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Friday, December 2, 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

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

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.

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

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

NOW PLAYING: Coming Attractions
Let me say right at the outset that I truly meant to review a new movie this weekend. I did, really, but circumstances conspired to keep me away from the movie theater. First off, my partners and I are opening up a live theatre in Soldotna (Shameless Plug Alert: The Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall opens this weekend with an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine showing Dec. 1, 2, & 3, with a Gala Grand Opening on the third from 12-4!) and you can’t believe (or maybe you can) how much work that is. I spent most of the weekend installing seats (the Kambe donated us their old seats - comfy! Sorry, that was another shameless plug.) Also, did anyone notice the exciting new features that Hollywood served up for the Thanksgiving weekend? Just Friends appears to be a ridiculous teen movie, slathered with Santa Clause-style effects and packaged for adults, and Yours, Mine, Ours smacks of Cheaper by the Dozen one-up-manship. C’mon, eighteen kids? Dennis Quaid is really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. Now, to be fair, I haven’t seen either flick, so don’t take that as gospel, but they sure don’t inspire one to run right out to the theatre.

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.

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.

State: Fishermen suit dead in water
A lawsuit filed by Cook Inlet commercial fishermen against the state of Alaska and the Alaska Board of Fisheries may have no influence, according to the state’s lead attorney Steven Daugherty.

Group idea mushrooms
Mushroom maniacs, lichen lovers and fungus fanatics will unite Saturday during the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Mycological Society.

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

AWG coming up short
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey reported to the city council Wednesday night that the 2006 Arctic Winter Games organizers are facing a “current gap” of $650,000 to $800,000 needed to put on the Games on the Kenai Peninsula in March.

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.

Cold snap ices area
Folks in the upper Midwest may have borne the brunt of early winter fury last week, but unexpected cold weather on the Kenai Peninsula has had an effect, as well.

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.

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.

Slowly but surely: Ski season gearing up
While skiers on the central Kenai Peninsula missed out on a big dump of snow over the holiday weekend, winter recreationists in Homer are reveling in 12 to 14 inches of fresh, powdery snow.

Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Ski Trails
· Tsalteshi Trails — Located behi·d Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parki·g lot a·d o· Kalifor·sky Beach Road just across from the Soldot·a Sports Ce·ter. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

Alaska Natural History Association — important partner to KNWR
What is the first thing you see when you walk into the visitor center at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Ski Hill Road? If you said a book or gift store, you would be right. If you think the store is owned and operated by the refuge, you would only be partly right. It is operated by the refuge staff in the Visitor Center, but bookstore is actually owned by the Alaska Natural History Association (ANHA).

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 Peninsula
Wal-Mart film to be shownSoldotna historians to meetCookie fundraiser set to munchWal-Mart to be discussedHistorical society meeting day changedUSO performance set to entertainOpen house, portrait exhibit set

Volleyball smorgasbord
Last week was the week for plates piled high with food. This week is the week for heaping helpings of volleyball.

Area wrestlers seek state tourney berths
A predominantly young contingent of wrestlers from the Kenai Peninsula will travel to Anchorage for the Kachemak Conference tournament today and Saturday, hosted by Anchorage Christian Schools.

Sports Briefs
Knights down PanthersKPHA squad plays three on road

Church Briefs
Cookie fundraiser set to munchChristmas brunch setCookie fundraiser boxed to goCantata choir practiceChristmas programs plannedCandlelight services slatedNikiski Bible study continuesBible study group to meet

Take advantage of what God has to offer
I receive a monthly bank statement that contains an ad asking, “Are you taking advantage of us?”

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