Friday, October 21, 2005

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

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

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

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.

Helpers make play out of work
Cook Inlet Academy would like to extend a large round of applause and even a standing ovation to the school families that helped construct the new playground equipment last week. A big thanks to Joel Nelson who headed the project. Joel’s crew consisted of many busy dads, including Tim Cashman, Mark Fowler, Mike Fenton, Todd Moore and Shawn Houser.

Sterling readers back Williams
From the Clarion’s article, “Deficit talk dominates debate” (Oct. 19), we were not surprised when candidate John Torgerson claimed: “I’m more conservative than my opponent!”

Support made Fall Craft Fair fun
Soldotna Community Schools’ recent Fall Craft Fair was a success. This annual event, co-sponsored by the Skyview High School National Honor Society, hosted many creative children and their parents. Children visited several craft tables, with an opportunity to “make and take” Halloween/fall themed items. The NHS students helped the children to create some simple and some not-so-simple crafts, ranging from pasta skeletons to egg carton bats. The children also had the opportunity to decorate their own cookies and have their faces painted.

Snowmachine film promises thrills, spills
With winter only a few weeks off, Matt Brown thinks now is the perfect time for snowmachine enthusiasts to get pumped for the upcoming season.

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

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.

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.

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.

KPC project overcomes steel delay, still should meet completion date
Like a student handing in their final research paper, the ongoing building project at Kenai Peninsula College appears to be right on schedule, according to KPC Director Gary Turner.

Kenai assisted living building plans unveiled
Conceptual plans for a Kenai assisted living facility were unveiled Wednesday during the regular meeting of the Kenai City Council.

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.

Dorothy ‘Debi’ Evelyn Barker
Clam Gulch resident Dorothy “Debi” E. Barker died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 51.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Scot Vance
Gillette, Wyo., resident Anthony “Tony”Scot Vance died Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, in Campbell County, Wyo. He was 21.

David Jonathan Allen
A memorial service will be held for Nikiski resident David Jonathan Allen at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at the Nikiski New Hope Christian Fellowship. He disappeared Sunday, March 27, 2005, in Cooper Landing. He was 36.

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.

Mayor decision not an easy choice to make
It’s not an easy choice, but it’s a necessary one.

Photo feature: Leftovers
A bald eagle carries off a salmon carcass as several fisherman angle for a better looking catch on the Kenai River recently.

Pike prowl Scout Lake
Much to the chagrin of local biologists, slimy, sharp-toothed invaders have been discovered prowling the waters of Scout Lake near Sterling.

Signs, signs everywhere signs: Reflections on refuge outposts
When I began work at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, over 22 years ago, I had the envious job of patrolling the backcountry. I made trips on the canoe system, hikes into remote backcountry, and explored the newly-designated Kenai Wilderness.

Around the Peninsula
Cabin Hoppers kick-off plannedReferee seminar setSeniors offer breakfastUsed book sale set

Taxpayer group seeks to overturn borough revenue-generating measures
Fresh from its successes with two propositions on the Oct. 4 ballot, the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers has filed another referendum with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk’s office seeking to overturn a set of revenue enhancement measures adopted by the borough in June.

Pass obediently in the same direction toward God
“A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” is a book by Eugene Peterson that has had quite an impact on my life over the years.

Church Briefs
Hunter to give presentationHalloween auction, festival setRevelation study continuesNikiski Bible study continuesSoldotna Bible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group to meetBible study class continuesAddictions group meets

The Next Level
Hall has assisted tackleGreen plays with Las VegasSyverson gets All-MWC honorsSterling’s Smith plays for UAA

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