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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

Businesses team up to pamper pooches
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- What do you get the dog that has everything?

New book celebrates cooking, for life

An essential kitchen companion

Snowmobile safety event was great
On Saturday, Nov. 6, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held our annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School. This year, 91 children and parents or caregivers attended the event. Full-faced shield helmets were fitted and sold for $30 upon completing the safety training stations.

Patriot's Pen judges appreciates
A sincere thank you to the people who served as Judges for our recent Patriot's Pen Essay Program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary. Anna Watson, Paul and Joyce Fischer and Paul Stevenson read and evaluated essays written by 14 local junior high school students from four area schools based upon theme knowledge, theme development and clarity of ideas. It was not an easy task and their efforts to serve as Judges is greatly appreciated.

Seniors say 'thanks'
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank Credit Union 1 and staff or their very wonderful and generous donation that will be well utilized in the center's programs and services. Your generosity and support is truly appreciated.

Soldotna lights Christmas tree
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce presents the 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting today, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Soldotna CES station. The event includes cookies, hot cocoa and hay rides. Bring a camera and take pictures with Santa. For more information call the Chamber, 262-9814.

Sportsman's Warehouse coming: Sporting goods retailer to fill space in Peninsula Center Mall
Sportsman's Warehouse plans to open a new store in Soldotna next spring, expanding the nationwide retailer's reach into Alaska.

Photo: Sunset

Refuge opens to snowmachines
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is now open to snowmachines.

Kenai kennel code on tap
Kenai residents will have a chance to comment on a city ordinance regarding dog kennel zoning changes at the Kenai City Council meeting tonight.

Interior to process Shell permit
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Shell's application to drill an exploration well in the company's Beaufort Sea federal offshore leases next summer will be processed.

Oil industry boosts Alaska spending
Alaska's oil industry is boosting its spending in the state more than expected, which may be good for future oil production and jobs, but is limiting the state's profit from rising oil prices.

McGlasson to stand trial: Court finds probable cause for felony murder charge
A former Kenai resident and star hockey player was bound over for trial on felony murder charges at a preliminary hearing in Menomonie, Wis., Tuesday.

Salazar says Interior will process Shell's Beaufort Sea drilling permit for 2011
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Shell's application to drill an exploration well in the company's Beaufort Sea federal offshore leases next summer will be processed. Other federal outer continental shelf leases in the Arctic "will be honored," but there will be further reviews before additional Arctic OCS sales are held, Salazar said. Shell is still assessing the decision, announced Dec. 1, but "we see it as a positive signal," Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said.

Voices of the Peninsula: Speak up now on HEA rate proposal
How much will my electric bill go up? That's what most people are wondering as the Regulatory Commission of Alaska considers approval of Homer Electric Association's new rate plan. Using numbers from the RCA notice in the newspapers, some HEA members calculated potential rate increases of 17 to 20 percent.

Around the Peninsula

MOMS meet

Around the Peninsula

Elementary basketball camp on tap

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Reeling it in: Not your mother's wicked step-mother
"Tangled"

Poet's Corner

Indigo Calypso

The Phantom of Sohi: School players to perform this weekend
The Soldotna High School drama department is presenting the play, "The Phantom of the Opera," this weekend at the high school auditorium.

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