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Friday, December 16, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chamber schedules Nonprofit training available Building board seeks applications Wells Fargo to host chamber mixer Spenard Builders to host cooking course Job fair deadline looming King’s Inn to host gift workshops Canned food drive event planned Festive businesses recognized

Art imitates life in rock trio 9spine’s lyrics
“You can’t eat it, it’s kind of prehistoric-looking and once it gets into a pond or lake it kills everything off,” Dustin Aaronson said of the stickleback fish that takes unwelcome residence in Nikiski lakes and inspired the name of Aaronson’s Kenai based band, 9spine. “It’s not a good thing.”

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

Children’s books offer cozy winter reads
Alaska’s talented writers and illustrators have published some great stuff for children this year. With the holiday season upon us and a long, cold seasons ahead, what better time for youngsters to curl up with a good book?

Art Briefs
Writers’ group to meet 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

Christmas Comes to Kenai arrives with much help
Christmas Comes to Kenai was another wonderful event sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, and, as usual, we have many people to thank. You help make this day as special as it is.

Nikiski scouts gifts to soldiers earn military salute
I am writing to thank the leaders, scouts and parents of Troop 659 and Pack 654 from Nikiski for the care packages they sent to us in Kuwait. I am one of many who are deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base outside Anchorage. We received a box full of separate packages today that included Christmas cards written by the scouts and all kinds of candies, snacks and even socks.

Pie auction sweeter with help
ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donation of prizes for our annual pie auction held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Nov. 22: Affinity Salon, Ultimate Tan, Dr. Robert Bauder, Subway, Big G Electric, Fitness Place, Bob and Molly Bauder, Lisa Dehlbom, Good Books and More, Trinity Greenhouse, Clint Hall, Fred Meyer, Greg and Kim Bell and Longmere Lake Lodge.

Safety event motors on with help from volunteers, sponsors
On Nov. 19, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and sponsors hosted the seventh annual Children’s Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School. One hundred and four children ages 6 to 14 attended to learn safety tips for snowmobiling and purchase a full-faced, properly fitted snowmobile helmet.

Time to take advantage of gas
Here is a thought: Those in the Alaska Legislature are in a huge hurry to give the North Slope gas reserves to some processor in the Lower 48.

Kick-off efforts help group slide into winter
Tsalteshi Trails Association would like to thank Beemun’s and Wilderness Way for sponsoring the 2005 Winter Kick-Off and the Kenai Watershed Forum for co-hosting the event.

Veterans Day program a success because of many
From the Kenai Peninsula veterans organizations, American Legion Post No. 20, AMVETS Post No. 4 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046, a huge thank you to Soldotna Mayor David Carey for making the Soldotna Sports Center conference room available for our Veterans Day ceremony.

Photo feature: Too windy to fly
A raven battles the wind and a slippery trash container lid while trying to get an easy meal in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. Birders will take inventory this weekend.

Council: No golf, but snow is a go
The Soldotna City Council approved the purchase of a $176,000 snowblower, but rejected a resolution that would have moved the city a step closer toward considering the purchase of Birch Ridge Golf Course on Wednesday night.

HEA starts Healy plan
An engineering consulting firm hired by Homer Electric Association has begun assessing what it would take to fire up the mothballed Healy coal plant, a technologically modern facility that could add as much as 50 megawatts of energy to Alaska’s Railbelt power grid.

State asks court to dismiss fishermen lawsuit
The state of Alaska has asked the court to dismiss a suit filed against the state on behalf of Cook Inlet commercial gill- and setnet fishermen in October.

Suspect search lands 2 in jail
The search for a 44-year-old woman, suspected of robbing Hooks and Ladder Pull Tabs in Soldotna on Sunday unexpectedly led to a second arrest in a marijuana grow case in Kasilof on Wednesday.

House fire could be arson
A fire that destroyed a Kasilof house Tuesday burned just one-tenth of a mile from a shed that caught fire less than two weeks ago and is being investigated for possible arson.

Woman injured in fall spotted from air
“We had a pretty good suspicion it was broken.”

Percy ‘Per’ Wilson Johnson
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Percy “Per” Wilson Johnson died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at his home in Medford, Ore. He was 87.

Rebate options good, but they could be better
Alaskans are a conflicted bunch.

Soldotna man opens shop to pass on skills
Area artist Rick Scott of Soldotna wants you to carve decoys. Not you, specifically, of course — unless you’re interested. He just wants the carving art form to survive and thrive on the Kenai peninsula.

New suppression strategy slams ‘Gate’ shut on summer fire
Last week in this column I explained a new national wildland fire management strategy for natural (lightning) ignitions called wildland fire use (WFU). Today I’ll tell you how the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge used this strategy to successfully manage two large wildfires this year.

In search of ‘seedy’ characters
Birders of a feather are being asked to flock together this weekend for the National Audubon Society’s 106th annual Christmas Bird Count.

History of the count
The history of how the Christmas Bird Count began is quite interesting, according to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wildlife biologist Liz Jozwiak.

Around the Peninsula
Music set to entertainContra dance slatedFundraiser set to grooveNikiski Christmas program begins

Around the Peninsula
Search for pet photos continues Competition lighting up city Nikiski Christmas program begins Library plans 3-day closure Masonic to install officers Stepfamily issues to be discussed

Kenai skaters edge Soldotna
Soldotna goaltender Chance Rockett had just about everything in front of his net covered. Indeed, it was a pair of nifty plays behind the Stars goal that helped the Kenai Central High School hockey team take a 3-1 North Star Conference win Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Sports Briefs
Seward boys, girls splitHomer takes two at Grace InviteSoldotna hoops sweeps Seward

How to give, receive the ‘perfect gift’
Attention, shoppers! Only eight more days until — Christ’s birthday. For some reason those words don’t seem to go together, but they should. One of the ways Jesus is represented in scripture is as “the indescribable gift,” 2 Corinthians 9:15. That means the coming of Christ is a gift so wonderful it cannot be put into words.

Church Briefs
Country Christmas concert slatedEvening of Christmas music set to entertainChristmas cantata set to rejoiceChristmas programs plannedChristmas Eve services, dessert setChurch to host series of eventsChristmas concert to sing praisesChristmas Eve services setCandlelight services slated

Sports Briefs
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association’s PeeWee B squad took a loss, then played to a draw in two games against the Anchorage Junior Aces last weekend in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B wins tourney

Mushers set for Sheep Mt. shakedown
While the lack of snowfall on the peninsula has hindered many winter activities, five area mushers are hoping the little that fell was just enough to have their dog teams ready to compete in the Sheep Mountain 150 this weekend near Glennallen.

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