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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Laidlaw honors employees Rec guide entries sought Manufacturer award available Area realtors recognized

From the bookshelf: Jolly geologists make expedition fun
Adventure and curiosity have drawn people, especially young men, to the ends of the earth for eons. Some never returned; others brought back grand tales of privation or discovery.

His stories
It's an unavoidable byproduct of the passage of time that family members of different generations don't get to know each other well. A boy may inherit a watch or green eyes from his great-grandfather, but the man is largely a stranger to him, save for whatever stories or photos the family preserves.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Stained glass classes offered in Homer Performers wanted for New Year's Eve show Musicians' workshop offered Monday Dance club seeks members Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Arts, crafts fair filled up Artists in Schools open for applications Pastel painting workshop slated Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games

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

Error in boy's story needs to be corrected
I am a mother of a 3-year-old with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. Amber Elsey referred your article to our online support group. This was a great article to spread EB awareness, however, the information provided on recessive dystrophic was way off.

Donations, hard work made rally a success
TOPS No. AK 182, Sterling, would like to thank Safeway, Three Bears, Suzie's Cafe, Papa Murphy's and Soldotna Animal Hospital for their donations to our TOPS Kenai Peninsula Fall Rally. We would also like to thank Principal Christine Ermold for allowing us to use Sterling Elementary for our function. Our speakers, Sheryl Wade, Cathy Wagner, Gretchen Morava, Goldie Southwood, Dawn Campbell and Dawn Lesterson were excellent. Thanks for taking the time to attend. And a big thanks to all the Kenai Peninsula chapters that attended Fall Rally.

Lions contribution helps create a roaring success
Alpine Alternatives Inc. wishes to thank the Lions Clubs of District 49A and the District Foundation for their financial contributions and hands-on service to Camp Abilities 2005.

Taxes keep rubbing resident the wrong way
It has been a while since I have vented my frustrations, so please bare with me. Let's start with the one that will affect the most people. I recently noticed I was being billed for Soldotna city sales tax on my residential phone bill. This would be fine and dandy if I actually lived within the city limits, but I do not. It's just that my mailing address says "Soldotna" so they applied the tax. They could only go back a few months to credit my account so I guess the city has got one over on me

Reader supports borough mayor candidate
I hope everyone will turn out to vote in the runoff Oct. 25. It is extremely important.

Community makes homecoming memorable for KCHS students
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who helped make the Kenai Central High School homecoming activities a huge success. As with anything, putting on an event like this is not an easy task and it's certainly not a one-person job.

Stare bear
A young brown bear rummages for salmon carcasses on the bank of the Kenai River near its confluence with the Russian River earlier this week. A sibling bear was sleeping nearby. The two were orphaned earlier this summer along with a third bear when their mother was shot.

Mayoral hopefuls keep quiet about picks for assistants
With only days remaining before the Oct. 25 runoff election for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, candidates John Torgerson and John Williams are busy with last-minute campaigning.

Deficit talk dominates debate
Both John Torgerson and John Williams say dealing with a potential budget deficit of more than $9 million will be their top priority if elected borough mayor.

Anchorage police officer arrested on child porn charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 12-year veteran of the city's police department was arrested Tuesday on four felony counts involving child pornography, becoming the second Anchorage police officer in the last four months to face such charges.

Illegal bear guide busted
A Nikiski man has been charged with numerous illegal guiding charges alleging he sold black bear hunts to three Washington residents without having a license.

A-bomb tests aren't impacting Aleutians
Between 1965 and 1971, amid the rising global tensions of the Cold War, the U.S. government conducted three underground nuclear weapons tests deep beneath the island of Amchitka near the eastern end of the Aleutian Islands chain.

Popp: Local crude crucial
There is believed to be more than 1 billion barrels of undiscovered crude oil in Cook Inlet, yet Alaska's major supplier of gasoline and jet fuel gets almost a third of its crude oil from foreign sources such as Indonesia.

Cities reap some dividend rewards
While many Alaskans already have received — and spent — their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, some have had theirs intercepted by the cities of Kenai and Soldotna and haven't seen a dime yet.

Help wanted: School district seeking Kenai board member
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has one remaining seat to fill, as no one has applied to represent the Kenai area.

Moonlight drive
Northbound drivers on the Sterling Highway have a good view of the full moon in Sterling earlier this week shortly after sunset. Sky-watchers will be seeing mostly clouds the rest of the week according to weather forecasters.

Weather sends Anchorage-bound jet to Kenai
An Alaska Airlines flight made a landing at Kenai Municipal Airport Monday because of bad weather conditions in Anchorage, said company spokeswoman Amanda Tobin.

Palin seeks GOP nod for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Former Wa-silla Mayor Sarah Palin will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Dorothy E. 'Debi' Barker
Clam Gulch resident Dorothy E. "Debi" Barker died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 51.

State should press leaseholders for Point Thomson development
The state has just about run out of patience with companies that are sitting on the abundant gas and oil deposits at Point Thomson.

Longer comment period needed for gas line proposal
Waiting for the seemingly imminent news about a possible contract for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope is like waiting for the season's first day of 40-below cold. We're told it's coming, but we won't believe it until it does.

Around the Peninsula
HEA hosts community meetings Young Marines seeking members Peninsula women's group to meet Girl Scout celebration set KDLL membership drive continues Domestic violence workshop set

Meeting of the minds
From the frantic calls for more duct tape emerged some impressive engineering at the Mind-A-Mazes 2005 event on Oct. 8 at Soldotna Middle School.

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KPC around campus: Spring semester schedule online for planning
Although the season just changed to fall, plans for spring semester consumes many of the staff and faculty hours at Kenai Peninsula College. Students who currently are admitted to a degree program will be able register online for spring semester classes Nov. 1 through Jan. 6.

Around the district
Students of the Month announced In-service, end of first quarter Free, reduced meals program offered Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High School Kenai Middle School Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Nikiski Middle-Senior High Nikiski North Star Elementary READS Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter School Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Sports Briefs
Nikiski netters sweep Seward

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