Thursday, November 10, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules

From the bookshelf: Merry mayhem in raucous adventure
"Happy Hour" is a good-time entertainment set in urban Alaska. The brisk, brief novel is the second in a new series by Don Porter. The cover gives the impression that the story is a mystery. But it is more a new twist on an old-fashioned shoot-'em-up action tale, set in the recent Wild West of Anchorage and Fairbanks in the 1970s.

Warm welcome
A warm wind will grace the central Kenai Peninsula this weekend, but winter fans don't have to worry about snow melting. The Chinook Winds, a quintet of Fairbanks musicians, will perform French music in the Brockel Building at Kenai Peninsula College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

Spirited sounds
From the opening strains of "Gypsy's Odyssey" to the CD's last notes, listeners are held spellbound, caught in the passionate music's whisper softness, thundering intensity, slow-moving grace and high-stepping frenzy.

Reader welcomes Wal-Mart
I would like to comment on Wal-Mart coming to Kenai. I think it would be wonderful to have a store like that again. Since Kmart left, we have not had a place to shop, except to drive all the way to Soldotna.

Kenai soldier in Iraq doesn't understand anti-war sentiment
Hello to the Kenai Peninsula. I am with the Alaska Army National Guard unit that deployed to Iraq. I read the editorials from home online daily as much as I can to keep up on current events.

Center of activity
For the past 25 years, the Kenai Recreation Center has been a steady place for youths and adults to come in from the cold and lift weights or shoot hoops.

Group seeks more recycling
As the last drop of drinking water is expelled from the plastic bottle, the first thought for many is to throw the empty container away. But Re-Group urges everyone to recycle as much as possible, from home waste to the office trash bin.

Truck rescued from river
After a four-month stay at the bottom of the Kenai River in Sterling, a man's Toyota pickup truck has been recovered — and it runs.

Cooking up a new kitchen
Kelly Keating, Kurt Rentfro and Steve Albers discus blueprints in the kitchen at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center as Larry Saito and Mark Vlahovich take measurements for tiling Wednesday afternoon. Workers are expanding the kitchen by about 25 percent. For now, meals are cooked at the American Legion post and are driven to the center for serving. Center director Rachael Craig said they hope work will be complete around the first of next month.

AWG volunteer numbers near halfway mark
Approximately 150 community residents signed up to help out during a four-hour Arctic Winter Games volunteer rally Saturday at Great Bear Ford in Soldotna.

District may close schools
A 191-student drop in enrollment spread across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has school administrators looking at possible closure of schools in Cooper Landing and Hope, according to Melody Douglas, the district's chief financial officer.

Borough looking for a few good commissioners
Private citizens are being asked to apply for positions on two Kenai Peninsula Borough boards that act to settle disputes arising from property tax assessments and decisions by the Planning Commission.

Assembly OKs pact linking Homer, Kachemak Emergency Service Area
The city of Homer will continue providing fire and emergency medical services to residents of the Kachemak Emergency Service Area under an agreement approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its Nov. 1 meeting.

Keith Edwin Heffner
Longtime Alaska resident Keith E. Heffner died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, at home with his family beside him. He was 66.

Petition to alter predator control program opposed
Back in the 1940s and '50s federal predator control agents spread strychnine-laced meat across Alaska's wilds, indiscriminately killing any animals that happened upon the bait, in the name of predator control.

Around the Peninsula
Blood drives on tap MS group meeting planned Social Security rep to visit center Safe communities presentation set

Around the Peninsula
Competency-based education meeting set Bereavement workshop set SoHi to host crafty people Medicare program on tap for talk Kayak class offers room to row

Skyview, Soldotna wrestlers tangle
The Skyview High School wrestling team hosted Soldotna in a dual meet Tuesday, earning a 26-21 win as both teams picked up some valuable early-season mat time.

Nikiski, Kenai take a swing at state
With runner-up finishes at their respective conference tournaments last weekend, the Kenai Central and Nikiski high school volleyball teams will head to West High School in Anchorage this weekend with even bigger goals in mind: state championships.

School of hard rocks
When he first introduced the subject of geology to his class, Jason Daniels, a fourth-grade teacher at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, said he got the usual moans and groans that come with what students think will be a dull subject.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Around the district
KPBSD plans one-day closure 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

KPC around campus: Information available to jump start health care careers
Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska Anchorage are sponsoring a health career informational meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in Room 132 of the Brockel Building. It is open to the public.

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