Friday, October 28, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Chamber rec. guide seeks entries

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

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered in Homer Performers wanted for New Year's Eve show Artists in Schools open for applications Dance club seeks members Women's quilting class open Pastel painting workshop slated Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Boys and Girls Club show open for entries Booth space open for holiday bazaar Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games Rasmuson Foundation offering grants

Stories with style
As listeners to the Travelin' Tales storytelling troupe's first performance in Kenai found out, the story of Cinderella isn't limited to the Disney movie. Versions of the classic tale come from across the world and include unique details such as bucking broncos, magic skulls, invisible creatures and even sumo wrestling.

From the bookshelf: Treadwell, bears create haunting tragedy
On Oct. 5, 2003, Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard died in Katmai National Park. Bear fatalities are front-page news in Alaska, but this case achieved national notoriety because Treadwell made a very public career promoting bears as gentle creatures and himself as a man with a mystical connection to them.

Post office project helpers get stamp of approval
Restoration of Soldotna's first post office, 1945-51, is now complete after a busy summer of work. Our first post office was in the homestead cabin of Howard and Maxine Lee at the bus loading area at Soldotna Elementary School.

Group finds success in holding first derby
The Deep Creek Charterboat Association would like to graciously thank our co-sponsors of the 2005 Ninilchik Fishing Derby: Gold: Canterwood Cabins, Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo Bank (Soldotna); Silver: Anglers Lodge, Arctic Tern Charters, Deep Creek Sport Shop, Koffler Boats Inc.; Bronze: Afishunt Charters, Alaskan Gamefisher, B&J Commercial, Catch-A-Lot Charters, Chihuly's Charters, The Cross Enterprises, D&M Charters, Fishward Bound Adventures, Happy Valley Bar & Caf-Bait & Tackle, Happy Valley Hookers, Homer Electric Association, Joyce Marie Charters, King's Run Charters, Meander-In B&B, Ninilchik Saltwater Charters, Willie Boats Inc. and Will's Copper King Charters.

Students plus seniors is perfect equation
Our community needs to be applauded for the support of our youth. I would like to thank Country Foods, Three Bears, Safeway and Dairy Queen of Soldotna for donations that assisted with supplying food for the Kenai Central High School civic students Oktoberfest-Karaoke Night fund-raiser at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Out with the old, in with the new
Jane Dullum clears this summer's flowers from a bed at Kenai Peninsula College and plants new bulbs for next spring in Wednesday's sun. "I figured this was a good outside project for today," Dullum said.

Homer man cuts deal to avoid murder trial
On the day he was scheduled to go on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Mephibosheth "Moshe" Wilkinson, Leonard Wallace, 49, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder.

Noise sparks council debate
Urban nuisances including loud car mufflers, boom boxes and mischievous skate boarders briefly captured the attention of Soldotna City Council members Wednesday evening.

Delegates dig into Games planning
With the Arctic Winter Games just over four months away, international representatives from the various northern countries participating in the Games are in town, getting their first glimpses of where their teams will compete.

School board picks Hatch
Though it took four tries, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education selected a candidate Wednesday for Seat 2 to represent the interests of Kenai.

Halloween haunts abound
The following is a list of Halloween and fall harvest events happening this weekend in the central Kenai Peninsula:

Tanker, cruise ship tax floated
Pete Sprague is proposing taxing the value of large, nonfishing, commercial vessels that drop anchor at peninsula ports.

Unalaska officials head to Iceland
UNALASKA (AP) — Six Unalaska city officials will leave today on a 10-day trip to Iceland. The trip is at the invitation of a company that wants to sell the city geothermal energy.

Wal-Mart reactions mixed
While Wal-Mart's proposed super center in the city of Kenai could create a lot of jobs and tax revenue, it could spell bad news for the city of Kenai's retail sector, according to some area business owners.

Fire engulfs Soldotna home
A 750-square-foot home suffered major damage from a fire Wednesday night.

Halloween safety isn’t tricky
Beastly boys and little ghouls are just days away from collecting sacks of sweets, and area police have a bit of advice for staying out of harm’s way on Halloween.

Election was easy part, now Williams’ work really begins
First off, congratulations to John Williams for winning this week’s Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor runoff election. Williams is a consummate statesman with years of experience in politics and what looks to be a solid plan for getting the borough’s financial house in order.

Caution urged with oil revenue surplus
Commonwealth North hosted a forum Wednesday to discuss what Alaska should do with the big surplus pouring into the state treasury, thanks to $60-a-barrel oil. UAA economist Scott Goldsmith had some good advice for Alaskans and their political leaders.

Late-season fishing offers solitude, time for reflection
Dawn breaks slow and cold over Deep Creek.

Colorful jays making a ‘Steller’ appearance at winter bird feeders
On the first frosty morning this fall, I set up a bird feeder at my new house. I have established many new feeding stations over the years and in most cases met with limited success. It often takes a fair amount of time before the local birds find your feeder and make it part of their routine. The lifestyle of a job-seeking birdwatcher is not conducive to maintaining a long-term bird feeder. I was hopeful that with a little

Outdoor briefs
Trapping orientation class offeredWinter king derby planned

Around the Peninsula
Haunted house set to spookCommunity Halloween party plannedBoo review party setElks Halloween party slatedCountry jamboree plannedHaunted swamp needs extra goblinsHalloween fun fest setDevelopmental screening fair scheduled

Around the Peninsula
KCHS conferences today Nikiski rec center game for teen night Sports equipment fund-raiser on track Celebration aims to lighten up trails Ducks Unlimited banquet planned Class offers room to 'row' Team will work for uniforms

Final mayor ballots still being counted
Though not expected to alter the results of Tuesday’s runoff election for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor won in come-from-behind fashion by John Williams over his opponent John Torgerson, more than 1,400 ballots are yet to be counted, Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs said Thursday.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna hockey time changesKPHA squad has 3-0 weekend

Swimmers ready for regions
It’s go time.

Church Briefs
Halloween festival setWinter clothing soughtNikiski Bible study offeredRevelation study in progressSoldotna Bible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group to meetKenai Bible study class setAddictions group to meet

Faith sufficient for all seasons of life
Poets and preachers have long pointed out the similarities between the seasons of the year and the seasons of life.

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