Friday, October 14, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Chamber rec guide seeks entries Clarion promotes 2 employees

Kardinals, Ravens set for title tilt
The Kenai Central High School football team has been approaching its fourth straight small-schools state championship game with a calm intensity this week.

Frozen in time
As October drags the mercury downward in its inevitable march toward winter, it becomes time again to get acquainted with that cold-weather eventuality: ice.

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

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered Art gallery relocates, expands Guild accepting show entries Arts, crafts fair filled up Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Artists applications available Quilting contest honors AWG

From the bookshelf: Story highlights the value of priceless wealth
Many a young wanderer has come to Alaska, inhaled deeply of the clean, bracing air, and felt transformed. Most then leave for domesticated lives in Anchorage or points south. But Kim Heacox could not tear himself away from his love affair with the Great Land.

Community helps paint a helpful image
A big round of applause goes to Mollie Tucker, Kristen Johnston, Heather Sutherland, Julie Sevast and Carol King, the KeyBank employees who painted the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Cabin through the Neighbors Make a Difference Program. It looks great!

Little League season needs support to be a hit
Imagine ...

Inn ‘Merits’ recognition
I would like to echo Jean Brockle of the Performing Arts Society recent letter about missing the Kenai Merit Inn. KDLL has produced a number of summer festivals, and we have always been able to count on Joe Arness and the Kenai Merit Inn to provided rooms for out-of-town musicians.

Gas producers need to accept pipeline offer
Alaskans have been looking forward to development of North Slope natural gas for more than 30 years. In fact, in an office in Fairbanks hangs a poster-sized copy of a newspaper advertisement touting "Coming Soon — Natural Gas for Fairbanks!"

Work-force strategies need continued support
While looking at Alaska's future work force, it's easy to conclude we're living in a time of challenge and opportunity. We're pressed to fill jobs with Alaskans qualified to meet current challenges and ones presented by a gas pipeline.

Pay attention to war opposition
Please pay attention to the growing number of Americans voicing opposition to the Iraq war. Please stop increasing the hatred toward the U.S.A. by the continued violence in Iraq being exacerbated by our continued presence in that country.

Meet runs on success
A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped with Oct. 1’s Alaska High School State Cross Country Running Championships held at Tsalteshi Trails. The running meet was a huge success because of the great volunteers. The volunteers included parents and staff members from area schools, our ongoing community members and Tsalteshi Trails Association members.

Why did the squirrel cross the road?
A squirrel wastes no time getting to the opposite side of Lawton Drive in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

General manager: Games comes to the peninsula once in a lifetime
Five months from now, hundreds of athletes from across Earth’s near-polar regions will be locked in spirited competition at venues from Girdwood to Homer, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for sports enthusiasts on the Kenai Peninsula, said the general manager of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society.

Sen. Murkowski co-sponsors bill to divide 9th Circuit
JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is a co-sponsor of a bill aiming to create two federal courts out of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Alaska.

Mayoral finalists square off
Voters told the municipal government Oct. 4 they were not looking for business as usual and acted to curb the borough's ability to spend money. That's the new financial reality the winner of the Oct. 25 runoff election for borough mayor will face, the two remaining candidates told a Kenai Chamber of Commerce audience Wednesday.

Foundation helps maximize charity
A new organization on the Kenai Peninsula aims to help residents plan their charitable donations and maximize interest and tax benefits on contributions.

Soldotna skate park closure does not surprise students
Several Soldotna Middle School students told the city council Wednesday night they were not surprised the city skateboard park was closed. They were only surprised it took this long to close it.

Borough makes another push for offshore drilling
Exploration and development of oil and gas resources in Cook Inlet's federal waters has been seen for years as critical to the economy of Southcentral Alaska, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has formally backed those activities with supporting resolutions.

Chenault: State surplus funds may not be as big as they seem
With a possible state budget surplus next year, Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said he wants to take a cautious approach to how it is spent.

Area stores already doing brisk Halloween business
Sales of broom sticks and pointy hats are up. Capes and fake pointy teeth are going fast. This can only mean one thing — Halloween isn’t far off, and local business already are reporting spook-tacular sales of ghoulish goodies.

’Tis the season for fire
Luckily smoke detectors sounded Saturday evening and awoke a Kenai family to the sight of flames shooting out of their chimney.

Budget gets a closer look
Fallout from the election failure of a proposed bed tax and the success of an initiative-driven effort to cap the borough sales tax at 2 percent could mean a $7.9 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2007, Kenai Peninsula Borough Finance Director Scott Holt warned this week.

Irene Laurentia Bush
Longtime Kasilof resident Irene Laurentia Bush died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

Fred ‘Sully’ Sullivan Jr
Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Fred “Sully” Sullivan Jr. died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

James F. Bartos
Kenai resident and Alaska Native James F. Bartos died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at his home. He was 53.

Borough cuts should come hard and fast
It appears as if the Kenai Peninsula Borough is in for some major belt-tightening.

Billboard encourages you 2DO what?
Death sells? The Alaska Travel Industry Association is hoping so with its new billboard ads that feature a giant Alaska license plate reading: ''B4UDIE.''

Alaska newcomer learns the value of a good chase
I was ready to see some blood.

‘Big daddies’ of the home and garden on the prowl
Fall is the time of year when, like them or not, we have to deal with daddy long-legs. As the weather cools, they seem to magically materialize around and in our homes, sometimes in alarming numbers. They can be a nuisance in this way, but whether or not the offending animals should be immediately squished, ignored, or gently transferred back to the garden should be considered.

Around the Peninsula
Community contra dance planned Senior cafe plans closure Masters swim program planned Domestic violence workshop set Family history presentation set

Around the Peninsula
Community film night scheduledKDLL membership drive slatedDevelopmental screening setScholarship fund-raiser plannedGirl Scout training, celebration setCommunity Contra dance plannedLifeguard classes offered

Things are not as they seem to be
One of the most interesting things I have noticed about myself in the 54 years I have been alive is that a wonderful experience is great, but don’t try to duplicate the same experience over again. The second time is just not the same.

Church Briefs
Women’s conference slated Rapture movie showing setNikiski Bible study continuesRevelation study continuesSoldotna Bible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group to meet

Canadiens shut out Thrashers
ATLANTA — Montreal goalie Yann Danis stopped 32 shots in his NHL debut, shutting down Ilya Kovalchuk and a powerful Atlanta attack in the Canadiens' 2-0 victory over the Thrashers on Wednesday night.

There's a new Mr. October in town
ST. LOUIS — Remember this chant from postseasons long ago? ''Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!'' There's a new Mr. October in the baseball playoffs, and that first name sure sounds familiar.

Sox make the most of second chance
CHICAGO — The ninth inning was over. And then it wasn't. And then Joe Crede gave the White Sox what is sure to go down as one of the most disputed victories in playoff history.

Sports views: NBA will meet college hoops in a big setting
There won't be any introductions necessary when the coach meets his players. Every NBA player, from star to scrub, knows who Coach K is. Mike Krzyzewski is so thorough as a coach there couldn't possibly be a pro who could have slipped below his radar.

Once-hopeful Texans tumble to NFL's only winless record
HOUSTON — This was supposed to be the year the Houston Texans got over the hump and maybe even into the playoffs.

Barber fined $30,000; Suggs, Reed also fined
NEW YORK (AP) — Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for punching an official during last Sunday's game with the New York Jets.

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