Friday, December 9, 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.”

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

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.

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 welcomes Wal-Mart choices
Wal-Mart is coming. I don’t see a problem, just a lot of whiners and moaners fussing over change. I just got back from the Lower 48 and shopped my share of Wal-Mart stores. It was refreshing to see a variety of merchandise and prices.

Schools’ involvement with NASA out of this world
On Nov. 9, Sterling Elementary School offered an evening for the public to experience the NASA Blastoff program. NASA has chosen 50 schools across the United States to be a part of this program.

Croft visit appreciated
It was a pleasure to have Rep. Eric Croft spend the day in the Kenai, Sterling and Soldotna area Nov. 9. He visited several groups of people, including the seniors in Sterling and the monthly peninsula Democrat meeting.

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.

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).

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.”

Wal-Mart wanted to help keep costs down
Judy Tiffner (Clarion letters. Nov. 21) brings up a wonderful point about the need for increased competition on the Kenai Peninsula, showing how a $33 Crock-Pot at Fred Meyer is a $20 Crock-Pot at Wal-Mart in Anchorage. She, like so many others, wants a local Wal-Mart so they can pay less for goods without the three-hour trip north.

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.

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.

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.

Officials caution those behind the wheel
In the last couple of days, slick roads have sent vehicles into a hazardous dance, landing them in ditches and creating collisions. And while maintaining control on icy roads is not easy, motorists are having to do all they can not to lose it, said Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Dan Donaldson.

Homer man charged with second-degree murder
A Homer man charged on Nov. 14 with driving under the influence was arrested Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder resulting from a fatal accident near Girdwood on Sept. 25.

Soldotna to light up town
The many faces of family, Santa on a fire truck, carols in sign language, free sleigh rides and a bag of goodies for every child. Not bad for a Friday night in Soldotna.

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.

Wal-Mart gets go-ahead from council
Unlike previous public meetings addressing a proposed Wal-Mart supercenter coming to Kenai, the city council meeting Wednesday drew only a handful of folks wishing to comment on the plan.

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.

CPGH executive resigns
David Gilbreath announced he will resign as chief executive officer of Central Peninsula General Hospital as of April 28.

Slick moves ditch drivers
Winter weather can be challenging to drive and walk in, but the current icy weather is making things even more difficult than usual, according to several local agencies and businesses.

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.

David M. Tingstrom
Alaska resident David M. Tingstrom died, Dec. 1, 2005. He was 51.

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.

The Games: Remember why we wanted them
“We want the Games!”

Summer wildfires spark new suppression strategies
While 2005 was an exceptional fire season for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Kenai Peninsula, one which tested our mettle in many ways, it provided us with opportunities to manage wildfire using a new strategy. This wildfire management strategy, which is not really new — but which has not been used until recently in Alaska — is known as “wildland fire use” or WFU.

Outdoor Briefs
Christmas tree cutting opensRefuge closed to snowmachinesAdvisory committee election slatedState parks seeks board membersSubsistence comments soughtSalmon program seeks volunteers

Tube park to open on Ohlson Mountain
Hold on to your hat and drink your Red Bull, because this ain’t your grandma’s tubing hill.

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
Concert to herald in holidaysKWF hosts open houseWomen voters to gatherVictorian tea, luncheon setSenior center to host St. NickCompetition lights up cityStorytellers set to entertainChristmas dinner slatedFundraiser gala to get toes tapping

Small-schools wrestlers ready for state
When it comes time for a state championship tournament, it’s hard for athletes not to get excited.

Barrow defeats Ninilchik netters
The Ninilchik volleyball team lost its opening game at the Class 1-2-3A-West state volleyball tournament Thursday at Dimond High School.

Church Briefs
Christmas activities plannedCantata choir practiceMatrix Christmas services setGood News hosts Christmas partiesChristmas programs planned Christmas music set to entertainCountry Christmas concert slatedChristmas services, dessert setCandle light services slated

Seasonal salutations can soothe the soul
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

Oilers keep adding to roster
Chris Saddoris, a junior left-handed pitcher from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has recently signed with the Oilers for 2006. Saddoris transferred to UNLV from Irvine Valley College, where he was named first-team all-conference and an all-American. In 2004, Saddoris was the team’s closer and in 2005 he sported a 1.79 ERA with 84 strikeouts in just over 105 innings pitched. Saddoris is from Mission Viejo, Calif., and is undecided on a college major.

The Next Level
Hakkinen starts strongBosick playing well for William Woods

Sports Briefs
KPHA squad takes three games

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