Thursday, October 26, 2006

Soldotna mall changes owners
When Melinda Pennington was a teenager in Soldotna, she had no idea the mall she was shopping in would be hers someday.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Small business center host workshops Area banks collect for the hungry Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search

Accusations lack evidence
My Ayers’ latest letter (Oct. 16) accusing the president and vice president of outrageous criminal acts is absurd. He has never given us one shred of evidence to back up his statements. Talk is cheap.

Bridge complaints were off the mark
I am writing you to “clarify” statements made by Gary R. Bennett Sr. (Clarion, Oct. 19) regarding the construction of the Kenai River bridge.

Work made haven even better
The mission of South Peninsula Haven House is “to support and empower people impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.” We rely on our generous community to help us help others.

Bristol Bay fish must be protected
We all know how important fish are to Alaska’s economy. And we all know how important an abundance of clean water is to having healthy, sustainable fish populations. What we don’t know is how Bristol Bay fisheries will fare with the development of huge open-pit mines in the area, such as the proposed Pebble Mine.

President would know about ‘cut and run’ tactics
When Congressman Murtha tells the American public we should find a way to get our troops out of Iraq, the president and his followers always use the term “cut and run.” Doesn’t that term sound like cowardice? If I had used the National Guard with altered records as a shelter from military duty, I wouldn’t accuse a decorated military person of “cutting and running.”

Reader says he has better solution to crime
(Regarding) Your series on the problem of theft in the Kenai Peninsula, the problem is east to correct: Shoot the thieves or lock them up. This solution is based on a formula developed over thousands of years.

School board makes a wish list
With the Kenai Peninsula school board about to consider its state and federal legislative priority lists, it seemed only fitting that Monday’s meeting opened with schoolchildren singing “My Alaska” and “This Land Is Your Land.”

Council OKs homeless shelter grant application
To help Love INC meet a state grant application deadline for a homeless shelter, the Soldotna City Council met in special session Monday afternoon specifically to move the process along.

Winter speaker series designed to educate, entertain local folks
As daylight dwindles and the snow flies, the mass exodus of tourists comes to an end, returning the central Kenai Peninsula once again to those who live here year-round.

Charter schools to keep teaching
With some reservations regarding expansion plans of Homer’s Fireweed Academy, the peninsula school board on Monday approved the reapplication of three Kenai Peninsula charter schools.

Decorations usher in fright night
As a little girl growing up on a remote farm, miles from the next neighbor, Pat Murray didn’t get to experience Halloween the way many children do. Now, as an adult, she’s been making up for lost time.

Flood waters give rise to low fish return
Earlier this month, Seward area residents blundered about bewildered as floods swamped their neighborhoods. But humans were not the only creatures confused as their habitat went topsy-turvy.

Flood victims won’t pay disposal fees
Seward residents digging out from under flood debris won’t have to pay disposal fees at the Seward and Soldotna landfills.

Sterling may lose rural status
A few stragglers living near the edge of Sterling, but still within the boundaries of the town enjoy the benefits of living in a nonrural area and at the same time, the benefits of a rural designation under federal subsistence regulations.

Fire claims shed, spares business
Firefighters raced more than 12 miles of winding road, dusted with snow, after a shed fire threatened to ignite an adjacent business near the golf course on Funny River Road on Wednesday morning.

Nikolai A. Cekin
Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Nikolai A. Cekin died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale planned LeeShore board meeting slated CPGH board meeting slated Builders meet nailed down Basketball camp set to shoot First aid, CPR offered Halloween party set for fun Screenings available Food bank board meeting planned

Around the Peninsula
Winter gear sought Poster contest today SoHi, Skyview conferences set Book fair continues Haunted house opens Saturday in Soldotna Spaghetti feed set to dish Duck unlimited banquet set

Candidates tackle issues
Candidates for governor debating in Kenai on Wednesday promised boosted funding for schools, solutions to the rising cost of health care and significant advances toward a natural gas pipeline project, but they often differed on how best to meet those goals.

Panthers beat Mariners in NLC tilt
The Skyview High School volleyball team stayed undefeated on the season, beating Northern Lights Conference opponent Homer in four games Tuesday at Skyview.

Art Briefs
Poetry Out Loud open to schools Native ghost stories wanted State seeks art pros Rasmuson expands arts fund Seward hosts race to design

Tricks and treats
Like Jason, Chucky or Freddy Krueger closing in for the kill, so, too, is Halloween preparing to strike another year. However, unlike a slasher film victim that has no idea of what is about to happen, the central peninsula is fully prepared for the fall holiday with numerous pumpkin programs and haunted happenings.

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

Spellbinding: ‘The Prestige’ a captivating film
I approached the theater with noted trepidation this weekend. The new dueling magician movie, “The Prestige,” certainly looked good. But I’d been disappointed more than once this year and I was trying to keep my expectations low.

Poet’s Corner
Walking along on an eerie night...

Needs-based tuition assistance grants available for part-time students
Beginning next semester, part-time students taking five to nine credits who have applied for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet defined criteria for income will automatically be eligible for tuition waiver grants ranging from one to three credits. This needs-based financial aid program was initiated by the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start celebrates milestone in helping children and families grow
Charmaine Lundy doesn’t mince words explaining why she and her fellow staff members are so passionate about their jobs working for a Head Start preschool program.

Around the District
KPBSD to hold Title Vll meeting Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Home-school Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central Kenai Montessori School Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Nikiski North Star Elementary Ninilchik School READS Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Montessori Charter Tebughna School Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Ready to run: Cross country builds muscles, confidence, friendships
During the fall, there are numerous high school sports a student can participate in. There are team sports — football or volleyball — and individual sports — swimming and cross country running.

Wood you like to save on heating costs?
With crude oil and related fuel product costs hitting record highs this year, it should come as no surprise that a number of Kenai Peninsula residents are turning back the clock and looking to woodstoves for heat, at least as a supplemental source.

Don’t like cold? El Nino’s your friend
It’s going to be a long, dark and warm winter.

Darkness got you down?
When you add it all up, Alaska receives as many hours of sunlight as any other part of the world. But while some people seemingly store extra hours of sun energy from the summer and remain perky throughout the long dark hours of winter, others feel their internal battery drain down as winter progresses.

Avoid numb minds, fingers
Cold-weather outdoor pursuits not your thing? Never fear —the season for indoor activities is here. Here’s some suggestions on how to stay buy until breakup hits:

Don’t heat the outdoors
The following are some tips for keeping home heating costs down this winter:

Don’t get left out of the cold
Snowmachining Skiing Dog mushing and skijoring Snowshoeing Ice fishing Ice skating

White stuff means green for businesses
While some people enjoy winter, for others, their livelihood depends on the cold temperatures and the white stuff the season brings.

Ready to go with the snow
As a skier or snowmachiner, the season doesn’t start as soon as snow starts piling up on the ground. The season starts as soon as gear is ready to go.

Driven to be prepared
Suppress any thoughts of snow as long as you can. But eventually, you’ll be staring blankly at that first frosted windshield, and heading off to scratch around the tool shed for the ice scraper.

Keeping boredom at bay
The peninsula offers as many winter activities, indoor and outdoor, as summer for youths in search of fun and adventure:

Warming up to the work site
If you’re going to take a job that involves outdoor work in Alaska, you’d better enjoy being outdoors because no matter what the weather is, you’re going to be out in it.

‘Lift with your knees’ and other health tips
Winter in Alaska offers as many outdoor activities as your imagination is willing to fathom. But no matter how many activities wait outside, they won’t do you any good if you spend the winter cowering inside.

K.O. CO danger
Carbon monoxide is the silent killer. It is odorless, invisible and can kill a person in minutes.

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