Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Kenai Borough Mayor Williams celebrates Inaugural at Challenger Center...
When John Williams was mayor of the City of Kenai he spearheaded a team that went against all odds to bring a Challenger Learning Center to Alaska. The Challenger Center was the site where newly elected Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams chose to celebrate his new office last week. “These projects that we put together are truly for the benefit of the entire community, and just as I did when I was Mayor of the City, I expect to operate the same way at the Borough. This is an exciting and very busy time to become Borough Mayor,” said Williams.

‘Round about town during the holidays

Laser Technology to help you keep that New Year’s resolution...
If once again you are going to put “stop smoking!” at the top of your New Year’s resolution list, you might stop by the Anne Penman Laser Therapy Stop Smoking and Weight Loss Center on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. Michael Joy and his daughter Tricia Sadler opened the Center in September and are having great results. “This is a smoking cessation program that uses a soft laser applied to specific meridian points which stimulate the production of endorphins which are natural chemical suppressors produced by your body and the increased production of this chemical suppresses your urge for nicotine,” said Business manager Michael Joy. According to Joy the procedure has an effective rate of 65 to 70 percent.

Welcoming the world to the Kenai Peninsula
For many years Kenaitze tribe member Bunny Swan-Gease has been brightening the long Alaskan nights with holiday window art at local businesses and Doctors offices, Post Offices, Libraries, and the Kenai Airport. Her wintry scenes of snowmen and wildlife are painted free hand and in reverse in order to be seen from the outside. This year Bunny’s creation at the Kenai Airport is in honor of 2006 Arctic Winter Games to be hosted on the Kenai Peninsula the first week of March. The scene at the entrance of the terminal depicts the flags of the participating nations and Raven, the mascot of the Games standing as the welcoming sentinel, “In this setting Raven has the Canadian and the Alaskan flag and the other one is drumming along to welcome and inspire all the athletes that come here to do their best,” said Bunny.

One of the things I have leaned about hunting and fishing in Alaska is if you have the time and opportunities to do something don’t wait get doing it! Earlier this winter we had good ice on Kenai Lake and several of my fishing buddies caught some nice fish up there. Now due to warm weather, rain and wind the ice is gone. Unless we get another good cold spell the ice fishing on both Kenai Lake and Skilak might be done till next winter. It seems like there are a whole lot more years we can’t fish on our big lakes then we can.

New ideas for an idea contest...
During the holiday vacation many Kenai Peninsula High School students will be making use of their time out of the classroom to put some work into their ideas and projects for the coming Caring For The Kenai (CFK) contest. Now its 16th year the environmental awareness competition sponsored by Agrium and Chevron/Unocal Alaska through the Kenai Watershed Forum challenges area high school students to respond to the prompt ,”What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?” Annually some 500 students submit proposals for cash awards and scholarships.

Democrats not the same
I think it’s about time someone started to peel away and expose the liberal Democrats for what they are. I am talking about the far left wing radicals who would rather sell out this country than to stand up and fight for it.

No spying!
We must not allow the executive branch of the government to become investigator, policeman, judge and jury against American citizens. No spying on American citizens without a court order!

Woman needed protection from man with a violent past
In the Dec. 14, online issue of your Web paper, I read the article about Isabell Matthews. With great sadness, I realized, once again, how hard it is for a woman even in this day and age to have a life without fear of her life from being taken from her.

Community makes sure kids have a ball
The Boys and Girls Club 2005 fifth-sixth grade basketball league just wrapped up another action-packed, fun-filled season. Due to the help and support of our wonderful community, more than 200 fifth- and sixth-graders from all over the area were given the opportunity to be a part of a team, learn and improve their basketball skills, make friends and, most importantly, participate and have fun.

Time to bring trust back to government
You have heard that saying, “Of the people, by the people, for the people?” Politicians turned it around. It now says — “Of the government, by the government, for the government.” Is this what America, our state and communities want? I hope for the good of our families, our children and their futures that our votes from here on will stop this trend.

Center thankful for donation
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council for its very generous donation in support of programs and services for Soldotna area seniors.

Dialogue sought from area spiritual leaders
The purpose of this letter is to open a dialogue with the spiritual leaders of our community and ask for their perspective on a complex issue. Often we hear that the influence of spiritual leaders is weaken in a society that has strong secular components. This is unfortunate as wisdom should come from all components of our society.

Photo feature: White wipeout

Students spend Christmas at home before being commissioned in U.S. Army, Air Force
For one central Kenai Peninsula family, Christmas this year is something other than simply having the kids home from college.

Snow totals don’t break records, so where is it?
Where’s all the snow?

Borough may give Soldotna land to build cemetery
A proposal to convey 10 acres of wooded borough-owned land not far from Redoubt Elementary School to the city of Soldotna for a future cemetery will get a public hearing at the Jan. 3 meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Augustine no tsunami threat
As people around the world pause to remember the devastating tsunami and the earthquake that triggered it one year ago this week, geologists in Alaska are investigating whether tectonic earthquakes also might trigger activity beneath volcanoes.

Up to speed: CES training recruits
A rash of recent retirements has tipped the ratio between experienced and new employees at Central Emergency Services.

Kenai to quiz 3 for city manager job
The Kenai City Council will be interviewing three final candidates for the city manager position Jan. 13 and 14.

James ‘Jim’ Steffy
Lifelong Soldotna resident, James “Jim” Steffy died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 35.

James Clayton Steffy
Lifelong Soldotna resident James Clayton Steffy died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 35.

Pamela Diana Brent
Soldotna resident Pamela Diana Brent died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 53.

Around the Peninsula
Girl, boy alumni to play basketball Red Cross offers first aid classes Bone marrow, blood sought for pair MDA seeks awards nominations

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