Thursday, November 23, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Kenai businesses launch shopping season Santa comes to Soldotna Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search Businesses pitch in for Thanksgiving Small business center hosts workshop Holiday decorating contest begins JA seeks volunteers Smith, Brenton honored Jackson named as CEO of Era

BBB offers tips for online shopping
Thanksgiving weekend marks the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, but many folks don’t wait for “Black Friday” to begin their search for gifts, food, clothing, and other holiday-related purchases. They’re already using the Internet to decide where, when, and how to get the best deals for their money.

Palin needs to clean house
On Dec. 4, Governor-Elect Sarah Palin will become Alaska’s top program manager. As she assumes her duties and responsibilities, Gov. Murkowski’s overt arrogance and obtuseness (he still doesn’t get it!), his lack of any meaningful communications with his constituency and his surrounding himself with yes-people and cronies, should be her model for “lessons learned, which should not be repeated.”

‘A-Mazing’ effort solve problems
The KPBSD Mind a-Mazes competition was held at Soldotna Middle School on Nov. 11. This problem solving event, sponsored by the Quest Program, included over 200 students from around the peninsula. Student teams spent the day demonstrating their long-term solutions to the challenge of designing and creating a device that used wind power from a fan to travel the farthest distance from a starting point while carrying a 1.25 ounce steel weight.

Friends say ‘thank you’
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library Inc. would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who helped to make our October raffle/fundraiser a success: the library staff, Brenda Manka, Emily Deforest (she sold more than one-third of the tickets herself), and the board of trustees for ticket sales; KSRM for public service announcements; Eagles Aerie No. 3525 for the use of their facility; Tim Navarre, Kelly Bookey, Janet Brown, Megan O’Neill, Cliff Heus, Jim Satathite, Bill Switzer, Paul Turner, Alan Wooten, Craig and Linda Ralston, Dewayne Benton and Wayne Prentice for help with decorating, set-up and cleanup; Megan O’Neill, Peggy Thompson and Kathy Heus for “doorman duty”; Alan Wooten, emcee; councilman Joe Moore and Phil Smith, “the Staple guys”; Aquio Purugganan and his crew for a delicious dinner; and Copy Cats for ticket printing.

Column raises concerns
Cal Thomas seems offended that detainees at Guantanamo are not grateful to their captors (Clarion, Nov. 7). There are over 450 detainees currently at Guantanamo. Most of these detainees were not captured on the battlefield. They were kidnapped, rounded up in a crowd or turned in by paid informants with a score to settle. Some were as young as 13 when captured. Many have been held for over four years without charge, without access to a fair trial, and without hope of ever being released.

Assembly gets it done
A long list of ordinances requiring public hearings did little to delay the quick end to Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Fireweed caught in Catch-22
The school board accepted the district administration’s recommendation regarding housing for Fireweed Academy on Monday, leaving the Homer charter school in a conundrum.

Kenai ready for Christmas to come
The little ones probably won’t even notice the arctic temperatures outside when Santa Claus and Christmas come to Kenai on Friday, and for grownups, the Chamber of Commerce director has promised it will be warm — “at least 20 degrees.”

Kenai adopts trailer park regs
For the first time since becoming Kenai’s first woman mayor two years ago, Pat Porter was forced to ask the police chief to escort someone out of the city council meeting Tuesday night.

Energy shortage looms
Southcentral Alaska and the Railbelt face a looming energy supply crisis and have but a few short years, perhaps less than a decade, to find viable solutions that can deliver adequate energy at a reasonable price to avoid serious financial consequences, the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s energy industry expert said Tuesday.

Holiday feasts set to serve all
Thought by many to be the one adult holiday of the year because it does not involve games, presents and party hats, Thanksgiving Day means a big dinner party to most Americans.

One in, one out
Slamming the new bipartisan Senate coalition announced late last week, Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, said Monday that its five GOP members had abandoned the possibility of an all-Republican, majority-led organization for personal power.

Bridge workers take a holiday
After working seven-day weeks following a three week lull this fall, workers on the Sterling Highway bridge over the Kenai River in Soldotna will be getting a three-day break for Thanksgiving.

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Photo fix helps Fish and Game
State researchers examining Kenai River bank erosion want to harness a tool they say will allow them to peer back in time to determine how the river has changed to become what it is today.

DNR OKs 50-horse motors
The Department of Natural Resources has accepted the recommendations of a Kenai area advisory board to propose regulation changes to raise motorboat horsepower limits, but has retuned recommendations relating to boat size limitations and motor emissions.

Doris J. ‘Dee’ Reynolds
Longtime Kenai resident Doris J. “Dee” Reynolds died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, after a brief illness at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 79.

Doris J. “Dee” Reynolds
Longtime Kenai resident Doris J. “Dee” Reynolds died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, after a brief illness at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 79.

Bernard Lee ‘Lee’ McCarthy
Kenai resident Bernard Lee “Lee” McCarthy died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, from complication of diabetes surrounded by his family at his home. He was 66.

A day of giving thanks: Peninsula residents have much for which to be grateful
The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag are historically linked as celebrating the harvest in 1621 with a combined meal to thank God for sustaining them. General Washington in 1777 declared a Day of Thanksgiving for military victories in the Revolutionary War.

Clarion’s role in community appreciated
It stands to reason that each year on this day we tend to reflect on the past year — and sometimes our lives — and give thanks for those who have been so instrumental in shaping what we do and who we are. For the remaining 364 days of the year we indulge in that traditional all-American pastime of whining, no matter how good we have it. However, for this one day — Thanksgiving — we do our best to remember what’s important — even if our situation is less than ideal.

Around the Peninsula
CES to light fire safety wreath Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving dinner Craft fair slated Christmas coming to Kenai KPC opens up to performers Breakfast buffet canceled Living with diabetes talk planned Caregiver support meeting set Parents to plan after-grad party Used book sale slated

Around the Peninsula
Meat thermometer up for grabsRefuge open to Christmas tree cuttingCaregiver support meeting setCES collects for holiday food driveHoliday decorating contest beginsCraft fair, flea market planned

Homer tops SoHi, 3-1
Josh Pitta, Erik Rasmussen and Adam Trieweiler all scored and goalie Ben Miller denied 34 of the 35 shots he faced in leading Homer to a 3-1 victory over visiting Soldotna Tuesday.

‘All horrid saw movies and the like’
People wonder why normal America is seeing an uprising of crime, horrible acts of killing, torture and rape, yet Hollyweird (Hollywood) keeps cranking out the junk all deviants thrive. Movies like “Saw,” “Saw 2-3,” the remake of the old “Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” “Hostel,” “House of Wax,” “House of 1000 Corpses” and its sequel, not to mention others too numerous to count.

Art Briefs
Carving classes offered VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Theater looking for art, actors Women writers wanted Poetry Out Loud open to schools Native ghost stories wanted Rasmuson expands arts fund

Homer performer making a big splash
“I don’t do ‘Freebird,’ I don’t do ‘Horse with No Name,’ and I don’t do ‘Proud Mary’ — for less than $50 a verse!”

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

New guy ‘Bond’s well with old movie: Action!
The setting: a posh island resort brimming with fast cars and fast women. Outside are white, sandy beaches playing host to ivory stallions astride with bathing beauties. Inside: high stakes gambling where the winner takes all and the loser is lucky to escape without a knife in the back. And then, strolling down the stairs in an elegantly tailored tuxedo comes ... wait ... is that? Who is that guy?

Poet’s corner
We’re nowhere near starving,

One year later...
Triumvirate Theatre has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. On Dec. 2, they will have been in their own space in the Peninsula Center Mall for a year. On Friday, the organization will open “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Joe Di Pietro, directed by Jamie and Angie Nelson.

Hard work of fishing makes for a summer well spent
Most of my friends spend the summer vagrantly wondering what to do with themselves. Getting a job is usually at the top of their list, next to having fun, which may consist of staying up till 5 a.m. drinking Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew during a movie marathon. Yep, summer can be rough. Especially mine, since I annually spend it across the bay from Homer in Halibut Cove.

Students capture wind power at Mind a-Mazes
Students around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are full of hot air — or more specifically, have found ways to harness the power of moving air — and they’re proud of it.

Fourth Annual Winter Art Extravaganza scheduled
KPC’s Art Student’s League Association will be hosting the annual Winter Art Extravaganza that will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., on Dec. 2 at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.

KMS students take part in Mix-It-Up-At-Lunch Day
Jocks, Goths, Preps, and Nerds are all common terms heard around school cafeterias.

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