Friday, October 27, 2006

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

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.

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.

Knowles no friend to fishermen
I’m a lifelong Democrat and commercial fisherman since 1966.

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.

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.

Hospital benefits from new equipment
South Peninsula Hospital Education Department would like to thank the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation for its generous refunding of a much needed new laptop and projector, as well as computer for our education training room. This equipment will be used by hospital instructors and speakers providing presentations to the staff and public, both at the facility and off-campus location. The computer will be used by registered nursing students, certified nursing assistant students, as well as hospital staff.

Land of the free loosing its meaning
“Land of the free and home of the brave”, a saying that probably dates back to the Revolutionary War. One that used to represent the united States and much of the reason I believe that there have always been men and women that sought out the military to serve their country and further the meaning of ‘proud to serve’.

Palin has proven budget prowess
Sarah Palin is my choice for Governor. She has the energy, intelligence and momentum to make political history in our state and she is connecting with people all over Alaska in a way that has never been seen here before. In every campaign she has run, she has done more with less money than any other major candidate. This is an excellent indication about how she can manage money, budgets, and people and get the most for our money.

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 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.

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Cutter Hickory to haunt Homer Spit
That’s not the wind howling on Homer Spit. It’s the ghosts and goblins that have taken control of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory.

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.

Motorist killed on Thursday morning snowy roads
The first accumulation of snow this season sent vehicles sliding off central Kenai Peninsula roads Thursday morning leaving one man dead east of Sterling.

Registration hunts canceled
Hunters waiting for a mountain goat registration hunt on the Kenai Peninsula this year can throw their cleats, binoculars and gunny sacks back into the storage closet.

Unavailable satellite channels has senior upset with provider
Lew Buck feels cheated.

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.”

April Loraine Weinert
Former Kenai Peninsula resident April Loraine Weinert died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. She was 25.

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.

Both election ballot measures sound good, but ...
With all the hype going on about who will be our next governor, voters also should decide where they stand on the two ballot measures in the Nov. 7 general election. On the surface, both measures sound appealing, but voters should take a second look.

Refuge education specialist migrates north
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff says goodbye to one of its own next week. Nicole Gustine, better known to some of you by her maiden name of Johnson, is moving to Fairbanks to continue her work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to be with her new husband, Dave Gustine.

Outdoor Briefs
Area H permit holders meeting scheduledSports swap gears upWhat’s your story

Winter wonders await those willing to look up
When it comes to viewing meteor showers in late fall and winter, Alaskans have at least one advantage over stargazers living in the Lower 48. It’s easy to wake up before sunrise.

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

Around the Peninsula
Skating offeredHabitat fundraiser setBasketball camp set to shootNRA fundraiser takes aimNational Guard to host partyHaunted house opens Saturday in SoldotnaSeniors serve up breakfastArt project exhibitLa Leche League to meetDinner theater 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.

Athletes from central peninsula look to punch state tickets at Region III meet
As high school teams prepare for the Region III swimming and diving championships today and Saturday in Homer, coaches have been doing their best to enter their swimmers in the events in which they will be most successful.

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.

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...

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

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

If the grass isn’t green enough have your eyes checked
Some years ago I read an account of a farmer who had milk cows. The cows had been placed in a field with lush green grass, but the farmer noticed that it wasn’t long before they were enduring the pain of barbed wire to reach the grass on the other side of the fence.

Church Briefs
Winter gear soughtGrace Lutheran to host carnivalAddictions group meetsClothes closet opensPrayer meeting slatedSunday healing class continuesSovereign Grace to host open houseKids’ night out plannedWoman’s Bible class plannedHarvest carnival planned Clothes available

Oilers announce 2 signings
The Peninsula Oilers continued to shape their roster for 2007.

Birch Ridge says goodbye to golf
Mother Nature finally shut us down! On Tuesday, the ground froze and stayed frozen all day, so Birch Ridge Golf Course is “officially” closed for the season. We would like to thank all of you who helped us survive this record-setting wet year.

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