Saturday, December 10, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.”

Sports Briefs
KPHA squad takes three games

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

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