Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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.

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.

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.

New store merits discussion
I am one of many people in Kenai who fear the impact Wal-Mart will have on small businesses and on the city’s effort to define and give character to Kenai as a unique town with a distinct center.

Wal-Mart deserves a chance
For those of you against Wal-Mart coming, please look again. Think for just a moment about what you are saying. You say this store will drive out local merchants. What local merchants? From what I’m seeing, the new store will have groceries, so they will be “competing” against, Safeway and IGA, both of which are across the country. It will have crafts, so will be “competing” against Kenai Fabric, which mostly has different designs of cotton, is well established with a loyal customer base and also offers sewing classes.

Peninsula falls behind state
An analysis of available data from 2003 and 2004 shows the per capita annual income in the Kenai Peninsula Borough was well below the statewide average.

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.

Deadline set for opt-out request forms
As the result of a recent request for student information from military recruiters, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has given itself a Monday deadline to respond.

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.

Photo feature: Falling for winter
Flowing water is framed by ice at Juneau Falls on the Resurrection Pass Trail near Cooper Landing last weekend. Juneau Creek drops about 200 feet at the popular hiking destination.

Democrats want pipeline talks among 3 groups
Alaska House and Senate Democrats have urged Gov. Frank Murkowski to negotiate contracts with all three groups looking to build a North Slope gas pipeline and have those contracts presented to the full Legislature for consideration.

Family caregivers to get day off
Often, people who care for family members or friends who are chronically ill, frail or disabled don’t take time out for themselves.

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

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Holifield
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert W. “Bob” Holifield died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

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

Around the Peninsula
4-H club set to mushDAV to meetBuilders banquet setCommunity dance gets kickingKPC offers nursing advisoryWomen’s basketball league formingMaster gardeners take root

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

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

Around the District
Students of the Month announcedSchool board meets Monday

Online registration for spring semester available
In an effort to give current and prospective students an opportunity to get the classes they need, Kenai Peninsula College has opened online registration earlier than ever before.

Planting seeds of peace
When prospective students enroll at Soldotna Montessori Charter School, they are asked to sign an agreement to coexist in peace and harmony with their peers.

Skyview, Nikiski wrestlers get mat time
The Skyview High School wrestling team was able squeeze in another dual meet — albeit a quick one — Tuesday, hosting Nikiski and a pair of wrestlers from Ninilchik.

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

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