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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Holiday decorating contest begins Small business center to host workshop Area banks collect for the hungry CPGH nurse honored Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search

Let’s talk it over
Members of the school board and district administration took the opportunity to listen Tuesday night while residents of Kenai voiced their hopes and fears regarding the community’s schools.

Olson keeps seat
Incumbent Republican Rep. Kurt Olson, of Soldotna, won re-election to a second term in the Alaska House on Tuesday, handily defeating his Democratic Party challenger, Pete Sprague, and Alaskan Independence Party candidate John Osborne, of Kenai, in the race for House District 33.

Truck, 20 dogs roll off Deadman’s Corner
After rolling their truck with 20 Iditarod sled dogs off Oilwell Road on Tuesday afternoon, two Kenai Peninsula mushers are lucky to be alive.

Peninsula mirrors statewide voting on governor, ballot measures
Kenai Peninsula voters Tuesday mirrored their counterparts from across the state, easily electing GOP gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin and running-mate Sean Parnell, sending incumbent Republican legislators back to Juneau and choosing, once again, to reward Don Young with another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As temperatures falling, gas prices rising
Almost as certain as cold temperatures visiting Alaska every winter, the price of natural gas is expected to go up again.

Bomb scare sends some Nikiski plant workers home
Industrial plants in Nikiski took precautionary evacuation measures Wednesday afternoon in response to an e-mail threat to one of the plants.

Friends in high places
If you’re writing regular checks to utility companies large or small, you have advocates out there you may not be aware of.

Patrick McLane Babitt
Kasilof resident Patrick McLane Babitt died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at his home. He was 5.

Amy Lorrayne Moore
Longtime Sterling resident and homesteader Amy Lorrayne Moore died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna surrounded by family and friends. She was 82.

Clara ‘Elaine’ Stanley
Lifelong Alaskan and Nikiski resident Clara “Elaine” Stanley died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at her home on her 30th wedding anniversary, after a long illness. She was 56.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society plans events Hospice to host open house Family holiday photos offered Totem Tracers postpone meeting Second Sunday stories slated Take a break, buy a gift

Around the Peninsula
RCA to talk about rates, services College council to convene Young Life banquet planned Coed basketball planned Mystery Creek Road to close Christmas bazaar set to sale Meeting delves into psychology program Developmental screenings available Salvation Army plans holiday feast

Juneau tops Nikiski
Albert Svensson, Ian Nankervis and Nolin Ainsworth each recorded a goal and an assist and Kelsey Preston denied all 39 shots she faced in leading visiting Juneau-Douglas to a 6-0 victory over Nikiski at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility Wednesday night.

SoHi hoping to regain winning feeling
As its nickname “The Rock” would attest, Kodiak often makes for a tough road trip for high school teams.

Bulldogs want to return to glory days
When asked if it’s been too long between state titles for the Nikiski volleyball team, coach Bruce King responded without hesitation.

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

Have guitar, will travel
His Web site says it all — Dan Sullivan rocks. On a Thursday night at Soldotna’s Maverick Saloon, he pleases the crowd with everything from Johnny Cash to Pink Floyd to “Gilligan’s Island,” with a few of his original compositions thrown in, as well.

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Rating system gets rated
This weekend, while the rest of you were struggling to decide between attending a screening of the Pixar-lite “Flushed Away” about rats and their adventures in the sewer system, and the winner of the Beat-A-Dead-Horse award, “The Santa Clause 3,” I was visiting an ex-student at Montana State University.

17th annual Career Day comes to Kenai Peninsula College on Friday
On Friday morning, more than 250 high school students from across the Peninsula will fill the hallways of the college on a quest to explore different career paths. This year, students from Soldotna, Kenai Central, Skyview, Nikiski, Kenai Alternative, Ninilchik, Tyonek and the home-school programs Connections, IDEA, and Raven Correspondence will be participating in the event.

Senior year like learning to ride a bike, once you get the hang of it
Finally, I am a senior! My excitement and focal point for the year is graduation. I know there will be a lot happening in the interim, but it really isn’t that far away. I am counting down the months, the weeks, and days to the time I will walk up on the stage, receive my diploma, turn my tassel, throw my hat up into the air and say goodbye to the school where I have spent the majority of my waking moments.

Blowing young minds
The problem: Design and build a “long-winded gizmo,” a device that utilizes wind power to travel as far as it can in a straight line while carrying a 1.25-ounce weight.

Around the District
Students of the Month Good News Clubs to meet Connections Home-school Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran I.D.E.A. Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Ninilchik School READS Primary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High School Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Sports Briefs
Blackburn nabs MVP award Kasilof man rows at Head of Charles

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