Thursday, November 24, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set speakersKing’s Inn to host Christmas gift workshopsCanned food drive events plannedCPGH hires new Support Services director

Midnight X-citement
Soldotna video game enthusiast Robert West picks up one the first XBox 360 gaming consoles to arrive on the Kenai Peninsula from Brain Hawkins, co-owner of Hawk’s Games in Soldotna. West and 11 others prepurchased the units three months in advance of the Tuesday release. Hawk’s received 12 units and opened at midnight to sell them to the faithful. Fred Meyer received 20 of the $400 full systems and 10 of the $300 “core” units, which sell without a detachable hard drive and several other accessories. Fred Meyer, which did not presell, handed out tickets to customers, many of whom camped out in the parking lot all night. All 42 units on the peninsula were gone by 7:20 a.m.

Adult fables offer dark enchantments
Fairy tales are not always for children. In fact, reading the brothers Grimm or an unexpurgated translation of the “Arabian Nights” reminds us that they can definitely be adults-only fare.

What’s Happening

Dance club gives people chance to keep moving and improving
As the days darken and the temperature drops, the urge to snuggle up on the couch for the winter is a typical one. But typical and beneficial aren’t always the same thing.

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offeredVictorian carolers set to singTheater offering gallery spaceStorytellers wantedArt show open for entryArts educator grants offered

John P. Vaughan Sr.
Longtime Soldotna resident John P. Vaughan Sr. died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at his home in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 69.

Generosity flows for blood drive
The generous people of the Kenai Peninsula graciously hosted multiple blood drives across Kenai Peninsula the week of Nov. 7. These community events were supported by the use of a van sponsored by numerous businesses and civic organizations from the peninsula.

Fund-raiser’s success a lesson worth noting
On Nov. 10, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School held its major fund-raiser. Students, staff, parents and community members had a fun-filled evening.

Fund-raiser is a real treat
On behalf of the the Sterling PTA, I would like to thank all of the very dedicated and creative people who helped make this years Trunk or Treat a success.

Claudia Faye Nichols
Homer resident Claudia Faye Nichols died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at home. She was 57.

Christmas fun heads to Kenai
The day after Thanksgiving officially marks the start of Christmas in Kenai.

Croft: Leave Amerada Hess funds alone
In the face of mounting pressure from Alaska municipalities, Gov. Frank Murkowski has called for a community dividend program tapping Amerada Hess money in the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Croft seeks fair pipeline deal for state
Gov. Frank Murkowski may be dangerously close to giving away the farm and costing Alaskans dearly as he negotiates with three major oil producers, Rep. Eric Croft warned Monday.

Council considers cemetery possibility
City council members in Soldotna unearthed yet one more possibility in the ongoing search for a final resting place for the city’s dead.

Fit to be collared
The first phase of a wildlife mitigation and human safety project along a 21-mile stretch of the Sterling Highway is motoring along without detours.

Shopping spree benefits family, food bank
Many Fred Meyer shoppers stood still in surprise as Michael Hallford ran through the store grabbing anything that caught his eye Monday afternoon. That included nuts, meat and chocolate.

Snow wanted for race benefit
Things change during Christmastime. Neighbors become friends, passing glances become smiles and the spirit of giving fills the air.

Williams takes stock
Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series in which the Clarion will present Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams’ initial assessment of the state of the borough as he begins to put his administration together.

Williams hunting down excess
Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series in which the Clarion will present Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams’ initial assessment of the state of the borough as he begins to put his administration together.

John Vaughan Sr.
Soldotna resident John Vaughan Sr. died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at his home with his family by his side. He was 69.

Joseph L. Schoolcraft
Longtime Soldotna resident Joseph L. Schoolcraft died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at his home. He was 48.

Giving thanks to those who make us count
Today is the day we tend to reflect on the past year, and sometimes our lives, and give thanks to those who have been so instrumental in shaping what we do and who we are. The other 364 days of the year we indulge in that traditional all-American pastime of whining, no matter how good we have it, but for one day —Thanksgiving — we do our best to remember what’s important — even if our situation is less than ideal.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist hold sweet fund-raiserFair seeing greenFair trade crafts fund-raiser setWrestling camp takes it to the mat

Around the Peninsula
Library plans three-day closureCommunity dinner set to feastChristmas celebration setParade entries soughtKPC offers nursing advisoryWomen’s basketball league forming

Skyview pins loss on Homer
In a dual meet at Homer, the Skyview High School wrestling team received pins from six different wrestlers to defeat Homer 46-29 Tuesday.

After school program offers flexibility for mind and body
Just about every physical education teacher has that one sport or activity they love, one that inspired their career path in the first place and one they want to share with their students.

Nursing advisory sessions scheduled at KPC
Landing a position in KPC’s two-year associate of applied science degree in nursing program is a competitive process. Being prepared is vital for students who are serious about applying for the nursing program.

Around the District
No school Thursday, Friday

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