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Friday, December 15, 2006

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

Kenai family grateful for generous reaction
With great emotion, Gayle and I desire to thank each and every one in this central Kenai Peninsula area. The great outpouring of love, hugs, tears, flowers, gifts, messages, phone calls, cards, handshakes, etc., have been most overwhelming.

Conference comes together with lots of peninsula help
The Soldotna Elks hosted the Alaska Mid-Winter Conference for the state of Alaska. The conferees attended training classes and workshops on the operation of nonprofit organizations. Each lodge in the state sent delegates. Additionally, we had visiting Elks from Washington and Oregon.

Collision study falls short on making the cut
Your Dec. 11 front page had an article titled “On the road to wildlife safety” with a subtitle of “Project to reduce vehicle-animal highway crashes collars subjects,” which I thought was well written. It gave some information concerning the number of animals tagged the various federal and state agencies and dates showing the areas of main animal concentration and crossings.

The reason for Christmas
Christmas is certainly a season of peace, love and joy. They are part of the Godly attitudes that characterize the lives of the reborn believers who possess the spirit and are connected to God’s gracious gift of sending his son to be born, live and die for our redemption. The purpose of Christmas is to give praise and honor at the celebration of his birth.

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.

Trooper captain retires
Capt. Tom Bowman, commander of E Detachment in Soldotna for the Alaska State Troopers, is set to retire today after more than 30 years with the troopers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cell tower nixed
Residents of the Birch Lane Estates Mobile Home Park in Soldotna will not be looking up at an 80-foot cell phone antenna tower in their neighborhood anytime soon.

Friends, strangers find ways to help girl with leukemia
Ericka Reynolds, 12, a sixth-grader at Kenai Middle School, recently completed her first round of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. While Reynolds and her family have been enduring all the highs and lows that come with treatment for leukemia, they have drawn strength from the support of the community.

Carlile hauls Tesoro reactor through town
Making the trip between Anchorage and Kenai in winter can be challenge enough with all the ups and downs through Turnagain Pass and sharp curves through Cooper Landing.

Inlet currents being mapped
High-frequency radar signals beaming from new radar stations at Nanwalek and Anchor Point began bouncing off waves on lower Cook Inlet recently, part of an effort by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to map surface currents over a 1,350-square-mile area between the mouth of Kachemak Bay and Augustine Island.

Phillip ‘Aaron’ LaFleur Jr.
Lifelong Alaska resident Phillip “Aaron” LaFleur Jr. died Tuesday Dec. 12, 2006, at home. He was 26.

Terry Jean ‘Moe-Moe’ Fontenot Myrick
Twenty-two year Alaska resident Terry Jean Fontenot Myrick died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2006, of cancer at Providence Hospital. She was 76.

Whatever ‘it’ is, you can find it on eBay
Talk about a short takeoff. After a little more than a year, the path of Former Gov. Frank Murkowski’s jet is in a nosedive, thanks to the common sense of Gov. Sarah Palin.

Reorganization plan for Era set to take flight
Things are looking up on the Kenai Peninsula.

Mushers use early season race to put miles on teams
From the Kenai Peninsula, a small group of hardy men and one woman are preparing to put themselves and their dog teams to the test during the Sheep Mountain 150 sled dog race this weekend.

Bugging out: Intern learns more about Alaska than just lack of igloos
When I accepted an internship in Alaska to study insects, I thought all my Christmases had come at once. I left England and a rather “tropical” 73 degrees in early autumn for almost 12 weeks in an Alaska winter wonderland.

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
Spaghetti dinner set to dishSkating recital glides finishNikiski dance set to swingTurkey shoot takes aimCribbage tourney continuesSee’s candy availablePhotos with Santa availableNinilchik potluck slatedPhone cards soughtBoys and Girls club open for holidaysCaregiver meetings slatedYouth volleyball, basketball offeredSwimming classes available

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.

Wrestlers make huge comeback
The Kenai Central wrestling team came back from a 22-6 deficit to defeat Soldotna in a dual meet on Thursday at Kenai Central High School.

Kardinals skate past Soldotna
After getting knocked to the ice and confronting his attacker, Kenai’s Jed McGlasson skated to the penalty box for 10 minutes on a misconduct call.

CIA, Ninilchik sweep first day
In the opening round of the Cook Inlet Classic on Thursday in Soldotna, the Ninilchik girls defeated Lumen Christi 59-49, the Ninilchik boys defeated Lumen Christi 62-55, the Cook Inlet Academy girls defeated Tri-Valley 48-24 and the CIA boys defeated Lumen 69-40.

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.

Hakkinen finishes 59th in sprint
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen continued to struggle with his shooting and finished 59th in a 10-kilometer World Cup sprint on Thursday in Hochfilzen, Austria.

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.

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage events

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

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.

Jesus teaches personal responsibility
His name was Bec, he was a 10-year-old Cambodian with a skin disease. The disease means his skin can rupture at any time; you can not pick him up because his skin will tear.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsHoliday concert set to entertainClothes available for needyKids’ night out plannedChristmas service SundayYouth program setChurch of God plans special eventsBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredClothes availableChristmas eve service setAglow to begin Bible studyChurch adds a preschool

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