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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Official 2006 AWG Coloring Book released... Wells Fargo hosts author/artist book signing...
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society released the official AWG coloring book last week. The book filled with over 80 pages of drawings of Winter Game’s sports, symbols and pictograms was created and donated by artist Joni Dillon. “It was really an honor to donate my time, I just got caught up in the spirit of the Games and wanted to contribute something that was not only fun for kids but informative about the various sports and the different nations and cultures that participate in these unique Winter Games,” said Joni.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
I was only home a few hours from working on the west side of Cook Inlet when my phone started ringing and people started filling me in about trapping news or ice fishing. I even had a nice E-mail from a friend in Indiana who just put on an Alaska game & fish feed there from a variety pack of things I sent him from Alaska. Recently my parents who live in Wisconsin told me that the nicest gift I could send them for Christmas this year would be another variety box of Alaska fish.

Triumvirate theatre opens in Peninsula Center Mall...
The new Triumvirate theatre had its first opening night last week as Carla Jenness presented her adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Dandelion Wine. “It’s a tale of a boy’s magical summer that’s funny, scary, thrilling and heart warming all at the same time. It was well received by the audiences and my talented cast had a ball performing it,” said Jenness. Saturday afternoon the Triumvirate thespians held their official grand opening with lots of free food, prizes and live music prior to the performance of Dandelion Wine.

Delightful start to Holiday Season as Christmas comes to Kenai...
If last week was any indication the holiday’s on the Peninsula are going to be bigger and better than ever. According to Assistant Director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Natalia Johnson more than 400 kids had a chance to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and to share their wishes with Santa during the annual Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration at the Kenai Visitors & Convention Center. “It was a cold morning, but by the time we arrived at 10:30am kids were already lining up waiting for Santa to arrive,” said Johnson.

The Jewelers Ancient Art
In the Blazy Mall, tucked in the back of Adamas Designs, John Morris inspects a well worn ring. Flipping down his magnifying visor to inspect the damage a lifetime of wear can do, he hands it to his colleague, Edward Dawson to have a second look. The ring is badly worn on the band and all prongs, holding the stones have worn to nothing. Both jewelers discuss the best way to restore this ring to its former glory. “Often, the piece has been repaired, elsewhere before - and that can cause problems for novice jewelers, but we know what we’re doing,” comments John, and certainly, between these two master goldsmiths, they do. Together they have close to forty years experience at the bench.

Kenai Art Guild’s Craft Fair bigger than ever
The day after Thanksgiving, know to merchants nationally as Black Friday, was a big day for shopping locally for Alaskan made crafts. According to Kenai Art Guild’s Craft Fair manager Lauren Wakefield both shoppers and vendors were up this year, “Attendance was up about 20% on the Friday of the fair this year judging by the door prize tickets which is our most accurate count because most everyone enters for the door prizes which we give away all day and we had about 1,200 door prize tickets in the box. We also had many new vendors this year as well as the return of many of our favorite craftsman with some new works and items to offer,” said Wakefield. Lauren has been coordinating the craft fair on behalf of the Kenai Art Guild for the last five years but says she will be moving on and is looking for someone to fill her shoes, “I want to move on to doing more art work and becoming involved in the movement for peace and justice. I’ll be continuing to support the Kenai Art Guild but we are looking for a new fair manager to coordinate the event which is very well organized on computer and supported with a lot of wonderful volunteers, it’s a lot of fun bringing everyone together and making these two days after Thanksgiving a very magical fair,” said Wakefield.

NOW PLAYING: Aeon Flux
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.

Booster club says sponsors score points
On behalf of the Soldotna High School girls volleyball we would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for helping us make the Region lll Volleyball Tournament such a success. We had so much support from our whole community and local businesses. All of the participating teams had a great time and the tournament went very well.

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

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.

Donation is child’s play
The LeeShore Center would like to thank Fred Meyer for its recent donation of play equipment to our facility. The children in our LeeShore Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Center are delighted with the new playhouse, table, chairs and toys.

Mining forum a success
The Cook Inlet Alliance wishes to thank the Islands and Ocean Visitors Center for providing a venue for our Nov. 17 forum, “Open Pit Mining: Its History, Our Future?” The event was a great success. We were pleased that 130 interested citizens attended. Many thoughtful and compelling questions were asked concerning the socioeconomic, environmental, technical and legal aspects of large-scale open pit mining.

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!

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.

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.

Collection targets needs of area animal shelters
A few local women are hoping holiday shoppers will add something to their lists for pound puppies and shelter kittens this season.

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.

Soldotna probes for new water well
For most of the year, the city of Soldotna needs between 500,000 and 700,000 gallons of water a day for its 3,750 residents, but during peak demand summer months, the city must respond to the needs of a city of 9,000.

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.

Photo feature: Bird’s-eye view
A raven calls out from the top of a sign in Kenai last week under sunny skies. That isn’t supposed to be the case today, as forecasters are calling for warmer temperatures with snow and sleet possible.

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.

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.

Soldotna woman receives minor injuries from collision
Homer Electric Association workers were busy Monday replacing a utility pole in front of Glacier Pontiac after a vehicle slid off the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday and struck the pole.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
SoHi after-grad meeting slatedSterling byway workshop scheduledPrescription drug plan to be discussed Junior Iditarod entry fee help offeredLeeShore community classes setGames, crafts items sought

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

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.

Herring puts school first
Soldotna senior Brian Herring has played hockey his whole life, but that does not mean hockey is his life.

Sports Briefs
Skyview wrestlers take second

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