Thursday, November 3, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Haseo, Deede appointed to CPHC Homer chamber mixer slated BIZ-IDEA winners announced

Light humor
Usually the audience is in the dark while watching a play. In "Black Comedy," put on this weekend and next by the Kenai Performers, the actors join the onlookers in darkness — or pretend to, anyway.

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

From the bookshelf: History focuses on slice of Alaska
For all its wild vastness, Alaska is full of small byways and hamlets chock full of fascinating stories — mostly untold. The area from Seward north to Turnagain Arm has been proposed for designation as a National Heritage Area due to its historic significance. The legislation remains pending in Congress.

Businesses give Wings something to jump about
Wings Christian Academy students, staff and parents would like to publicly thank the following businesses: Fred Meyer, Beemun's, Dairy Queen, Subway, BlockBuster Video, McDonald's and Reindeer Pause for making our sixth annual walk-a-thon a success.

Reader keeps up with news through Web site
I really enjoyed the article concerning the problem of pike in Scout Lake (Clarion, Oct. 21). Matt Tunseth really does a swell job reporting on various issues of wildlife in our community.

Teens, seniors could benefit from Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart's "coming to town!" The new store is probably a plus for all the peninsula consumers. The super store proposed will force competition for local dollars. We see teenagers and seniors as the employment backbone for Wal-Mart, on probably a part-time basis. Seniors and teenagers are a growing industry in our area.

Volunteers make a big difference at center
The LeeShore Center would like to extend its thanks to the United Way Day of Caring participants during the month of September and October. Our Sincere appreciation goes out to Wells Fargo volunteers Rebecca Sanford, Daphne Lindley, Karen Tynes, Mary Nell Larson, Wilda Bush, Kellie Trolz and Erica Summers, who painted the kitchens at our Transitional Living Center facility; Fred Meyer volunteer committee members Ronald Delaney, Pam Delaney, Jennifer Kiser, Sandra Flansaas, Melanie Samuelson, Linda Schirmers, Teresa Moran, Jeff Moran, Clint Hagel, Jennifer Hagel, Christopher Hagel and Matieu Hagel, who planted shrubbery and began to paint the fascia boards and LeeShore's administrative facility; and to Kenai Central High School football team members, coach Jim Montgomery, Michael Creighton, Jason Dambacher, Malachi Hopper, Dustin Stelljes, Stuart Stretch, Lane Koester-Backstrom, Michael Dormady, Tyler Chappell, Bill Chimphalee, Ju Kim, Carl A. Gourley, Travis Werba and Will Manuel, who cleaned out our shed and raked leaves at both LeeShore's administration and Transitional Living Center facilities.

Alaskans ready for disaster?
You need only to go to a grocery store on a weekday afternoon to realize that many Alaskans are not prepared for a disaster like last December's tsunami, hurricane Katrina or the Pakistan earthquake. "I don't have time to cook," a fellow shopper said as he presented his microwaveable meals to the cashier.

Donation gives programfuel to keep running
Soldotna High School would like to send out a special thank you to Kathy Gensel and Wells Fargo Bank for the donation of $2,000, which will allow us to keep our A-Team After School Acceleration-Tutoring program up and running.

Woman steals lawn ornaments
KODIAK (AP) — A woman will spend three days in jail for stealing flowers and lawn ornaments from area homes and gardens.

Kodiak plant penalized for reports
KODIAK (AP) — A company will pay a $20,000 penalty to a federal agency for submitting incorrect wastewater discharge reports.

Bridge, light work on task
Some of the last pieces of the old Kenai River bridge in Soldotna are being chipped away this winter as construction crews prepare the foundation for a new one.

Board OKs 3-year nurses' contract
In part to help stem the migration of trained nurses to the Anchorage area, nurses at Central Peninsula General Hospital will receive a 5.27 percent average yearly wage increase.

Wintry wonderland
Wednesday's setting sun illuminates the Kenai Mountains as seen from Kenai. Forecasters are calling for continued chilly temperatures through the rest of the week.

Finances dominate CPGH board meeting
The yearlong search for a new top finance officer at Central Peninsula General Hospital is over.

Kenai man master of disaster relief
Just hours before departing for Washington, D.C., Victor Hett stood outside the American Red Cross building in Kenai in Carhartts installing a radio tower. The tower would link the Kenai Peninsula to the outside world in case of a disaster.

Medivac proposal takes wing
The first hour immediately following a serious accident often is considered the most critical in determining whether an injured person survives and, if so, how complete their recovery will be.

PRISM gets a look
Randy Ernst, deputy director of the Pacific Rim Institute of Safety and Management, spoke at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting to explain PRISM and how the facility supports the community.

Carry on
Roy Lester and his brother, James, struggle with several pumpkins they were bringing home from the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Tuesday afternoon. "We'll probably carve them," Roy said.

Clarence Gale Eckert
Longtime Alaskan Clarence Gale Eckert died Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at his home in Nikiski after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Robert E. McCrosky
Kenai resident Robert E. "Bicycle Bob" McCrosky died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Common-sense thinking on natural gas pipeline urged
Alaskans agree on several things about the proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline. We want jobs, lots of them.

State's fiscal image should be viewed from Outsiders point
Yes, some in the news media and Congress don't have their facts straight about Alaska's so-called ''bridges to nowhere.'' Yes, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's bid to single out Alaska in the D.C. porkfest was unfair and going nowhere. Yes, Alaska can argue that it's way behind the rest of the United States in roads, communications and basic utilities.

Around the Peninsula
Bazaar, bake sale fund-raiser slated

Williams takes oath of office
With a large contingent of family and supporters looking on, former Kenai Mayor John Williams was sworn in as Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Tuesday evening.

Confidence key in volleyball tourneys
The Northern Lights Conference volleyball tournament will not be one for the faint of heart. "The kids have to play aggressive," said Skyview High School coach Sheila Kupferschmid. "They can't play not to lose. They have to go out and be more aggressive than their opponents."

KPC around campus: Spring semester course schedule online now
The short version of Kenai Peninsula College spring semester course schedule, a list of courses without descriptions, is available on the KPC Web site. The complete schedule is available in PDF format for downloading. The printed document will be mailed to out the week of Thanksgiving.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

A good place to start
Lindsay Hutchins would like to finish college with a degree in physical therapy and has plans to attend Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.

Around the district
Students of the Month announced VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest 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

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