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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSanta comes to SoldotnaKVCC seeks entertainersBusiness workshops setBusinesses support food bankSt. Luise garners top honorsJA seeks volunteers

Quilts bring smiles to young faces
Each year members of the Kenai Piecemakers quilting group bring beautiful quilts for the children residing in shelter.

Volunteers make safety a high priority
We would like to thank the many individuals, organizations and businesses who contributed to our Emergency Kit Campaign. The campaign, which began in September as a National Preparedness Month activity, ends this month with the distribution of 230 basic emergency kits to organizations around the peninsula who serve the low-income elderly. The kits contain AM/FM radios, first aid kits, alert whistles, personal hygiene supplies, can openers and other basic items.

Quilts bring smiles to young faces
Each year members of the Kenai Piecemakers quilting group bring beautiful quilts for the children residing in shelter.

Volunteers make safety a high priority
We would like to thank the many individuals, organizations and businesses who contributed to our Emergency Kit Campaign. The campaign, which began in September as a National Preparedness Month activity, ends this month with the distribution of 230 basic emergency kits to organizations around the peninsula who serve the low-income elderly. The kits contain AM/FM radios, first aid kits, alert whistles, personal hygiene supplies, can openers and other basic items.

RAC to form subcommittee
The proposal to create a Kenai Peninsula-focused federal subsistence advisory committee has died, but the Southcentral Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Committee voted to give peninsula tribes, communities and fishing groups an alternate means by which they can offer advice on local subsistence.

Nature a challenge for bridge builders
A period existed in the United States when riverboat captains who ruled the Mississippi River didn’t want any bridge abutments interfering with their waterway.

Oden Expedition to Antarctica goes live
Allan Miller, a teacher from Sterling who is currently on a voyage to McMurdo Station in Antarctica, will be available for a live Web seminar and conference call Friday at 9 a.m.

Finances, flights smooth out for Era
The bumpy flights between Kenai and Anchorage may be over now that Era Aviation is about to emerge from bankruptcy.

Disaster declaration frees federal funds
President George Bush signed a disaster declaration Dec. 8 for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and other areas hit by severe flooding in October, releasing much-needed federal funds to state and local recovery efforts.

Budget survey helps gauge community priorities
What’s more important, music or career and technical education? Should the school district invest in more technology, or hire more teachers? Should a school be closed if it leads to more opportunities for students?

Photo Feature: Snowin’ and blowin’
Dan Evenson clears snow from a tarmac at Kenai Municipal Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Cute, fuzzy animals for Christmas
In Rankin Bass’s long-running Christmas television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” orphaned toys are sent to the island of misfit toys. In Alaska, there is no island for orphaned toys, but there is a home for orphaned animals, and like the toys on Bass’s misfit island these animals would love to be adopted over the holiday season.

Kenai airport eatery to close indefinitely
After Friday, the locals who usually frequent the Kenai Municipal Airport restaurant for lunch will have to find an alternative.

Barrels dumped in Nikiski
Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, not to mention the Salamatof Native Association, are keen on discovering who dumped 11, 55-gallon drums containing who knows what on association property near Escape Route Road in Nikiski.

Margaret Hodgson
Homer resident Margaret Hodgson died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 81.

Around the Peninsula
Berry growers to meetSkating recital glides finishHoliday concert set to entertainNikiski Noel Tree deadline loomsFundraisers for cancer victim beginMiddle school basketball offered

Around the Peninsula
Immunization clinic postponedPrescription drug benefits to be discussedHoliday tea to be servedCancer fundraiser set to climbPhotos with Santa availableWriters' night needs authors

Nikiski girls edge Cook Inlet
The Nikiski girls outscored visiting Cook Inlet Academy 15-7 in the fourth quarter en route to a 52-38 victory on Tuesday night.

SoHi graduate named to second-team
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Augustana junior offensive guard Jon Verhelst, formerly of Soldotna High School, was named a second-team selection on the all-North Region football team by D3football.com, according to a press release.

Skyview girls beat Seward
The Skyview girls jumped out to a 27-11 halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Seward, 56-22, Tuesday night at Seward High School.

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage events

A ‘Passion’ for fashion
The weather is cold and the snow is sticking, but on Saturday night at Moosequito’s in Sterling, the models in the Passions Fashion Show were not posing in their thermal underwear. To the contrary, a group of bar staff and locals were showing quite a bit of skin.

Art Briefs
Kasilof author has book publishedHoliday stained glass classes offeredBooks sold for charityWriters’ night needs authorsWomen writers wantedNew museum open in KenaiKids’ winter reading program launchedCarving classes offeredPoetry Out Loud open to schoolsNative ghost stories wantedRasmuson expands arts fundAlmanac looking for writersSeward hosts race to designPuppet show film for sale

New CD echoes with the sound of memory for Homer musician
Atz Kilcher — singer, songwriter, father, cowboy, teacher, craftsman, veteran — is a Renaissance man from the Kenai Peninsula.

Camera hampers Mel’s ‘Apocalypto’
I went to see Mel Gibson’s latest dead-language thriller this weekend and something remarkable happened.

Photo Feature: Service with a smile
Melissa Friemering has been a very important part of the successful Intensive Java Joint at Soldotna Middle School.

Photo Feature: Skull session
Mountain View Elementary fourth-graders Amanda Anglebrandt, left, and Hannah Nusbaum examine a bear skull during an Alaska animals presentation by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff.

Unique view of launch offered at Challenger Center
Mission Control was filled with cheers Saturday as the space shuttle Discovery rocketed into orbit.

11 shopping days left: What’s in your wallet, and what’s in your heart?
Christmas is quickly approaching and with only 11 shopping days left, many shoppers are desperately swiping credit cards and emptying out already light wallets for last minute gifts.

Diabetes prevention class moves upstream
Thanks to students in the Soldotna High School wood shop, participants in a diabetes prevention program at the Dena’ina Health Clinic in Kenai aren’t being left up the river without a paddle.

UAA Chancellor’s competition nets research grant
It has become known on campus that Cathryn Pearce, associate professor of history, has a passion for researching maritime history. Specifically, Pearce has focused her research efforts on the “enduring myth of Cornish wrecking.” Earlier this semester, Pearce gave a public lecture on the subject as part of the KPC Showcase Series.

Around the District
Christmas breakReynolds fundraisers beginSchool district looks for input on budgetCalifornia class collecting letters for soldiersAntarctic expedition updates onlineWomen’s award offeredArt contest beginsAurora Borealis CharterConnectionsCook Inlet AcademyGrace Lutheran SchoolKaleidoscope School of Arts and ScienceKalifornsky Beach ElementaryKenai CentralKenai MiddleKenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head StartMountain View ElementaryNikiski Middle-High SchoolNikiski North Star ElementaryNinilchik SchoolRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySkyview HighSoldotna HighSoldotna MiddleTebughna SchoolTustumena ElementaryWings Christian Academy

Photo Feature: Learning from the inside out
From left, Tyler Frates, Nico Castro and Kyle Foree enjoy some hands-on learning during a fish dissection with Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Patti Berkhahn at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai last week.

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