Thursday, December 7, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSmall business center to host workshopsSanta comes to SoldotnaBusinesses pitch in for holidaysHoliday decorating contest continuesJA seeks volunteersKVCC seeks holiday entertainers

Sour grapes leave bad taste with writer
Referring to the recent article about the new state Senate being organized in a more bipartisan fashion, I am disappointed that Senators Bunde, Wagoner and Dyson had nothing positive to offer. I detected a large amount of political sour grapes on their part.

Volunteers make ‘Cookies’ event a sweet success
The Central Peninsula Girl Scouts would like to thank Sterling Elementary for the use of their gym for our Cookies and Crafts.

When it comes to the river, time will tell
Increasing the horsepower of outboards on the Kenai has ominous implications for the future — we simply can’t continue to encourage a growth industry on and to the detriment of a finite resource.

Event makes kids’ safety No. 1 focus
On Saturday, Nov. 18, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula General Hospital held the eighth annual Children’s Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School.

Measure would limit use of city boat launch to 4-stroke or fuel injected motors
The city of Kenai will be the first to take action toward curbing hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River, if the city council approves an ordinance directed at that goal tonight.

CPGH contract awarded; SPH seeks bond package approval
A $9.14 million contract to construct Phase 3 of the expansion and renovation of Central Peninsula General Hospital was awarded to the project’s low bidder, Dawson Construction Inc., on Tuesday night.

Ninilchik School presentation wows school board
With its presentation to the school board at Monday’s meeting, Ninilchik School stole the show.

State recognizes effort in improving testing performance
Six schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District received a positive message recently from the state commisioner of education: Keep up the good work.

Photo Feature: Cold Feet
Ice extend like feet from a rock in Crescent Creek near Cooper Landing recently. Weather forecasters are calling for possible snow with high temperatures in the 30s and lows in the 20s for the next two days.

‘You’re all going to be sorry’
Megan Ravara broke down in tears in a Kenai courtroom upon seeing her brother, Adam Israel, for the first time in nearly two years during an evidentiary hearing in Israel’s murder trial on Tuesday.

Assembly cuts administration, school district out of loop
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved filing a lawsuit against the state of Alaska for its failure to equitably fund peninsula schools over the last decade, costing the district, by some estimates, as much as $100 million in lost school funds.

Permanent Fund a healthy $36 billion
Last year the Alaska Permanent Fund earned as much every two hours as was originally deposited into the fund, a fund executive told Soldotna business leaders this week.

Testimony draws sobs from Israel
Adam Israel bowed his head toward the defense table and sobbed as his youngest brother testified about the day he watched Adam walk from their Soldotna home to a patrol car, with his blood-stained hands handcuffed behind his back.

Photo Feature: Frost at midday
Warm weather melts the snow atop New Peking Chinese Restaurant in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Soldotna tree lighting activities begin at 6 p.m. at the CES firehouse
With so many men and women serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan this Christmas, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has chosen “Support Our Troops” as the theme for its annual Christmas tree lighting celebration this evening.

Gordon Wayne Gifford
Longtime Kenai resident Gordon Wayne Gifford died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, from cancer at his home. He was 74.

Robert L. ‘Bob’ Vest
Longtime Kasilof resident Robert L. “Bob” also known as “Big” Vest died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward after a lengthy illness. He was 70.

Dollie Marie Dorman
Former Alaska resident Dollie Marie Dorman died Dec. 4, 2006, at Elk City, Okla. She was 74.

Treasa Mae Sakeagak
Kenai resident Treasa Mae Sakeagak died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 35.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna lights up the seasonSanta mugs for the cameraAuditions for musical openNinilchik bazaar setMiners dig inBirders flock togetherChristmas play set to entertainCoping with holidays to be discussedHoliday tea to be servedHoliday concert set to entertainMiddle school basketball offered

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver meetings slatedCPGH board to meethuttle launch celebration setSoroptimists to meetPhoto guild to host exhibitionSoldotna lights up the seasonCookies by the pound Saturday

Culture brings groups together
“We, as Pamyua, perform in many ways, one as an a cappella group in which traditional Inuit songs are mixed into a unique classification of sound. We’re creating a sound that has its own culture — it’s African, it’s Inuit. We have created a sound that will make you believe that there is an actual musical tradition for our mixed heritage.”

‘Nativity’: Same old story nicely told
“The Nativity Story”

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage events

The divas who don’t wear Prada
The soprano, Dr. Mari Hahn, says the term, “diva” usually has positive and negative connotations.

Art Briefs
Writers group meets todayAuditions for musical openVFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsoring contestNew book out of this world

Double the fun: Being a twin means having a built-in best friend
“Can you tell what she’s thinking? Have you ever switched classes with her to trick the teachers? Do your parents ever get you confused?”, or one of my personal favorites: “Have you ever looked in the mirror and gotten confused?”

Inaugural class graduates from UAA/KPC nursing program
The peninsula will soon have 10 new nurses to help offset the continuing nursing shortage.

Song helps Mountain View students discover America
Fifth-graders at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai used music as a vehicle to take fellow students and parents on a journey across North America’s Native American cultures recently.

Around the District
Antarctic expedition updates onlineArt contest beginsWomen’s award offeredGood News Clubs to meet after schoolConnectionsGrace LutheranI.D.E.A.Kaleidoscope School of Arts and ScienceKalifornsky Beach ElementaryKenai Central HighKenai MiddleMountain View ElementaryNikiski Middle-High SchoolNikiski North Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySkyview HighSoldotna HighSoldotna MiddleSoldotna Montessori CharterSterling ElementaryTebughna SchoolTustumena Elementary School

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