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Friday, December 23, 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.

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.

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

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

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.”

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Get glowing

Holiday season takes flight
If you haven’t purchased airline tickets Outside by now, you can expect to spend the Christmas holidays right here in Alaska, say travel agents scrambling to arrange last-minute flights for their customers.

Store sales are tree-mendous
Whether used as holiday trees or Christmas trees, local businesses say they’ve been making green off of the evergreens traditionally erected and bedecked with lights at this time of year.

Photo feature: White work
Nick Sorrell clears snow from his driveway on Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday’s new snow put an end to the area’s icy conditions and brought life to dreams of a white Christmas.

Cooper Landing road redesign rolls along
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities road designers expect to begin soliciting comments by spring on four alternatives for the future of a 13-mile stretch of the Sterling Highway that follows the meandering Kenai River through Cooper Landing.

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.

Kenai delays land sale
Some members of the Kenai City Council again voiced opposition to a proposed sale of Kenai riverfront wetlands to The Conservation Fund, and the council once again postponed giving final approval to the transaction.

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.

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.

Winnie Lou Lawson Tirmenstein
Winnie Lou Lawson Tirmenstein died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, in Downingtown, PA. She was 47.

Edward Eugene Grant
Edward Eugene Grant died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with his wife, Verleen, by his side. He was 85.

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

Tesoro acts quickly to clean up spill
Oil and gas development carries with it the chance for big profits — and a big responsibility to develop such resources safely.

ANWR facts get lost in the politics
You’ve got to give Uncle Ted points for tenacity, but even the Incredible Hulk couldn’t win this one.

Northern latitude plant adaptations allow for winter survival
The unseasonably warm weather early this month was an opportune time to take a peak at the quiet world beneath the blanket of snow, as the snow unceremoniously melted away. The patches of green grass in the yard revealed plants were still alive despite the short days and previously frosty temperatures. Even with freezing temperatures for most of the winter and only a few precious months of good sunlight, plants survive and indeed thrive in Alaska. How do they do it?

Outdoor Briefs
Christmas tree cutting openNo snowmachining in refugeBoard accepts commentsProgram seeks volunteersCampaign seeks donationsRefuge sponsors hotline

Kenai Alternative High class teaches students how to dress a moose
A group of teens toiled away at a moose carcass near Bear Creek on Saturday, stopped between cuttings to warm their hands in the cow’s steaming flesh.

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

Around the Peninsula
All invited to Christmas concertAlumni hockey game set for tonightFood bank lists holiday closuresLibrary plans 3-day closureGirl, boy alumni to play basketballLibrary cancels used book saleRemembrance celebration setPeninsula fair seeks members

Skyview wrestles tough in Reno
At an event billed as the “toughest wrestling tournament in the United States,” several Skyview High School wrestlers proved their mettle earlier this week.

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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