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Friday, November 4, 2005

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

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

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.

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.

New solutions needed
There are several answers to the energy problem, but none of them are the invasion and despoiliage of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Crude oil is a finite resource. We must develop new technologies and new concepts of energy gathering and use. Moreover, we must rethink our wasteful lifestyles so that we achieve the same goals with significantly less energy used.

Store comes with high price
My husband and I were very saddened to see that Kenai has decided to allow Wal-Mart to build a super center there. Our interest in the Kenai Peninsula is long term, as we have vacationed there for several years, own property in the borough and want to retire there.

2005 motocross season couldn’t roll without help
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions 2005 motocross season has come to an end. The season was fun, a little wet and muddy, yet very successful. The season would not have been possible without all the volunteers and sponsors. I would like to thank the following volunteers for all the time spent out at the track burying tires, picking up trash, ensuring our water truck stayed operational and watering and grooming the track, handing out trophies, scoring, flagging and the other duties that come with making the races happen: Bruce, Darla and Logan Rosing, Renie Aragon, Sam Emery, Jason and Becky Szymanski, Brent and Debbie Hibbert, Brian and Candi Engen, Barney Phillips, Warren Vincent, Dan Kouf, Lou Maciariello, Tim Grote, Dean and Becky Ravin, Mike Arno, Kevin Herrin, Ricky Bailey, Mark Carr, Shelby Nelson, Dan and Jackie Greene, Shawn Jones, Mike Kelly, SammiJo Kelly, Brian and Krystal Walden, Jessica Newton, Dave and Marilyn Denney, Mike and Nancy Rewis, Ken and Connie Hamilton, Chet Soares, Mike and Tasha Lott, Kurt Braun, Darrin and Nina Marion, Bill Miller, Monty and Terri Owens, Royce Christensen, Roger, Lisa, Cortni and Jed Brown, Sherry, Myles and Sadie Ridling and Michael and Melissa Stangel.

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.

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.

Will Wal-Mart turn Kenai into ghost town?
I just saw a picture of a man from Chicago with a sign, “No Wal-Mart.” I have heard on the news how Wal-Mart is no longer trying to build in the big cities, nor in California. The people are all against Wal-Mart. So now Wal-Mart is going to the little towns.

Alcohol a factor in crash death
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a traffic accident that left one man dead Wednesday evening on the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik.

Inlet fishing sparks lawsuit
After years of mounting frustration over what they consider increasing limited access to the waters in which they fish, Cook Inlet commercial fisherman have asked the court to intercede.

Photo features: Driven to cross?
A young bull moose eyes traffic on Marathon Road in Kenai recently.

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.

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.

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

Kenai to keep public up on Wal-Mart development
At least two members of the Kenai City Council want to assure the public is kept in the loop on developments involving the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center coming to town.

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.

Howard ‘Buzz’ Hughley
Longtime Alaska resident Howard “Buzz” Hughley died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at his home in Nikiski. He was 75.

Thomas ‘Tod’ Henry Peterson
Longtime Soldotna resident Thomas “Tod” Henry Peterson died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, surrounded by his family at his home. He was 76.

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.

Free ride good health care for peninsula
Help is on the way.

Trip to Ireland provides unique perspective on local wildlife
My wife being at least half-Irish by blood and by virtue of surviving a quarter-century of marriage to me is probably eligible for sainthood or her

Around the Peninsula
Bazaar, bake sale fund-raiser continuesFarm Bureau harvest dinner setCommunity discussion plannedDevelopmental screening fair scheduledSenior cafe openMedicare to be discussedVoters group to gatherCompetency-based education to be discussed

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.

Area swimmers seek state championships
Kenai Central senior Landon Mishler is the only athlete from the Kenai Peninsula entering the state swimming and diving championships at Bartlett High School today and Saturday with the top seed time in his event.

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."

Panthers, Kardinals get wins
The Kenai Central and Skyview high school volleyball teams are one step closer to — and one win away from — reaching the state tournament.

Skyview hockey is on hold
The season of the Skyview High School hockey team has been put on hold due to the limited number of eligible players on the squad.

Homer tops Eagle River
The Homer hockey team opened up the Peninsula Ice Challenge by defeating Eagle River 5-2 Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Don’t waste prayer on the puny
The current concern about a possible bird flu pandemic killing hundreds of thousands brings back memories of the Asiatic flu, a vicious virus of the ‘50s that claimed many lives.

Church Briefs
Winter clothing give away setClothes Quarters openAll saints concert tuning upBible study group to meetNikiski Bible study in progressRevelation study slatedSoldotna Bible study setBible study class continues

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