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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Redoubt Principal goes into hibernation
Nine-year-old Morgan Krohn, a 4th grade student at Redoubt Elementary, and 5th grader ten-year-old Jessica Jackson found themselves in the principal’s office last week. The girls were not there because they were in trouble, but rather to take over Principal John Pothast’s job for a day.

Creative baking brings big bucks at Soldotna Chamber pie auction
With pies that have sold in the past for more than $13,000, it’s hard to believe that the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce annual pie auction keeps breaking its record for total funds raised each year, but according to Soldotna Chamber Executive Director Michelle Glaves this year’s auction was the most successful ever. “A huge thank you to all who attended and helped to make this event our best ever,” said Glaves.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
There I was in Beluga once again working the night from 6 AM till 6 AM and having a whole lot of free time before and after work. Doing anything outdoors in what seems like never ending rain can be very miserable at times but yet it also offers a few good points also. Generally the bugs are not too bad in a heavy rain and it never gets too crowded either on most of our lakes in bad weather. So if you can tough it out you most likely will have those small lakes all to yourself.

New location for Summit Cleaners...same friendly atmosphere...
For more than twenty years people have known Summit Cleaners on the Sterling Highway as a friendly place in Soldotna to take your clothes in need. Then just when you figured you could run in and pick up your laundry while waiting in traffic this summer Summit Cleaners moved to a new location.

Bagley tosses first bag of trash into new KPB Landfill
The future for Alaskan landfills is here and officially operating at the Central Peninsula Landfill. At an open house last week Mayor Dale Bagley in one of his final official acts of his six years as borough mayor tossed the first bag of trash into the new polyethylene lined cell.

NOW PLAYING: North Country
One of the more heart-wrenching scenes in this week’s North Country, a film designed to wrench your heart, has Charlize Theron’s Josey Aimes striding buoyantly into the office of the president of the mine where she and her female co-workers have been enduring an unending torrent of sexual harassment. She is certain he will help her, make it stop, but instead he glibly offers to let her resign without the traditional two-weeks notice. The hurt and disappointment on our heroine’s face is worse than the taunts and catcalls, the groping and the come-ons. Whether this scene is exactly true is beside the point. It is true in spirit, which is one of the best ways to describe this powerful though somewhat flawed, film.

Wounds from llama attack won't heal easily
An open letter to the owner(s) of the dogs who attacked our llamas: You know who you are. Your little lovable pets came home with blood all over them. Now you know where they were and what they did.

Cleared highways make for safer driving
I started driving truck in Alaska and Canada in 1964. I begin to appreciate wide cleared right of ways when the parks highway opened. The road sides were contoured and cleared approximately 100 yards on each side of the highway center line. Eye strain was less than roads with little or no clearing of bar ditches, traffic visibility was great, enjoyment of the scenery improved, but best of all you could see the wildlife sooner, with more time to slow down and avoid hitting them.

Unocal sites' future up in the air
Chevron's acquisition of Unocal has Alaskans buzzing about what the future of its business properties are in Alaska. So far, no plans have been announced.

Aviation regiment returning from duty
FAIRBANKS (AP) — The first of 500 soldiers from a Fort Wainwright aviation battalion have returned after a 10-month deployment to Kuwait and Iraq, with the rest to follow in coming months, military officials said.

Tesoro tax fight on to court
Tesoro Alaska has appealed a Kenai Peninsula Borough property tax decision to the Alaska Superior Court, the latest move in a decade-long string of disagreements over assessments imposed on the company's Nikiski refinery and the land on which it rests.

Project needs more than miners
Once operating, Northern Dynasty Mines' Pebble Project would need employees to fill as many as 1,000 jobs, from top-level supervisors and managers, to engineers and technicians, to clerical and maintenance staff.

Pebble project: Mining a work force
In its pitch promoting a world-class mine northwest of Lake Iliamna, Northern Dynasty Mines officials have said it could take as many as 2,000 workers to construct and as many as 1,000 permanent employees to operate the mine over its anticipated 30- to 50-year life.

Fishery nets cash, humor
The 2005 Dipnet Report presented to the Kenai City Council on Wednesday included $94,000 worth of good news for the city's coffers and a bit of anecdotal humor for its soul.

Mixed feelings
A wintery mix of weather greeted early morning motorists on the Sterling Highway on Sunday. The forecast calls for clearer skies and cooler temperatures for the next few days.

Memo's legality questioned
Gov. Frank Murkowski did read a memo from Alaska Department of Natural Re-sources Commissioner Tom Irwin questioning the legality of certain aspects of the Stranded Gas Act negotiations, according to his spokeswoman Becky Hultberg. But whether or not releasing the memo to the public was legal will have to be decided by the Alaska Department of Law, she said.

Error delays PFD money
After moving to Alaska from California at the end of 2003, this was going to be the first year a Nikiski woman qualified to receive a dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Schools to benefit from $2.9 million in state grant funds
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to formally accept almost $2.44 million in state grant funds at its Nov. 1 meeting, money that will pay for a host of school maintenance projects from Homer to Seward.

Doris Brow
Longtime Alaskan Doris Brow died Saturday, July 23, 2005, while a resident at the Anchorage Pioneers Home. She was 92.

Paul S. Coulter
Longtime North Kenai and Kenai resident Paul S. Coulter died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 48.

Voices of the State: Early detection can save lives
This year, more than 211,240 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 40,410 will lose their lives from the disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer for women in Alaska and it is estimated that we will see 260 new diagnoses this year and 50 deaths.

Fish painting flap is 'plane' hypocritical
The uproar over federal funds being used to paint the image of a fish on the side of an Alaska Airlines jet to advertise the state's wild salmon industry would be laughable if it were not so blatantly motivated by raw politics.

Appeals court split supporters not totally forthcoming
What's important about the debate over splitting up the sprawling 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is what fans of the proposal don't tell you.

Heros
HEA brightens resident's night Woman 'wheelie' happy for help

Births
Heidi and Stephen Dambacher Sarah Hancock and Michael Harris Danielle Edwards and Sam Thibodeau Crystal and Justin Trickel

Around the Peninsula
Flight instructor meeting slated CPGH board meeting slated Haunted house set to spook Essay contest begins VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest

Peninsula People
Fernandez deploys to Iraq Houser deploys to Iraq Lopeman honored

Around the Peninsula
Domestic violence workshop set School board seat available Wheelchairs sought Lifeguard classes offered HEA hosts community meetings Teen night slated Sports equipment fund-raiser slated Community Halloween party planned Boo review party set Country jamboree planned Elks plan Halloween party

Community Schools
Competitive volleyball Pilates' yoga Hunter education (home study) Triumvirate Theatre tour

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Chlorine allergy can't stop Green
A measure of the toughness of Soldotna High School senior Eve Green comes in the fact that, despite an allergy to chlorine, Green is one of the state's top swimmers.

Kards pack all-state team
Nobody in small-schools football came close to beating Kenai Central this season. Thus, nobody in small-schools football did as well as the Kardinals in all-state voting announced by the Alaska Coaches Association Sunday.

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