Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community scores with team support
The Soldotna High School football team would like to thank the wonderful businesses of our community for their support of our 2005 football season. The following businesses and sponsors went out of their way to help make our season a success.

Recruiters want students to know their options
After reading the article "Moms aim to keep info on kids from recruiters" (Clarion, Oct. 19), I felt the public should know a little bit more about why it is important for recruiters to have access to students.

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.

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.

Murkowski calls for easing MMS lease sale restrictions
Gov. Frank Murkowski has recommended the U.S. Minerals Management Service continue evaluating the option of dropping restrictions against joint bidding by oil and gas exploration companies in Cook Inlet and elsewhere in Alaska's federally controlled Outer Continental Shelf.

Five vie for empty seat
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will meet in a special session today to select a representative for Kenai.

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.

Wal-Mart coming to Kenai
After years of rumors and speculation — and 1 1/2 years of secret negotiations — it can finally be said: Wal-Mart is coming to the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Air supply business takes off
Despite Alaska's chilly image, it's not always easy for some communities to buy frozen ice cream. Thanks to the help of some Kenai Peninsula entrepreneurs, however, that cold fact may soon be a thing of the past.

Votes go to Williams
John Williams, touting his experience as the longtime mayor of the city of Kenai, pulled a stunning upset in Tuesday's runoff election for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's top post, defeating former state Sen. John Torgerson, the front-runner and odds-on favorite coming out of the six-candidate Oct. 4 regular election.

Conoco cancels gas line meeting
ConocoPhillips canceled a meeting with some Alaska legislators at the last minute Tuesday after an Anchorage Democratic representative raised questions about the meeting's legality, said company spokeswoman Dawn Patience.

House committee plans special ANWR session
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A proposal to develop oil in the Arctic National Wild-life Refuge released by the chairman of the U.S. House Resources Committee contains far more provisions than a Senate version.

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.

Curtis Muse
Wasilla and Cooper Landing resident Curtis Muse, also known as "Curt Trout," died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2005, while motoring across Skilak Lake after fishing on the Kenai River. He was 54.

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.

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

Votes go to Williams
John Williams, touting his experience as the longtime mayor of the city of Kenai, pulled a stunning upset in Tuesday's runoff election for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's top post, defeating former state Sen. John Torgerson, the front-runner and odds-on favorite coming out of the six-candidate Oct. 4 regular election.

Lunch menus
Elementary and Secondary

Around the district
Essay contest begins VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Aurora Borealis Charter 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

KPC around campus: Financial aid seminar for home school families set
Carrie Burford is the financial aid specialist for Kenai Peninsula College. Her knowledge of financial resources makes her office a stop for many students.

Principal for a Day
Let's say you're in fourth or fifth grade, and you're in charge for the day: All-day recess, right?

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.

Kenai seniors key Kards win
Kenai Central's senior volleyball players went out on a high note Tuesday evening, picking up a dominant three-game victory over the visiting Homer Mariners.

Skyview netters sweep Soldotna
The Skyview High School volleyball team defeated Soldotna in three games Tuesday in a Northern Lights Conference match at Soldotna.

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