Friday, November 24, 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.

Legislators need more education
Alaskans are complaining about political corruption and undue influence by lobbyists. In defiance, current political traditions and ways of doing things are increasingly turning away from people-based government principles.

Right healthcare program already exists
Now that the elections are behind us, my hope is that both our old and newly elected members of Congress will get on with an agenda to achieve affordable and accessible healthcare. They have a good model already in place, America’s community health centers.

‘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.

Wagoner proposal doesn’t sit well with former resident
On behalf of the gay and lesbian community, I’d like to say a huge thank you to that tower of intelligence from Kenai, our beloved Sen. Tom Wagoner.

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.

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.

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Bill would outlaw lawmakers having consulting jobs
Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens has prefiled a bill that would prohibit lawmakers from providing consulting services to or agreeing to accept consulting fees from the private sector.

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.”

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.

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.

Data shows residents are getting older, working harder
Seldovia seems to be getting a little long in the tooth, but then, so does the entire borough.

Kenai seeks cooperation to lessen river pollution
Kenai civic leaders on Tuesday were puzzling over why state agencies have known about hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River for years and done nothing about it.

Thanks for the food
Emily Gomulak, of Soldotna, goes in for a slice of the more than 30 pies donated to The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Day dinner, held at their Community Center Building on Forest Drive on Thursday.

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.

Homer man kidnapped, nearly beaten to death over car fire
A 19-year-old Homer man was hospitalized Wednesday after he was kidnapped, severely beaten and left near his family’s home in the Fall Creek Road area.

Woman burned, son OK in Kenai blaze
A Kenai mother and her 8-year-old son had to look deep to find things to be thankful for other than their own safety on Thanksgiving Day after a fire consumed their home and belongings.

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.

Unsung heroes tackle burning topics in fire management workshop
Last week I was privileged to attend and participate in the 2006 National Fire Management Workshop at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.V. This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service event brought together national and regional office fire management staff, fire management officers, prescribed fire specialists, wildland-urban interface coordinators and fire planners from every region of the United States.

Make them light up with gear, gadgets
Today the Christmas shopping marathon begins, and depending on your shopping savvy outdoors merchandise can be an easy ticket to wrapping up holiday shopping for Alaska friends and family or a great way to fill their closets with useless junk.

Around the Peninsula
LeeShore board meeting slatedNoel tree support soughtPhotos with Santa availableChoir fruit fundraiser beginsHoliday decorating contest beginsKenai lighting contest plugs inSoccer coaches sought

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

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

‘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.

Poet’s corner
We’re nowhere near starving,

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?

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

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.

Church Briefs
Annual brunch plannedAglow to begin Bible studyAddictions group meetsClothes closet closed this weekendKids’ night out plannedClothes available

Bahai study circles teach value of unlimited love
At times, it can seem that human society is falling apart altogether. Yet developments in all arenas of life are often the source of hope and signs of an emerging sense of individual and collective responsibility.

Coach Boyle to return in 2007
The Oilers are excited to announce that coach Daniel Boyle of Consumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif., has agreed to return as assistant coach with the Oilers. Boyle played college baseball for two years at Oral Roberts University after completing two years at Yuba College. While at Yuba, Boyle set school records that still hold for walks, runs, stolen bases and doubles. Daniel still holds the California Junior College record with 62 stolen bases. At Oral Roberts, the former second baseman ended up in the top 10 in many offensive categories. After receiving his degree at Oral Roberts, Boyle played professionally for one year, then coached one season at his alma mater, Elk Grove High School, before moving on to his present position at Consumnes.

Peninsula Fight Challenge brings mixed martial arts to Soldotna Sports Center
Kicking back with friends and watching the Ultimate Fighting Championships on television can be quite entertaining — for those who enjoy seeing two people bloody each other.

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