Friday, December 17, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

Tight Lines: Gift giving for the avid angler
Got an angler on your holiday shopping list? Don't panic. Fishermen (and fisherwomen) are easy to please and always in need of some new gadget, tackle or gear. Whether your budget is small or large, the perfect gift is out there.

Current primary balloting system frustrating
As a registered Undeclared Alaskan voter, I find the current primary ballot selection process very frustrating and feel it takes away from my freedom of choice. To vote for persons running for office I must chose one of two ballots -- the Republican ballot listing only Republicans, or the Democratic ballot listing Democrats and the names of individuals running in other parties.

Thanks for tree auction success
This letter is in gratitude for all the wonderful people who participated in the second Christmas Tree Auction at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in the week following Thanksgiving.

Collapse, and martial law, are coming
From the flack we in the militia have received, skeptics still cannot envision the collapse of our economy. The "normalcy bias" created by our long history of being well-fed and comfortable just will not allow such thinking, much less preparing for it.

Resident wants peace and quiet
In a squeaker, last night in a 5--4 vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough planning committee defeated the Twin Cities Racing Lion's bid to gain control of the 157-acre raceway for 30 years. The opposition to the Lion's looked kind of like those Christians walking around the ring circled by Lions. Well, at least some of them must have been praying and somebody was surely listening, and Glory for that.

Winds keep HEA crews busy
Residents and business owners in the North Kenai and Nikiski area faced power outages, fallen trees and snow drifts as a result of the recent windstorm.

3D comes to Peninsula
Shelly Endsley's dreams will be realized on the silver screen today when her movie theater becomes the first on the Kenai Peninsula to go 3D.

Dipnet discussion planned: Council schedules public work session to dissect report
The Kenai City Council postponed discussion of the 2010 dipnet report until a work session in February.

Sex offender policy adopted: School district writes guidelines for addressing sensitive issue
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education recently approved a new policy that bans sex offenders from all district property except under certain authorized circumstances, like voting or attending a public meeting outside of school hours.

Bonds net low rates
The state of Alaska has sold $200 million in voter-approved general obligation bonds, using the state's strong financial position and federal subsidies to get a low 2.78 percent interest rate, state officials said.

Kenai passes kennel code changes
The Kenai City Council approved the animal code amendment regulating how households with more than four dogs are treated.

Ganelle Swanson
Former Kenai resident Ganelle Swanson died Nov. 24, in Eugene, Ore., of age-related causes. She was 84.

Mary Lillian Lamm
Longtime Alaska resident Mary Lillian "Lil" Lamm, 86, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at home surrounded by her loving family.

George Edward Sarchet
Former Peninsula resident George Edward Sarchet died Dec. 13, 2010, of congestive heart failure at Heritage Place, in Soldotna. He was 82.

Respecting rights and protecting kids
The Kenai Peninsula School Board and district administrators tackled a tough situation earlier this month when they approved a new policy creating campus visitation rules for sex offenders who also are parents.

An Outdoor View: Fat is not jolly
Friends, we've been duped. For years, we've been fed the image of an obese Santa Claus laughing and saying, "Ho, ho, ho!" In reality, it's not a laugh, but a grimace, and he's saying, "Oh, oh, oh!"

Refuge Notebook: Refuge, birders, enthusiasts team up for Christmas Bird Count
Throughout North America thousands of volunteer birders are scouring their designated areas in over 2000 circles this Holiday season in the 111th annual Christmas Bird Count. This early-winter bird census is the longest running citizen science survey in the world.

Around the Peninsula

Girl Scouts and Toys for Tots team up

Around the Peninsula

Santa comes to Cohoe

"Fables for Friends" presented at Triumvirate Theater
Five Nikiski High School seniors and a Nikiski alum are set to perform Mark O'Donnell's "Fables for Friends" this Friday and Saturday at the Triumvirate Theater. And contrary to what your stereotypes of wannabe teenage performers might tell you, these burgeoning young actors are truly talented individuals who bring more than enough to the table.

Reeling It In: 'Dawn Treader' has trouble sailing through the fog
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

Poet's Corner

Deprived From a Smile

What's Happening

Best Bets

Voices of Religion: Celebrate the season with a reason!
OK, let's be honest: How many of us were truly excited when we saw all the decorations and lights coming up right after Halloween? Were you really happy to see how quickly the stores have marketed for the giving (or spending) of gifts? There is so much anticipation and anxiety for a day in the season that even has it's own countdown. Are you looking forward to that coming day: December 25?

Church Briefs

'Epic Win' coming for New Year's Eve

Brown Bears face crucial road tests
Chris Rial drove through a blizzard to Anchorage, boarded a flight to Boston and played three hockey games in as many days against the league's top players. Then he returned home, heading immediately to the Soldotna Sports Center for practice with the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Wolverines can't catch Eagles boys
For the second time in as many games, the Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team turned a quick start into a double-digit victory.

CIA girls take out Ninilchik
A 12-0 run to open the game was all the Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team needed to secure its first victory of the season.

Kenai, SoHi start strong
The Kenai Central girls basketball team tipped off its season by defeating Grace Christian 42-25 on Thursday in the opening round of the Kenai River Challenge at Kenai.

Soldotna boys defeat Grace
The Soldotna boys basketball team opened up play at the Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off on Thursday by edging Grace Christian 56-52.

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