Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Crafty vendors abound
Over one hundred vendors, offering a variety of handmade, one-of-a-kind and unique crafts and gifts filled Kenai Central High School November 23rd and 24th. This is a well-known event held annually the day after Thanksgiving by the Kenai Art Guild. The coordination of the fair starts early, with the main planning underway by September.

Donations help Salvation Army put turkey on the table
From start to finish, there are one hundred volunteers logging over 200 hours that help to make the Salvation Army’s season of giving a success. Beginning early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, volunteers from the Soldotna Rotary Club and the community came together for their annual prep work on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. With 10 turkeys to be cooked and carved in the early morning hours, the Kenai-based Salvation Army volunteers carried on a century-old tradition in preparing this dinner.

Santa and his elves bring Christmas cheer
While you can’t tell by the weather, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Central Peninsula.

Outdoors
There I was walking slowly along the outside edge of a swamp looking for a bull moose that would fit comfortably in my chest freezer at home. I was moving very slowly trying desperately not to make very much noise that would immediately alert Mr. Moose that I was out there looking for him again. Suddenly I noticed a mismatched color that didn’t quite fit in with the other surroundings. There to my left in the woods was a huge cow grazing peacefully as I walked by. She apparently had not seen me coming but neither had I seen her until I was within a few feet of her. Just one of those things in the wilderness that can be right in front of us but we fail to see it.

Pebble Mine: the long and short of it
In business or life the short run might be a time sequence consisting of a few hours, days, months, years, or even, decades. The long run includes a time frame encompassing not only decades, but also generations and beyond.

Kenai council decision could set bad precedent
Do you want your neighbors to have a say on what you keep at your home?

Cemetery issue needs to be settled
In Soldotna, we are about to argue for so long and with such vehemence that, in the end, we may do nothing but ignore a great need: setting aside land to build a cemetery for the citizens of our community. Despite many years of effort by civic-minded individuals, we appear to be on the verge of spinning our wheels again, pedal to the metal but going nowhere.

Lights are refreshing
I am writing in for the Soldotna bridge. I think the lighting is nice. If someone should want to gaze at the river instead of the lights they should perhaps park their vehicle and walk on the wonderful walkway on both sides of the roadway of the bridge. And during the daylight you can see the river instead of the lights on the bridge. I think the colored lights are refreshing.

Weather hampers search
Soldotna paramedics and other medical professionals from Central Peninsula Hospital were anxiously awaiting word Tuesday on the fate of a missing LifeGuard helicopter with four people aboard.

Bid to curb teen drinking launched
One out of every five alcoholic drinks consumed in Alaska in 2005 was downed by a minor, says the state Department of Health and Social Services.

Kenai looks at kennel license rules
Kenai dog kennel owners are expected to be out in large number tonight protesting a proposed change in the city's procedure for renewing annual kennel licenses.

Update on Missing LifeGuard Helicopter
Anchorage, AK- Search efforts for the missing LifeGuard helicopter continue this morning, with coordination through Alaska Air National Guards Rescue Coordination Center.

On solid ground
Across the nation, desperate homeowners facing increasing debt from expensive mortgages, often obtained through risky loans, are seeing their dreams evaporate in foreclosure.

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Norma Loretta Smith
Longtime Kasilof resident Norma Loretta Smith died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 86.

Eggnog: dessert in a glass
Each Christmas season many of us sip on eggnog, a tradition that was probably first brought to Colonial America from England.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS blood drive set Funny River Players make debut Tree identification workshop takes root Holiday bazaar set for Ninilchik Cookies by the pound available Clean water to be discussed Band concert, dessert auction scheduled Peaceful people to meet College council meeting scheduled

Healthy Bites
Are you looking for ways to add sweetness to your foods but without all the sugar?

Around the Peninsula
Clarion seeks new neighbor Health care to be discussed Funny River Players make debut Fundraiser makes sweet offer Cookies by the pound available Clean water to be discussed Cribbage tourney set Band concert, dessert auction scheduled Santa to visit Nikiski Donations sought for military personnel Community resource directory available Cameras, photo printers sought

Kenai JV defeats Nikiski
When their roster size dwindled to six a couple of weeks ago, the Nikiski hockey team took a vote.

District survey deadline looms
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking to the future and would like to expand its view by incorporating the community's vision. The district is updating its long-range plan as a way to set goals and priorities for the future.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Bagging a lesson
Kenai Alternative High School students got to the meat of a lesson this month that resulted in 400 pounds worth of practical knowledge and dinners.

College ready for spring registration, art extravaganza: Kenai Peninsula College
The public can register for the spring semester online at kpc.alaska.edu. The key thing for those who need a particular course is to not procrastinate. Most of the classes that meet general education requirements fill up rapidly.

Forget the village, writer seeks peninsula input
"Hey, Rachel. What do you want to do tonight?" I asked.

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