Monday, December 5, 2005

Aeon Flux, the new Charlize Theron sci-fi blowout is not nearly as bad as its studio seems to think it is. Oh, it’s not great, by any means, but it’s certainly undeserving of the universal studio badge of shame - no advance screening for critics. Granted - this doesn’t affect me. Being in such a small market, I don’t get the advantage of an early viewing, but in big cities Aeon will be roasted of the critical coals for this. Reviewers hate not being able to do their jobs, and studios only risk tempting their wrath when they assume the movie they are releasing is so bad that advance word of said badness would kill any chance the film has of making a profit. This tactic is usually saved for movies like Gigli or Boogeyman III. Ouch.

Article downplayed danger
A Clarion article (Oct. 19) about nuke test hazard studies in the Aleutians seemed to downplay or dismiss the potential danger from migration of radioactive material from the test shot cavities.

Rowers dip into thank-yous
The Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association has just wrapped up a wonderful season of instate, national and international competition. The grand finale was the novice racers coming home from Seattle with gold medals around their necks!

To the point
Just say “No” to Wal-Mart.

Concert offers a taste of opera
A miracle will happen on stage today at 3 p.m. when the Kenai Central High School Choir Winter Concert will feature “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Out of the ashes: Rescuing Santa
The glitter, good cheer and gifts of the holiday season are powerful magic. Strong enough to put a smile on a sad face. Fanciful enough to ease a heavy heart. Infectious enough to drive away the blues.

Photo feature: Not ‘board’ yet
Matt Heminger looks for air after finding a little snow to snowboard on at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for snow to fall here and there throughout the week, but the good news is temperatures are expected to rise.

Festive activities help keep kids busy
Anyone who thinks their children are spending to much time watching television and playing videos games, may want to head to Kenai, where scores of kids are participating in holiday-themed activities on the weekend.

No arrests made in Nikiski marijuana bust
On Thursday, the Soldotna office of the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement, assisted by the Mat-Su Drug Unit, searched a Nikiski residence and seized a commercial marijuana grow operation.

Bridge pounding stops — briefly
Piling driving for the center support of the Kenai River bridge being built in Soldotna was expected to be finished this weekend, giving area residents a reprieve from constant pounding they’ve been hearing the past few months.

Iditarod sign-ups include 7 from peninsula
Whether it be to experience the adventure of crossing Alaska by dog sled, to cash in on the $750,107 total purse or for the bragging rights of making it all the way to Nome, nearly 100 mushers have signed up for 2006 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Residents talk about Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart gets people talking.

Fuel, calendars, projects fill school district's agenda
Fuel costs are up for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School district, but enrollment and staff costs are down, according to Melody Douglas, the district’s chief financial officer. Today, Douglas will present the district with a revised budget that indicates a $577,669 reduction in district expenses for the current school year.

Budget doesn’t add up
On Sept. 7, 2003, Bill Popp told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce “We’re on track” to raise the money needed to finance the Arctic Winter Games. Popp, the revenue and development committee chair, said then that $3.35 million in federal funds already were raised.

Revenue plan held up by election
Measures meant to enhance the borough’s revenue stream approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last June look to be headed to a special election ballot where they could be repealed.

Roxanne Michelle Herndon
Roxanne Michelle Herndon died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, in Ninilchik. She was 25.

Common sense urged in using fed funds in area
This holiday season isn’t just kids making wish lists and checking them twice. State politicians are getting into the spirit on behalf of Alaska’s transportation system.

Around the Peninsula
Prescription drug plan to be discussedCPGH to meetFine arts exhibit plannedCollege council meeting scheduledAction coalition meeting scheduledCraft fairs vendors needed

Young and old divulge secret desires
A wiggly line of Kenai Peninsula residents recently formed outside the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Parents tried their best to keep their little ones calm and warm in the frigid weather, but all it took was one glimpse of the man in the red suit, and all havoc broke loose.

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis resultsYoga, circuit training classes offered

Hunting for the stars of December
In December, the dominating constellation is Orion, the Hunter. It is many people’s favorite because of its brilliance.

Around the Peninsula
Bee keepers all a buzz about meetingSterling byway workshop scheduledSwimmers ready to make a splashSoHi after-grad meeting slatedReading carnival canceled

Peninsula People
All-state festival honors awardedHepner receives scholarshipPetersen joins Air ForceBird to perform at St. Olaf festivalSteward joins the Army

Hero of the Week: Visitors thankful for help
During our first Thanksgiving trip to Soldotna to be with our daughter-in-law, son and children for the holiday, my wife and I experienced mechanical malfunction with the vehicle we were driving that day.

Photo feature: Top of the game
Members of the Central Peninsula Special Olympics bowling team pose above with the first-place trophy they earned at the Alaska Special Olympics state bowling tournament recently. The team completed against 260 bowlers from around the state. Teams were supported by over 500 coaches, assistants and volunteers. The group spent countless hours practicing for the event.

My best friend
Cathy Robbins’ dog Buddy in Soldotna is a keeshond, a breed that lives to have fun and loves to hike. The dogs were bred to be guard dogs for barges in the canals of Holland. They were used as an alert of approaching barges and used to rid the barges of rats. The breed was established in the 1600s and was originally named as an honor to Emperor Kyes. When Kyes fell out of grace, keeshonds became unpopular and were turned loose. Gypsies adopted them and turned them into circus dogs. Today keeshonds are considered a companion dog because they easily adapt to living in confined quarters and they are happy as long as they are with their owner.

Sports Briefs
Skyview wrestlers take second

Ninilchik nabs spot at state
The Ninilchik School high school volleyball team will be making its third straight trip to the 1-2-3A West state tournament, but the Wolverines are a little disappointed in the way in which they got there.

Kenai boys, Homer girls ski to wins
The Kenai Central High School boys and the Homer girls took the team titles at the Homer Invitational Saturday at McNeil Canyon in Homer.

South skates past Kenai Central
South defeated Kenai Central 6-4 Saturday in a nonconference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Homer, SoHi gather mat time
Soldotna High School hosted Homer for a wrestling meet Friday, and while team scores weren’t kept, each coach was able to get a match for every eligible wrestler.

Sports Briefs
Midnight Sun season set to start

South cruises past Soldotna
Just how different life is for peninsula schools and their enrollment of hundreds and Anchorage schools and their enrollements of more than a thousand was apparent after South’s 8-1 nonconference victory over Soldotna at the Soldotna Sports Center on Friday.

Area wrestlers punch tickets to state
Behind five individual champions, Anchorage Christian Schools won the Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

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Oilers keep adding to roster
Andy Preston from Garden City Community College joins the Peninsula Oilers for the 2006 season. After the 2005 season Preston, who stands 6-foot-4, was named second-team All-Jayhawk Conference at first base and to the National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American list. Preston, a sophomore, is studying secondary education-mathematics and lists Hutchinson, Kan., as his hometown.

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