidence shows alcohol in pregnancy impedes fetal brain development, affecting intelligence, learning skills and behavior.

Despite damage, New Orleans will find way to rebuild
While we mourn the loss of lives and property, there will come a time for a dramatic rebirth of the musical city surrounded by water.

Around the Peninsula
Multiple sclerosis support group to meet TOPS hosts open house Mushroom identification workshop slated AWG dancers, actors sought CPHC seeks board members FAS awareness ceremony planned

Around the Peninsula
Women voters to meet TOPS hosts open house KPC council meeting scheduled Scouting registrations offered Dialogue focuses on candidates Dinner, auction fund-raiser planned Internet class available

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

KPC around campus: Candidates to take up issues with students, community
All candidates and their constituents have been invited to attend "Real Talk." Issues like peak energy, the pension system, teacher negotiations, taxes and spending will be raised. Conversations will form around agenda topics created by participants at the beginning of the dialogue. A finger food potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the commons. The dialogue starts at 7 and ends at 10:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Roundtable Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue, Kenai Peninsula College and the Student Union. For more information, call Chris Gehrett at 262-0367 or e-mail

Around the District
Montessori scholarships available Developmental screenings slated Mentors sought Connections Cook Inlet Academy IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Ninilchik School Reads Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Homegrown: New teachers stay home, find dream jobs
You know you're in the right place, says first-year teacher Michelle Burnett, when you're excited to get to work at 7:30 in the morning, and you're still excited when you finally head home at 7 in the evening.

Clijsters, Sharapova go to semis
NEW YORK — Acrobatics and dogged effort trumped artistry as Kim Clijsters, two games from losing in straight sets, scrambled back to beat an exhausted Venus Williams and reach the U.S. Open semifinals.

Denver coroner: Herrion died of heart disease
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion had heart disease and evidence of previous heart trouble when he collapsed and died after a preseason game last month, an official in the Denver County coroner's office said Tuesday.

Patriots meet Moss, Raiders as big favorites in NFL opener
The Oakland Raiders have been squawking about opening their season in New England since they learned in March they would play the Thursday night opener in Foxborough.

Agassi overcomes Blake in thriller
NEW YORK — Andre Agassi, 35 years young, took a pounding for two sets from a sizzling James Blake, pounced on him for two more, then survived a tiebreaker in a wondrous five-set drama reminiscent of Jimmy Connors' legendary run to the U.S. Open semifinals at 39.

Kenai Golf Report: Golf season winding down
The Labor Day weekend is over and it is just one of the signs that signal the coming of Winter. The Alaska State Fair is over, school has started, both duck and moose seasons have opened, the leaves are beginning to turn and fall, and the official golfing season has only a few more weeks to go.

Skyview netters beat out Stars
The Skyview High School volleyball team will take Tuesday's three-game victory over crosstown rival Soldotna. But with eight days off until their next match, the Panthers also will be taking a good look at their own play and finding ways in which they can improve.

Astros steal win
PHILADELPHIA — Pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett stole two bases, then scored the decisive run on Jason Lane's single in the ninth inning to give the NL wild-card leading Houston Astros a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Birch Ridge Report: Nice time for a fall drive
It's that time again; the fireweed has turned golden, the dogwood flowers are gone from the rough around the fairways, and your new sweater looks just swell. It's golf time in the fall!

Not done yet? Riled Armstrong considers deferring retirement
AUSTIN, Texas — After winning his seventh Tour de France title, Lance Armstrong stepped off the winner's podium in Paris and into retirement, declaring, ''I'm finished.''

U.S. plays to scoreless draw in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY — The United States didn't need a win Wednesday night, and it showed.

England bowled over by battle for the Ashes
LONDON — It's billed as the biggest moment in England's sports history since 1966 when the national soccer team won the World Cup.

Gordon in frantic race to make the Chase
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His crew calls him ''Money Man'' because when the stakes are high, Jeff Gordon is the only driver they want on their team.

Jansen finds new challenge
BENSENVILLE, Ill. — Over and over Dan Jansen delivers his message, simply by bending at the knees. The Olympic gold medalist makes his point as players skate in circles in front of the net, as they sprint back and forth from the blue line, and as they maneuver around a cone, accelerating when they exit the turn.

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