Thursday, December 1, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesJob fair deadline loomingKing’s Inn to host Christmas gift workshopsCanned food drive events plannedChristmas bizarre setFraud alert issued

Theater plans season of entertainment
Triumvirate Theatre in Soldotna is looking forward to looking back.

Art Briefs
Writers’ group to meetArts educator grants offeredStained glass classes offeredArt show entryies soughtDance club seeks membersVictorian carolers set to singTheater offering gallery spaceStorytellers wantedAWG quilting contest opens

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Family portrait offers a poignant view of Alaska
Heimo Korth and his family, alone in Alaska’s arctic wilderness reads a line on the cover of “The Final Frontiersman,” the award-winning first book by James Campbell. In a nutshell, that is indeed the subject. But to think that is all there is to it is like saying that “Moby Dick” just describes a whaling voyage.

Theater founder wants to give back to town
When a regular person wants to express gratitude, a simple “thank you” usually suffices. When a dramatic person has thanks to give, they do so on a larger scale.

ABATE makes difference for Redoubt Elementary families
Thanks to the continued generosity of ABATE, 19 Redoubt Elementary School families had a nice Thanksgiving dinner last week. ABATE provides turkeys and other holiday food items to families in need of help every year.

Support for senior citizens scholarship dinner gets A+
The Nikiski seniors want to show our appreciation to the individuals and businesses that gave us tremendous support and generosity through donations for the 11th Thelma McConnell Scholarship Dinner and Auction.

NBHA appreciates sponsors
The National Barrel Horse Association AK01 district is active in Soldotna and competes weekly June through August at the Soldotna Equestrian Association Rodeo Grounds on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The Soldotna community is extremely generous to our district and its members. Dean Robinson of the Robinson Homestead donated a large round bale of hay in memory of his deceased parents, Jesse and Nina Robinson. CW Tack and Western Wear of Wasilla donated a $50 gift certificate, and Penny Gillen of ALL I Saw Photos, also of Wasilla, gave a $100 gift certificate. Connie Davis of C and C Stables donated a sleigh ride.

Former Wal-Mart worker looks forward to arrival
In reply to the letter about what does Wal-Mart have that we don’t have here already, well, lots.

Photo feature: Swimming through time
Doug Moulton, an employee with Peak Oil, plugs in Kenai’s city clock Monday afternoon. The top portion of the clock was connected to its base in Leif Hansen Memorial Park Monday. The clock was designed by Kenai Peninsula College art professor and area artist Celia Anderson and built by Johnnie Bea of ConocoPhillips. The 36-inch timepiece was hauled from Massachusetts by Carlile Transportation before being inserted into the frame. The clock should be running by the end of the week. “You have a vision, and it can come true with the help of other,” said. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter.

Kenai search narrowed to 5
The search for a new Kenai city manager has been narrowed to five semifinalists, including three from Alaska.

Lawmakers seek new ways to spend $450 million in funds
Kenai Peninsula state lawmakers say there are projects in their districts that should see at least a portion of the $450 million formerly earmarked by Congress for Knik Arm and Ketchikan bridges.

Construction projects continue despite subzero temperatures
With many days of subzero temperatures, winter is not usually thought of as the construction season in Alaska.

Guides could head to school
Sportfishing guides, even those with years’ of experience navigating waterways in the Kenai River Special Management Area, would have to attend and pay for a mandatory college course in order to secure future state permits under regulatory changes being considered by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Conference attendees receive an account of Arctic warming
ANCHORAGE — Warmer temperatures in the Arctic are raising concerns about the social and economic well-being of the people in those regions, said an official with the Inuit Circumpolar Conference

State comes through with woman’s PFD
Thousands of Alaskans were thankful in October when they received their permanent fund dividends, but one Nikiski woman had to postpone giving thanks until this month.

ATV accident kills 1
A 25-year-old Ninilchik woman died Tuesday evening after falling off the back of a four-wheeler and going through the ice on the Ninilchik River.

Expansion project means jobs
The expansion of Tesoro’s Kenai refinery to produce low-sulfur fuels could mean hundreds of temporary construction jobs for residents of the Kenai Peninsula.

Wesley Eugene ‘Gene’ Jolin
Kasilof resident Wesley Eugene “Gene” Jolin died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at his home from complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He was 78.

Robert ‘Bob’ W. Holifield
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert “Bob” W. Holifield died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Alternatives would give power back to Alaskans
It is becoming increasingly clear many of our elected officials (and their bureaucrats) have other, higher priority agendas than representing Alaskans. These agendas are exemplified in recent 2004 and 2005 Fairbanks and Juneau deliberations ignoring a vote of the people on the use of the permanent fund, and in repealing past state public votes banning the aerial killing of wolves.

Around the Peninsula
Wildfire protection meetings setArts, crafts fair set to decorateDomestic violence presentation setChicken dinner fund-raiser plannedDrivers safety class scheduledWal-Mart films to be shownTeenagers to be discussed

Around the Peninsula
Cookie fundraiser set to munchMushroom society to meetQuilters plan partyTeenagers to be discussedSoroptimist hold sweet fund-raiserSenior service meeting slated

Around the District

Students of the Month
The following students were named November Students of the Month at Skyview High School:

The difference a year can make
Though they may sound like the same thing, a preschool and a prekindergarten are two different kinds of programs.

Prekindergarten benefits explored
With more and more emphasis on meeting mandated standards, students, even those just beginning their academic careers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s kindergarten classrooms, need to be more prepared than ever.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Wings Christian Academy:

Art extravaganza fundraiser slated for Friday
The Art Student League at the school has announced that its yearly fundraiser, the Arts Extravaganza, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Brockel Building.

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