Thursday, October 5, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Small business center host workshops Breathing seminar planned Workers’ compensation seminar set Foster starts business Hansen attends medical education meeting Free smoke detector batteries available Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search

Juneau grads find success at home
JUNEAU — While some in Juneau are fighting an exodus of young professionals, five 23-year-olds have launched a local cutting-edge information-technology firm that’s thriving.

Taxable sales rose during 2006 second quarter
Taxable sales in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the second quarter of 2006 grew by 4.4 percent over the previous year, while gross sales picked up by 2.1 percent, according to data released last week.

Solicitation of voters shouldn’t get rubber stamp at fed facilities
On Saturday, Sept. 23rd, at the Soldotna Post office, the public was repeatedly approached by a group soliciting voter’s signatures for an anti-hunting ballot initiative. “Save the Grizzly” rang out each time a person entered or exited the post office.

Annual events successful with help
As chairperson in charge of the 2006 annual Sweeps at the Sterling Senior Center, I would like to thank each and every one who participated in purchasing a ticket.

Reader: Just you wait
Regarding the Sept. 17 editorial, “Unlimited property tax exemption needs to go-now” (or, which should have been entitled: “Clarion demands open season on geezers”).

Ceremony a success with community support
Many thanks to all the individuals and groups who made the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness ceremony Sept. 16 such a wonderful success.

Governor’s decision impacts many lives
Just a few years ago I proudly voted for Frank Murkowski. That is one vote I wish that I could recall. The governor has placed friends and family above the lives of the citizens of this state. Here is one way that has impacted me directly along with several of our Kenai neighbors.

Legion saluted for service
Ninilchik Emergency Services wishes to thank Ninilchik American Legion Post No. 18 for doing its annual fundraising dinner commemorating 9/11.

Gas war creates hostages -- Alaskans
Help! Are Alaskans being held hostage?

Community cooks up support for fundraiser
Once again, the Kenai Central High School Homecoming James Martin Memorial Scholarship Bar-B-Que was a success. Despite the rain, $997 was raised for the fund.

Anderson edges Pawluk for school board seat
Marty Anderson, running to represent Sterling and Funny River on the school board, has retained his seat, according to unofficial election results posted Tuesday night.

Death threat gets youth jailed
Quick reporting and a fast response nipped a potential school violence incident in the bud Tuesday, after police arrested an 11-year-old Ninilchik School student on a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening. The student threatened to bring a gun to school and kill a 16-year-old student.

Lewis leads Eldridge in Kenai council race
Four votes separated the candidates in the only contested race for Kenai City Council, which pitted Barry Eldridge against Tony Lewis.

Knopp tops Wolf
By a two-to-one margin, Kenai resident Gary Knopp defeated former Alaska House of Representatives member Kelly Wolf for the District 1 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Road upgrade smooths commute
The state has taken the bounce out of Kalifornsky Beach Road — at least the middle seven miles of the road between Kenai and Kasilof.

City aims to charge RV Park for water all year
Why does a recreational vehicle park that has no income for seven months of the year have to pay Kenai for water and sewer service?

Proposition 2 defeated
A referendum to repeal a controversial sales tax ordinance adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in 2005 went down to defeat Tuesday, as roughly 57 percent of voters said no to Proposition 2.

Three votes separate top two in city contest
In Soldotna’s only contested city council race, Betty Obendorf unofficially edged out Sharon Hale for Seat C with a three-vote margin.

Wagoner: State must address pension shortfall
Giving a glimmer of hope to the dismal public employee pension fund picture, state Sen. Tom Wagoner told Kenai business leaders Wednesday the Legislature must address the situation in the next session.

Salmon runs threatened
Yet another threat to salmon runs can be counted among the many that have crept onto the Kenai Peninsula along with human population growth.

Noel Roger ‘Slim’ Larsen
Longtime Soldotna resident Noel Roger “Slim” Larsen died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 70.

Phillip Jack Stolz
Longtime Nikiski resident Phillip Jack Stolz died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at home with his friends and family by his side. He was 60.

Carl J. Hoblet Sr.
Lifelong Alaskan and Alaska Native Carl J. Hoblet Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Tommy Thompson
Longtime Kenai resident Tommy Thompson died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

Planning for the future: Participation encouraged in State Parks’ strategic plan
Alaska’s state parks have given us, our families and our millions of visitors some of the greatest outdoor recreational opportunities in the world. But if we want to keep our state parks and outdoor recreation programs healthy into the future, it’s time for us all to sit down and map out a new trail.

Around the Peninsula
Basketball camp set to shoot 4-H round-up planned Auditions for murder mystery play set Quilter set to sew Prime rib dinner, auction fundraiser slated Foster care, adoption information available After school programs available

Around the Peninsula
Adult hockey league set for action Caregiver training offered 4-H round-up scheduled KWF to host appreciation party Dog jog fundraiser unleashed Stories to be presented Little League to meet Fishing presentation set

Opposition to Proposition 2 widespread
Opposition to Proposition 2 was widespread, according to a precinct-by-precinct look at the votes in Tuesday’s municipal election.

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

Poet’s Corner
Kiss me sweet child, you are off today,

Movie lets ‘Guard’ down
Alaska is a cool place to be, if only for the fact that everyone else in the country seems to equate living here with living on the far side of the moon. It’s as if they think Alaska’s not just a long way from home, it’s a whole ’nother world. What irks me, though, is that Hollywood seems to think the same thing. They like to make movies about Alaska, just not in Alaska. Yeah, this is a somewhat exotic locale, but it’s not light-years away or anything. We are continental, for goodness sakes!

Art Briefs
Performers looking for performers Quilters set to sew Native ghost stories wanted Elmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska art Potters to be picked for show State seeks art pros Rasmuson expands arts fund VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest

Music takes center stage when it comes to peninsula nightlife
If music is your gig, then pick a night and a venue and come out to play. From Kenai to Soldotna, weekly open mic sessions are hosted at several locations. These sessions not only offer a creative outlet for the musically inclined, but also a musical jam for audiences to enjoy.

KPC to cheer on UAA Seawolf hockey team Saturday: Kenai Peninsula College
Two years ago, the UAA Seawolf hockey team played Canada’s Grant MacEwan College Griffins in the first NCAA Division I hockey exhibition game ever hosted on the peninsula. The game sold out and UAA won the game.

High school a whole new world for former home-school student
You all remember that time in your life when there was something that was dramatic or shocking that you had to get used to? For some people it was moving to a new house, others it was getting used to a new baby brother or sister. For me it was high school.

Kenai Alternative students discover literature doesn’t have to be boring:::A good read
Books you get assigned to read for school are boring, right?

Around the District
Child screenings available Free, reduced lunch program available Public comment on AYP sought VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Ninilchik School READS Primary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian

Still swinging at Birch Ridge
Birch Ridge Golf Course is still open and on the rainy and cold days of fall, we only have a few players, but when the sun is shining and the temperatures approach 50 degrees the golfers are still coming out to enjoy these last beautiful days of fall.

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