Thursday, December 22, 2005

Making the looking glass
Stained glass enthusiasts on the Kenai Peninsula have a new option for their favored art starting this week off Betty Lou Drive near Sterling.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Credit Union 1 targeted in e-mail scam State DOT award announced

Federal benefits available for some Agrium workers
The U.S. Department of Labor has certified approximately 60 workers of Peak Oilfield Service Co. at Agrium U.S. Inc., Kenai Nitrogen Operations in Kenai to apply for assistance and benefits under the Trade Reform Act of 2002 and the Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance.

What’s Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Anchorage events

Rising popularity of open mic nights lets everyone play
Near the halfway stretch of a bluesy solo, Robert Pepper pauses for a moment and leans closer to his son.

Tim Sturm Band has CD release party today
Veronica’s in Kenai usually hosts an open mic night Thursdays, but today is an exception.

Woodsy romp makes for fun, light mystery
Amnesia is a clichéd plot device. Wolverines are not. Mix in a remote Alaska cabin and odd neighbors and you have the quirky fundamentals of Nita Nettleton’s debut novel, “The Wake-Up Call of the Wild.”

Support made basketball league a slam dunk
The Boys and Girls Club would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who had a part in the smooth running of the 2005 Boys and Girls Club high school basketball league. It was fun.

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.

Bikers revved up Thanksgiving
On behalf of the KPBSD’s Students in Transition/Homeless Program and the 25 families who received turkey boxes for Thanksgiving, I would like to extend our thankfulness and appreciation to the Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) members.

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.

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.

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.

Houses get support
The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to thank the many people and organizations that helped with the Community Holiday Gingerbread Challenge, namely Allen and Petersen, Kluge and Associates, the Central Peninsula Youth Orchestra, Kenai Alternative High School, Chris Parker, Dawn Edward-Smith and Millisa Nills.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Changing light

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.

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.

Borough siphons funds for new Nikiski fire tankers
The Nikiski Fire Department wants to replace three aging fire trucks with two new tankers and redirect funding to the trucks from a project to develop a new district watering point no longer deemed necessary.

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.

Taxpayers question assembly
A group of Kenai Peninsula activists calling themselves the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers, or ACT, is questioning the legality of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly action on proposed revenue enhancement measures.

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.

Photo feature: Get glowing

Cops out to deter DUIs
While most people will work fewer hours over the holidays, local law enforcement officers will work more as part of a campaign to deter holiday celebrants from drinking and driving.

George Harlan Lantz
Former Soldotna resident and longtime Alaskan George Harlan Lantz died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, in Anchorage. He was 78.

Scott D. Freestone
Soldotna resident Scott D. Freestone died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Nicholson’s Assisted Living in Kenai after a lengthy illness. He was 44.

Donna L. Oldham
Kenai resident Donna L. Oldham died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, in Missoula, Mont., from complications of emphysema. She was 61.

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
Ninilchik seniors plan Christmas events Kenai Elks to dance in New Year

Two more pitchers sign with Oilers
Andre Lamontagne recently signed his 2006 contract with the Peninsula Oilers. The Long Beach State University freshman from Santa Maria, Calif., is a 6-foot-4, right-handed pitcher. As a high school senior, in 2005, he compiled a 9-0 won-lost record and was named league MVP and pitcher of the year. Lamontagne was then drafted by the Cincinnati Reds but choose college instead. Lamontagne has not declared a major.

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