Friday, December 8, 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

Reader: Withdraw from Iraq
For the last four years, our young men have been maimed and killed by the thousands in the Bush wars. (No accurate casualty count is to be had, particularly not from the Pentagon, but multiplying by five their figures gives a general idea of the mayhem done to those who serve.)

Community helps school achieve goal
On Nov. 17, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School held its major fundraiser. Students, staff, parents and community members had a fun-filled evening.

Adults need to get wise: Smoking not children’s choice
I am shocked and appalled how uneducated the general public is about secondhand smoke, especially around children. It is a known fact that secondhand smoke is more harmful to one’s health than just having a smoke. So tell me why do I constantly see mothers and fathers driving down the road with their children in the car smoking?

Reader watching new governor with 1 eye open
Welcome Sara Palin. This new governor is set to start negotiations on a gas line contract a day after being inaugurated. I say to her and the administration, good luck. This is like a first-year law student passing the bar exam and immediately taking on a capital murder trial. Sad to say it is all Alaskans who could receive the penalties for mistakes of this first-year state politician.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jury finds Soldotna man guilty of second-degree murder
A Kenai jury found Adam Israel guilty of second-degree murder Friday after nearly 10 hours of deliberation. The verdict followed an eight-day trial, in which attorneys tried to use evidence to explain what might have been going through Adam's head on Jan. 29, 2005 when he used a kitchen knife to stab his mother, 43-year-old Dorothy Israel, and then called 911 for an ambulance to their Soldotna residence at 167 Little Ave. Adam could face a sentence of anywhere from 10-99 years and is scheduled to return to the Kenai courthouse for his sentencing hearing in March.

Israel’s fate in jury’s hands
The question of whether Adam Israel intentionally killed his mother nearly two years ago was turned over to Kenai jurors Thursday after attorneys tried to tug them toward opposing conclusions in closing arguments.

First steps taken to restrict types of motors at dock
Hoping to get as much input as possible from the boating community, the Kenai City Council allowed public comment when a proposal aimed at cleaning up the Kenai River was introduced Wednesday.

KPBSD district seeks $1.18 million increase
With 126 more students enrolled than were expected this year, peninsula schools Superintendent Donna Peterson has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to approve a $1.18 million increase in local funding.

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

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

Six is good, but our schools need more help
There are 44 schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough district. On Wednesday, we reported that six of them recently received a positive message from the state commissioner of education that they are doing good work on Adequate Yearly Progress.

Making an insect diversity list, checking it twice on the refuge ::: Refuge Notebook
I recently returned from the 2006 meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada in Montreal, Quebec, where this year’s theme was diversité (diversity). Many interesting talks and posters were presented about insects and spiders of northern North America, ranging from genetics of butterflies in British Columbia to behavior of small-headed flies in Washington and biocontrol of the amber-marked leaf miners on birch trees in Alaska. The six or eight-legged subjects of these studies were often the same species we have here, reflecting the similarity between our forest and alpine tundra on the Kenai to the vast boreal forest and tundra of the rest of northern North America.

Outdoor Briefs
Park use passes available

Counting on the fly
An annual holiday-season event that began in the United States in 1900 migrated to the Kenai Peninsula about 50 years ago, and when it was first held marked a shift in the way nature lovers embraced birds.

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

Around the Peninsula
Registration for women’s basketball loomsSanta mugs for the camera todayAuditions for musical openCraft fair vendors soughtChristmas activities for kids plannedCraft fair, flea market plannedNinilchik bazaar setMiners dig inWomen's brunch setCookies by the pound slated for SaturdaySanta to visit Anchor PointCribbage tourney beginsStory time set for SundayChristmas play set to entertainPeaceful people to meetChoir fruit fundraiser beginsCookies available to orderImmunization clinic postponedAlcohol and drug abuse council to meetMiddle school basketball offeredSoccer coaches soughtCES collects for holiday food driveKids’ winter reading program launchedRefuge open for Christmas tree cutting

Kenai hockey rips Palmer
Seniors Jed McGlasson and Owen Dukowitz scored two goals apiece and senior Brad Fusaro added a goal and two assists in leading visiting Kenai to a 7-1 rout of Palmer on Thursday at the Palmer Ice Arena in North Star Conference action..

Vanderford eyes state wrestling crown
Placing sixth in the state as a freshman was acceptable.

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.”

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

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

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

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

Church Briefs
Annual brunch plannedMatrix Church to meetChristmas play set to entertainWinter musical plannedShaping your life class offeredHoliday tea to be servedCookies available to orderHoliday concert set to entertainChurch adds a preschool

Being prosperous means more than wealthy
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers,” 3 John 1:2 (NKJV).

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