Thursday, September 15, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Deadline for business ideas today Business workshops set CISB wants totes returned Suitcases for kids kicks off

Campaign spending in full swing
Former state senator John Torgerson is raising more money and spending it faster than his three principal opponents in the race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, according to campaign finance information available from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

From the bookshelf: Siberian trip leads to surprises
The Gentleman from Finland: Adventures on the Trans-Siberian Express

Bountiful beauty
As the saying goes, giving is better than receiving, but that doesn't mean it isn't nice when generosity is rewarded.

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

Businesses demonstrate good leadership qualities
On Aug. 30, Cook Inlet Academy held a 12th Grade Leadership Retreat. The retreat included visiting numerous business who have supported (and continue to support) Cook Inlet. The day could not have happened without the support of these businesses.

Borough shouldn’t shirk nursing home responsibility
According to the Peninsula Clarion (Mayoral candidates discuss spending, taxes, 9/7/05), our mayoral candidates, when asked “... whether the borough should get into the nursing home business” all answered “no.”

Many helped 4-H'er with loss of lamb
Dear 4-H families, I don't know how to express the proper gratitude that I felt for all of the tears, support, money, etc. that you all gave to me after the death of my lamb E.J. We are all so busy going in different directions all of the time, but when someone is in need or has a problem, it amazes me how quickly we all pull together and help out however we can. I want each and every one of you to know how I truly appreciated everything that was done for me.

Dersham appointment a blow to commercial fishing
Now Board of Fish member Ed Dersham, a sportfishing guide, has been hired by the Department of Fish and Game to be the coordinator of the committee for the revitalization of commercial fishing. Yes, the same Ed Dersham, who, in the last eight years did more to destroy commercial fishing in Cook Inlet than all the previous boards put together.

Campaign sign theft a violation of free speech
Sunday afternoon I discovered that someone had removed two of the three campaign signs I had in my front yard. I didn’t see who took the signs but I have a clue — you see one candidate’s campaign sign was left standing!

FAS Awareness Day a success thanks to community support
Thank you to all who participated in International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day on Sept. 9. It was a beautiful ceremony on the bluff and we were very happy to have the tent from Conoco Phillips to keep the rain off, the hot coffee from Kaladi Bros, and the wonderful baked goods from Safeway.

Roberts not worthy of top Supreme Court position
The Senate should not confirm John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The current Gulf Coast hurricane tragedy demonstrates that the country needs all branches of government to understand what we pay them to do. In order to preserve the tripartite framework of our government, we need a Chief Justice who has the people’s interests at heart and not the President’s.

Cookies a small but much appreciated part of United Way
A big thank you to United Way and its volunteers (Anita Necessary, Mark Necessary, George Ford, Tina Marie Herford and Ginger Steffy) at Industry Appreciation Day in Kenai from a booth operator who was unable to leave his booth during the event.

Mission project has lots of help
Two years ago, Graydon and Mary Anne Cowgill traveled to Alaska from Louisiana at the invitation of their son-in-law to do a little summertime sport fishing, just two among the thousands of visitors who came to the Kenai Peninsula that season in search of salmon.

That time of year
Hardwood trees surrounded by spruce trees start to change into fall colors as seen from the air near Point Possession Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for continued fall-like weather — a mix of rain and sun — through the rest of this week.

Program helps Sterling residents begin building their own homes
The fireweed has already gone to seed in Sterling where families broke ground Monday for eight single-family, owner-built houses, which will start going up when Alaska’s seasonal indicator weed blooms again next summer.

Man charged with attempted murder of family
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A 32-year-old North Pole man faces three counts of attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill his wife and two sons in a failed murder-suicide plot, police said.

United Way gets campaign under way
It’s time for area residents to reach into their pockets and donate some money to the Kenai Peninsula United Way.

Lending a helping hand
Hurricane Katrina's 175 mph winds were whipping at the sides of the 18-story Charity Hospital in downtown New Orleans. People inside felt safe because Charity was a formidable building built in the mid-1930s, and it had withstood hurricane forces before. But this time, things would be different.

District enrollment down
Decreasing enrollment numbers and soaring fuel prices mean belt-tightening for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Melody Douglas, KPBSD chief financial officer, announced at Monday's school board meeting.

Virginia L. Wilson
Longtime Happy Valley resident Virginia L. Wilson died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, of natural causes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Petreena Marie Getty
Homer resident Petreena Marie Getty died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, after a long illness at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 69.

Rica Niemi Swanson
Longtime Alaskan and Anchorage resident Rica Niemi Swanson died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 100.

Elections give citizens a chance to thank those running by voting
There are some volunteers in our community who are starting to expect great things from you.

Homeland Security seems unprepared for major disasters
There is plenty of blame to go around in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath ... New Orleans officials bear their share, especially in how some evacuations were not carried out. So does Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who didn't act fast enough to formally ask for federal help, which the law requires.

Bolton gets off to good start at U.N.
A congregation of 175 world leaders will descend on New York City today. And it won't be business as usual.

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meet POW-MIA ceremony slated Garage sale fund-raiser planned Fall fling planned AWG dancers, actors sought chool fund-raiser set

Around the Peninsula
Scouting books, uniforms soughtRecycling meeting setPeace group plans activitiesCandidates’ forum scheduledSterling coalition to meetYouth basketball league formingTeen night slated

Survey: Fewer drug-free schools
WASHINGTON — More teens are saying there are drugs in their schools, and those who have access to them are more likely to try them, said a Columbia University survey released Thursday.

Photo feature: Not forgotten
A freshly-decorated parking space at Kenai Middle School waits for seveth-grade history teacher Ken Felchle to return from Bagdad, Iraq, where he’s been stationed with the Alaska Army National Guard since January. “We just wanted to have some way to keep him in our thoughts,” said fellow teacher Jean Dixon. “That’s his parking spot out there.” Felchle is expected back in February, his wife Kristi said. “He’s planning on taking a couple weeks off then he’ll jump right in again,” she said. “He misses (school).”

Around the District

KPC enrollments up 5.63 percent over last year
The total number of students registered in the Kenai Peninsula College system is up 5.38 percent compared to fall 2004.

Tech tools vs. ‘old school’
SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Lam-Niemeyer could care less that Google can churn up millions of Web pages when he’s researching homework assignments. Typically, he researches his reports by scouring library stacks, just as students have done for generations.

Schools district seeks volunteers for mentoring program
HELP WANTED — Immediate openings for caring adults who like to work with kids. Interested adults should be open-minded, tolerant and empathetic. Good listening skills a must. Job requires an hour a week plus one evening a month for training. Compensation includes the rewarding feeling of making a difference in a young person’s life.

Still time to get in a round
Now that September is almost half over, it becomes painfully obvious to me that the golfing season is really, truly almost at an end. The thing that is really irritating about this is that the course is in absolutely fantastic condition.

Umpire’s call helps Florida beat Houston
HOUSTON — Juan Pierre walked in the seventh inning when umpires said Wandy Rodriguez touched his mouth with his hand while on the mound, and Paul Lo Duca followed with a tiebreaking, two-run homer that gave Florida a 4-2 victory over Houston on Tuesday night.

Sun prepared to play for title without Whalen
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Lindsay Whalen took jump shot after jump shot Tuesday testing her injured left knee while her Connecticut teammates ran drills at the other end of the court, preparing, if necessary, to move on without her.

Sports views: Over before it began
Their season was over before it began. Not literally, of course. Even after losing their first two games by a combined 128-16 score, the Temple Owls still get to play the remaining nine, though why they'd want to might not be fully explained until Disney makes an after-school TV special about their season someday.

Giambi homers in Yankees win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jason Giambi hit his 30th homer and drove in five runs, helping the New York Yankees rout Tampa Bay 17-3 Tuesday night and nudge closer to first-place Boston in the AL East.

Monarchs open WNBA Finals with win
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — It's taken Yolanda Griffith seven years to reach the WNBA Finals, and her debut was a splashy one.

Gordon, Loomis part ways
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Robbie Loomis stepped down as Jeff Gordon's crew chief Wednesday, four days after the team failed to make NASCAR's Chase for the championship.

Atlanta building quite a rivalry with Philadelphia
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons were heading back to the locker room after pregame warmups when Ike Reese gave some inside info to his new teammates.

Heavy-hearted Clemens earns win for Astros
HOUSTON — Roger Clemens made his scheduled start Wednesday night and allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings in Houston's 10-2 win over Florida, pitching in honor of his mother who died early that morning.<

Pivotal weekend for Sunshine State powers
The state of football in Florida will become much clearer Saturday. Florida, Florida State and Miami each play pivotal conference games against nationally ranked opponents. Last season, for the first time since 1982, no team from the Sunshine State finished ranked among the nation's top five. The Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes are all back in the top 15, with a chance to show they deserve to be there this week.

Sawyer happy in return to racing roots
SALUDA, Va. — The warmup laps are underway at Virginia Motor Speedway, and the burly man in the shorts with the bushy white ponytail seems to be everywhere.

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