Thursday, December 8, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Job fair deadline looming King’s Inn hosts gift workshops Canned food drive events planned

Seniors rise to the occasion for ‘Nutcracker’ performance
Surrounded by sparkling costumes, magical sets and increasingly difficult choreography, four high school seniors take to the Mariner Theatre stage for the last time as dancers in the annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker.”

Tale ties travel, romance
The Yukon River is huge, scenic and full of historic and economic significance. But it is so remote and daunting that few travelers ever see much of it.

What’s Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered Dance club seeks members Victorian Carolers set to sing Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games Arts educator grants offered

Reader appreciates coverage
I would like to thank your paper and the reporter Hal Spence for the fine articles on Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams, in your paper over the last three days (Nov. 23-25).

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.

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.

War not fault of protesters or soldiers
A letter in the Nov. 18 Clarion criticizes the display of 2,000 small yellow (not green) flags at the Soldotna Park Strip on the Sunday following the 2,000th American servicemen (and women) killed in action in Iraq. The writer calls it “anti-war/anti-American pacifist protest.” She states she cannot understand the slogan, “Support the troops, not the war.”

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.

Volunteers, sponsors give clinic shot in the arm
We would like to thank the volunteers for their help at the free rabies clinic held Nov. 5. in Soldotna. Thanks go to the city of Soldotna, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Earl Ellingson, Soldotna Animal Hospital and Dr. Tim Bowser, Marianne Clark, Cyndy Laramee, Sharen Sleater, Ed Sleater, Anna Johnson and Trina Sanford.

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.

Tax on oil tankers sunk
A proposal to increase revenue by changing the way the Kenai Peninsula Borough taxes visiting oil tankers fell in defeat Tuesday night, much to the pleasure of Anchorage oil executives who testified against the measure.

Man killed in crash identified
The Eagle River man killed in a motor-vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Robert Howard, 28.

State economic forecast looking up
Slow, steady and sustainable growth is on the economic horizon in Alaska and will be for many years to come, the state’s top economist said Wednesday.

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.

National group encourages fishermen
Fishermen from all over the United States are uniting to create the first national organization devoted to commercial fishermen’s interests in more than 25 years, an effort that is drawing cautious, but mostly supportive, responses from Alaskan fishermen.

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.

Photo feature: Under-cover work
Mary Goggia updates holiday information on a sign in front of Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’ anen Head Start on Wednesday afternoon in Kenai. The sign’s cover kept Goggia away from the day’s steady rain.

School board faces crowd
It isn’t often all the chairs are filled at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. But they were Monday as administrators, teachers, students, parents of students and community members filled the assembly chambers, eager to demonstrate their successes and testify about their concerns.

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.

Marlyn J. ‘Mel’ Fullerton
Former Soldotna resident Marlyn J. “Mel” Fullerton died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, after a longtime battle with lymphatic-leukemia. He was 66.

Around the Peninsula
Pet photos wanted! CPR classes slated Community holiday activities set Genealogical group plans to look back Concert to herald in holidays Seniors cooking up buffet Meeting focuses on Lewises’ expedition Photo guild open to new view

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

’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.

Around the District

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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