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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Kenai Wild seeks totes B and B association to meet Cold Stone to hold fundraiser Ruckman top Republican Silk named DMV office manager Small business center hosts workshops Forum planned on energy

Peninsula Clarion - Business

Climbing for Kids tournament a success
On Aug. 19, Cancer Survivors on Mount Aspiring 2007, Climbing for Kids held its first disc golf tournament at the Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course in Kenai. The clouds parted, the sun shone and fun was had by all who participated; but most importantly, enough money was raised to send 30 children fighting cancer to camps designed to meet their medical needs while having lots of outdoor fun.

Requirement for parents attendance leaves bad taste
Well, school has begun anew and with that the school has informed the students again that part of their grade depends on parental participation. (Sept. 7) the Kenai Middle School had an open house of sorts and my child informed me that we “had” to attend as it would count toward his grade. When did mandatory parental participation become the norm?

School board OKs new contracts
Perhaps the moment that best illustrated the success of the recently completed contract negotiations between teachers, support staff and the school district came during a work session prior to Monday’s meeting of the school board, when members of the negotiating teams from both sides sat down together at a table — and smiled.

Peninsula bear cub finds home in Minnesota zoo
A brown bear cub orphaned after a sow was shot in defense of life and property in Seward has been rescued for placement in a Minnesota zoo. For the next 12 months, however, Kenai Peninsula residents will have a chance to bid the cub farewell at a wildlife center in Portage Valley where it is being cared for until it moves to Russia’s Grizzly Coast, a new exhibit the Minnesota zoo is building.

Council to revisit Aspen project
A Soldotna street paving project that was shelved when more than half the property owners along the street objected to the cost is scheduled to be revisited at tonight’s city council meeting.

Journal exhibit to offer glimpse of Capt. Cook
Just how Capt. James Cook could ever have imagined Cook Inlet to be a river is beyond a little puzzling, but a close read of his travel journals does offer insight into the explorer and his voyages.

Recall process started: Borough mayor, assembly member targeted by ACT
Claiming that ample evidence exists that Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams and assembly member Gary Superman should be removed from office, a group of citizens has begun the formal process for seeking their recall.

Party pooper: Kenai bonfire set off early
Although Kenai Central High School’s homecoming doesn’t begin until Friday, someone has fired up events three days early.

Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb
Longtime Soldotna resident Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 80.

Jay C. Huf
Longtime Soldotna resident Jay C. Huf died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at his home. He was 54.

Around the Peninsula
CPR, first aid classes availableRecycling groups up on problemHomecoming meal to raise scholarship fundsElection issues to be discussedQuilt raffle fundraiserPenDOG gearing up for classesEmergency supplies sought

Around the Peninsula
Community Schools registration begins Special Management Area meeting slated Action coalition to meet Quilters set to stitch

Panthers deal Dawgs rare loss
The Skyview Panthers volleyball team remained undefeated with a three-game non conference sweep of the Nikiski Bulldogs Tuesday in Nikiski.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Love is in the beer
Beer, bratwurst and big-bellied oom-pah bands might summarize the average American’s impression of Oktoberfest. Yes, good food, ales and polkas are to be expected, but what is missing from the thumbnail imagery above is the attitude. Oktoberfest can supply an insane amount of fun.

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

‘Covenant’ ridiculous yet strangely entertaining
Renny Harlin is a hack. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, though with every passing movie I say it with a little more affection. His latest directorial effort, the teen-witch thriller “The Covenant,” is just one in a series of ridiculous, yet strangely entertaining, Hollywood genre films.

Art Briefs
Watercolor workshop set to paint Teen writers sought Pratt looking for Ritzy art Artist needed for installation Homer seeks fiber art Elmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska art State seeks art pros

Oktoberfest started with Ludwig and Therese
Nothing says romance like Oktoberfest.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Sterling, Nikiski North Star begin year 2 as NASA schools
It’s called a SMART Board, and students at Sterling and Nikiski North Star elementary schools — partners in the NASA Explorer Schools program — can’t get enough of it.

Journey to adulthood nearly complete for high school senior
As each day passes, I find myself nearing the inevitable — adulthood.

Sports Briefs
Trio of drivers each win three races Saturday; quarter midgets end season under the lights

Finally some sun
Finally the rain has stopped long enough to get in a few rounds of golf.It is about time!My better half and I enjoyed a leisurely round on Saturday afternoon and just about had the place to ourselves.Following the round we enjoyed a nice chat with Andy Anderson in the Pro Shop and I have to advise you all to watch out for him, he’s a heck of a salesman.

Birch Ridge Report
Ready or not, it’s here! And sure, I love football as much as anyone. I especially love Monday Night Football (another excuse to get together with friends). I love watching my team win (St. Louis Rams vs. the Broncos last Sunday — sorry Denver fans). I even love going to Seattle to watch the Seahawks (my beloved husband Dave’s team) beat up on my Rams, an annual event I look forward to — I’m such a good sport! And who could not love all of those football pools?

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