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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Jolly Ol’ Elf brings Christmas to Kenai
Under the brilliance of sunny azure skies with temperatures struggling to rise above zero Christmas officially came to Kenai last Friday with the arrival of Santa Claus a top a Kenai Fire Department ladder truck.

Busted for being goodBail money nets $26,000 for MDA
Indicted for having big hearts, residents of the Central Peninsula were incarcerated at Sourdough Sal’s in Soldotna last week. The purpose of the bust according to Malane Harbour, district director for the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. (MDA) was to raise funds to send children with MD to summer camp, “Their bail was set at $1,200 which is what it costs to send two kids with MD to summer camp here in Alaska,” said Harbour. The MDA summer camp is held in Birchwood and features activities geared to the special needs of those with neuromuscular diseases.

Russian American Colony Singers delight folk music fans
A group of Russian and Alaskan singers delighted an audience of several hundred last week at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai last week with their performance of “The World of Folk.” Known as the Russian American Colony Singers, the group is headquartered in Anchorage and Eagle River, Alaska and was conducted by Pavel Sharomov of Novosibirsk. The concert of traditional Russian and international folk music also featured Elena Zabarskaya from Novosibirsk. The ensemble included 20 singers of Russian American descent that performed a repertoire that ranged from Classical Russian and Polish folk songs, to traditional Hispanic Christmas carols and even a medley from J. Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof.” The multi-cultural group was arrayed in traditional hand made Russian costumes that were made by the artists themselves.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Here we are in the middle of the coldest November on the Kenai Peninsula in many years. Below zero weather has been here with us on a daily basis, in fact on many days it was warmer on the frozen North Slope then here. For me cold weather is good as it means good hard water or should I say ice. Wonderful beautiful ice that I use to separate myself from the fish below that I enjoy catching each winter. Winter time in Alaska is perhaps my favorite time of the year, as with it comes tourist free streets, no bugs and often times I find myself alone fishing on a frozen lake.

Local crafts jump start Holiday shopping at Soldotna Sports Center
More than twenty vendors and local crafters gathered for the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Soldotna Sports Center the weekend before Black Friday. Everything from premium quality candles and accessories to handmade quilts and baby clothes were available for local shoppers seeking unique and one-of-a-kind items for their holiday shopping list.

A thank-you to the people of Alaska
With the holiday season upon us, this is the perfect time of year to give thanks to all those who have helped us during the past months.

PERS needs overhaul
Everyone seems so confused by Alaska’s Public Employees Retirement System, PERS.

Pebble Mine — recipe for disaster?
I was one of the early opponents of the Pebble mine. I do not support short-term greed at the expense of future generations.

Williams to ask assembly’s support for state lawsuit over funding
Borough Mayor John Williams said this week he is prepared to move forward with a lawsuit against the state seeking damages for the state’s inadequate and inequitable funding of schools within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Longtime provider heads south
Patients in Kenai and surrounding communities are choking back tears this week, not because they are in pain but because the medical center and medical caretaker they have depended on for years is leaving.

Road work, PERS money on list
Borough officials have begun assembling the annual wish list of capital projects in need of funding and will present that list to state lawmakers likely within the first few weeks of the 25th Legislature, which opens Jan. 16.

Kenai City Council votes out of PERS
A change in the makeup of the Kenai City Council resulting from the fall elections brought about the reversal of an earlier decision involving retirement benefits for elected officials.

Woman hurt in 3-car Kenai Spur accident
A 43-year-old Kenai woman suffered serious injuries Friday after a rear-end accident on the Kenai Spur Highway pushed her car into oncoming traffic where it was smashed by a semi truck.

Per-person, per-day code may be delayed
Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to delay the effective date of changes to the borough’s tax code that would have put certain recreational sales on a per-person, per-day basis.

Israel trial to start
Jury selection is nearly complete and opening arguments are expected to begin either today or Wednesday in the murder trial of a 24-year-old Soldotna man.

Opening arguments: Control freak or just misunderstood?
A Kenai jury selected to hear the murder trial of a 24-year-old Soldotna man, listened Tuesday as opening arguments in the trial claimed to describe what was going through the defendant’s mind on Jan. 29, 2005, the day his mother died from a knife wound in her back.

Jasper Danielle Chumley
Infant Jasper Danielle Chumley of Battle Ground, Wash., died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, in Vancouver, Wash., shortly after birth.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game advisory meets todayPeaceful people to meetSwim meet set to make a splashNoel tree support soughtCommunity needs to be discussed

Around the Peninsula
Parents to plan after-grad partyUsed book sale slatedLeeShore board meeting slatedRefuge open to tree cuttingClub to sell See’s candyChoir fruit fundraiser begins

Skyview defeats Soldotna
Welcome to high school wrestling, Jeremiah Berzanske.

KPC spring semester registration opens Friday
Financial Aid Night at SoHiKPC Bookstore: more than textbooks and supplies

Schools
ConnectionsKaleidoscope School of Arts and ScienceKalifornsky Beach ElementaryKenai Central HighKenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head StartNikiski Middle High SchoolNinilchik SchoolRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna HighSoldotna ElementarySoldotna MiddleSterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryWings Christian Academy

Friends are a gift, but you need to choose them wisely
Do you always follow your parent’s advice? Do you even go to your parents for advice? I’d have to say a no to both of those.

Kasilof’s Hakkinen aims for top
It may be more than three years before the Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver, Canada, but Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen believes the United States is closer than ever to winning its first Olympic biathlon medal.

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