Monday, December 12, 2005

Reader: Wal-Mart presence means more than a Crock-Pot
Judy Tiffer brings up a wonderful point about the need for increased competition on the Kenai Peninsula (Clarion letters. Nov. 21), showing how a $33 Crock-Pot at Fred Meyer is a $20 Crock-Pot at Wal-Mart in Anchorage. She, like so many others, want a local Wal-Mart so they can pay less for goods without the three-hour trip north.

Opposition to plan irks Williams
An idea to establish a Kenai Peninsula Borough chief of staff, replacing the assistant to the mayor position, drew public protest, borough assembly debate and angry comments from newly elected Mayor John Williams.

Project values, gross sales peaking
The value of Kenai Peninsula Borough construction projects reached an all-time high and gross sales increased by 15.7 percent, leading borough analysts to describe the economy as stable, but faced with unrest, according to a government report.

Plugging in the spirit
As the holidays grow ever nearer, some decide to hang a few strands of lights from roof rafter to be festive, but a few people take the task of decorating to the extreme, covering almost every square inch of their home and yard with illuminations.

Misdemeanor issue draws concerns for fishing guides
At last week’s public hearing on a draft of proposed fishing guide regulation changes, proponents predicted at least some opposition, but were surprised when guides ex-pressed deep concerns about a proposal to withhold guide permits from fishermen charged with recent fishing misdemeanor offenses.

CPGH elects replacement board members

Sign reminds folks of holiday fire safety
Firefighters from Central Emergency Services have erected their “Keep the Wreath Green” sign as a fire prevention awareness reminder.

Awaiting his arrival
Scott Woodward and his son, Hunter, wait for Santa Claus to arrive at Parker Park during the city of Soldotna’s Christmas tree lighting and holiday celebration Friday night. The event featured carolers, sleigh rides and refreshments. Tonight at 6, The Greatlanders Air Force Band of the Pacific will perform a free Christmas concert at Soldotna High School.

Churches consider changes
On Saturday and Sunday, Peninsula Grace Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road will hold its annual Christmas dessert, with volunteers serving holiday sweets between helpings of Christmas hymns served up by the church choir. On Christmas Eve, services will include a multimedia choir presentation.

Jackie E. McCain
Kenai resident Jackie E. McCain died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 77.

Madeline Elizabeth Doan
Homer resident Madeline Elizabeth Doan died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer surrounded by family and friends. She was 82.

Barbara Marie Osborn
Alaska resident Barbara Marie Osborn died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, in a motor-vehicle accident. She was 31.

Conflict disconnection: South Dakota soldier’s death hits home on many levels::::Voices Of The Clarion
Before driving in Kenai to take this job, I stopped in Huron, S.D., to see my family. A week before I arrived, it was announced that a soldier from Huron died in Iraq. Daniel Bartels, a 22-year-old Army specialist, was the first Huron resident to die since the conflict began.

Animals in disaster
Small pets: Dogs and Cats: Birds: Horses:

Portraits of Life
Images of aging men and women line the walls of the Kenai Peninsula College commons and library. These are not famous faces of those who contributed to higher education, but everyday citizens in Alaska. Each portrait or color photograph wordlessly expresses the lives of the seniors while capturing their spirit of living.

Photo feature: Sitting tall in the saddle
Pictured above are members of the National Barrel Horse Association District AK 01. It held its awards banquet Oct. 22 at the Kenai River Center. Outstanding individuals who received the Volunteer of the Year awards were Randy Jensen, Laurie Wilkinson and Rhonda Harvey. Walt Williamson, Dillon Jensen, Dalton McWhorter and Jesse Rogde also were recognized for their volunteer efforts. Colten Jensen received a $50 gift certificate and one large round bale of hay; Beth Fowler for the high sponsor earner won a $100 gift certificate; NBHA 2005 Horse of the Year and photo plaque went to Taco a 16-year-old registered Quarter Horse and his human partner, 15-year-old, Colten Jensen. Jensen is the youth 1D pole bending champion and youth barrels 1D fourth, 2D third, and 3D third; Mel Cale Memorial Rookie of the Year was awarded to 6-year-old Athena Glidewell and her horse Bud. She raced 10 out of 15 sanctioned events with an initial barrel time of 82.005 seconds and an ending time of 24.822 seconds. Her pole bending times started at 100.152 and ended at 34.018; engraved trophy saddles were awarded to the champions in each division of their class. Canvas prints, action photos, NBHA clothing, buckles, jewelry, custom made trophy saddle stands with engraving, and vehicle rodeo decals were some of the other awards that were presented. Participants had a potluck and music was provided on the guitar and sung by singer and songwriter Kate Baum. There also was a silent auction.

Around the Peninsula
Seniors cooking up buffet Meeting focuses on Lewises’ expedition Globetrotters set to bounce into Kenai Photo guild open to new view Performance staged for benefit Remembrance celebration set U.S.O. performance set to entertain

· Danielle Self and Jeffrey Rickard of Ninilchik announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Rebekah Rickard, at 2:04 p.m. Nov. 28, 2005, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She weighed 7 pounds and measured 19 inches.

Peninsula People
4-H’ers shine Parade winners announced FAS poster contest winner announced

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results 4-H club set to mush Junior Iditarod entry fee help offered LeeShore community classes set Games, crafts items sought Performance staged for benefit Remembrance celebration set Women’s basketball league forming Master gardeners take root Fundraiser gala to get toes tapping

Around the Peninsula
KWF hosts open house Swimmers ready to make a splash Senior service meeting slated Genealogical society to host social Photo guild open to new view Victorian tea, luncheon set Basketball booster club set to meet Senior center to host St. Nick Storytellers set to entertain Dog club offers practice run-throughs Reading carnival canceled

My best friend
Repo the rottweiler likes to play with his friend, Moe the cat. The breeders “repossessed” him from his first buyers, which is how he got his name.

Tumbaga takes third place
Justin Tumbaga finished off his high school wrestling career with a smile.

Knights punish Stars
The Soldotna hockey team proved to its coach Friday that it could beat any team in the North Star Conference when it plays well. The problem for Stars bench boss Aaron Swanson was that his squad proved that fact by not playing well.

Sports Briefs
The Skyview and the Soldotna wrestling teams competed at the South Duals in Anchorage Friday and Saturday.

Nikiski skaters drop two to Delta Junction
Nikiski fought hard through another tough weekend, but the pains of youth and inexperience were again prevalent.

Sports Briefs
Homer skaters defeat Skyview Homer wrestlers edge Kenai

Kards stay undefeated in league
The Palmer hockey team is not open for megapoints this year.

Kenai girls start season by toppling Seward
The visiting Kardinals girls overcame an early deficit to beat the Seahawks 40-28 Saturday at Seward.

Still friends
The Ninilchik high school volleyball team lost a tough match Saturday in the fourth-place game at the Alaska School Activities Association State 1-2-3A-West Championships at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

Senior Activities
Kenai Soldotna

Senior Menus
Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen leads U.S. biathletes Team Alaska seeks Inuit Games athletes

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen helps U.S. to 10th Soldotna skaters defeat Palmer

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