Thursday, December 6, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Cooking lessons available Decorating contest begins Food bank donations sought Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Rural agriculture funding available

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Colleagues hold out hope
Even though rescuers on Wednesday turned up no sign of a LifeGuard helicopter that went missing Monday evening, those who worked with the staff on board aren't giving up hope.

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.

Legislation fails to pass
Though earning a majority of votes, an ordinance that would have eased travel restrictions on seniors trying to qualify for the borough's extended property tax exemption failed at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

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.

School board meets to beat
Following the irregular beating of Native drums and singing of an African tribal greeting song, members of the school board returned to their seats and sat down to serious business at Monday night's meeting.

Coalition rallies, seeks signatures
Every year the Bristol Bay region lures Clark Whitney to its shores. Beginning at the headwaters of the Nushagak and the Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna drainage, Whitney's hunted, trapped and fished his way to the mouth of the bay.

Picking up a quick bite
A bald eagle watches for dinner from a perch in a spruce tree on the bluff in Kenai at dusk Wednesday evening.

Ethel M. 'Pat' Ashworth
Sterling resident Ethel M. "Pat" Ashworth died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, at home from natural causes. She was 73.

Louise Rhodes
Lifelong Alaskan resident Louise Rhodes died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from natural causes. She was 97.

Clarice Maude Dale
Longtime Kenai resident Clarice Maude Dale died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 83.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS blood drive today Student art exhibit set Tree identification workshop takes root Holiday bazaar set for Ninilchik PFLAG to meet Birds of a feather to gather Mycological society to meet Raffle fundraiser continues

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

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.

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

Poet's Corner

Welome to the Wilderhood
In the last two decades, technology has changed the way we think of record labels.

Carell continues to grow in 'Dan'
"Dan in Real Life"

Art Briefs
Clarion seeks new neighbor Writers' group to meet Performers needed Funny River players to meet Book club a real page turner Lungs for hire Collections for exhibit sought Kenai Performers seek members Museum plans juried exhibit Art donations sought Short story contest begins

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Redskins try to win for Taylor, again
Sean Taylor would have been proud to call himself a Redskin.

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