Friday, November 18, 2005

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

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesBuilders to hold awards banquet

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

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.

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

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

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.

‘Friends’ thank friends for successful fund-raiser
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library Inc. would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who helped make our recent raffle/fund-raiser a success: the library staff, Brenda Manka, Aquio Purugganan and the board of trustees for ticket sales, KSRM for public service announcements, the Eagles Aerie No. 3225 for the use of their facility, Janet Brown, Megan O’Neill, Tim Navarre, Mick Etherly, David Vilot, Tanny Miller, Chuck Bergonzini, Cliff and Kathy Heus, Susan Rorrison, Isaac Cryer, Heather Pederson, Jim Satathite, Melanie Switzer, Paul Turner and Stan and Eleanor Wells for help with decorating and cleanup, Megan O’Neill, Peggy Thompson and Melissa Tressler for doorman duty, Cliff Heus and John Williams — the Staple guys, Dewayne Benton for help with the drawing, Aquio Purugganan and his crew for the delicious dinner, Copy Cats for ticket printing and Mike Silba and the Music Box for the use of the sound system.

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.

Donation for Internet help appreciated
The LeeShore Center would like to thank Alaska Communication Systems (ACS) for its donation of a $2,756.40 Internet service waiver for 2006. This generous donation allows staff to obtain current research and better serve LeeShore clients.

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.

Reader asks what’s missing?
Having had ready access to Wal-Mart for years before moving here, would someone please tell me what they think Wal-Mart has that is not available here already?

Reader tires of protesters’ anti-military attitude
Enough already. I have heard just about enough of this anti-military, anti-American dribble from the pacifist Left. I realize this paper is read by local troops who are deployed in support of the global war on terror, and I don’t want them to become disheartened, thinking no one in their hometown supports them or what they fight for.

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

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.

Photo feature: Eye to the sky
An eagle surveys its surroundings from a high perch in Kasilof last week.

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.

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.

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.

Proposed regs could tighten controls
Proposed regulations under consideration by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation would establish stricter controls over operations and maintenance of oil and gas pipeline systems.

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.

Hospice helps conquer fears
Terminally ill people who are nearing the end of their lives frequently express a fear of dying.

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.

Keeper: Oil industry better at prevention
Cook Inlet Keeper, an organization that monitors the inlet’s watershed, reports that based on state data covering 1997 to 2005, there is a downward trend in the number of spills from area oil pipelines.

Wal-Mart pros, cons aired
People opposed to Wal-Mart coming to Kenai and people wearing large red “Yes” stickers shared their views with the Kenai City Council for more than two hours Wednesday night.

More friends for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Two weeks ago this Saturday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with a new organization that is slowly taking shape here in Alaska. The group was meeting at our new Environmental Education Center and I was substituting for the refuge manager who had long-scheduled plans for that day. This group is in the beginning stages of forming the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. These folks believe that, because of the size of the state and the generally small size of our cities and towns, a group associated with all the refuges in the state will be a more effective advocate than a few small groups. A representative from the Kenai Refuge Friends group was part of the gathering.

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

Around the Peninsula
Recycling gift workshop plannedNRA banquet, auction on targetStory time set to entertainDog club offers run-throughsPie fund-raiser gets cookingCPGH special meeting calledSAD to be discussedLibrary plans three-day closureParade entries soughtChristmas celebration set

Church Briefs
Cantata choir practiceYouth rally set to goClothes Quarters openChristmas brunch set

The power of positive thinking, prayer
Recently we finished a series of teachings on the power of our attitude.

Merrily, merrily: Rowing club fares well
Four area rowers won gold medals Saturday at the Green Lake Frostbite Regatta in Seattle.

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