Monday, November 14, 2005

A film version of award-winning artist Chris Van Allsburg’s Zathura, a tale of a space board game that transports it’s players to the stars, seems like a no-brainer, considering the potential for a marriage of computer generated effects and Allsburg’s brilliant visuals. However, a no-brainer in Hollywood often means just that. Luckily, Zathura avoids the pitfalls of it’s predecessor, the similarly themed, yet braying and frenetic Jumanji, and emerges as a clever, fun family outing.

There’s no room in newsroom for propaganda
Several national survey’s have shown a vast majority of Americans believe there is a definite liberal prejudice in TV and print newsrooms. This liberal bias is easily seen by the propaganda technique called push polls. Push polls are a polling set up to falsify an outcome for political gain.

Is cost worth the deal?
It appears that the Kenai city fathers think they have to cut a sweetheart deal with the the Wal-Mart people in the upcoming big store to be built in Kenai.

Photo feature: Now playing
A crow investigates an empty popcorn bag in the parking lot at Blockbuster Video in Soldotna recently. Cold weather has many birds back in town to Dumpster-dive their way through winter.

A day to remember
Speaking to 300 people attending a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Soldotna Sports Center, Army Sgt. 1st Class Troy Zimmerman told of the despair and the hope he saw while serving in Iraq recently with the Alaska Army National Guard.

Board blasts mixing zone plans
Members of the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board had strong words Thursday evening for the state’s plan to revise mixing zone standards in state waters.

Mushing more important than finger to Yukon Quest champ
Some have fingered Cohoe musher Lance Mackey as having the team to beat this winter, but a recent amputation could point to an uncertain future. “I gotta keep doing what I love, even if it means sacrificing a digit to do it,” Mackey said in regard to the index finger on his left hand, which was surgically removed last week.

Enstar predicts price hike
A predicted hike in natural gas prices to Enstar customers next year has settled in at about 19 percent.

Public meetings focus on capital needs from rural communities
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members are drawing up a new priority list of capital projects in anticipation of lobbying for funding during the 2006 legislative session that begins in January.

CPGH group checks to insure doctors are OK
Hollywood on occasion has created tales of the doctor-gone-mad, who kills rather than heals his patients.

William ‘Rod’ Bartlett II
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident William “Rod” Bartlett II died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with his family by his side. He was 53..

Voices of the Clarion: Time to start thinking
In the days of Lincoln, interested citizens from across the countryside would gather together and stand in rapt attention for hours while politicians engaged in thoughtful and informed debate on the issues of the day. Back then, it was common for average people to take a great interest in political matters, and politicians were expected to be able to offer factual and reasoned points with which to counter the arguments of their opponents. For hours on end, points would be won and lost based not upon passion or prejudice but on logic and merit.

Formula spells trouble ahead for peninsula schools
Despite rosy figures coming out of the Department of Revenue in Juneau, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is not in the best shape it’s ever been.

Around the Peninsula
Parks advisory meeting slatedWomen’s brunch set Developmental screening fair scheduledNRA banquet, auction on targetDog club offers practice run-throughsSAD presentation slatedDrivers safety class scheduledTeam trying to score odd jobsSwim coach soughtCraft fairs vendors needed

Jessica Elise Johnson and Jacob Neal JohnsonSarah Hollier and Abe Pellegrom

Well served
The United States had not yet been drawn into the second world war, but American soldiers and sailors were already busy preparing for what seemed the inevitable.

Community Schools
Palm InstructionSuccess in School Through ArtFirst AidHoliday BreadsSilk PaintingHunter Education (Home Study)Thanksgiving CenterpiecesTurkey Shoot

Heros of the Week
A million thanks to a strangerMentors making a difference

Peninsula People
Dotomain ‘Top’ loserMinelga honored4-H members shine

My best friend
Ken Lancaster of Soldotna rides with Brit, a 14-year-old Shih Tzu. Ken and his wife, Mavis Blazy, take their dogs for rides since Brit is getting too old to walk around. Blazy carries Megan, who is 10 years younger and a lot smaller than Brit, who they’ve nicknamed H.D. — Heavy Duty.

Republicans willing to consider revenue sharing
Republican leaders in the Alaska Senate said Thursday they would give strong consideration during the next legislative session to Gov. Frank Murkowski’s proposed use of Amerada Hess funds to provide funds for sustainable aid to local communities.

Lawmakers voice funding optimism
Rep. Mike Chenault and Sen. Tom Wagoner expressed cautious optimism Wednesday that schools would see a increase in funding in next year’s state budget, and that high crude prices would lead lawmakers to share at least some of the state’s windfall oil revenues with municipalities.

Kenai hockey sweeps North Pole
The North Pole hockey team was about a week and a period too late in arriving at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Bulldogs rebound from brutal loss
It takes a lot of heart to win a state championship. Sometimes it takes even more to take third place.

Kardinals drop two at state
It was tough for the Kenai Central High School volleyball team to be in the stands watching the action instead of playing Saturday at the state volleyball championships at West High School in Anchorage.

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