Wednesday, December 21, 2005

KPC prepares for official opening of new addition
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was on the Peninsula last week to visit the new addition almost completed at Kenai Peninsula College and to share his vision for the University system with students and Soldotna Chamber members. “Next year we will be presenting to the legislature a wonderful opportunity to invest in our University system. One would shore up some of the things that we have begun to bring forth, the needs of the State such as nursing and engineering programs which we have gone forward without funding from the State utilizing funding from other sources such as industry, the Rasmussen Foundation, the Denali Commission, BP, Conoco Phillips, and a series of private funding sources, so we are looking for the State to finish the unfinished from the general fund,” said Hamilton.

Soldotna Tree lighting is a family affair...
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey has been taking the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration at Parker Park as an opportunity to elaborate on a community theme, “We started off five years ago with honoring our emergency services personnel and then our Armed Forces and this year our theme was family. Family has been at the core of all healthy successful civilizations and it’s the number one priority in our town whether it’s our business, social, or biological family. So today as we joined with the Central Emergency Services, the Soldotna Chamber and the Senior Citizens our theme was “family is what counts.” It’s a way of showing we appreciate each other and our community,” said Carey.

Alaskan history comes alive at Redoubt Elementary
Alaskan history is now part of 6th grade curriculum in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Redoubt Elementary teacher Krista Arthur has taken a unique approach, “Three years ago when I came to Redoubt and found out we had to study Alaska history I decided to start an Alaskan museum where students pick a topic such as native or cultural arts, sports in Alaska, recreation in Alaska, historical events such as the earthquake or resource development such as the oil and gas, timber or mining industry to highlight with signboards and displays to show what goes on in Alaska and each year the students bring in examples of things that represent Alaskan history and share their topics with the rest of the student body,” explained Mrs. Arthur, a former K-Beach Elementary school student.

Father and son team opens “Action Pursuits” in Peninsula Center Mall
From snowboarding to paint ball shooting, Action Pursuits is the place for top of the line equipment at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Action Pursuits is a new store toward the back of the Peninsula Center Mall that is a father and son partnership of Joe and Jeremy Jones, “We’ve been dealing out of our garage for about four years and Dad and I figured it was time to take it to the next level and so far we’ve been very successful,” said Jeremy Jones, who plans on taking business classes at KPC and applying his classroom learning to his real life experience. “You know they say don’t go into business with your family, but so far it’s working out real well for us,” said Jeremy’s father Joe.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
We all have those childhood memories and sometimes they even involve our first hunting trips or perhaps some of the first adventures by ourselves. Once I convinced my father that I could handle a firearm safely he often times allowed me to go off hunting by myself for small game. I enjoyed this unsupervised freedom and took advantage of this opportunity every chance I could.

A-1 Enterprises Revs Up For Toyz for Totz
What a sight to see sixty plus motorcycles cruising down the Spur Highway and K-Beach, some solo, some with riders, all out to enjoy the HOT summer day of July. With one main focus. Toyz for Totz.

Now Playing: King Kong
Before I begin, I need to get something off my chest. These columns are all about the writer either railing or raving about some issue (in my case movies) that has affected them that week. Right now I am at a computer at the Sheraton hotel paying $.50/minute to use their “business client” computer. Fifty cents! And that’s just to sit down, not for using the internet. This means, at my regular speed, this column will actually cost me $30 to write, which is $5 more than my pay. It burns me up how large corporations find new ways to gouge people. Why aren’t I just typing on my own computer, like I usually do? I had to come to Anchorage to pick up family and blah, blah, blah, a million reasons that have nothing to do with the issue at hand, or with King Kong, the real reason you flipped to this column in the first place.

Donation well-read
To the great folks at Fred Meyer. From the students and staff at Chapman School in Anchor Point. We just want to say thank you so much for your generous donation to our school’s library. We are now able to purchase some new literature for our school.

God is meaning behind Christmas
Christmas is certainly a season of peace, love and joy. They are part of the godly attitudes that characterize the lives of 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 is birth.

Clever auction idea well worth food for thought
We want everyone to know how much we appreciated the cheerful way Fred Meyer management and staff handled the inconvenience of the two-minute shopping spree Nov. 11. Their customer service gets rave reviews from the Hallford and Beckmann families.

Awards benefit many
On Nov. 15, Kenai Central High School honored 117 students for Academic Excellence in grades 10 through 12. Students were awarded gift certificates from McDonald’s of Kenai, excellent awards, academic letters and stars for academic achievement of maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or greater per semester.

Club’s donation makes a difference
Ninilchik School wishes to publicly thank the Snomad Snowmachine Club for its donation to our school. Their support of our school is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

To the point
“Happy holidays” offends me.

Reader doesn’t want people to lose Christmas’ meaning
When I first started noticing the greeting “happy holiday,” it made me wonder just what our country is coming to. I started enumerating the holidays we celebrate throughout the year, and there are at least 20 of them. Count them for yourself, and these so-called holidays are not much more to the majority than to have a rip-roaring good time over a long weekend. Most are scheduled to follow the day before or day after the event.

Mrs. Clauses make an impact
I am fortunate to share the friendship and workplace of some extraordinary ladies in our community.

Tesoro gets gold star for Green Star efforts
The Peninsula Clarion editorial (Dec. 2) about Tesoro’s proposal to produce low sulfur diesel pointed out that industry can be good for environmental protection. Excellent point. I’d also like to point out the flip side — environmental protection can be good for business.

Mixing zones would color view of Alaska’s pristine waters
The entire initiative for changing the mixing zones changes has the wrong justification. These proposals should never have been initiated at this time. The effort appears to favor extractive activities with complete disregard to probable damage to renewable fishery resources.

Halibut program fails miserably
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has dipped to an all-time low. They have proven they no longer honor the public process or make management decisions based on biology. What rules in their forum is politics.

Games donors step up pledges
Since Arctic Winter Games officials went public with a $750,000 budget shortfall less than two weeks ago, donors have pledged nearly $100,000 cash and more than $100,000 worth of goods and services.

Catholic Church faces Kenai sex abuse lawsuit
Claiming the Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage violated an agreement of anonymity, a woman filed a lawsuit Friday alleging she was sexually abused by a priest in Kenai between 1974 and 1988.

Diebold’s reputation hurts vote-count confidence
Voters’ trust in the accuracy of election machine counts is critical, but Diebold’s national reputation hasn’t engendered much confidence lately.

Small oil spill mopped up quick
A 20-inch transfer line at the KPL Dock in Nikiski failed Thursday, spilling approximately one barrel of a viscous petroleum substance similar to asphalt, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Homer artist uses bonding as inspiration
The winners of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster contest have been announced and the artistic abilities of several area children soon will pay off in a dog-gone good time.

Photo feature: Getting a grip

2004 vote count under scrutiny
The Alaska Democratic Party said Monday that Alaska’s Diebold computer system used to tally votes led to significant errors in reporting in the 2004 election.

Hospital fire put out quickly
Emergency responders rushed to Central Peninsula General Hospital on Monday morning after the “mangler” started a fire in the hospital’s laundry room.

Senior kitchen remodel finished
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center is cooking now.

New halibut charter regs on the line
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is floating new ideas for regulating the state’s charter halibut fishery after an individual fishing quota system, first proposed in 2001, was rescinded at a North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting Dec. 9.

Photo feature: Changing light

Law enforcement out to keep impaired drivers off the road
The holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year for motorists, due to an increase in the number of drunk drivers on our roads and highways.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski seniors to elect board Food Bank lists holiday closures Red Cross offers first aid classes Junior Iditarod entry fee help offered

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