Thursday, December 29, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Credit Union 1 targeted in e-mail scam

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Folktales open a window into Inupiaq life
Before the age of electricity and mass media, storytelling was more than entertainment in the far north. During the long, dark winters, traditional and original tales preserved sanity, guided morality, educated the young and wove one of tradition’s strongest fabrics.

Kenai Performers plan old-time fun for New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve revelers on the Kenai Peninsula looking for nostalgia to go with their champagne can party like its 1945 Saturday night when the Kenai Performers host their first New Year’s Eve USO Show.

Art Briefs
Art center closed for remodeling Carving workshops slated Show open to emerging artists Dance club seeks members Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games Arts educator grants offered

USO now: More than Bob Hope
When the Kenai Performers step to the stage for their USO show Saturday, they’ll pay tribute to a group with a long history.

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.

Following the money
My thanks to Joe Ross (Clarion letters, Dec. 14). My feelings also on his letter to the editor:

Reader: Ponder before complaining about Wal-Mart
I wonder how many people in Kenai complaining about Wal-Mart realize that for each person shopping there, it will be like receiving an instant raise, whether it be in wages or fixed income. Something to ponder.

Participation makes program work
I would like to extend a huge thank you to the many community members of the Kenai Peninsula who participated in the Chugach Community Collaboration gatherings this past year. As a program coordinator of the Alaska Center for the Environment, which was created in 1971 by volunteer Alaskans, I feel fortunate to get the opportunity to work directly with local residents regarding local environmental concerns.

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.

Musicians appreciate audience
We would like to thank the communities of Kenai and Soldotna for your enthusiastic support of our musicians who performed in the Evening of Christmas concert Dec. 16. Musicians of all ages were thrilled to have such a warm reception as we played and sang festive music of the season. We couldn’t do it without someone to share it with. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas to all!

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.

Charity snowmachine run takes off, thanks to support
The first Kenai Winter Classic Charity Snowmachine Run took an incredible amount of work from a generous group of people. The event was clouded with doubt, little snow had arrived, but it snowed and the race was off and running.

Reader says solution is simple
If we have everything we need here before Wal-Mart, I guess no one will shop there, and they will leave. That was hard to figure out. Lowe’s will be next.

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.

Board will decide subsistence rights of rural communities
Rural communities in the Cook Inlet area have one last opportunity to claim they have customary and traditional harvesting patterns before the Federal Subsistence Board, a designation that could prevent them from losing subsistence harvesting opportunities in federal public waters on the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Kenai council wants further review of business strategy
The Kenai Airport Commission approved a supplement to the airport master plan earlier this month, but the Kenai City Council elected to slow the process to allow for a careful review.

Nothing to plow
When it snows, some plowers on the Kenai Peninsula view it as pennies from heaven. When it doesn’t, they’re hurting.

Work suffers during holiday season
It’s the last week of the year. Do you know where your employees’ minds are?

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.

Paul Walters
Soldotna resident Paul Walters died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 85.

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
Masonic to install officers Library plans holiday closure Swim lessons offered DEC gets cooking with class

Sports Briefs
High school basketball teams from Skyview and Ninilchik had a tough opening day at the Holland America/Sitka CHARR of Alaska Holiday Shootout Tuesday in Sitka.

Sports Briefs
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska tryouts in the sport of boys’ Bantam and Midget ice hockey are scheduled for Jan. 15 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Athletes who are selected at these tryouts will be part of Alaska’s 377-person delegation to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, scheduled for March 5-11 on the Kenai Peninsula.

Oilers roster continues to grow
The Oilers have added University of California-Riverside junior Taylor Bills, a 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher, to the 2006 roster. Last season at UCR Taylor started 16 of the 18 games he appeared in and struck out 68 while only walking 30 in 112 innings pitched. The Highlanders are led by 1989 Oilers head coach Doug Smith and Oilers 2001 pitching coach Andrew Checketts. Bills is majors in business administration and calls Menifee, Calif., his home.

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