Saturday, November 19, 2005

‘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.

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?

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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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