Friday, October 13, 2006

Around the Peninsula
Chambers set schedules Small business center host workshops Cookware, jewelry fundraiser planned Workers’ compensation seminar set

Realtors were big selling point of fundraiser
Hospice of the Central Peninsula board of directors, volunteers, and staff would like to recognize and express out heartfelt gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors and their affiliates. The annual Hospice Fundraiser Barbeque and Auction, held this past spring at Birch Ridge Golf Course, was a huge success, due to the incredible coordinated efforts of the Realtors and their affiliates. They volunteered many months of their valuable time seeking donations, and asking for participation from our community for the event. We appreciate Jim Brenton and Steve Crane for donating their time and labor to build the storage shed that was raffled.

No excuse for reckless driving that cost family its pet
On Thursday, Sept. 28, our dog was hit and killed on Green Forest Drive. Our neighbors thankfully called us and notified us, but the whole incident caused immediate concern. We live on a rural area, outside of Kenai, in an area everyone allows their animals to go off of their leashes. There is no “Animal Control.” This is not uncommon, and its why most folks live out here. I realize, that some of you are thinking, “it wasn’t chained up, so whats the problem, its your fault.” Here is my problem. This animal was part of our family, and it really ticks me off that some idiot hit and killed him without even STOPPING. This area has children, other animals, and the speed limit on the main road is 25 mph on Ord.

Business didn’t miss a beat in helping customer
As a retired resident on fixed income I was helped greatly by the team at NAPA Auto here in Kenai. My car was missing and I went down and got plugs and replaced them. Still having a miss in the motor, I returned to NAPA to ask for some advise. They suggested that I also replace my distributor cap and rotor. In talking to them about this it became obvious to the manager that I wasn’t all that familiar with what it entailed. He said if I would bring the car in they would replace the items for me. Being on fixed income and crippled with arthritis you can imagine what this meant to me. Thank you TEAM NAPA for your help. May God bless you.

Ninilchik fishing derby ‘reely’ a winner
The Deep Creek Charterboat Association would like to graciously thank our co-sponsors of the 2006 Ninilchik Fishing Derby.

Benson, community support was breath of fresh air
What a privilege it was to meet Diane Benson, candidate for U.S. House a few weeks ago. She is an articulate candidate who cares about all Alaskans and deserves our vote. We appreciate Charlotte’s, who graciously allowed us to host a Meet and Greet at the Kenai Merit Inn banquet room, Kaladi Bros., where folks could meet Diane while enjoying a cup of coffee, and Marge Mullen, who provided lodging for Diane.

School rocks with help of community
Last year the Sterling Elementary PTA set a goal to buy our school a rock wall. This was a huge goal for us and initially we decided it would take us two years to raise enough money to be able to make this purchase. Thanks to the hard work of Dinah Mahan and Beth Braxling along with the generous donations from our community our rock wall has been purchased and is set to be installed in this fall!

Long-time Republican thinking of voting Democrat
What a confusing state of mind I am in. I have been a long time republican. (1972) I went to the polls during the recent primary and voted for Palin. I was voting out Murkoski more than voting in favor of Palin.

Fish for all seasons
By this time of year, many Alaskans have rotated outdoor gear in closets and sheds, packing sandals, clamming shovels and fishing gear toward the back, and pulling, rifles, snowshoes and skis to the front in preparation for fall and winter.

Crews dig out Seward bridge
City crews working to repair flood damage in Seward have found the Lowell Point Road bridge and hope to have access restored to the outlying community today.

Wal-Mart stuck in red tape
Federal government red tape has snagged the Kenai Wal-Mart project temporarily, but the company remains excited about coming to Kenai.

Application seeking recall of borough mayor denied
Allegations of incompetence, misconduct and failure to perform official duties lodged last month against Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams by a grassroots group seeking his removal do not rise to a level sufficient to justify approving a recall petition, Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs ruled Thursday.

Borough OKs flood relief
With flooding continuing Tuesday in Seward, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly acted quickly with a $250,000 emergency appropriation for response and assessment.

Soldotna election decided by less than 1 percent
Only three one-hundredths of a percent of the vote made the difference in the municipal election in Soldotna where candidates for city offices must receive more than 40 percent to be elected.

Sales tax stays at 2 percent
The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s sales tax rate will remain at 2 percent for at least the remainder of the current fiscal year.

Man crushed to death while working on car
A 27-year-old Funny River man was found dead Thursday morning, lying beneath a vehicle he had been working on.

Soldotna Council thinks snow
Bare trees, cooler temperatures and a memo from the Parks and Recreation Department got the Soldotna City Council thinking snow Wednesday night.

Photo feature: Wild blue yonder
A high-flying jet leaves its mark as it crosses the sky above the Kenai Peninsula recently.

Jackie Bierdeman
Longtime Kenai resident Jackie Bierdeman died Monday Oct. 9, 2006, with her family by her side at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 76.

Ann M. Reid
Soldotna resident Ann M. Reid died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, at her home. She was 74.

Disaster response starts long before the floodwater hits
Planning ahead is nothing new in today’s busy world. Juggling the demands of jobs, kids, pets, household duties, commutes, social activities and community involvements requires an organizational effort that would do the military proud.

Fire Prevention Week reminds cooks not to get in hot water
It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from Oct. 8-14 Central Emergency Services is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to “Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat.”

Outdoor Briefs
Kenai-Soldotna advisory committee to meetGuide academy announces class datesOpen house on strategic plan slatedWhat’s your story?

Beach rocks came from long ago, far away
Over the ages, the Kenai Peninsula has had one makeover after another as glaciers have waxed and waned over Southcentral Alaska like phases of the moon.

Variety is spice of life, as seen in plant, animal diversity of Kenai refuge
George Shiras III, a famous nature photographer for the National Geographic Society, once wrote that “were all of Alaska erased from the map except the Kenai Peninsula and its immediately adjacent waters, there would yet remain in duplicate that which constitutes the more unique and that which typifies the whole of this wonderful country.”

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet Head Start reunion slated Take a break to meet Domestic violence workshop set Lifeguard class planned NRA fundraiser takes aim

Around the Peninsula
Hospital auxiliary bazaar todayPassport information offeredGenealogical society meeting setCookware, jewelry fundraiser plannedActors sought for dinner showGrief to be discussedGED help available in Ninilchik

Stars seek first state football title final
If the Soldotna High School football team can clinch its first state title Saturday in Anchorage, it would be a win for 23 years of players who have come up just short in the championship game.

Sports Briefs
Seward netters top Nome

Good planning can make a party a horrifying hit
Halloween is creeping around the corner, which means parties will soon ensue. Planning the perfect Halloween party takes creativity and imagination. Here are some tips from party experts to help your party be horrifying, but in a good way:

Poking fun at the process
Soldotna will become election central this weekend as Triumvirate Theatre tackles the weighty issues of crucial statewide importance this campaign season, such as: Is Tony too tan? And, does Sarah ever wear anything other than a power suit?

Time for spooky entertainment
Friday the 13th eerily preludes Halloween this year. Superstitious or not, members of the Kenai Elk’s Lodge consider this a suitable time to raise money for the Kenai community, and are hosting a party with the genre of Transylvania.

Scorsese draws out best in actors in ‘The Departed’
It’s a sure bet you’re never going to read the words “Martin Scorsese” and “fluff” in the same sentence. “Hard” is a more likely adjective. Or “mean,” which is appropriate considering that Scorsese’s de facto first film is titled “Mean Streets.” Coming up with an amazing group of filmmakers that included Coppola, Spielberg and Lucas, he made his reputation with gritty, impassioned dramas with an eye toward performance rather than spectacle. In movies like “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino,” Scorsese showcases bad men, and revels in their misdeeds, but, miraculously, also finds the heart at their center. His latest, “The Departed” follows that tradition.

Art Briefs
Radio pledge drive for 1 day only It’s not too early for Christmas Native arts summit slated Native ghost stories wanted Potters to be picked for show State seeks art pros VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Almanac looking for writers Rasmuson expands arts fund

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

Poet’s Corner
Our fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives

Church Briefs
Church photos wantedAddictions group meetsSunday healing classes beginKids’ night out plannedClothes availableMissionary conference set to inspire

With God, nothing is impossible
Here is a riddle for you. Do not feel bad if you don’t get it right off, because many college students from Stanford didn’t either, although a large number of kindergarten students did.

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