Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Autumn & Apples
Like many transplanted Alaskans, I grew up in the lower 48, where the onset of autumn was more of a lingering twilight, than the fleeting splash of color we realize here in the Last Frontier. And while a few innovative Alaskans are making a sincere effort to prove otherwise, we don’t normally associate harvesting apples with autumn here in Alaska. Thankfully, we do have an increase in seasonal choices when it comes to purchasing apples this time of year in area grocery stores, yet none compare to what I remember as a youth.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
After reading in the Alaska number one guidebook about Alaska legend Andrew Berg I became fascinated with all the every day chores that this man had to do just to survive. Living in the wilderness of Alaska was very difficult and living off the land was not a weekend camping experience, it was a way of life. There were no stores to run into to grab all your supplies you needed and hurry back home to start supper.

NOW PLAYING: Zathura
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.

Caregivers deserve more than once a year recognition
November has been declared as National Family Caregiver Month for our nation, state and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. November is a time designated each year to honor, thank and assist family caregivers.

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.

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.

A great grandma — and twice that, too
Birthdays tend to lose their luster with people as they start to have fewer days ahead than behind, but there’s nothing old about celebrating a century of life, according to Lucille Adams of Soldotna.

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

Forum takes reps to task
In response to a number of phone calls from North Kenai residents asking what would happen in the event of a major industrial incident, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management has organized a community forum for this evening to answer people’s questions.

Grant funds heading for borough
A lean agenda should make Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly a relatively short affair, though some important measures, including an ordinance accepting $460,000 in state schools grants, are expected to see action.

Ronald D. ‘Ron’ Lorenzo
Lifelong Kenai resident and Alaska Native Ronald D. “Ron” Lorenzo died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, in Kenai. He was 52.

Births
Jessica Elise Johnson and Jacob Neal JohnsonSarah Hollier and Abe Pellegrom

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

Around the Peninsula
Genealogical society to meetDevelopmental screening fair scheduledFlying presentation slatedHANDLE workshop setChristmas bazaar fund-raiser plannedPie party gets cookingChristmas celebration set

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

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

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

Making it look easy is really hard work
In volleyball, Skyview senior Anna Bonebrake makes things look easy because she has worked so hard.

Sports Briefs
KPHA squad drops two gamesArea volleyball players make all-state squad

Senior Menus
Homer

Senior Activities

Oilers add pitchers to 2006 roster
The Peninsula Oilers have added a pair of pitchers to their 2006 roster.

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