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Friday, December 5, 2008

Business Briefs

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Rug Bones expands, gives back to community
In just under three years of existence, Rug Bones LLC has increased their number of employees fivefold and their store space by 7,000 square feet.

Community unites for successful holiday kickoff
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas Comes to Kenai event Friday. It never fails to bring the community together year after year.

No support for pardon
I believe in the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, and the Geneva Convention and U.S. laws that make torture illegal.

Words mean a lot
I am a volleyball player from Skyview High School, and I would like to thank Arby's, CBC Rental and Supply, McDonald's, Midas and J-Bar-B for supporting my team. It was a thrill to see words of encouragement on display as we headed out of town to our state tournament.

Warning message helpful
Last Wednesday, shortly after 10 a.m., we received an automated phone call from local EMS telling us what was going on at the hospital -- a mile from our home -- advising us to please stay clear, and later a message left again from EMS, "the situation had been resolved and it is OK to travel in the area."

Arsenic not just a city issue
Much has been written lately about arsenic in city drinking water, especially as Kenai Peninsula municipalities respond to new, tighter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards allowing no more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic in city water as of Jan. 23, 2006.

Hospital grateful for public support
Fighting to remain composed, Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Ryan Smith choked back tears as he spoke to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, praising his staff and police officers for their bravery in the tragic shooting incident at the hospital Nov. 26 that left two dead and another fighting for her life.

CES 'keep the wreath green' program starts
With the new month upon us, thoughts have shifted from Thanksgiving Day turkey to opening presents on Christmas. Though December typically represents a joyous time spent with friends and family, it also marks the beginning of a three-month period of an increase in structure fires, especially in Alaska.

Kenai airport diner to reopen on Jan. 1
The city of Kenai received one bid and the bid resulted in good news for hungry travelers passing through the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Assembly passes out funds
Several unincorporated communities across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are getting a taste of the borough's share of state's Community Revenue Sharing Program.

More shooting details emerge: Hospital patient says she helped victim after he'd been wounded
A 57-year-old Soldotna woman was told by her doctor to go the hospital for a stress test the day before Thanksgiving.

Duties divvied out: Assembly members assigned to committees
Committee leadership assignments have been divvied out on the newly constituted Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Sugarplums dance in their heads, not in classrooms: Wellnes policy leads to fewer sweets in schools
The holidays in school conjures up memories of sing along concerts, hallways decorated for the season, home baked cookies in the classroom and maybe a pizza party to mark the end of the second quarter.

Photo feature: 'Tis the season
Santa Claus wishes a Merry Christmas to all Wednesday night after lighting the tree in front of the Central Emergency Services fire station in downtown Soldotna. Afterward he posed for pictures as holiday revelers ate cookies.

Alexander M. 'Joe' Ross Sr.
Longtime Nikiski resident Alexander M. "Joe" Ross Sr. died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, surrounded by his family. He was 94.

Hans 'Roald' Amundsen
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Hans "Roald" Amundsen died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 94.

Joseph Matthew Jurco
Soldotna resident Joseph Matthew Jurco died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 75.

James F. 'Jim' Pope
Longtime Alaska resident James F. "Jim" Pope died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Possibility of strike requires planning ahead
Monday's news that Kenai Peninsula school bus drivers have voted to authorize a strike is cause for concern. While a strike is not imminent, school administrators and families of students should put some thought into contingency plans to get kids to and from school safely, should bus drivers walk out.

Why did the caribou cross the road?: Refuge Notebook
Caribou are fascinating creatures here on the Kenai Peninsula. They are well adapted for our cold climate with short ears and tails, as well as hollow hair which insulates them against extreme cold. They also have large rounded hooves for pawing through snow to reach lichens -- a preferred winter food. The hooves spread wide to support the animal when walking on snow, and act as paddles when swimming.

An Outdoor View: Comfort food
During the cold days of December, when the sun barely clears the horizon before retreating and leaving the North in darkness again, I turn for comfort to one of my most cherished vices, food.

Around the Peninsula

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Around the Peninsula

Community invited to healing Mass

Seward looking to take 1st conference championship
The last time Seward captured the Class 1-2-3A state wrestling championship in 1999, the Seahawks edged rival Nikiski by a mere 2.5 points.

SoHi's Griglione named state's best
An old adage holds that big things come in small packages. Big things apparently come from small schools, as well.

Skiers get off to great start
Skiers are usually ecstatic if there is actually snow on the ground when their season starts. So you can imagine the euphoria emanating from wax huts across the peninsula when snow covered the trails before high school practice started on Nov. 3.

Colony finds strength in numbers: Knights expected to take home Northern Lights Conference wrestling crown for 3rd straight year
A group of coaches were comparing notes two weeks ago at the Homer Rumble when Colony head man Fred McKenney admitted the latest eligibility check took a bite out of his team.

Soldotna hockey cruises past Colony
Brad Duwe and Sean Endsley recorded hat tricks in propelling Soldotna to a convincing 10-1 win over Colony in North Star Conference hockey action Thursday night in the Valley.

Art Briefs

Auditions musical begin

Grand movie in grand fashion
'Australia'

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Church Briefs

Christmas activities set to praise

Cancel the annual holiday guilt trip
Some dread Christmas.

Change is good: Brown Bears face someone other than Dogs
Fresh off five consecutive losses to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Kenai River is more than welcoming of their incoming opponent.

Giants may be better without Mr. Smith
Harris Smith?

Hakkinen takes 62nd
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen had a rough day in the opener of the World Cup competition in Ostersund, Sweden on Wednesday.

Gillaspie to be honored
Former Nikiski wrestling coach Steve Gillaspie is one of five individuals who will be inducted into The National Wrestling Hall of Fame at the Class 4A state meet next weekend at Chugiak High School.

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