Friday, November 25, 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

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

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.

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.

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

Reader: Jans off the mark
Nick, Nick, Nick. Has moving to the city made you forget that Alaskans rely heavily on healthy game populations to meet their consumptive needs? (“Author joins fight against wolf hunt,” Clarion, Nov. 11.)

Individuals an asset to our community
I would like to take this time to thank two very important people here in Soldotna — Patsy Stringer and Connie Stephens with the National Family Caregivers Association. These ladies have been so helpful to me in dealing with the health issues of a family member.

Support office makes big difference for family
Fourteen months ago my husband was diagnosed with with Alzheimer’s type dementia. About a month after that I was made aware of the fact that we have a National Family Caregiver Support Office, staffed by a director and an outreach specialist, right here in Soldotna.

Caregiver support program works
I am writing this letter in regards to the National Family Caregiver Support Program and hoping it will help others as it did my mother and myself.

Williams’ dilemma: Filling revenue cup
Editor’s note: This is the last 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.

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

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.

Input sought for plan
While many identify the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area as an area that abounds with opportunities to see wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is attempting to make it even better.

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

Push for funds won’t be easy
Equitable funding for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was the hot topic of discussion Monday when the school board met with members of the peninsula’s legislative delegation.

Gobbling up tradition
Wallace Hyde came to Alaska more than 20 years ago from Bozeman, Mont. He played guitar in a few bands and worked the trade that now pays his bills: custom carvings from antlers, horns and fossilized ivory. The artist lived and worked in Anchorage, Wasilla and several other small towns before settling in Kenai in 1998.

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.

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.

Beetles thrash forests in west; head east
The spruce bark beetle outbreak of the last decade is slowly shifting to the back burner of environmental issues on the Kenai as deep grass covers the stump fields and homeowners enjoy their “emerging views,” as real estate agents like to say.

Around the Peninsula
Holiday carnival slatedUsed book sale plannedKPBSD Title Vll meeting slatedHoliday cookies ready to munch4-H club set to mushCraft fair vendors neededMaster gardeners take rootCommunity group seeking members

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

Church Briefs
Soar open house setCantata choir practiceChristmas brunch setNikiski Bible study in progressClothes Quarters openBible study group to meetRevelation study continuesSoldotna Bible study set

Being together is reason for thanks
The year was 1958. The season was Christmas. I was a student in the seminary.

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