Friday, October 19, 2007

Internet buzz: Second Life more a link to mid-life crisis
I tried to find the romance in Second Life. I really did.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Young receives driving award Bioneers in Alaska conference set Women in business to gather Food safety leadership award offered Tyonek Platform, Peak earn safety awards Manufacturer of the Year nominations accepted Fisheries business assistance available

Support appreciated
The junior class at Kenai Central High School would like to thank everyone who supported and participated in the class fundraiser. The class, in association with A-1 Enterprises in Soldotna, recently raffled off a Polaris Sportsman 450, won by Wesley Kvanosikoff. The junior class appreciates the support and is looking forward to a great prom in April.

Peninsula gearing up for return of soldiers
I'm pleased to inform you that the veterans, service members, families and the Kenai Peninsula community at large are once again conducting activities to welcome home our peninsula soldiers who currently are deployed or recently have returned from deployments in support of the war on terrorism.

Employee assistance makes big difference
Just when you think you have experienced the very best there is, this wonderful surprise: the wonderful Tesoro refinery employees under the guidance of Steve Hansen. We at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank the board members, employees, and I wish to convey our gratitude for the work performed at our facility during the United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 18. Employees served lunch, painted, installed Christmas lights, cleaned, installed carpeting, repaired garden netting and performed general maintenance jobs. We are very grateful for their support now and throughout the year.

Let Palin know how you want money spent
It's amazing how Sarah Palin can cut educational funding to our children with one hand while with the other she expends nearly half a million dollars on behalf of the Board of Game's efforts to wipe out wolves in Alaska.

Cure a better focus of breast cancer issue
As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, it's important we acknowledge the known risk factors for breast cancer and increase public awareness and encourage public discussion of those risk factors.

Library staff grateful for votes
The Kenai Community Library staff would like to thank the voters of Kenai for supporting the passage of Proposition 2. We are excited about the possibilities of expansion to provide a better children's area, a designated reference area and accessible shelving. We will be working on a plan to provide you with a more comfortable library that provides space for you to browse, participate in programming, study and access the resources you need.

Board discusses voc ed
In addition to the politics of term limits and the recent election results, the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board on Monday dealt with another subject education.

Candidate similarity seen as run-off approaches
Peter Micciche doesn't think the Soldotna City Council can be run from inside the council chambers, and Linda Murphy doesn't believe a loud minority necessarily represents the majority.

'Silent killer'
As winter weather continues to drop the mercury, more central peninsula residents are relying on wood stoves, fireplaces and other heat-providing sources to warm their dwellings. But with the increased use of these things also comes an increased risk from carbon monoxide.

Photo feature: Homecoming
Alaska National Guardsman David Ahlberg shares a hug with his wife, Brenda, and sons Johndavid, rear, and Merick, Thursday evening after arriving at the Kenai Municipal Airport. Ahlberg is one of 575 members of the Alaska National Guard returning home from a deployment to Kuwait. Several more Guardsmen are expected to arrive home in the next few days.

Senior exemption changes in 2008
Senior property owners in the Kenai Peninsula Borough recently received notification of new residency rules they must begin meeting in January if they are to be deemed eligible for the borough's property tax exemption above that mandated by the state.

Cleaner motors, cleaner river
Even though the jury's still out on whether or not two-stroke motors will be phased out on the Kenai River next year, preliminary water quality data for last summer is in and Robert Ruffner is pleased with the results.

Beach weather?
Theresa Parker walks her friend's dog Tess along a road on the beach in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

CERT training starts
When Bunny Chong lived on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, learning how to assess and respond to a disaster herself wasn't high on her list of priorities. There was a fire and police station on every block. But when she moved to the Kenai Peninsula on Nov. 3, 2002, she changed her tune.

Kenai Red Cross closes
Donations are rolling in, but the money isn't enough to keep the Kenai chapter of the American Red Cross open. Because contributions haven't been able to keep pace with the cost of doing business and providing services, the doors of the Kenai Red Cross will be closed indefinitely.

Resolutions would require Sprague, Fischer, Superman to be sworn in as assemblymen
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider three resolutions at its Oct. 23 meeting directing Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs to administer the oath of office to three incumbent candidates who won re-election Oct. 2 but who are currently prevented from taking office by the provisions of a term-limit proposition.

Kenai defines junk, defers action on buffer
After clearing up a couple of misconceptions held by the community, the Kenai City Council OK'd an ordinance defining junk, referred a buffer strip resolution to the Airport Commission and postponed renewal of a Recreation Center management contract.

Camille Marie Crawford
Soldotna resident Camille Marie Crawford died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at home. She was 47.

Morris L. Porter
Longtime Nikiski resident Morris L. Porter died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 87.

Alaskans need to speak out: PPT issue affects all residents; representative seeking input
As Alaskans consider the issues before us in the special session in Juneau, we pretty well know that most of the revenue that pays for state services comes from the oil owned by all Alaskans in common. We also know that the oil companies don't own the land or the oil beneath it. Alaskans own it, and they get a one-eighth share of the underground wealth. The oil companies get seven-eighths and that represents the lion's share of the money.

Red Cross closing will be felt by many
Tragedy has struck. But this time the call of "Help is on the way" has a new meaning.

Getting in shape now will pay dividends this winter
Ski season is fast approaching, but being prepared to take advantage of the winter weather starts long before the snow accumulates enough to strap on the sticks.

Cabin Hoppers ready to kick off season
As evident by the tell-tale white tops to the mountains outside of town, the snowmachine riding season isn't far off, and to get all the sled-heads geared up for winter, the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers will be holding its annual kick-off party and pot-luck this weekend.

Don't stick that feather in your cap: bald eagle basics
Have you ever found a feather, thinking it may belong to a bald eagle, and wondered if it legal to keep it?

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Around the Peninsula
Book fair fundraiser continues Youth Halloween party Saturday Literacy program fundraiser set Community dance set for fun Domestic violence workshop planned Pastor appreciation brunch set to dish LeeShore board meeting planned Passport fair set Women voters to gather Internet workshop rescheduled

Artists cross the pond to the Kenai
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Art Briefs
Library hosts pumpkin contest Graphic novel, art workshops slated Writers' group to meet Book club to meet Design contest begins Youth art work sought Artists in Schools seeks applicants Digital Arts Challenge planned Milestone moments sought Poetry out loud luring students Kids' reading program ongoing

Poet's Corner
The leaves of many colors are deserting all the trees.

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

'Elizabeth' offers golden opportunity
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age"

Christians can expect the best from God
Nearly 30 years ago, I prepared a manuscript for a book titled, "Lord, I'm Afraid," and sent it to a publisher of some of my other books. In the introduction, I wrote the following:

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Homer wrestles to win
Homer defeated Barrow in a dual meet 45-24 on Thursday night in Homer. The results follow:

Wildcats win penalty filled game
Kenai River may not have earned two points, but they still considered themselves winners.

MoJo's rising, so Colts will be falling
The Indianapolis Colts have a supernatural mystique about them, an aura of dominance that causes defensive coordinators to cringe at the thought of defending Peyton Manning and his high-octane offense.

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