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Friday, September 16, 2005

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

Williams for road, against tying officials’ hands
Reducing the ceiling cost for what the assembly can spend on capital projects without a vote of the people and setting a maximum sales tax ties the hands of elected officials when they try to balance the borough’s budget, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate John Williams said at Thursday’s Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Strange fish in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) — Visitors are common in Kodiak and lately the island has been getting some with fins.

SoHi, Skyview renew gridiron rivalry
There is only one high school football game on the central peninsula this weekend, but it’s a big one.

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

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

Community effort helped round up a good time
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all the wonderful donors and volunteers that contributed to the centers at capacity crowd Fall Roundup fund-raiser. A huge thank you to the Spur Highway Spankers for their great music, the Northstar Cloggers and Morris Breed for their fine entertainment.

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.

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.

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.

Open house makes ‘Connections’
Central Peninsula Connections would like to thank the following people for their support and contributions to the open house Aug. 30: Steve Holloway and KSRM, Coca-Cola, Enstar, the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Merrill Sikorski, Jack Evans and his landscaping crew, and, of course, all the parents and students who came to enjoy the festivities.

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.

Salmon runs, clean water put at risk by mine dumping
It is my understanding the EPA has, for the first time since the Clean Water Act of 1972, agreed to let Coeur Alaska dump mine waste into fresh water, the fresh water in question being Lower Slate Lake located in proximity to Lynn Canal.

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.

Police to get raises
The Soldotna City Council ratified a two-year contract Wednesday evening giving a 3 percent pay increase to the city’s police officers and police department clerks.

Elephant seal washes up on beach in Anchor Point
In a rare sight for the Kenai Peninsula, a northern elephant seal washed up on the Anchor Point beach over the Labor Day weekend. Although first reported to be everything from a Steller sea lion to a bear, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Thomas McDonough positively identified the marine mammal as an elephant seal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transportation bill good for Alaska
Alaska kids are returning to school and, over the next couple of weeks, one subject of many writing essays will likely be, “what did you read over the summer?” No doubt, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” will be the most frequent answer.

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.

Alaska should sit out of Katrina blame game
There’s been lots of blame going around lately in the wake of the Katrina disaster, and the state of Alaska has gotten more than its share.

United Way an opportunity to meet neighbors’ needs
The local chapter of the United Way kicked off its annual fund-raising efforts this week. Because the United Way serves dozens of smaller organizations, it’s safe to say that by donating to this worthy cause, individuals can make a difference in the lives of countless others.

Funding issues threaten national parks across U.S.
SEATTLE (AP) — Chronic underfunding is one of the most pervasive challenges facing America’s national parks and has led to diminishing services and severe cutbacks in personnel, park advocates and former administrators told a congressional subcommittee Monday.

Fall into autumn recreation
Although rain seems to be falling in animal-shelter proportions these days, there are still plenty of ways to get out and enjoy Alaska’s fleeting fall before the snow flies. From hunkering down in a wilderness cabin to rooting around for mushrooms, berries or clams there’s lots of ways to beat the showers and enjoy what time we have left.

Shrub invasion shows drying of ancient Kenai peatlands
A major shrub invasion is underway on the wetlands of the Kenai Peninsula, presumably due to warmer summers. Wetlands that used to require rubber boots can now be navigated in sandals and sneakers, but the scratchy shrubs may require long pants.

Photo feature: Cool view
Crevasses cut the face of Exit Glacier north of Seward recently. The short hike to the glacier is one of many outdoor opportunities still available as autumn overtakes the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
Writer to speak about Middle East experiencesBoy, girl scouting training slatedSPCA hosts dinner, auctionGuitar lesson availableHurricane relief fund-raiser set

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

Church Briefs
Fall Bible classes slatedSoldotna Bible study continuesBible study group to meetChurch celebrates 110 years

How would it be to have God as your best friend?
Rufus Beezley was my best friend, when I was a young boy in Missouri. We were buddies. We did a lot of things together. That’s what friends do, isn’t it?

Rabbi: Katrina is God’s punishment
JERUSALEM (AP) — Ovadia Yosef, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, is being criticized for a televised sermon that called Hurricane Katrina a punishment from God for President Bush’s role in forcing Israelis to leave the Gaza Strip.

Lance to stay retired
The nasty tug of war between the bosses of the international cycling union and the World Anti-Doping Agency over who leaked documents accusing Lance Armstrong of doping claimed its first casualty Thursday: any chance of a comeback by the seven-time Tour de France champion.

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.

Sun even series with Monarchs
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Taj McWilliams-Franklin can’t remember the last time she jumped as high.

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.

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.

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.<

Sports Briefs
Peninsula dragsters fare well in WasillaRacing Lions to hold motocross event

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.

Ten players fined for MNF scuffle
NEW YORK (AP) — Nine players were fined for their roles in a fight before Monday night’s game between the Eagles and Falcons, with Atlanta defensive tackle Chad Lavalais drawing the biggest fine — $7,500 — for a hit on Donovan McNabb during the game.

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.

Can Saints take momentum ‘home’ to Giants Stadium?
The official listing for the first half of the NFL’s Monday night doubleheader is ‘‘New Orleans Saints-New York Giants at Giants Stadium.’’

Cardinals first to clinch a postseason berth
CHICAGO — Jeff Suppan allowed six hits over eight-plus innings and St. Louis beat Chicago 6-1 on Thursday night to clinch the NL Central for the fourth time in six years. The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after a 58-minute rain delay.

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