Friday, November 11, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clinic gives dogs chance to be found
Few things are as frightening to a dog owner as loosing their furry friend, but the Kenai Kennel Club is hoping to make it easier to locate a lost pet, should it happen.

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.

Wal-Mart plans move on
Two Kenai attorneys were the most outspoken among 60 people who turned out for a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night to talk about plans for a Wal-Mart super center in Kenai.

Pact signed by 3 mayors
Newly elected Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams and his counterparts from Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have signed a pact creating an alliance they expect will give the wider Southcentral Alaska region more economic and political clout.

Hanging city decorations means more than bulb replacement
Kenai light poles are getting all glammed up this week in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.

Kenai woman killed in Seward Highway collision; 6 hurt
A 31-year-old Kenai woman was killed in a motor-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon on the Seward Highway near Girdwood.

Police investigating meth lab
Kenai police and Alaska State Troopers are investigating a methamphetamine lab discovered in Kenai on Sunday.

We need to start training for gas pipeline jobs
The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, in Fairbanks at the end of last month, made an observation about the proposed natural gas pipeline that is important but that probably hasn’t received the widespread attention from Alaskans that it deserves. What Commissioner Greg O’Claray said was this: ‘‘We need to train a heck of a lot more pipeline workers.’’

Veterans Day: Tree of Liberty 2005
As American blood continues to nurture the Tree of Liberty around the world, it seems appropriate that all Americans rededicate themselves to the obligation and responsibilities of promoting a free society by treating our veterans with well-deserved respect.

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.

Satellites help keep an eye on Kenai Peninsula features
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is using space age technology to monitor the status of landscapes on the Kenai Peninsula. We have begun an on-going project using satellite images to map land cover and monitor changes over time.

Time to get ready to roll
For a skiing or snowmachining enthusiast, there is nothing worse than waiting through October, November or (hopefully not) December for that first recreationable cover of snow.

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

Around the Peninsula
Sterling bazaar fund-raiser setHealth career information availableHoliday flea market, bake sale offeredBereavement workshop setSoHi to host crafty peopleGenealogical society to meetTalk focuses on emergency preparedness

Nikiski knocks Valdez off throne
The Nikiski High School volleyball team took a step closer to a state championship Thursday, defeating Valdez in three games in the opening round of the state 3A volleyball tournament at West High School in Anchorage.

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.

Church Briefs
Lutefisk, lefse dinner slatedMatrix church to meetCantata choir practice tunes upNikiski Bible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group to meetRevelation study in progressSoldotna Bible study meetsBible study class to gatherYouth rally set to goChristmas brunch set

The wonder of complete forgiveness
British scientists recently invented a kind of glass that cleans itself.

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