Friday, September 9, 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

Torgerson says Kenai Spur extension a priority
Saying his past experience in state government would be an asset if he’s elected Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, former state Sen. John Torgerson told the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that he’ll work with legislators to secure state funding for a Kenai Spur Highway extension project.

Election may net vacant seats
With two Kenai Peninsula Borough school board members, Deb Germano of Homer and Margaret Gilman of Kenai, seeking election to the borough assembly, and three other board seats up for grabs, the nine-member school board could take on a dramatically different profile after the Oct. 4 municipal election.

Alaska fishermen offer to help Southern shrimpers
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The United Fishermen of Alaska is offering to send everything from rubber boots to netting to help shrimp fishermen hurt by Hurricane Katrina get back on the water.

For a good time, head south
In summer, when the kings are running big and strong and the reds jumping into the boat, the Kenai River is the undisputed heavyweight champion of Kenai Peninsula fishing. And with its reputation growing as a silver salmon and rainbow trout destination, the Kenai is certainly no slouch in the fall.

Walrus hunt won’t be televised
ANCHORAGE — A pair of Web cameras providing Internet images of walruses basking on Round Island will be shut off this week at the request of Alaska Native leaders, who do not want viewers to see the animals shot and butchered during the traditional fall hunt.

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

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."

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.

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

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.

Gasoline price gouging by any name still smells the same
The reasons given for the dramatic rise in gasoline prices in the Lower 48 of short crude supplies and refinery problems are not true in Alaska. And crude oil prices peaked and have already started to fall.

Realtors, others help make hospice fund-raiser successful
Hospice of the Central Peninsula board of directors, volunteers and staff would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors and their affiliates. The support and time volunteered in organizing this annual hospice fund-raiser barbecue and auction each spring in May is commendable on their part. They volunteered many months of their valuable time seeking donations and selling raffle tickets and cookbooks.

Gulf states need money more than Alaska
The state of Alaska will realize a tax bonanza as the result of Hurricane Katrina. Our legislators should take immediate action to see that this windfall is donated to relief efforts. The amount could be based on the difference in the price of oil prior to and after the hurricane and cover a period of 120 days.

Reader thankful for Alaskans’ generosity
I just want to thank the people of Alaska for the support and prayers for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. My mom and three sisters were in her path. They live or I guess I should say they lived in Gulfport, Miss. They with thousands of others have lost everything.

Many went to bat for softball season success
I would like to give a special thanks to the following sponsors and individuals that helped the Kenai Peninsula Softball Association in the 2005 season: McDonald’s, Peninsula Clarion, The (Grizz) Place, Casino Bar, Kenai Home Depot, IGA Country Foods, Kenai Merit Inn, Uptown Motel, Leo Sanchez Sr., Tesoro Refinery, C&M Muffler, Enstar Gas, Felicia’s Hair Tech, Hooligan’s Bar, Arby’s, Radio Shack, Kenai Boys and Girls Club, Petro Express Gas, Back Door Lounge, Kenai Firefighters, Kenai Moose Lodge, Alaska Physical Therapy, Redline Sports, NPR and Rainbow Bar.

Young entrepreneurs giving beehive tours
Everything seemed normal in Soldotna on Thursday. A drive down a gravel road revealed fall colors on the trees with Mount Redoubt towering in the background. The day’s tone would change, however, for the curious motorists who followed some yellow signs on the road.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai library could grow
The Kenai City Council on Wednesday was asked for a half-million-dollar commitment toward an addition to the city’s public library.

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.

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.

Mother: Daughter not to blame for stolen goods
The mother of a woman arrested at a residence on Missing Link Road south of Soldotna says her daughter knew noting about any of the alleged stolen property that was located in her daughter’s home.

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

Vance William Abersold
Soldotna resident Vance William Abersold died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 64.

Rough road makes way for smooth sailing
For those of you breathing a sigh of relief that the tourist RVs have left the central Kenai Peninsula and taken slow traffic with it — don’t exhale just yet. Road construction starting next week promises to cause delays rivaling those created by our most rubber-necking land yacht summer visitors.

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.

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.

The 2005 Kenai Peninsula fire season: One for the record books
Whew! I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad the 2005 fire season is over (knock on wood). Now I can get reacquainted with my family and friends, and try to catch up on the other aspects of life I set aside these past several months. I know that’s probably a futile goal, but I’m an optimist by nature so I’m going to give it the old college try.

Dredging of Snake River will go forward
SEATTLE (AP) — Settling years of litigation, environmental groups on Thursday agreed to let the Army Corps of Engineers proceed with plans to dredge the Snake River this winter, as long as it does no more without conducting a long-term study about sediment build-up in the river.

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

Around the Peninsula
Hot dog feed fund-raiser setGirl Scouts roundup SaturdayKatrina relief concert setSenior service board to meetKennel club classes planned

Church Briefs
Clothes2Go closes shopChildren’s program beginsSept. 11 remembrance setSoldotna Bible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group beginsBible study group to meetChurch celebrates 110 years

Casino converted to church
MITFORD, S.C. — The dust from the gravel parking lots has settled, the cigarette smoke has long since escaped and the neon signs no longer draw attention to the Magic Mall.

Graham-style crusades may be thing of the past
Evangelist Billy Graham has left the unique stage he built — intricately organized and costly revival meetings — and now Christians are wondering whether the style of crusade that he popularized will end with him.

In storms wind, water, questions of faith rise
“He asked them, ‘Where is your faith?’

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.

Federer gives U.S. Open fans a break from drama-packed tennis
NEW YORK — Roger Federer sure knows how to kill a party.

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!

Patriots keep on winning
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots lost two linebackers and two coaches in the offseason.

Athletes continue aid efforts
LeBron James helped load four tractor-trailers with diapers, school supplies, food and other items for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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.

Nikiski sweeps Seward
The Seward volleyball team is inexperienced this year. Thursday night in Nikiski, the Bulldogs wanted to give the Seahawks as little experience as possible.

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.

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.

Indians lead wild-card race
CLEVELAND — Aaron Boone hit a two-run homer, Casey Blake and Coco Crisp had solo shots and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Thursday to move into sole possession of the AL wild-card lead for the first time this season.

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

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.

Marlins double up Nats
WASHINGTON — Josh Beckett hit his first career home run, and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Pierre drove in three runs each to lead the Florida Marlins over the Washington Nationals 8-4 Thursday night.

Bonds could return soon
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds felt strong and limber while taking swings and running the bases in a pregame workout back home Thursday, and the San Francisco Giants slugger said there’s a possibility he could return this weekend.

Penguins to sign Crosby
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t want Sidney Crosby to miss even a minute of their first training camp in two years. The NHL’s labor agreement made it all but certain he wouldn’t.

Valdez hopping with rabbits
ANCHORAGE — Maybe it’s Easter every day in Valdez.

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