Wednesday, December 7, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PTA sings praises of helpers
We, at Sterling Elementary, are amazed at the local support we have received from Sterling businesses helping us raise money for our future climbing wall.

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.

Illinois students seeking help
Dear readers, We’re a class of third-grade students in Gages Lake, Ill. We hope you will help us with our studies this year and send us a postcard from your town.

Spooky event a hit with kids
I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to the generosity of our community.

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.

Businesses team up for scholarship
On Nov. 12, the Kenai River Campus Student Union, in collaboration with Aspen Hotel, held a Halo 2 tournament. This event raised $307 that will be put toward a scholarship to be given to a student attending the Kenai River Campus of Kenai Peninsula College.

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.

Group seeks clarification in inlet jurisdiction
An Alaska environmental group wants three federal agencies to clarify which is in charge of permitting for industrial activities in Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf.

Eagle River man dies in crash
A 28-year-old Eagle River man died and another man was injured Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision on the Sterling Highway between Cooper Landing and Sterling.

Proposed river guide changes draw crowd
Fishermen from both sides of the Kenai River gathered at a public hearing Monday to cast their views on possible regulatory changes that would require sportfishing guides in the Kenai River Special Management Area to attend and pay for a college course to receive a permit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: A ways to go
Cross-country skiers are dwarfed by their surroundings as they head into the Kenai Mountains in Turnagain Pass for a day of winter fun last weekend.

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

Around the Peninsula
Pet photos wanted! Fine arts exhibit opens Thursday College council meeting scheduled Coalition going into action Soldotna set to light up the holidays Craft fairs vendors sought

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

Around the District

’Tis the season of giving
One of the messages of the holiday season is to be compassionate toward fellow human beings, and it’s a lesson that certainly is not lost on students at Kenai Peninsula schools.

University of Alaska leaders to visit Kenai Peninsula
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton and University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Elaine Maimon will visit the Kenai Peninsula on Monday and Tuesday. While here, they will visit the Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses of Kenai Peninsula College, speak at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce lunch Tuesday and visit with Skyview and Soldotna high school students.

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