Thursday, December 21, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSanta comes to SoldotnaBusinesses help food bank during holidaysSmall business center to host workshopsKPAR announces board members, honorsJA seeks volunteers

Here’s to ‘You’
Time Magazine has named “You” as its “Person of the Year” for 2006. It’s quite an honor for “You” to have been selected. “You” beat out such notables as George W. Bush, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, China’s President Hu Jintao, North Korea’s wild and wacky Kim Jong-il, House Speakeress-to-be Nancy Pelosi, presidential wannabe Hillary Rodman and even her hyper-tattooed brother, Dennis. Plus a host of others.

Kindness makes holiday brighter
On behalf of the Redoubt Elementary School PTA, we would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their generous contributions to our Holiday Kindness Program: Wells Fargo Bank, First National Bank, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Dr. Bobbie Behrens, Dr. Chris Hudson and staff, Tesoro, Safeway, Agrium, Fred Meyer, Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co., Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Soldotna Rotary, Professional Home IV, Homer Electric, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Rick and Bobbie Baldwin, John and Carol Cook, Jack and Michelle Blackwell, Bob, Betty and Madison Whittenberg, Ryan and Lauri Kapp, Byron and Margie McCord, Dianne Ireland, Dane and Christina Dahlgren, Sean and Lynn Dusek, John and Linda Lansing, Oralia Moore, Mark and Leslie Hall, the Dale Dolifka family, Jim and Ruthann Truesdell, John and Sheila-Margaret Pothast, Mike and Monica Frost, Sonny, Jo and Angie Sabala, Anne Fraser, John Dombovy, Ashlyn, Sister and family.

Popcorn sale was needed boost
Nikiski would like to thank Doug and his staff of the Kenai Safeway for allowing us to sell Scout Popcorn in their store that Saturday.

Proposed mine could cost state billions says agency
Just saying “no” to the proposed Pebble Mine project could cost the state billions of dollars, according to a legal opinion from Alaska’s Legislative Affairs Agency.

Photo Feature: Winter workout
Kenai Municipal Airport worker Daniel K. Rankin shovels drifts away from vehicles in the long term parking lot Wednesday in advance of another storm predicted for today.

Oil spill prevention regs outlined
New state oil spill prevention regulations were spelled out for oil and gas industry representatives meeting in Kenai on Tuesday.

Dumped oil-drums draw ire, reward
The contents of 11, 55-gallon barrels illegally dumped on the Salamatof Native Association property remain a mystery, but the association is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person who dumped them on association property near Escape Route Road in Nikiski.

Motor, river issue revs up
The public will have another opportunity tonight to provide input on Kenai’s proposal to help clean hydrocarbon pollution from the Kenai River.

Wanted: New alternatives
Editor’s Note: This is the final in a series of stories examining the Chuitna Coal Project.

Natives voice concerns on mine
Officials with state and federal agencies have met several times in the past year with residents of Native villages and tribal leaders to discuss the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine project.

Weather alert
The National Weather service in Anchorage has issued a snow and blowing snow advisory for the western Kenai Peninsula south of Clam Gulch through 4 p.m. today.

Ice plays havoc with city’s efforts to slow down erosion
Some rivers are simply ungrateful.

Family dog missing after accident
Lori Brown and her 8-year-old son have been waiting hopefully for their “super pup,” a five-month-old yellow labrador retriever, ever since the dog fled from an accident that rolled the Soldotna family down a ravine in Brown’s truck.

Local teacher to host Web seminar today
Allan Miller, a teacher from Sterling, will take part in a second live Web seminar and conference call as he travels to Antarctica with the Oden Expedition.

What’s in a name?
As Central Peninsula General Hospital grows into its newly built wing, other changes at the hospital will embrace a sense of place as experienced by peninsula residents, and at the same time help patients get from place to place.

Dorothy G. Anderson
Lifelong Alaskan Pioneer Dorothy G. Anderson died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, in King Salmon from a terminal illness at the home of her son, and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Lisa Anderson. She was 71.

Deanna LaVonne Carter Rieb
Former Nikiski resident Deanna LaVonne Carter Rieb died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, in Modesto, Calif. She was 50.

Scott R. Lumby
Soldotna resident Scott R. Lumby, died Dec. 9, 2006, of a heart attack. He was 49.

John Manning Severe
Longtime Kenai resident John Manning Severe died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in Soldotna. He was 79.

Kimberly Anderson
Kenai resident Kimberly Anderson, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 40.

Gary Lee Tyner
Homer resident Gary Lee Tyner died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 68.

Around the Peninsula
Flight instructors take wingFundraisers for cancer victim beginYouth volleyball, basketball offered

Around the Peninsula
Kids get wrapped upCribbage tourney setPhone cards soughtBoys and Girls club open for holidaysMiddle school basketball offeredYouth New Year's party set to rockSwimming classes available at KCHSMCancer fundraiser sets high goalsIndian education committee to meet

Art Briefs
Holiday class offeredWriters’ night needs authorsFilmmaking workshop plannedKids’ reading program launchedArt contest offers tech toysCarving classes offered

‘Eragon’: It’s cool for kids
“Eragon” 20th Century Fox 1 hour, 39 minutes

A Crafty Idea
A co-op, by definition, is a cooperative store, dwelling or program. When a person talks about his “co-op,” he might be speaking of an apartment in a cooperatively owned building, a grocery store that offers local food products, or — in the case of Designed By U — a business where Alaska crafters have the opportunity to sell their wares.

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