Thursday, November 17, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesBuilders to hold awards banquet

Singing bankers aim to break stereotypes
JUNEAU — Maybe Roger White doesn’t look like someone who would be talking about his ‘‘gigs.’’

Sister wrests message of hope from tragedy
“Ritchie Boy” is not a book written to entertain readers. Its purpose is far more serious: to save lives and heal the bereaved.

Not going to pot
It may be called pottery, but that doesn’t mean it all has to be pots.

Art Briefs
Writers’ group to meetDance club seeks membersStained glass classes offeredVictorian carolers set to singTheater offering gallery spaceStorytellers wantedBoys and Girls Club show open for entry

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsUpcoming eventsDown the RoadAnchorage events

Mystery farce packs surprises
Surprises are always a big part of the murder mystery formula, but at the third annual dinner theater fund-raiser for the Kenai Performers and Kenai Senior Connections Inc., the surprises go beyond just guessing who the killer is.

Reader: Wal-Mart will bring good things
I have to admit that I was surprised with the sadness over Wal-Mart coming to Kenai. My husband and I purchased a home here in April of this year. We came from the East Coast, an area called the north country, where until five years ago we had one grocery store and no department stores. We had no choice but to pay inflated prices for groceries.

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.

Lifesavers should be praised
Editor’s note: The following letter is being rerun due to an editing error.

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.

Family TV not just a click away
Two weeks ago started an experience to forget: I was diagnosed with a bad gall bladder. My wife had me airlifted to Anchorage for surgery.

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.

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.

Gasification may be light at end of borough tunnel
The possibility that Agrium might close the doors to its Nikiski fertilizer production complex entirely has hung like a Sword of Damocles over municipal and service area budgets dependent on the property and sales tax revenues it and its payroll produce.

Inmate escapes, recaptured in 2 days
Kenai police and state and local agencies spent Tuesday and Wednesday looking for a man temporary released from custody from Wildwood Pretrial Facility who took off. The Sterling man was captured Wednesday evening.

Photo feature: It’s only just begun
Allen Herrington scrapes Wednesday’s snow from his car in Soldotna. Forecasters are calling for more of the white stuff throughout the weekend, with highs in the mid-20s to mid-30s and lows in the 20s.

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.

Eying the funds
Mayor John Williams warned the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday that current financial circumstances will require austere measures if the borough is to avoid falling into debt by the end of his term.

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.

Agrium not done yet
Agrium USA announced Wednesday is looking to the Beluga Coal Field across Cook Inlet as a future source of feedstock gas with which to continue operations at its Nikiski ammonia and urea plants, perhaps for decades.

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.

Chamber discusses airport plan
Those at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon were amused when a pale-faced, redhead in a famous yellow jumpsuit appeared. Ronald McDonald, who was in town for an open house in Kenai on Wednesday, greeted members at Paradisos while providing festive humor before quickly departing.

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

Around the Peninsula
HANDLE workshop setPSDRA members mush to meetSoHi opt out form deadline loomingCommunity dinner set to feastNeighbors needed, page returningFair trade crafts fund-raiser setKPBSD Title Vll meeting slated

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.

Around the District
Students of the Month announcedSchool board meets Monday

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.

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